This course focuses on the concept and history of leisure, particularly in the United States and Japan. By reading primary and secondary documents on leisure, we will think about questions such as: How has the meaning of leisure changed? How is leisure culture created? Why and how do people engage in leisure culture? How are the concepts of leisure similar and different in Japan and the United States? What does leisure mean to us in modern society and do we see this changing in the next few decades? The overall goal of this course is to understand the significance of leisure in a capitalistic society.
To be announced in the guidance session.
Class activities will include lectures, reading assignments, discussions, and group activities.
Students will be evaluated based on their attendance, class discussion, presentations, assignments and final paper.
Reading material will be distributed in class.
References include, for instance, Robert Stebbins, Leisure and Consumption, Palgrave, 2009. Karl Spracklen, Whiteness and Leisure, Palgrave, 2013. Susan Currell, The March of Spare Time, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. David Leheny, The Rules of Play, 2003. Tony Blackshaw, Routledge Handbook of Leisure Studies, Routledge, 2013.
This course will be conducted in English. If there are too many students, we may have a selection session in the first class. 英語で授業を実施する。履修希望者が多い場合には、初回授業で選考を行う。