Course Content and Outcome Guide for JPN 260B

Course Number:
JPN 260B
Course Title:
Japanese Culture
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Course Description

Japanese Culture through Film. Increases understanding of Japanese traditional and modern culture and society through analysis of cultural, historical and social issues presented in five Japanese films. May explore concepts such as families, social roles, friendship, WWII, traditions and pop culture, morality, philosophies, economics. Course conducted in English. Japanese films will be subtitled in English. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

JPN 113C is offered simultaneously with JPN103.  This is a conversation-tutorial class for extended practice in order to foster better understanding of the materials presented in JPN 103 including the contents such as expressions, vocabulary, reading, structures and underlying deep culture.This course counts as an elective for the associate degree. This course is offered for one credit each term.Successful completion of JPN112C and 102 or the equivalent language competency to be determined by the teacher.  Concurrent enrollment in JPN 103 is mandatory.  Students whose skill level in Japanese is more advanced than that of JPN 113C or 103 will not be admitted to this class.

Intended Outcomes for the course


Course Activities and Design

Students are expected to attend all classes, participate actively in classroom activities, and prepare oral and short written homework assignments. Students may work with audio tapes in the media center or at home, and they may meet with the teacher in conferences.  Japanese will be used in the classroom at almost all times.  Students should plan to spend about one hour in preparation and practice outside of class for each class session.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The course grade will be determined by regular attendance (which is mandatory), daily active participation, and weekly assignments.  It also depends on individual progress in listening and speaking skills such as ability to comprehend and to express him/herself with clarity and a minimum number of errors in Japanese to receive a passing grade.  The work of this class is sequential, and the introduction and practice of this material take place in class; therefore, attendance is essential.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Please refer to Section V of the Course Content Guide of JPN 103 for details of structures and topics for active communication which will be practiced.