JAP4110 – Classical Japanese
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
This course introduces students to a range of varieties of pre-modern Japanese forms of writing.
In addition to offering a grounding in classical Japanese grammar, the course will discuss issues related to the transition from classical to modern Japanese in the Meiji period. In class, we will read excerpts from pre-modern and early modern texts.
Also, we will discuss academic articles and essays that deal with social and political aspects of language change in modernizing Japan.
Students will gain insight in earlier stages of the Japanese language and become able to reflect on the dynamics behind the radical changes that led to the creation of modern Japanese in the Meiji period.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
80 credits in Japanese language.
The course consists of 10 classes of 2 hours each.
In order to sit for the exam, each student must write and obtain approval for a qualifying assignment. The qualifying assignment is to be submitted in Canvas within a given deadline. Information about writing and submitting assignments at IKOS.
Approved compulsory activities are valid in the present semester and the two next semesters that the course is given.
The qualifying assignment must be approved before the student can sit for the exam.
The course is concluded with a 4 hour written exam, including questions about grammar, translation of passages discussed in class, and questions based on assigned essays about language change in Japan.
Use of sources and citation
Language of examination
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.