Recommended Classes for International Students

Introduction to Japanese A/B

- As international students at Nara Womenfs University, they will study and acquire necessary Japanese language skills for living in Nara. The students will be able to participate in casual daily conversations by learning beginner-level grammar, acquiring listening skills, and practising speaking skills.

Topics on Japan A/B

- The students will learn the Japanese language through the study of Japanese literature and culture. Japanese literature is a reflection of the peoplefs lives and mentality. By reading materials covering a wide range of periods from the classics to contemporary works, students will gain basic knowledge of Japanese literature and understand various types of literary terms and ideas. Since the majority of the current Japanese culture was established during the early-modern era (the Edo period), in this class, the students will study in depth the culture of the period, mainly through theatre. They will also give presentations of their opinions in Japanese and improve on their writing skills.

Japanese ‡TA, ‡TB, ‡TC, ‡TD:

Intended for those at an intermediate level of Japanese proficiency (equivalent to Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test). The course will cover the practice and examination of overall language skills including vocalization, Chinese characters and script, vocabulary, grammar, sentence patterns, listening, speaking, writing, and so forth. The main goal of the course is to be able to read materials written for native speakers of Japanese and use dictionaries as an aid for private study.
Further, students will develop a deeper understanding of Japan and will gain mastery of the language necessary in their fields of study.

Japanese ‡UA, ‡UB:

Intended for those at an advanced level of Japanese proficiency (above Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test). The course provides training for high-level skills in listening and speaking through the study of video materials and deepens the knowledge of Japanese society and culture.
The main goal of the course is to develop skills to hold discussions with native speakers of Japanese.

Japanese ‡UC, ‡UD:

Intended for those at an advanced level of Japanese proficiency (above Level 1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test). The course provides training for high-level skills in reading and writing through the study of critiques, essays, novels, and other materials and also deepens the knowledge of Japanese society and culture.
The main goal of the course is to write at a university level.

Courses in English

Japanese Culture and History A/B

- The students will examine how ideas and thought processes have been expressed through words throughout history, while taking into account the history and culture of Japan. One literary work from each period, from ancient times to the modern era, will be presented during this class. The students will then analyse the use of language and ideas of the Japanese people against a backdrop of the state of the nation and culture of that time period.

Contemporary Japanese Society A/B

- Japanese history, culture, and values are often factors in situations that newly arrived foreigners experience in their daily lives. Using these experiences as their starting point, the students will explore the context through the use of a wide range of visual resources including images. Themes presented during this class include: ereflection of Japanese sensitivity found in manners and communicationf, ewomen/youth and the political decision-making processf, and ewomen in modern Japanf, all of which will help the students gain a deeper understanding of Japanese society and culture.

Traditional Japanese Culture A

- The students will acquire basic knowledge recommended for international students studying at a Japanese university. The topics include: Japanese daily life (food, education, and work), Japanese culture (seasonal traditions, tourist attractions, traditional arts, and religion), theories of the Japanese people (Japanese mentality), and Japanese history and society (mainly focusing on modern history).

Traditional Japanese CultureB

- Introduction to Japanese culture. Themes include: tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Japanese hairstyles and cosmetics, kimonos, Japanese cuisine, Japanese-style inns, and hot springs. The students will gain a wider knowledge of Japanese culture while experiencing first hand these various topics.

Modern Japanese Literature A/B

- This course provides students with a general survey of modern Japanese literature from the late 19th century to 1945. Through the analysis of major works it examines how Japanese literature has evolved during this period, and how literary expression and social change have affected each other.

Others (These subjects are offered in Japanese.)

NARA Studies

- Nara: your home away from home. This class will introduce the students to the city of Nara from multiple viewpoints. Built around the keyword Nara, this class is taught in relay lecture format and will serve as an introduction, while allowing the students to experience many aspects of life at Nara Womenfs University.

Introduction to NARA Studies B

- This class will show you, as newly arrived visitors, the unique characteristics and charm of Nara.
1. Through presentations that inspire imagination, the students will gain a wide range of knowledge about Narafs regional characteristics, cultural uniqueness, overall history, and tourist attractions. They will also discover and communicate the charm of todayfs Nara.
2. In many parts of the nation, cities and towns are discovering and communicating their regionsf attractions; this is sometimes referred to as regional studies. In this class, the students will acquire skills to discover and communicate the charm and attractions of a region, using Nara as a case study, from the viewpoint of regional development.

Introduction to Gender Studies

- The students will analyse various events in our everyday lives from the gender perspective with the help of lectures given in relay lecture format by the universityfs professors and guest speakers. They will also explain how gender is intricately linked to many dimensions of our everyday lives using various case studies. The objectives of this lecture include:

1. Understanding the importance of utilising the concept of gender
2. Understanding where Japanese society stands in relation to gender issues by examining relevant statistics
3. Acquiring the basic knowledge of the differences between the sexes based in biology
4. Recognising gender embedded in our language
5. Recognising the relationships between gender and the military, and gender and art

Practice of Sports Skills C4@( Kendo& Naginata)

- This class will encourage camaraderie amongst students while they practice Kendo and Naginata, two forms of Japanese martial arts known for their vigorous competitiveness. We encourage students to give it a try and experience an invigorating form of mental and physical exercise unique to martial arts.
- This class will introduce the students to basic behavioral manner, breathing and voice exercises in Kendo as well as how to wear the traditional uniform. Towards the end, they will understand the principles of various poses and techniques based on "Kata" and be able to practice them.

Introduction to Japanese Art History

- The students will learn about the methods employed in the study of Japanese/Oriental art history using works of art currently in existence. The theme for 2015 is eReading the Picturef.

Japanese Culture and Theory

- Ancient temples and art in Nara: Nara, where our university is located, is without a doubt a treasure chest of cultural assets. In this lecture, the students will be exposed to various Buddhist statues and images preserved at ancient temples and shrines located around the university. They will also analyse the place these cultural legacies occupy within the changes that Japanese culture has experienced throughout history. Last year, we presented temples in Nara Prefecture (Taimadera, Muroji, and others); however, this year, we will be presenting temples in the city of Nara (Todaiji, Kofukuji and others) as well as those located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture (Kanimanji and others). There will also be slide presentations during the lecture.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

- General information will be provided on some of the important topics of cultural anthropology, namely, life rituals, family structure (form of marriage, bloodlines, and kinship terminology), and cultural representation (language, religion, and rites).

Culture and Ethnology

- What is culture? What is race? Cultural anthropology was developed as an academic discipline in order to answer these questions. It seems, however, that comprehensive anthropological views are getting lost amongst a multitude of increasingly fragmented research. This class will provide a retrospective on how some of the basic theories came into being while also examining what comprehensive anthropology means in todayfs world.

Special Studies in Cultural Anthropology

- We will explore the relationship between rice farming and agricultural rites/religious ritual performances by examining the agricultural rites of the Yamato Basin, its regional characteristics and historical development. This lecture is offered every two years during the spring or fall term. In the spring term, festivals that take place in the spring or summer will be used as course material while festivals that take place in the fall and winter (including New Yearfs Day) will be discussed in the fall/winter term.

Japan and Europe

- The relationship between Japan and Europe has gone through many different stages of evolution. Since the formation of the European Union, this relationship has entered a new historical phase. In order to deepen the level of mutual understanding between these two regions, this course will touch on multiple topics including history, cultural exchange, cities, architecture, body culture, and diet and will be presented in omnibus format.

International Seminar ‡T/‡U

- International cooperative group work for international and Japanese students: This class will offer students an opportunity to participate in intercultural communication and has been designed for international students who wish to find Japanese-speaking employment or Japanese students who wish to work for global companies. Common issues that are faced in the everyday lives of international and Japanese students alike will be discussed, for which solutions will then be proposed. Approximately ten international and ten Japanese students will be registered for this course. As a rule, the group work is to be conducted in Japanese; however, other languages can also be used depending on the composition of the group.