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Courses in Japanese

ANNOUNCEMENT TO JAPANESE STUDENTS
(ESPECIALLY THOSE CURRENTLY IN 3RD YEAR JAPANESE)

Curriculum change is taking place at the Advanced (4th year) Japanese level.  As a result, during the academic year 2013-14, we offer the Advanced Japanese courses with JPN410 in each term with different content each time.  They will be treated as the 400-level language courses, but students are advised to request their major adviser to send a request for exception so that DARS will count JPN410s as 400-level language courses. 

OLD
JPN411&412 with focus on speaking & listening
JPN416&417 with focus on reading & writing

2013-2014
Fall
JPN410     Using Nihon e no shotai as a textbook, this uses newspaper articles to addresses various societal issues in Japan using the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing).  The class includes discussion of article content, analysis of grammar, vocabulary, and journalistic conventions, and translation into English.

Winter
JPN410      Class will read the novel Hardboiled by Yoshimoto Banana and other materials to be announced.  The class includes close reading of the text, and discussion, orally and in writing, concerning the content of the novel as well as cultural knowledge necessary to appreciate and understand the literary text.  Tasks include translation of selected passages into English.

Spring
JPN410      TBA.

NEW (2014-)
JPN411•412•413 All four skill areas are integrated.
Class will read, write, and talk about various topics that are commonly discussed in the Japanese society.  They may include characteristics of Japanese culture, value systems, people’s beliefs and attitudes, and social issues.   We draw materials from various sources such as newspaper articles, news broadcasts, dramas, documentaries, literary texts, as well as textbooks. 

 


 

Please Note: Not all courses are taught every year. Please see the published class schedule for a listing of courses and sections available in any given term.

Course numbers ending in 99, 40X, 50X, as well as numbers 410 and 510 designate variable content courses that are occasional offerings. Please see the course schedule for the current term's offerings.

You can also view the official and complete course descriptions in the University Bulletin under the section of "World Languages and Literatures".

For a tentative list of offerings in the 2013-2014 academic year, CLICK HERE.

 


Jpn 101, 102, 103 First-year Japanese (5,5,5)
An introduction to the Japanese language with emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, grammatical patterns, the syllabries, and characters in elementary reading and writing.

Jpn 150, 151 First-year Japanese (Intensive) (7,8)
A two-term course covering the content of Jpn 101, 102, 103.
[Not taught every year]

Jpn 199 Special Studies (See specific course for credits)
This course number is used for experimental courses that satisfy graduation requirements for the Bachelor's degree. It can be used by students needing further work or review in first-year Japanese.

Jpn 201, 202, 203 Second-year Japanese (5,5,5)
Continued work in the Japanese language with emphasis on listening comprehension, speaking, grammatical patterns, the syllabries, and characters in elementary reading and writing.
Recommended prerequisite: Jpn 103.

Jpn 299 Special Studies (See specific course for credits)
This course number is used for experimental courses that satisfy graduation requirements for the Bachelor's degree. It can be used by students needing further work or review in second-year Japanese.

Jpn 301, 302 Third-year Japanese: Speaking and Listening (4,4)
Continued work in the Japanese language with emphasis on listening and speaking skills in a variety of contexts. Students enrolled in this course are encouraged to sign up for Jpn 304, 305 concurrently. Either sequence (Jpn 301, 302 or Jpn 304, 305) satisfies the requirement for third-year Japanese.
Recommended prerequisite: Jpn 203.

Jpn 304, 305 Third Year Japanese: Reading and Writing (4,4)
Continued work in the Japanese language with emphasis on reading and writing skills in different kinds of texts. Students enrolled in this course are encouraged to sign up for Jpn 301, 302 concurrently. Either sequence (301, 302 or 304, 305) satisfies the requirement for third-year Japanese.
Recommended prerequisites: Jpn 203.

Jpn 314, Jpn 315 Beginning Japanese Grammar/Intermediate Japanese Grammar (2,2)
A systematic approach to the study of Japanese grammar for transfer students, for majors, and for teachers.

Jpn 325 Japanese Phonetics and Phonology (4)
Introduction to the sounds of Japanese: their place and manner of articulation (phonetics) as well as how they pattern with respect to each other and as influenced by morphological and syntactic factors (phonology).
Recommended prerequisites: Jpn 203.
[Not taught every year]

Jpn 341, 342, 343 Topics in Japanese Literature (In translation) (4,4,4)
Introductory survey of Japanese literature from its beginnings to the present, including such works as The Man'yoshu, The Tale of Genji, plays by Zeami and Chikamatsu, Basho's haiku, and masterpieces of modern fiction. Jpn 341 focuses on classical and medieval literature, Jpn 342 focuses on Tokugawa and modern literature; Jpn 342 focuses on the modern period. Conducted in English.
Expected preparation: 8 credits of literature.

Jpn 361 Japanese Literature Through Film (4)
Readings of masterpieces of Japanese literature and viewing of feature films based on them. Viewings are followed by discussion of the social, historical, and artistic significance of the works. Readings and discussions are in English, and films have English subtitles.

Jpn 399 Special Studies (See specific course for credits)
This course number is used for experimental courses that satisfy upper division requirements in various majors (Jpn, INTL-East Asia, etc). Course topics in the past have included Beginning-Intermediate Japanese Grammar and Intermediate-Advanced Japanese Grammar.

Jpn 404/504 Cooperative Education/Internship (Credit to be arranged.)

Jpn 405/505 Reading & Conference (Credit to be arranged.)

Jpn 407/507 Seminar (See specific course for credits)
This course number is used for customized experimental courses designed for individuals or small groups wishing to pursue a particular goal or topic. See individual instructors if you have a request for Reading and Conference.

Jpn 408/508 Workshop (Credit to be arranged.)

Jpn 409/509 Practicum (Credit to be arranged)
Practicum is offered every term. Students from the Practicum class have the opportunity to assist in the Japanese Language program.

Jpn 410/510 Special Studies (See specific course for credits)
This course number is used for experimental seminar-type classes that satisfy upper division and graduate requirements. Course topics in the past have included Japanese Sociolinguistics, Japanese Grammar for Teachers.

Jpn 411/511, 412/512 Advanced Japanese (4,4)
Development of facility with complex patterns in conversation and reading.
Recommended prerequisites: Jpn 302, 305.

Jpn 414/514 Advanced Japanese Grammar (4,4)
A systematic approach to the study of Japanese grammar for advanced students and majors, and for teachers.
Recommended prerequisites: Jpn 302 or 315

Jpn 416/516, 417/517 Advanced Japanese: Reading and Writing (2,2)
Development of facility with complex patterns in reading and writing using semi-authentic and authentic materials. Recommended co-requisites: Jpn 411/511, 412/512. Recommended prerequisites: Jpn 302, 305

Jpn 420/520, 421/521 Readings in Japanese Literature (4,4)
Reading, analysis, translation, and discussion of representative literary texts. Jpn 420/520 will focus on pre-modern literature; Jpn 421/521 on literature from the Meiji Period to the present. Conducted primarily in Japanese.
Recommended prerequisites: Jpn 302, Jpn 305.

Jpn 422/522 Traditional Japanese Drama (4)
An introduction to the classical forms of noh, kyogen, bunraku and kabuki. Students read plays and view videos of plays in performance, analyzing them in their historical, social, and performance contexts. Students have the option of performing short dances or plays in a class recital. Conducted in English.

Jpn 477/577, 478/578 Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language (4,4)
Principles of instructional methods in teaching Japanese to speakers of languages whose orthography is not Kanji-based. Readings in language pedagogy, particularly the pedagogy of non-Indo-European languages. Students are required to teach and observe classes in an approved Japanese program.
Recommended prerequisites: Ling 390, Jpn 303.

Jpn 494/594 Japanese Sociolinguistics (4,4)
Study of the key concepts that characterize Japanese language and culture, along with empirical analysis of Japanese communication style. Recommended prerequisite: Jpn 302.

Jpn 551 Japanese Language and Literature (4)
In-depth study of a single genre (drama, poetry, or prose). Genre and approach (historical survey, period-specific) will vary from year to year.

Jpn 552 Japanese Language and Linguistics (4)
Comparative study of intellectual approaches to Japanese language and its analysis, including native (kokugo) theories, American structuralism, modern linguistics, and critical theory. Emphasis will vary from year to year.


Japanese Area Studies

For complete information, consult the current PSU Bulletin.

The university offers courses that satisfy major requirements in Art History, Economics, Geography, History, and International Studies. Check these departmental listings for further information.

Art + Design

ArH 412/512: Japanese Buddhist Art

Arh 423/523: Japanese Painting

ArH 425/525: Modern Japanese Painting

Geography

Geog 453/553: Geography of Japan

History

Offers a complete series of Japanese history courses (Hist 420, 421, 422).

Be sure to check the PSU Schedule of Classes for a complete listing of classes currently offered.