JPN 261A: Japanese Culture

Credits 3
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Introduces Japanese traditional and modern culture and society through analysis of cultural, historical and social issues by media product and literary work. Explores concepts such as self-identity, Japanese views of the West, gender roles, perspectives on death and more. Course conducted in English. Japanese materials are subtitled in English. 

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Use an understanding of key ideology and terminology on concepts such as selfidentity, Japanese views of the West, gender roles and perspectives on death and use critical thinking to evaluate historical changes and their impact on current Japanese society.
  • Recognize the social contributions of Japan based on a deepened understanding of its history, ecology, society, politics, and culture in order to appreciate and evaluate cultural diversity in the global community.
  • Identify culturally grounded assumptions of one’s own and apply a basic understanding of Japanese culture, social and political issues, perspectives, and forms of expression, to resolve cultural conflicts.
  • Enhance citizenship skills through the practice of selfappraisal and examination of one’s personal beliefs in comparison to the beliefs of others.
  • Apply cultural understandings learned in class effectively in authentic interactions with native speakers of Japanese.
Grading Options
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Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS.