Japanese (JAPN)

JAPN 1  Elementary Japanese

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 72   

Elementary course for students without prior exposure to Japanese. Includes the study of essentials of pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and grammatical structures and an introduction to Japanese culture.

TermCRNCourse TitleDayTimeInstructorLocation
Winter 202130983JAPN:1MW10:30am - 12:35pmY. BrownONLINE-XXXX
Winter 202130984JAPN:1MW1:30pm - 2:35pmY. BrownONLINE-XXXX

JAPN 2  Continuing Elementary Japanese

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: JAPN 1

Further development of elementary skills in Japanese including conversational, reading, and writing skills with special emphasis on verbs, grammar, and extension of vocabulary. Includes a discussion of Japanese culture.

JAPN 3  Intermediate Japanese

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: JAPN 2

Continued development of writing ability emphasizing development of thought through Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana. Additional development of cultural application of Japanese.

JAPN 4  Continuing Intermediate Japanese

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: JAPN 3

Continuing intermediate study and review of grammar and vocabulary. Readings and discussions of Japanese cultural topics and introduction to Japanese literature.

JAPN 5  Advanced Japanese

4 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
Lecture: 72   
Prerequisite: JAPN 4 or equivalent

Japanese communication skills with emphasis on conversational skills for daily and social settings in Japanese culture. Advanced study of grammar, vocabulary, Kanji characters, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Extensive exposure to cultural elements from Japan such as art, music, film, and history.

JAPN 53  Conversational Japanese

3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU, UC)
(May be taken for option of letter grade or Pass/No Pass)
Lecture: 54   
Prerequisite: JAPN 2 or equivalent

Development of intermediate Japanese conversational skills. Emphasis on collaborative activities and practical use of the language. Extensive exposure to Japanese culture. Grammar is presented in context.

JAPN 62  Japanese Culture Through Anime and Manga

3-3 Units (Degree Applicable, CSU)
Lecture: 54   

The focus of this course is to examine, analyze, and discuss selected themes of Japanese culture and society through the investigation of Japanese animation (anime) as well as printed cartoons and graphic novels (manga). Students will be exposed to works of various key anime and manga artists. They will explore how these works reflect and influence Japanese culture from historical, spiritual, and global angles. Classes are conducted in English.

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