Courses

Each fall semester, the East Asia Institute offers four primary courses. However, students may replace primary courses with electives listed below. Please see the EAI Curriculum Rules for more information.

Syllabi for the below courses offered from April 2019 through March 2020 (all of the “primary courses” as well as a number of electives) can be viewed online.

For Fall 2019, the primary courses will remain the same. Electives for 2019 are listed below. Please note that the course listing is subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Students who need more information about the courses offered should contact the admissions office (eai@tci.ac.jp).Academics

Primary Courses (Fall 2019)

JST301 Japan, Asia, and the West (3 credits)

An overview of Japanese culture and society in its international context. The course will take a primarily historical approach from the origins of the Japanese polity to the 21st Century, with an emphasis on Japan’s long-term interaction with Korea, China, and Western countries. Building on this background, the students will read sociological, psychological, and economic studies of contemporary Japan. This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to take full advantage of the other courses in Japanese and East Asian art, religion, practical culture, and language. It should prove highly valuable to students with an interest in Christian mission or business in Japan and Asia. Students may also expect a basic introduction to China and Korea. Lastly the in-class portions of the course provides a context for the various field trips and guided experiences. JST 301 is geared for junior level students, but it may be taken with profit by students from the sophomore through the senior years.
Depending on the enrollment, the class will use lectures, seminar presentations, and tutorials. For one or two students, entirely tutorials. For three to six students, mostly seminar presentations. More than six students, a mix of lectures and seminar presentations.

FA320 History of Japanese Arts and Aesthetics (3 credits)

In this course, we will examine the Japanese cultural influences as we survey the history of Japanese visual arts and aesthetics from a Christian perspective. This year we will concentrate on the theme Budhido which is the traditional view of life and death and aesthetics of Japanese. We will watch the film “Ikiru (To live)” directed by Akira Kurosawa and discuss about our theme. And we will read and discuss our text “Budhido: The soul of Japan”written by Inazo Nitobe. Then we will study the history of the images of Buddha; The Rinpa School Painting in Edo period; Tea Ceremony and Japanese Aesthetics; Tokyo National Museum. And you will experience the traditional Tea Ceremony at the Tea Room in the Faith and Culture Center of TCI. Japanese Ghibli animation and comics (Anime) are known around the world. Additionally, in the three classes, we will learn about Japanese animation—and Ghibli animated films, in particular—and Japanese comics under the guidance of Yasumi Tsujinaka, a specialist in this area. Students will consider how they may better understand the religious mind of modern Japan’s youth through analysis of Anime.

PHIL370 Japanese Religion and Philosophy (3 credits)

This course surveys important themes and developments in the history of Japanese religion. It will provide an overview of Japanese religious history, from the earliest historical documents to the present, and consider how various religious traditions have impacted the social, political, and cultural lives of the Japanese people. The class will also examine major characteristics of various religions traditions and how they have shaped the landscape of Japan as it is now. One unique characteristic of this course is that it will be conducted as a bilingual seminar. Both Japanese and English speaking students will be present in this class. Though the instructor will give introductory lectures to each religious tradition, many classes will be devoted to the discussion of common readings and of the presentations of student groups. Class preparations and active participation constitute a major part of the student’s grade for the semester. The purpose of this class is to aid students in achieving a necessary familiarity with the religious history of Japan, taking into account the repeating themes of religious pluralism, as well as the interrelation between major religious traditions and new religious developments, including that of cults.

JPN 101-103 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture (3 credits)

The elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses help students to build a strong foundation in the Japanese language, aiming for the ultimate goal of being a true bridge person between Japan and their home countries. In order to be such a bridge person, the students should be able to use the Japanese language as their tool, being fluent in reading and writing as well. All four skills speaking, listening, writing, and reading will be covered.

Students will be assigned to the course below that best suits their level:

JPN 101 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture I
JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I
JPN 301 Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I

Stacks Image 354Electives for 2019/2020

Below are the electives scheduled to be offered at TCU during the Fall and Winter 2019/2020. Please note that course offerings are subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

<Electives for Fall 2019>
Electives for fall are listed as 3-credit courses. However, students can also take them as 2-credit courses, which is the standard for full-time TCU students. For instance, students who need 3 or 4 credits in theology at their home university can take any two ST courses (if offered while the student is at TCU) for 2 credits each, making an ST course of 4 credits. Of course, the student could also take the two ST courses for 3 credits each, bringing the ST course total to 6 credits.

Please note that the following courses are offered as 2-credits/ 1-credit courses.
JPN150 Japanese Extensive Reading and Listening I (2 credits)
JPN211 Mastering Kanji I (1 credit)

<Electives for Winter and Spring>
Electives for Winter and Spring terms are listed as 2-credit courses, which is the standard for full-time TCU students. However, with approval from TCU’s academic dean, students may take these courses as 3-credit courses. In such cases, the academic dean and course professor(s) will make up the additional credit from extra guided studies.

Electives for Fall 2019

BST260 The Gospels (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the study of the four canonical gospels and the study of Jesus. The aim of this course is to lay a firm foundation for the lifelong study of and engagement with the four canonical gospels that are at the heart of Christian faith. Students are expected to appreciate each gospel in its own terms, i.e. to have a clear grasp of the distinctive features of each gospel. For this purpose, we shall learn some key analytical methods developed in modern New Testament scholarship. Both the strengths and the limitations of each method will be evaluated in the course of our discussions. We shall spend more time on the gospel of Mark and the gospel of John in order better to understand the relationship between the Synoptic gospels and the fourth gospel. Subsequently, we shall briefly review the ongoing scholarly investigation called “the quest for the historical Jesus”. We shall evaluate some scholarly views on the historical Jesus in the light of the testimonies of the four canonical gospels.

COM280 Intercultural Communication (3 credits)

The need to acquire the knowledge and skills in intercultural communication is growing in the globalized word. Developing the ability and competence in cross-cultural communication is not simply relevant but crucial today. This course aims to introduce the basic knowledge and skills necessary for developing healthy intercultural relationships. To archive this goal, this course will explore the fundamental concepts and variables in cross-cultural communication. In addition, students will learn cultural patterns that help students to objectify both their own and other cultural ways of communication in order to foster healthy intercultural relationships. The cultivation of positive attitudes towards different cultures is essential. The necessary components and basic skills for effective intercultural communication will be discussed. In this course, a special emphasis will be given to the intercultural communication in the Japanese context. This specific emphasis is intentional and it aims at helping students for their cultural adjustment in the Japanese culture and society.

ENG101 Academic Reading and Writing (3 credits)

Students will come to understand the connection between good writing and good thinking, and they will develop skills to become a “great rewriter.” In order to do this, they will learn the causes of bad writing and learn tangible techniques for good writing. Moreover, they will learn the basics of discourse: paragraphing, topic statements, thesis statements, and supporting information. They will mainly learn principles for writing with clarity, cohesion, emphasis, and coherence. Additional time will be spent learning to analyze texts, use evidence, question and engage sources, develop ideas, and structure arguments. Students will learn to summarize, paraphrase, quote, reference, and avoid plagiarism. Most of all, they will learn clear principles for applying the Golden Rule of Writing: Write as you would be written to.

ICM280 Japan Encounters the West: Critical Perspectives on Culture and Theology (3 credits)

Japan has experienced three major encounters with the West throughout its history. In the 16th century, the Japanese did not have a strong spirit of nationalism, and they naturally accepted European culture, digested it, and Japanized it. However, Western influence gradually disappeared because of Japan’s isolationist policy. The second encounter occurred in the 19th century, at the end of Edo period. Whilst recognizing superior Western scientific technology, the Japanese insisted on the superiority of the Japanese spiritual tradition. Japan accepted superficial Westernization with the slogan, “Japanese soul and Western technology.” The third encounter started with Japan’s defeat in World War II. Although this encounter began with Japan’s inferiority complex towards Western culture, the nation came to possess a superiority complex because of Japan’s economic development. This course analyzes these thee encounters from political, economical, sociological, and theological viewpoints, and explores the essence of Japanese culture. It aims to equip students to analyze various elements of contemporary Japanese culture and to critically examine it.

ICM450 Christian Mission and Church Movements (3 credits)

This course introduces studies in the transmission of faith from the historical and missiological points of view, thereby discussing the present and future of missions. Students will study various aspects of Christian mission in terms of the transmission of Christian faith, Africa’s place in Christian history, and the missionary movements of the Old and the New. Using the textbook of Andrew Walls, we will discuss what kind of theological insights and missiological understandings there were, the relations of Church renewal and bold efforts toward mission, mission structures they adopted, the roles of the key mission leaders, and finally, the influences of one mission movement to another movement. This course is not lecture-centered, rather an interactive setting where students carefully read the assigned chapters in the textbook and present them in the first part of each class. Students will learn subjects in-depth by evaluating their presentations with one another and by the advice and comments from the instructor.

JPN150 Japanese Extensive Reading and Listening I (2 credits)

This course aims to help students acquire and effectively use Japanese through Extensive Reading and Listening. A large amount of Japanese input through Extensive Reading and Listening makes students’ output in speaking and writing smoother and more fluent. In order for the students to be successful at Extensive Reading and Listening, they are encouraged to keep the following four rules: 1. Start with simple and easy books. 2. Read without using a dictionary. 3. Skip unknown words. 4. When stuck, or when a book becomes uninteresting, find another book.

JPN211 Mastering Kanji (1 credit)

Beyond the stage of true beginner, no two speakers of Japanese as a second language have the same experience with, or exposure to, spoken and written Japanese. This is especially true, it seems, for Japanese language learners’ exposure to Kanji. Therefore, this course is designed to account for the vast range of abilities that exists among Japanese learners. We will adopt an approach that will not only accommodate but also challenge every participant, whether a complete beginner or an advanced learner of the Japanese language. In the weekly sessions, the class members will acquire and hone strategies for learning and remembering Kanji; learn how to use analog and digital tools for Kanji acquisition; set personal and group goals (short-term and long-term); check and report on progress; and encourage one another in their efforts to achieve their goals.

THEO101 Survey of Christian Doctrine (3 credits)

This course serves two main purposes. First, it provides a general survey of basic Christian doctrine from a Protestant, Evangelical perspective. Second, it provides a foundation for the three-course sequence in Systematic Theology. The Christian Doctrine course describes the range of options in contemporary Evangelicalism and shows their context through a quick and very rough survey of Christian theology from the earliest Christian Fathers to the present. Thus, this course should provide the student with a rather extensive data-base of theological doctrines, issues (such as infant vs. adult baptism), and vocabulary. It is important to note what this class does not do. It does not explore what makes Christian doctrine into a coherent whole, nor does it discuss how a theological system is put together, nor does it consider in depth how to argue for a particular theological position, nor does it explore extensively the difference between the various kinds of theological systems, whether Evangelical—such as the Lutheran, Anabaptist, Reformed, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and Dispensationalist options—or non-Evangelical, such as 19th century Liberalism, Liberation Theology, and the like. Those issues will be taken up in the three Systematic Theology courses.

THEO401 Systematic Theology III: Holy Spirit (3 credits)

The concluding course in a sequence of four: Overview of Christian Doctrine, ST I, ST II, and ST III. The Holy Spirit was introduced in ST I when discussing the Trinity. Our study was then given more depth through its connections with Christology in ST II. This final course discusses a selection of topics which Christian theologians have, traditionally, closely associated with the work of the Holy Spirit. As a transition from the previous course, ST III begins with Soteriology (i.e., justification, sanctification, regeneration, the order of salvation, sin, grace, etc.). Then it will move to the Christian Life (man as a “thou,” as at once saint and sinner, whether or not perfectible in this life, relation to the State, war, and pacifism, etc.). This will be followed by those topics that many lay people think of first when they hear mention of the Holy Spirit: Pneumatology (glossolalia, Baptism “in” the Spirit, Baptism “with” the Spirit, Entire Sanctification, Spirit-Baptism, Second Blessing, Role of the Spirit in other religions, in divine providence, etc.). The course proceeds to Ecclesiology (universal and local church, visible and invisible church, metaphors describing the church, relation to salvation, leadership, governance, etc.) and the Sacraments (how many, infant vs believer’s baptism, whether necessary for salvation, ordinance and/or sacrament, Lord’s supper, etc.). It will conclude with Eschatology (life after death, the “end” of history, the return of Christ, rapture, problems with the delay of the Parousia, millennialism, judgment, the final kingdom, etc.).

Elective for Winter 2019

BST101 Old Testament Survey (2 Credits)

The aim of this course is for students to become more competent interpreters and communicators of the Old Testament by learning to: (1) Articulate the over-arching narrative of the Old Testament; (2) Identify and explain the purpose and message of Old Testament books and major canonical divisions in their literary and historical contexts; (3) Identify and critically assess some of central issues and debates concerning the Old Testament from ancient to modern times; (4) Articulate certain hermeneutical issues surrounding the interpretation and proclamation of the Old Testament as God’s word; (5) Formulate questions and practice approaches to solutions that will inform and stimulate a lifetime of study of the Old Testament.

BST402 New Testament Exegesis (2 Credits)

Exegesis means historical interpretation. Meaning is determined to a great degree by its context, both its literary and historical contexts. This course is aimed at mastering how to read New Testament passages in its literary and historical contexts. For such an endeavor historical and linguistic knowledge is indispensable. Specific New Testament passages are chosen to study them in details so that we might learn to grasp how to read and interpret it historically. It is expected that students read the chosen passage prior to each class session and ponder its meaning. So we can share what we have thought about it, and discuss over the passage. At the same time necessary historical and linguistic knowledge is provided through various media prior to each class session as well as during class session. Various tools, e.g., Bible dictionaries, will be introduced in class sessions. It is strongly recommended that students consult different translations of specific passages.

COM330 Rhetoric: Theory and History (2 credits)

This course will provide an overview of the history and theory of modes of persuasion. Rhetoric as a discipline was born in ancient Greece and flourished in medieval and Renaissance Europe until its decline in modern times. Even though rhetoric as an area of study is not as prominent as it once was as a part of the trivium, the accumulated knowledge from ancient times is most beneficial for us, who communicate, present, and persuade daily on the internet as well as at schools and work. In the first half of the course, some of the key theorists of the history of rhetoric, such as Aristotle and Cicero will be studied. In the second half, we will look at how Christianity appropriated the ancient tradition. The course will conclude with student presentations of rhetorical compositions that incorporate method and technique learned over the duration of the semester.

COM430 Public Speaking: Theory and Practice (2 credits)

The chief aim of this course is to develop skills in public speaking. The course will cover speech organization with an emphasis on practical speech-making and delivery. Over the period of the term each student will have the opportunity to organize, prepare and present a variety of speeches(informal, formal, informative, persuasive, humorous, etc.). In addition to preparation and delivery students will learn how to evaluate the speeches of others based on the stated purpose of each speech. As a result of the opportunities to practice public speaking and speech evaluation students will be better prepared to be effective communicators in their futures.

ENG201 Critical Research and Writing (2 credits)

In this course, you will learn and practice to read, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction sources and to present the results of you analyses in clear, organized, and carefully documented research papers. You will do this through honing your abilities to master grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Grammar refers to more than the structure of language. It concerns the facts of a given subject. Thus, mastering grammar refers to your ability to move towards mastery of a given subject or topic. Logic is not just the science of reasoning. It also refers to your ability to analyze, synthesize, and subsume the facts (and grammar) through your powers of reasoning. And rhetoric refers to your ability to communicate these subsumed facts with clarity, style, and grace.

ICM101 Anthropology and Mission (2 credits)

The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the central concepts in the anthropological study of human behavior and to apply those concepts to the mission of the Church. Cultural anthropologists use the concept of culture to explain the diversity of belief and practice around the world. As culture is central to human adaptation to physical, social and psychological contexts, the study of culture is important for understanding and responding to the diversity that exists in our world. This course will explore how culture influences some of the important areas of human experience and is of critical importance to the mission of the Church.

ICM390 Introduction to African History, Culture and Society (2 credits)

This course introduces students to Africa’s varied and complex history, culture and society. It examines how a range of people, including students, children, women, and more organize their lives, respond to daily challenges, and interact with the outside world. This class will use multiple sources including films, literary texts, and websites to encourage critical analysis and use of information. It will also promote participatory and practical learning through interviews and presentations by students from Africa, and a field trip to an African community in Japan. The course will be taught by two instructors, one from Africa and the other from Japan. It is open to students from both the English and the Japanese track.

JPN150 Japanese Extensive Reading and Listening II (2 credits)

This course aims to help students acquire and effectively use Japanese through Extensive Reading and Listening. A large amount of Japanese input through Extensive Reading and Listening makes students’ output in speaking and writing smoother and more fluent. In order for the students to be successful at Extensive Reading and Listening, they are encouraged to keep the following four rules: 1. Start with simple and easy books. 2. Read without using a dictionary. 3. Skip unknown words. 4. When stuck, or when a book becomes uninteresting, find another book.

JPN213 Mastering Kanji (1 credits)

Beyond the stage of true beginner, no two speakers of Japanese as a second language have the same experience with, or exposure to, spoken and written Japanese. This is especially true, it seems, for Japanese language learners’ exposure to Kanji. Therefore, this course is designed to account for the vast range of abilities that exists among Japanese learners. We will adopt an approach that will not only accommodate but also challenge every participant, whether a complete beginner or an advanced learner of the Japanese language. In the weekly sessions, the class members will acquire and hone strategies for learning and remembering Kanji; learn how to use analog and digital tools for Kanji acquisition; set personal and group goals (short-term and long-term); check and report on progress; and encourage one another in their efforts to achieve their goals.

LING301 Introduction to Linguistics (2 credits)

In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with practical knowledge of linguistics and apply it to teaching English. We will do this using the following approach. (1) Read assigned texts and watch assigned videos each week. (2) Discuss readings and videos with classmates in class. (3) Give and hear mini presentations on an assigned text/linguistic discipline each week. (4) Take quizzes on the assigned readings. 5) Prepare a Final Project/Presentation on one Linguistics/Language Teaching discipline. 5) Prepare a Lesson Plan or Field Report of a Language class*.

PHIL101 An Historical Introduction to Western Philosophy I (2 credits)

The linked courses, Philosophy I and Philosophy II, have a double agenda: first, to be a general introduction to the nature, problems, methods, concepts, vocabulary, and divisions of philosophy, and second, to introduce the history of Western philosophy. Philosophy I proceeds from the beginnings of Greek philosophy until the beginnings of Christianity. In Philosophy I, students will learn about important individuals such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and important ancient philosophical schools. Greater attention will be given to Plato and Aristotle than the other philosophers since they exercised the greatest influence on later thought. Philosophy II proceeds from Augustine to the modernity. In Philosophy II, students will learn how Christianity adapted and developed ancient philosophy. In both Philosophy I and II, we will be note the interaction between philosophy and theology, especially from the point when ancient philosophy comes into direct contact with Christianity in the life of the apostle Paul.