Courses

Fall 2017

  • 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 2017 · Mark Hansell, Lei Yang
  • 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 2017 · Mariko 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 2017 · Zheng Wen
  • 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 2017 · Miaki Habuka
  • JAPN 231: Japanese Cinema in Translation

    This course examines the extraordinary achievement of Japanese cinema, from the classic films of Mizoguchi, Ozu, and Kurosawa to the pop cinema of Kitano and the phenomenon of anime. The films will be studied for their aesthetic, cultural, and auteur contexts. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship of the film 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 2017 · Noboru 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 2017 · Mark Hansell
  • 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 minor.

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2017 · Mark Hansell

Winter 2018

  • CHIN 102: Elementary Chinese

    Continuation of Chinese 101. Prerequisites: Chinese 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2018 · Mark Hansell, Lei Yang
  • JAPN 102: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 101. Prerequisites: Japanese 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2018 · Noboru Tomonari
  • 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 2018 · Zheng Wen
  • 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 2018 · Miaki Habuka
  • ASLN 260: Historical Linguistics

    Concepts and techniques of historical linguistics, especially methods used in the discovery of family relationships between languages and the reconstruction of ancestral forms. Other topics include grammatical, semantic, and lexical change, processes of sound change, language contact, and the use of linguistic evidence in cultural reconstruction. In addition to the more familiar Indo-European languages, data will come from Western Pacific and Australian languages, and especially East Asian languages.

    Prerequisites: Previous experience in linguistics or instructor's permission. 6 credit; Social Inquiry; offered Winter 2018 · Mark Hansell
  • JAPN 353: Thinking about Environmental Issues in Japanese

    This course explores various environmental issues, pollution, recycle, etc., in Japanese using newspaper clips, internet, and other authentic written texts. We will examine what kind of environmental issues Japan faces and how the government and communities are dealing with them. Then students are expected to explore how their communities are dealing with environmental issues. The purpose of the course is to encourage students to think about issues, contents, in Japanese rather than study purely language, grammar and vocabularies. Students are expected to write a short research paper in Japanese and do class presentation at the end. Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or equivalent. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2018 · Mariko Kaga
  • CHIN 361: Advanced Chinese: Readings in Twentieth Century Literature

    Students will read, discuss, and write about major literary works from twentieth century China in order to both improve their language abilities and increase their understanding of the artistic and intellectual milieu in which the works were produced. Readings will include selections from modern and contemporary Chinese literature, including poetry, fiction, novels, and letters in the original Chinese. 

    Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2018 · Lei Yang

Spring 2018

  • 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 2018 · Mark Hansell, Lei Yang
  • JAPN 103: Elementary Japanese

    Continuation of Japanese 102. Prerequisites: Japanese 102 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2018 · Mariko Kaga
  • 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 2018 · Zheng Wen
  • 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 2018 · Miaki Habuka
  • CHIN 245: Chinese Vision of the Past in Translation

    China—the modern nation—never escapes the influence of the past. But why do Chinese literature and movies like discussing and presenting the past? Do these works truly reflect the past? How is the past presented? What techniques impact the narration of the past and the audience’s perceptions? Through comparison of historic texts and fictional retellings of the same stories, students will gain a better understanding of representation of the past and develop critical reading, analysis, discussion, and writing skills. Sources include historical narratives and biographies, classical texts, poems, fiction, and film. No knowledge of Chinese language required.

     

    6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2018 · Lei Yang
  • JAPN 345: Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story

    Introduction to modern Japanese short fiction in the original, with exposure to a variety of styles. Some practice in critical analysis and literary translation. Prerequisites: Japanese 206 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2018 · Noboru Tomonari
  • CHIN 363: Conversation and Composition: The Liberal Arts in Chinese

    Carleton students receive a broad education, their ability to express themselves in Chinese should be equally broad. This course will provide instruction and practice in speaking, reading, and writing about fundamental concepts from natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Students will learn to read and discuss the kind of non-specialist works that any well-educated speaker can comprehend, and will also receive a foundation that can lead to more specialized work. Specific topics to be covered will depend on the interests of students in the class. Prerequisites: Chinese 206 or equivalent. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2018 · Mark Hansell