Japanese Studies Courses
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82-171 Elementary Japanese I
This course is the first part of a two-semester course sequence (82-171, 82-172) for students with no prior experience in Japanese. It emphasizes the development of communicative language proficiency through oral practice, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and the…
82-172 Elementary Japanese II
This course is a sequel to Elementary Japanese I (82-171) and continues to further the development of communicative language proficiency through oral practice, aural comprehension, reading, writing, and the study of cultural aspects of Japanese society. Regular homework,…
82-173 Introduction to Japanese I
This course is the first part of a two-semester sequence (82-173, 82-174) for students with no background in Japanese. Since it covers the first half of 82-171 in one semester, it is suitable for those students who need sufficient practice time both in and outside of class…
82-174 Introduction to Japanese II
This course is a sequel to Introduction to Japanese I (82-173) for students with no background in Japanese. Since the course covers the second half of the 82-171 in one semester, it is suitable for those students who need lots of practice time both in and outside class. It…
82-270 Technology in Japanese Culture and Society
Taught in English.
This course explores various ways technology interacts with Japanese culture and society. On the one hand, technology has greatly changed Japanese culture and society, but on the other hand, the actual use of technology in Japan has been significantly…
82-271 Intermediate Japanese I
This course is the first part of a two-semester course sequence (82-271, 82-272). At the intermediate level, students will continue to improve the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills with the goal of becoming more proficient in daily…
82-273 Introduction to Japanese Language & Culture
Fulfills Contextual Thinking Gen Ed requirement
This course offers an overview of modern Japanese society, its socialization processes, and the role of language in expressing, transmitting and maintaining social structure and cultural values. It focuses on multiple…
82-275 Queer Representations in Contemporary Literature and Culture from Japan
Taught in English.
This course will survey queerness in contemporary Japan from the 1980s to the present. Though literature will be the primary focus of this course, we will also look at material from a variety of media including cinema, poetry, manga, and television. The…
82-278 Japanese Film and Literature: The Art of Storytelling
This course explores how the art of storytelling is in tandem with the vicissitudes of the human condition as illustrated in Japans variety of fictions, non-fictions, and films in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Analyses of each storytelling not only reveal the…
82-279 Anime - Visual Interplay between Japan and the World
Fulfills The Arts Gen Ed requirement
In contemporary Japanese culture, anime plays a vital role, unfolding a wide range of stories with its distinct modes of visual representation and complementing to other forms of culture (e.g., literature, film, and art). This course…
82-371 Advanced Japanese I
This course emphasizes the acquisition of advanced level of communicative language proficiency by immersing students in authentic cultural explorations. The curriculum includes authentic reading texts, multimedia, interviews with native speakers, and viewing and…
82-373 Structure of the Japanese Language
This course examines the basic Japanese grammar covered in elementary and intermediate Japanese courses by comparison with English and aids students in systematizing their knowledge of Japanese and in deepening their understanding of Japanese culture (i.e., cultural ways…
82-473 Topics in Japanese Studies: Postwar Japan's Subculture: Voices from Within and Without
This course analyzes postwar Japan's subculture as a creative force that is vital to its counter-discourses against the dominant ones in the mainstream. Ubiquitous and often volatile, various forms of the subculture have emerged in critical junctures of postwar…
82-571/572 Special Topics in Japanese Studies
Restricted to language majors who wish to go beyond the regular course offerings in Japanese Studies involving group or individual study in a subject area approved by the instructor.
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and a 400-level course.
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