Fall '99 Course Guide

Courses in Japanese (Division 401)

Fall Term, 1999 (September 8 December 22, 1999)

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Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 1-3 p.m.


Japanese 101. Beginning Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Shoko Emori (semori@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Native or near-native speakers of Japanese are not eligible for this course.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($7) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J10x/10x.html

The goal of the course is the simultaneous progression of four skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as becoming familiar with aspects of Japanese culture which are necessary for language competency. Recitation sessions are conducted in Japanese emphasizing speaking/reading in Japanese contexts at normal speeds. Analyses, explanations, and discussions involving the use of English are specifically reserved for lectures. It is expected that, by the end of the year, students will have basic speaking and listening comprehension skills, a solid grasp of basic grammar, reading and writing skills in Hiragana and Katakana, and will be able to recognize and produce approximately 140 Kanji in context. Texts: Situational Functional Japanese Vol. 1-2. Tokyo: Tsukuba Language Group, 1991.

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Japanese 201. Second-Year Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Mayumi Johnson (yukijohn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 102. Native or near-native speakers of Japanese are not eligible for this course.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J20x/20x.html

Further training is given in all four language skills (speaking, reading, listening, and writing) for students who have acquired a basic language proficiency. The introduction to basic Japanese grammar items will be completed around the 4th week of the second term of 2nd year Japanese. The aim of the oral component is to provide the student with the speaking and comprehension skills necessary to function effectively in more advanced practical situations in a Japanese-speaking environment. In the reading and writing component, emphasis is on reading elementary texts, developing an expository style, and writing short answers/essays in response to questions about these texts. Approximately 500 of the essential characters are covered. Discussions on the social and cultural use of language are provided through various video tapes. Students are required to attend five hours of class per week: two hours of lecture and three hours of recitation. Recitation sessions emphasize speaking/reading in Japanese at normal speed with near-native pronunciation, accent, and appropriate body language and are conducted entirely in Japanese. Analyses, explanations, and discussions involving the use of English are reserved for lectures. Texts: Situational Functional Japanese Vol. 2-3. Tokyo: Tsukuba Language Group, 1991.

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Japanese 225. Calligraphy.

Language Courses

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 101. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/

The goals of the course are to help you learn how to practice Japanese calligraphy and cultivate your mind through the practice. Six subjects, including Kanji and Hiragana will be introduced with the focus on basic skills such as the manner of using brushes, balancing characters, etc. Throughout the course, students will work on clarity of thought through the writing of characters in a tranquil setting, concentrating on maintaining correct posture and behavior throughout the writing process.

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Japanese 250/Asian Studies 252. Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Section 001 Reiterations: Filming Fiction in Japan

Instructor(s): Ken Ito (kenkito@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Japanese language is required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 252.001.

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Japanese 400/Asian Studies 400. Love and Death in Japanese Culture.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses

Sections 001-004 meet the ECB Jr/Sr Writing Requirment

Instructor(s): Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen (qmz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Japanese is not required. (4). (HU).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Using the question of love, beauty, and death as a thematic focus, this coourse examines the premodern history of the human being in Japan. In the course of reading literature (both canonical and popular) which portray the themes of love and death, we will analyze the concepts of good and evil, truth, and the "beautiful" in Japanese cultural history. We will pay attention to the questions that arise in reading the works of a culture different from the West in its philosophies and religions; in its linguistic usages and artistic expressions; its emphasis on form and ritual as a crucial component otf the moral person. We will also note the existance of various separate cultures-courtly, merchant, craftsman, samurai and priest, actor and geisha, each with its own hierarchy and code of ethics and aesthetics. Class materials will include, apart from literary works, secobdary sources from criticism, history, philosophy and religion, sociology, as well as visual media like painting and film.

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Japanese 405. Third-Year Japanese.

Language Courses

Instructor(s): Shoko Emori (semori@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 202. Native or near-native speakers of Japanese are not eligible for this course.

Credits: (5).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($9) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/J3rd/405.html

This course is designed for students who have completed JPN 202 with a grade of C- or better or have passed the placement test. The course consists of lecture (T,Th) and recitation (M,W,F) classes. Developing reading skills is the main focus of the lectures. Reading materials are selected from the textbook. In association with the reading materials, complex sentences will be analyzed in terms of basic grammar, new vocabulary and expressions will be acquired, and you will be introduced to numerous aspects of Japanese culture. In recitation, the focus is placed on exchanging thoughts and opinions after practicing the use of new and old expressions, vocabulary, and grammatical pattens that are related to the reading materials. Most writing and listening exercises will be done outside of class through homework. Text: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese. Tokyo: Japan Times, 1997.

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Japanese 413. Readings in Japanese Studies I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ekida

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 202 or 362. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/asian/japanese/

This reading course is specifically designed for students who plan to pursue a career in Japanese studies research at a graduate level. Intensified instruction on how to develop reading ability through the reading of a variety of materials is given during the first half of the term. Then acquired techniques will be applied to actual reading of the materials in the student's area of interest. Oral and listening comprehension are not the focus of the course, but the class may be conducted mostly in Japanese, with occasional English explanation if necessary.

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Japanese 451. Fourth Year Japanese I.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406. 4(Excl).

Credits:

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of the course is the acquisition of linguistic, pragmatic, and sociocultural competence in all four skills in advanced level. A TV drama is used as the main textbook with the focus on the improvement of speaking and listening competence, and variety of reading materials on Japanese sociocultural issues that are related to the content of TV drama are used to further develop reading and writing skills. The two-hour class period is conducted to the verification and discussion of the drama content, use of new vocabulary and expressions as well as the acquisition of more complex, advanced grammar pattern usages. The techniques of improving reading skill is taught during the class period, and the actual reading of the materials and writing of the reaction papers will be assigned as homework.

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Japanese 541. Classical Japanese.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen (qmz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406 and 408. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to the classical language aimed at mastery of the basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax necessary to read all Japanese writing, literary or otherwise, before the twentieth century. A reading knowledge of modern Japanese (equivalent to three years of study) is a prerequisite. Class meetings are devoted to close syntactic analysis and translation of samples from various classical texts, with particular emphasis on poetry and narrative from the Heian and medieval periods. This course is required of all graduate concentrators in Japanese and is a prerequisite (with Japanese 542) to advanced work in pre- and early modern Japanese texts. It is also highly recommended to graduate students of premodern Japanese history, art history, Buddhism, etc. It may also be taken by undergraduate students with sufficient preparation in the modern language.

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Japanese 551. Classical Japanese Prose.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen (qmz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 542. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Training in the reading and interpretation of prose texts from the Heian period (794-1185), which saw the development of a native tradition (as distinct from Sino-Japanese) based on hiragana and waka poetic language particularly in the works of women court writers. Genres include monogatari (narratives), nikki (diaries), and the so-called hybrid types, uta nikki (poetic journals) and uta monogatari (poem-tales). The seminar will analyze the work from the perspectives of modern narratology, feminist theory, and cultural studies. Reading text will vary each term.

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Japanese 552. Medieval Japanese Prose.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 542. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Readings in the various prose genres of the medieval period (1200-1600), including gunki monogatari or warrior epics, setsuwa stories from the oral tradition, essays, travel journals, and religious writing. The seminars will take up, among other issues, the phenomenon of citation and its inscription of canonical texts in the secular literature, in relation to the larger questions of interpretation, knowledge, and morality in the medieval world-view. Reading texts vary each term.

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Japanese 554. Modern Japanese Literature.

Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Driscoll

Prerequisites & Distribution: Japanese 406 and 408. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

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