Japanese: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LJ 445: Readings in Japanese Civilization
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303; , placement test results, or consent of instructor.
    Uses the Japanese language to learn about history, society, art, politics, and current issues from Japanese perspectives. Critical engagement with topics in Japanese culture through multiple forms of communication, including reading, writing, discussion, and video. Conducted in Japanese.
  • CAS LJ 451: Topics in Japanese Literature
    Topic for Fall 2015: Yakuza. Second only to the samurai, the yakuza represents one of Japan's most mythic figures. Examines images of the yakuza in narrative, photography, memoir, political history, and especially cinema. Considers tradition, violence, masculinity, and nationalism in the history of the yakuza. Also offered as CAS CI 490 C1.
  • CAS LJ 481: Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one Japanese literature course or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2015: Boys and Girls in Japan. The "girl" (shoujo) and "boy" (shounen) as important figures in Japanese modernity. Particular attention to cultures of education, gender, and sexuality. Considers literature for and about youth, including coming-of-age novels, manga, and contemporary cultural criticism on youth culture.
  • CAS LJ 485: Intensive Kanji 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 385; or knowledge of more than 1000 Kanji.
    Intended for avid learners who already know at least 1000 Kanji. Students become skilled at Jôyô Kanji, learn idiomatic compounds, and are trained in reading advanced materials and writing their own Kanji-rich essays.
  • CAS LJ 491: Directed Study: Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LJ 492: Directed Study: Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of department and CAS Advising.
    Application Form available in department.
  • CAS LJ 510: The Structure of the Japanese Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 112 and CAS LX 250; (or equivalent placement in Japanese).
    Introduction to linguistic analysis of the Japanese language (phonology, word structure, grammar, genetic relationships); social and cultural issues (orthography, honorifics). Assignments geared to individual interests and needs. Conducted in English.