Japanese (JAPAN)

Courses

JAPAN 1 Intensive Elementary Japanese 10 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Fall 2015
This course is the equivalent of Japan 1A and Japan 1B offered in the regular academic year.

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JAPAN 1A Elementary Japanese 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Japanese 1A is designed to develop basic Japanese language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will learn the Japanese writing system: hiragana, katakana and approximately 150 kanji. At the end of the course, students should be able to greet, invite, compare, and describe persons and things, activities, intensions, ability, experience, purposes, reasons, and wishes.
Grades will be determined on the basis of attendance, quiz scores, homework and class participation.
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JAPAN 1AL Supplementary Work in Listening-Elementary 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
Designed to supplement Japan 1A in order to facilitate students' listening proficiency. Japan 1AL will cover a variety of listening strategies.

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JAPAN 1AS Supplementary Work in Kanji 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This course designed to be taken concurrently with Japan 1A to help students improve overall kanji performance. The course will make the kanji learning process easier by providing exercises and background information about the relationships between characters and how they function.

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JAPAN 1B Elementary Japanese 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Japanese 1B is designed to develop basic skills acquired in Japanese 1A further. Students will learn approximately 150 new kanji. At the end of the course students should be able to express regret, positive and negative requirements, chronological order of events, conditions, giving and receiving of objects and favors, and to ask and give advice. Grades will be determined on the basis
of attendance, quiz scores, homework and class participation.
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JAPAN 1BL Supplementary Work in Listening-Elementary 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
Designed to supplement Japan 1B in order to facilitate students' listening proficiency. Students will apply the strategies learned in Japan 1AL in listening activities.

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JAPAN 1BS Supplementary Work in Kanji 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
This course designed to be taken concurrently with Japan 1B to help students improve overall kanji performance. The course will make the kanji learning process easier by providing exercises and background information about the relationships between characters and how they function.

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JAPAN 7A Introduction to Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
This course is an overview of Japanese literature and culture, 7th- through 18th-centuries. 7A begins with Japan's early myth-history and its first poetry anthology, which show the transition from a preliterate, communal society to a courtly culture. Noblewomen's diaries, poetry anthologies, and selections from the Tale of Genji offer a window into that culture. We examine
how oral culture and high literary art mix in Kamakura period tales and explore representations of heroism in military chronicles and medieval Noh drama. After considering the linked verse of late medieval times, we read vernacular literature from the urban culture of the Edo period. No previous course work in Japanese literature, history, or language is expected.
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JAPAN 7B Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature and Culture 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
An introduction to Japanese literature in translation in a two-semester sequence. 7B provides a survey of important works of 19th- and 20th-century Japanese fiction, poetry, and cultural criticism. The course will explore the manner in which writers responded to the challenges of industrialization, internationalization, and war. Topics include
the shifting notions of tradition and modernity, the impact of Westernization on the constructions of the self and gender, writers and the wartime state, literature of the atomic bomb, and postmodern fantasies and aesthetics. All readings are in English translation. Techniques of critical reading and writing will be introduced as an integral part of the course.
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JAPAN 10 Intensive Intermediate Japanese 10 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
This course is the equivalent of Japan 10A and Japan 10B offered in the regular academic year.

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JAPAN 10A Intermediate Japanese 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The goal of this course is for the students to understand the language and culture required to communicate effectively in Japanese. Some of the cultural aspects covered are; geography, speech style, technology, sports, food, and religion. Through the final project, students will learn how to discuss social issues and their potential solutions. In order to achieve these goals, students will
learn how to integrate the basic linguistics knowledge they acquired in J1, as well as study new structures and vocabulary. An increasing amount of reading and writing, including approximately 200 new kanji, will also be required.
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JAPAN 10AG Supplementary Work in Grammar - Intermediate 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This supplementary course is designed for students who are concurrently enrolled in Japan 10A to enable their acquisition of a better understanding of Japanese grammar in general and clause linkage in particular.

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JAPAN 10AS Supplementary Work in Kanji - Intermediate 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This supplementary course is designed for students who are concurrently enrolled in Japan 10A to acquire a better understanding of kanji writing system and to improve overall kanji performance.

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JAPAN 10B Intermediate Japanese 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The goal of this course is for the students to understand the more advanced language and culture required to communicate effectively in Japanese. Some of the cultural aspects covered are; pop-culture, traditional arts, education, convenient stores, haiku, and history. Through the final project, students will learn how to introduce their own cultures and their influences. In order to
achieve these goals, students will learn how to integrate the basic structures and vocabulary they acquired in the previous semesters, as well as study new linguistic expressions. An increasing amount of more advanced reading and writing, including approximately 200 new kanji, will also be required.
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JAPAN 10BG Supplementary Work in Grammar - Intermediate 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
This supplementary course is designed for students who are concurrently enrolled in Japan 10B to enable their acquisition of a better understanding of Japanese grammar in general and clause linkage in particular.

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JAPAN 10BS Supplementary Work in Kanji-Intermediate 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
This supplementary course is designed for students who are concurrently enrolled in Japan 10B to acquire a better understanding of kanji writing system and to improve overall kanji performance.

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JAPAN 10X Intermediate Japanese for Heritage Learners 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed specifically for heritage learners who possess high fluency in casual spoken Japanese but little reading and writing abilities. It introduces formal speech styles, reinforces grammatical accuracy, and improves reading and writing competencies through materials derived from various textual genres. Students will acquire the amounts of vocabulary, grammar, and kanji equivalent
to those of Japan 10A and Japan 10B.
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JAPAN 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2011, Spring 2010, Fall 2008
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester.

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JAPAN 80 Japanese Culture 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2000, Spring 1999
Introduction to Japanese culture from its origins to the present: premodern historical, literary, artistic, and religious developments, modern economic growth, and the nature of contemporary society, education, and business. Class conducted in English.

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JAPAN 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2015
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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JAPAN 98 Directed Group Study for Lower Division Students 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
Small group instruction in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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JAPAN 99 Independent Study for Lower Division Students 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 1997
Independent study in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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JAPAN 100 Intensive Advanced Japanese 10 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2014 10 Week Session
This course is the equivalent of Japan 100A and Japan 100B offered in the regular academic year.

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JAPAN 100A Advanced Japanese 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course will develop further context-specific skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It concentrates on students using acquired grammar and vocabulary with more confidence in order to express functional meanings, while increasing overall linguistic competence. Students will learn approximately 200 new Kanji. There will be a group or individual project. Course materials include
the textbook supplemented by newspapers, magazine articles, short stories, and video clips which will provide insight into Japanese culture and society.
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JAPAN 100B Advanced Japanese 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course aims to develop further context-specific skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It concentrates on students using acquired grammar and vocabulary with more confidence in order to express functional meanings, while increasing overall linguistic competence. Students will learn approximately 200 new Kanji. There will be a group or individual project. Course materials
include the textbook supplemented by newspapers, magazine articles, short stories, essays, and video clips which will provide insight into Japanese culture and society.
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JAPAN 100S Japanese for Sinologists 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Students will be trained to read, analyze, and translate modern Japanese scholarship on Chinese subjects. A major purpose of the course is to prepare students to take reading examinations in Japanese. The areas of scholarship to be covered are: politics, popular culture, religion, sociology and history as well as areas suggested by students who are actively engaged in research projects.
Two readings in selected areas will be assigned, one by the instructor and the second by a student participant.
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JAPAN 100X Advanced Japanese for Heritage Learners 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course helps heritage learners of Japanese who have completed 10X to develop further their linguistic and cultural competencies. More sophisticated linguistic forms are introduced and reinforced while dealing with various socio-cultural topics. Close reading knowledge and skills, formal and informal registers, and different genres of Japanese reading and writing are practiced. The
materials covered are equivalent to those of 100A-100B.
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JAPAN 101 Fourth-Year Readings: Social Sciences 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Students develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills further to think critically, to express their points of view, and to understand Japanese culture and society in depth The readings are mainly articles on current social issues from Japanese newspapers, magazines, and professional books as sources of discussions. Students are required to write short essays on topics related
to the reading materials.
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JAPAN 102 Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Culture 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course provides students an opportunity to develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in order to express their opinions in argumentative discourse. Students read and discuss a variety of Japanese texts to deepen their understanding of Japanese society and people and to improve their intercultural communicative competence.

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JAPAN 103 Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese Literature 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course provides students an opportunity to develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, thereby enabling them to express their points of view and to engage in argumentative discourse. In addition to Japanese literature, readings include academic essays and other texts, which provide a variety of writing styles and serve as sources for classroom discussion. Also, Japanese
films are used for various activities in order to broaden students’ cultural awareness and knowledge of Japanese society.
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JAPAN 104 Fourth-Year Readings: Japanese History 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Students develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills further while examining Japanese historical figures, events, background, stories, etc. Students read a variety of texts and watch videos related to Japanese history as sources for discussions to deepen their understanding of Japanese society, culture, and people from historical perspectives. Students conduct individual
research on a topic in Japanese history, and write a short research paper.
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JAPAN 105 Fourth-Year Japanese: Current Issues in Japan 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Not yet offered
In this course, students will practice various techniques to read articles in Japanese on current issues in Japan, and they will learn about Japanese conceptions of the world and how Japanese society functions. They may want to compare what they have learned with similar issues in their own countries to deepen their understanding of the issues and develop their critical thinking ability. They will also learn
more advanced Japanese grammar and increase their vocabulary.
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JAPAN 111 Fifth-Year Readings: Reading and Analysis of Advanced Japanese Texts 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
This course is designed for students who have studied Japanese for at least four years (540 hours). It aims to develop further their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills enabling them to utilize Japanese materials for research and job-related purposes, to present orally the results of their researches, and/or to pursue college-level courses taught in Japanese. Although much of
class time will be devoted to reading- and writing-oriented activities, students are expected to participate actively in oral presentations, discussions, and debates in class.
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JAPAN 112 Fifth-Year Readings: Japanese for Research and Professional Use 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This course is designed for students who have studied Japanese for at least four years (540 hours). It aims to develop further their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with special emphasis on essay and research paper writing on topics relevant not only to the student’s interest but also to the student's major or intended career. Part of this written work will become the
material on which the student will give an end-of-the-term oral presentation. Students are expected to fully prepare for and dynamically participate in the discussions and debates that occur in class.
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JAPAN C115 Japanese Buddhism 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
A critical survey of the main themes in the history of Japanese Buddhism as they are treated in modern scholarship. The course covers the transmission of Buddhism from China and Korea to Japan; the subsequent evolution in Japan of the Tendai, Shingon, Pure Land, Nichiren, and Zen schools of Buddhism; the organization and function of Buddhist institutions (monastic and lay) in Japanese society;
the interaction between Buddhism and other modes of religious belief and practice prevalent in Japan, notably those that go under the headings of "Shinto" and "folk religion."
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JAPAN 116 Introduction to the Religions of Japan 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2015
An introductory look at the culture, values, and history of religious traditions in Japan, covering the Japanese sense of the world physically and culturally, its native religious culture called Shinto, the imported continental traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, the arrival and impact of Christianity in the 16th century and the New Religions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Focus will
be on how the internal structure of Buddhist and Confucian values were negotiated with long-established views of mankind and society in Japan, how Japan has been changed by these foreign notions of the individual’s place in the world, particularly Buddhism, and why many see contemporary Japan as a post-religious society.
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JAPAN 120 Introduction to Classical Japanese 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to classical Japanese (bungo), the premodern vernacular, which was used as Japan's literary language until well into the 20th century and remains essential for a thorough grounding in Japanese literature and culture.

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JAPAN 130 Classical Japanese Poetry 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
An introduction to the critical analysis and translation of traditional Japanese poetry, a genre that reaches from early declarative work redolent of an even earlier oral tradition to medieval and Early Modern verses evoking exquisitely differentiated emotional states via complex rhetoric and literary allusion. Topics may include examples of Japan's earliest poetry in Man'yoshu, Heian courtly
verse in Kokinshu, lines from Shinkokinshu with its medieval mystery and depth, linked verse (renga), and the haikai of Basho and his circle.
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JAPAN 132 Premodern Japanese Diary (Nikki) Literature 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2011, Spring 2009
The tradition of Japanese self-reflective literature, composed by both men and women, is long and rich. Topics for this course include highly personal memoirs by court women and poetic travel diaries.

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JAPAN 140 Heian Prose 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2000, Spring 1999
The course focuses on select masterpieces from the Japanese narrative tradition, including Murasaki Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari) and Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book (Makura no soshi).

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JAPAN C141 Introductory Readings in Japanese Buddhist Texts 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
This course is an introduction to the study of medieval Buddhist literature written in Classical Japanese in its wabun (aka bungo) and kanbun forms (including kakikudashi). The class will read samples from a variety of genres, including material written in China that are read in an idiosyncratic way in Japan. Reading materials will include Chinese translations of Sanskrit and Central Asian
Buddhist scriptures, scriptural commentaries written in China and Korea, Japanese subcommentaries on influential Chinese and Korean commentaries, philosophical treatises, hagiography, apologetics, histories, doctrinal letters, preaching texts, and setsuwa literature. This course is intended for students who already have some facility in literary Japanese.
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JAPAN 144 Edo Literature 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Critical reading and translation of important literary texts from the Edo period, including poetic diaries, merchant fiction, and (joruri) drama.

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JAPAN 146 Japanese Historical Documents 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Fall 2009
Writings in the Japanese vernacular constitute only one part of the total premodern Japanese written corpus. Until the 20th century, the preferred medium for most historical texts and male diaries was Sino-Japanese (kanbun). Familiarity with the grammar of this extraordinarily rich tradition is therefore essential for all students of premodern Japanese disciplines

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JAPAN 155 Modern Japanese Literature 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
This course is an introduction to Japanese modernism through the reading and discussion of representative short stories, poetry, and criticism of the Taisho and early Showa periods. We will examine the aesthetic bases of modernist writing and confront the challenge posed by their use of poetic language. The question of literary form and the relationship between poetry and prose in the
works will receive special attention.
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JAPAN 159 Contemporary Japanese Literature 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
This course examines the historical production and reception of key Japanese literary and film texts; how issues of gender, ethnicity, social roles, and national identity specific to each text address changing economic and social conditions in postwar Japan.

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JAPAN 160 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Grammar 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course deals with issues of the structure of the Japanese language and how they have been treated in the field of linguistics. It focuses on phonetics/phonology, morphology, writing systems, dialects, lexicon, and syntax/semantics, historical changes, and genetic origins. Students are required to have intermediate knowledge of Japanese. No previous linguistics training is required.

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JAPAN 161 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics: Usage 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course deals with issues of the usage of the Japanese language and how they have been treated in the field of linguistics. It concentrates on pragmatics, modality/evidentiality, deixis, speech varieties (politeness, gender, written vs. spoken), conversation management, and rhetorical structure. Students are required to have intermediate knowledge of Japanese. No previous linguistics
training is required.
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JAPAN 163 Translation: Theory and Practice 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
An overview of the concepts of theoretical, contrastive, and practical linguistics which form the basis for work in translation between Japanese and English through hands-on experience. Topics include translatability, various kinds of meaning, analysis of the text, process of translating, translation techniques, and theoretical background.

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JAPAN 170 Classical Japanese Literature in Translation 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Fall 2008
This course surveys Japanese poetry and/or prose written predominantly in or before the Heian Period (794-1185). Topics will vary.

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JAPAN 173 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2005
This course surveys modern Japanese fiction and poetry in the first half of the 20th century. Topics will vary.

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JAPAN C176 Archaeology and Japanese Identities 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2007
Course explores stereotypical images of traditional Japanese culture and people through archaeological analysis. Particular emphasis will be placed on changing lifeways of past residents of the Japanese islands, including commoners, samurai, and nobles. Consideration will be given to the implications of these archaeological studies for our understanding of Japanese identities.

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JAPAN 177 Urami: Rancor and Revenge in Japanese Literature 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016

Urami (rancor, resentment) has an enduring presence in Japanese literature. Figures overburdened with urami become demons, vengeful ghosts, or other transformed, dangerous, scheming characters. They appear in many different genre and eras. The course's topic enables discussion on concepts important for understanding Japanese literary works such as hyper-attentiveness to shifting social
status, the role of groupness in targeting victims, the imperatives of shame, secrets, the circumscribed agency of women, and the reach of Buddhist teachings into behavioral norms. For those interested in comparative literature, the course offers an opportunity to take a measure of what Japanese narratives offer as legitimate causes of rancor and revenge.
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JAPAN 178 Murakami Haruki and Miyazaki Hayao: the Politics of Japanese Culture from the Bubble to the Present 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Not yet offered
This course will examine the works of the novelist Murakami Haruki and the animator Miyazaki Hayao within the context of contemporary Japanese aesthetics and history. Both Murakami and Miyazaki debuted in 1979 and their work has very much defined Japan’s cultural experience from the tail end of the Era of High Growth Economics through the Bubble Era, the Lost Decade, and into the twenty-first century. Students
will explore the works of these two figures in the context of the history of Japanese literature and film and its relation to larger political, social, and cultural trends of Japan from the 1980s to the present.
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JAPAN 180 Ghosts and the Modern Literary Imagination 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2008, Spring 2008
The course examines the complex meanings of the ghost in modern Japanese literature and culture. Tracing the representations of the supernatural in drama, fiction, ethnography, and the visual arts, we explore how ghosts provide the basis for remarkable flights of imaginative speculation and literary experimentation. Topics include: storytelling and the loss of cultural identity, horror and
its conversion into aesthetic pleasure, fantasy, and the transformation of the commonplace. We will consider historical, visual, anthropological, and literary approaches to the supernatural and raise cultural and philosophical questions crucial to an understanding of the figure and its role in the greater transformation of modern Japan (18th century to the present).
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JAPAN 181 Reframing Disasters: Fukushima, Before and After 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2014
The course considers the different literary, social and ethical formations that arise or are destroyed in disaster. It explores how Japanese literature and media, before and after 3:11, attempt to translate the un-representable, and in so doing, to create a new type of literacy about 1) trauma and the temporality of disaster, 2) precarity, community and the public sphere and 3) sustainability and ecological
scale. The course will pay particular attention to a range of works that explicitly or obliquely reframe iconic or popular representations of disasters in cinema, literature and other media, taking into account of the readiness with which certain cultural forms lend themselves to vistas of disaster.
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JAPAN 185 Introduction to Japanese Cinema 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
This course will offer a survey of Japanese cinema from its earliest days to contemporary anime (animated film). Providing the basic tools for analyzing film language, the course begins by analyzing the interactions between early Japanese film and early Hollywood. We then consider the development of Japanese film, discussing style and structures of connotation, figurative meaning and political
critique, the uses of the historical past and ideology, and the roles of youth culture and views of the family. We consider the place of important individual directors. We also discuss current critical debates about broader trends in Japanese film and culture, as they illuminate the construction and ruptures in notions of Japanese identity.
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JAPAN 188 Japanese Visual Culture: Introduction to Anime 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
This course is an introduction to Japanese animation, or anime, from its earliest forms (in relationship to manga) to recent digital culture, art, and games. We will analyze and study mainly animated feature films and read the critical work they inspired. We will address such issues as cultural memory and apocalyptic imagination, robots and the post-human, cities, nature, and the transnational;
gender, shojo, and the aesthetics of "cute," as well as consider specific issues in the theoretical understanding of anime within technology and media theory.
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JAPAN 189 Topics in Japanese Film 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2012
Selected topics in the study of Japanese film.

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JAPAN H195A Honors Course 2 - 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Directed independent study and preparation of senior honors thesis. Limited to senior honors candidates in East Asian Languages (for description of Honors Program, see Index).

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JAPAN H195B Honors Course 2 - 5 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Directed independent study and preparation of senior honors thesis. Limited to senior honors candidates in East Asian Languages (for description of Honors Program, see Index).

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JAPAN 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Small group instruction in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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JAPAN 199 Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Independent study in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses.

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JAPAN C225 Readings in Japanese Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
This seminar serves as an introduction to a broad range of Japanese Buddhist literature belonging to different historical periods and genres, including liturgical texts; monastic records, rules, and ritual manuals; doctrinal treatises; biographies of monks; and histories of Buddhism in Japan. Students are required to do all the readings in the original languages, which are classical Chinese
(Kanbun) and classical Japanese. It will also serve as a tools and methods course, covering basic reference works and secondary scholarship in the field of Japanese Buddhism. The content of the course will be adjusted from semester to semester to accommodate the needs and interests of the students.
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JAPAN 230 Seminar in Classical Japanese Poetry 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Topics run from Japan's earliest extant poetic anthologies in Chinese (Kaifuso) or Japanese (Man'yoshu) to medieval linked verse (renga) and Edo haikai.

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JAPAN C231 Japanese Studies: Past, Present... and Future? 2 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Offers an overview of the history and current state of the field in Japanese studies, with faculty presentations, selected readings, and orientation sessions with East Asian Library staff to acquaint participants with relevant resources for research. Requirements will include completion of course readings and preparation of a research prospectus.

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JAPAN 232 Japanese Bibliography 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2010, Spring 2006
An introduction to research tools for Japanese studies. The course gives primary consideration to literary sources but also presents an overview of basic texts and web sites dealing with bibliographical citation, lexicography, history, religion, fine arts, geography, personal names, biographies, genealogies, and calendrical calculation. Internet access is required.

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JAPAN 234 Seminar in Classical Japanese Drama 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2004, Fall 2002
Topics may include examples from the Noh, Kyogen, Joruri, or Kabuki theaters.

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JAPAN 240 Seminar in Classical Japanese Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2010, Fall 2008
Topics may include works of Heian fiction such as The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari) and memoirs such as The Pillow Book (Makura no soshi).

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JAPAN 255 Seminar in Prewar Japanese Literature 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Reading and critical evaluation of selected texts in prewar (roughly the 1860s though the 1940s) Japanese literature and literary and cultural criticism. Texts change with each offering of the course.

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JAPAN 259 Seminar in Postwar Japanese Literature 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Reading and critical evaluation of selected texts in postwar (roughly the 1940s through the present) Japanese literature and literary and cultural criticism. Texts change with each offering of the course.

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JAPAN 298 Directed Study for Graduate Students 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
Special tutorial or seminar on selected topics not covered by available courses or seminars.

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JAPAN 299 Thesis Preparation and Related Research 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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JAPAN 601 Individual Study for Master's Students 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser. Units may not be used to meet either unit or residence requirements for a master's degree.

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JAPAN 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Offered through: East Asian Languages and Cultures
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for various examinations required of candidates for the Ph.D.

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