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Undergraduate Bulletin 2007-2008
 
Bulletin Homepage |College of Arts & Sciences | Courses in Japanese Studies

Courses in Japanese Studies

A Eaj 101 Elementary Japanese I (5)

Designed for the acquisition of a basic competence in modern standard Japanese in the areas of speaking, reading and writing. Format will be lecture with drill and discussion. Five class hours a week will be enhanced with a one-hour language lab. Not open to students with previous knowledge of the Japanese language.

A Eaj 102 Elementary Japanese II (5)

Continuation of A Eaj 101. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing will be emphasized. The format will be lecture will drill and discussion, and one hour in the language lab. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 101 or permission of instructor.[FL]

A Eaj 170 Japan: its Culture and Heritage (3)

Survey of the essential elements of traditional Japanese civilization and their transformation in the post-Meiji era and twentieth century. Focus on the development of basic Japanese social, political, and aesthetic ideas. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Japanese is required. [BE HU]

A Eaj 201 Intermediate Japanese I (5)

Concentrates on the reading and analysis of language texts. A large amount of time is devoted to the understanding of Japanese grammar and oral practice. The format will be lecture with drill and discussion. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 102 or permission of instructor.

A Eaj 202 Intermediate Japanese II (5)

Continuation of A Eaj 201. The course will concentrate on the reading and analysis of language texts. A large amount of time is devoted to the understanding of Japanese grammar and oral practice. The format will be lecture with drill and discussion. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 201 or permission of instructor.

A Eaj 210 Survey of Traditional Japanese Literature (3)

This course presents a survey of the major works of traditional Japanese literature from the 9th to the 19thcentury, including the Tosa Journal, the Pillow Book, and Essays in Idleness. The course is conducted solely in English; knowledge of Japanese is not required. [HU] [BE]

A Eaj 212 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (3)

Survey of prose literature in Japan from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present. Emphasis is placed on pre-war writers and their quest for modernity. [BE] [HU]

A Eaj 301 & 302 Advanced Japanese I & II (3,3)

Acquisition of complex structures through intensive oral/aural and reading/writing practice. Discussion, authentic written materials, videotapes and audiotapes are incorporated. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 202 or equivalent for A Eaj 301; A Eaj 301 or equivalent for A Eaj 302.[OD]

A Eaj 384 (= A His 384) History of Japan I (3)

This course will cover Japanese history from prehistory through 1600. Focus will be on political and economic trends. A His 384Z is the writing intensive version of A His 384; only one may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. [BE]

A Eaj 384Z (= A His 384Z) History of Japan I (3)

A Eaj 384Z is the writing intensive version of A Eaj 384; only one may be taken for credit. [WI] [BE]

A Eaj 385 (= A His 385) History of Japan II (3)

This course is a survey of modern Japanese history. It covers the period from 1600 to the present day. The focus is on the interconnections between political, social, and intellectual history during Japan’s emergence as a world power. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior class standing, or 3 credits in East Asian Studies or History. [BE]

A Eaj 385Z (= A His 385Z) History of Japan II (3)

A Eaj 385Z is the writing intensive version of A Eaj 385; only one may be taken for credit. [WI] [BE]

A Eaj 389 Topics in Japanese Literature, History, and Culture (3)

This course will focus on a selected topic or major work of traditional or modern Japanese literature or history for intensive study. This course is conducted solely in English; knowledge of Japanese is not required. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Prerequisite(s): A Eas 104 or A Eaj 170 or A Eaj 210 or A Eaj 212 or permission of the instructor.

A Eaj 391 World War II: The Japanese View (3)

This course will examine several works of Japanese literature (in translation) written during and after World War II. The works include an essay, novels, short stories, a play, and poetry. Attention will be given to the question of how the Japanese perceived their role in the war, the nature of the war itself, and if these changed with the passing of time. Prerequisites(s): A Eaj 212 or permission of the instructor.

A Eaj 396 Meiji Literature in Translation (3)

This course will examine several works of Japanese prose literature (in translation) written during the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The works include an essay, novels, and short stories. Attention will be given to the question of modernity, the nature of the novel, and European influence on Japanese literature. No knowledge of Japanese required. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 212 or permission of the instructor.

A Eaj 410 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (3)

This is an advanced course in Japanese language for students who have completed at least three years of college Japanese. The class will read selected passages from major works of modern Japanese literature. Lecture and discussion will be in Japanese. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 302 or permission of instructor.

A Eaj 411 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (3)

This is a continuation of A Eaj 410. Class will read selected passages from major works of Japanese literature. Lecture and discussion will be in Japanese. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 410 or permission of instructor.

A Eaj 423 Practicum in Teaching Japanese (2)

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching Japanese as a foreign language, designed for those who contemplate a career teaching Japanese at the secondary or college level. Focus is on attaining practical experience through class observation and a supervised classroom practicum. Prerequisite(s): fluency in Japanese; permission of instructor. S/U graded.

A Eaj 497 Independent Study in Japanese (1–6)

Projects in selected areas of Japanese studies, with regular progress reports; or supervised readings of texts in Japanese. May be repeated once for credit when topics differ. Prerequisite(s): A Eaj 302 or permission of instructor.