Japanese Studies (JPST) Courses

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Languages

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JPST 101 Elementary Japanese I (4) (lecture/lab) Development of listening, speaking, reading, writing. Structural points introduced inductively. Laboratory drill. (Same as JPNS 101) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 Hiragana and Katakana, the course focuses on strengthening the skill of reading and writing Kanji characters at the beginning level. Pre: Department Approval. (Same as JPNS 101S) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 102 Elementary Japanese II (4) (lecture/lab) Development of listening, speaking, reading, writing. Structural points introduced inductively. Laboratory drill. Pre: JPNS 101 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 102) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 role-play, individual and group presentations, grammar exercises, individualized laboratory work, and reading/writing practice in the basic scripts (Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji characters). (Same as JPNS 107) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 200 Intro to Jpns & Chns Studies (3) This course studies the two regions of East Asia (Japan and China) with emphasis on philosophical, religious and cultural traditions, and patterns of social, economic and political change. Students will gain a general understanding of each region through a broad survey of important cultural movements and historical events that have made Japan and China what it is today. (Same as LANG 200) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 201 Intermediate Japanese I (4) (lecture/lab) Continuation of JPNS 102. More advanced colloquial structures and kanji. Pre: JPNS 102 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 201) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 202 Intermediate Japanese II (4) (lecture/lab) Continuation of JPST 201. More advanced colloquial structures and additional kanji. Pre: JPNS 201 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 202) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 301 Third-Year Japanese I (3) Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced structures, expressions, patterns, kanji. Pre: JPNS 202 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 301) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 302 Third-Year Japanese II (3) Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced structures, expressions, patterns, kanji. Pre: JPNS 301 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 302) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 310 Hist of Japan I: Early Japan (3) Japanese history and culture from prehistory to the mid-17th century. Topics include: origins of Japanese people and culture; the Imperial state; contacts with China and Korea; aristocratic culture, particularly the role of women; the samurai class and the Shogunates; Buddhism and Shinto; late medieval disorder and development; unification and pacification. (Same as HIST 310) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 311 Hist Japan II: Tokugawa to Mei (3) Japanese history and culture from the 17th through 19th centuries. Topics include: samurai and the class system; political change, economic growth and social tensions; urban and rural evolution; popular culture and literature; Japan's isolation and reopening; collapse of the Tokugawa system; the Meiji Restoration; dissolution of the samurai class; social reorganization and rapid modernization; the Meiji Constitution and new Imperial state. (Same as HIST 311) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 314 Hist of Jpn III: 20th Cent-Pre (3) Japanese history and culture from 1890 to present. Topics include: Meiji and 1947 constitutions; democracy and leadership; militarism and pacifism; evolving Imperial institution; economic growth and social change; tradition and modernity in Japanese culture; Japan's place in world systems and world culture. (Same as HIST 314) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 315 East Asian Religions (3) The development of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto and folk religion in China, Korea and Japan. Pre: junior standing or instructor's consent. (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 340 Japanese Composition (3) Writing compositions employing designated patterns, kanji, and themes. Pre: JPNS 202 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 340). (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 JPNS 345) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 353 Politics Of Japan (3) Aspects of Japanese politics, emphasizing the post-1945 period. Topics include: political development and change, the political economy of Japan, major political institutions and organizations, policy-making processes, and controversial political issues. (Same as POLS 353). (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 356 Japan (3) Culture origins and development with emphasis on contemporary Japanese culture. (Same as ANTH 356) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 358 Japanese Immigrants (3) Examination of social and cultural adaptations of Japanese immigrant populations, with foci on Hawaiʻi and Brazil. Topics include the role of the Japanese government and emigration companies, the factors of generation, kinship, ethnicity, and contemporary Japanese migrants. (Same as ANTH 358) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 359 Japanese in Hawai'i (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 JPNS 359) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 361 Feminism in Japan (3) A historical survey of Japanese women and feminism focusing on Japan's changing aspects from the ancient to the contemporary periods. The course questions the current popular Western image of the subservient Japanese women and articulates the role of Japanese women in Japanese society. (Same as JPNS 361 and WS 361) (Attributes: HPP)

JPST 365 Japanese Lit in English (3) Survey of major works from earliest times to the present. Knowledge of Japanese is not required. (Same as JPNS 365, ENG 365). (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 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 consent of instructor. (Same as JPNS 370)

JPST 375 Japanese Music (3) Historical survey of traditional, contemporary, and Western-influenced music of Japan and study of major genres. No previous musical knowledge is required. Pre: junior standing or instructor's consent. (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 JPNS 380). (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 381 Art of Japan (3) The history of art in Japan with emphasis on Buddhist art, the relationships between Chinese and Japanese arts. Pre: ART 175 or ART 176 or JPST course or instructor's consent. (Same as ART 381) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 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 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 JPNS 382.) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 383 Japanese Theatre & Performance (3) This course introduces the performance traditions of 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 JPNS/DRAM 383) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 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 JPNS 385). (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 401 Fourth-Year Japanese I (3) Study of modern spoken and written Japanese involving advanced structures, expressions and additional kanji. Pre: JPNS 302 or equivalent. (Same as JPNS 401). (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 JPNS 402) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 410 History of Chinese Characters (3) This course introduces Chinese civilization and history through an investigation of the evolution of Chinesescript and the socio-cultural factors related to it. Archaeological and historical materials are used in introducing its various forms in history: from tortoiseshellscript to seal and clericalscripts as well as regularscript. Historical and cultural setting of creating and using the specificscript are examined. The transformation of Chinesescript into Japanese "kanji" and cultural exchange between Asian countries are also discussed. Pre: one of the following: CHNS 101, CHNS 107, JPNS 101, JPNS 101S, or JPNS 107. (Same as LANG/CHNS 410) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 414 Global Social Movements &Japan (3) Exploration of the expansion of transnationally linked social movements with a concentration on justice movements in Japan. Pre: SOC 100 or LANG/JPST/CHNS 200 or permission of instructor (same as SOC 414). (Attributes: HPP)

JPST 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 consent of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. (Same as JPNS 425) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 430 Philosophy of Zen (3) Chief philosophical teachings of Zen, its methods and cultural influences. Comparative study of Zen and Western thought. Pre: previous work in philosophy or religious studies, or consent of instructor. Recommended: PHIL 302. (Same as PHIL 430) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 450 Mahayana Buddhist Phil (3) Important tenets and major schools of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy in India, China, Japan, Tibet, and Hawaiʻi. Comparative study of Mahayana and Western philosophy. Pre: previous work in philosophy, religious studies, or instructor's consent. Recommended: PHIL 302. (Same as PHIL 450) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 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, JPNS 451) (Attributes: GAHP, HPP)

JPST 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, JPNS 452). (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 457 Japanese Culture & Commun (3) This course explores aspects of Japanese communication from cross-cultural perspectives and examines problems in intercultural interactions between Japanese and non-Japanese. (Same as COM 457) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 consent of instructor. May be repeated once for credit. (Same as JPNS 481) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST 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 JPNS 495) (Attributes: GAHP)

JPST x94 Special Topics in Subject Matter (Arr.) 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.

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