Modern and Classical Languages
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Japanese Fall 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in JAPA

JAPA 110: Elementary Japanese (6 Credits)

Introduces elements of grammar, vocabulary, oral skills, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Notes: Students may not receive credit for JAPA 110 and JAPA 101, 102. Equivalent to JAPA 101, JAPA 102, JAPA 109.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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200-Level Courses in JAPA

JAPA 210: Intermediate Japanese (3 Credits)

Continuation of the development of basic components of the language, with focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Also introduces students to Japanese culture and society. Notes: Students may not receive credit for JAPA 210 and JAPA 201, 202. Equivalent to JAPA 201, JAPA 202, JAPA 209.
Recommended Prerequisite: JAPA 110, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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JAPA 250: Gateway to Advanced Japanese (3 Credits)

Development of advanced intermediate-level Japanese language skills in the interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes of communication. Incorporates strong component of critical and comparative analysis of Japanese cultural products, practices, and perspectives of the past and the present. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Japanese
Recommended Prerequisite: JAPA 210, appropriate placement score, or permission of department.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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300-Level Courses in JAPA

JAPA 310: Japanese Culture in a Global World (3 Credits)

Study of globalizing Japanese cultural phenomena from the 19th through the 21st century. Explores how movements of ideas, technologies and products across borders influence both local and global ideas and practice. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Taught in English, Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 101/ENGH 101 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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JAPA 320: Japanese Cinema (3 Credits)

Comprehensive analysis of Japanese cinema based on cross-cultural perspectives and cultural criticism. Major developments and trends as viewed in selected Japanese films with emphasis on post war and contemporary eras. Knowledge of Japanese history, communication, and cultural studies or film and media studies helpful. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with approval of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Schedule Type: Lecture

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JAPA 330: Advanced Reading and Speaking I (3 Credits)

Designed for students to develop conversational proficiency and reading skills. Students work toward a mastery of linguistic and sociolinguistic rules by incorporating reading and speaking abilities through class discussions, reports, and presentations. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Japanese
Recommended Prerequisite: JAPA 250, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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JAPA 360: Topics in Japanese Popular Culture (3 Credits)

In-depth look at anime and manga in order to arrive at a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultures and histories that generated these art forms, as well as how they continue to shape international entertainment media and fan subcultures. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Schedule Type: Lecture

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400-Level Courses in JAPA

JAPA 440: Integrated Study of Japanese Language and Society I (3 Credits)

Integrated approach to study of Japanese language and society through grammar review, vocabulary and kanji development, intensive practice in spoken and written Japanese, and sociological and cultural readings and analysis. Includes class discussion, oral and written reports, and out-of-class direct interactions with native speakers. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Taught in Japanese
Recommended Prerequisite: JAPA 331, appropriate placement score, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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Topics in JAPA

JAPA 320: Japanese Cinema (3 Credits)

Comprehensive analysis of Japanese cinema based on cross-cultural perspectives and cultural criticism. Major developments and trends as viewed in selected Japanese films with emphasis on post war and contemporary eras. Knowledge of Japanese history, communication, and cultural studies or film and media studies helpful. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with approval of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Taught in English
Schedule Type: Lecture

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