南山大学

 

Open Courses

In addition to the lecture and seminar courses offered by the Center, students have the opportunity to study side-by-side with Japanese students in the fall semester by registering for selected courses from the regular undergraduate program at the University. Courses offered vary each academic year, thus the list of available courses will be announced before the registration for fall semester. Courses currently scheduled for 2017-2018 are described below. Please note that registration for Open Courses is not available for the spring semester due to the differences between the Center’s academic calendar and the Japanese academic year.

Japanese Linguistics Ⅰ: Introduction to Japanese Syntax

The major syntactic constructions in Japanese are investigated and students are introduced to a generative-transformational method of analyzing linguistic facts. An attempt at constructing a formal grammar for a fragment of Japanese is also made. We focus on questions regarding "ungrammatical sentences", and pursue formal and principled explanations for their ill-formedness. Students are trained to identify appropriate syntactic structures for grammatical sentences. This course is a lecture-based class jointly offered by the Department of Japanese Studies, and is conducted in English.

Observation and Analysis of Japanese Language Activities

In this course, CJS and Japanese students study together in Japanese-language activities in which native and non-native interactions play a central role. The first half of the semester is spent reading introductory books featuring multi-cultured topics covered by manga comics in Japanese. In the latter half there are presentations and discussion of the projects that the students carry out on a cooperative basis to achieve given goals. The topics for the project are chosen from not only verbal but also non-verbal expressions that are used in the course of their interaction. The class is taught mainly in Japanese, supplemented by English where necessary. Video recorders and presentation software are to be used for the projects and the presentations. Japanese-language ability of NIJ600 or above is required for this course, which is jointly offered by the Department of Japanese Studies.

Seminar in American Foreign Relations : A View from Japan

This course deals with the Japanese and general historical perspectives of American foreign relations. The main task of this seminar is for students to prepare a paper for presentation at the Meeting for the Nagoya Intercollegiate Seminar on International and Area Studies. Held in early December, about 200 Japanese college students, mainly from the Nagoya area, will attend the Meeting. At each seminar we discuss a certain topic for the presentation. This seminar course is jointly offered by the Department of British and American Studies, in which the instructor teaches junior students. It is conducted both in Japanese and English, so CJS students should possess a level of Japanese proficiency beyond that of NIJ400.