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1. Coursework requirement
Students are required to:
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Japanese Communication through Language and Culture
This course explores Japanese communication patterns and the relationship between Japanese language, society, and culture. The course considers how the use of language reflects social contexts and human relationships. It also explores the factors that shape the success or failure of communicating in Japan, and how Japanese communication patterns compare with those of other cultures.
Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Japan
This course aims at analyzing the relationship between traditional culture and modern society in Japan. It explores key cultural and social concepts in historical contexts, and considers how ideas and institutions have changed over time.
Theory and Methods in Japanese Studies
This course provides an overview of the major theories and approaches that have been used to examine Japan. It provides insight into the key issues shaping Japan in recent decades.
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Teaching Japanese as a Second Language (JLPT N1 required)
This course introduces and discusses various concepts in teaching Japanese as a second language which include course design, the procedures of handling classroom activities, the proper usage of teaching materials and teaching tools and methods of assessing of students.
Japanese Linguistics (JLPT N2 required)
The aim of this course is to enable students to understand linguistic aspects of Japanese. The course content includes pronunciation, writing system, vocabulary, and grammar. This course is suitable for everyone who wishes to organize and enrich their knowledge about the Japanese language for academic and pedagogical purposes, such as proficient Japanese speakers and prospective or ongoing Japanese teachers.
Chinese-Japanese Interpretation and Translation (JLPT N1 required)
This course aims to enable students with a good knowledge of Chinese to develop their skills and techniques in interpreting Chinese into Japanese. Different text types will be used in the class, and techniques of interpretation will be provided in stages. Special attention will be given to the fundamental differences between Chinese and Japanese, especially grammatical, syntactical and cultural differences.
Japan’s Modern Transformations, 1600-1945
This course examines key issues in Japanese history and provides training in textual and comparative analysis. Students are trained in how to use primary and secondary sources to study Japanese history. Western and Japanese scholarship on Japanese history will be introduced. Besides lectures and discussions, topical essays and group projects may be required.
Critical Analysis of Popular Culture
This course discusses major theories, approaches and writings on Japanese popular culture. Japanese popular culture will be examined through the lens of globalization, fandom, media studies, cultural industry, and cultural diplomacy. Both theoretical and empirical research methods and representative works will be introduced. A fieldwork-based group project may be required.
Thematic Study of Japanese Films
This course provides theoretical training and historical background on Japanese films. Approaches and ideas from film studies, media studies, cultural studies and gender studies will be introduced. Selected themes about Japanese films will be discussed in class and students are required to write essays or conduct a group project.
Japanese Literature in Historical Perspective
This course introduces the main themes in Japanese literature from the ancient to the modern period. The texts covered include poetry, diaries, drama, and fiction. The social and cultural context in which the work was produced will be discussed. Students are expected to have completed all reading assignments before class so that the assigned reading may be discussed during the class.
Anthropology of Japan
This course examines how anthropologists and other social scientists have studied and written about Japan in recent decades. Lectures will introduce different approaches to Japan, and the assigned readings will provide examples of these approaches. Graduates of the Japanese Studies undergraduate major programme who have taken JASP4110 Anthropological Studies of Japanese Culture are not permitted to take this course.
History of Postwar Japan
This course examines the political, economic, social and cultural transformations of Japan in the postwar era. It deepens understanding of Japanese history and contemporary issues.
Contemporary Japan-China Relations
This course examines the regional and global implications of Sino-Japanese relations. Students will explore Sino-Japanese relations from political, economic, security and cultural perspectives from 1850 onwards. Using the prisms of history and international relations theories, students will gain a deeper understanding of developments, challenges and opportunities that exist between Japan and China.
Philosophy in Japanese Culture
This course introduces students to Japanese philosophy, which is an important topic for understanding the roots of Japanese culture. Three areas will be discussed: 1) traditional Japanese thought such as Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto/Native Studies thought; 2) modern Japanese philosophers such as Nishida Kitaro, Kuki Shuzo & Watsuji Tetsuro; and 3) special issues related to Japanese philosophical thought.
Japanese Cultural Identity
This course explores how the Yamato nation and the Japanese language were formed based on hypotheses in related fields. How Japanese society arose through the localization of foreign cultures will be dealt with from a cultural historical point of view. Attempts will be made to identify nation-wide characteristics, if any, and investigate how they were cultivated over the past centuries. Special attention will be paid to the similarities that can be found between the two major social reforms in modern Japanese history i.e. the Meiji Restoration and postwar reform. The course also discusses how these reforms influence modern Japan society.
Japanese Management: Work, Culture and Capitalism
Japanese business practices have emerged from Japan’s particular path to modernization and its capitalist conditions. The course will analyze the issues of industrialization, globalization and neoliberalism as well as a broad range of topics, including those related to labor, industrial organization, the theory of the firm, management, gender, and economic reforms in Japanese society. This course introduces the complex development of Japanese capitalism from the early 19th century to the present and examines ongoing transformations within Japanese capitalism.
Special Topics in Japanese Studies
This course will focus on specific topics in Japanese studies that are not covered in the regular course offering. These topics will reflect academic needs/interests and faculty expertise.
Special Topics in Japanese Languages (may be repeated for credit)
This course will focus on specific topics in Japanese language that are not covered in the regular course offering. Subject to the approval of the Programme Director, students are allowed to take this course more than once and gain the units each time they pass the course.
Independent Research Project
This course enables MA students to independently investigate a research topic with the assistance of a supervising professor. The research question, research methods, length of the paper and frequency of meetings will be decided at the start of the course through discussion and agreement between the student and the supervisor.
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