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Miyazaki Decal

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Spring 2016
ESPM 98/198
1 Unit(s)



About the Course:


In this course, we will be exploring many films by the famous Hayao Miyazaki such as Spirited Away and Castle in the Sky. The class will get the chance to rewatch nostalgic films through an analytical lens and to discuss possible symbols, filming techniques and themes. Several themes that will be touched on are nature preservation, feminism and pacifism.

Logistics *Important*

The class will meet twice a week; one hour (days with longer films may take an hour and a half) on the first day of the week and two hours on the second day. The first day will be to debrief and introduce films that will be watched on the second day of the week. The schedule displays 2 hours for both days, however we will end at 5PM on the first day of the week or a little after, depending on the film.


Homework will be assigned weekly. This course is unique in its assignments because students will be allowed to complete their assignments through different mediums. For example, one assignment you must complete is to create a short piece of magical realism. This can be completed by writing a paper, drawing an art piece, composing a song, etc. We want to give students this freedom in order for them to express their ideas as they see appropriate. We believe students are responsible enough for this privilege. 

Final Project

At the end of the semester, there will be a final project. This project may be done in groups or individually, and will allow students to take on unique approaches to analyzing the movies. More information will be provided as we proceed throughout the semester.

DSP Students

If you have been issued a letter of accommodation from the Disabled Students Program (DSP), please e-mail as soon as possible so we can provide necessary adjustments.

Attendance and participation are mandatory. Contact for more information or questions.

How to Enroll:

Because of limited space, a quiz will be given on the first day of class to ensure people are serious about taking the decal. You do not have to have seen any Miyazaki films prior to the class. If you cannot make the first day of class, please contact as soon as possible or we may not have space.

Course Contact: calmiyazakidecal AT

Faculty Sponsor: Dennis Baldocchi

Time & Location:

Section 1[?]
Evan Ho
30240 MulfordMW 4p-6p1/20full

Uploaded Files:

Syllabus: MiyazakiDecalSyllabus.pdfJan 4171kbAdobe PDF (Viewer)View Download

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