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Edward T Mack
JAPAN 460
Seattle Campus

Readings in Japanese Culture

Reading and discussion of texts in Japanese on various aspects of Japanese culture, such as film, anime, art, and other socio-cultural phenomena. Close attention to grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.5 in either JAPAN 313 or JAPAN 334.

Class description

Students will not only increase their ability to read Japanese, they will also learn about various contemporary social and cultural phenomena.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The bulk of each class will be spent going through each reading assignment closely, analyzing not only the language of the piece but the logic of its argument. Once we have gone over the language, the remainder of the class will be spent discussing the content. Readings will all be in Japanese; class discussion will primarily be in English.

Recommended preparation

A high level of Japanese language ability is necessary for this class; for that reason JAPAN 313 or its equivalent is a requirement.

Class assignments and grading

One piece of criticism will be assigned for each class meeting; the length of this reading will vary depending on the overall skill level of the class. Students will be expected to have read the piece in advance.

The largest single factor in determining a student's grade is his or her participation in the class. In addition, there will be vocabulary quizzes throughout the term as well as a translation project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Edward T Mack
Date: 02/18/2003