Tues.& Thurs, 6:30p.m.-7:50p.m.
Optional Wednesday, 4:30-5:50pm
Ruth Adams Building, Rm 207
Instructor: Christopher Gunson
TAs: David Mislan, Tamiko Yamamoto, Nathan Ilnicki
second semester of Japan-US Cultural Relations is an
interactive cross-cultural experience. For five weeks before spring break,
approximately a dozen students from Ritsumeikan University (Rits) will
visit Rutgers and join us for class and other activities.
The class is 1.5 credits and meets for the first half of the semester.
It is made up of two orientation meetings, ten classes, and several trips
to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City.
The ten classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-7:50pm.
On Tuesdays we will concentrate on less academic activities. On Thursdays
we will have a more active discussion for which there will be required
readings. More information is available in the right-hand column.
Grades will be based on a final project, attendance and participation.
News on Japan
The Japan Times
Yahoo! Asia News
Far Eastern Economic Review
Alive in Kyoto
PLEASE PRINT ALL READINGS AND BRING THEM TO CLASS
3 (Thurs): Rutgers Orientaiton
Global Studies Dept. 102 College Ave., Rear Annex Room, 6:30pm
Feb 6 (Sun), Rits-Rutgers Orientation
be at the Cook Campus Center, Room 202B & C at 6pm to great our guests
7 (Mon), Rits-Rutgers Orientation, Part 2
Nathan and Tamiko will assist the students
in getting their IDs, seeing the campus. This orientation will start early
in the morning, and any Rutgers students with time available to assist
should contact myself or Tamiko and Nathan.
Feb 8 (Tues), Class #1
Please note that we are
meeting in room 207 of the Ruth
the Ice -
this first class we will get to know each other with games for breaking
the ice and we will then watch "The Simpsons go to Washington DC."
Feb 10 (Thurs), RECEPTION at BUSCH
Instead of class, we will meet in the Busch Student Center for a reception
with the Ritsumeikan students. Feel free to bring friends and roommates.
Feb 11-13 (Fri-Sun), Trip to
will meet at 9am, location TBA, for our weekend in Washington.
Feb 15 (Tues),
More Years?! The 2004 Election
Prefers Bush (3 pages); Four
More Years? (ONLY READ pages 8-9 of the publication, which is page
6 of the document -- you should see what I mean when you look at the article).
class will be a discussion about the recent US presidential election,
President Bush and Prime Minister Koizumi, and what the future holds for
Feb 17 (Thurs),
will watch the movie and compare the views of the film between the Ritsumeikan
and Rutgers students.
February 18 (Fri): New York Trip
will meet at 9am at the New Brunswick train station.
Feb 22 (Tues),
in groups, we will have a competitive trivia session similar to the first
class of the fall semester.
Feb 24 (Thurs),
About Morality: The Mignonette Lifeboat Case
Queen v. Dudley & Stephens
class is modeled off the first lecture of a Criminal Law class at an American
Law School. We will actively discuss morality, necessity, and the role
of law in society.
26 (Sat), Philadelphia Trip
March 1 (Tues), Class #6
3 (Thurs), Class #7
the Atomic Bomb have been dropped?
If the Atomic Bomb
Had Not Been Used published in 1946 (4 pages); Was
It Right? published in 1995 (5 pages)
Probably the most controversial issue
in the history of Japan-US relations, we will discuss the aforementioned
question in detail.
8 (Tues), Class #8 UPDATED
Japanese and American Approaches to International Relations
Will Japan Re-Arm?
(9 pages, but the font is huge); Assertive
Japan (2 pages); The
Future of Article 9 (11 pages)
Dave Mislan will teach the class, which will focus
on the differences between how Japan and America approach the world.
10 (Thurs), Class
I have not yet finalized the course content for the final class. Any suggestions
are most welcome.