Bulletin--Japanese Discipline

JAPANESE


College of Humanities
(See Foreign LanguagesóJapanese in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)

All upper division courses, except Japanese 600, are conducted in Japanese.

Undergraduate Courses

100 Japanese Conversation for Beginners (3)

The development of basic communicative skills in Japanese, the understanding of speaking rules, and the relationship between linguistic forms and functions. Emphasizes practicality by providing effective contexts for speech acts. Some writing is also introduced. (See Department of Foreign Language statement in the Academic Programs section.)

101 First Semester Japanese (5) [GE]

Instruction in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing modern Japanese. Emphasis on the spoken language. Laboratory attendance required.

102 Second Semester Japanese (5) [GE]

Prerequisite: JAPN 101 or equivalent. Continuation of First Semester Japanese. Laboratory attendance required.

103 Third Semester Japanese (5) [GE]

Prerequisite: JAPN 102 or equivalent. Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing modern Japanese at the intermediate level.

200 Art of Japanese Writing and Calligraphy (3) [GE]

Study of the nature and composition of the two Japanese writing systems, Hiragana and Kanji, and their aesthetic expression in different styles of calligraphy. Knowledge of Japanese not required. May be taken concurrently with other Japanese courses.

250 Intensive Study of Kanji (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 101 or equivalent. Individualized guidance for the intensive study of Kanji. Can be repeated for higher levels of study. Open to all students.

251 Advanced Study of Kanji (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 250 or equivalent. Intensive study of Kanji at the advanced level. May be repeated once.

301 Japanese Conversation (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 103 and 250 or equivalent. Developing aural-oral skills for conversations at different social levels and situations. Group discussions based on books, films, slides, and news items.

302 Japanese Reading and Grammar (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 103 and 250 or equivalent. Exercises in reading modern Japanese. Structural analysis and vocabulary development.

305 Advanced Conversation and Composition I (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Grammatical analysis. Rhetoric. Oral and written exercises at an advanced level.

306 Advanced Conversation and Composition II (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Continuation of JAPN 305. Grammatical analysis. Rhetoric. Oral and written exercises at an advanced level.

309 Advanced Readings in Japanese (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Concentrated reading practice in modern literary, journalistic, and expository writings.

325 Practical Linguistics in Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Application of linguistics to the study of Japanese sound patterns and structures.

330 Proverbs and Idiomatic Expressions in Japanese (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 103 or equivalent. A concentrated study of the most commonly used proverbs and idiomatic expressions in Japanese to expand students' language and cultural competence.

350 Introduction to Translation (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalents. Basic techniques, strategies, and issues in the field of non-literary translation using Japanese and English as source languages. Practical exercises include text analysis and development of translation skills.

390 Business Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalents. Learning Japanese business communication skills. Readings in current Japanese in economics, politics, and social issues. Guest lecturers and individual counseling.

395 Business Writing (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 250, 301, and 302 or equivalents. An introduction to the various formats necessary for business writing in Japanese and intensive training in reading and writing business documents.

401 Topics in Japanese Culture (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Selected topics dealing with essential aspects of Japanese culture. May be repeated when different topics are treated.

510 Modern Japanese Literature (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Literary movements and major works of twentieth century Japan. Lectures and exercises in Japanese.

560 Modern Japanese Fiction (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Stressing the period after the Meiji era (1894). Discussions and essays in Japanese.

590 Topics in Japanese Literature (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 301 and 302 or equivalent. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Intensive study of outstanding authors or works. May be repeated when different writers or topics are treated in succeeding semesters.

600 Topics in Japanese Culture and Literature in English (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Exploration in varied aspects of Japanese literature and culture in English. Open to all students. Will not ordinarily count toward a major or minor in Japanese. May be repeated when topic varies.

690 Introduction to Consecutive Interpretation (3)

Prerequisite: near native fluency in English or Japanese, and advanced level knowledge of the other. The acquisition of basic skills in consecutive interpretation between Japanese and English in the fields of international business, manufacturing, and tourism.

695 Seminar: Materials Development for Teaching Japanese (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 325; JAPN 770 highly recommended. Application of linguistic and pedagogical theories and principles to the development of materials for Japanese classes.

699 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: consent of department chair and instructor. Special topics in Japanese. Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. Material adopted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated for credit.

Graduate Courses

710 Japanese Language Workshops (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Intensive Japanese language training courses at the graduate level for specific purposes such as translation, interpretation, and readings in professional fields. May be repeated when topic varies.

750 Seminar in Japanese Linguistics (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 325 or equivalent. Advanced study of phonological, morphological, and semantic features of Japanese. Emphasis on current research and problems. Individual research project.

760 Seminar in Pedagogical Japanese Linguistics (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 325 or equivalent. Inquiry into specific problem areas of phonological, grammatical, and discourse structures of Japanese from a learning/teaching point of view. Individual projects.

770 Seminar in Teaching Japanese (3)

Prerequisite: JAPN 750 or 760 or equivalent. Analysis of available text materials and audio-visual aids for teaching Japanese. Exploration of instructional methods, techniques, and material choice for effective teaching. Individual projects in preparation of teaching aids for classroom use.

780 Practicum in Teaching Japanese (3)

Prerequisites: JAPN 750, 760, and 770 or consent of instructor. Application of linguistic and pedagogical knowledge to actual teaching of Japanese through class observations, student interaction through individual and group tutoring, participation in classroom activities, and simulated classroom teaching. CR/NC grading only.

800 Seminar in Analysis of Japanese Cultural Studies (3)

Survey of the recent trend of cultural studies of Japan. Analysis and comparison of the focus, method, and purpose of each work and their possible interrelations.

860 Seminar: Topics in Japanese Literature (3)

Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Study of representative authors and works, periods, genres, or trends in Japanese literature. May be repeated when topics vary.

890 Integrative Seminar: Japanese Language and Culture (3)

Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor. Examination of Japanese language to study how it may reflect Japanese people's way of thinking, their relationship with one another and with nature, and their attitude about the place and role of individuals in society.

894 Translation/Creative Work Project (3)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the Master of Arts in Japanese. Translation of a literary or technical writing, or an original and extensive creative work project in the teaching of Japanese such as the development of teaching material or syllabus design. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience forms must beapproved by the Graduate Division before registration.

895 Applied Research Project (3)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the Master of Arts in Japanese. Translation of a literary or technical writing, or an original and extensive applied work project in the teaching of Japanese such as the development of teaching material or syllabus design. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. CR/NC grading only.

898 Master's Thesis (3)

Prerequisite: advancement to candidacy for the Master of Arts in Japanese. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. CR/NC grading only.

899 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisite: consent of graduate major adviser and the supervising faculty member. Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Open only to advanced graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.


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