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  • JAPAN 101  Elementary Japanese I

    Description:
    This course is intended for absolute beginners (those who have never studied Japanese) and those who have some background in Japanese, but would like to start afresh. We will focus on some elements of grammar including present and past tenses, hiragana and katakana writing systems, and fixed phrases, Students also learn about 30 kanji (Chinese characters). All four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) will be covered.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 102  Elementary Japanese II

    Description:
    This course is a continuation of JAPAN 101, and assumes the knowledge of Japanese covered in it. Students who studied Japanese elsewhere and wish to take the course need to demonstrate a similar level of competency. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) will be covered. In addition to new elements of grammar, students will learn about 50 new kanji.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 103  Japanese Through Music

    Description:
    This course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of the Japanese language through the utilization of Japanese music. Students will translate lyrics from folk songs and J-pop to analyze their meanings in context. In addition to the translation work, students will transcribe original lyrics of songs, creating new lyrics. Also, Japanese films will be interpreted and transcribed from original lines into new lines by integrating their music.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 201  Intermediate Japanese I

    Description:
    As in JAPAN 101 and 102, students will get exposure to basic Japanese grammar and kanji. All four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) will be covered. New elements of grammar, such as making comparisons and using informal speech as well as adding subtle nuances will be introduced. Depending on the class composition and student ability, possible class activities include skits and/or creative writing in Japanese.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 202  Intermediate Japanese II

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    In addition to new elements of grammar, some real-life Japanese materials such as advertisements, childrens story, and newspaper articles will be occasionally introduced. As in Japan 201, we will engage in creative writing and other activities as deemed appropriate.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 250  Modern Japanese Literature

    Description:
    This course examines key texts of modern Japanese literature from the late 19th century to the present - from critical masterpieces to recent bestsellers. All texts in English translation, and no knowledge of Japanese is required.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 252L  Premodern Japanese Culture:From Ancient Times to 1868

    Description:
    This course surveys Japanese culture from the 8th century to the 19th century, with particular emphasis on literature, history, as well as contemporary material culture and social history. All readings are in English, and no knowledge of Japanese is required.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 260  Japanese Theatre

    Description:
    This course is a survey of the rich world of Japanese theatre. We examine such traditional performing arts as No, Kyogen, and Kabuki, as well as more contemporary genres inclusing Takarazuka and Butoh. All readings are in English. All students interested in Japanese culture as well as performance studies are welcome.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 270  Introduction to Japanese Culture

    Description:
    An interdisciplinary introduction to traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The course investigates the origin and historical development of major aspects of Japanese culture, through reading materials written by Japanese and non-Japanese specialists as well as English translations of original texts, along with lectures, visual presentations and discussions. No knowledge of Japanese required.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 276  Postwar Japanese Cinema: From Kurosawa Akira to Kurosawa Kyoshi

    Description:
    This course is a survey of postwar Japanese cinema. We examine seminal works by key directors-including Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujiro, Oshima Nagisa, Miike Takashi, Mlyazaki Hayao, and Kurosawa Kiyoshi. All films are "Japanese" (while the question of "national cinema" is one of the questions this course will raise) with English subtitles. Background in cinema studies is a plus, but all students interested in cinema are welcome.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 290  Special Topics

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    Special topics in Japanese.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 301  Advanced Japanese I

    Description:
    A course in written and spoken Japanese beyond the intermediate level. The major goal is to develop reading proficiency through extensive exposure to all types of written material found in Japan today. Emphasis is also given to building up vocabulary as the key tool for intellectual communication. The acquisition of additional Kanji, brings the cumulative total (starting from JAPAN 101) to approximately 750.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 302  Readings in Japanese

    Description:
    In this course, we read Japanese short fiction, essays, and newspaper articles in Japanese. We also discuss them in class in Japanese. Among other topics, we will consider various social problems and intriguing phenomena, including changing views of gender and sexuality, the interplay of aesthetics and politics in arts, and the relationship between Japan and the rest of the world. (There will be two or three screenings of films and/or TV programs based on short stories and current events).   More Info

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  • JAPAN 378  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 379  Independent Study

    Description:
    Study of a particular area of this subject under the supervision of a faculty member. Students wishing to register must do so through the department.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 479  Readings & Research

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    Primarily for seniors with a GPA of at least 3.0 in their major who wish to pursue a research topic in depth, on ordinarily not available in standard course offerings. A written prospectus detailing the plan of study must be submitted to supervising instructor and department.   More Info

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