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OSPKYOTO 2K: First-Year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication, Second Quarter

Continuation of JAPANLNG 1. First-year sequence enables students to converse, write, and read essays on topics such as personal history, experiences, familiar people. Prerequisite: JAPANLNG 1 if taken 2012-13 of later (JAPANLNG 7 if taken 2011-12 or earlier)
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPKYOTO 5B: News Shaping Japan Today

Examine a wide range of topical themes affecting Japan and its society through selected stories from news media as these stories emerge. As such, this course is entirely reactive to national events as they unfold. Students have a significant amount of choice of topics they address, as they are able to select stories that interest them from a list of news articles, which changes each week.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit
Instructors: ; Hugh, M. (PI)

OSPKYOTO 19: Zazen: A Practicum in Zen Meditation

Zen teaching through practice and experience. Condensed practicum course where students receive zazen training and experience monastic life in Myoshinji, the largest Zen complex in Japan, under the guidance of Rev. Daiko Matsuyama, Deputy Head Priest of Taizo-in temple. Over one week, regular early morning zazen training sessions on site in Taizo-in temple plus visit to World Cultural Heritage site Ryoanji with a private viewing and workshop. Other aspects of monastic life such as temple cleaning, and learning how to rake and care for the dry gardens at Taizo-in. Course culminates in an overnight zazen training session in Myoshinji's magnificent Hatto Dharma Hall. Enrollment limited.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

OSPKYOTO 21K: Second-Year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication, First Quarter

(Formerly OSPKYOTO 17K.) Goal is to further develop and enhance spoken and written Japanese in order to handle advanced concepts such as comparison and contrast of the two cultures, descriptions of incidents, and social issues. 800 kanji, 1,400 new words, and higher-level grammatical constructions. Readings include authentic materials such as newspaper articles, and essays. Prerequisite: JAPANLNG 3 if taken 2012-13 or later (JAPANLNG 7 if taken 2011-12 or earlier)
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: Language | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPKYOTO 39: Capturing Concepts: A Photographic Exploration of the Origins of Kanji

Under guidance of official photographer for KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival, photograph scenes from everyday life in Kyoto to portray contemporary versions of the ancient forms and original meanings of ten different kanji. Develop observational, interpretive and creative abilities as well as improve technical skills (including picture composition and image editing). Enrollment limited.
Terms: Aut | Units: 2 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

OSPKYOTO 41: Queer Culture and Life in Japan

Exploration of queer lives and cultural practices in Japan through diverse materials from film, literature, theater, art, as well as newspapers and personal testimonies. What it means to be queer in Japan and how it might signify differently from a US context. Looking at each text, examine how gender norms and sexual politics intersect and operate in Japanese society.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPKYOTO 53: Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity

Through group discussions, films, field trips and independent study, students will explore the experiences of Japanese minorities: from the indigenous Ainu and Okinawans, and the outcaste Burakumin, to the seemingly "forever foreign" Zainichi Koreans and returning Japanese-Brazilians, whose conditional welcome on both sides of the Pacific raises important questions about distinctions between race and culture. Japanese ideologies about racial/ethnic difference can be compared and contrasted with historical and contemporary examples from Europe and other parts of Asia, as well as to debates about assimilation and the melting pot in the U.S. Semi-weekly meetings. Requirements vary by number of units.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1-3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Saperstein, A. (PI)

OSPKYOTO 58: A Journey into the Buddhist Visual Arts of Japan

Impact of Buddhism on the arts and culture of Japan as seen in the ancient capital of Kyoto. Image production, iconography, representational strategies, as well as the ritual and visual functions of Buddhist sculpture and painting with a focus on selected historical temples and their icons. Also examination of architectural and landscape elements of temple layouts, within which iconographic programs are framed, images are enlivened, and practices centered on these devotional and ritual art.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPKYOTO 65: From the Cradle to the Grave: Wrestling with Demographic Destiny in Japan

In this course, students will not only learn to see Japan in demographic perspective during their stay, they also will be able translate their skills and understanding of demographic data, concepts and processes back to their lives in the United States -- where similar changes (e.g., toward an aging society) and debates (e.g., about immigration restriction) are occurring.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Saperstein, A. (PI)

OSPKYOTO 101K: Third-Year Japanese Language, Culture, and Communication, First Quarter

Goal is to express thoughts and opinions in paragraph length in spoken and written forms. Materials include current Japanese media and literature for native speakers of Japanese. Cultural and social topics related to Japan and its people. Prerequisite: Placement Tests, JAPANLNG 23. See http://japanese.stanford.edu/?page_id=39.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPKYOTO 199: Directed Reading

Course may be repeated for credit.
Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 1-4 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: ; Hugh, M. (PI)

OSPKYOTO 210K: Advanced Japanese

Terms: Aut, Spr | Units: 5 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

OSPKYOTO 221K: Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques

Artificial intelligence (AI) has had a huge impact in many areas, including medical diagnosis, speech recognition, robotics, web search, advertising, and scheduling. This course focuses on the foundational concepts that drive these applications. In short, AI is the mathematics of making good decisions given incomplete information (hence the need for probability) and limited computation (hence the need for algorithms). Specific topics include search, constraint satisfaction, game playing, Markov decision processes, graphical models, machine learning, and logic. Same as CS 221. Prerequisites: CS 103 or CS 103B/X, CS 106B or CS 106X, CS 107, and CS 109 (algorithms, probability, and programming experience)
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-4 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
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