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Courses - Fall 2024
JAPN
Japanese Department Site
Open Seats as of
07/17/2024 at 10:30 PM
JAPN101
Elementary Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) score.
Introduction to basic patterns of contemporary spoken Japanese and to the two phonetic syllabaries (Katakana and Hiragana).
JAPN201
Intermediate Japanese I
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN102; or or appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) 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.
JAPN335
Troubling Gender and Sex in Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DVUP
There are a number of overly stereotypical gendered and sexualized images of Japanese in the United States. Consider, for instance, the continued dominance of the icons of Japan, the Samurai and Geisha. An examination of the wide variety of representations of femininity and masculinity and gender and sexual identities in Japan, however, offers us a fruitful opportunity to expand and challenge even our most inclusive ideas of gender and sexuality. The title of this course derives from a feminist, theoretical work by Judith Butler, Gender Trouble. Putting a critical lens to fiction, film, drama, art, and legal documents, we will trouble (complicate and deconstruct) received notions of gender and sexuality in a number of fundamental ways.
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.
JAPN401
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
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 primarily from modern literature.
JAPN498B
Special Topics in Japanese Studies; The Supernatural and the Strange in Classical Japan
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course investigates supernatural and strange occurrences in novels, plays, folk tales, and ghost stories from the Heian, Medieval, and Edo periods. Through close reading of literary texts, picture scrolls, and performances, we will explore how the presence of eerie and otherworldly tropes provided a means to make sense of the natural, spiritual, and socio-political worlds in premodern Japan. 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.