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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions J, K Japanese JPNS
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For more information see the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures website: arts.ucalgary.ca/languages-linguistics-literatures-cultures.

Language Placement information see 4.35 Placement in Language Courses.

Junior Courses
Japanese 201       Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture
An introduction to the major forms of popular visual and material culture from Japan in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Notes:
Taught in English.
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Japanese 205       Beginners' Japanese I
Basic concepts of modern Japanese. Reading and writing of characters, essentials of grammar, basic vocabulary, and oral drills on normal speech patterns.
Course Hours:
3 units; (4-1)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Japanese 205 and Japanese 30 will not be allowed
Notes:
Students must complete an online placement form before classes begin. For information, consult  https://arts.ucalgary.ca/languages-linguistics-literatures-cultures/language-placement.
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Japanese 207       Beginners' Japanese II
Continuation of Japanese 205.
Course Hours:
3 units; (4-1)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 30 or Japanese 205.
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Senior Courses
Japanese 301       Continuing Japanese I
Further acquisition of Japanese characters, and the development of conversational skills through reading and discussion of selected Japanese texts. Structural analysis of normal speech patterns. Preparation of written assignments. A continuation of Japanese 207.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-1)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 207.
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Japanese 303       Continuing Japanese II
Continuation of Japanese 301.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-1)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 301.
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Japanese 309       Topics in Japanese Culture in an Immersion Setting

Introduction to contemporary Japanese culture through research projects and life experience.

309.01. Wisdom, Imagination, and Creation
309.02. Longing, Memory, and Inheritance


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.
Notes:
This course is given during Spring/Summer Intersession in Japan. A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
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Japanese 310       Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting I
Stresses oral skills and cultural understanding in an immersion setting. While the focus will be on speaking and aural comprehension, reading and writing will also be introduced.
Course Hours:
3 units; (36 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 207 and consent of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Japanese 310 and 311 will not be allowed.
Notes:
May be offered as part of a group study program. Additional fees may be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT 
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Japanese 312       Topics in Japanese Language in an Immersion Setting II
A continuation of Japanese 310.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-1)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Japanese 312 and 313 will not be allowed. 
Notes:
May be offered as part of a group study program. Additional fees may be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT 
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Japanese 317       Topics in Japanese Civilization

Distinctive features of Japanese civilization within the Asian context.

317.01. Japanese Civilization

317.02. Japanese Cinema

317.03. Japanese Cultural History in the Present Day


Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Notes:
Taught in English.
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Japanese 323       Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime
A critical introduction to Japanese manga (print comics) and anime (animation) in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Notes:
Taught in English.
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Japanese 325       Japanese Video Games and Gaming Culture
A critical introduction to the history, analysis, and social impact of video games from Japan and Japanese gaming culture worldwide.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Notes:
Taught in English.
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Japanese 327       Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
An introduction to the literature and literary history of modern Japan, with readings drawn from various literary genres, from 1868 to the present.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Notes:
Taught in English.
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Japanese 331       Intermediate Japanese I
An intermediate course giving emphasis to both writing and oral skills. Some of the more difficult aspects of modern Japanese grammar will be studied.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 303.
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Japanese 333       Intermediate Japanese II
A continuation of Japanese 331.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 331.
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Japanese 341       Introduction to Japanese Literature
Reading and discussion of selected works of modern Japanese literature.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 303.
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Japanese 371       Intermediate Skills in Japanese Communication
Targeted focus on further development of self-expression and communication skills through speaking and listening at an Intermediate level.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 301.
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Japanese 373       Intermediate Skills in Japanese Writing
Targeted focus on further development of productive (writing) skills for Japanese.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 301.
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Japanese 423       Advanced Manga Studies
Advanced study of manga (print comics) in the original Japanese supplemented with theories and methods in the study of East Asian visual and popular culture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 303.
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Japanese 441       Advanced Conversational Japanese
Intensive development of Japanese oral communication skills through a variety of authentic materials.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 331.
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Japanese 451       Japanese through Contemporary Texts
Language practice and cultural analysis through the study of contemporary Japanese texts. Authentic material will be selected from documents and textbooks. Students will be able to improve their reading skills while enhancing their knowledge of Japanese culture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 331.
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Japanese 461       Japanese-Chinese Cultural Relations
Discussion of cultural relations and influences between Japan and China. Topics may include cultural identities and cross-influences, literary and artistic traditions, and writing systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 303 or higher (excluding Japanese 317).
Notes:
Knowledge of Chinese would be beneficial.
Also known as:
(Chinese 461)
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Japanese 471       Introduction to Classical Japanese
Basic introduction to classical Japanese language, including core grammar structures, sample masterpieces, and handwriting.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Japanese 331.
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