Fourth-Year Japanese I: Conceptualizations of Identity in Contemporary Japan|
Spring 2019 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
This course may be repeated for credit. Enrolled students and faculty will determine the twice-weekly, 80-minute class meeting times together.
This course involves close readings of modern literary texts, attention to current events reported in the media, and examinations of visual materials and critical discussions in Japanese. Placing Japan in a global perspective, the course addresses the following three main themes surrounding Japan in comparison to the world.
(1) Issues pertaining to the modern Japanese family (declining birthrate, aging society, women's social advancement)
(2) Bioethics (regenerative medicine, cloning, reproductive choices, life-extending and end-of-life care)
(3) Identity (questions of "Japanese-ness," as well as issues faced by so-called "gaijin," immigrants, refugees, biracial/bicultural individuals, and resident Koreans or "zainichi")
*These themes are subject to change.
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|Course Format: Language||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Lang/Lit/F)
Representative works by a variety of modern authors, TV shows, films.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Oral presentations, written assignments, quizzes, and exams. For Credit/Non-Credit option: Discuss the requirements with the instructor on the first day of class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular attendance and participation are required.
Weekly one-on-one meeting with native speaker for conversation practice.