Japanese Gardens Within Cultural Context | Online Course

DATE & TIME: January 20 – May 15, 2015  Online course – access course materials any time that’s convenient for you!

DESCRIPTION:  Journey to Japan without leaving your home! This course will introduce different styles of Japanese architecture and gardens and analyze the historical, cultural and political background that influenced the garden designs. It will examine various other art disciplines, such as painting, crafts, and literature. Online videos will present not only Japanese gardens and cultures but also bring about an understanding of the similarity and differences between Japanese culture and other Asian cultures and the role of Japanese gardens in North America.

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Seiko Goto (gotos@sebs.rutgers.edu). Dr. Goto is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. She is author of the book The Japanese Garden: Gateway to the Human Spirit (2003, Peter Lang Publishing) and has written chapters on Japanese Landscape Art for the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (2003, Berkshire Publishing) and on Confucianism and Garden Design for Confucianism and Ecology (1998, Harvard University Press). She earned master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and in Horticulture from Chibu University in Japan. Her research for her doctorate degree from Chibu University in Japan focused on the History of Japanese Gardens. She joined the faculty of Rutgers University in 2006.

This class is a great prelude to the workshop Dr. Goto will be running in Japan in 2015. Click here to download the pdf brochure about the trip of a lifetime!

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

  • Introduce major gardens and figures which played important roles in the development of Japanese garden design.
  • Introduce history of Japanese art.
  • Introduce the Japanese culture which influenced the development of Japanese garden design.
  • Understand the characteristics of the Japanese garden in its cultural context.
  • Understand the influence of the Japanese garden in the Western countries.

COURSE FORMAT: This course will use web-based education consisting of readings, review assignments, online threaded discussion, quizzes, two exams, and a paper.

Videos: You will begin each topic area by watching the video. Each week day, two new topics will be introduced through lecture video(s). One topic will be composed of 1-2 parts which will take 15-30 minutes. Each video contains 1-2 quizes. You are responsible for watching the video sometime during the week and taking the associated quiz by Friday midnight. The videos have references to other optional readings. You may use these to learn more about the topic and as reference for your answers for online quizzes.

For more information, visit:  Japanese Gardens Within Cultural Context | Online Course | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education.

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