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 midterm 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 about 2000 B.C. 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 glories of the traditional literature, secular philosophy, and religious thought of China and Japan. Course readings will include not only survey histories, therefore, but also selections from anthologies of both literary and philosophical writings. Grading will be based upon a midterm, a short (5-8 pp.) paper, and a final exam, with exams being of the essay type. No prior knowledge of East Asia is assumed. (Arnesen)

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

See Buddhist Studies 320. (Gomez)

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 which take 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)

444. The Southeast Asian Village. (3). (SS).

This course examines aspects of village form, function, life and problems in Southeast Asia. Using readings, lectures and films it provides a comparative view of the varied rural societies of the region. Sections of the course deal with the physical setting of the village, house types, the village economy, daily and seasonal activities, religion, custom and tradition, and popular culture. Village economic, social and political organization are also covered, as well as tension and change associated with development, urban migration and the decline of the village. The course makes extensive use of case studies and guest lecturers. Course grading is based on a research paper: reading is moderate to heavy, and can be focused on the country and problems of interest to the individual student. The course meets for a three-hour period once a week to provide the most flexible format for films and discussion. (Gosling)

525(484)/Anthro. 504/Rel. 525. Buddhism and Society in South and Southeast Asia. Senior concentrator or graduate standing. (3). (SS).

See Anthropology 504. (Ortner)


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