College Course Description

110F First-Term Japanese

Introduction to basic structures and vocabulary. Emphasis on oral communication with practice in reading and writing, using the two syllabaries (hiragana and katakana) and 28 kanji characters. Four 50-minute classes a week (Monday-Thursday). Maximum enrollment, 15. Kamiya and Tanemura.


120S Second-Term Japanese
Continued work in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with mastery of 99 kanji characters. Four 50-minute classes a week (Monday-Thursday). Prerequisite, 110, or consent of instructor. Maximum enrollment, 15. Kamiya and Tanemura.

130F Third-Term Japanese
Completion of introduction to basic structures of the language. Continued emphasis on oral communication, with practice in reading simple texts. An additional 104 kanji characters will be introduced. Four 50-minute classes a week (Monday-Thursday). Prerequisite, 120 or consent of instructor. Tanemura.

140S Fourth-Term Japanese
Intermediate Japanese with continued emphasis on oral communication. An additional 108 kanji characters will be introduced. Four 50-minute classes a week (Monday-Thursday). Prerequisite, 130, or consent of instructor. Tanemura.

150S Introduction to Japanese Culture and Language
Explores contemporary Japanese culture through cultural representations and language. Designed to provide substantial knowledge on Japan and to facilitate an appreciation of the Japanese culture and related issues. Taught in English. Kamiya and Omori.

200F Advanced Japanese I
Increasing emphasis on written Japanese, with acquisition of an additional 160 kanji characters. Prerequisite, 140, or consent of instructor. Tanemura.

[205S] Topics in Japanese Linguistics
This course explores Japanese phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Students will compare Japanese with English and examine universal perspectives of language. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 110, Anthropology 201 or consent of instructor. (Same as Anthropology 205.)


219/319F Pragmatics and Language Acquisition
Examines interface phenomena between pragmatics and language acquisition. Students will learn theoretical issues of semantics/pragmatics and the theory of the first language acquisition. Target languages to examine various phenomena are Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) (Same as Anthropology 219 and Education Studies 219.) Kamiya.

[220S] Advanced Japanese II
Continuation of Advanced Japanese I, with guided practice in reading modern texts with acquisition of additional 250 kanji characters. Prerequisite, 200, or consent of instructor.

[227F] Gender in Japan
This course examines gender identity and gender relations in Japanese texts from the ninth century to the present. Assignments include critiquing poems, novels, diaries, play scripts, graphic novels, and film. The course is taught in English and does not require any prior knowledge of Japanese language or history. No Pre-requisites. Open to first-year students.

[235] Love, Family and Loneliness in Modern Japanese Literature
Love has always been a central theme in Japanese literature. Focuses on how Japanese writers of the modern period (particularly late 19th century to the present) depict the struggle with new concepts and forms of "love" and relationships. As well as basic readings about modern Japanese history and culture, assigned texts range from canonical work, various forms of early twentieth-century modernist mystery, technical and avant-garde writings, to contemporary "coming of age" novels. We will also examine such media as cartoons and films. Readings and discussion in English. (Same as Comparative Literature 235.)

239S Modern Japan: Japanese Culture and Society From A(-Bomb) to (Dragon Ball)Z
This course explores issues of imperialism, military conflict, pacifism, nuclear victimhood, foreign occupation, national identity, and social responsibility in 20th-century Japan. Readings include nonfiction, science fiction, poetry, war propaganda, novels and censorship documents, animé, and film. Taught in English. No knowledge of Japanese language or history required. (Same as Comparative Literature 239.)

[251] “Modern” Youth in Japanese Literature and Culture
Examines stories and other forms of cultural expression related to the emergence of “modern” youth in Japan. We pay particular attention to the cultural, historical and political backgrounds that facilitated the establishment of such a category. Primarily focusing on literature, readings also include other modern expressive media such as film, cartoons, animation and online bulletin boards. We will also examine the production and dissemination of certain images of “youth” by mass media. Readings and discussion in English. (Same as Comparative Literature 251.)

[255] The Languages of East Asia
Examines Chinese, Japanese and Korean as well as other languages found in East Asia. Topics include the syntactic (possible word order, inflections, particles, and combinations of all of them) and phonological structures (phoneme, pitch vs. tone, sound patterns) of these languages; the relationships of the languages to each other; differences and similarities of these languages from the universal point of view; the geographical, social and historical settings. No knowledge of any Asian language necessary. (Same as Anthropology 255.)

305S Conversation analysis: usage of structures in Japanese drama, manga and anime

This course examines the usages of structural patterns in Japanese by focusing on actual discourses in Japanese drama, manga and anime. Students will be given hands-on practice analyzing discourses based on exchanges in these media, so that students’ oral communication skills will be improved in authentic ways. Students will also create dialogues and realize them in a 4D project. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Japanese 140 or its equivanent Japanese. course taught in English Masaaki Kamiya.

356F Introduction to Japanese Film
Traces the history of one of the world’s most innovative film industries. Since the early 20th century, Japanese film makers have experimented with and improved upon cinema; their work has been influential not only in Japan but throughout the world. From the drama of early silent movies to anime, we’ll cover some of the “greatest hits” of Japanese film, whether widely popular or critically acclaimed. This exploration of cinema in Japan will offer both a new perspective on cinema itself as well as an opportunity to view the genre’s development in a specific cultural context. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, Cinema and New Media Studies 120, Comparative Literature 120, Art History 120, any 200-level course in Asian studies or comparative literature, or consent of the instructor. No prior knowledge of Japanese history, language or film required. Mandatory screenings on Mondays. (Same as Comparative Literature 356.) Omori.

401F Selected Readings in Japanese
Reading in modern literary and non-literary texts and mastery of the remaining kanji characters on the joyo kanji list. Through advanced-level reading of original texts and in-depth discussion, students focus on topics such as Japanese literature, film, culture and linguistics. This course also accommodates and guides senior theses. Prerequisite, 220, or consent of instructor. Omori.

402S Japanese Textual Analysis and Translation
Designed for students who want to achieve near-native proficiency in all four skills in Japanese language. Particular attention given to translation of literary and other texts. This course also accommodates and guides senior theses. Course conducted in Japanese. Prerequisite, 401, or consent of instructor. Omori.