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JAPAN 325 A: Introduction to Japanese Cinema and Media

City lights of Tokyo at night
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:40am - 11:50am
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Ted Mack

Syllabus Description:

Class meetings: the course will be held entirely online. The link to the scheduled meetings, MTWTh 9:40-11:50 is here. I will request that you remain muted until you are called on or have a question but that you keep your cameras on. Please also put a photograph of yourself in your profile, so that we can see your face if you need to turn your camera off momentarily. Students are encouraged to use the Chat function to ask questions or give fellow students encouragement. Private texts are fine, but be careful that texts go to their intended recipients!

Grades: your grades will be made up of three components: subjective evaluations of your participation in class discussion, which I will make each Friday; discussion posts, which will be due by the beginning of class meetings, about the film for that day; and a final essay exam.

Movies: many are long. Please budget your time wisely.

Reading assignments: these undated assignments are optional, because of the accelerated summer schedule. These are advanced readings about film theory and are merely offered for students who wish to explore the academic study of film more deeply. The ideas contained therein may be referenced in class discussion, but students will not be expected to be conversant in them.

Office hours will be held online as well. I will be available through Zoom as this link. Appointments can also be scheduled with me via email.

Access and Accommodations: Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course. If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or DRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law.

Religious Accommodations: Washington state law requires UW to accommodate student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UW’s policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.

Call SafeCampus at 206-685-7233 anytime – no matter where you work or study – to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others. SafeCampus’s team of caring professionals will provide individualized support, while discussing short- and long-term solutions and connecting you with additional resources when requested.

The University of Washington Student Conduct Code (WAC 478-121) defines prohibited academic and behavioral conduct and describes how the University holds students accountable as they pursue their academic goals. Allegations of misconduct by students may be referred to the appropriate campus office for investigation and resolution. More information can be found online at (Links to an external site.)

The University takes academic integrity very seriously. Behaving with integrity is part of our responsibility to our shared learning community. If you’re uncertain about if something is academic misconduct, ask me. I am willing to discuss questions you might have.

Acts of academic misconduct may include but are not limited to:

  • Cheating (working collaboratively on quizzes/exams and discussion submissions, sharing answers and previewing quizzes/exams)
  • Plagiarism (representing the work of others as your own without giving appropriate credit to the original author(s))
  • Unauthorized collaboration (working with each other on assignments)

Concerns about these or other behaviors prohibited by the Student Conduct Code will be referred for investigation and adjudication by (include information for specific campus office).

Students found to have engaged in academic misconduct may receive a zero on the assignment and will be reported for academic misconduct should the behavior continue.

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to Japanese film within their social and historical contexts.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
April 17, 2021 - 11:52pm