Fall 2013 Courses

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Language Courses

101. Elementary Japanese I
Hiroo Aridome M  9:30 - 10:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  9:30 - 10:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introductory course in modern Japanese language. In addition to mastering the basics of grammar, emphasis is placed on active functional communication in the language, reading, and listening comprehension. Context-oriented conversation drills are complemented by audio materials. The two kana syllabaries and 60 commonly used kanji are introduced. No prerequisite. Followed by Japanese 102.
203. Intermediate Japanese I
Vyjayanthi Selinger M  9:30 - 10:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  9:30 - 10:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
An intermediate course in modern Japanese language, with introduction of advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters. Continuing emphasis on acquisition of well-balanced language skills based on an understanding of the actual use of the language in the Japanese sociocultural context. Introduces an additional 100 kanji.
205. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese I
Hiroo Aridome M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Increases students’ proficiency in both spoken and written modern Japanese. A variety of written and audiovisual materials are used to consolidate and expand mastery of more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. Includes oral presentation, discussion, and composition in Japanese.
3307 (307) Advanced Japanese I
Hiroo Aridome TR 2:30 - 3:55
Sills 111
Designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. Materials from various sources such as literature, newspapers, and cultural journals as well as TV programs and films are used. Assigned work includes written compositions and oral presentations.
Prerequisite: Japanese 2206, placement in Japanese 3307, or permission of the instructor.

Asian Studies Courses Related to Japan

023. East Asian Genre Cinema: Action, Anime, and Martial Arts
Shu-chin Tsui T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Explores East Asian cinema from a genre perspective with a focus on Hong Kong action, Japanese anime, and transnational martial arts films. In the framework of social-cultural history and context of genre theory, the course examines the paradigms that characterize the form and content of such films; investigates the relations between local-global and national-transnational; studies genre-specific issues such as spectatorsí perception or industry practices to discern the role of gender, nation, power, and historiography. After taking the course, students will be able to explain the theoretical concepts of genre cinema, analyze the genreís visual formation, and comprehend the social-cultural implications of the genre.
244. Modern Japanese Literature
Vyjayanthi Selinger T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
As a latecomer to industrial modernity, Japan underwent rapid changes in the early part of the twentieth century. Examines how the creative minds of this period responded to the debates surrounding these sweeping technological and social changes, pondering, among other things, the place of the West in modern Japan, the changing status of women, and the place of minorities. Many of the writers from this period chose to write ìI-novelsî or first-person fiction. How is the inward turn in narrative tied to modern ideas of the self and its relationship to society? What sorts of quests does this self embark on and how is the end of the journey conceptualized? How do the romantic objects of this (male) self help express notions of stability/instability in a changing world? No prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture is required. All readings in English.
251. Asian America: History, Society, Literature
Nancy Riley T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25
Focuses on Asian American experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history, English, Asian Studies, and sociology. Examines major issues in the experience of Asian Americans including immigration, the politics of racial/ethnic formation and identity, the political and economic forces that have shaped the lives of Asians in the U.S., historical experiences and influences on today's situation, and ways that Asian Americans have resisted and accommodated these influences. Uses a variety of lenses to gain critical perspective, including history, social relations and practices, and cultural production.
282. Japanese Politics and Society
Henry Laurence M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media.