Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

111/History 151. The Civilizations of South and Southeast Asia. (4). (HU).

Asian Studies 111 is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the civilizations of South Asia (India and neighboring countries) and Southeast Asia (Indo-China, the Indonesian archipelago, the Philippines). About half the course will be devoted to each of these areas. The historical timespan extends from the beginnings of civilization in the region (about 2300 B. C.) to the coming of European imperialism. The emphasis in Asian Studies 111 is on the acquisition of a broad knowledge of these historic culture areas and their history, traditional social structures, arts, religions, and literatures. Faculty members from a wide variety of departments within the University give the lectures. Since this is an introductory course, students will be asked to read widely, but written assignments will be few. There will be a mid-term and a final examination. (Trautmann)

121/History 121. Great Traditions of East Asia. (4). (HU).

This course is a broad introductory survey of traditional Chinese and Japanese civilizations from their origins until the advent of modern European imperialism at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The primary purpose of the course is to help nonspecialists begin to understand the patterns (but not necessarily the details) of how these two civilizations arose, changed and interacted, with particular emphasis upon their important institutional and cultural traditions. The approach will be largely historical, but by drawing upon guest lecturers from the university's outstanding East Asian faculty, we shall also sample the rich traditional literature, art, and religious thought of China and Japan. Course readings will include survey histories and selections from anthologies of both literary and philosophical writings. Grading will be based upon a midterm and a final exam, with exams being primarily of the essay type. No prior knowledge of East Asia is assumed, but the course is a prerequisite to the Asian Studies concentration. (Murphey/Hackett)

320/Buddhist Studies 320/Phil. 335/Rel. 320. Introduction to Buddhism. Asian Studies 220 or the equivalent. (3). (HU).

See Far Eastern Languages and Literatures: Buddhist Studies 320. (Schopen)

381. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators. Junior or senior standing and concentration in Asian Studies. (3). (Excl).

This course is a colloquium for junior and senior concentrators in Asian Studies but is also open to non-concentrators by permission of the instructor. We shall be concerned in this course with the ways various social scientists have responded to the challenge of the modern histories of China and Japan. This theme will be pursued by examining some classics of the genre and tracing the debate over a few key issues. We shall explore how social scientists have defined the nature of change, or the absence of change, in East Asia. Among the theories to be discussed are those of modernization, convergence with Western social patterns, and the role of values in social and political development. We shall examine Marxist analyses of some major events; we shall look at different views of East Asian peasants; and we shall reflect on the manner in which the social sciences and East Asia have influenced each other. The work of the course will consist of weekly reading, participation in the discussions, and periodic writing assignments. (Young)

441. Asia Through Fiction. (3). (HU).

This course deals with selected novels and short stories by Asian writers and by Westerners writing about Asia. It attempts to compare different perspectives on the Asian scene and particularly focuses on East/West interactions. Course readings center on India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and China. Four short essays are required, as well as a final short essay which takes the place of an examination. The class is usually small enough to function very successfully as a group discussion, which considers also the Asian context. There are several evening opportunities to sample Asian cuisine and films. Writers dealt with include Narayan, Greene, Mishima, Forster, Kipling, Conrad, Tanizaki, Orwell, Markandaya, Buck, Lu Hsun, and others. (Murphey)

511. Colloquium on Southern Asia: The Interface of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. (2). (Excl).
The United States and the Vietnamese Revolution.
This seminar will examine the political, social, economic, and cultural revolution in Vietnam and its relationship to American ideals, policy, and action from before World War II through the wars involving the Japanese, the French, the Americans, and the Chinese (1940-1980) to the present. In the process we will ask how the United States has affected the emergence of an independent, united, socialist Vietnam. The text will be William J. Duiker, The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam (Boulder, Col., Westview Press, 1981), which may be used in the Reserve Room or bought. Additional readings will be suggested. Student evaluation will depend on attendance, discussion following the weekly presentation, and a final essay. (Whitmore)


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