Japanese

The Japanese language program records some 2000 enrollments every year, making it the largest such program in mainland North America. The overwhelming majority of students in the Japanese language program are non-heritage learners from a variety of backgrounds, and many of our students take advantage of the excellent study abroad opportunities with our numerous partner universities in Japan through UBC’s GoGlobal program.

A comprehensive list of courses offered by the Department of Asian Studies can be found in the UBC Calendar.

Winter 2016

JAPN100 Beginning Japanese IA Sections

An introduction to modern spoken and written Japanese with emphasis on both form (grammar and syntax) and functions (Non-intensive). Not available for credit to students with JAPN 11 and/or JAPN 12. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 100 or JAPN 160.

Instructor(s): HALL, NICHOLAS Ode, Maki Kazama, Misuzu Fan, Belen Itoh, Ikuko EL-KHOURY, MASUMI ABE MILUTIN, OTILLIA CLARA Suzuki, Michiko

JAPN101 Beginning Japanese IB Sections

Continuation of JAPN 100 (Non-intensive). Not available for credit to students with JAPN 12. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 101 or JAPN 160.

JAPN160 Intensive Beginning Japanese I Sections

An introduction to modern spoken and written Japanese with emphasis on both form (grammar and syntax) and functions. Offered in Term 1. Not available for credit to students with JAPN 12. Students are recommended to complete JAPN 160 and 260 in the same year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 160 or JAPN 150 or both JAPN 100, JAPN 101.

Winter 2016

JAPN200 Beginning Japanese II A Sections

Continuation of JAPN 101 (Non-intensive). Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 200 or JAPN 102 or JAPN 260.

JAPN201 Beginning Japanese II B Sections

Continuation of JAPN 200 (Non-intensive). Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 201 or JAPN 103 or JAPN 260.

JAPN260 Intensive Beginning Japanese II Sections

Continuation of JAPN 160. Offered in Term 2. Students are recommended to complete JAPN 160 and 260 in the same year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 260 or JAPN 151 or both JAPN 102, JAPN 103 or both JAPN 200, JAPN 201.

Winter 2016

JAPN320 Intermediate Japanese I A Sections

Integrated coverage of topics on culture and cross-cultural communication designed to develop competencies in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. It is strongly recommended that JAPN 320 and JAPN 321 be taken in the same year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 320 or JAPN 210 or JAPN 360.

JAPN321 Intermediate Japanese I B Sections

Continuation of JAPN 320. It is strongly recommended that JAPN 320 and JAPN 321 be taken in the same year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 321 or JAPN 211 or JAPN 360.

JAPN322 Intermediate Japanese II A Sections

It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 322 and JAPN 323 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 322 or JAPN 212 or JAPN 361.

JAPN323 Intermediate Japanese II B Sections

A continuation of JAPN 322. It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 322 and JAPN 323 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 322 and JAPN 212 or JAPN 361.

JAPN360 Intensive Intermediate Japanese I Sections

Integrated coverage of topics on culture and cross-cultural communication designed to develop competencies in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Offered in Term 1. It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 360 and JAPN 361 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 322 or JAPN 212 or both JAPN 210, JAPN 211 or both JAPN 320, JAPN 321.

JAPN361 Intensive Intermediate Japanese II Sections

Continuation of JAPN 360. It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 360 and JAPN 361 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 361 or JAPN 251 or both JAPN 212, JAPN 213 or both JAPN 322, JAPN 323.

Winter 2016

JAPN400 Advanced Modern Japanese: Reading and Writing I Sections

Selected texts covering various aspects of Japanese cultural history and contemporary Japanese culture/society; emphasis on grammatical analysis and development of advanced competencies for reading and writing. It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 400 and JAPN 401 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 400 or JAPN 300.

JAPN401 Advanced Modern Japanese: Reading and Writing II Sections

Continuation of JAPN 301. It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 400 and JAPN 401 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 401 or JAPN 301.

JAPN402 Advanced Modern Japanese: Conversation and Composition I Sections

Improvement of speaking and writing skills through readings and discussions on a variety of social and cultural issues; emphasis on appropriate language use in formal situations. It is strongly recommended that students plan to complete both JAPN 402 and JAPN 403 within one year. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 402 or JAPN 302.

JAPN422 Classical Japanese I Sections

The grammar, orthography, and literary style of pre-modern Japanese (bungo). It is strongly recommended that students have 12 credits of JAPN, or equivalent, prior to registration. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 422 or JAPN 311.

JAPN423 Classical Japanese II Sections

A continuation of JAPN 422. Focus on reading pre-modern primary sources and producing English translations. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 423 or JAPN 312.

JAPN424 Japanese for Professional Life I Sections

Technical Japanese as it is used in business, commerce, industry, etc. Emphasis on specialized current vocabulary and on the development of communicative competence relevant for workplaces in these fields. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 424 or JAPN 314.

JAPN425 Japanese for Professional Life II Sections

Continuation of JAPN 424. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 425 or JAPN 315.

JAPN450 Advanced Oral Communication I Sections

Oral communication skills appropriate for studying and working in a Japanese-speaking environment either formal or informal. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 450 or JAPN 410.

JAPN452 Readings in Modern Japanese Essays Sections

Advanced reading and analysis of scholarly texts in modern Japanese drawn from history, sociology, economics, etc. Advanced conversation, composition, and practice in the use of standard reference tools as preparation for independent research in Japanese. Students are recommended to complete JAPN 403 prior to taking JAPN 452. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 452 or JAPN 406.

JAPN453 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature Sections

An advanced course in the reading and analysis of literary texts in modern Japanese. Advanced conversation, translation into English and practice in the use of standard reference tools as preparation for advanced research in Japanese. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 453 or JAPN 408.

JAPN456 Newspaper Japanese I Sections

Developing fluency in reading contemporary Japanese newspapers; concentration on current and emerging vocabulary, evolving grammatical features, and style of presentation. Credit will be granted for only one of JAPN 456 or JAPN 416.