ASIAN 261 - Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Chinese required.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This is a fast-moving, multi-media introductory course that will enable students to gain understanding of modern China and acquire basic cultural literacy. It will be a course of discovery, as we will read a wide range of writings, examine visual images, films, performances, listen to music, look at websites and more. It will also be a course of proactive learning, as students will have opportunities to conduct research and present their work.

In following the development of modern Chinese culture, we will organize our survey around notions of self, family, nation, and world. We will ask questions such as “How to look at a self portrait from 1902?”, “What to see in a Chinese painting from 1949?”, and “What do we learn from a Chinese holiday?” The class will conclude with a consideration of how we may see China today.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and active class participation; occasional written responses and comments; homework assignments; mini-research projects; short essays; take-home quizzes; final project

Intended Audience:

First and second year students

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly plus discussion session


ASIAN 261 - Introduction to Modern Chinese Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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