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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


Approved Courses

The following list includes undergraduate courses that have been approved as of May 2014.  Courses added after that date do not appear in this list.  Courses eliminated after that date may still appear.  Not every course is offered regularly.  Students should consult the Schedule of Classes at www.testudo.umd.edu to ascertain which courses are actually offered during a given semester.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM

Number   Eligibility
000-099   Non-credit course
100-199   Primarily freshman course
200-299   Primarily sophomore course
300-399   Junior, senior course not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees
386-387   Campus-wide internship courses; refer to information describing Experiential Learning
400-499   Junior, senior course acceptable for credit toward some graduate degree
500-599   Professional School course (Dentistry, Architecture, Law, Medicine) or post-baccalaureate course
600-899   Course restricted to graduate students
799   Master Thesis credit
899   Doctoral Dissertation credit

 

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Courses in "JAPN-Japanese"

JAPN - Japanese

JAPN 101 Elementary Japanese I (6) Prerequisite: Must have appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Introduction to basic patterns of contemporary spoken Japanese and to the two phonetic syllabaries (Katakana and Hiragana).

JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese II (6) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN101; or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Continued introduction to the basic spoken patterns of contemporary Japanese.

JAPN 201 Intermediate Japanese I (6) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN102; or or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Contemporary spoken and written Japanese.

JAPN 202 Intermediate Japanese II (6) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN201; or appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score. Contemporary spoken and written Japanese.

JAPN 214 Japanese Culture and Communication Viewed Through Anime (3) By viewing animation with an emphasis on school life and youth culture, this course addresses issues such as interpersonal communication (verbal and non-verbal behavior), cultural values, norms, and expectations. Also, it introduces colloquial language. No previous knowledge of Japanese is required. Open to high school seniors.

JAPN 217 Japanese Literature in the Age of the Samurai (3) Introduction to the masterworks of medieval Japanese literature (c. 1200-1850) and to their intellectual and cultural backgrounds, focusing on prose fiction and drama.

JAPN 269 Special Topics in Study Abroad II (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

JAPN 298 Special Topics Japanese Literature (3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Special topics in Japanese literature.

JAPN 301 Advanced Japanese I (6) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN202; or permission of instructor. Advanced conversation, oral comprehension, and selected readings.

JAPN 302 Advanced Japanese II (6) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN301; or permission of instructor. Continued readings in varied modern texts and advanced conversation and oral comprehension.

JAPN 307 Kanji and Composition (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN301. Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native writer of Kanji; and permission of instructor. Study of Kanji in context; intensive writing practice.

JAPN 314 Edo Text and Context: Origins of Japanese Popular Culture (3) Intensive reading of various genres of literary and historical texts from the early modern (Edo/Tokugawa) period, read in English translation. Taught in English.

JAPN 315 Reading Japanese Empire (3) Reading a wide variety of cultural, intellectual, and official texts, this course explores how Japan's age of empire (1869-1945) was understood, imagined, and lived in various colonial contexts and in the metropolitan center. Students will gain a textured understanding of the complexities and contradictions of Japan's imperial project and the fraught ways this history plays out today in Japan and Asia. Taught in English.

JAPN 316 Women and Japanese Literature: Japanese Literature in Translation (3) Credit only granted for: JAPN316 or JAPN418W. Formerly: JAPN418W. Close critical reading of a range of Japanese literary texts that deal in some significant manner with gender, sex and sexuality. Taught in English.

JAPN 317 Buddhism and Japanese Literature in Translation (3) Religious and philosophical traditions central to Japanese imaginative life and literature from ancient to modern times.

JAPN 369 Special Topics in Study Abroad (1-6) Repeatable to 15 credits if content differs. Special topics course taken as part of an approved study abroad program.

JAPN 386 Experiential Learning (3-6) Prerequisite: Must have a Learning Proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor, and student's internship sponsor. Restriction: Junior standing or higher.

JAPN 388 Language House Spring Colloquium (1) Restriction: Must be a resident of Language House. Repeatable to 8 credits. For students residing in the Language House Immersion Program. Focuses on the development of skills in the target language and acquiring the cultural knowledge of the countries that speak the target language.

JAPN 401 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor. Development of advanced reading, vocabulary, grammar, and translation skills through selected readings in Japanese drawn primarily from modern literature.

JAPN 402 Readings in Japanese Cultural Studies (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor. Development of advanced reading, vocabulary, grammar, and translation skills through selected readings in Japanese drawn from the fields of history, social sciences, cultural studies, film studies, and popular culture.

JAPN 403 Business Japanese: Practicum in Communicative Skills (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor. Development of conversation, reading, and writing skills applicable to Japanese business transactions, official situations, and social meetings, with background material in English on professional business practices and social customs associated with business.

JAPN 404 Business Japanese: Readings and Applications (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor. Focus on current readings pertaining to the Japanese corporate world from newspapers and other periodicals as well as online sources, and project-based development of oral and written skills in business Japanese.

JAPN 405 Readings in Advanced Modern Japanese (3) Prerequisite: JAPN402; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Designed to further improve reading and translation skills; the course will include readings from newspaper articles, literary works, and academic publications in the social sciences and humanities. Listening exercises are included.

JAPN 406 Translating Diplomatic Japanese (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN401; or permission of instructor. Also offered as: JAPN606. Formal, written, diplomatic Japanese to develop practical translation skills and to learn to use the computer as a telecommunications and translation workstation.

JAPN 407 The Art of Translation (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN401; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Theory and practice of translation. Variety of genres. Japanese to English.

JAPN 408 Special Topics in Japanese (3) Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in JAPN302; or permission of instructor. Topic in the Study of Japanese, to be announced each time course is offered. Taught in Japanese.

JAPN 411 Introduction to Classical Japanese (3) Prerequisite: JAPN302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Classical Japanese grammar and the varied styles of classical Japanese. Readings in classical texts drawn from the Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, and Edo periods.

JAPN 412 Classical Japanese (3) Prerequisite: JAPN411. Continuation of JAPN 411 with more advanced classical Japanese.

JAPN 414 Masterpieces of Classical Japanese Literature in Translation (3) Major classics, with focus on philosophical, historical and cultural backgrounds. Taught in English.

JAPN 415 Modern Japanese Fiction in Translation (3) Major themes and literary developments in fiction from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on the works of Kawabata, Tanizaki, Mishima, and Abe.

JAPN 416 Japanese Women and Women Writers (3) Fiction and poetry by Japanese women from the Ninth Century to the present. Women's early role in creating and shaping a variety of literary genres, the silencing of women during the age of the shoguns, and the reemergence of a feminist tradition and women writers in the Twentieth Century. In English.

JAPN 418 Japanese Literature in Translation (3) Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Representative works of Japanese literature in translation.

JAPN 421 History of the Japanese Language (3) Prerequisite: JAPN201; or permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department. Investigation of the origin of the Japanese language, its relationship with other languages, and its development. Taught in English, but presumes knowledge of Kanji (Chinese characters).

JAPN 422 Introductory Japanese Linguistics (3) An investigation of Japanese sound patterns and syntax through a comparison with English.

JAPN 428 Seminar in Japanese Discourse and Conversation Analysis (3) Prerequisite: JAPN302. Recommended: JAPN422. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs. Presentation and discussion of classic and current readings in English and Japanese on theories and actual practice of discourse and conversation analysis. Students will learn transcription techniques and have an opportunity to apply them in a final term paper.

JAPN 438 Topics in Japanese Pragmatics (3) Prerequisite: JAPN201. Recommended: JAPN422. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs. Also offered as: JAPN638. Basic concepts in the field of pragmatics (the study of language in context) such as deixis and indexicality, speech acts, ellipsis, and politeness. Readings in English on English and Japanese examples.

JAPN 498 Special Topics in Japanese Studies (3) Special topics in Japanese studies. Taught in English.

JAPN 499 Directed Study in Japanese (1-3) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to 6 credits if content differs.

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