Anime: Exploring the workings of culture through the 2D world (Grades 5-8)

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This course explores the diverse worlds of “anime,” an animated entertainment medium that originates in Japan and has achieved extensive popularity all over the world. By viewing and discussing a series of anime films/series that represent various time periods, themes, genres, and styles, we will develop a critical appreciation for the meanings and experiences of anime and its legacy today both in Japan and the United States. We will also explore various themes through hands-on activities that will help us cultivate deeper understandings of both Japanese culture and our own. The goal of this course is to empower students to take control of their viewing experiences by equipping them with a level of cultural literacy necessary to be a global citizen during our present “Asian century.” To further deepen our engagement with this medium, we will engage with a wide range of Japanese cultural materials and focus on diverse topics, including the workings of animation, technology and magic, eco-criticism and anime fan-bases.

Student profile

This course is a hands-on, collaboration-rich option for students in grades 5–8.

Important dates

Application deadlines

Application opens: Nov. 29, 2022
Deadline: Apply by May 1, 2023

Tuition deadlines

The first half of tuition is due by May 15, 2023. The second half of tuition is due by June 1, 2023.

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Program Questions?

Contact Denise Ksioszk at denise.ksioszk@wisc.edu or 608-262-0002

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