SILS, Waseda University -- Graham Law -- Academic Year 2022 Fall Term


Senior Seminar (History) 54:

History of Media / Popular Culture



Course Description

Taught entirely in English, this seminar is open to those wishing to center their final semesters at SILS on study in the areas of the MASS MEDIA and/or POPULAR CULTURE.
In the initial fall semester, the seminar will begin with sessions on the seminar theme led by the professor and on job-hunting led by senior students; then senior students will give their final presentations to assist new members in choosing their research areas; finally, the new members will give their own guided presentations as they begin to plan their own projects. By the spring term, students should have decided their own research projects, and the classes will be given over to work-in-progress presentations by seminar members. In the second fall semester, contact with the professor will be principally in the form of individual consultations to support the process of researching and drafting the graduation thesis.
My own research interests are specifically in the British popular literature and media of the Victorian period, but I am happy to supervise students with considerably wider interests. I am especially keen to encourage those adopting historical, comparative or interdisciplinary approaches.

Syllabus

Week 1: 10/1:  INTRODUCTIONS:  **DOWNLOAD**  Opening Class Memo           

Weeks 2-4: Sessions on Research themes/methods led by the instructor 


Digital/Social Media &

Reading

Research Method

Worksheet

W2

Marketing

Economist1

Library Catalogues

ResearchMethods1


W3


Politics


Economist2


Library Databases


ResearchMethods2


W4


Mental Health


Economist3


Web Resources


ResearchMethods3

    ** 8th semester students focus mainly on the readings, 7th semester students on the worksheets     


Week 5: 10/29: Instructor Presentation: Being Alone --
      Experiences of Isolation in the Imaginary Worlds of "His Dark Materials"   Article    Presentation



Weeks 6-15: Student presentations (senior students should chose earlier sessions)


Presenter 1

 Presenter 2   


W6  


W7

   

W8

 
 

W9

 


W10  


W11  
 

W12
 

W13  
 

W14  
 

W15   

 



Textbook

         No formal textbook. Prints can be downloaded from the links on this page.
Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2012-13 in PDF format.
Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2013-14 in PDF format
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Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2014-15 in PDF format.
Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2015-16 in PDF format.
Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2016-17 in PDF format
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Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2017-18 in PDF format.
Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2018-19 in PDF format
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Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2019-20 in PDF format.
Click HERE for collected graduation dissertations of the class of 2020-21 in PDF format.

        Click HERE for Basic Graduation Dissertations rules
        Click HERE for Brief Academic Writing Checklist

***Please note that many of the files are located in a LOCAL folder. This means that they can only be accessed from within the Waseda system (i.e. you must download them EITHER from a computer at the university OR while connected to the university network via VPN). Otherwise, you will receive a message something like this: "FORBIDDEN You don't have permission to access this URL on this server".***

Further Reading & Reference

To be announced week by week

Grading Method

In the Fall 2022 term, all junior students must give an oral presentation AND complete a 2000 word essay on a topic relating to their chosen research project (deadline: Wed. 25 Jan., 2023). The same deadline and presentation conditions apply for senior students submitting their graduation dissertations, thought there is also a completed draft deadline for the dissertation on Wed. Dec. 14, 2022.


Contact
Office Hours: Tuesday Period 3 / Thursday Period 3
Office No: 11-1455

Reports and other communications can be submitted to me either in class, or by mail to:
Post : G Law, Minami-cho 3-9-18, Nishitokyo City, Tokyo 188-0012
E-mail : [email protected]


Copyright (C) Graham Law, 2006-22. All rights reserved.
First drafted Mon 28 Mar 2005.
Last revised Thur 17 Mar 2022.



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