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Courses - Fall 2017
JAPN
Japanese Department Site
JAPN101
Elementary Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Introduction to basic patterns of contemporary spoken Japanese and to the two phonetic syllabaries (Katakana and Hiragana).
This course has been put on a timed release system. Seats will be opened gradually by the registrar's office, to a total of 15 seats per section.
JAPN106
Introductory Japanese III
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: JAPN101; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not have completed JAPN102.
Credit only granted for: JAPN102 or JAPN106.
Introduction to the basic spoken patterns of contemporary Japanese, and to limited reading and writing in kana/kanji. Intended for incoming freshmen and transfer students with some previous knowledge of Japanese.
JAPN201
Intermediate Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN102; or or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Contemporary spoken and written Japanese.
JAPN221
Radical Transformations in Japanese Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Since the early modern period, Japanese cultural forms have reflected the innate instability of contemporary social structures. Focusing on Noh drama, Matsuo Basho's haiku travelogue Oku no hosomichi, popular fiction by Ihara Saikaku, the movement for vernacular literature in the late 19th century, the rise and fall of Marxists and feminists in early 20th century Japan, a variety of perspectives on WWII and its legacy, as well as Japanese pop culture, we will consider the way cultural works developed as part of Japan's radical transformations in the last four centuries. A major film component increases students' direct exposure to the work of Japan's cultural producers, and students' suggestions and interests will help shape the final unit of the course about Japan today. This course is taught in English, and all readings are in English translation.
JAPN301
Advanced Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN202; or permission of instructor.
Advanced conversation, oral comprehension, and selected readings.
JAPN311
Traditional Japanese Language and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN202; or permission of instructor.
Introduction to classical Japanese language (kobun) through representative texts and genres from the literary traditions of the Heian period (794-1185) to the Early Modern period (1600-1868). Taught in Japanese and English.
JAPN335
Troubling Gender and Sex in Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
There are a number of overly stereotypical gendered and sexualized images of Japanese in the United States. Consider, for instance, the continued dominance of the icons of Japan, the Samurai and Geisha. An examination of the wide variety of representations of femininity and masculinity and gender and sexual identities in Japan, however, offers us a fruitful opportunity to expand and challenge even our most inclusive ideas of gender and sexuality. The title of this course derives from a feminist, theoretical work by Judith Butler, Gender Trouble. Putting a critical lens to fiction, film, drama, art, and legal documents, we will trouble (complicate and deconstruct) received notions of gender and sexuality in a number of fundamental ways.
JAPN386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have a Learning Proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor, and student's internship sponsor.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JAPN407
The Art of Translation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN401; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Theory and practice of translation. Variety of genres. Japanese to English.
JAPN422
Introductory Japanese Linguistics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
An investigation of Japanese sound patterns and syntax through a comparison with English.
JAPN428B
Seminar in Japanese Discourse and Conversation Analysis; Japanese Business Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: C- or better in JAPN 302 or equivalent score on FLPA. Satisfies the linguistics requirement for the Japanese major and minor. This course will introduce Japanese business language and practices from a cross-cultural, cross-linguistic perspective and is designed for intermediate to advanced level learners. Class discussions in English and Japanese will be based on oral and written samples of authentic discourse, and will acquaint students with business terminology and kanji, as well as the genres of business telephone conversations and business e-mail correspondence. Readings will be drawn from relevant fields including pragmatics, conversation and discourse analysis, anthropological linguistics, and ethnomethodology. Two to three case studies on multinational companies conducted by the Wharton School of Business will also be examined.
JAPN498G
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; From Gentlewomen to Samurai: Japanese Literature in Translation 700-1600 CE
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Students will read major and minor works of Japanese literature from the earliest legends and poetry, through the women's writing of the Heian period, to the Buddhist and warrior literature of the Kamakura and Muromachi eras. We will examine the intersection of poetry and prose, men and women's writing, and religious expression. Most of our class time will be spent in group discussion of the literary works. This course is intended for everyone -- no Japanese knowledge is required.
JAPN499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Japanese
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.