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Mat Ryohei Matsuda

Associate Professor in Asian Studies (Japanese Studies)

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

309-341-7241

rmatsuda@​knox.edu

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Requirements

Requirements for the minor

  • Three credits in Japanese language at the 200 level or above.
  • Two credits in Japanese Area Studies - either Japanese (JAPN) courses or Asian Studies (ASIA) courses designated as "Japanese Area Studies" at the 200 level or above. MODL 260E may also be counted toward this requirement. At least one course must be at the 300 level. With the approval of the Asian Studies Program chair, a student may substitute appropriate 200 level or 300 level credits in Japanese language and area studies, transferred from an approved off-campus program in Japan. Substitutions must ensure that at least one course in the minor is at the 300 level.

Japanese Course Descriptions

Japanese Catalog Page

Course Descriptions

JAPN 101. , JAPN 102, JAPN 103 Elementary Japanese. (1)

Development of basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Use of language laboratory. Prerequisite(s): must follow sequence or permission of the instructor; JAPN 101, 102, 103 offered every year FA, WI, SP sequentially; Staff;

JAPN 102. . (1)

Development of basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Use of language laboratory.

JAPN 103. . (1)

Development of basic language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Use of language laboratory.

JAPN 201. , JAPN 202, JAPN 203 Intermediate Japanese. (1)

Development of skills in spoken and written Japanese. Attention to Japanese culture. Prerequisite(s): JAPN 103 or permission of the instructor, courses must be taken in sequence; JAPN 203 is O; JAPN 201, 201, 203 offered every year FA, WI, SP sequentially; Staff;

JAPN 202. Intermediate Japanese II. (1)

Development of skills in spoken and written Japanese. Attention to Japanese culture. 201 carries Staff;

JAPN 210. Conversation and Composition in Japanese. (1)

Development of communicative skills, primarily through conversing and writing in Japanese, with attention to Japanese culture. Prerequisite(s): JAPN 202 or permission of the instructor; O; Staff;

JAPN 220. Japanese Popular Culture. (1)

Examines issues in contemporary life in Japan by focusing on the following forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, enka, karaoke, manga (comics), anime (animation), video games, television drama, films, and idols (popular teenage singers and actors). Explores the forces by which Japan shapes itself in comparison with the U.S. and other countries, through different forms of pop culture. Cross Listing: ASIA 222; Offered in the winter biennially; M. Matsuda;

JAPN 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

JAPN 263. Japanese Literature I. (1)

(In English translation) Japanese literature and poetry from antiquity to the early Meiji (mid-nineteenth century). A study of Japanese court poems, haiku, as well as novels and essays of the Heian period (794-1185), such as the tale of Genji, the historical novels of the succeeding era, the novels and plays of the Tokugawa era (1600-1868), and the literature of the early years of Meiji (1868-1911), when the influence of Western writers was beginning to be felt. Cross Listing: ASIA 263; Offered occasionally; Staff;

JAPN 270. Japanese Language and Culture. (1)

An examination of the relationship between the Japanese language and the cultural perceptions and dynamic interpersonal mechanism in Japan. After a brief overview of the historical background of the Japanese society and the predominant beliefs and key concepts about Japanese language and culture, this course will discuss such topics as family (uchi [in-group], soto [out-group]), gender (men's Japanese, women's Japanese, LGBT's Japanese), politeness (honorific, humble, neutral), gift-giving/receiving, and "loan words" from foreign languages, final-sentence particles, etc. by using various resources, such as films, documentaries, TV dramas, fashion magazines, anime, comic books, and on-line journals or blogs written by non-Japanese living or studying in Japan. Prerequisite(s): JAPN 101 or the permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ASIA 270; Offered in the fall biennially; M. Matsuda;

JAPN 273. Japanese Literature II. (1)

(In English translation) The course examines the novels and poetry from the Meiji era to the present, including the works of Mori Ogai, Natsume Soseki, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Tayama Katai, Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Nosaki Akiyki, Banana Yoshimoto, and Haruki Murakami. Cross Listing: ASIA 273; Students may not earn credit for both JAPN 273 and JAPN 373; Offered in the spring biennially; Staff;

JAPN 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Japanese not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

JAPN 295K. . (1)

This course is an approach to Japanese cinama which focuses on issues related to sex, gender, and sexuality, and in particular on the way bodies are represented across various genres in Japanese cinema (from period pieces to "pink" films). We will tackle questions related to nudity, pornography, and censorship, while developing our own critical apparatus for basic film appreciation. The course will include weekly film viewings and in-class discussions. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. Cross Listing: ASIA 295K;FILM 295K;

JAPN 310. Advanced Japanese Conversation/Reading. (1)

This course offers a bridge from intermediate to advanced Japanese. It is suitable for students who have competed JAPN 203 or students returning from study abroad programs. Course assignments will help students develop advanced proficiency in Japanese language in four fundamental language learning skills (i.e. speaking, reading, writing, and listening) while reviewing grammar points from first-year and second-year levels as needed. Students will acquire proper communicative skills in various social/cultural contexts (e.g. job interview). Offered occasionally; Staff;

JAPN 325. or JAPN 325E Modern Society in Japan. (1)

(In Japanese or English) This course focuses on the study of current political, economic and social issues in Japan. Prerequisite(s): JAPN 202 for JAPN 325; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor for JAPN 325E; Offered occasionally; Staff;

JAPN 325E. . (1)

This course focuses on the study of current political, economic and social issues in Japan.

JAPN 330. Comparative and International Education: Japan, China, Korea, India and the United States. (1)

Introduction to the comparative method in the study of educational systems in different societies, focusing on Japan, China, India, and the U.S. Provides students with conceptual and methodological tools from the field of education and related disciplines--such as sociology, political science, anthropology, and economics--for studying societal school systems in depth and making international and cross-cultural comparisons. Prerequisite(s): EDUC 201, 202, or 203 or permission of the instructor; Offered occasionally; M. Matsuda;

JAPN 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

JAPN 363. Japanese Literature I. (1)

See description for JAPN 263. Additional research component and consent of instructor required for 363. Prerequisite(s): One literature course, or one 200-level ASIA or JAPN course, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ASIA 363; Offered occasionally; Staff;

JAPN 370. Japanese Language and Culture. (1)

See description for JAPN 270. Students who enroll in JAPN 370 complete additional requirements. Prerequisite(s): JAPN 101 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ASIA 370; Offered in the fall biennially; M. Matsuda;

JAPN 373. Japanese Literature II. (1)

See description for JAPN 273. Additional research component and consent of the instructor required for JAPN 373. Prerequisite(s): One literature course, or one 200-level ASIA or JAPN course, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ASIA 373; Students may not earn credit for both JAPN 273 and JAPN 373; Offered in the spring biennially; Staff;

JAPN 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Japanese not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

JAPN 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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