Courses

Fall 2015

  • 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 2015 · M. Kaga
  • 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 2015 · S. Guo
  • 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 placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · Staff
  • 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 placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · F. Merritt
  • JAPN 244: The World of Anime in Translation

    This course examines the extraordinary achievement of anime (Japanese animation), from the modern classics by Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Mamoru Oshii, to more recent anime directors. The anime will be studied for their aesthetic, cultural, and auteur contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship of the anime to traditional arts, culture and society. This course is conducted in English and all the course materials are in English translation or in English subtitles. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2015 · N. Tomonari
  • CHIN 248: The Structure of Chinese

    This course uses linguistic methodology to examine the structure of Modern Standard Chinese. Its purpose is to give students a greater insight into the systems and logic at the heart of the Chinese language, both to help them better appreciate the beauty and elegance of language structure, and to help them more effectively learn the language. Topics covered will include the sound system, word formation, syntax, and semantics. No prior experience with linguistics is necessary, but students should have studied at least a year of Chinese or its equivalent. Readings and discussion will be in English. Prerequisites: Chinese 103 or equivalent. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Fall 2015 · M. Hansell
  • 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 2015 · M. Hansell
  • JAPN 352: Advanced Japanese through Manga and Contemporary Materials

    Reading and discussion of advanced Japanese materials that include classical and recent manga. The materials are to be determined by both the instructor and the students. Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2015 · M. Tomonari

Winter 2016

  • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 101. Prerequisites: Japanese 101 or placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · N. Tomonari
  • CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101. Prerequisites: Chinese 101 or placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · M. Hansell
  • JAPN 205: Intermediate Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills language requirement. Prerequisites: Japanese 204 or placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · Staff
  • CHIN 205: Intermediate Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 204. Completion of this course with a C- or better fulfills the language requirement. Prerequisites: Chinese 204, 280, or placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · F. Merritt
  • CHIN 240: Chinese Cinema in Translation

    This course introduces to students the drastic transformation of Chinese society, culture, and politics over the past three decades through the camera lens. We will examine representative films from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Particular attention will be paid to the entangled relationship between art, commerce, and politics, as well as the role digital technologies and international communities play in reshaping the contemporary cultural landscape in China. This class requires no prior knowledge of Chinese language, literature, or culture. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2016 · S. Guo
  • CHIN 355: Contemporary Chinese Short Stories

    This advanced Chinese language course focuses on contemporary short stories. The course is designed to help students enhance reading skills, expand students' mastery of advanced vocabulary, and prepare students to analyze authentic materials. 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 Winter 2016 · S. Guo

Spring 2016

  • JAPN 103: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 102. Prerequisites: Japanese 102 or placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · M. Kaga
  • CHIN 103: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101, 102. Prerequisites: Chinese 102 or placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · S. Guo, F. Merritt
  • 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 the equivalent. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · 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 placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · Staff
  • JAPN 310: Japanese Maintenance

    This course gives students at the 300 level an opportunity to continue to practice their reading, speaking, writing and listening skills when a 300-level course is not available. Class will meet once a week to discuss readings or discuss topics students are interested in. Students will have conversation practice opportunities with tutors. Does not count toward major or certificate. Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or equivalent. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · M. Kaga
  • CHIN 349: Advanced Chinese: Social Commentary

    This course will focus on increasing students' ability to read, write, and speak about contemporary social issues through readings, essay writing, oral presentations, and class discussion. Readings will be from leading twentieth century Chinese reformers and social critics. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; offered Spring 2016 · M. Hansell