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  • JAPAN 1001  Elementary Proficiency I

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    Elementary Proficiency I   More Info

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  • JAPAN 101  Elementary Japanese I

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    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

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    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

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    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 2001  Intermed Lang Proficiency I

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    Intermed Lang Proficiency I   More Info

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    • TBA
  • JAPAN 2002  Intermed Lang Proficiency II

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    Intermed Lang Proficiency II   More Info

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    • TBA
  • JAPAN 201  Intermediate Japanese I

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    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, children's 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 205  Introduction to Japanese Pronunciation

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    This course is intended for Japanese learners who have completed the equivalent of Japan 101 and 102 at UMB (if you have a credit transfer from another institution, domestic or international, please see the instructor). We will build on the first eight lessons of the textbook Genki I while keeping primary focus on refining pronunciation. New sentence structures and elements of grammar will also be introduced as appropriate. While this is a "speaking" intensive class, please note that there will be approximately 10 vocabulary quizzes as well as script writing and reading exercises. The goal of the course is to achieve sound articulation, emphasis-based enunciation, and natural flow with basic structures Japanese sentences.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 250  Modern Japanese Literature

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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    • TBA
  • JAPAN 276  Postwar Japanese Cinema: From Kurosawa Akira to Kurosawa Kiyoshi

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    This course surveys some of the most important and exciting cinematic works from postwar Japan. In the first part of the course, we will visit the "masterpieces" - world-renowned works by legendary directors such as Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasuijiro, and Oshima Nagisa. We will also discuss techniques of cinema using their works in order to familiarize ourselves with the critical terms of film studies. The second part of the course is divided by theme and is designed to touch on some of the crucial issues (e.g. subversion of tradition) as well as recent development (e.g. popularity of Japanese horror in the global market; what constitutes "Japanese" cinema) surrounding cinema in Japan today. Throughout the course, we will keep an eye for the relationship between Japanese cinema and Hollywood.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 290  Special Topics

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    Special topics in Japanese.   More Info

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    • TBA
  • JAPAN 301  Advanced Intermediate Japanese I

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    This course is written and spoken Japanese beyond the intermediate level builds on the material covered in JAPAN 101 through 202, focusing on acquisition of more idiomatic expressions and nuances of modesty and politeness. Students also further develop the quantity and quality of communicative and writing skills acquired in the previous semesters.   More Info

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  • JAPAN 302  Advanced Intermediate Japanese II

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    The elements of grammar covered in this class will focus on causative and causative-passive. Additional general expressions will also be included. Students also further develop the quantity and quality of communicate and writing skills acquired in the previous semesters. When appropriate, authentic material will be used to supplement textbook learning   More Info

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  • JAPAN 378  Independent Study

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    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

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    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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