Course Descriptions for East Asian Studies

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 Kyoto Temple  Kyoto Temple
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ART 286 - History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (3)
Introduction to major artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan from Prehistory to the beginning of the modern period. Emphasis placed on understanding cultural foundations of Bronze Age art in East Asia, the impact of Buddhism in the region, Chinese literati painting, and genesis of the Japanese print. MPF, MPT

Art 326  -  Modern & Contemporary East Asian Art
This course is an investigation of the various modern and contemporary art movements in East Asia from the nineteenth century through the twenty-first century. What did the modern ideal mean in the various regions of China, Japan, Korea, and the diaspora? What forms did it take?

ATH 390Z – Pokemon: Local and Global Cultures

CHI 251 - Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
Chinese literature to 1800. Masterpieces of Chinese literature including The Book of Songs, Chuang Tzu, the poetry of Li Po and Tu Fu, major novels, and Yuan plays. Discussion of philosophical traditions (Confucianism, Taoism) and other cultural aspects. MPF

CHI 252 - Modern Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)
Modern Chinese literature from the Dream of the Red Chamber to the present with special attention to Lu Hsun, Mao Tun, Pa Chin, Eileen Chang, revolutionary Peking opera, writers of the post-Mao era, and historical-cultural background. MPF

CHI 253 – Three Kingdoms
Study the great classic Chinese novel Three Kingdoms (San guo yan yi) (abridged version), supplemented by the Analects of Confucius, the Daodejing and Machiavelli's The Prince. Develops an understanding of character, authority and strategy in traditional Chinese society. In translation

CHI 254 – Modern Chinese Autobiography
Introduces modern Chinese history and culture through several book-length autobiographies and memoirs. Analyzes modern Chinese self-authored life writing. A series of documentary videos provide surveys of important events in modern China as a complement

CHI/JPN 255 - Drama in China and Japan in Translation (3)
Provides historical overview of major traditional dramatic art forms of China and Japan: Peking Opera, Noh, Bunraku, and Kabuki. Critically treats and interprets theatrical conventions in each and attempts to clarify aesthetic significance. Includes comparative study of recent theatrical movements in each country and of Western influence. Cross-listed with JPN 255. MPF

CHI 257 – Chinese Satire
This course examines several significant works of satire in twentieth-century Chinese literature. Through class discussions, weekly writings and longer essays we will analyze techniques of satire in modern Chinese fiction, identify and assess the ways satirical works shed light on Chinese history, culture and society, and identify and explain the similarities and differences between Chinese and Western satire. 

CHI/FST 264 – Chinese Cinema and Culture (3)
Study of selected films. Introduces Chinese Cinema and, through films, Chinese culture. Works are from mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Subject matter is both historical and modern. Knowledge of Chinese is not required.

CHI 301 – Third Year Chinese
Develop advanced skills in communication. Expand vocabulary and learn additional, more complicated grammatical structures. Read relatively difficult original materials.


ENG 269 – Colonial and Post Colonial Literatures of South Asia (3)
This course is an advanced study of colonial and postcolonial literature of South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). In this course we will study not only the manner in which gender and sexuality intersect and overlap in twentieth-century South Asian literature and culture, but we will also map the shifting role of gender and its development in the anti-colonial project of nationalism and its subsequent disavowal in the post colonial period.

GEO/ITS/SOC 208 - The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)
Introduction to historic parameters, geographic variables, state policies, and socio-cultural contexts of industrialism in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore). MPF

GEO 308 - Geography of East Asia (3)
Analysis of cultural and physical landscapes of China, Japan, and Korea.

GEO 408/508 - Geography of the Silk Road (3)
Examines the geography of the Inner Asia region including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Inner Asian China (Xinjiang).

EDP 366 – Cross Cultural Examination of the US and China: Educational Context
This course is designed for students to gain basic knowledge, including both similarities and differences, revolving about China and America, in an educational context. The goal of this course is to help students broaden their knowledge about varying cultures in order to better understand how teachers can best help students learn and grow. 

EDP 387 – Chinese Education through Culture, Customs, History, and Development
This course is designed for students to gain basic knowledge about the history and culture of China. The goal of this workshop is to help students gain international experiences and global perspectives on history (the past, present, and future) of China, the culture, and any related issues in order to build and enhance students' ability to work successfully in a global setting.

EDP 488 – Education, Educational Practice, and Reform in China
This course is designed for both US students and international students. The goal of this course is to help students gain international experiences and perspectives on culture, education, and related issues. Students will travel to and visit schools in China, and sit in on lectures from selected Chinese professors. 

HST 270 – The Mongols and their World
This course introduces the history of the Mongol Conquests and the Mongol Empire, from the rapid rise of Mongol power under Chinggis Khan in the 12th and 13th centuries to the long-lasting, widespread effects of Mongol rule that persisted for centuries after the dissolution of their huge empire. 

HST 423 – Eurasian Nomads and History
Examination of the nomads of the Eurasian steppes and their role in the civilizations of the Eurasian periphery, including China, the Near East, and Russia.

HST 353 - History of Chinese Civilization (Premodern) (3)
Survey of Chinese civilization, its origins and evolution in political institutions, economic activity, social structure, and cultural aspects from prehistory to 1840.

HST 354 - Modern Chinese History (3)
Survey of changes in institutions, ideas, economy and society in China s search for modernity from late imperial times (17th to 19th centuries) to the present.

HST 356 - Modern Japanese History (3)
Major issues in the history of Japan from mid-19th century to recent times such as the Meiji Restoration, the impact of the West, tradition and modernity, industrialization, social and cultural development, and wars and democracy.

HST/WMS 383 - Women in Chinese History (3)
Survey of women s roles in the family and in political, economic, religious, and cultural lives in China from prehistory to the present. Various views about women in Chinese male-dominated society and development of feminist thought are discussed. Cross-listed with WMS 383. MPT

HST 400.6 - Modern China (Senior Capstone Seminar) (3)
This seminar examines some major issues regarding China's efforts in building a modern society and how these efforts affected the lives of common people. Students will become familiar with different viewpoints in English-language scholarship, and will read primary and secondary sources, write short and long papers, and participate in discussions.

HST 434 - China and the Silk Road: Patterns of China s Interactions with Other Peoples before 1600 (3)
Examines the role the transcontinental Silk Road played in Chinese history, including the development of the Road, its role in China's foreign relations, the impact of foreign trade, and the spread of cultures and religions.

JPN 231 – Japanese Tales of the Supernatural in English Translation, (3)
This course is a survey of Japanese literary and cultural traditions from the eighth century to the present, focusing on major Japanese literature in which the supernatural plays a predominant role. The class will investigate the appeal of stories of the uncanny, and the significance of the supernatural in the minds of the Japanese, both past ant present. Discussion will be conducted about what the literary work has to tell us about the beliefs and the cultural assumptions of its audience. In addition, we will explore how that literature speaks to us today. MPF

JPN 260 - Topics in Japanese Literature in English Translation (3; maximum 9)
Treatment of selected works of Japanese literature that suggest a particular thematic problem, such as Death in Japanese Literature, East meets West: The Agony of Modernization, and The Influence of Zen upon Literature. Designed for the nonspecialist with little or no background in Japanese literature. No knowledge of Japanese language is required. Offered infrequently.

JPN/FST 266 - Survey of Japanese Cinema: Japanese Film and Culture (3)
This course examines representative Japanese films from the immediate post-World War II era to the new wave of Japanese anime (animation films). While discussing the cinema as aesthetic works, students will study cultural and ideological implications of the Japanese films.

JPN 301 – Third Year Japanese
Emphasis on advanced oral and written communication in Japanese, while learning about important concepts in modern Japanese society through reading and discussion.


PHL 106 – Thought and Culture in India (4)
Examine India s history and civilization, philosophies, religions, arts and literature, science and technology as a culture s self-understanding and self-expression of its ideas, values, and ways of thinking. Comparison made between Indian and other ways of thought and mode of living. (MPF, MPT, H)


REL 203 – Global Religions of India (3)
Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other religions in South and East Asia. MPT

REL 323 – Buddhism in India and South Asia (3)
Explores the development of Buddhism in India and South Asia. Examines the relationship between early Buddhism values and those of the larger culture in India, especially with regard to the importance of marriage, family, and accumulation of wealth. As Buddhism spread to Nepal, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Thailand, it was transformed by and effected profound changes within these other cultures.. MPT