JAPANESE 1100 (H)     Civilization and Culture of JAPAN    SPRING 2013          

Required books:  Understanding Japanese Spciety. 4th ed. By Joy Hendry. New York: Routledge, 2013

                       Beauty and Sadness.   By Ysunari Kawabata    New York: Vintage, 1969.    

Instructor:  Shingo Satsutani    (http://mydupage.blogspot.com)          Class Hours: Thursdays: 1:00~3:50pm 

Telephones: Liberal Arts Division: 630-942-2047 [BIC 2616]  Office & Voice Mail: 630-942-2019 [BIC 2625F] 

                 Fax: 630-942-3711 [IC3098]       E-Mail: satsutan@cod.edu

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

         1. Develop the knowledge and understanding of

             a. The cultural patterns of Japan in the context of East Asian culture

             b. The multiple aspects of the lives of individuals who inhabit Japan and neighboring regions influenced by Japan

             c. The collective mentality of Japanese society with an emphasis on cultural, historical, political, literary/artistic, and economic trends

         2. Prepare further studies in the culture and civilization of Japan as well as other East Asian countries and regions

Blackboard & COD email: 

Blackboard and COD-issued email accounts will be used in this course.  Copies of all assignments and major announcements will be posted on Blackboard in a timely manner.  Also, some information will be disseminated to students via your COD-issued email accounts.  It is required that all students monitor their COD email accounts and the Blackboard page for this course in order to keep abreast of course information and developments through the semester.  If you need help accessing Blackboard, please refer to the guide at: http://www.cod.edu/online/blackboard.htm

 If you are not able to find solutions to your questions online for either Blackboard or your COD email account, you may contact the Student Help Desk at 630-942-2999 or via email at studenthelp@dupage.edu.  The Student Help Desk is available during the following hours:
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

INMP Project:

            Our class will be participating in an online simulation project, in association with other classes and community colleges, called the “Illinois International Negotiation Modules Project (INMP)”.  This simulation puts students into the role of decision makers and negotiators, representing a specific “nation” on one or more matters of international importance.  This semester, our class has been assigned to represent the nation of JAPAN (obviously), and we will be focusing on the following issues:

 

 

Throughout the semester and working in groups, we will model real-world international relations among countries as we conduct research, develop a position paper, draft an international proposal based on our research and position paper, and then promote that proposal in two live online negotiation summits with representatives of the other “nations” to hopefully reach some kind of international consensus.  Finally, at the end of the semester, students will submit a reflection/reaction paper and the entire experience will culminate in a dinner (May 3, Friday & location on-campus TBD) in order to meet the other participants in this project, share what we have learned from this semester-long experience, and to celebrate the entire experience.  This may sound like a daunting project, but I urge you all to not panic.  The work involved in this will be spread out throughout the semester, we will collaborate with each other much, and in the end it will be a fruitful, enlightening, and fun experience overall!  More details will be discussed in class throughout the semester as the project unfolds.  I do urge all students to view the official INMP manual which I have posted on our Blackboard page.  This document, especially the 1st 15 pages of it, will familiarize you with key details of the program, and there are some excellent synopses of all three of the topics in the latter portions as well.

 

Student Code of Conduct:

Our class adheres to the College of DuPage Code of Conduct.  Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines at: http://www.cod.edu/resources/studentaffairs/conduct.pdf

In particular, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this class.  Academic dishonesty, as defined in the COD College Catalog, includes, but is not limited to:

1. Dishonest use of course materials such as student papers, examinations, and reports.

2. Knowingly assisting others in the dishonest use of course papers, examinations, and reports.

3. Knowingly providing course materials such as papers, lab data, reports and/or electronic files to be used by another student as that student's own work.

4. Plagiarizing - Plagiarism occurs when a student uses language or ideas from materials without acknowledgment and/or when the work is copied from other sources and is submitted as the student's own.  Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

a. Copying a phrase, sentence, or longer passage from a source and submitting it as one's own.

b. Summarizing or paraphrasing someone else's ideas without acknowledging the source.

c. Submitting group assignments individually as one's own independent work.

 
All students guilty of academic dishonesty will, at the very least fail the assignment in question, and at the very most, fail the course and be put on academic probation at COD.  If you have any questions about plagiarism, how to cite sources, or the penalties for violating the above policy, please see me or seek advice from the Writing Center.

Attendance:

To enhance the learning process, and to give the class a sense of common purpose and direction, class attendance is highly recommended.  Rolls will be taken for each session.  It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with other students for obtaining lecture notes of missed classes.  Adequate documentation includes doctors’ note which specifically states that you will not be able to attend the class on that particular day and hour; police report or court order specifying the time. 

 

When the absences reach a whole week’s lecture hours, (which means once in this semester, if you come late it will be changed accordingly) each additional absence without solid documentation will lead to a deduction towards your total 50 points for attendance for the semester. (If you miss 3 times, you lose the entire 50points.) Adequate documentation includes doctors’ note which specifically states that you will not be able to attend the class on that particular day and hour; police report or court order specifying the time.  Any students who desire to drop the course should INITIATE and complete the official withdrawal himself/herself at the Registration Office.    

 

The last day to withdraw from this class is 4/12/2013. After that date, students may file a Petition for Late Withdrawal through the Registration Office. Petitions for Late Withdrawal will be granted for extenuating circumstances only, including student illness, death in the immediate family, family emergencies, call to active duty, or other appropriate extenuating circumstances. The student will be required to provide appropriate documentation for all requests for Late Withdrawal. Prior to withdrawing from this class, students are encouraged to speak with the instructor.

 

INMP Reflection Paper:

Once all the INMP group summits have been concluded, but before the INMP Recognition Dinner is held, all students should use this opportunity to reflect on what you have learned from the entire experience.  Therefore, as the final written portion of the INMP process, each student should write a 2-page or longer reflection paper.  Please, in your own words, address the following points:

This reflection paper will be due on Thursday, May 2. Also be prepared to share your views with other participants of the INMP when we hold our Recognition Dinner on Friday, May 3 6:30-9pm (on-campus location TBD).  See you there!

INMP Grade

 

Thank you for your all the work and dedication you put into this INMP Project throughout the semester!  I hope you found the experience enlightening, informative and enjoyable.  Your performance in this project will constitute 20% of your total course grade and is based on the following rubric:

 Point total: 100 points

  1. Individual Research Paper or Group Position Paper – 20 points

This score is based on the quality of research and written work demonstrated in the Individual Research Paper, or in the cases of Group Leaders, the quality of synthesis and written work in the Group Position Paper.

 

  1. Group Proposal – 20 points

This score is based on two factors.  First, the quality of the final draft of the Group Proposal respective to the group each student is in.  Secondly, the level of participation of individual students within each group in contributing to the creation of their group’s Proposal.

 

  1. Online Summit #1 – 20 points

This score is based on the attendance and level of participation of each student during the first online summit.  If a student was absent from the summit due to an excused and approved conflict, then the quality of the alternate written assignment assigned by the instructor would substitute for this score.

 

  1. Online Summit #2 – 20 points

This score is based on the attendance and level of participation of each student during the second online summit.  If a student was absent from the summit due to an excused and approved conflict, then the quality of the alternate written assignment assigned by the instructor would substitute for this score.

 

  1. Reflection – 20 points

This score is based on two factors.  Firstly, the quality of the written Reflection Paper.  Secondly, attendance and level of participation in creating or delivering each group’s verbal comments at the INMP Recognition Dinner.  If a student was absent from the Recognition Dinner due to an excused and approved conflict, then the quality of the alternate written assignment assigned by the instructor would substitute for this score.

 

Evaluation Procedure:

In addition to INMP, there will be 2 non-comprehensive Information Festivals and a book Critique on Beauty and Sadness and a film Critique on White Light Black Rain.                     No make-up festivals are available except for documented emergency cases and only with instructor’s consent BEFORE the scheduled festival time.  All make-up festivals should be completed within a week from the time the scheduled festival was given.

 

Critique of the novel, Beauty and Sadness:

* Grading  (A=100, B+=90, B=80, C+=75, C=70, D+=65, D=60)

    The Critique should be no less than 1,000 words long (usually 4-page long), double-spaced, typed, stapled, documented with footnotes and a separate page of bibliography, if any.  

*Additional Study Guide for the readers will be provided for your reference.

*The submitted critique WILL NOT be returned unless you provide an additional copy of your work and requested it.

*The due date for the critique is April 25th.  No late papers will be accepted.      

   Absence on the due date WILL NOT be an excuse for not turning in the paper on time unless solid documents would verify the absence.

 

Critique of the film, White Light Black Rain:

* Grading  (A=50, B+=45, B=40, C=35, D=30)

    The Critique should be no less than 1,000 words long (usually 4-page long), double-spaced, typed, stapled, documented with footnotes and a separate page of bibliography, if any.  

*Additional Study Guide for the readers will be provided for your reference.

*The submitted critique WILL NOT be returned unless you provide an additional copy of your work and requested it.

*The due date for the critique is February 7th.  No late papers will be accepted.      

   Absence on the due date WILL NOT be an excuse for not turning in the paper on time unless solid documents would verify the absence.

 

Grading: INMP Project: 100 points (20%)   Book Critique: 100 points (20%) 

                 Information Festivals: 100x2=200 points (30%)  Film Critique: 50 points (10%)

Attendance: 50points (10%)   

 

Each festival is divided into two parts, one for take-home (40 points, 40%) and the other for in-class (60 points, 60%).  The take-home part should be no more than 750 words long (usually 3-page long), double-spaced, typed, and stapled.  Detailed information and tidbit for the festival will be provided prior to each festival. Short optional essays will be weighed at the instructor’s discretion to upgrade your final grade at the end of the semester.

 

Extra Credit:

A student may earn extra credit. These points can be earned only by participating in a campus or community event (speech, workshop, play, etc.) and doing a short paper (2-3 pages) on the event.  The paper will address the following questions:

 

            -           Name of the event

            -           Time and place of the event

            -           Credentials of the presenter

            -           Summary of the material presented

            -           Questions asked by the audience

            -           Theoretical perspective or bias apparent

            -           Personal critique of the event and its material

 

EVENTS MUST BE CLEARED IN ADVANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR. At that time, the maximum points for the event’s write-up will be negotiated

 

Important Advice:

This course requires self-discipline.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete the assigned readings before each class.  The lectures will only HIGHLIGHT, BUT NOT REPEAT the information covered by your textbook.  However, questions on the festivals will be drawn from lectures, videos, presentations and assigned readings. Those who are unable to spend time on preparing and reviewing the course materials are not likely to earn the grades they desire.

 

Audio Visual Support:

There are various Japan related videotapes available at the library.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of our collection.  For more information, ask your instructor.

 

Japanese 1100            Tentative Daily Schedule            Spring 2013

 

Jan.  10   INTRODUCTION, The Sources of Japanese identity

                        

     17   INMP Group Forming: The house and family system 

 

     24   Socialization and classification

 

     31   Film Viewing: White Light Black Rain discussion: 

                      

Feb.  7   Film Critique is Due: Community and neighborhood

 

      14   The education system

 

      21  Individual INMP Research Papers due:  Status, hierarchy and ethnic diversity

 

      28  INMP Group Position Papers due: Religious influences

 

Mar.  7  Information Festival #1

 

Mar 12-Mar 14: First Round of INMP Online Summits (specific times & dates TBD)

 

      21   Ritual and the life cycle

                  

      28   SPRING BREAK NO CLASS

 

Apr.  4  Opportunities for working life

 

      11  Arts, entertainment and leisure

 

Apr 16-Apr 18 – Second Round of INMP Online Summits (specific times & dates TBD)

 

      25   Government and the craft of politics    Book Critique/Extra Credit Due

 

May 3 INMP Reflection Paper due

 

        4  INMP DINNER NIGHT

 

       10 Information Festival #2