Japanese Course Descriptions

JPN 001—Elementary Japanese (5)

Introduction to spoken and written Japanese in cultural contexts, with emphasis on communication. 

Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 001A—Accelerated Intensive Elementary Japanese (15)

Special 12 week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of courses 1, 2 and 3. Introduction to Japanese grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. not open for credit to students who have completed JPN 001, JPN 002, or JPN 003. 

Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 001AS—Intensive Elementary Japanese (15)

Intensive course taught combining the work of courses 1, 2 and 3. Introduction to Japanese grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. Offered in Japan. not open for credit to students who have taken JPN 001, JPN 002, or JPN 003. 

Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 002—Elementary Japanese (5)

Continuation of training in basic Japanese spoken and written skills. 

Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 001 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC.

JPN 003—Elementary Japanese (5)

Continuation of training in basic spoken and written skills in Japanese language. 

Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 002 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC.

JPN 004—Intermediate Japanese (5)

Intermediate-level training in spoken and written Japanese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in course 3.

Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 003 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 005—Intermediate Japanese (5)

Intermediate-level training in spoken and written Japanese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in course 4. 

Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 004 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 006—Intermediate Japanese (5)

Intermediate-level training in spoken and written Japanese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in course 5. 

Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 005 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.

JPN 007S—Intensive Intermediate Japanese (20)

Special intensive course that combines the work of courses 3, 4, 5, and 6. Introduction to Japanese grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. Taught in Japan. 

Lecture/Discussion—20 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 002 C- or better; or the equivalent language proficiency. Consent of Instructor. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 010—Masterworks of Japanese Literature (in English) (4)

Introduction to Japanese literature: readings and discussion in English of important works from earliest times to the present. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE. 

JPN 015S—Introduction to Japanese Culture (2)

Restricted to students enrolled in units for the Kyoto Quarter Abroad program. Aspects of Japanese culture: literature, history, religion, art, language, and society. Conducted in English; taught in Japan. (P/NP grading only.) 

Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 025—Japanese Language and Culture (in English) (4)

Classification and communication of experience in Japanese culture; principles of language use in Japanese society. Speech levels and honorific language, language and gender, minority languages, literacy. Role of Japanese in artificial intelligence and computer science. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 001 or LIN 001 or ANT 004 recommended. 

GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE.

JPN 031—Basic Kanji (4)

Restricted to students who have never been exposed to any form of Kanji or Chinese characters before; students who have completed schooling up to the 6th grade in the Japanese education system or equivalent or whose native languages have Chinese character orthography are not allowed to register this course. Introduction and mastery of 300 basic Kanji or Chinese characters to establish a solid foundation in the novel and complex Kanji encountered while learning Japanese. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Practice—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 001 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent proficiency of basic writing system (Hiragana and Katakana). 

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 050—Introduction to the Literature of China and Japan (4)

Methods of literary analysis and their application to major works from the various genres of Chinese and Japanese literature (in translation), including film. East Asian cultural traditions will also be introduced. (Same course as CHN 050.) 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 101—Japanese Literature in Translation: The Early Period (4)

Study of early Japanese literature from the Nara to the end of the Heian period through a broad survey of the major literary genres such as lyric poetry, court diaries, prose narratives, poem-tales, and classical Chinese writings. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE. 

JPN 102—Japanese Literature in Translation: The Middle Period (4)

Study of the major literary genres from the twelfth century to the second half of the nineteenth century including poetry, linked-verse, military chronicles, no drama, Buddhist literature, haiku, haibun, kabuki, bunraku, plays and Edo prose narratives. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE.

JPN 103—Japanese Literature in Translation: The Modern Period (4)

Modern Japanese literature from the 1870s to the 1970s. Surveys representative literary works and ideas against the social and intellectual background of the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 104—Modern Japanese Literature: War and Revolution (3)

Perspectives and sensibilities with which major modern Japanese writers have interpreted the traumatic and often poignant experiences of war and socio-political upheavals from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Lectures, discussions, and readings in English. 

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 105—Modern Japanese Literature: Hero and Anti-hero (4)

The ways in which representative hero and anti-hero protagonists in modern Japanese literature perceive, confront, challenge, and resolve a wide array of social, political, and moral problems of their times. Course taught in English. 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 106—Japanese Culture Through Film (4)

Aspects of Japanese culture such as love, sexuality, war, the military, the family, the position of women, growing up and death as portrayed in Japanese cinema. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English. Films with English subtitles. 

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, VL, WC.

JPN 107—Modern Japanese Autobiographies (in English) (4)

Exploring the modern and contemporary Japanese social and cultural landscape through critical analysis of modern Japanese autobiographies by prominent and other authors in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper; Discussion—1 hour(s). 

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 108—Poetry of China and Japan (in English) (4)

A comparative approach to Chinese and Japanese poetry, examining poetic practice in the two cultures; includes a general outline of the two traditions, plus study of poetic forms, techniques, and distinct treatments of universal themes: love, nature, war, etc. (Same course as CHN 108.) 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 109—Japanese Popular Culture (4)

Japanese popular culture, from its medieval/early modern precedents to contemporary incarnations. Emphasis on major forms of popular culture that emerged in the 20th century, including comics, animation, science fiction, and fantasy. 

Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, VL, WC.

JPN 111—Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (4)

Readings in modern Japanese short stories, newspaper articles, and essays; conversation practice based on these readings. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 006 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 112—Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (4)

Continuation of course 111. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 111 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 113—Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (4)

Continuation of course 112. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 112 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC.

JPN 114A—Spoken Japanese (2)

Training in spoken Japanese for students with a basic working knowledge of the language. (P/NP grading only.) 

Discussion—2 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. 

GE credit: OL.

JPN 114B—Spoken Japanese (2)

Continuation of course 114A. Training in spoken Japanese for students with a basic working knowledge of the language. (P/NP grading only.) 

Discussion—2 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 114A C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: OL. 

JPN 114C—Spoken Japanese (2)

Continuation of course 114B. Training in spoken Japanese for students with a basic working knowledge of the language. (P/NP grading only.) 

Discussion—2 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 114B C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: OL. 

JPN 115—Japanese Composition (2)

Development of skills in the techniques of writing Japanese. Practice in short essay writing with an aim toward mastery of the vocabulary and syntax of written style Japanese. 

Lecture—2 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 006 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. 

JPN 116—Culture and History in Kyoto (8)

Intensive course exploring the historical and cultural riches in Kyoto and its environs. Limited to students enrolled in the corresponding Quarter Abroad program. Takes place on-site in and around Kyoto, Japan. 

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Fieldwork. 

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 117S—Intensive Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (17)

Introduction to basic Japanese grammar and development of more advanced reading, writing, and conversation skills in a cultural context. Combination of courses 6, 111, 112, and 113 taught intensively in Japan. Not open to students who have taken JPN 006, JPN 111, JPN 112, or JPN 113; an exception can be made for students who have taken JPN 006 or its equivalent, provided that those five units are deducted from the 19 total unit load. 

Lecture/Discussion—17 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 005 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC. 

JPN 121—Advanced Japanese I (4)

First of three courses in a series of fourth year Advanced Japanese which focuses on the levels of formality or politeness in conversation as well as socio-cultural aspects and topics in the Japanese society. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE.

JPN 122—Advanced Japanese II (4)

Second of three courses in a series of fourth-year Advanced Japanese which focuses on the levels of formality or politeness in conversation as well as socio-cultural aspects and topics in the Japanese society. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 121 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE.

JPN 123—Advanced Japanese III (4)

Third of three courses in a series of 4th year Advanced Japanese which focuses on the levels of formality or politeness in conversation as well as socio-cultural aspects and topics in the Japanese society. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 122 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. 

GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE.

JPN 130—Readings in Modern Japanese Literature to 1926 (4) 

Restricted to completion of course 113 or equivalent as determined by taking a placement exam or consent of instructor. Short stories and essays by Japanese writers of the Meiji and Taishô eras, from 1868 to 1926. Authors include Natsume Sôseki, Izumi Kyôka, Tanizaki Jun'ichirô and Akutagawa Ryûnosuke. Readings and discussion in Japanese with some emphasis on translation into English. 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 131—Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1920-1945 (4) 

Fourth-year level reading of representative works of modern Japanese literature including short stories, novellas, diaries, memoirs, poetry and excerpts from novels and plays from 1920 through the militaristic era, to the end of the war years in 1945. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

JPN 132—Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1945-1970 (4) 

Continuation of course 131, but may be taken independently. Covers selected texts from the immediate post-war years beginning in 1945 down to 1970 and the post-war recovery. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH.

JPN 133—Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1970-Present (4) 

Continuation of course 132, but may be taken independently. Covers selected texts from 1970 to the present. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 134—Readings in the Humanities: Traditional Culture (4) 

Fourth-year level reading of modern works by major specialists on traditional Japanese culture: history, religion, thought, art, international relations, and literary history and criticism. Focus is equally on developing reading skills and learning about Japanese culture. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 135—Readings in the Humanities: The Modern Period (4) 

Fourth-year level reading of authentic modern writings on Japanese culture, history, philosophy, society, religion, law, politics, international relations, aesthetics, and comparative culture by prominent critics, commentators, and scholars. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 136—Readings in Newspapers and Magazines (4) 

Fourth-year level reading of newspaper and magazine reports, articles, and editorials on domestic and international affairs relating to contemporary Japan. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.

JPN 137—Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature (4) 

Readings of short stories and essays by contemporary writers. Representative writers include Yoshimoto Banana, Otsuichi, Suzuki Koji, Kyogoku Natsuhiko, Ogawa Yoko, and Murakami Haruki. Readings and discussion in Japanese with some emphasis on translation into English. 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 138—Readings in the Humanities: Japan Today (4) 

Restricted to completion of course 113 or equivalent as determined by taking a placement exam or consent of instructor. Topical essays focused on contemporary Japan. Themes center on defining Japan today in terms of its future and past such as through its urban society, trends in architecture, "soft power" industries, and "traditional" elements as mainstays of Japan's cultural currency. 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. 

GE credit: AH, WC. 

JPN 141—Introduction to Classical Japanese (4)

Basic features of classical Japanese grammar through careful reading of selected literary texts such as Hojoki or Tsurezuregusa.

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. 

JPN 151—Japanese Linguistics (4)

Introduction to Japanese linguistics, featuring key aspects of the Japanese language. Analysis of Japanese from the perspectives of phonology, syntax, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

Prerequisite(s): JPN 003; Or equivalent language proficiency. 

GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.

JPN 152—Traditional Japanese Drama (4)

Survey in English of Japanese drama, focusing on traditional forms: noh, kyôgen, bunraku puppet theater, and kabuki, with some attention to modern theater. Texts of plays and secondary works on performance techniques and the composition of plays. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE.

JPN 153—Love, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Japanese Literature (4)

Modern Japanese literature from the late 19th century to the present with a focus on love and sexuality in various forms, particularly as understood through the evolving institution of the Japanese family. Lectures, readings and discussions in English. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE.

JPN 154—Tourism and Heritage in Japan (4)

Focus on related concepts of tourism and cultural heritage within Japan, with attention to questions of tradition, authenticity and nostalgia. Examination of cultural heritage sites on various scales, including built environment, national cultural forms, and local performances such as festivals. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE.

JPN 155—Introduction to Japanese Folklore (4)

Focus on narrative genres of myth, legend, and folktale, with additional attention paid to festivals, folk art, belief systems, and the development of folklore studies (minzokugaku) as an academic discipline. Examination the relationship of folklore to ethnic and national identity. 

Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC.

JPN 156—Japanese Literature on Film (4)

Survey of films based on works of Japanese literature, emphasis on pre-modern and early modern texts. Introduction to major directors of Japan, with a focus on cinematic adaptation. Lectures and readings in English. Films in Japanese with English subtitles. (Same course as CTS 148B.) 

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE.

JPN 157—Japanese Women Writers (4)

Survey of women writers from earliest times to the present. Genres include poetry, narrative fiction, diaries, short stories, novels, and film. Representative authors include Murasaki Shikibu, Sei Shônagon, Higuchi Ichiyo, Enchi Fumiko and Ogawa Yôko. Readings and discussion in English. 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE.

JPN 158—The Supernatural in Japan (4)

Depictions of the supernatural in Japanese history through the contemporary era. Overview of Japanese literary and visual arts and the socio-historical contexts of the supernatural. Lectures and readings in English. Films in Japanese with English subtitles. 

Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, VL, WC.

JPN 160—The Culture of Japanese Food (4)

Study of Japanese food and the culture of eating and drinking in Japan. Attention to symbolism, historical development, aesthetics, identity and global contexts. Materials examined include critical sources as well as literary texts, art, and films. 

Discussion—2 hour(s); Lecture—2 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, SS, WC.

JPN 162—Japan Travelogue: Ethnographic Writing on Japanese Culture and People (4)

Focuses on ethnographic writing about Japan. Includes modern scholarly ethnographies, travel writing, blog posts, etc. Critical analysis of how the Japanese “other” is represented across time. 

Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s)

GE credit: AH, WC, WE.