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Introductory Lectures in Japanese Studies

1. Objectives

  Introductory Lectures are content courses. Issues in each specialization are discussed in Japanese mostly in the lecture format. The classes aim at developing Japanese proficiency in addition to learning about Japan, its culture and language. These classes prepare students for their future studies in regular graduate and undergraduate courses at Nagoya University that are conducted in Japanese.

2. Prerequisites, Semesters

  These courses are conducted in Japanese. Students need to have the proficiency comparable to Level Two certificate (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken). "I"-suffixed courses are offered in Fall, and "II"-suffixed courses in Spring.

3. Classes offered

  Classes in International Relations, Japanese Culture, Linguistics, and Japanese Linguistics and Teaching Japanese are offered.

(1)IR100/IR200 International Relations I/II

IR100 International Relations I (Fall Semester)

  Why do human beings fight each other in every community or society? Is there any possible way to end those conflicts or violence? This class will approach the relations between conflicts and reconciliation from the perspective of international relations.

IR200 International Relations II (Spring Semester)

  Throughout this lecture, course takers will examine both theoretical and practical aspects of international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, especially from the perspective of civil society. Human rights, democratization, development, refugees/migrants, peace and conflicts will be dealt as case studies.

(2)JC100/JC200 Japanese Culture I/II

JC100 Japanese Culture I (Fall Semester)

  The main topic of this course is current issues in Japanese families and schools. Japanese cases are compared with those in the countries where the students come from, and through such discussions, we will try to understand the features of Japanese society and culture. We aim at an in-depth understanding of Japan, through comparisons and contrasts made with the situations in other countries.

  We will discuss: (1) the movie "Everyday is a summer vacation" and the new imagery of family, (2) separate surnames for married couples, and international marriage, (3) hazing and school dropouts, (4) long-term part-time employments and "slackers", and (5) life in the countryside.

JC200 Japanese Culture II (Spring Semester)

  Korea is "similar" to, but in a strange way "different" from Japan, and it is a country of casual mystery for a normal Japanese person. We will discuss what aspects of Korean society and culture Japanese people find similarities/differences in, and discuss how Japanese people look at themselves, through the looking mirror that is Korea. We will try to develop a wider view, placing Japan squarely in the East Asian/Sino-centered civilization, through comparison between Japan and Korea.

(3)GL100/GL200 Linguistics I/II

GL100 Linguistics I (Fall Semester)

  The class aims at learning basic concepts and methodology of linguistics, through analyses of modern Japanese. Linguistic viewpoints are compared with ordinary ways to talk about language. Basic ideas in semantics (study of the meaning of language), sociolinguistics (study of language and society) and typology (study of world languages and their types) are introduced.

GL200 Linguistics II (Spring Semester)

  We will learn the basic concepts of semantics, with special focus on cognitive semantics. The course aims at learning the methodology for analyzing synonymy and polysemy in modern Japanese.

(4)JL100/200 Japanese Linguistics and Teaching Japanese I/II

  We will discuss the grammatical issues in teaching of Japanese language to speakers of other languages. The class aims at an in-depth understanding of grammar items through surveys and discussions. Each session is built around a class discussion on a simple task. Active participation is required. Another goal of this course is to learn the basics of teaching of Japanese. We will survey the state of the art of teaching Japanese, and discuss course designs, materials development, teaching methods in the four skill areas, and error analysis.

Topics to be covered are:

Fall Semester

  1. Japanese linguistics
    (1) parts of speech, (2) case particles, (3) inflection (4) person (5) voice

  2. teaching Japanese
    (1) teaching methods (2) course designs and materials

Spring semester

  1. Japanese linguistics
    (1) tense and aspect (2) modality (3) honorifics

  2. teaching Japanese
    (1) teaching the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), (2) error analysis

(5) NL100/200 Japanese literature I /II

  NL100 Japanese literature I (Fall Semester)

      Focusing on Japanese poetry from � Manyoushu � (ancient poems) to J-POP lyrics

      Japanese literature : Nara Period - Edo Period

������      Japanese literature : Meiji Period - Contemporary Times

  NL200 Japanese literature II (Spring Semester)

      Focusing on Japanese poetry from � Manyoushu � (ancient poems) to J-POP lyrics

      Japanese literature : Nara Period - Edo Period

������������      Japanese literature : Meiji Period - Contemporary Times

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