Courses

JAPN 101 (F) Elementary Japanese

An introduction to modern spoken and written Japanese, the course aims to instill proficiency in Japanese by developing four necessary skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to successfully interact [ more ]

JAPN 102 (S) Elementary Japanese

An introduction to modern spoken and written Japanese, the course aims to instill proficiency in Japanese by developing four necessary skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing to successfully interact [ more ]

JAPN 130 Intro. to Linguistic Analysis

Not offered this year

This course examines the nature of human language and its structural patterns. Students will be introduced to linguistic methods for analyzing speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word and sentence structures [ more ]

JAPN 131 (S) Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

This course is an introduction to the basic ideas and methodology of linguistics. We learn how to formally analyze the patterns of speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation (morphology), [ more ]

Taught by: Ai Kubota

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JAPN 201(F)Intermediate Japanese

This course is a continuation of First-Year Japanese 101-102, further developing the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The same general methodology will be used. Upon completing the [ more ]

JAPN 202 (S) Intermediate Japanese

This course is a continuation of First-Year Japanese 101-102, further developing the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The same general methodology will be used. Upon completing the [ more ]

Taught by: Ai Kubota

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JAPN 217 (S) Early Modern Japan

The ascension of powerful warlords in the late 1500s brought to an end a century of constant warfare and laid the foundation for the Tokugawa bakufu, the military government headed [ more ]

JAPN 218 Modern Japan

Not offered this year

A stunning revolution, the construction and collapse of an empire, the waging of wars, devastating defeat and occupation by a foreign power, and postwar economic rollercoaster have marked Japan’s modern [ more ]

JAPN 219 Japanese Culture and History from Courtiers to Samurai and Beyond

Not offered this year

This course will introduce students to the history, literature, and artistic culture of premodern Japan, from the time of the first recorded histories in the 800s through the abolition of [ more ]

JAPN 231 Survey of Linguistic Diversity: Meaning, Context and Communication

Not offered this year

This course explores ways in which human experiences, including vision, space, emotion and interpersonal awareness are encoded similarly or differently between Western and Asian languages. The course centers around two [ more ]

Taught by: TBA

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JAPN 254 Beauty, Danger, and the End of the World in Japanese Literature

Not offered this year

From the endemic warfare of the medieval era to the atomic bombing and the violent explosion of technology in the last century, the end of the world is an idea [ more ]

JAPN 255 (F) Love and Death in Modern Japanese Literature

One thing that surprises many first-time readers of modern Japanese fiction is its striking similarity to Western fiction. But equally surprising are the intriguing differences that lie concealed within that [ more ]

JAPN 256 Confession and Deception in Japanese Literature

Not offered this year

Situated at the origins of Japanese literature are the beautiful and revealing diaries of ladies in waiting at the tenth-and eleventh-century court. Yet one of the most famous of these [ more ]

JAPN 258 Japanese Film

Not offered this year

An introduction to Japanese film organized around major directors. The course will cover early masters like Ozu, Mizoguchi, and Kurosawa; New Wave directors of the 1960s and 1970s; and a [ more ]

JAPN 260 (S) Japanese Theatre and its Contemporary Context

Japan’s rich and varied performance traditions, old and new, born of different historical settings, coexist to this day and compete for the attention of audiences, domestically and abroad. The forms [ more ]

JAPN 270 Japanese Art and Culture

Not offered this year

This course is a survey of traditional Japanese painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock prints, and decorative arts. Special attention will be paid to the developments in artistic style and subject matter [ more ]

JAPN 271 Transitional Japanese Literature into the Twentieth Century

Not offered this year

After more than two centuries of National Seclusion, Japan’s modern era began suddenly in the middle of the nineteenth century, with the unexpected arrival of Commodore Perry, the destabilization of [ more ]

JAPN 274 T (S) Confronting Japan

This tutorial looks into confrontations, within Japan and across its borders, how such confrontations are perceived, handled and narrated, and what they tell us about Japanese society. Through literature and [ more ]

JAPN 276 Premodern Japanese Literature and Performance

Not offered this year

Some of Japan’s performance traditions, which developed in different historical settings, have survived to this day and continue to coexist and compete for the attention of audiences both domestically and [ more ]

Taught by: TBA

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JAPN 301 (F) Upper-Intermediate Japanese

This course is a continuation of Japanese 201 and 202. -Students will, further develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while consolidating the foundations built in [ more ]

JAPN 302 (S) Upper-Intermediate Japanese

This course is a continuation of Japanese 201 and 202. -Students will, further develop the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, while consolidating the foundations built in [ more ]

JAPN 321 History of U.S.-Japan Relations

Not offered this year

An unabating tension between conflict and cooperation has been an undercurrent of U.S.-Japan relations in the past 150 years, at times erupting into clashes reaching the scale of world war [ more ]

JAPN 390 The 1930s in Comparative Perspective: Germany, Italy, and Japan

Not offered this year

How did Germany, Italy, and Japan deal with the economic, political, and social crises of the 1930s? In what ways did each of these three countries navigate the economic depression, [ more ]

JAPN 401 (F) Advanced Japanese

A continuation of Japanese 301 and 302, developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the discussion of social issues in contemporary Japan. Topics may vary according to the level [ more ]

Taught by: Ai Kubota

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JAPN 402 (S) Advanced Japanese

A continuation of Japanese 301 and 302, developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the discussion of social issues in contemporary Japan. Topics may vary according to the level [ more ]

Taught by: Ai Kubota

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JAPN 403 Advanced Seminar in Japanese I

Not offered this year

This course provides advanced training in listening, speaking, reading and writing Japanese, making use of materials such as newspapers, magazine articles, television broadcasts, and on-line materials that focus on current[ more ]

JAPN 404 Advanced Seminar in Japanese II

Not offered this year

This course is designed for advanced Japanese language students. The goal is for students to be able to carry on extended discourse–such as a discussion, a speech, or an interview–in [ more ]

JAPN 405 Thematic Reading and Writing in Japanese I

Not offered this year

This course is designed for the advanced students of Japanese who want to develop their reading and writing skills intensively. Students will be exposed to various genres of readings on [ more ]

JAPN 406 Thematic Reading and Writing in Japanese II

Not offered this year

This course is designed for the advanced students of Japanese who want to develop their reading and writing skills intensively. Students will be exposed to various genres of readings [ more ]

JAPN 486 TThe Pacific War in Japanese Historical Memory

Not offered this year

Almost seven decades after Japan’s surrender, the enduring question of how to remember the Pacific War continues to provoke controversy both within Japan and between Japan, South Korea, and China. [ more ]

JAPN 493 (F) Senior Thesis: Japanese

Japanese senior thesis. [ more ]

JAPN 494 (S) Senior Thesis: Japanese

Japanese senior thesis. [ more ]

JAPN 497 (F) Independent Study: Japanese

Japanese independent study. For students who have completed Japanese 402 or the equivalent. [ more ]

JAPN 498 (S) Independent Study: Japanese

Japanese independent study. For students who have completed Japanese 402 or the equivalent. [ more ]