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Courses Offered
Japanese Language

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the home department and can be subject to change.

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement

 

101. Elementary Japanese I. (NW, for students entering in Fall 2013 and earlier)

Introduction to contemporary Japanese language through cultural context. Developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, including mastery of the Hiragana and Katakana Japanese writing systems and introduction to Kanji characters. For students with no previous training in the language. Offered every Fall                                                   Miura

102. Elementary Japanese II. (NW, for students entering in Fall 2013 and earlier)

Continued practice in listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of contemporary Japanese in cultural context. Further development of reading and writing Kanji characters. Prerequisite: JPN 101 or permission of instructor. Offered every Spring.      Miura

201. Intermediate Japanese I. (NW) (LS)

Development of contemporary Japanese listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the intermediate-low level through cultural context, including continued practice in reading and writing Kanji characters. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or permission of instructor. Offered every Fall                                                                                                                                           Omoto

202. Intermediate Japanese II. (NW) (H) (LS)

Continued development of contemporary Japanese listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the intermediate level in cultural context, including handling a variety of informal and formal situations. Further practice in reading and writing Kanji characters. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or permission of instructor. Offered every Spring.                                       Omoto

220. Introduction to Modern Japanese Literature. (NW) (H)

A survey course of modern Japanese literature. We will discuss works of authors from the Meiji to the Heisei Periods, including Natsume Soseki, Mishima Yukio, Yoshimoto Banana and Murakami Haruki. Additional materials such as films and anime will be incorporated in the instruction. No knowledge of Japanese language is required. Students could read each text either in the original or in English translation. Also, there will be several sections of discussion in Japanese and English from which students will choose. Same as LIT 220.          Miura

221. Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture. (NW) (H)

Japan’s pop culture has gained great popularity all over the world. Such genres include Godzilla, anime, manga, and J-pop, to name a few. This course examines several major genres focusing on historical and cultural background, and their impact on Japanese society. Through reading the writings of notable cultural critics, students will learn to analyze each genre in depth as well as examine the interrelationship among them. Each student will choose his/her own research topic for a final presentation.      Miura

301. Upper Intermediate Japanese I. (NW) (H)

Development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the upper intermediate level of contemporary Japanese in cultural context, including handling a variety of informal and formal situations and continued practice in reading and writing Kanji characters. Prerequisite: JPN 202 or permission of instructor.                                                                             Omoto

302. Upper Intermediate Japanese II. (NW) (H)

Continued development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the upper intermediate level of contemporary Japanese in cultural context, including handling a variety of informal and formal situations, as well as further practice in reading and writing Kanji characters. Prerequisite: JPN 301 or permission of instructor.                                    Miura

401. Upper Intermediate Japanese III. (NW) (H)

Development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the upper intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in contemporary Japanese in cultural context, including handling a variety of informal and formal situations and continued practice in reading and writing Kanji characters. Introduction of some authentic audio-visual and reading materials. Prerequisite: JPN 302 or permission of the instructor.                                                                                                                                          Omoto

402. Upper Intermediate Japanese IV. (NW) (H)

Development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the upper intermediate to advanced level of proficiency in contemporary Japanese in cultural context, including handling a variety of informal and formal situations, as well as further practice in reading and writing Kanji characters. Further practice in handling some authentic audio-visual and reading materials. Prerequisite: JPN 401 or permission of the instructor.                                                                                                                     Miura

Tutorials at more advanced levels may be arranged with the Director of the Japanese language program.

Travel Course

210. TRAVEL: Japanese Studies at Tohoku Gakuin University.

(Summer Travel Course) (NW)

Franklin & Marshall College offers a May – June Program that includes pre-departure sessions on the Franklin & Marshall campus; three weeks of classes at Tohoku Gakuin University, during which students live with Japanese families; field trips.       Staff