Japanese Language and Literature B.A. Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a basic chronological understanding of Japanese culture and society as it developed over the course of history.
- Critically analyze Japanese literary texts (in translation), film, and other cultural achievements.
- Employ a variety of approaches and constructs to analyze literary and visual products.
- Recognize differences in ‘genre-specific’ conventions used to represent Japanese society—e.g., academic work, journalistic presentation, artistic and cultural representations.
- Reflect upon how our locus of study in the United States plays an important part in how we study and make sense of Japanese culture and society.
- Express their thoughts and ideas persuasively using a variety of rhetorical, textual, and visual strategies.
- Be familiar with the two syllabic kana writing systems and a sufficient number of kanji characters.
- Recognize the critical importance of other nations and cultures both near and far in the shaping of any nation (specifically Japan).
- Understand that “Japan” is a convenient, shorthand ‘fiction’ whose meaning changes both gradually and dramatically across time.
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