Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

111/History 151. South Asian Civilization. (4). (HU).

This is an introduction to the civilization of the Indian sub-continent, from its origins about 3000 B.C. to the present, where it comprises over a fifth of the world's people and its oldest living civilized tradition, its largest political democracy, and a major component of the Third World. The course progresses from origins and the Indus culture through the Aryans, Hinduism, caste, and classical India to the succession of empires from the Mauryas to the Mughals and the British, colonialism, and independence, and partition. We then consider current problems and changes topically: regionalism and language, agriculture and rural development, population, urbanization, industrialization, and "modernization," and the rise of separate nation-states (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka). Lectures and varied readings (via a Course Pack) are designed to stimulate class discussion, and there will be some use of slides and films. Art, literature, and religion will also be discussed. There will be a midterm, and a final exam, in addition to short writing assignments. There are no prerequisites and no previous knowledge is assumed. (Trautman)

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

Asian Studies 121 is an introduction to the civilization of China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, with concentration on the first two. The course is designed to provide an overview of changing traditions from ancient until modern times by focusing on broad trends which shaped the history of this vast and varied region. The course aims to provide a basis in comprehension from which to examine more specific problems in the history of East Asia at a later time. The approach is mostly historical but perspectives from other disciplines such as art history, anthropology, literature and religious studies are also incorporated. Readings of contemporary accounts and viewing of films and slides are important elements of this course, meant to promote intimate appreciation of these cultures. There is no prerequisite for enrollment. Requirements include midterm and final examinations. (Tonomura)

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

See Buddhist Studies 320.

395. Honors Seminar. Honors candidate in Asian Studies. (3). (Excl).

Honors students in Asian Studies should use this course number for their Honors thesis, but will normally work with whatever faculty member is closest to the subject of the thesis.

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 as a group discussion, which considers also the Asian context, but regular attendance is necessary, and careful attention on schedule to the readings. 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)

480/Buddhist Studies 480/Phil. 457/Rel. 480. Problems in Buddhism. Buddhist Studies 320 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

See Buddhist Studies 480.

511. Colloquium on Southern Asia: The Interface of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. (2). (Excl).

This course is crosslisted with History 667 (Ancient Empires of Southeast Asia) and is intended to be a survey of the scholarly literature pertaining to the development of states in Southeast Asia (in particular, Burma, Cambodia, Vietnam, and central Java). Students will be assigned readings on the early history of the Southeast Asia region and will be asked to select one area for specialized research and for the subject of a paper to be turned in at the end of the course. The course will cover the general historical period to the 13th century. (Fall: Than Tun)


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