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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES
ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
JAPANESE

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JAPAN 101 First-Year Japanese (5)
Elementary speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in modern Japanese. First in a sequence of three. Offered: A.
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JAPAN 102 First-Year Japanese (5)
Elementary speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in modern Japanese. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 101 or JAPAN 111. Offered: W.
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JAPAN 103 First-Year Japanese (5)
Elementary speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in modern Japanese. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 102 or JAPAN 112. Offered: Sp.
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JAPAN 120 Extensive Reading in Japanese (2, max. 8) VLPA Izumi Matsuda
Using the Extensive Reading method, students read Japanese books at their current reading level without dictionaries. Allows students to focus on the content of stories rather than translating each sentence. Students acquire cultural knowledge and expand their vocabulary. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 101 or JAPAN 111; recommended: ability to read hiragana characters. Credit/no-credit only.
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JAPAN 130 International Baccalaureate (IB) Beginning Japanese (5/10)
Course awarded based on International Baccalaureate (IB) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 131 International Baccalaureate (IB) Intermediate-Beginning Japanese (5)
Course awarded based on International Baccalaureate (IB) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 133 Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese Language (5) VLPA
Course awarded based on Advanced Placement (AP) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 134 First-Year Intensive Japanese (15)
Fundamentals of the modern Japanese language. Oral communication skills, basic grammar, and reading/writing of hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji. No initial knowledge of Japanese is presumed. Equivalent of JAPAN 111, JAPAN 112, JAPAN 113. Satisfies requirement for entry to JAPAN 211. Students with prior background must take placement test. Offered: S.
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JAPAN 145 Foreign Study: Elementary Japanese (1-15, max. 20)
For participants in study abroad programs in Japan who complete 100-level language courses in approved programs in Japan. Evaluation by department/faculty required.
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JAPAN 201 Second-Year Japanese (5) VLPA
Development of further skills in the spoken and written languages. Students must enroll in both a lecture and quiz section to receive credit. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 103, JAPAN 113, or JAPAN 134. Offered: A.
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JAPAN 202 Second-Year Japanese (5) VLPA
Development of further skills in the spoken and written languages. Students must enroll in both a lecture and quiz section to receive credit. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 201 or JAPAN 211. Offered: W.
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JAPAN 203 Second-Year Japanese (5) VLPA
Development of further skills in the spoken and written languages. Students must enroll in both a lecture and quiz section to receive credit. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 202 or JAPAN 212. Offered: Sp.
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JAPAN 230 International Baccalaureate (IB) Advanced-Beginning Japanese (5-15) VLPA
Course awarded based on International Baccalaureate (IB) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 231 Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese Language (5) VLPA
Course awarded based on Advanced Placement (AP) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 232 Advanced Placement (AP) Japanese Language (5) VLPA
Course awarded based on Advanced Placement (AP) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 234 Second-Year Intensive Japanese (15) VLPA
Equivalent of JAPAN 211, JAPAN 212, JAPAN 213. Satisfies requirements for entry to JAPAN 311, but recommended primarily for those going to Japan shortly upon completion. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 113 or JAPAN 134. Offered: S.
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JAPAN 245 Foreign Study: Intermediate Japanese (1-15, max. 20) VLPA
For participants in study abroad programs in Japan who complete 200-level language courses in approved programs in Japan. Evaluation by department/faculty required.
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JAPAN 301 Third-Year Japanese (5) VLPA
Intermediate-level skills in both spoken and written languages. Some introduction to unedited materials. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 2.0 in either JAPAN 203, JAPAN 213, or JAPAN 234. Offered: A.
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JAPAN 302 Third-Year Japanese (5) VLPA
Intermediate-level skills in both spoken and written languages. Some introduction to unedited materials. Second in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 0.7 in either JAPAN 301 or JAPAN 311. Offered: W.
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JAPAN 303 Third-Year Japanese (5) VLPA
Intermediate-level skills in both spoken and written languages. Some introduction to unedited materials. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 0.7 in either JAPAN 302 or JAPAN 312. Offered: SpS.
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JAPAN 317 Chanoyu, The Japanese Culture of Tea (5) VLPA
This class traces the evolution of tea drinking in Japan from a monastic ritual introduced from China to an amusement for the samurai class and thence to its culmination as an aesthetic and ethical discipline that has greatly influenced various forms of cultural production through the "wabi" ideal of beauty and the spirit of Zen. Prerequisite: any 100-level, 200-level, 300-level, or 400-level JAPAN course (any of which may be taken concurrently). Offered: ASpS.
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JAPAN 321 Classical Japanese Literature (5) VLPA Atkins
Introduction to the literature and culture of Japan from the earliest times until the mid-nineteenth century. Close readings of tales, poems, plays, or essays with an emphasis on understanding cultural and historical contexts. In English. Offered: A.
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JAPAN 322 Modern Japanese Literature (5) VLPA
Introduction to the literature and culture of Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Close reading of novels, short stories, criticism, or other texts with an emphasis on understanding cultural and historical contexts. In English. Offered: W.
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JAPAN 325 Introduction to Japanese Cinema and Media (5) VLPA Bhowmik, Jesty, Mack
Introduction to Japanese film within their social and historical contexts.
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JAPAN 330 International Baccalaureate (IB) Advanced-Beginning Japanese Intermediate Japanese (5-15) VLPA
Course awarded based on International Baccalaureate (IB) score. Consult the Admissions Exams for Credit website for more information.
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JAPAN 334 Third-Year Intensive Japanese (15) VLPA
Equivalent to JAPAN 311, JAPAN 312, and JAPAN 313. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in either JAPAN 213 or JAPAN 234. Offered: S.
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JAPAN 343 Japanese Language in Society (5) VLPA/I&S Amy Snyder Ohta
Survey of issues in Japanese language use. Areas covered include dialectical variation, language attitudes, gender differences, and pragmatics. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 203, JAPAN 213, JAPAN 234, JAPAN 301, JAPAN 302, JAPAN 303, JAPAN 311, JAPAN 312, JAPAN 313, JAPAN 334, or JAPAN 345.
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JAPAN 344 Foreign Language Teaching in the Japanese Context: EFL in Japan and JFL in North America (5)
Teaching methods course focused communicative, 4-skills, approaches for teaching foreign language in Japan (English as a foreign language) and in North America (Japanese as a foreign language). Includes portfolio development and job-seeking strategies. Prerequisite: either a minimum grade of 2.0 in JAPAN 203, or a minimum grade of 2.0 in JAPAN 213.
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JAPAN 345 Foreign Study: Advanced Japanese (1-15, max. 20) VLPA
For participants in study abroad programs in Japan who complete 300-level language courses in approved programs in Japan. Evaluation by department/faculty required.
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JAPAN 360 Topics in Japanese Culture (5, max. 15) VLPA
Focuses on literature from a limited time period or particular aspects of pre-modern or modern Japanese culture.
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JAPAN 361 Topics in Japanese Cinema and Media (5, max. 15) VLPA Bhowmik, Jesty, Mack
Introduces Japanese film through topics organized according to a specific theme or focused on a relatively limited time period. Students learn contemporary approaches to film with an emphasis on understanding them within their social and historical contexts, often through a specific interpretive methodology.
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JAPAN 380 Contemporary Japanese Art and Society (5) VLPA
Introduces Japanese avant-garde and contemporary culture, with particular focus on performance, the visual arts, literature, and film, through topics organized according to a specific theme or focused on a relatively limited time period. Students learn current approaches to modern and contemporary creative cultures with emphasis on understanding texts and works within their social and historical contexts.
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JAPAN 395 Foreign Study: Japanese Linguistics or Literature (1-20, max. 20) VLPA
For participants in study abroad programs in Japan who complete coursework in Japanese literature or linguistics.
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JAPAN 401 Fourth-Year Japanese I (5) VLPA/I&S
Reading, class discussion, oral presentations, and composition on topics related to the Japanese language and present-day Japan. Conducted in Japanese. First in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 303, JAPAN 313, or JAPAN 334. Offered: A.
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JAPAN 402 Fourth-Year Japanese II (5) VLPA/I&S
Reading, class discussion, oral presentations, and composition on topics related to the Japanese language and present-day Japan. Second in a sequence of three. Conducted in Japanese. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 401, JAPAN 421, or a minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 303, JAPAN 313, or JAPAN 334. Offered: W.
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JAPAN 403 Fourth-Year Japanese III (5) VLPA/I&S
Reading, class discussion, oral presentations, and composition on topics related to the Japanese language and present-day Japan. Conducted in Japanese. Third in a sequence of three. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 401, JAPAN 402, JAPAN 421, JAPAN 422, or minimum grade of 2.5 in JAPAN 303, JAPAN 313, or JAPAN 334. Offered: Sp.
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JAPAN 412 Virtual Tokyo (5) VLPA
Develops Japanese skills through virtual visits to Tokyo. Using online resources, videos, and articles, students explore the culture, history, geography, and events in Tokyo, developing language skills and deepening knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334.
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JAPAN 413 Japanese Conversation Through Movies (5) VLPA
Develops Japanese language skills through Japanese movies and related materials. Incorporates viewing Japanese movies with talking, reading, and writing about them. Focus on development of conversation skills. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 303, JAPAN 313, or JAPAN 334.
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JAPAN 418 Advanced Japanese through Content (5, max. 15) VLPA
4th-year language course builds skills in Japanese via contemporary documentaries, video blogs, and articles. Individualization promotes growth and development of students with differing goals and strengths in advanced Japanese. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 303, JAPAN 313, or JAPAN 334.
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JAPAN 431 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5, max. 15) VLPA
Reading and discussion of selected modern literary texts in the original language, concentrating on the short story. Close attention to grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334.
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JAPAN 432 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5, max. 15) VLPA
Reading and discussion of selected modern literary texts in the original language, concentrating on the short story. Close attention to grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334.
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JAPAN 433 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5, max. 15) VLPA
Reading and discussion of selected modern literary texts in the original language, concentrating on the short story. Close attention to grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334.
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JAPAN 434 Seminar in Premodern Japanese Literature (5) VLPA
Seminar study of special topics in Premodern Japanese literature. Prerequisite: JAPAN 321.
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JAPAN 435 Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature (5) VLPA
Seminar study of special topics in modern Japanese literature. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 321, JAPAN 322, JAPAN 325, JAPAN 360, JAPAN 361, or JAPAN 380.
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JAPAN 441 The Acquisition of Japanese as a Second or Foreign Language (5)
Focuses on how Japanese is acquired or learned by non-native speakers in North America and Japan. Includes study of how Japanese is learned in both naturalistic settings such as study abroad and in foreign language classrooms. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 203, JAPAN 213, any 300-level JAPAN course, or any 400-level JAPAN course (any of which may be taken concurrently); and either JAPAN 343, ASIAN 401, CHIN 342, any 200-level LING course, or any 300-level LING course.
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JAPAN 442 Japanese Syntax and Semantics (5) VLPA T. OGIHARA
Introduces issues in Japanese syntax and semantics. Emphasizes description generalizations, rather than theoretical proposals. Prerequisite: either LING 200 or LING 400; recommended: LING 461; at least two years of coursework in Japanese. Offered: jointly with LING 412.
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JAPAN 443 Topics in Japanese Sociolinguistics (5) VLPA/I&S
Methodology and theory of sociolinguistic analysis. Reading of research literature and training in analysis of Japanese language data. Prerequisite: either JAPAN 303, JAPAN 313, JAPAN 334, or JAPAN 345, which may be taken concurrently; and either CHIN 342, ASIAN 401, JAPAN 343, JAPAN 441, any 200-level LING course, or any 300-level LING course.
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JAPAN 445 Foreign Study: Fourth-Year Japanese (1-15, max. 20) VLPA
For participants in study abroad programs in Japan who complete 400-level language courses in approved programs in Japan. Evaluation by department/faculty required.
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JAPAN 451 Fifth-Year Japanese I (5) VLPA
Builds advanced language skills beyond fourth-year Japanese, using authentic readings and media.
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JAPAN 452 Project Work in Advanced Japanese (5, max. 15) VLPA
Students pick their own topics, bring their own reading materials to share with classmates, and complete three projects. Provides students skills to use in future occupations and to become a more independent and resourceful language learner.
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JAPAN 460 Advanced Studies in Japanese Literature (5, max. 15) VLPA
Advanced study of Japanese literature that is usually focused on a specific topic and specialist approaches to that topic. Prerequisite: JAPAN 322 or JAPAN 360.
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JAPAN 461 Advanced Studies in Japanese Cinema and Media (5) VLPA
Advanced study of Japanese cinema and media that is usually focused on a specific topic and specialist approaches to that topic. Prerequisite: JAPAN 325 or JAPAN 361.
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JAPAN 471 Introduction to Classical Japanese (5) VLPA
Introduction to classical Japanese writing system, grammar, and vocabulary. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334; may not be repeated. Instructors: Atkins Offered: A.
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JAPAN 472 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature I (5) VLPA
Continued study of the classical language with a transition to reading literary works and understanding their cultural contexts. Prerequisite: JAPAN 471. Instructors: Atkins Offered: W.
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JAPAN 473 Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (5) VLPA
Readings in prose, poetry, and drama, antiquity to nineteenth century. Prerequisite: JAPAN 472. Offered: Sp.
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JAPAN 499 Undergraduate Research (3-5, max. 15)
For Japanese language and literature majors. Offered: AWSpS.
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JAPAN 505 Kambun (5)
Introduction to Kambun, a method of reading texts written in Chinese as classical Japanese. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructors: Atkins
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JAPAN 531 Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5, max. 15)
Rapid reading of modern literary and critical texts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 532 Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5, max. 15)
Rapid reading of modern literary and critical texts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 533 Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (5, max. 15)
Rapid reading of modern literary and critical texts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 540 Seminar on Japanese Linguistics (3, max. 15)
Problems in the history and structure of the Japanese language. Topics vary each quarter, according to the needs and interests of the students. Prerequisite: JAPAN 440 or permission of instructor. Instructors: A. Ohta
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JAPAN 561 No and Kyogen (5, max. 15)
Close reading and analysis of No texts in Japanese, with some attention to Kyogen. Discussion of categorization, structure, imagery, style, mode, theme, authorship, source material, theory, and problems of translation. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 571 Advanced Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (5)
Continued readings in classical literary texts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 572 Advanced Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (5)
Continued readings in classical literary texts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 573 Advanced Readings in Classical Japanese Literature (5)
Continued readings in classical literary texts. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 580 Development of Modern Japanese Fiction (5, max. 15)
Reading and translation of major works of modern fiction in the original, with emphasis on the chronological development of modern prose style. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 590 Seminar in Japanese Literature (5, max. 15)
Close examination of selected periods, writers, or genres, including problems of literary criticism in Japanese literature. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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JAPAN 591 Seminar in Japanese Cinema and Media (5, max. 15)
Close examination of the history of Japanese film, or a select aspect of Japanese film study such as a particular genre, director, or scholarly approach. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructors: Jesty
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JAPAN 595 Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art and Society (5, max. 15)
Close examination of selected media, genres, or periods of Japanese modern, avant-garde, and contemporary creative cultures including performance, the visual arts, literature, and film, as well as introduction to state of the scholarly field. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
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