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Courses - Fall 2018
JAPN
Japanese Department Site
JAPN101
Elementary Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Introduction to basic patterns of contemporary spoken Japanese and to the two phonetic syllabaries (Katakana and Hiragana).
The Japanese program invites all students who have placed into Japn102 (a spring course) this summer to contact Professor Yamakita (yamakita@umd.edu) for a discussion of a 3-credit course she is offering this fall at the appropriate 102 level, to be followed by a second 3-credit 102-replacement course in Spring. We don't want you to have to for 1/2 a year to continue on in your Japanese!

This course has been put on a timed release system. Seats will be opened gradually by the registrar's office, to a total of 15 seats per section.
JAPN201
Intermediate Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN102; or or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Contemporary spoken and written Japanese.
JAPN221
Radical Transformations in Japanese Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHU
Since the early modern period, Japanese cultural forms have reflected the innate instability of contemporary social structures. Focusing on Noh drama, Matsuo Basho's haiku travelogue Oku no hosomichi, popular fiction by Ihara Saikaku, the movement for vernacular literature in the late 19th century, the rise and fall of Marxists and feminists in early 20th century Japan, a variety of perspectives on WWII and its legacy, as well as Japanese pop culture, we will consider the way cultural works developed as part of Japan's radical transformations in the last four centuries. A major film component increases students' direct exposure to the work of Japan's cultural producers, and students' suggestions and interests will help shape the final unit of the course about Japan today. Taught in English, and all readings are in English translation.
JAPN301
Advanced Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN202; or permission of instructor.
Advanced conversation, oral comprehension, and selected readings.
JAPN311
Traditional Japanese Language and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN202; or permission of instructor.
Introduction to classical Japanese language (kobun) through representative texts and genres from the literary traditions of the Heian period (794-1185) to the Early Modern period (1600-1868). Taught in Japanese and English.
JAPN386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Must have a Learning Proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor, and student's internship sponsor.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JAPN402
Readings in Japanese Cultural Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor.
Development of advanced reading, vocabulary, grammar, and translation skills through selected readings in Japanese drawn from the fields of history, social sciences, cultural studies, film studies, and popular culture.
JAPN421
History of the Japanese Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JAPN201; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Investigation of the origin of the Japanese language, its relationship with other languages, and its development. Taught in English, but presumes knowledge of Kanji (Chinese characters).
JAPN424
Japan From the Margins
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DVUP
Credit only granted for: JAPN498B or JAPN424.
Formerly: JAPN498B.
Japan from the Margins takes as its focus the history and representations of various others in Japanese society. They include ethnic Ainu, Okinawans, and Koreans, a historical outcaste group called the Burakumin, and people marginalized for their non-normative gender and sexual practices. Students learn about the historical specificities of each group as well as their common experiences of institutional discrimination as they grapple with larger questions regarding prejudice, nationalism, and social justice. Taught in English.
Taught in English. Fulfills literature/cultural studies elective for major/minor.
JAPN428B
Seminar in Japanese Discourse and Conversation Analysis; Japanese Business Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: C- or better in JAPN 302 or equivalent score on FLPA.

This course will introduce Japanese business language and practices from a cross-cultural, cross-linguistic perspective and is designed for intermediate to advanced level learners. Class discussions in English and Japanese will be based on oral and written samples of authentic discourse, and will acquaint students with business terminology and kanji, as well as the genres of business telephone conversations and business e-mail correspondence. Readings will be drawn from relevant fields including pragmatics, conversation and discourse analysis, anthropological linguistics, and ethnomethodology. Two to three case studies on multinational companies conducted by the Wharton School of Business will also be examined. Taught in English.
JAPN498T
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; Literary Journeys: Travel in Premodern Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Literary Journeys investigates the theme of travel in premodern Japanese literature through close readings of travel diaries, poetry collections, folk tales, novels, and plays. Through these texts, we will journey to the capital, the countryside, and supernatural realms. We will examine how stories of travel shaped ideas of identity, spirituality, place, and and national culture. Taught in English.
JAPN499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Japanese
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.