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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Japanese Literature and Film
Module Code JA290
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Niamh Kelly
Semester 2: Niamh Kelly
Autumn: Niamh Kelly
Module TeachersRyoko Sasamoto
Sakiko Pawlak
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to Japanese literature and film and to bring students to a deeper understanding of its literary and cultural value as well as the media format particular to Japanese literature and film. The literary texts and films are introduced in their original language and in translation as appropriate. The module prepares students to develop their analytical skills by using Japanese literary texts and films as primary data to identify underlying cultural values and principles. Students will work individually and as a group, on a range of selected literary texts and films over the duration of the module.

Learning Outcomes

1. To describe and explain aspects of Japanese literature and film
2. To describe and explain the way literature and film is presented through a particular medium
3. To analyse literary texts and/or films with reference to context and background of the particular work.
4. To show an awareness of the range of literary and media texts in contemporary and traditional Japanese culture.
5. To demonstrate sustained engagement with the module.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Syncronous sessions
Directed learning45Pre-class reading
Class Presentation18Voice-Thread or in class
Report25Follow-up Essay
Portfolio Preparation15Weekly Reflective Journal
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
The module introduces those texts especially significant throughout the history of Japanese literature (including some works of Lady Murasaki, Natsume Soseki, Dazai Osamu) while providing some background information for a deeper understanding of the literary works and films. Students are expected to read the texts before class, further analyze and discuss the texts in class, and complete homework (if specified) and all assignments.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reflective journalWeekly self-reflective journal40%n/a
AssignmentPresentation & follow-up essay60%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Akutagawa, Ryunosuke: 0, Rashomon and Other Stories,
Other Resources

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Date of Last Revision13-DEC-11

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