Japanese; East Asian Languages & Cultures

(College of Letters and Science)

Department Office. 211 Sproul Hall; 530-752-4999; http://japanese.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. https://ealc.ucdavis.edu/people

(College of Letters and Science)

Department Office. 211 Sproul Hall; 530-752-4999; http://japanese.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. https://ealc.ucdavis.edu/people

The Major Program

The department offers a core language program in Japanese, and courses in literature and culture.

The Program. Practical language skills are taught using the most modern methods so that upon entering the upper division a student will have attained substantial fluency in the spoken language (hearing and speaking) and the written language (reading and writing). Upper-division courses balance the need to further language skills with the need to understand and appreciate the cultural richness of Japanese civilization. All students are encouraged to combine their study of language and literature with courses in related fields, and to study abroad through the Education Abroad Program, the UC Davis Study Abroad Program or through internships in Japan.

Career Opportunities. UC Davis graduates have learned that a major in Japanese is a genuine, earned distinction that facilitates entrance to graduate programs and professional schools. In addition, job opportunities abound in virtually all career paths, especially for those who have completed study abroad.

Honors Program. To be eligible to receive high or highest honors in the Japanese major, students must complete a senior thesis project. A student interested in pursuing a senior thesis project must enroll in JPN 194H and complete a scholarly paper or similar research project under the direction of a senate faculty member. The thesis project will have a minimum duration of two quarters and carry a minimum of 6 units of credit. To qualify to undertake the senior thesis project, a student must have completed at least 135 units with a minimum GPA of 3.500 in courses counted toward the major. Interested students should consult with faculty in their field of interest by the quarter before they hope to commence work on the project (in most cases this will be the Spring Quarter of their junior year). Students who complete the senior thesis project and have an overall GPA that qualifies them for honors may be recommended by the faculty for honors, high honors, or highest honors at graduation.

Education Abroad Program. The university maintains study abroad programs in Japan. They offer excellent opportunities for students to polish their language skills and experience Asian cultures firsthand. Students are encouraged to participate. Appropriate courses taken abroad can be applied toward the major or the minor. For details, see the department's undergraduate advisor, the Education Abroad Program office or the UC Davis Study Abroad Office.

Related Courses. See East Asian Studies course list. 

Prerequisite Credit. No student may repeat a course if that course is a prerequisite for a course that has already been completed with a grade of C– or better. 

Placement. JPN 001 is intended for beginning students with no prior knowledge of the Japanese language. Students who do have some knowledge but wish to improve their skills should meet with one of the advisors to discuss appropriate placement. Students must follow departmental guidelines for placement in all language courses and instructor approval is required for enrollment.

Backtracking. Satisfactory completion of a language course is evidence that a student’s language skills are beyond the level of those expected in its prerequisite courses. Accordingly, students who have completed a language course cannot go back and take its prerequisites. If the prerequisite courses are required for the major, students may substitute other courses. Students who are not sure how this requirement applies to them should speak to the undergraduate advisor.

Waived Language Courses. Students with exceptional language ability may waive required language courses. If lower division courses have been waived, students will not have to take courses in their place. If upper division courses have been waived, students can use other appropriate courses to earn the units they need to complete the major. Consult the undergraduate advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses. 

Grading. Students may take up to two and no more than two (regular, letter-graded) courses for the major on a P/NP basis. Courses which are only offered on a P/NP basis do not count toward these limits.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 0-30
JPN 001
Elementary Japanese (Active)
5
JPN 002
Elementary Japanese (Active)
5
JPN 003
Elementary Japanese (Active)
5
JPN 004
Intermediate Japanese (Active)
5
JPN 005
Intermediate Japanese (Active)
5
JPN 006
Intermediate Japanese (Active)
5
or
Equivalent as determined by a language placement exam.
 
Recommended but NOT required:
 
JPN 010
Masterworks of Japanese Literature (in English) (Active)
4
JPN 025
Japanese Language and Culture (in English) (Active)
4
CHN 010
Modern Chinese Literature (In English) (Active)
4
CHN 011
Great Books of China (in English) (Active)
4
CHN 050
Introduction to the Literature of China and Japan (Active)
4
LIN 001
Introduction to Linguistics (Active)
4
HIS 009B
History of East Asian Civilization (Active)
4
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 40
JPN 101
Japanese Literature in Translation: The Early Period (Active)
4
JPN 102
Japanese Literature in Translation: The Middle Period (Active)
4
JPN 103
Japanese Literature in Translation: The Modern Period (Active)
4
JPN 111
Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (Active)
4
JPN 112
Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (Active)
4
JPN 113
Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (Active)
4
JPN 151
Japanese Linguistics (Active)
4
Note: With prior approval of the undergraduate advisor, students already proficient in Japanese at any third-year level (111-112-113) must take other upper division Japanese courses to replace language course(s).
 
Choose three; at least 12 units:
12
JPN 104
Modern Japanese Literature: War and Revolution (Active)
3
JPN 105
Modern Japanese Literature: Hero and Anti-hero (Active)
4
JPN 106
Japanese Culture Through Film (Active)
4
JPN 107
Modern Japanese Autobiographies (in English) (Active)
4
JPN 108
Poetry of China and Japan (in English) (Active)
4
JPN 109
Japanese Popular Culture (Active)
4
JPN 114A
Spoken Japanese (Active)
2
JPN 114B
Spoken Japanese (Active)
2
JPN 114C
Spoken Japanese (Active)
2
JPN 115
Japanese Composition (Active)
2
JPN 116
Culture and History in Kyoto (Active)
8
JPN 121
Advanced Japanese I (Active)
4
JPN 122
Advanced Japanese II (Active)
4
JPN 123
Advanced Japanese III (Active)
4
JPN 130
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature to 1926 (Active)
4
JPN 131
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1920-1945 (Active)
4
JPN 132
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1945-1970 (Active)
4
JPN 133
Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1970-Present (Active)
4
JPN 134
Readings in the Humanities: Traditional Culture (Active)
4
JPN 135
Readings in the Humanities: The Modern Period (Active)
4
JPN 136
Readings in Newspapers and Magazines (Active)
4
JPN 137
Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature (Active)
4
JPN 138
Readings in the Humanities: Japan Today (Active)
4
JPN 141
Introduction to Classical Japanese (Active)
4
JPN 152
Traditional Japanese Drama (Active)
4
JPN 153
Love, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Japanese Literature (Active)
4
JPN 154
Tourism and Heritage in Japan (Active)
4
JPN 155
Introduction to Japanese Folklore (Active)
4
JPN 156
Japanese Literature on Film (Active)
4
JPN 157
Japanese Women Writers (Active)
4
JPN 158
The Supernatural in Japan (Active)
4
JPN 160
The Culture of Japanese Food (Active)
4
JPN 162
Japan Travelogue: Ethnographic Writing on Japanese Culture and People (Active)
4
ANT 149A
Traditional Japanese Society (Active)
4
ANT 149B
Contemporary Japanese Society (Active)
4
AHI 164
The Arts of Japan (Active)
4
CHN (up to two upper-division Chinese courses)
 
COM 153
The Forms of Asian Literature (Active)
4
ECN 171
Economy of East Asia (Active)
4
HIS 194A
Aristocratic and Feudal Japan (Active)
4
HIS 194B
Early Modern Japan (Active)
4
HIS 194C
Modern Japan (Active)
4
HIS 194D
Business and Labor in Modern Japan (Active)
4
POL 148B
Government and Politics in East Asia: Japan (Active)
4
RST 170
Buddhism (Active)
4
RST 172
Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism (Active)
4
or
Other advanced literature and culture courses selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisor.
 
Total: 40-70

(College of Letters and Science)

Department Office. 211 Sproul Hall; 530-752-4999; http://japanese.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. https://ealc.ucdavis.edu/people

A minor is offered in Japanese for students wishing to follow a formally recognized program of study in Japanese language and literature. For the minor, students may take one (regular, letter-graded) course on a P/NP basis. Courses which are only offered on a P/NP basis do not count toward these limits.

Japanese
Units: 20
All upper division courses, including both language courses and literature in translation courses, may be used to meet this requirement. One approved lower division course (JPN 010, 025, 050) may also be used. In addition, students must demonstrate their language proficiency, normally through completion of JPN 006. Only four units from 192, 197T, 198, and 199 may be applied to the minor. For details, consult the undergraduate advisor.
 
Total: 20
Courses in JPN:
JPN 001Elementary Japanese (5) Active
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Introduction to spoken and written Japanese in cultural contexts, with emphasis on communication. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
JPN 001AAccelerated Intensive Elementary Japanese (15) Active
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Special 12 week accelerated, intensive summer session course that combines the work of courses 1, 2 and 3. Introduction to Japanese grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. not open for credit to students who have completed JPN 001, JPN 002, or JPN 003. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2014 Summer Special Session.
JPN 001ASIntensive Elementary Japanese (15) Active
Lecture/Discussion—15 hour(s). Intensive course taught combining the work of courses 1, 2 and 3. Introduction to Japanese grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. Offered in Japan. not open for credit to students who have taken JPN 001, JPN 002, or JPN 003. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
JPN 002Elementary Japanese (5) Active
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 001 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of training in basic Japanese spoken and written skills. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 003Elementary Japanese (5) Active
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 002 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of training in basic spoken and written skills in Japanese language. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 004Intermediate Japanese (5) Active
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 003 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Intermediate-level training in spoken and written Japanese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in course 3. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 005Intermediate Japanese (5) Active
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 004 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Intermediate-level training in spoken and written Japanese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in course 4. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 006Intermediate Japanese (5) Active
Lecture/Discussion—5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 005 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Intermediate-level training in spoken and written Japanese in cultural context, based on language skills developed in course 5. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 007SIntensive Intermediate Japanese (20) Active
Lecture/Discussion—20 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 002 C- or better; or the equivalent language proficiency. Consent of Instructor. Special intensive course that combines the work of courses 3, 4, 5, and 6. Introduction to Japanese grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with emphasis on communication. Taught in Japan. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
JPN 010Masterworks of Japanese Literature (in English) (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to Japanese literature: readings and discussion in English of important works from earliest times to the present. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
JPN 015SIntroduction to Japanese Culture (2) Active
Lecture/Discussion—2 hour(s); Fieldwork. Restricted to students enrolled in units for the Kyoto Quarter Abroad program. Aspects of Japanese culture: literature, history, religion, art, language, and society. Conducted in English; taught in Japan. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
JPN 025Japanese Language and Culture (in English) (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 001 or LIN 001 or ANT 004 recommended. Classification and communication of experience in Japanese culture; principles of language use in Japanese society. Speech levels and honorific language, language and gender, minority languages, literacy. Role of Japanese in artificial intelligence and computer science. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
JPN 031Basic Kanji (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Practice—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 001 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent proficiency of basic writing system (Hiragana and Katakana). Restricted to students who have never been exposed to any form of Kanji or Chinese characters before; students who have completed schooling up to the 6th grade in the Japanese education system or equivalent or whose native languages have Chinese character orthography are not allowed to register this course. Introduction and mastery of 300 basic Kanji or Chinese characters to establish a solid foundation in the novel and complex Kanji encountered while learning Japanese. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 050Introduction to the Literature of China and Japan (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Methods of literary analysis and their application to major works from the various genres of Chinese and Japanese literature (in translation), including film. East Asian cultural traditions will also be introduced. (Same course as CHN 050.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
JPN 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
JPN 101Japanese Literature in Translation: The Early Period (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Study of early Japanese literature from the Nara to the end of the Heian period through a broad survey of the major literary genres such as lyric poetry, court diaries, prose narratives, poem-tales, and classical Chinese writings. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
JPN 102Japanese Literature in Translation: The Middle Period (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Study of the major literary genres from the twelfth century to the second half of the nineteenth century including poetry, linked-verse, military chronicles, no drama, Buddhist literature, haiku, haibun, kabuki, bunraku, plays and Edo prose narratives. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2012 Winter Quarter.
JPN 103Japanese Literature in Translation: The Modern Period (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Modern Japanese literature from the 1870s to the 1970s. Surveys representative literary works and ideas against the social and intellectual background of the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
JPN 104Modern Japanese Literature: War and Revolution (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Perspectives and sensibilities with which major modern Japanese writers have interpreted the traumatic and often poignant experiences of war and socio-political upheavals from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Lectures, discussions, and readings in English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
JPN 105Modern Japanese Literature: Hero and Anti-hero (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). The ways in which representative hero and anti-hero protagonists in modern Japanese literature perceive, confront, challenge, and resolve a wide array of social, political, and moral problems of their times. Course taught in English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2002 Spring Quarter.
JPN 106Japanese Culture Through Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Aspects of Japanese culture such as love, sexuality, war, the military, the family, the position of women, growing up and death as portrayed in Japanese cinema. Lectures, discussion, and readings in English. Films with English subtitles. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
JPN 107Modern Japanese Autobiographies (in English) (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper; Discussion—1 hour(s). Exploring the modern and contemporary Japanese social and cultural landscape through critical analysis of modern Japanese autobiographies by prominent and other authors in the 19th and 20th centuries. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 108Poetry of China and Japan (in English) (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). A comparative approach to Chinese and Japanese poetry, examining poetic practice in the two cultures; includes a general outline of the two traditions, plus study of poetic forms, techniques, and distinct treatments of universal themes: love, nature, war, etc. (Same course as CHN 108.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
JPN 109Japanese Popular Culture (4) Active
Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Japanese popular culture, from its medieval/early modern precedents to contemporary incarnations. Emphasis on major forms of popular culture that emerged in the 20th century, including comics, animation, science fiction, and fantasy. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
JPN 111Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 006 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Readings in modern Japanese short stories, newspaper articles, and essays; conversation practice based on these readings. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 112Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 111 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of course 111. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 113Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 112 C- or better; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of course 112. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 114ASpoken Japanese (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Training in spoken Japanese for students with a basic working knowledge of the language. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: OL. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
JPN 114BSpoken Japanese (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 114A C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of course 114A. Training in spoken Japanese for students with a basic working knowledge of the language. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: OL. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 114CSpoken Japanese (2) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 114B C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of course 114B. Training in spoken Japanese for students with a basic working knowledge of the language. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: OL. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 115Japanese Composition (2) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 006 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Development of skills in the techniques of writing Japanese. Practice in short essay writing with an aim toward mastery of the vocabulary and syntax of written style Japanese. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 116Culture and History in Kyoto (8) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Fieldwork. Intensive course exploring the historical and cultural riches in Kyoto and its environs. Limited to students enrolled in the corresponding Quarter Abroad program. Takes place on-site in and around Kyoto, Japan. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
JPN 117SIntensive Modern Japanese: Reading and Discussion (17) Active
Lecture/Discussion—17 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 005 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Or the equivalent language proficiency. Introduction to basic Japanese grammar and development of more advanced reading, writing, and conversation skills in a cultural context. Combination of courses 6, 111, 112, and 113 taught intensively in Japan. Not open to students who have taken JPN 006, JPN 111, JPN 112, or JPN 113; an exception can be made for students who have taken JPN 006 or its equivalent, provided that those five units are deducted from the 19 total unit load. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
JPN 121Advanced Japanese I (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. First of three courses in a series of fourth year Advanced Japanese which focuses on the levels of formality or politeness in conversation as well as socio-cultural aspects and topics in the Japanese society. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 122Advanced Japanese II (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 121 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Second of three courses in a series of fourth-year Advanced Japanese which focuses on the levels of formality or politeness in conversation as well as socio-cultural aspects and topics in the Japanese society. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 123Advanced Japanese III (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 122 C- or better; or Consent of Instructor. Third of three courses in a series of 4th year Advanced Japanese which focuses on the levels of formality or politeness in conversation as well as socio-cultural aspects and topics in the Japanese society. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 130Readings in Modern Japanese Literature to 1926 (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency. Restricted to completion of course 113 or equivalent as determined by taking a placement exam or consent of instructor. Short stories and essays by Japanese writers of the Meiji and Taishô eras, from 1868 to 1926. Authors include Natsume Sôseki, Izumi Kyôka, Tanizaki Jun'ichirô and Akutagawa Ryûnosuke. Readings and discussion in Japanese with some emphasis on translation into English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
JPN 130Readings in Modern Japanese Literature to 1926 (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Restricted to completion of course 113 or equivalent as determined by taking a placement exam or consent of instructor. Short stories and essays by Japanese writers of the Meiji and Taishô eras, from 1868 to 1926. Authors include Natsume Sôseki, Izumi Kyôka, Tanizaki Jun'ichirô and Akutagawa Ryûnosuke. Readings and discussion in Japanese with some emphasis on translation into English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 131Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1920-1945 (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Fourth-year level reading of representative works of modern Japanese literature including short stories, novellas, diaries, memoirs, poetry and excerpts from novels and plays from 1920 through the militaristic era, to the end of the war years in 1945. (Letter.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 131Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1920-1945 (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Fourth-year level reading of representative works of modern Japanese literature including short stories, novellas, diaries, memoirs, poetry and excerpts from novels and plays from 1920 through the militaristic era, to the end of the war years in 1945. (Letter.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 132Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1945-1970 (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of course 131, but may be taken independently. Covers selected texts from the immediate post-war years beginning in 1945 down to 1970 and the post-war recovery. (Letter.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 132Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1945-1970 (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Continuation of course 131, but may be taken independently. Covers selected texts from the immediate post-war years beginning in 1945 down to 1970 and the post-war recovery. (Letter.) GE credit: AH. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 133Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1970 to Present (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Continuation of course 132, but may be taken independently. Covers selected texts from 1970 to the present. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 133Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: 1970-Present (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Continuation of course 132, but may be taken independently. Covers selected texts from 1970 to the present. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 134Readings in the Humanities: Traditional Culture (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Fourth-year level reading of modern works by major specialists on traditional Japanese culture: history, religion, thought, art, international relations, and literary history and criticism. Focus is equally on developing reading skills and learning about Japanese culture. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 134Readings in the Humanities: Traditional Culture (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Fourth-year level reading of modern works by major specialists on traditional Japanese culture: history, religion, thought, art, international relations, and literary history and criticism. Focus is equally on developing reading skills and learning about Japanese culture. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 135Readings in the Humanities: The Modern Period (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Fourth-year level reading of authentic modern writings on Japanese culture, history, philosophy, society, religion, law, politics, international relations, aesthetics, and comparative culture by prominent critics, commentators, and scholars. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 135Readings in the Humanities: The Modern Period (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Fourth-year level reading of authentic modern writings on Japanese culture, history, philosophy, society, religion, law, politics, international relations, aesthetics, and comparative culture by prominent critics, commentators, and scholars. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 136Readings in Newspapers and Magazines (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Fourth-year level reading of newspaper and magazine reports, articles, and editorials on domestic and international affairs relating to contemporary Japan. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 136Readings in Newspapers and Magazines (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Fourth-year level reading of newspaper and magazine reports, articles, and editorials on domestic and international affairs relating to contemporary Japan. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 137Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Consent of Instructor. Or the equivalent language proficiency. Readings of short stories and essays by contemporary writers. Representative writers include Yoshimoto Banana, Otsuichi, Suzuki Koji, Kyogoku Natsuhiko, Ogawa Yoko, and Murakami Haruki. Readings and discussion in Japanese with some emphasis on translation into English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 137Readings in Contemporary Japanese Literature (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Readings of short stories and essays by contemporary writers. Representative writers include Yoshimoto Banana, Otsuichi, Suzuki Koji, Kyogoku Natsuhiko, Ogawa Yoko, and Murakami Haruki. Readings and discussion in Japanese with some emphasis on translation into English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 138Readings in the Humanities: Japan Today (4) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency. Restricted to completion of course 113 or equivalent as determined by taking a placement exam or consent of instructor. Topical essays focused on contemporary Japan. Themes center on defining Japan today in terms of its future and past such as through its urban society, trends in architecture, "soft power" industries, and "traditional" elements as mainstays of Japan's cultural currency. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
JPN 138Readings in the Humanities: Japan Today (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; or equivalent language proficiency, or consent of instructor. Restricted to completion of course 113 or equivalent as determined by taking a placement exam or consent of instructor. Topical essays focused on contemporary Japan. Themes center on defining Japan today in terms of its future and past such as through its urban society, trends in architecture, "soft power" industries, and "traditional" elements as mainstays of Japan's cultural currency. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 141Introduction to Classical Japanese (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 113; Or the equivalent language proficiency. Basic features of classical Japanese grammar through careful reading of selected literary texts such as Hojoki or Tsurezuregusa. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 151Japanese Linguistics (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 003; Or equivalent language proficiency. Introduction to Japanese linguistics, featuring key aspects of the Japanese language. Analysis of Japanese from the perspectives of phonology, syntax, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Winter Quarter.
JPN 152Traditional Japanese Drama (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Survey in English of Japanese drama, focusing on traditional forms: noh, kyôgen, bunraku puppet theater, and kabuki, with some attention to modern theater. Texts of plays and secondary works on performance techniques and the composition of plays. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
JPN 153Love, Sexuality and the Family in Modern Japanese Literature (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Modern Japanese literature from the late 19th century to the present with a focus on love and sexuality in various forms, particularly as understood through the evolving institution of the Japanese family. Lectures, readings and discussions in English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 154Tourism and Heritage in Japan (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Focus on related concepts of tourism and cultural heritage within Japan, with attention to questions of tradition, authenticity and nostalgia. Examination of cultural heritage sites on various scales, including built environment, national cultural forms, and local performances such as festivals. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 155Introduction to Japanese Folklore (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Focus on narrative genres of myth, legend, and folktale, with additional attention paid to festivals, folk art, belief systems, and the development of folklore studies (minzokugaku) as an academic discipline. Examination the relationship of folklore to ethnic and national identity. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 156Japanese Literature on Film (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Survey of films based on works of Japanese literature, emphasis on pre-modern and early modern texts. Introduction to major directors of Japan, with a focus on cinematic adaptation. Lectures and readings in English. Films in Japanese with English subtitles. (Same course as CTS 148B.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
JPN 157Japanese Women Writers (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Survey of women writers from earliest times to the present. Genres include poetry, narrative fiction, diaries, short stories, novels, and film. Representative authors include Murasaki Shikibu, Sei Shônagon, Higuchi Ichiyo, Enchi Fumiko and Ogawa Yôko. Readings and discussion in English. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
JPN 158The Supernatural in Japan (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s). Depictions of the supernatural in Japanese history through the contemporary era. Overview of Japanese literary and visual arts and the socio-historical contexts of the supernatural. Lectures and readings in English. Films in Japanese with English subtitles. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, VL, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 160The Culture of Japanese Food (4) Active
Discussion—2 hour(s); Lecture—2 hour(s). Study of Japanese food and the culture of eating and drinking in Japan. Attention to symbolism, historical development, aesthetics, identity and global contexts. Materials examined include critical sources as well as literary texts, art, and films. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
JPN 162Japan Travelogue: Ethnographic Writing on Japanese Culture and People (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Focuses on ethnographic writing about Japan. Includes modern scholarly ethnographies, travel writing, blog posts, etc. Critical analysis of how the Japanese “other” is represented across time. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
JPN 192Japanese Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Work experience in Japanese language, with analytical term paper on a topic approved by instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
JPN 194HSpecial Study for Honors Students (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Senior standing and qualification for the Japanese Honors Program. Guided research, under the direction of a faculty member, leading to a senior honors thesis on a topic in Japanese literature, civilization, or language studies. May be repeated up to 8 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
JPN 194HSpecial Thesis Honors Project (1-5) Review all entries Active
Independent Study—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Senior standing and qualification for the Japanese Senior Thesis Project. Guided research, under the direction of a senate faculty member, leading to a senior thesis project on a topic in Japanese literature, culture, linguistics, or language studies. May be repeated up to 8 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 197TTutoring in Japanese (1-5) Review all entries Historical
Tutorial—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Department Chairperson. Leading of small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with one of the Program's regular courses. May be repeated for credit, but only 2 units may be applied to the minor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
JPN 197TTutoring in Japanese (1-5) Review all entries Active
Tutorial—1-5 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Department Chairperson. Leading of small voluntary discussion groups affiliated with one of the Program's regular courses. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
JPN 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Directed group study. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
JPN 291Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature: Major Writers (4) Active
Seminar—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): JPN 130 or JPN 131 or JPN 132 or JPN 133 or JPN 134 or JPN 135 or JPN 136 or JPN 137 or JPN 138; Or the equivalent language proficiency. In-depth reading and critical analyses of major works by and critical literature on one or two prominent modern or contemporary writers such as Natsume Soseki, Mori Ogai, Shimazaki Toson, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Tanizaki Junichiro, Abe Kobo and Oe Kenzaburo. (Letter.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.
JPN 297Directed Independent Study (4) Active
Conference—1 hour(s); Term Paper; Independent Study. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Directed independent study on a topic culminating in a term paper. Independent Studies may only be arranged with consent of the instructor and when graduate seminars are unavailable. May be repeated up to 5 Time(s) when no seminars are available and topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
JPN 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2016 Spring Quarter.