Digital Japanese Book Project: Enhancing Cultural Understanding and Embracing Cultural Differences (Intermediate) (JPN4225.01)

Ikuko Yoshida

This intermediate-level course is designed for students to create digital books which will teach Japanese children how to embrace cultural differences. Students will read Japanese children’s books and watch children’s TV shows to explore and examine cultural values such as morals and ethics in Japan. As they analyze how those cultural values are taught and how gender differences are depicted in children’s books and TV shows, students will continue to develop their skills by interacting in Japanese through stating and supporting their opinions during discussions that focus on narrative texts. Approximately 60 new Kanji characters will also be introduced. Based on their analyses and understanding of Japanese language and culture, students will write their own stories which teach children to embrace cultural differences as a final project of the course. Their digital books will be read by children at the Albany Japanese Language School, Schenectady, New York. Conducted in Japanese.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to
①. Raise valid questions on what they’ve observed and learned and discuss their ideas in a culturally appropriate manner.
②. Analyze Japanese cultural values in Japanese children’s books and TV shows and reflect on them objectively and subjectively.
③. Embrace cultural differences.
④. Create their own digital books which will help Japanese children to learn how to embrace cultural differences.

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: Three terms of Japanese or permission of the instructor.
Corequisites: Cultural Studies and Languages Series
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 8:30AM - 10:20AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Course Frequency: Once a year

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