Department Representatives

 

Linda Ehrlich, Associate Professor of Japanese, World Literature, and Cinema

Guilford 305

216-368-2232; lce2@case.edu

 

Takao Hagiwara, Associate Professor of Japanese and World Literature

Guilford 203

216-368-6188; txh13@case.edu

 

 

The Faculty

 

Linda Ehrlich, Ph. D. (University of Hawaii/East-West Center)

Associate Professor of Japanese, World Literature, and Cinema

Guilford 305

216-368-2232; lce2@case.edu

 

Takao Hagiwara, Ph. D. (University of British Columbia)

Associate Professor of Japanese and World Literature

Guilford 203

216-368-6188; txh13@case.edu

 

Margaret M. Fitzgerald, M. A. (Ohio State University)

Lecturer of Japanese

Guilford 202

216-368-5081; margaret.fitzgerald@case.edu

 

Yoshiko Kishi, M. A. (New York University)

Lecturer in Japanese

Guilford B01

216-368-0597; yxk42@case.edu

 

Hiroko Takada Amick, M.A. (University of Montana)

Lecturer of Japanese

Guilford 201

216-368-4265; hta5@case.edu

 

 

Japanese Studies Major

 

The major (for the BA) in Japanese Studies requires a minimum of 35 credit hours in the following areas:

 

For students who begin the major at the 200 level: JAPN 201 &202, JAPN 301 & 302, JAPN 350 & 351, JAPN 397 & 398 (Senior Thesis I and II), and 4 Asian Studies, WLIT or other related courses as defined below.

For students who begin the major at the 300 level: JAPN 301 & 302, JAPN 350 & 351, 1 directed reading, Senior Thesis I and II, and 4 Asian Studies, WLIT or other related courses as defined below.

"Other related courses" could include courses in Japanese Literature, Film, Theatre, Art History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Political Science, and History. Courses in other disciplines than Japanese form an important component of the Program. They provide an international, as well as interdisciplinary, perspective on Japanese culture. A faculty advisor supervises the individual program of study.

 

Senior Thesis I and II (required course, 6 credits)

 

This course involves the writing of a substantial research paper in Japanese or English. Students will be expected to identify their faculty directors and topics by the end of their junior year. Exceptional papers may be considered for honors.

 

 

Study Abroad

 

A year of study abroad in Japan is highly recommended, as is additional study in another language. All efforts will be made to grant appropriate credit for courses taken at a Japanese university during a year abroad.

 

 

Please Note:

 

Normally, no more than two courses taken for Japanese Studies credit may simultaneously count toward a minor or toward another major. The courses from other disciplines may contribute to the completion of the Western Reserve Core.

 

 

Minor

 

For students beginning Japanese at the introductory level: 101, 102, 201, 202, and one 300-level course.

For students beginning Japanese at the 200-level: five courses at the 200- and 300-level approved by the chair of the department.

 

 

Honors

 

To qualify for the BA with honors in Japanese, the student must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses taken for the Japanese major and write an exceptional senior thesis paper.

 

Japanese Course Descriptions

 

JAPN 101. Elementary Japanese I (4)

(Credit for JAPN 101 only upon completion of JAPN 102.) Introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Japanese. Students learn to read and write hiragana and katakana syllabaries and 50 kanji characters. Students expected to achieve control of the sound system and basic structure of the language. Emphasizes aural comprehension and speaking.

 

JAPN 102. Elementary Japanese II (4)

Continuation of JAPN 101. Emphasizes aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students learn approximately 100 new kanji characters. Prereq: JAPN 101.

 

JAPN 201. Intermediate Japanese I (4)

Further study of fundamental structures of Japanese. Students improve aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing abilities and learn approximately 100 new characters. Prereq: JAPN 102 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 202. Intermediate Japanese II (4)

Continuation of JAPN 201. Students learn an additional 100 kanji characters. With the completionof JAPN 201 - 202, students should have control of the fundamentals of modern Japanese and a firm foundation in the writing system. Prereq: JAPN 201 or equivalent.

 

JAPN/WLIT 225. Japanese Popular Culture (3)

This course highlights salient aspects of modern Japanese popular culture as expressed in animation, comics and literature. The works examined include films by Hayao Miyazaki, writings by Kenji Miyazawa and Banana Yoshimoto, among others. The course introduces students to essential aspects of modern Japanese popular culture and sensibility. Cross-listed as WLIT 225.

 

JAPN/WLIT 245. Classical Japanese Literature in Translation (3)

Readings, in English translation, of classical Japanese poetry, essays, narratives, and drama to illustrate essential aspects of Japanese culture and sensibility before the Meiji Restoration (1868). Lectures explore the sociohistorical contexts and the character of major literary genres; discussions focus on interpreting the central images of human value within each period. Japanese sensibilities compared/contrasted with those of Western and other cultures. Cross-listed as WLIT 245.

 

JAPN/WLIT 255. Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (3)

Focus on the major genres of modern Japanese literature, including poetry, short story, and novel (shosetsu). No knowledge of Japanese language or history is assumed. Lectures, readings, and discussions are in English. Films and slides complement course readings. Cross-listed as WLIT 255.

 

JAPN 301. Advanced Japanese I (4)

Emphasizes conversational proficiency and reading. Students must attend the language lab in addition to class meetings. Prereq: JAPN 202 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 302. Advanced Japanese II (4)

Continuation of JAPN 301; emphasizes conversational proficiency and reading. Japanese life and culture introduced through supplemental materials and activities. Students must attend the language lab in addition to regular scheduled class meetings. Prereq: JAPN 301 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 303. Topics in Japanese I (3)

Students in this course will work with authentic materials to improve proficiency in Japanese. Subject matter varies but emphasis is on contemporary culture of Japan. Prereq: JAPN 302 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 345. Japanese Women Writers (3)

Contributions of women writers to the literature of pre-modern and modern Japan; investigations of how their works exemplify and diverge from “mainstream” literary practices. Emphasis on the social and cultural contexts of the texts. Cross-listed as WLIT 345.

 

JAPN 350. Contemporary Japanese Texts I (3)

Stress on development of sophisticated communication skills in Japanese. The students will read and discuss various texts such as daily conversations, essays, and news scripts with the assistance of vocabulary and kanji (Chinese character) lists and formal grammar explanations.  Attention also will be given to enhancing the students' writing and aural/oral proficiencies through regularly assigned homework, presentations, tape listening, video viewing, and classroom discussion. Recommended preparation: JAPN 302 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 351. Contemporary Japanese Texts II (3)

This course is a continuation of JAPN 350 and its primary aim overlaps with that of JAPN 350: to develop more sophisticated communication skills in Japanese.  Students will read and discuss various texts such as daily conversations, essays, and news scripts largely with the assistance of vocabulary and kanji (Chinese character) lists.  Attention will be given to enhancing the students' writing and aural/oral proficiencies through regularly assigned homework, presentations, tape listening, video viewing, and classrooms discussion. Recommended preparation: JAPN 350 or equivalent.

 

JAPN/WLIT 355. Modern Japanese Novels and the West (3)

This course will compare modern Japanese and Western novellas, drama, and novels.  Comparisons will focus on the themes of family, gender and alienation, which subsume a number of interrelated sub-themes such as marriage, home, human sexuality, amae (dependence), innocence, experience, death, God/gods, and nature (the ecosystem).  This course will be counted as a SAGES departmental seminar. Offered as JAPN 355, WLIT 355.

 

JAPN 450. Japanese in Cultural Context I (3)

The primary aim of this graduate course is to develop sophisticated communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Japanese. The students will read and discuss various texts in the original, such as essays, news scripts, and literary works. Classroom instruction and discussion will be conducted in Japanese. The students also will be required to write a research paper of 4000-6000 letters/characters (10-15 genkoyoshi pages) in Japanese on a topic related to Japan and the student's specialty. This course can be counted toward “4 Asian Studies, WLIT or other related courses” required for the Japanese Studies Major (see the “Japanese Studies Major” section above). Recommended preparation: JAPN 351 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 451. Japanese in Cultural Context II (3)

This course is a continuation of JAPN 450 and it aims at a further development of sophisticated communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Japanese.  The students will read and discuss various texts in the original, such as essays, news scripts, and literary works both classical and modern.  Classroom instruction and discussion will be conducted in Japanese.  The students also will be required to write a research paper of 6000-8000 letters/characters (15-20 genkoyoshi pages) in Japanese on a topic related to Japan and the student's specialty. This course can be counted toward “4 Asian Studies, WLIT or other related courses” required for the Japanese Studies Major (see the “Japanese Studies Major” section above). Recommended preparation: JAPN 450 or equivalent.

 

JAPN 397. Senior Thesis I (3)

Intensive study of a literary, linguistic, or cultural topic with a faculty member, leading to the writing of a research paper in English or Japanese. Limited to senior majors. Permit required. Prereq: Consent of department.

 

JAPN 398. Senior Thesis II (3)

Continuation of JAPN 397. Limited to senior majors. Permit required. Prereq: JAPN 397 and consent of department.

 

JAPN 399. Independent Study (1-3)

Directed study for students who have progressed beyond available course offerings. Prereq: Permission of department.

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