JAP4110 – Classical Japanese

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Course content

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.

Learning outcome

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.

This is how you apply for valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance.


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.

Grading guidelines

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination


Grading scale

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.

Periodic evaluation Spring 2014

Periodic evaluation Autumn 2010

Periodic evaluation Autumn 2008

Facts about this course






Spring 2019


Spring 2019

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