ASIAN 204 - East Asia: Early Transformations
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course offers an overview of more than three thousand years of East Asian history, from ca. 1600 BCE through ca. 1600 CE. Since every such survey must be selective, this course will emphasize political, social, and cultural transformations. Aided by the course textbook, we will inquire into the nature of political power, the succession of dynasties and military regimes, the growth and spread of religions, and the transformation of family structures, economies, and diplomatic relations. The course will introduce the different, distinct histories of China, Korea, and Japan, but will also chart the interactions between these cultures, following the travels of monks and merchants, diplomats and conquerors, across the islands and continents. The primary-source readings for the lectures, and especially for the discussion sections, will offer an opportunity to see these changing cultures through the eyes of contemporaries: early Chinese philosophers, Korean royal officials, Japanese court ladies, even European travelers. The primary-source readings will also give occasion to reflect on the origins and nature of historical knowledge, thereby making this course not only an introduction to East Asian history, but also an introduction to history as an academic discipline.

The course requires: attendance of all lectures and discussion sections (10%); preparation of the reading assignments and the reading questions for both lectures and discussion sections, and three quizzes in the discussion section (30%); two in-class examinations (30% each). The course uses a textbook and a course pack, at a total cost of ca. $110.

ASIAN 204 - East Asia: Early Transformations
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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