CHINESE - 526 - READINGS IN MODERN CHINESE
JAPAN - 532 - MEDIA JAPANESE I
Students work on improving reading and listening comprehension through use of authentic contemporary materials in Japanese media includingblogs, newspapers (print and web), television news and magazine programs, and movies reflecting life and thought in contemporary Japan. Particular focus on journalistic or newspaper Japanese, with attention to the stylistic habits and conventions of the genre. Includes independent research assignments in Japanese sources. Prerequisite: Japanese 497C and/or satisfactory completion of the placement test. 3 credits.
JAPAN - 536H - ADVANCED MODERN JAPANESE I
A continuation of Japanese 497C and 497D. Assists students in reading quality Japanese texts in some quantity and different genres. Discusses issues pertinent to the texts. Students write in Japanese on issues brought out by the given texts. Textbook: course packet. Prerequisite: Japanese 497C & 497D (i.e. completion of three years of intensive Japanese) and/or satisfactory completion of the placement test. 3 credits.
JAPAN - 537H - ADVANCED MODERN JAPANESE II
A continuation of Japanese 532 and 536. Students will further develop skills in reading and analyzing quality Japanese texts, listening to conversations and debates, and expressing opinions clearly and logically in writing and in verbal discussions. Textbook: course packet. Prerequisite: Japanese 532/536 or and/or satisfactory completion of the placement test. 3 credits
JAPAN - 556H - CLASSICAL JAPANESE I
Introduction to the literary language of Japanese through the study of classical grammar (bungotai 文語体) and the linguistic analysis of classical poetry and prose texts. Prerequisite: Japanese 497A or consent of the instructor. Recommended companion course: Japanese 597A (see below).
JAPAN - 557H - CLASSICAL JAPANESE II
Critical reading and appreciation of selected major masterpieces in cultural and literary context; improving grammar and dictionary skills. Prerequisite: Japan 556H or equivalent.
JAPAN - 580- Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
Seminar on the theoretical and practical approaches to foreign language learning and teaching. Topics include second language acquisition theory, psycholinguistics in L2 acquisition, Japanese teaching methodology, syllabus design, lesson planning, materials development, testing and assessment, and teacher development. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
JAPAN - 591B - SEMINAR IN MODERN JAPANESE PHILOSOPHY
This offering will focus on the development of philosophy in modern Japan. Concentration will be on some of the major figures of the late 19th and 20th centuries and how they conceived of philosophy in contexts of war, in the ebb and flow of national sensitivities, and in relationship to the West will be major themes. How such philosophy grappled with the questions of “Japanese-ness,” while important here, will not overshadow the fact that philosophers were at the same time trying to cope with major questions about human existence, death, justice, and the ethical dilemmas of modern society. Reading will be from translated primary sources and from related works. Efforts will be made to relate much of this material to contemporary social and ethical problems – thus, it is hoped, showing how the thinking of these modern Japanese may have value and importance even for students with academic and long-term interests not specifically linked to the study of Japan.
JAPAN - 592 - PROSEMINARS GRADUATE FACULTY
Various proseminars are offered by faculty as a requirement for the Master’s degree in Japanese, sometimes in parallel with existing undergraduate courses. Enrollment is open to graduate students only.
JAPAN - 593 - HEIAN LITERARY CULTURE
In “Heian Literary Culture” we go beyond The Tale of Genji to look closely at a number of other Heian period literary works (all in English translation) that are sometimes skimmed over in survey courses. We also ground our view of this literature in the culture and history of the period, looking at recent scholarly studies for secondary readings. It is strongly recommended that students have a general knowledge of the Heian period before they register for this course. Please contact the instructor for a suggested reading list.
JAPAN - 593B - INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE LINGUISTICS
Introduction to the nature of Japanese phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. Following a brief survey of basic linguistic concepts, the course focuses on the structure of modern Japanese, comparative linguistics, Japanese language acquisition, and controversial issues in Japanese linguistics.
JAPAN - 597A - MANUSCRIPT JAPANESE
A repeatable 1-credit course taken in conjunction with both Japanese 556H and Japanese 557H. Designed as a critical supplement to the study of bungotai, this course introduces the script forms and orthography that most Japanese texts—whether manuscript, woodblock printed or moveable type—used prior to the twentieth century. Students will become familiar with the basic elements of that script system, from derivation and method to deciphering letters (fall semester) and reading complete texts (spring semester). Prerequisite: enrolment in/completion of J556 or knowledge of classical grammar.
JAPAN - 660 - PROBLEMS AND METHODS IN TRANSLATION
Advanced training in practical techniques associated with the translation of modern Japanese; familiarization with appropriate glossaries, dictionaries, and other translator’s tools. Discussion of specific problems in Japanese-English translation and practice with a variety of prose styles used in journalistic, political, commercial, literary and other forms of modern writing. For graduate students only.
JAPAN - 691A - GRADUATE SEMINAR
Required introductory seminar on Japanese literary culture for incoming M.A. students.
JAPAN - 697A - READINGS IN JAPANESE THEORY AND METHOD
Consult Professor Miller for more information. For graduate students only.