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 450: Topics in Advanced Japanese
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LJ 303; or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2017: Japanese through Pop Culture. Through analysis and discussion of show business, songs, TV dramas, variety shows, and Manga, students develop communicative skills while consolidating grammar, specialized vocabulary, speech levels as well as their cultural awareness. Taught in Japanese.
  • CAS LJ 451: Topics in Japanese Literature
    Topics vary. Topic for Spring 2018: Trauma, Memory, Literature: Explores how we remember, how memory builds biographies and distinct cultural histories, and how various media represent trauma. Readings include theories of memory, literature of cataclysmic events in Asian and European cultures, of East Asia's history wars, and Holocaust literature. Also offered as CAS LC 470 and CAS LK 470.
  • CAS LJ 481: Topics in Japanese Literature (in English translation)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one Japanese literature course or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2016: Boys and Girls in Japan. The "girl" (shoujo) and the "boy" (shounen) as important figures in Japanese modernity. Theories of gender and sexuality. Literature for and about youth, including coming-of-age novels, manga, and contemporary criticism on youth culture. Also offered as CAS WS 305 A1.
  • 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.