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Courses - Spring 2022
JAPN
Japanese Department Site
JAPN102
Elementary Japanese II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN101; or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Continued introduction to the basic spoken patterns of contemporary Japanese.
JAPN202
Intermediate Japanese II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
CORE: HO
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN201; or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.
Contemporary spoken and written Japanese.
JAPN302
Advanced Japanese II
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN301; or permission of instructor.
Continued readings in varied modern texts and advanced conversation and oral comprehension.
JAPN386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
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.
JAPN438P
(Perm Req)
Topics in Japanese Pragmatics; Speech Acts and Politeness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: JAPN201 with a C- or better.

This seminar familiarizes students with fundamental topics in the field of linguistic pragmatics (the study of language use in context) such as deixis and indexicality, reference and inference, speech act theory, and (im)politeness. Readings, class discussions, and homework assignments will initially introduce basic concepts through English examples, and then apply them to Japanese. (All readings are in English; many readings will have illustrative examples in romanized Japanese.) As students develop an understanding of these concepts, we will also discuss a range of speech acts (e.g., apologies, requests, invitations, and refusals) and their realizations in Japanese. Special attention will be paid to situational variables that can impact interlocutors' selection and interpretation of speech act realizations and communication more generally.
JAPN445
Performance and Sexuality in Early Modern Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Credit only granted for: JAPN498J or JAPN445.
Formerly: JAPN498J.
Explores the intersections between performance and sexuality in early modern Japan. Our main sites will be the stage, the brothels, and everyday life as we examine how people of the period performed gender and sexuality. We will draw from popular fiction, kabuki, puppet theatre, woodblock prints, guides to the pleasure quarters, and censorship edicts. Taught in English.
Cross-listing with THET428J. Credit granted for JAPN445, THET428J, or JAPN498J.
JAPN498N
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; Nuclear Nationalism and Its Discontents: Japan and Beyond
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
The 2011 nuclear meltdowns at Japan s Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant-precipitated by a colossal earthquake and tsunami captured the world s attention as contaminated water escaped into the Pacific Ocean and man-made radioactive isotopes were caught up in global air flows. An atomic disaster rivaling Chernobyl, "Fukushima" has invited questions about why the only nation that has been attacked by atomic weapons during wartime so willingly adopted nuclear power. This Cultural Studies course not only critically investigates the historical trajectory of nuclear power in postwar Japan but also engages with diverse messages of artists who address nuclear power generally or Fukushima particularly in speculative fiction, poetry, cinema, manga, music, and more. We will also study issues of nuclear power in the Korean peninsula and more broadly in Asia.
JAPN499
(Perm Req)
Directed Study in Japanese
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.