Intermediate: Modern Pop Culture

J.F. Oberlin University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intermediate: Modern Pop Culture

  • Host University

    J.F. Oberlin University

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Japanese

  • Language Level

    Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    1 - 1
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0 - 0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0 - 0
  • Overview

    This course is for intermediate students at levels 3 to 4 or the equivalent in the core curriculum. Students learn about contemporary Japanese popular culture through "J-pop" music, movies, dramas, animated films, fashion, and other forms of "youth culture" (wakamono-bunka). The course aims to help students learn new phrases and expressions that would normally not appear in language textbooks and to deepen their understanding of contemporary popular culture. In class, native Japanese-speaking guests are available as a "learning resource." Students are encouraged to talk and exchange information with the guests in order to learn about contemporary popular culture through authentic interactions with Japanese people.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.