Despite the differences that mark the two cultures, the histories of modern Japan and the United States are deeply entangled with one another, and the current social and political realities of both nations are being shaped by transnational flows of production and consumption that reflect and resist flows of global capital. This course takes up Japanese popular culture in order to get at big questions about nationalism and cosmopolitanism, appropriation and authenticity, and what it means to be human in a world of commodities. We will explore some of Japan’s contributions to the global culture industry—anime, J-Pop, manga, Pokémon, sushi, Zen—and the ways that American consumers take pleasure in, and ownership of, those products.
By participating on this program, students will be able to:
gain an understanding of some of the cultural, economic, philosophical, political and social aspects of Japan, and of the ways in which the United State has been implicated in the history of modern Japan
practice the skills of patient participant-observation and critical inquiry
gain a critical appreciation for the complexity of popular cultures and an aesthetic appreciation for diverse global cultures
Students will achieve these goals through a variety of course work, including regular guided discussions, fieldwork, and assigned readings.
The first two weeks of this program will take place in Columbus (approximate dates: May 8-9 and May 13-16). The overseas component will be based in Tokyo, Japan (May 18-June 3, 2019).
Students will stay in shared accommodation in a residence hall and hotels in Japan.
Admitted participants are required to register for 3 hours of Comparative Studies 3798. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE and the Diversity Global Studies GE. The course will begin in Columbus (tentative dates: May 8--9 and May 13-16) and will finish in Tokyo, Japan (May 19-June 3).
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.This program is open to all majors and ranks.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $4,979 program fee. The program fee will include, housing, required excursions, most meals, and international airfare. It will not cover some meals, a passport or immunizations.
Please refer to the budget sheet to view all estimated costs of participation.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Thursday, October 18, 4-5pm, 100 Enarson Classroom Building
Friday, November 30, 3-4pm, 160 Enarson Classroom Building
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
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