Asian Languages and Cultures

Fall Term, 1998 (September 8-December 21, 1998)

Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 - Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on September 2.

Courses in South and Southeast Asia (S&SEA) (Division 483)

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Culture Courses

225/Rel. 225. Hinduism. (3). (HU).
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 class 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. WL:2 (Deshpande)
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250/Asian Studies 253. Undergraduate Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Culture. No knowledge of any Asian language required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.
Section 001 Traditions of Poetry in India. Throughout readings and discussions this course introduces the student to six traditions of poetry in India: (1) Vedic-Upanishadic mystic poetry; (2) Tamil Sangam love poetry; (3) classical Sanskrit and Prakrit court poetry; (4) medieval devotional poetry; (5) Urdu metaphysical poetry; and (6) modern secular poetry. We will read translation of selections from each of these six traditions, appraise them as sources of aesthetic enjoyment from our own points of view and where possible evaluate them in the context of their own place and time, the student will come to know something of Indian esthetic theories and the continually renegotiated role of the poet in forming and transforming the ways in which people interpret their own life experience. Each student will introduce one of the poets whose work we will read. The course will require several short papers, at least two of which will be close readings and explanations of individual poems, and at least one other will compare notions of what makes poetry in India and the West. Translation and/or transcreation is an option for some of these assignments. WL:2 (Hook)
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303/Rel. 303. Sikhism. (3). (HU).
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 socio-religious context of North India and ends with the analysis of the historical and social processes through which the Khalsa Panth was consolidated. Course Requirements: 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. WL:2 (Singh)
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461. Southeast Asian Literature. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Text, Performance, and Politics in Island Southeast Asia.
Island Southeast Asia comprises a mosaic of cultures that have developed through centuries of multicultural interaction. In the unique literary and artistic productions of modern Indonesia and the Philippines are traces of the Indian classics, Islamic mystical texts, and Christian passion plays. Literary art in the islands is often self-consciously political; that is, it is concerned with social criticism and transformation. Many of these Southeast Asian literary texts are brought to life as performance art. In this seminar we will consider how art and life mutually inform one another in Southeast Asian social and political contexts. We will do this by exploring a variety of Southeast Asian literary and artistic productions (literature, theater, film). Our perspective will be historical and interdisciplinary. We will reflect upon the spectacular wayang shadow plays of Java, exploring the form both as theater art and as historical-cultural formation. We will venture into the prophetic and poetic world of an exiled 19th-century Javanese king. And we will explore the modern literary works of a 20th-century Indonesian exile (the award-winning novelist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer). We will consider the revolutionary anti-colonial literary works of Jose Rizal, father of the of the Philippine nation and we will explore several contemporary Southeast Asian films, especially noting the cultural and sexual politics that inform them. Course requirements include active engagement in class discussion, several short papers critically studying individual texts or problems, and a final project. (Florida)
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S&SEA Language Courses

101. Beginning Thai. (5). (LR).
Standard Thai, the language of Thailand, is typical of several Asian languages in its grammar and tonal pronunciation. The class teaches the four skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing of Thai. Focus of the course is the use of language in everyday situations. Upon successful completion of the two-term sequence, students will be able to conduct conversation dealing with several survival concerns, e.g., introduction, ordering food, transportation, banking, post-office trip, shopping, etc. From the first day of class, students will learn Thai scripts and will be able to read course materials and short passages in Thai at the end of the term. Writing assignments are also assigned. Thai cultures, history, geography, etc., will be offered both in the content of the language lessons and supplementary presentations. Placement test required before registration. This is an introductory course, for students who have never had any exposure to the Thai language. Students who can speak, understand, or read Thai already cannot take this course. WL:2 (Krishnamra)
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103. Beginning Indonesian. (5). (LR).
This course is an introduction to the speaking, reading, and writing of modern Indonesian. Students with previous experience with Indonesian or Malay should contact the department for placement into course. Indonesian is the national language of Indonesia, a country noted for its rich and deep cultural heritage as well as for its remarkable cultural diversity. With its 200 million speakers, Indonesian is the sixth most prevalently spoken of the world's languages. The relatively simple syntactic and grammatical structures that characterize Indonesian make it an accessible language for native speakers of English. The elementary course comprises a two-term sequence designed to provide the student with a basic working knowledge of the Indonesian language. The course aims at the acquisition of the four basic language skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing in modern Indonesian. The class emphasizes aural-oral exercises and practice and the learning of culture throughout the course. The text used is keyed to a set of tapes for use in the language lab and concentrates on practical knowledge of the language. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam. WL:2 (Sudarsih)
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105. Elementary Hindi-Urdu. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 315 or 365. (4). (LR).
South and Southeast Asia 105-106 is the first year in the sequence of Hindi-Urdu courses offered by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Hindi and Urdu are the respective national languages of India and Pakistan. WL:2

Sections 001-004 Elementary Hindi. This course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations. There are no prerequisites (no previous knowledge of Hindi is required). Only the Devanagari writing system is introduced. (Siddiqi)

Section 005 Elementary Urdu. This course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations. There are no prerequisites (no previous knowledge of Urdu is required). Only the Nastaliq writing system is introduced. (Bashir)
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107. Beginning Tagalog. (4). (LR).
Tagalog/Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. Beginning Tagalog is a two-term sequence designed to give the student who has little or no knowledge of Tagalog the necessary basis for learning to speak it and to have an acquaintance with the cultural context in which it functions. Tagalog is particularly interesting in the way it has integrated the broad influences of both Spanish and English into its own syntactic and semantic systems. The oral approach is greatly emphasized in the classroom, using questions and answers and short dialogues to develop active use of the language in the most natural way possible. This is complemented by the use of taped lessons. There are frequent short quizzes, short dialogues, and a final examination. At the end of the first year, the student should be able to handle brief exchanges in common social situations and to read and write simple dialogues and essays in Tagalog. Text is Conversational Tagalog: A Functional-Situational Approach by Teresita Ramos. Supplementary readings and audiovisual presentations will be provided when appropriate. WL:2 (Agas Weller)
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109. Beginning Sanskrit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 369. (3). (LR).
This course will work toward developing a proficiency with the basic tools necessary to read and write Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Lessons will include study of the script (Devanagari), elementary grammar and vocabulary. The grade will be based on completion of regular homework assignments, weekly quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam. WL:2 (Deshpande)
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113. Elementary Tamil. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 373. (4). (LR).
This course begins an introduction to the language, land, history, culture, and traditions of Tamil Nadu, one of the states in India. Tamil, the major Dravidian language spoken in Tamil Nadu and by the largest minority in Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia, is one of the oldest languages of the world with a rich literary tradition beginning in 3 B.C. All major language skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing are covered. The aim of this course is achieving proficiency in speaking comprehension; to enable the student to function effectively in everyday situations. Class meets in a computer lab once or twice a week to practice listening and reading using a multimedia HyperCard software implemented for Tamil. A standard textbook is used, supplemented by reference texts and additional materials selected or specially prepared by the instructor. Recitation sections emphasize speaking and listening in native contexts at normal speed with near-native pronunciation, intonation, rhythm, and appropriate body language. Students learn to handle the script in which Tamil is written. Reading materials introduce the students to the culture and the religion of Tamil-speaking people. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam. WL:2 (Radhakrishnan)
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115. Beginning Vietnamese. (5). (LR).
Vietnamese 115-116 is the introductory course in reading, listening, speaking, and writing the only language of more than 74 million speakers, from the South to the utmost northern part of Vietnam. This country now adopts the free market economy and needs foreign capital and know-how. With the normalization of U.S.-Vietnamese relations, a knowledge of the Vietnamese language and culture will be a crucial asset in enabling one to participate in many opportunities. This first half of the two-term sequence course is designed to accommodate students with no knowledge of the Vietnamese language, as well as those with some knowledge who want to develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and to improve their knowledge of Vietnamese history and culture. The format will be as follows: four class hours a week will be focused on the aural-oral approach in reading, dialoguing, translating, and responding to the content of the texts using a question-and-answer format. One class hour a week will be devoted to quizzes and tests. In addition, there will be written assignments and works in the language lab. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to communicate in Vietnamese, and classes will be largely conducted in Vietnamese to develop the students' ability to acquire sufficient automaticity and fluency in spoken Vietnamese. Students will be graded on classroom performance, class attendance, homework assignments, and a final examination. WL:2 (Nguyen)
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125. Hindi-Urdu for Heritage Learners. Permission of instructor. Some knowledge of spoken Hindi or Urdu as determined by interview with the instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 105. (2). (LR).
This course offers instruction in the Devangari writing system and the elements of Hindi grammar for students who have some ability to speak and understand Hindi but who are unable to read or write it. Meeting two hours per week it will cover the same material as S&SEA 105 (the first term of Elementary Hindi-Urdu, meeting fours hours per week) but will do so without spending the same amount of time on training in pronunciation, comprehension, and other speaking and listening skills. After completing S&SEA 125, students will be able to continue their study of Hindi-Urdu by enrolling in S&SEA 106, the second term of Elementary Hindi-Urdu, offered in the Winter Term. Enrollment in this class is via permission of instructor. Please contact the Department if you feel this may be an appropriate class for you. WL:2
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201. Intermediate Thai. S&SEA 102. (4). (LR).
This course continues and extends the four skills students developed in Thai 101-102. Reading and discussion as well as written assignments from authentic materials will be covered. Also, discussions on topics interesting to students will be covered in order to increase speaking fluency. Class is conducted largely in Thai. Students are required to actively participate in class. WL:2 (Krishnamra)
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203. Intermediate Indonesian. S&SEA 104. (4). (LR).
This course is the first half of a two-term sequence aimed at increasing the student's proficiency in the four basic language skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing in modern Indonesian. Although increasing emphasis is given to the development of reading and writing skills, listening and speaking constitute an integral part of the course which is conducted entirely in Indonesian. Vocabulary building and instruction in matters of cross-cultural sensitivity are of great importance. The primary text used is keyed to a set of tapes for use in the language lab and concentrates on practical knowledge of the language. Supplementary materials introduce the student to reading modern Indonesian literature. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam. WL:2 (Sudarsih)
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205. Intermediate Hindi-Urdu. S&SEA 106. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 316 or 366. (4). (LR).
This course is intended to increase students' skills and proficiency in speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing the Devanagari (Hindi) script. Students are also introduced to the Nastaliq (Urdu) writing system. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations. Students with a background in Hindi-Urdu may also enter the sequence at this point. See the instructor for placement examination. WL:2
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207. Intermediate Tagalog. S&SEA 108. (3). (LR).
This course is designed for the student who has some knowledge of Tagalog and who wishes to develop some fluency in spoken Tagalog and to be acquainted with Tagalog literature. It is a two-term sequence that is essentially a continuation of what has been learned in the first year but there will be more emphasis on reading and writing. Students who have not taken Beginning Tagalog (S&SEA 107/108) may take this course if they pass an evaluation test to be given by the instructor. The format will be as follows: two class hours a week will be devoted to reading and writing, one class hour a week will be devoted to guided conversation. Readings will be assigned, and these will provide the framework for the discussion of Tagalog grammar and conversations in Tagalog on the content of the texts. There will be written assignments, frequent quizzes, and a final examination. By the end of the second year, students should have acquired sufficient competence to handle longer conversations, write letters and brief essays, read certain plays, and (with the aid of a dictionary) newspapers and magazines. Course text is Intermediate Tagalog, Developing Cultural Awareness Through Language by Terisita Ramos and Rosalina Morales Goulet. Supplementary readings and visual aids will be provided when appropriate. WL:2 (Agas Weller)
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211. Intermediate Punjabi. S&SEA 112 or 371. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 372. (3). (LR).
This course is intended for students with an elementary knowledge of the Punjabi language. The emphasis will be on advanced grammatical constructions, composition, vocabulary development, and conversational skills. The grammatical parts of speech and inflection will be explained in detail. A particular attention will be paid toward developing a basic practical proficiency in the language. Also, the Sacred Language of the Sikhs will be introduced. Readings will include items from Sikh poetry and plays. Students will be introduced to the rich cultural heritage of the Punjab. A video film will be shown to examine the spoken language of the Punjab. Throughout the course the students will be encouraged to communicate in Punjabi language. Course Requirements: There will be two tests: a midterm worth 20% and a final worth 30%. In addition there will be homework assignments worth 30%. The remaining 20% of marks will be allotted to oral communication, dictation, and instructor's own evaluation. WL:2 (Singh)
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213(435). Intermediate Tamil. S&SEA 114 or 373. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 374. (3). (LR).
This course is a continuation of Tamil 114. Students with prior knowledge of Tamil may also join this course. See the instructor for placement. This course is designed to develop further skills in speaking and writing as well as increase their proficiency in reading and comprehension. A standard textbook is used, supplemented by HyperCard Tamil software consisting of a sequence of graded dialogues chosen from daily conversations and Tamil movies. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam. WL:2 (Radhakrishnan)
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215. Intermediate Vietnamese. S&SEA 116. (4). (LR).
This course is a continuation of Beginning Vietnamese 115-116. It is designed for the students who have some knowledge of spoken and written Vietnamese and who wish to develop the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) learned in the two-term Beginning Vietnamese course. The format will be as follows: four class hours a week will be focused on the aural-oral approach in reading, dialoguing, translating, and answering questions on the content of the texts. In addition, there will be homework assignments and quizzes or tests. Throughout the course, the students will be encouraged to communicate in Vietnamese, and classes will be largely conducted in Vietnamese. Course grades will be based on classroom performance, class attendance, weekly assignments, and a final examination. WL:2 (Nguyen)
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401. Advanced Thai. S&SEA 202. (3). (Excl).
In this course students will complete the move from material written specifically for foreign language learners to "real" Thai, including such genres as newspaper articles, essays, and fiction. Class discussion of the reading selections and other topics will be in Thai, giving students the chance to acquire more sophisticated oral skills such as those of advancing and supporting opinions and interpretations. Written assignments will advance students' facility at writing Thai. WL:2 (Krishnamra)
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403. Advanced Indonesian. S&SEA 204. (3). (Excl).
The course aims at further development of the students' proficiency in the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in modern Indonesian. The course work is designed to improve the students' command of basic grammatical structures as well as to build advanced vocabulary. Socio-cultural orientation will increase the students' familiarity with the important socio-linguistic aspects of Indonesian language use and production. The texts used for the course stress active manipulation of a practical vocabulary for both formal and informal language situations. The materials selected are meant to further the students' knowledge of modern Indonesian literary and political cultures. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam or project. WL:2 (Florida/Sudarsih)
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409(509). Advanced Readings in Sanskrit. S&SEA 210. (3). (Excl).
This course will include the reading of dramas, classical epics, and philosophical literature in Sanskrit. The exact content will vary depending on the interest of the students. Students interested in taking this course should contact Prof. Deshpande directly. WL:2 (Deshpande)
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413(535). Advanced Tamil. S&SEA 214 or 374. (3). (Excl).
This course is designed to develop students' skills in speaking and writing contemporary Tamil, as well as providing an exposure to Tamil poetry from Sangam to the modern period. The skill of understanding and using idiomatic expressions and proverbs in Tamil is developed using selected texts from Tamil short stories, novels, radio plays, and movie dialogues. Attempts are made to let the students acquire near native competence. Throughout the course, the students will be encouraged to listen to audio tapes, use the multimedia HyperCard Tamil software and speak Tamil in the class as frequently as possible. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, writing short letters and essays on a given topic, oral interviews, and an exam. Students who have not taken the sequence of Tamil courses offered by this department may be able to join this course, provided they have prior knowledge of the language by some other means. See the instructor for placement. WL:2 (Radhakrishnan)
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415. Advanced Vietnamese. S&SEA 216 or 302. (3). (Excl).
This course emphasizes composition writing and discussion on selected reading materials. This selection of materials, ranging from literary books to newspapers, folk stories and other cultural materials, will provide the students opportunities to get acquainted with various socio-cultural aspects of Vietnam. The class meets three hours a week. Evaluation is based on the written assignments, classroom attendance, and performance. WL:2 (Nguyen)
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463. Advanced Readings of Modern Indonesian Texts I. S&SEA 404. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
The course is a two-term sequence designed to introduce the student to critical readings of modern Indonesian texts. A reading and speaking knowledge of modern Indonesian is prerequisite. With an emphasis on text analysis, the student is required to produce critical commentaries on (and sometimes translations of) selected passages from a variety of assigned texts. The course is run as a seminar with discussion conducted in Indonesian. Evaluation is based on the written assignments and classroom performance. WL:2 (Florida/Sudarsih)
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