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Course Offerings


Due to the covid-19 situation, Global Japan Program offers all the courses online for the fall 2020 semester. It will only offer special JLC (Japanese Language Course) classes with 8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits, using Minna no Nihongo textbook series (please disregard the JLC core classes table below). No JLC elective classes will be offered. Whether GJSC (Global Japan Studies Course) classes will be offered is yet to be determined.

GLOBAL JAPAN PROGRAM

Welcome to the Global Japan Program (GJP) offered by the Institute for Japanese Language Education (IJLE). The GJP consists of the Japanese Language Course (JLC) and the Global Japan Studies Course (GJSC), and there are circa 130-150 international students from approximately 40 universities/colleges around the world who are taking classes offered by these programs every semester. In order to retain student visa status, each student must enroll in at least 7 classroom hours per week (1 classroom hour = 90 minutes=2 credits) from JLC, GJSC, or a combination from both programs. We do not, however, recommend that you enroll in more than 11 classroom hours per week.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE COURSE (JLC)

JLC Core Classes:
  • JLC offers classes in the Japanese language learning. Upon your arrival, you will take a computerized placement test to determine to which level/core class you belong. The levels and core classes are summarized as below:
Level Core Class Intensiveness Textbook
I
Lower Beginner
J100 Intensive
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Genki I (3rd edition) L1-L12
J111 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
Genki I (3rd edition) L1-L16
J112 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
Genki I (3rd edition) L7-L12
*J121 Introductory
(2 classroom hours/wk, 4 credits)
Handouts
II
Upper Beginner
J200 Intensive
(8 classroom hours/wk, 16 credits)
Genki II (2nd edition) L13-L23
J211 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
Genki II (2nd edition) L13-L18
J212 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
Genki II (2nd edition) L19-L23
III
Lower Intermediate
J311 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
QUARTET I- Intermediate Japanese Across the Four Language Skills L1-L3
J312 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
QUARTET I- Intermediate Japanese Across the Four Language Skills L4-L6
IV
Upper Intermediate
J411 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
QUARTET II- Intermediate Japanese Across the Four Language Skills L7-L9
J412 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
QUARTET II- Intermediate Japanese Across the Four Language Skills L10-L12
V
Pre-Advanced
J511 Semi-Intensive
(4 classroom hours/wk, 8 credits)
Handouts
*J121 is a special course for true beginners that focuses on survival Japanese by introducing the basic vocabulary and expressions for daily life. This course does not teach the Japanese writing system.
**Availability of the JLC core classes is subject to change without notice.

  • Before arrival in Japan, all the students who are true beginners but would like to take JLC classes such as J100 or J111 must master hiragana and katakana on your own. Upon arrival in Japan, there will be hiragana and katakana tests to take, and they must show mastery of these characters. Otherwise, they will have no choice but to enroll in J121.

  • Based on the placement test result, some students may have choices of the core classes if the classes have the same starting point- J100 (intensive), J111 (semi-intensive) or J121 (introductory) and J200 (intensive) or J211 (semi-intensive). All the other classes have only semi-intensive with no other choice.

  • All the core classes are offered in the morning except for J121.

  • Once your level/core class is determined, you can select JLC elective classes and/or GJSC classes to make your timetable (*7-11 classroom hours per week). Note (1) an oral class (1 classroom hour per week) offered in the afternoon is mandatory for J100, J111, and J112 students, and (2) J100 and J200 are intensive courses with 8 classroom hours already, so you do not need to take JLC elective and GJSC classes if you do not wish to.

JLC Elective Classes:

  • JLC also offers elective classes for those who are enrolled in JLC core classes. Availability of JLC elective classes is based on the Level/core classes. Each elective class is 1 classroom hour per week (2 credits) offered once a week.

  • The following JLC elective classes are not offered for students enrolled in J121 (J121 students must enroll in GJSC classes to fulfill the minimum of 7 classroom hours).
About the Placement Test

  • All the students who would like to take JLC classes must take the placement test upon arrival, except for true beginners who only know hiragana and katakana and who are planning on taking J121 (no Japanese writing is taught) or GJSC classes only.

  • Even if you studied and finished the same textbook in your home country, if your placement test result does not meet the required criteria, you must repeat the same content at IJLE. Your level/core classes are determined strictly by the placement test result- not by your Japanese learning experiences. Thus, we highly recommend that you bring the same textbooks (same edition) if you have them in your home country.

GLOBAL JAPAN STUDIES COURSE (GJSC)

  • In GJSC classes taught in English, both international and domestic students enroll in classes to deepen their understanding of the global society from two angles- Japan from the world perspective and the world from Japan’s perspective.

  • Students can enroll in any GJSC classes regardless of their JLC level.

  • The GJSC classes explore a wide range of topics related to contemporary and traditional Japan and are categorized into three blocks:
    - Classes focusing on business and society (JSC 101-119);
    - Classes focusing on language and culture (JSC 201-222);
    - Special classes with hands-on experiences (JSC 902-905): ① at a Japanese newspaper publishing company; ② with leading performers of Japanese traditional arts (dance and music); ③ oriental traditional writing culture- calligraphy; ④ service learning at an elderly facility.

    • A list of GJSC courses for the academic year 2020 is below:

Class Class Subtitle Spring Fall
Japan Studies 101 (Business) Introduction to Global Business in Japan
Japan Studies 102 (Business) Issues in Global Business in Japan
Japan Studies 103 (Business) Manufacturing
Japan Studies 104 (Business) The Cultural Side of Toyota Development
Japan Studies 105 (Business) The Japanese Tourism Industry: Hospitality and Travel
Japan Studies 106 (Business) Tourism and Destination Development
Japan Studies 108 (Business) Japanese Business
Japan Studies 111 (Sociology) Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan
Japan Studies 112 (Sociology) Service Learning across Cultures: Volunteering in Japan
Japan Studies 113 (Sociology) The Japanese Education System
Japan Studies 114 (Sociology) Religious ideologies and philosophical traditions of Japan
Japan Studies 115 (Sociology) Understanding Culture: Representations of Japanese
Japan Studies 116 (Sociology) Japanese Lifestyle and Society Ⅰ
Japan Studies 117 (Sociology) Japanese Lifestyle and Society Ⅱ
Japan Studies 118 (Sociology) Philosophy in Modern Japan Ⅰ
Japan Studies 119 (Sociology) Philosophy in Modern Japan Ⅱ
Japan Studies 201 (Cultural) Global perspectives on Japanese pop culture
Japan Studies 203 (Cultural) Cultural History: A Cultural History of Medicine and Diseases in Modern Japan
Japan Studies 204 (Cultural) The History of Japan
Japan Studies 205 (Cultural) Traditional Japanese culture and art
Japan Studies 206 (Cultural) Modern Japanese culture and art
Japan Studies 207 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on CommercialsⅡ
Japan Studies 208 (Cultural) Japanese Pop Culture through Media: Focus on CommercialsⅠ
Japan Studies 209 (Cultural) Japanese Literature
Japan Studies 211 (Cultural) Studies in Japanese Popular Culture -A Focus on Manga and Anime
Japan Studies 213 (Cultural) Intercultural Communication from a Japanese Perspective
Japan Studies 214 (Cultural) Japanese Culture through Movies
Japan Studies 215 (Cultural) China and Japan: Culture
Japan Studies 221 (Language) China and Japan: Language
Japan Studies 222 (Language) Community Interpreting and Translation in Japan: Focus on the Legal Setting
Japan Studies 902 (Special Course) Japan through Japanese Traditional Performing Arts
Japan Studies 903 (Special Course) Japanese Society and World through Media
Japan Studies 904 (Special Course) Oriental Traditional Writing Culture - Calligraphy
Japan Studies 905 (Special Course) Service Learning at an Elderly Facility: Volunteering to Assist the Aged in Japan
*Availability of the GJSC classes is subject to change without notice

  • Click to see sample syllabi of the GJSC courses.
Japanese Culture Practicum

  • The Global Japan Program offers day trips and excursions for its international students several times a semester. The international students who belong to the GJP can participate in these excursions to deepen their understanding of Japanese culture, especially the culture of the Tokai region. Most of these excursions are selected and arranged in such a way that the students can have hands-on experiences which they can rarely experience in commercial tours.

  • Each excursion has limited spaces, and small fees are required to participate (these excursions are subsidized by Nagoya University of Foreign Studies).

  • Below are some of the excursions in the past:
    - Workshops: Ikebana (flower arrangement), tea ceremony, pottery making, and soba (buckwheat) noodle making
    - Excursions: Ninja Village, Ise Grand Shrine, sumo games, visits to museums and galleries
    - Overnight study tours: Kyoto, Nara, Shirakawa Village, Kotohira Shrine and Kompira Mountain in Kagawa

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