Catalog 2014–2015

Japanese (JPNS) Courses

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JPNS 101  Elementary Japanese I (4) (lec., lab) Development of listening, speaking, reading, writing. Structural points introduced inductively. Laboratory drill. (Same as JPST 101). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 101S  Elementary Japanese I, Special (3) Specially designed for students with some language background of Japanese. Same material as JPNS 101 more quickly covered. Development of four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - and an adequate entry-level knowledge of Japanese. A variety of classroom activities such as dialogue role-play, presentations, grammar exercises and individualized laboratory work. After reviewing Hirangana and Katakana, the course focuses on strengthening the skill of reading and writing Kanji characters at the beginning level. Pre: Department Approval. (Same as JPST 101S). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 102  Elementary Japanese II (4) (lec., lab) Development of listening, speaking, reading, writing. Structural points introduced inductively. Laboratory drill. (Same as JPST 102). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 102S  Elementary Japanese II Special (3) Japanese 102S, a continuation of 101S (for students with some language background of Japanese), covers the same material as JPNS 102 more quickly. 102S is one of the language core courses required for non-native speakers of Japanese majoring in Japanese Studies. The course is designed to provide students with instruction on elementary level spoken and written Japanese. Pre: JPNS 101S or Instructor’s approval. (Same as JPST 102S).

JPNS 107  Accelerated Element Japanese (8) Contents of JPNS 101-102 covered in one semester. Meets two hours daily, Monday through Friday. Language laboratory required. Development of four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - and an adequate knowledge at the beginning level of Japanese language. A variety of classroom activities, such as dialogue roleplay, individual and group presentations, grammar exercises, individualized laboratory work, and reading/writing practice in the basic scripts (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji Characters). (Same as JPST 107). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 201  Intermediate Japanese I (4) (lec., lab) Continuation of JPNS 102. More advanced colloquial structures and additional kanji. Pre: JPNS 102 or equivalent. (Same as JPST 201). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 202  Intermediate Japanese II (4) (lec., lab) Continuation of JPNS 201. More advanced colloquial structures and additional kanji. Pre: JPNS 201 or equivalent. (Same as JPST 202). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 301  Third-Year Japanese I (3) Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced structures, expressions, and kanji. Pre: JPNS 202 or equivalent. (Same as JPST 301). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 302  Third-Year Japanese II (3) Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced structures, expressions, and kanji. Pre: JPNS 301 or equivalent. (Same as JPST 302). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 345  Methods for Teaching Japanese (3) Japanese language teaching and learning from the perspectives of theory and practice. The application of modern applied linguistics and methodologies to specific problems confronting the Japanese language teacher and other foreign language teachers. Pre: JPNS 202. (Same as JPST 345). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 359  Japanese in Hawaiʻi (3) An examination of the process by which second generation Japanese people in Hawaiʻi become bilingual and bicultural. Historical and Linguistic contexts for becoming bilingual and bicultural are presented. Topics include Japanese culture and the role of first generation immigrants in Hawaiʻi. (Same as JPST 359). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 365  Japanese Lit in English (3) Survey of major works from earliest times to the present. Knowledge of Japanese is not required. (Same as JPST 365, ENG 365). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

JPNS 370  Lang, Cul & Identity of Japan (3) Relationship of Japanese language to social structure, interpersonal relationships, and way of thinking. Application of general linguistics to social phenomena such as dialects, identity, bilingualism, acculturation. Pre: JPNS 101 or instructor’s consent. (Same as JPST 370)

JPNS 380  Japanese Mythology in Film (3) Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of Japanese myths and legends through contemporary films; mythological contexts related to Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism as well as superstitions and legends are examined in relation with selected films from Japan. (Same as JPST 380). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 382  Gender & Min Japanese Comics (3) Examination of gender and minority issues through a number of Japanese comic stories, or manga, translated into English. Analysis of the selected comic stories is based on a trove of scholarly writings about a protagonists' gender roles as well as Japan's subcultures representing marginalized groups of society. Discussion topics include the influences of manga on the creation of "ideal" men and women and its contribution to the awareness of minorities in Japan from 1960's to the present. Class work does not require the ability to read original Japanese texts. (Same as JPST 382). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

JPNS 383  Japanese Theatre & Performance (3) This course introduces the performance traditions in Japan, ranging from rituals to dance and theatre-traditional art forms such as kagura, noh, kyogen, kabuki, bunraku, to modern theatre after Japan's Westernization. Through readings and visual materials, students will observe the historical development of Japanese theatre and other performing art forms, from the ancient period to contemporary. At the same time, students are required to examine the Japanese art forms from the anthropological and sociological perspectives. The unique aspects of Japanese art forms-fusion of daily behavior, cultural appropriation, and intercultural elements-will be considered Students also look at the role of performing arts and its preservation (like transmission of skills from generation to generation). Pre: ENG 100, 100T, 100H, ESL 100 or 100T. (Same as JPST/DRAM 383). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

JPNS 385  Postwar Japn thru Film & Lit (3) This course introduces students to Japanese society and culture with emphasis on 1945 to the present, as reflected in film and literature. Students learn about essential issues of Japanese postwar society, including class, family, gender, work, education, and minorities, and examine the change and development of Japanese society after World War II, paying attention to the struggles between traditional cultural values and Americanization/Modernization of society. This semester students will view fourteen films by fourteen leading Japanese directors and read an essay and a novel written by Japanese authors and a variety of articles on film. Pre: ENG 100, 100T, ESL 100 or ESL 100T. (Same as JPST 385). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

JPNS 401  Fourth-Yr Japanese I (3) Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced structures, expressions and additional kanji. Pre: JPNS 302 or equivalent. (Same as JPST 401). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 402  Fourth-Year Japanese II (3) This is an advanced course in conversation and composition covering cultural topics. It develops listening and speaking skills to communicate orally in authentic Japanese and expands spoken and written vocabulary knowledge. Students will practice presenting their ideas in speech and composition effectively. Pre: JPNS 302 or instructor's consent. (Same as JPST 402). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 425  Translation Workshop (3) Theory and practice of translation of Japanese materials into English. Emphasis on literary translation, but non-literary texts may also be considered. Pre: JPNS 302 or instructor’s consent. May be repeated once for credit. (Same as JPST 425). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 451  Structure Of Japanese I (3) Phonology, morphology, syntax of modern colloquial grammar. Pre: LING 102 and JPNS 202, or instructor's consent. (Same as LING 451, JPST 451). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P, HPP)

JPNS 452  Structure Of Japanese II (3) Phonology, morphology, syntax of modern colloquial grammar. Pre: LING 102 and JPNS 202, or instructor's consent. (Same as LING 452, JPST 452). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 481  Rdgs in Modern Japanese Lit I (3) Reading and discussion in Japanese of selected works of fiction, poetry, and drama. Pre: JPNS 302 or instructor’s consent. May be repeated once for credit. (Same as JPST 481). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)

JPNS 495  Japanese Studies Seminar (3) The course examines Japanese experiments with the idea of the modern and postmodern, focusing on issues such as modernization/westernization, change in gender roles, urbanization, the power of the state, and nationalism and personal identity. In the course, mainly taught in Japanese students learn how to read and discuss in Japanese, and translate Japanese texts into English. The course introduces a variety of materials written between the end of Russo-Japanese War in 1905 and the current period. Pre: JPNS 302 or instructor's consent. (Same as JPST 495). (GenEd/IntReq: H/A/P)


JPNS x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) (IO) Special topics chosen by the instructor. Course content will vary. May be repeated for credit, provided that a different topic is studied. Additional requirements may apply depending on subject and topic.

JPNS x99 Directed Studies (Arr.) (IO) Statement of planned reading or research required. Pre: instructor’s consent.

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