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Courses

Courses

JPN 101. Beginning Japanese I.An introduction to the basics of spoken and written Japanese as a foundation for advanced study and proficiency in the language. Fundamental patterns of grammar and syntax are introduced together with a practical, functional vocabulary. Mastery of the katakana and hiragana syllabaries, as well as approximately seventy written characters, introduces students to the beauty of written Japanese. Normally offered every year. H. Wake, S. Strong. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 102. Beginning Japanese II.A continuation of JPN 101, this course is normally taken immediately following JPN 101 in order to provide a yearlong introduction to the language. Through dynamic exercises carried out inside and outside the classroom, students extend their proficiency speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Japanese. An additional seventy written characters are introduced. Prerequisite(s): JPN 101. Normally offered every year. H. Wake, S. Strong. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

AS/JA 125. Japanese Literature and Society.This course examines major trends in Japanese literature and society from its beginnings to the modern period. Students consider well-known stories, plays, and novels from the classical, medieval, early modern, and modern periods, placing each text within its unique sociohistorical context. All readings are in English. [W2] Normally offered every year. H. Wake. Concentrations

JPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I.A continuation of JPN 102, the course stresses the acquisition of new and more complex spoken patterns, vocabulary building, and increasing knowledge of cultural context through use of calligraphy, role play, video, and varied reading materials. Approximately seventy-five new written characters are introduced. A range of oral as well as written projects and exercises provides a realistic context for language use. Prerequisite(s): JPN 102. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. K. Ofuji. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 202. Intermediate Japanese II.A continuation of JPN 201, this course is normally taken immediately following JPN 201. It stresses further acquisition of complex spoken patterns, vocabulary and cultural knowledge through exercises in culturally realistic contexts. Students extend proficiency in the written language through writing projects and the introduction of approximately seventy-five new characters. Open to first-year students. Normally offered every year. K. Ofuji. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

AS/JA 216. The Tale of Genji.The eleventh-century Tale of Genji, written by an imperial lady-in-waiting, is Japan's most famous literary classic. Though it is usually lauded as a romance with universal appeal, it can sharply contradict the modern reader's expectations about love, gender, and literature itself. Students delve into these contradictions as well as topics including the fact and fantasy of the "world of the Shining Prince," whether the Tale is a "novel," and the narrative's Chinese influences. They also examine the Tale's place in Japanese cultural history through important artistic adaptations and critical reactions. Recommended background: prior course work in Asian studies or English. Enrollment limited to 30. Staff. Concentrations

AS/JA 232. Japanese Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization.This course surveys Japanese popular culture since the 1980s, both in and outside of the geographic borders of Japan. Students examine this culture through food, popular music, and anime. How have sushi chefs defined "Japanese sushi" to satisfy consumers and sell it in foreign markets? How could we define the cuteness of Japanese anime characters in the gender matrix that may be specific to each different culture? What elements—either material or ideological—are transferred, transformed, or discarded when introducing popular Japanese culture to different consumer markets? To answer these questions, recent products of popular culture are considered: tasted, or listened to and closely analyzed. Through these activities, this course aims to produce a critical language to envision how the ongoing process of economic globalization has been deconstructing conventional cultural boundaries. Course renumbered from AS/JA s23 beginning Winter 2015. Not open to students who have received credit for AS/JA s23. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 40. Normally offered every year. H. Wake. Concentrations

INDS 255. Modern Japanese Women Writers.How do Japanese women writers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries portray the complexities of today's world? How do they negotiate the gendered institutions of the society in which they live? What values do they assign to being a woman, to being Japanese? Students consider issues such as family, power, gender roles, selfhood, and the female body in reading a range of novels, short stories, and poems. Authors may include Enchi Fumiko, Ohba Minako, Kurahashi Yumiko, Tsushima Yuko, Tawara Machi, Yamada Eimi, and Yoshimoto Banana. Readings and discussion are in English. Cross-listed in Asian studies, Japanese, and women and gender studies. Not open to students who have received credit for JA/WS 255. Open to first-year students. S. Strong. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 301. Intermediate Japanese III.A continuation of JPN 202, this course and its sequel, JPN 302, complete the introduction of essential Japanese syntactic forms and sentence patterns. Students continue development of oral skills through culturally realistic exercises involving a range of topics. Emphasis is placed on increased competence in the written language. Approximately one hundred new characters are introduced. Prerequisite(s): JPN 202. Normally offered every year. K. Ofuji. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 302. Intermediate Japanese IV.A continuation of JPN 301, this course is normally taken immediately following JPN 301, and completes the introduction of essential Japanese syntactic forms and sentence patters. Students continue development of oral skills through culturally realistic exercises involving a range of topics. Emphasis is placed on increased competence in the written language. Approximately one hundred new characters are introduced. Prerequisite(s): JPN 301. Normally offered every year. K. Ofuji. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 360. Independent Study.Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, individually design and plan a course of study or research not offered in the curriculum. Course work includes a reflective component, evaluation, and completion of an agreed-upon product. Sponsorship by a faculty member in the program/department, a course prospectus, and permission of the chair are required. Students may register for no more than one independent study per semester. Normally offered every semester. Staff.

JPN 401. Advanced Japanese I.Through the discussion and study of contemporary literary texts and other journalistic modes, the course seeks to utilize, develop, and integrate skills acquired in the earlier stages of language learning. Particular emphasis is placed on reading and writing, and translation. Through class presentations and discussion students further develop oral skills and expand their understanding of Japanese culture. Prerequisite(s): JPN 302. Normally offered every year. H. Wake, S. Strong. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 402. Advanced Japanese II.This course covers materials in Japanese such as newspaper articles, other media material, and short stories. Through presentations and discussions students utilize, develop, and integrate spoken skills acquired in the earlier stages of language learning. Written skills are also emphasized; normally students complete a final research project on a topic of their choice. Students taking this course in conjunction with the thesis should also register for JPN 458. Prerequisite(s): JPN 401. Normally offered every year. H. Wake. Concentrations   |   Interdisciplinary Programs.

JPN 457. Senior Thesis.An extended research project on a topic in Japanese literature, culture, or language utilizing some source materials in Japanese. Qualified students may, with approval of the Committee on Asian Studies, choose to write the thesis in Japanese. Students register for 457 in the fall semester or for 458 in the winter semester unless the committee gives approval for a two-semester project. Majors invited to pursue honors register for 457 and 458, contingent on the approval of the committee. [W3] Normally offered every year. Staff.

JPN 458. Senior Thesis.An extended research project on a topic in Japanese literature, culture, or language utilizing some source materials in Japanese. Qualified students may, with approval of the Committee on Asian Studies, choose to write the thesis in Japanese. Students register for 457 in the fall semester or for 458 in the winter semester unless the committee gives approval for a two-semester project. Majors invited to pursue honors register for 457 and 458, contingent on the approval of the committee. [W3] Normally offered every year. Staff.

Short Term Courses

AS/JA s23. Japanese Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization.This course surveys Japanese popular culture since the 1980s, both in and outside of the geographic borders of Japan. Students examine this culture through food, popular music, and anime. How have sushi chefs defined "Japanese sushi" to satisfy consumers and sell it in foreign markets? How could we define the cuteness of Japanese anime characters in the gender matrix that may be specific to each different culture? What elements—either material or ideological—are transferred, transformed, or discarded when introducing popular Japanese culture to different consumer markets? To answer these questions, recent products of popular culture are considered: tasted, or listened to and closely analyzed. Through these activities, this course aims to produce a critical language to envision how the ongoing process of economic globalization has been deconstructing conventional cultural boundaries. New course beginning Short Term 2014. Not open to students who have received credit for AS/JA 232. Open to first-year students. Enrollment limited to 30. Normally offered every year. H. Wake. Concentrations

AS/JA s27. Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The technologies of the industrial and postindustrial age have made possible a scale of destruction that seems impossible for human beings either to grasp or perhaps even to survive. Japan is the only nation to have experienced attack by atomic weapons. What is the role of art, literature, film, and journalism in expressing the "inexpressible" and possibly preventing its reoccurrence? This course examines Japanese and Korean responses to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 30. S. Strong. Concentrations

JPN s50. Independent Study.Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, individually design and plan a course of study or research not offered in the curriculum. Course work includes a reflective component, evaluation, and completion of an agreed-upon product. Sponsorship by a faculty member in the program/department, a course prospectus, and permission of the chair are required. Students may register for no more than one independent study during a Short Term. Normally offered every year. Staff. Interdisciplinary Programs.


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