Virtual Tours of Japan: Explore and Learn About Japan (JPN2113.01)

Ikuko Yoshida

What do you know about Japan? Would you like to visit Mount Fuji in Shizuoka, the Imperial Palace in Kyoto, or the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo? What do you want to see? Do you want to see traditional performing arts like Noh and Kabuki? Do you want to eat sushi, tonkatsu, ramen, or pizza that is topped with corn, tuna, and mayonnaise? Technology such as Google Earth and 360 video clips on YouTube has allowed us to virtually explore various places and objects in the world and learn about the history, art, culture, cuisine, etc. of those places and objects.

In this introductory level course, students will explore various cities and objects with Virtual Reality tools and learn and examine the uniqueness of Japanese culture and how traditional and modern culture coexist in the society while they practice and build their linguistic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in Japanese. Students will also perform various situations to demonstrate their understanding of Japanese language and culture. Japanese writing systems – Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji – will be introduced. Introductory level.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
* Raise valid questions based on what they’ve observed and learned.
* Analyze linguistic and cultural similarities and differences and reflect on them subjectively and objectively.
* Engage and communicate with their classmates respectfully and collaboratively.
* Deepen their understanding of Japanese culture and communicate in culturally appropriate manners.
* Embrace cultural differences.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: CSL Series
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 5
M/W/Th 8:30AM - 9:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: 2000 , All courses , Five Credit , Fully In-Person , Japanese