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Courses

For specific course times and instructors for the current or upcoming semesters, please consult the Hunter College Schedule of Classes. For other questions, contact:

Professor Sue Kawashima
Email: skawashi@hunter.cuny.edu
Office: Hunter West 1401
Telephone: (212) 772-5064

Click on the links below to view a sample syllabus for a course.
Please note that all syllabi are subject to change by the instructor.


Courses in Japanese

 

Beginning Japanese I (JPN 101) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Introduction to reading and writing modern Japanese and fundamental grammar.

Beginning Japanese II (JPN 102) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: JPN 101 or equivalent.
Continuation of JPN 101.

Intermediate Japanese I (JPN 201) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: JPN 102 or equivalent.
Extensive reading and writing practice, including at least 500 additional Kanji (Chinese characters) and advanced grammar study.

Intermediate Japanese II (JPN 202) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: JPN 201 or equivalent.
Continuation of JPN 201.

Advanced Japanese I (JPN 301) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: JPN 202 or equivalent.
Extensive reading and writing practice, including at least 700 additional Kanji and advanced grammar study. Includes writing compositions, conversational practice, and research presentations.

Advanced Japanese II (JPN 302) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: JPN 301 or equivalent.
Extensive reading and writing practice, including at least 1000 additional Kanji and advanced grammar study. Includes writing compositions, conversational practice, and research presentations. Mostly conducted in Japanese.

Advanced Japanese Conversation (JPN 351) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: JPN 202 or by permission from instructor.
This course is designed for students looking to become proficient in speaking Japanese in formal and informal situations. Speaking regularly in class is expected.
*Japanese Conversation was first offered in the fall, 2011 semester under the CLA prefix (CLA 240.57).

 

Courses in English

 

Japanese Culture Before 1600 (JPN 251) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
A course designed for students who wish to become acquainted with Japanese culture. It will cover the periods from pre-historic to 1600 and focus on elements that helped shape contemporary Japanese culture. Taught entirely in English.

Japanese Culture Since 1600 (JPN 252) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
A course designed for students who wish to become acquainted with Japanese culture. It will cover the Edo period and Modern Japan, including contemporary Japanese culture. Taught entirely in English.

Special Topics in Japanese Culture (JPN 261):

  Japanese Cinema (JPN 261.10) - 3 credits, 3 hours a week
Prerequisite: ENGL 120.
This course examines the history of Japanese films, their role as an art form, and as a medium to express societal concerns. It is essentially a course in Japanese identity, culture, and society. Students will gain an understanding of not only Japanese film history but also the larger historical, global, social, and political influences that shaped the country and by extension, its film industry. Lecture, class discussions, and film clips and screenings will comprise the majority of the class time. Taught entirely in English.

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