|専門分野||This graduation seminar will focus on the study of human culture, which is known as the humanities.
Specifically, we will study poems, essays, and short stories, and students will learn how to become better, more critical readers.
・Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia
・Kurosawa Akira's "Rashomon"
・Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness"
・Georgia O'Keeffe's "Music, Pink and Blue No. 2"
・Billy Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train"
What do these five things have in common? They all came from the imaginations of their creators and have become part of our shared culture.
And they are all examples of the humanities.
In this seminar, students will learn more about the humanities, which is the study of human culture, or what humans create.
The field of the humanities includes literature, music, art, philosophy, foreign cultures, and architecture. It can also include anthropology, sociology, psychology, and political science.
Since my main interest is literature, we will read poems, essays, and short stories in class. We will also watch and critique movies.
Students should choose a topic for their graduation thesis or project which is related to the humanities.
Examples of recent topics include:
・Animation in Japan and the U.S.
・Cosmetic surgery in South Korea
・How different cultures view colors
・The human need to be happy
・Interpreting dreams throughout history
・Jay Gatsby and the American Dream
・Mingei, or the "folk art" movement in Japan
・The rising popularity of professional e-sports
・Washoku, or traditional Japanese cuisine in the world
・Women in Charlotte Bronte's novels
In the spring semester, 3rd year students will deepen their understanding and appreciation of literature in English through critical readings of short stories, essays, and poems. Students will begin to think seriously about a topic for their graduation project or thesis.
In the fall semester, 3rd year students will continue their exploration of the humanities through self-study. Students will choose a topic for their graduation project or thesis, and they will begin their research and present their findings to their classmates.
In the spring semester, 4th year students will continue to deepen their understanding and appreciation of literature in English through critical readings of short stories, essays, and poems. Students will continue their research for their graduation project or thesis, and they will present their findings to their classmates.
In the fall semester, 4th year students will research, organize, and write their graduation project report or thesis under the instructor's guidance. Students working on a graduation project will present their findings and conclusions to their classmates.
All class discussions and work, including the graduation thesis or project report, will be done in English. Students should have confidence in their ability to use the language.