2014-15 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College's current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Elementary Japanese

An introduction to Japanese language and culture, stressing both spoken and written Japanese. After one semester students will be able to carry on simple conversations in Japanese, read dialogues written in Japanese, and understand some fundamentals of Japanese social values and ways of thinking.

  • Course code: JAPN-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Japanese
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Elementary Japanese II

A continuation of Japanese 101. Continued study of Japanese grammar with equal emphasis on improving conversational proficiency and on reading and writing Japanese. Many more ?kanji? (Chinese characters) will be introduced for reading and writing and as a medium for gaining insight into Japanese culture. Prerequisite: Japanese 101 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-102
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Japanese
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Intermediate Japanese

The goal of this course is to further the student?s ability to speak, understand, read, and write the Japanese language. Extensive oral drills and reading exercises continue to be used. By the end of the term, the student will know 200 ?kanji?. Numerous cultural notes and written dialogues portraying various social situations provide insight into Japanese culture and various ways of thinking. Prerequisite: Japanese 102 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Japanese
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Intermediate Japanese

This semester completes the study of basic Japanese grammar and syntax. By the end of the semester the student will have been introduced to most of the basic grammar patterns of Japanese and will have mastered a total of 270 ?kanji?. Completion of this course satisfies the core foreign language requirement. Prerequisite: Japanese 201 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-202
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Japanese
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Advanced Conversation

This course is designed to develop advanced aural comprehension skills as well as advanced competence in spoken Japanese through exercises, drills, and conversation in class. Students will also continue their study of the written language by learning many new ?kanji?. Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-215
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: Japanese
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Advanced Grammar & Composition

The systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Students will learn many new ?kanji? as they improve their skills in written Japanese. Conversation practice will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: Japanese 215 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-216
  • Credits: 4
  • Department: Japanese
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Mod Japanese Lit:1868 To Pres

A continuation of Japanese language study and an introduction to works written by major Japanese authors from 1868--when Japan opened itself to the rest of the world and entered the modern era--to the present, as well as selected readings on Japanese history, society, and culture. Prerequisite: Japanese 216.

  • Course code: JAPN-217
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: Japanese
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Modern Japn Lit: 1868 To Pres

This course builds on Japanese 217 and deals with literary texts of greater linguistic difficulty. It also includes further language study and selected readings on Japanese history, society, and culture. Prerequisite: Japanese 217.

  • Course code: JAPN-218
  • Credits: 3
  • Department: Japanese
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Advanced Japanese Lang I

This course is designed to develop advanced competence in both spoken and written Japanese through exercises, drills, and conversation in class. The finer points of Japanese grammar will be analyzed systematically. Students will also continue their study of the written language by learning many new ?kanji?. Various aspects of life in Japan today are discussed in order to prepare students culturally for travel, study, or work in Japan. Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-301
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Japanese
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Advanced Japanese Lang II

A continuation of the systematic study of advanced grammar and composition. Students will learn many new ?kanji? as they improve their skills in written Japanese. Conversation practice will also be emphasized. Prerequisite: Japanese 301 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-302
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Japanese
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Adv Japanese Language & Culture I

This course is designed to enhance understanding of Japanese culture, people, colloquial expressions and social behaviors through literature, articles, audio and video clips. Students will practice expressing their thoughts, opinions, and comments in Japanese, and learn to interact fluently in specific situations which are very common if one lives or works in Japan. Prerequisite: Japanese 302 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-311
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Japanese
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Adv Japn Lang & Culture II

This course builds on Japanese 311 through more literature, articles, audio and video clips on Japanese history, society, and culture. Prerequisite: Japanese 311 or permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: JAPN-312
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Department: Japanese
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Independent Study

  • Course code: JAPN-390
  • Credits: 2
  • Semester: Fall
  • Department: Japanese
CODE NAME CREDITS
JAPN-101 Elementary Japanese 4
JAPN-102 Elementary Japanese II 4
JAPN-201 Intermediate Japanese 4
JAPN-202 Intermediate Japanese 4
JAPN-215 Advanced Conversation 4
JAPN-216 Advanced Grammar & Composition 4
JAPN-217 Mod Japanese Lit:1868 To Pres 3
JAPN-218 Modern Japn Lit: 1868 To Pres 3
JAPN-301 Advanced Japanese Lang I 4
JAPN-302 Advanced Japanese Lang II 4
JAPN-311 Adv Japanese Language & Culture I 3
JAPN-312 Adv Japn Lang & Culture II 3
JAPN-390 Independent Study 2
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