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Japanese (JAPNS)

JAPNS 453 (IL) Japanese Film (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Selected films and directors representing various aspects of Japanese culture and cinema; topics may vary each semester.

JAPNS 453 Japanese Film (3 per semester/maximum of 6)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This class will be a seminar-style study of Japanese culture, texts, and language as seen through the lens of Japanese cinema. The goal is to deepen the students' understanding of diverse aspects of Japanese life, history, and culture while developing language skills. Typical class sessions may involve watching sections of film (with our without English subtitles); working with listening comprehension; engaging with student presentations (in Japanese) on studios, directors, or actors; discussing Japanese film history; and analyzing film stills for aesthetic qualities.

Participants will be required to view and discuss films in Japanese (with or without English subtitles). Viewing's will be accompanied by secondary readings (at least some of which may be in Japanese). We will also be discussing the films and readings in the context of nation, identity, history, sociology and culture. Exercises will range from group discussion, web-based research in Japanese and English, presentations, essays and film analysis. Students must prepare for class by reading the material carefully, taking notes, writing down questions, and being ready to take part in lively conversations. Course discussion will take place primarily or exclusively in Japanese.
This course satisfies the International Cultures requirement.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Second or Beyond 12th Level Foreign Language
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: JAPNS 401

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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