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Course Listing for JAPANESE - Fall 2024 (ALL: 09/03/2024 - 12/18/2024)
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1369 JAPN-101-01 Intens Elem Japanese I 1.50 LEC Miyazaki,Atsuko MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM
T: 9:25AM-10:40AM
TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: Y Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Designed to develop fundamental skill in both spoken and written modern Japanese. About 200 characters will be learned. Since all linguistic skills cannot be fully developed in 101 alone, stress will be placed on the acquisition of basic structures, which it will be the function of 102 to develop and reinforce. Students who wish to acquire significant proficiency should therefore plan to take both 101 and 102 in sequence. Four hours of classwork, plus one required drill hour. Students with prior background in Japanese must have the permission of the instructor. (Also offered under the Asian studies program.)
1021 JAPN-201-01 Intermediate Japanese I 1.00 LEC Miyazaki,Atsuko MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM TBA HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: Y Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Prerequisite: Japanese 102 or equivalent.
  This course emphasizes the continued development of skill in spoken and written Japanese. Students will acquire more advanced vocabulary, patterns, and characters, practice speaking and listening through audio/video materials, and have more exposure to cultural content. To achieve higher proficiency, students should plan to take 201 and 202 in sequence. (Also offered under the Asian Studies Program.)
2610 JAPN-203-01 Kanji, Script, and Calligraphy 0.50 SEM Cancelled HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: Y Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Prerequisite: Japanese 101 and 102
  This course offers a guide to the Japanese script system (kana and kanji) for intermediate-level students and beyond. We will mainly focus on kanji and consider their history, orthography, and analysis, but students will also consider kanji-learning strategies and commit to learning a particular set of kanji over the course of the semester. In a few classes we will study chirography and calligraphy by practicing them. Students are expected to review kanji they have learned while learning new kanji. The course work includes reading articles about Japanese aesthetics and calligraphy. The course is thus intended to support and supplement Intermediate and Advanced Japanese classes. As a supplementary course, this course does not fulfill any Japanese major or minor requirements. This course is repeatable for credit.
3367 JAPN-234-01 Japanese American Literature 1.00 SEM Cancelled GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
    Cross-listing: LACS-235-01
  This course introduces works by Japanese American authors and Japanese authors who write while living in foreign countries. Learning about the early formation of the Japan-U.S. relationship, we will move onto the dark period between the two countries before and during WWII to contextualize Japanese American works about internment camps. To learn how Japanese American literature has developed in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will continue to read recent Japanese American works that are hinged upon the theme of cultural borders and differences. We will examine the dynamics of different cultural and linguistic experiences also in Japanese literary works by Yoko Tawada and Ian Hideo Levy. Readings also include works by John Okada, Hisaye Yamamoto, Julie Otsuka, Karen Tei Yamashita, and Ruth Ozeki.
3439 JAPN-238-01 Japanese Culture 1.00 LEC Izumi,Katsuya TR: 9:25AM-10:40AM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
    Cross-listing: FILM-238-01, LACS-238-01
  In this course, students will engage critically with the Japanese culture. Through animation films directed by Miyazaki Hayao, Kon Satoshi, and others, and modern Japanese short stories, we will examine the ideas of "basic" and perhaps "typical" Japanese cultural aspects and elements, as defined in Roger J. Davies and Osamu Ikeno's The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture. Students are expected to think about these aspects and elements, watching animation films and reading short stories. Most importantly, however, students are required to analyze the Japanese works from a critical perspective and to write "argumentative essays" on them. By close-reading the texts (both films and literary works), students will develop sensitivities toward what flows underneath cultural representations The coursework includes multiple drafts of term papers.
3261 JAPN-280-01 Japanese Calligraphy 1.00 SEM Izumi,Katsuya T: 1:30PM-4:10PM TBA GLB1  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
    Cross-listing: AHIS-280-01, LACS-280-01
  In this course, students will learn the history and theories of shodo, or calligraphy, which Japan adopted from China and developed. They will also learn to practice the art form. Reading essays about the art and drawing various Chinese characters, or Japanese kanji, they will be expected to recognize the values of calligraphy works and learn how to appreciate them along with a few important concepts in shodo such as “nothingness” and “emptiness.” Students will be required to practice patiently and repeatedly important basic brushstrokes in order to draw a few of the kanji used in words. This course will also cover ink paintings occasionally, and, near the end of the semester, Japanese kana systems. No previous experience studying Japanese or Chinese characters is required.
3437 JAPN-301-01 Advanced Japanese I 1.00 LEC Izumi,Katsuya TR: 6:30PM-7:45PM TBA GLB2  
  Enrollment limited to 19 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or equivalent.
  This course aims at having students develop their communication skills in oral and written Japanese accurately, naturally, and fluently with increased emphasis on reading and writing. Students will expand and improve their Japanese skills acquired in the previous Japanese courses. Activities include discussing contents of dialogues and reading materials, doing role plays, writing essays on given topics, giving formal speeches in class, and having free-style conversations with TAs. Students will learn about 150 new kanji, as well as reviewing 317 kanji from prior Japanese courses. This course is also offered under the Asian Studies program. Prerequisite for the course: JAPN-202 or instructor approval.
1524 JAPN-399-01 Independent Study 0.50 - 2.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y HUM  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.
1494 JAPN-466-01 Teaching Assistant 0.50 - 1.00 IND TBA TBA TBA Y  
  Enrollment limited to 15 Waitlist available: N Mode of Instruction: In Person  
  Submission of the special registration form, available online, and the approval of the instructor are required for enrollment. Guidelines are available in the College Bulletin. (0.5 - 1 course credit)