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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Asian Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)

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ASIAN 206(111) / HISTORY 206. Indian Civilization.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nita Kumar (nitak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See History 206.001.

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ASIAN 224. Traditions of Poetry in India.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 225 / RELIGION 225. Hinduism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Madhav Deshpande (mmdesh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Hinduism is a major world religion practiced by over a billion people, primarily in South Asia, but it also was the precursor of Buddhism, and along with Buddhism it had a major impact on the civilizations in East and Southeast Asia. This course will cover its origins and development, its literature, its belief and practices, its unique social structures and doctrines, its interactions with other religions, and finally its confrontation with and accommodation of "modernity." We will use reading materials, lectures, discussions, and audio and video resources.

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ASIAN 230 / PHIL 230 / RELIGION 230. Introduction to Buddhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is an introduction to the study of Buddhism as a religious tradition. The course is arranged both thematically and historically, but does not pretend to cover the full range of Buddhist beliefs and practices. Among the themes linked to historical questions are: the Buddha in legend and history, Buddhist monks, nuns, and monasteries, lay practices, contemporary Buddhism, and Buddhism in the history of Southeast Asia and Japan. Themes discussed cross-culturally and across historical periods include: meditation, rituals and festivals, philosophy, and Buddhist images and ritual objects. The latter themes will include topics in Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism as well. Readings consist of five short books and a course pack that includes selected chapters from a textbook and primary texts in translation.

The course combines lectures (3/wk) with discussion (once/wk). Student evaluation will be based on participation in discussion sections (attendance required), five unannounced quizzes, two short (3 page) papers, and a comprehensive final examination.

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ASIAN 245 / FILMVID 245. Anime.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mark Nornes (amnornes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 252. Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture.

Section 001 Haiku as Poetry & Philosophy.

Instructor(s): E Ramirez-Christensen (qmz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Japanese language is required. (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. Repetition requires permission of the department. Laboratory fee may be required.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The seminar will examine the world's briefest known poem, the haiku . How does this 17-syllable, 3-line poem signify? What assumptions about the nature of language and meaning lie behind its composition and interpretation? What social milieu produced it? What is its link to Zen practice and other Zen arts? Readings will be from the poetry and critical commentaries of the master Basho and his disciples, with later poets such as Buson and Issa, as well as haiga (haiku paintings), providing opportunities for comparative study. The Western understanding of haiku in the Imagist movement, Ezra Pound, the beat generation, and Barthe's Empire of Signs will also be examined. Secondary sources are available in English, but given the brevity of the poems, analysis of some Japanese texts and their various English renditions will often be possible. Requirements: 4 short papers, a 36-verse haikai linked sequence by the class, and individual English haiku compositions through the semester.

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ASIAN 252. Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture.

Section 002 Topic?

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Japanese language is required. (3). (HU). May be elected twice for credit. Repetition requires permission of the department. Laboratory fee may be required.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee may be required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 254. Undergraduate Seminar in Korean Culture.

Section 001 Culture and Politics of Pre-modern Korea.

Instructor(s): Eunsu Cho (eunsucho@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of Korean language is required. (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Repetition requires permission of the department.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 263 / PHIL 263. Introduction to Chinese Philosophy.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Eric Hutton

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Philosophy 263.001.

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ASIAN 300(400). Love and Death in Japanese Culture.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): E Ramirez-Christensen

Prerequisites & Distribution: A knowledge of Japanese is not required. (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Using the central existential questions of love, death, and beauty as thematic foci, this course examines the premodern history of the human being in Japan with the aim of exploring a different past and an other site for the study of the humanities than the one in which technology and profit maximization have now led to the virtual demise of the human as a viable measure of civil life. In the course of reading literature, both canonical and popular, which portray the thematics of love and death, we will analyze key concepts in Japanese cultural history that address issues of good and evil, truth, and "the beautiful." Attention will be paid to questions of interpretation that arise in reading the works of a culture different from the West in its philosophies and religions; in the non-logocentrism of its linguistic usages and artistic expressions; its emphasis on form and ritual as a crucial component of the moral human being. We will also note the existence of various separate cultures courtly, merchant, craftsman, samurai and priest, actor and geisha, each with its own hierarchy and code of ethics and aesthetics. Class materials will include, apart from the literary works, secondary sources from criticism, history, philosophy and religion, sociology, as well as visual media like painting and film.

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ASIAN 312. Traditional Korean Thought.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Eunsu Cho (eunsucho@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Knowledge of Korean language is not required. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 320. Sikh History I (16th-18th Centuries).

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Pashaura Singh (psingh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The aim of this course is to study Sikh religious beliefs, practices, and institutions. The emphasis will be on the teachings of the founder, Guru Nanak, and the major doctrinal developments under subsequent Gurus. Particular attention will be paid to the scripture, the Adi Granth, and other Sikh texts as means to understanding the evolution of the Sikh community. The course begins with the examination of the formation of early Sikh tradition in the socioreligious context of North India and ends with the analysis of the historical and social processes through which the Khalsa Panth was consolidated. An essay of 3,000 words will carry 30% of the course marks. There will be two tests: a midterm worth 20% and a final worth 30%. The remaining 20% of marks will be allotted to the presentation and participation in tutorial discussions.

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ASIAN 361. The Pursuit of Happiness in the Chinese Tradition.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Shuen-Fu Lin (lsf@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The thematic focus of this course is what the philosopher-psychologist William James observed a century ago:

"How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure."
Although the idea of the "pursuit of happiness" has a privileged place in American thinking, reflections on the happiness question can readily be found in many other cultures through the ages as well. In this course, we will study texts from Chinese civilization as their creative and thinking authors pondered this age-old question and the meaning of life. We will discuss such issues as the generally life-affirming world views of the Chinese; the debates on how to construct a perfect society; what constitutes a good life; the fulfillments of spiritual cultivation, love and marriage, having a family and friends, work and play, and public service and/or private artistic and scholarly pursuit; and attitudes towards fate, suffering, evil, war, and death. Texts selected will be works of literature in the broad sense of the word, including philosophical, historical, and religious texts as well asbelles-lettres. The course covers mainly the period from early times to the 12th century, but several works from later eras will also be included. Sample readings are: texts in Confucianism, Taoism, Legalism, and Buddhism; the historical account of the First Emperor of Qin who created the Chinese empire in 221 BCE; the works of China's greatest recluse-poet Tao Qian (365 - 427); the song lyrics of the woman poet Li Qingzhao (1084 - ca. 1151); The Plum in the Golden Vase, an anonymous 16th-century novel that passionately depicts the dying of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) through the main characters' relentless indulgence in the four vices of "wine, lust, greed, and anger"; and Six Chapters of a Floating Life by Shen Fu (1763 - after 1809), a true story about an ordinary artistic couple who were ostensibly failures in life, but happy in their failures.

The format of the course consists of three lectures and one recitation session per week. A few brief reaction papers, three short papers (four or five pages each), and a final examination are required.

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ASIAN 380. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 001 Partition: Stories of Violence and Identity in Twentieth-century South Asia.

Instructor(s): Christi Merrill (merrillc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In 1947, India achieved independence from British colonial rule, but freedom brought a devastating partition into two separate nations: India and Pakistan. 15 million fled across the newly-formed borders, and a million were killed. The violence and dislocation have shaped post-colonial identities in both nations, and continue to inform border disputes and communal conflicts a half-century later. This course brings together a literary scholar and a historian to discuss what it means for the survivors of partition and the succeeding generations to remember details of these traumatic experiences in fiction, film, and personal testimony, and how these memories continue to form ideas about history, nation, community, family, self. Students will be expected to write an informal one-page reading response for each class, to participate actively in discussion, and to take a midterm and a final open book examination.

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ASIAN 381. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Miranda D Brown (mdbrown@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing and concentration in Asian Studies. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We will examine the ways in which Asia has been and continues to be represented as an academic subject. We will read works by leading scholars on Asia (South, Southeast, and East Asia) such as Benedict Anderson, Partha Chatterjee, Nancy Florida, Dorothy Ko, Lydia Liu, and Edward Said about the culture, literature, and history of the region. Some questions that we will address include: How have scholars represented the pre-modern history and traditions (such as foot binding and caste) of former colonial states? What narratives of modernization and nationalism revolution have they spun, and how do those narratives reflect legacies of colonial domination?

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ASIAN 395. Honors Thesis.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Honors candidate in Asian Studies and permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term of ASIAN 395, the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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.

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ASIAN 428 / POLSCI 339 / SOC 426. China's Evolution Under Communism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kenneth G Lieberthal

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Political Science 339.001.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 001 Psychological Perspectives on Chinese Language and Thought. Meets with Psych 457.001.

Instructor(s): Twila Z Tardif (twila@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Psychology 457.001.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 002.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 003.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 457. Modernism and Modernity in East Asian Fiction.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 466 / PHIL 456. Interpreting the Zhuangzi.

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: ASIAN 263 or another introductory philosophy course is recommended. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 499. Independent Study-Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Directed readings or research in consultation with a member of the Asian Studies faculty.

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