Courses

Fall 2016

  • CHIN 101: Elementary Chinese

    Introduction to Chinese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to the cultural context. Students who have learned spoken Mandarin Chinese at home or in another context, but who are unable to read or write, are encouraged to register for Chinese 280. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · S. Guo, M. Hansell
  • JAPN 101: Elementary Japanese

    Introduction to the Japanese sentence structure and writing system, together with the development of basic aural/oral skills, with attention to cultural context. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. Kaga
  • CHIN 204: Intermediate Chinese

    Expansion of vocabulary and learning of complex sentence forms, with equal emphasis on the development of the four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Prerequisites: Chinese 103 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · F. Merritt
  • JAPN 204: Intermediate Japanese

    Emphasis is on the development of reading skills, especially the mastery of kanji, with some work on spoken Japanese through the use of audiovisual materials.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 103 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. Habuka
  • JAPN 245: Modern Japanese Literature and Manga in Translation

    This course is a study of major works of modern fiction in Japan and their recent adaptations in manga. We will pay particular attention to cultural, aesthetic, and ideological aspects of Japanese literature in the twentieth century and to the relationship between the text, the author, and the society. We will also read their adaptations in manga. Manga has become the most popular literary medium during the last century and we will consider the relationship between modern Japanese literature and manga. This class requires no prior knowledge of Japanese language, literature, manga, or culture.

    6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2016 · N. Tomonari
  • CHIN 280: Chinese Literacy

    This course is aimed at fluent Mandarin speakers who have not learned to read and write. Students will intensively study the same characters as taught in Chinese 101, 102, 103, and 204. Successful completion will allow students to register for Chinese 205 in the winter term. Prerequisites: Near-native fluency in oral Mandarin 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2016 · M. Hansell
  • CHIN 360: Classical Chinese

    This course introduces to students the essentials of classical Chinese through a close reading of authentic materials. A wide range of genres, including prose, poems, idioms, and short stories, will be introduced to enrich students’ understanding of various writing conventions and styles. The historical, cultural, and literary forces that shape these cultural works also will be examined.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2016 · S. Guo

Winter 2017

  • CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101. Prerequisites: Chinese 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · S. Guo, M. Hansell
  • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 101. Prerequisites: Japanese 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · N. Tomonari, M. Kaga
  • ASLN 111: Writing Systems

    The structure and function of writing systems, with emphasis on a comparison of East Asian writing systems (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) to Western alphabetic systems. Topics covered include classification of writing systems, historical development, diffusion and borrowing of writing systems, and comparison with non-writing symbol systems. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Winter 2017 · M. Hansell
  • CHIN 205: Intermediate Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills the language requirement.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 204, Chinese 280 or placement 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · F. Merritt
  • JAPN 205: Intermediate Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills language requirement. Prerequisites: Japanese 204 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · M. Habuka
  • CHIN 310: Chinese Maintenance

    This course gives students at the 300 level a chance to continue to practice their reading, speaking, and listening skills when a 300-level course is not available. Class will meet once a week to discuss readings, and students will have conversation practice opportunities with tutors. Does not count toward major or certificate. Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · M. Hansell
  • JAPN 343: Advanced Japanese Through Fiction and Film

    In this course we will subtitle in English language a recent Japanese film and also read the novel on which the film is based. The aims of this course are to understand Japanese spoken at a natural speed, to improve the reading skills of Japanese texts, and to comprehend some aspects of contemporary Japan. The students are expected to participate actively in the discussion of film/novel and of subtitles. Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2017 · N. Tomonari
  • JAPN 351: Advanced Japanese through Documentary Film

    In this course we will subtitle in English a Japanese documentary film and also read the script and/or other related materials. The course aims to improve understanding of spoken Japanese at a natural pace, to improve the skill in reading of Japanese texts, and to comprehend some aspects of contemporary Japan. Students are expected to participate actively in the discussion of the film and the subtitles. Prerequisite: Japanese 206 or equivalent.

    6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2017 · N. Tomonari

Spring 2017

  • CHIN 103: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101, 102. Prerequisites: Chinese 102 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · S. Guo, F. Merritt
  • JAPN 103: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 102. Prerequisites: Japanese 102 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · K. Ryor, N. Tomonari
  • JAPN 105: Art History in Kyoto Program: Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture Through Language Study

    Students with no prior Japanese language study can enroll in this course, which is designed to introduce basic pattern and vocabulary with a special emphasis on topics related to everyday life in Japan and interactions with people. Students will also learn both forms of the Japanese phonetic script, hiragana and katakana.

    Prerequisites: OCS ARTH program 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · K. Ryor
  • CHIN 206: Chinese in Cultural Context

    This course advances students' proficiency in oral and written Chinese, at the same time integrating elements of traditional Chinese civilization and modern Chinese society. Emphasis is on cultural understanding and appropriate language use. Prerequisites: Chinese 205 or equivalent 6 credit; offered Spring 2017 · F. Merritt
  • JAPN 206: Japanese in Cultural Context

    This course advances students' proficiency in the four skills, of speaking, listening, reading and writing in Japanese. The course also integrates elements of traditional Japanese civilization and modern Japanese society, emphasizing cultural understanding and situationally appropriate language use. Prerequisites: Japanese 205 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · K. Ryor, M. Kaga
  • CHIN 250: Chinese Popular Culture

    This course (taught in English) provides an overview of Chinese popular culture from 1949 to the contemporary era, including popular literature, film, posters, music, and blog entries. The course examines both old and new forms of popular culture in relation to social change, cultural spaces, new media technologies, the state, individual expressions, and gender politics. Throughout this course, special attention is paid to the alliance between popular literature and the booming entertainment industry, the making of celebrity culture, and the role digital media plays in shaping China's cultural landscape. The course requires no prior knowledge of Chinese language, literature, or culture. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2017 · S. Guo
  • CHIN 347: Advanced Chinese: Reading the News

    This course uses internet readings of various Chinese language news sources to learn about multiple Chinese perspectives on current events, and to become conversant in the prose style that is a model for formal written Chinese. Emphasis is on vocabulary expansion, text comprehension strategies, and differences between colloquial and written usage. Active use of the language (including oral discussion and regular written compositions) will be stressed. Students will learn to become savvy, independent consumers of Chinese-language news media.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2017 · M. Hansell
  • JAPN 354: Japanese Food Culture

    This course explores Japanese food culture: its history, variety of ingredients, influence from other cultures, and other topics. We will examine what has created "washoku=Japanese cuisine," what "bento" means to Japanese people, and different ideas about food among cultures, etc. Students are expected to take the initiative in exploring Japanese food culture, find what interests them, and share their findings in class. The purpose of the course is to encourage students to think about Japanese food culture in Japanese, rather than to purely study language, grammar and vocabulary. Students are expected to research for their compositions and class presentations, and experiment with the Japanese food experience.

    Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2017 · M. Kaga