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Courses - Fall 2019
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).
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.
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.
JAPN325
Modern Japanese Literature and Film (In Translation)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Explores and questions the significance of some of modern Japan's most dynamic historical transformations, pressing social issues, and modes of cultural expression. Covers the Meiji period (1868-1912) to the 21st century.
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
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.
JAPN407
The Art of Translation
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: 1 course with a minimum grade of C- from (JAPN401, JAPN402); or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Theory and practice of translation. Variety of genres. Japanese to English.
JAPN421
History of the Japanese Language
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: JAPN102; 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).
JAPN498M
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; Mapping Premodern Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Mapping Premodern Japan investigates travel in Japan through concentrated study of a key route in the premodern period. We will explore the role travel played in larger social, political, economic, and cultural structures and how stories of travel shaped ideas of identity, place, and national culture. We will analyze scholarship, conduct research, and learn the process for developing authentic scholarship in Cultural Studies. The course will culminate in a digital humanities final project in which students will conduct research on the major site of study and present their findings using digital storytelling. Taught in English.

The site of exploration for Fall 2019 will be the Tokaido, the major highway connecting the shogunal capital in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and the imperial capital in Kyoto.
JAPN499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Japanese
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.