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Spring 2010

Language Courses

102. Elementary Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata M  9:30 - 10:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  9:30 - 10:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
A continuation of the fundamentals of Japanese grammar structures and further acquisition of spoken communication skills, listening comprehension, and proficiency in reading and writing. Introduces an additional 90 kanji.

204. Intermediate Japanese II
Asuka Hosaka M  8:30 - 9:25
T  8:30 - 9:55
W  8:30 - 9:25
TH 8:30 - 9:55
A continuation of Japanese 203 with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters.

204. Globalization and Identity in the Himalayas
Jan Brunson T  6:30 - 9:25 Adams-406
Using contemporary ethnographies, traces the ways notions of identity—including global, national, ethnic, caste, and individual—have changed among groups in the Himalayas in response to recent political, economic, and historical circumstances. Focuses on the influence of culture on identity formation and the deployment of identity in a political fashion in the Himalayan region. Topics include Hindu caste and gender hierarchies, constructions of ethnicity, Tibetans and tourists, Sherpas and mountaineers, development ideologies, and consumerism.

206. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II
Asuka Hosaka 38 College-Conference Room
A continuation and progression of materials used in Japanese 205.

Asian Studies Courses Related to Japan

284. The Emergence of Modern Japan
Thomas Conlan T  10:00 - 11:25
TH 10:00 - 11:25
VAC-Beam Classroom
What constitutes a modern state? How durable are cultures and civilizations? Examines the patterns of culture in a state that managed to expel European missionaries in the seventeenth century, and came to embrace all things Western as being “civilized” in the mid-nineteenth century. Compares the unique and vibrant culture of Tokugawa Japan with the rapid program of late-nineteenth-century industrialization, which resulted in imperialism, international wars, and ultimately, the post-war recovery.

285. Conquests and Heroes
Thomas Conlan M  1:00 - 2:25
W  1:00 - 2:25
Mass-Faculty Room
Seminar. Examines the experience of war in China, Japan, and Europe in order to ascertain the degree to which war is a culturally specific act. Explores narratives of battle and investigates “heroic” qualities of European, Chinese, and Japanese figures. A secondary theme constitutes an examination of the impact the thirteenth-century Mongol Invasions had on each of these military cultures. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.

308. Advanced Japanese II
Mitsuko Numata 
A continuation of Japanese 307. Continued efforts to develop oral and written fluency in informal and formal situations. Reading of contemporary texts of literature, business, and social topics.

332. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics
Henry Laurence M  10:00 - 11:25
W  10:00 - 11:25
Analyzes the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of modern politics, and asks how democracy works in Japan compared with other countries. Explores how Japan has achieved stunning material prosperity while maintaining among the best healthcare and education systems in the world, high levels of income equality, and low levels of crime. Students are also instructed in conducting independent research on topics of their own choosing.