Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

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

See History 151. (Murphey)

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

See History 121. (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).

ECONOMIES OF SOUTHEAST ASIA. This course will examine the evolution of the economies of Southeast Asian countries from pre-colonial days to the present. Each of the ten countries of Southeast Asia will be examined in turn. Topics to be covered will include: patterns of economic growth, structural change and income distribution; foreign trade, aid, debt, and investment; regional economic cooperation; domestic macroeconomic management and development planning; industrialization; the export of primary commodities, manufactures and services; the economic roles of the state, foreign and local capital, ethnic minorities and women; the special problems of socialist economic development; and the influence of social, cultural, and political factors on economic development. This is a lecture course with some room for class discussion. It is open to graduate students and upper-level undergraduates with adequate background, by permission of the instructor. An elementary knowledge of economics is presumed; a background is Southeast Asia is desirable but not necessary. Readings will be provided in a course pack. The course will meet once a week, Thursday 2-5 PM. There may be occasional guest lectures. Grading will be based on a midterm and a final exam. (Lim)


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