Academic Catalog

2018-2019

Japanese (JAPN)

JAPN 111 - Beginning Japanese I (4 Credit Hours)

A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The two beginning courses will concentrate on correct pronunciation, an active vocabulary of 500-1000 words as well as basic grammatical patterns.

JAPN 112 - Beginning Japanese II (4 Credit Hours)

A comprehensive introductory course in modern Japanese develops the four basic skills: aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The two beginning courses will concentrate on correct pronunciation, an active vocabulary of 500-1000 words as well as basic grammatical patterns.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 111 or consent.

JAPN 211 - Intermediate Japanese I (4 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive grammar will be the core of the course, along with further development of reading ability and more extensive oral practice.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 112 or consent.

JAPN 212 - Intermediate Japanese II (4 Credit Hours)

This course builds on the material covered in JAPN 211. Students will continue to practice speaking using ever more complex grammatical structures, write short paragraphs, and continue their study of Chinese characters used in Japanese (kanji) in earnest.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 211 or consent.

JAPN 219 - Voices from the Dark Valley: East Asians Under Japanese Fascism (1910-1945) (4 Credit Hours)

This course provides students an introduction to the written cultural products (available in translation) from Japan, and two countries – China and Korea – occupied by Japan during the Pacific War (1931-1945). Although Japan’s occupation of Korea began in 1910, this course will begin its consideration of this topic in 1890 because the Japanese political and social mechanisms that led to fascist militarist control in the 1930s have their origins at least as far back as 1890. This course fulfills the Modern Core requirement for the East Asian Studies major/minor.

JAPN 235 - Introduction to Modern Chinese and Japanese Literature (4 Credit Hours)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to modern Chinese and Japanese fiction for the student who has little or no background in the language, history, or culture of these countries. No prerequisite.

Crosslisting: EAST 235.

JAPN 239 - Introduction to Japanese Genre Fiction (4 Credit Hours)

Genre fiction (sometimes called “commercial fiction”) around the world has been broadly categorized as less-refined, or less literary. Postmodern thinkers have demonstrated, however, that popular fiction can serve as a fascinating lens through which to read place (society, race, gender, etc.) and time (historical period). This class will serve as an introduction to Japan’s long, rich tradition of genre fiction. In addition to reading recent criticism of the genres discussed, we will consider representative works, primarily by twentieth-century authors, in three genres: historical/period fiction, mystery/detective fiction, and horror fiction. This course is taught in English. No Japanese language required.

Crosslisting: EAST 239.

JAPN 273 - Modern Japan in Film and Literature (4 Credit Hours)

This course uses film and modern literature to consider responses to political, economic, and sociological changes in Japanese society over the course of the twentieth century. This course is taught in English.

JAPN 309 - Japan's Modern Canon (4 Credit Hours)

In this course we will read extensively from the works of the four twentieth-century Japanese authors who have been elevated to the status of canonized writers, that is, whose works are regarded both in and out of Japan as essential in the history of Japanese letters. Note that readings will vary from semester to semester. This course is taught in English.

JAPN 311 - Advanced Japanese I (4 Credit Hours)

The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative clauses), and verb categories (transitive and intransitive verbs) that allow students to create longer, more complex culturally coherent utterances. Students will also learn 200 Chinese characters.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 212 or equivalent.

JAPN 312 - Advanced Japanese I (4 Credit Hours)

The two Advanced Japanese courses introduce students to a number of complex, essential grammatical structures, notably sentence modifiers (relative clauses), and verb categories (transitive and intransitive verbs) that allow students to create longer, more complex culturally coherent utterances. Students will also learn 200 Chinese characters.

Prerequisite(s): JAPN 311 or equivalent.

JAPN 361 - Directed Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

JAPN 362 - Directed Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

JAPN 363 - Independent Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

JAPN 364 - Independent Study (1-4 Credit Hours)

JAPN 400 - Special Topics in Advanced Japanese (4 Credit Hours)

JAPN 451 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)

JAPN 452 - Senior Research (4 Credit Hours)