Japanese Communication Styles through the Lens of Popular Film (JPN4214.01)

Satomi LaFave

What are considered virtues in Japan are quite different from what are considered virtues in the US; moreover, traits that are virtues in Japan are sometimes considered faults or even immoral qualities in the U.S. From an American point of view, it can thus be difficult to imagine how exactly Japanese people’s minds work.

In this intermediate Japanese course, we will study perceptions of virtues and beliefs, and examine the communication styles in popular Japanese movies, which reflect modern-day Japanese ideals and dilemmas. Students will not only increase their linguistic fluency and knowledge, but also become better communicators equipped with a deeper understanding of the Japanese “way of thinking.” Students will give presentations throughout the course to improve their language fluency.

Prerequisites: Three terms of Japanese or permission of instructor.
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; W 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10 - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 24
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, Updates, 4000, Japanese, Satomi LaFave.