This is a list of Japanese courses. For more information, see Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures.
JPNS:1001 First-Year Japanese: First Semester5 s.h.
Modern Japanese. Offered fall semesters. Requirements: undergraduate standing. GE: World Languages First Level Proficiency.
JPNS:1002 First-Year Japanese: Second Semester5 s.h.
JPNS:1030 Japanese for Travelers2 s.h.
Basic, practical language and social skills that travelers or visitors need in everyday situations, such as making self introductions, ordering food, asking for directions, and traveling by train; Japanese culture, manners and customs, major cities and tourist attractions; for students with no previous experience of Japanese who plan to travel in Japan or would like a practical introduction to the language and culture.
JPNS:1115 Japanese Religions3 s.h.
Religions of Japan from ancient times to the present day; elite and popular Japanese interpretations of Chinese Buddhist and Daoist traditions; the parallel development of an indigenous kami tradition; contemporary new religious movements; focus on the codification of a variety of religious (and sometimes quasi-religious) paths, including the way of tea, the way of the brush, and the way of the samurai. Same as RELS:1610.
JPNS:1200 Special Topics in Japanese3 s.h.
JPNS:1506 Asian Humanities: Japan3 s.h.
Introduction to premodern, modern, and contemporary Japanese images, myths, and literature in English translation. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity.
JPNS:2001 Second-Year Japanese: First Semester4-5 s.h.
JPNS:2002 Second-Year Japanese: Second Semester4-5 s.h.
JPNS:2020 Building Kanji Skills1 s.h.
Designed as a supplement for students currently enrolled in or who have already taken second-year Japanese and who have no other no background in languages that use Chinese characters; students develop strategies and skills to learn Kanji more effectively; recommended for students who would like additional instruction and practice with Kanji.
JPNS:2175 Japanese Society and Culture3 s.h.
Cultural anthropology of Japan, including historical tradition, religious ethos, social organization, human ecology, educational and political institutions; emphasis on how these aspects relate to and influence one another. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as ANTH:2175.
JPNS:2250 Introduction to the Art of Japan3 s.h.
Chronological survey of Japan's visual arts in their historical and cultural contexts from Neolithic age to present; extensive use of slides, films, other visual materials. Same as ARTH:2250.
JPNS:3001 Third-Year Japanese I3 s.h.
Modern Japanese; focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing; materials related to everyday life and civilization in Japan. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: JPNS:2002.
JPNS:3002 Third-Year Japanese II3 s.h.
JPNS:3020 Intensive Kanji: Intermediate I1 s.h.
Students learn and strengthen their existing knowledge of Kanji; particularly recommended for third-year Japanese students and those who plan to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) at the N3 level.
JPNS:3107 Classical Japanese: First Semester3 s.h.
Grammar, readings in classical Japanese. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: JPNS:3002.
JPNS:3128 Introduction to Japanese Linguistics3 s.h.
Phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics; basic structural features of Japanese language.
JPNS:3135 Postmodern Aesthetics and Japanese Culture3 s.h.
Japanese postmodern trends (from Zen Buddhism to the habits of contemporary otaku consumers); examination of aesthetics including works of literature, film, visual art, and electronic media.
JPNS:3201 Workshop in Japanese Literary Translation3 s.h.
Workshop in translation from Japanese to English, with emphasis on literary translation; issues in theory and practice of translation; special features of Japanese as a source language for translation. Corequisites: JPNS:3001, if not taken as a prerequisite. Same as TRNS:3201.
JPNS:3202 Traditional Japanese Literature in Translation3 s.h.
From seventh century to early modern times. Same as CL:3204.
JPNS:3203 Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation3 s.h.
Nineteenth century to present. Same as CL:3203.
JPNS:3204 Topics in Japanese Literature in Translation3 s.h.
JPNS:3205 Major Authors in Modern Japanese Literature3 s.h.
Modern Japanese literary works in English translation.
JPNS:3206 Warriors Dreams3 s.h.
Images of the warrior in traditional Japanese literature, from poetry of the eighth century to romances of the 19th century; readings in English. Same as CL:3206.
JPNS:3207 Japan Illuminated: Japanese Literature and Visual Culture3 s.h.
How verbal-visual narratives have been used to teach, entertain, persuade, and rebel across 1,000 years of Japanese culture; students explore a wide variety of artworks and literary texts, as well as the messages they communicate, including illustrated handscrolls of major literary and Buddhist works, “picture lectures” used to advertise pilgrimage in the medieval era, early modern “yellowback” parodies of high art and culture, 20th-century woodblock prints and photography as propaganda, and examples of social commentary in contemporary manga and anime. Taught in English, all texts in English translation.
JPNS:3208 Japanese Film3 s.h.
History of Japanese cinema with particular attention paid to Japanese conventions and innovations that differ from classical Hollywood or European paradigms (benshi silent-film narrators, jidaigeki period films, wartime propaganda, postwar melodrama, avant-garde Japanese New Wave, rise of Japanese documentary, anime); screenings may include works by world-famous directors (Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kurosawa) and later masters (Ichikawa Kon, Suzuki Seijun, Itami Juzo); knowledge of film or Japanese is not necessary; all readings in English, films screened with Japanese subtitles.
JPNS:3210 Japanese Theater3 s.h.
Major forms of Japanese theater and performance including Nō and kyōgen, the bunraku puppet theater, kabuki, shingeki “Western” theater, benshi film narration, butoh modern dance, counterculture and street theater of the 1960s, and Japanese musicals; focus on textual analysis and performance practices; weekly screenings of theatrical performances and student-led staged readings of contemporary performances; all readings in English and screenings have subtitles or accompanying scripts; no knowledge of Japanese required.
JPNS:3260 Japanese Painting3 s.h.
Japanese painting in its historical, cultural contexts; focus on developments of successive eras--religious art; narrative, other literary connections; Zen; decorative traditions; popular arts; Japan and the modern world. Same as ARTH:3260.
JPNS:3401 Language in Japanese Society3 s.h.
Aspects of the Japanese language that reflect culture, social structures of Japan; communication styles and strategies, cross-cultural communication, language in media, metaphors.
JPNS:3402 Japan: Culture and Communication3 s.h.
JPNS:3500 Business Japanese I3 s.h.
Introduction to essential linguistic skills and practical knowledge needed to effectively communicate in Japanese in various professional contexts in socially appropriate manners; business-related expressions, vocabulary, honorifics; development of skills utilizing them in verbal and written modes; sociocultural knowledge associated with Japanese business context, including manners and customs; readings, films, discussions. Corequisites: JPNS:3002, if not taken as a prerequisite.
JPNS:3501 Business Japanese II3 s.h.
Continuation of JPNS:3500; advanced linguistic skills needed to become an effective communicator in various professional settings; develop a deeper understanding of Japanese business culture; improve intercultural communication and problem-solving skills; for students interested in working in Japan or using Japanese at work. Prerequisites: JPNS:3500.
JPNS:3601 Contemporary Japanese Culture3 s.h.
Cultural texts and practices in contemporary Japan: literature, film, television, manga.
JPNS:3700 Topics in Global Cinema3 s.h.
Identification of new models and methods to investigate cinema's relationship to current global issues beyond traditional scholarly focus in Western Europe and the United States; exploration of an emerging field, moving away from the paradigm of national cinema and bringing together shared theoretical frameworks while acknowledging different historical and cultural contexts. Same as ASIA:3700, TRNS:3700, WLLC:3700.
JPNS:4001 Fourth-Year Japanese I3 s.h.
Modern Japanese; focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: JPNS:3002.
JPNS:4002 Fourth-Year Japanese II3 s.h.
JPNS:4201 The Tale of Genji3 s.h.
Close reading in English of Murasaki Shikibu's Tale of Genji; tale's literary and social contexts, and later reception. Same as CL:4201.
JPNS:4501 Fifth-Year Japanese I3 s.h.
Modern Japanese; emphasis on communication skills. Offered fall semesters. Prerequisites: JPNS:4002.
JPNS:4502 Fifth Year Japanese II3 s.h.
JPNS:4610 Japan - Age of the Samurai3 s.h.
Society, culture, and politics of feudal Japan; social class, gender, norms, and political and economic developments explored through cinema and literature. Same as HIST:4610.
JPNS:4615 Modern Japan3 s.h.
Political, social, and cultural developments of Japanese feudalism; feature films, fiction. Same as HIST:4615.
JPNS:4620 Japan-US Relations3 s.h.
Political, social, economic, and cultural developments in Japan mid-19th to late-20th century. Same as HIST:4620.
JPNS:5301 Japanese Linguistics3 s.h.
Japanese language as linguistic system; basic linguistic terminology; sound systems, grammar, meanings, usages.
JPNS:5401 Japanese as a Foreign Language: Practical Applications3 s.h.
Instructional methodology, curriculum, and material design; hands-on experience. Same as SLA:5441.
JPNS:5901 Practicum in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language1-3 s.h.
Teaching apprenticeship guided and supervised by a faculty member skilled in University curriculum and instruction.
JPNS:5902 Individual Japanese for Advanced Studentsarr.
JPNS:6403 Special Topics in Japanese Linguistics3 s.h.
Topics in applied linguistics and language pedagogy related to Japanese language. Same as SLA:6403.
JPNS:6901 Second Language Acquisition Research and Theory3 s.h.
JPNS:7101 Readings in Modern Japanese3 s.h.
Readings in modern Japanese.
JPNS:7201 Seminar in Japanese Literature3 s.h.
Requirements: three years of Japanese.