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Japanese

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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ERICSON, ONISHI, MARUYAMA

Minor Requirements

The Japanese Language Minor (6 units)

  • A minimum of 5 units of Japanese language, including 2 units of Advanced Japanese
    • One (1) relevant literature course approved by the department.

Courses

Japanese

JA101 Elementary Japanese

Introduction to Japanese language. Students will be introduced to basic spoken and written structures of 'standard' Japanese, the two Kana alphabets, and the development of basic aural/oral skills with attention to the cultural context. A video program supplements the course. Language laboratory required.

2 units — Ericson, Onishi

JA103 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

.25 unit — Ericson

JA104 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

.25 unit

JA130 Japanese Culture

This course presents a critical appreciation of popular Japanese Icons (haiku poetry, tea ceremony, kabuki theatre, samurai, Shinto rituals, and rice) that scrutinizes how cultural practices and institutions have evolved and been adapted to symbolize Japan, both by Japanese and foreign observers. All readings, discussion, and writing will be in English. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Ericson

JA201 Intermediate Japanese I

The course emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills after the elementary level. Video materials supplement the course and place the language in a cultural context.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

1 unit — Onishi

JA202 Advanced Intermediate Japanese II

The course builds on the language proficiency gained in 201. Increased use of the written and spoken language designed to build proficiency.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

1 unit — Onishi

JA205 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Advanced conversation, reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

.25 unit — Ericson

JA206 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Advanced conversation, reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

.25 unit

JA212 Japanese Literature in Translation

This course examines the way in which post-war Japanese literature reflects the transformation and enduring tensions within Japanese society. Topics include gender roles, the family, individuality, and dissension. Of central concern is the capacity of literature to reflect massive social and economic changes within contemporary Japan and to assess the assumptions of continuity, consensus, and conformity. Works by the following writers will be included: Ibuse Masuji, Yasuoka Shotaro, Hayashi Fumiko, Kawabata Yasunari, Abe Kobo, Enchi Fumiko, and Oe Kenzaburo. Novels and shorts stories will be supplemented with film and other readings. All readings, discussion, and writing will be in English. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

JA250 Topics in Japanese Studies

(Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Japanese 201 or equivalent.

.5 or 1 unit

JA251 Japanese Women Writers

Japanese women writers wrote the most heralded novels and poetic diaries in the classical literary canon; this celebration of women's literary contributions is an anomaly among world literatures. Yet for over five hundred years, women's literary voices were silenced before reemerging in the modern era, when a renaissance of 'women's literature' (joryu bungaku) captured popular imagination, even as it confronted critical disparagement. This course traces the rise, fall and return of writing by women and the influence of attitudes toward gender on what was written and read through a wide array of literary texts, historical documents, and cultural artifacts. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

JA252 Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Literature, Film, and Manga

This Course Explores how Japanese writers have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality from the Heian Period through the modern era. Drawing on literary sources such as The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (11th c.), Five Women Who Loved Love by Ihara Saikaku (17th c.), and Kitchen by Yoshimoto Banana (20th c.), as well as films and manga. We will analyze how both male and female authors have portrayed gender and sexuality within an ever-changing landscape. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Ericson

JA301 Advanced Japanese Language I

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending modern Japanese. Taught as an extended format course over one semester or as one block course.

Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Onishi

JA302 Advanced Japanese Language II

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending modern Japanese. Taught as an extended format course over the Spring semester.

Prerequisite: Japanese 301 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Onishi

JA311 Independent Study in Japanese:

Supervised projects in Japanese language, literature and culture for advanced students. Offered as a block course (1 unit) or semester extended format (1/2 unit).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

JA326 Japanese Politics through Literature

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).

1 unit

JA350 Advanced Topics in Japanese Literature and Culture

Study of a selected topic in Japanese literature and culture. The course will cover subjects not listed in the regular curriculum and may vary from year to year. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or equivalent.

.5 or 1 unit

JA401 Japanese Culture and Language

Application of Japanese language skills in the study of Japanese culture, including literature, history, or business. Taught as an extended format course over the full academic year. (Not offered 2017-18).

Prerequisite: Japanese 302 or consent of instructor.

1 unit