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Japanese and Japan Studies

Become an Authority About Japan

Learning Japanese and developing a deeper understanding of Japan enriches students' lives in Japan. For students who hope to eventually get a job in Japan or work for Japanese companies in their home countries, a command of the language opens up a broader range of options for the future.

Japanese

In standard or intensive programs, students learn Japanese in a small class setting four days a week. Instructors help students with no prior Japanese experience develop fluent Japanese skills by the time they graduate and work to push students who have already studied Japanese to even higher levels of proficiency.

A sample schedule with Intensive Japanese:
MonTueWedThuFri
1 9:10-10:40 Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese
2 10:50-12:20 Japanese Japanese Japanese Japanese
3 13:10-14:40 Academic Composition I Analytical Reading and Thinking Academic Composition I Analytical Reading and Thinking
4 14:50-16:20 Introduction to Sociology Introduction to Sociology
5 16:30-18:00
Intensive Basic Japanese I
Students will acquire the basics skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing from the early stages of beginner's level Japanese.
Intensive Basic Japanese II
Firmly rooting the early stages of beginner level Japanese, further enhancing the four key skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and thus advancing to the later stages of beginner level Japanese.
Intensive Intermediate Japanese I
Whilst recapping the beginner stages of Japanese, students will further develop the four key language skills and thus advance to the early stages of intermediate level Japanese.
Intensive Intermediate Japanese II
Students will learn vocabulary, kanji, expressions, and grammar at the intermediate level. Herein, students will further enhance the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Intermediate Japanese I A
Whilst recapping what was learned at beginner level, students will put into practice the early stages of intermediate level Japanese.
Intermediate Japanese I B
Students will further enhance that which was studied and exercised in the early stages of intermediate level Japanese.
Advanced Japanese I
Students will study and practice the usage of vocabulary, kanji, expressions and grammar at the upper-intermediate level of Japanese.
Advanced Japanese II
Students will further enhance and practice usage of vocabulary, kanji, expressions, and grammar at the upper-intermediate level of Japanese.
Japanese Project
Each student will set a goal for a topic/theme of his/her choice and create as well as present a Japanese language pamphlet as an achievement. Students will acquire not only knowledge, but effective competency in Japanese. Moreover, students will also be able to conduct a presentation that is real achievement of utilizing their Japanese skills.
Business Japanese
Students will study the Japanese necessary for a business/office environment as well as when job-hunting.

Japan Studies

This group of courses helps students deepen their understanding of Japan from a variety of angles. By exploring the culture, lifestyle, social structures, business, and other elements of Japan, students gain a more thorough appreciation and comprehension of the country.

Economic History of Japan
Description coming soon.
International Relations of Japan
This course examines Japan's international relations from historical and theoretical perspectives. It helps students to understand how international and domestic factors have constrained, as well as stimulated, Japanese foreign policy for the last 150 years. The course consists of three parts. First, it reviews major developments in Japanese foreign policy since the Meiji restoration. Second, it examines key issues in Japan's international relations today. Finally, it discusses various topics covered by each lecture. The course is composed of lecture and class discussion. Prior knowledge on the subject is not required, but students are expected to do all the assigned readings and be prepared for discussion.
Japanese Industrial and Business Development
This course analyzes the development of the Japanese industrial and business systems from the Meiji Restoration (1868) to the present, focusing on diverse factors that have directly contributed to the development of Japanese industry and business practices. Relying on the analytical framework of institutional economics, the professor shall inquire how these systems historically coped with problems and transformed themselves to be more efficient and effective in order to strengthen or preserve international competitiveness. Focused are such factors as industrial organization, government business relations, trading firms, distribution systems, management systems, and industrial relations.
Japanese Multinational Corporations
The major aims of this course are to prepare and develop students for a career in International Business Management with focus on Japan as well as to study strategic management of multinational corporations (MNCs) and the changing global environmental forces, structures, and institutions which impact on and influence the operation of the MNCs, with particular emphasis on Japanese Multinationals.
Japanese Politics in Comparative Perspective
Are Japan and its government different from Western structures in ways that shed light on its past success and failures? Are there elements of the Japanese political and economic model that other countries should try to emulate? These are just some of the questions we will explore during this course. The course is divided into two parts. The first focuses on the emergence and consolidation of Japan's "1955 System." In the second half of the course, we will shift our attention to the disorder that plagued the political and economic regime in transition after 1993, examining how economic, social, and political changes have disrupted the old regime and propelled an awkward transition to something new.
Japanese Society
This course will offer an introduction to some of the key social institutions (families, schools, workplaces, etc.) in contemporary Japan, in light of recent and ongoing demographic and structural changes in Japanese society and political economy. Furthermore, we will also analyze mass media reports vis-à-vis rigorous scholarship to consider how empirical reality can be "spun" by the mass media to further a particular argument or contribute to the production and dissemination of particular discourses or stereotypes.
Media and Society in Japan
We will study media and society in Japan from two angles: their content and their systems.
1. The content of media is determined by senders and receivers in the society.
2. The media messages influence actions and perceptions of the members of the society.

At the end of the course the students will be able to:
1. Evaluate the content of public and commercial media messages in Japan.
2. Explain the influence of the media on human psyche and thinking patterns.
Social Businesses in Japan
Social businesses are businesses that provide products and services with social, ethical, and/or environmental objectives. This course will examine the theory and practice of social businesses using Japanese businesses as case studies. Japanese consumers' responses to social businesses and their products/services will also be explored. Prior knowledge of the subject is not required.
Understanding Japanese Culture over National Holidays
Japan is said to have the most national holidays in a year, compared to other countries in the world. In this course we will explore how each holiday has started and how we celebrate it. Each one is deeply connected to our past events, and has sometimes been transformed in its style along with our society change. Visual materials will be introduced in the class for better image to understand the events. Learning these will provide good introduction to understand Japanese history, culture, and society.

* Courses in Japan Studies are revised every year and subject to change.  Please also refer to the JSP website for updates.

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