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Winter Academic Term 2004 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Asian Studies


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Winter Academic Term 2004 (January 6 - April 30)


ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 001 — Mughal India. Meets with HISTORY 456.001.

Instructor(s): Farina Mir

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/history/456/001.nsf

See HISTORY 456.001.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 002 — Law & Society in Classical India.

Instructor(s): Donald R Davis Jr (drdj@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/asian/455/002.nsf

This seminar course examines the legal tradition known as Hindu law and its place in the social, political, and religious history of India and South Asia. The course aims to introduce students to the complex, but fascinating legal thought of pre-colonial India and to reinterpret the methodologies and theoretical presuppositions of comparative legal studies. Broad questions concerning the relationship of religion and law, the nature of textual authority, jurisprudential commentary, and the role of customary law will be investigated against the background of India's history.

Classic works on Hindu law will be reinterpreted in the light of recent scholarship. Additionally, a representative selection of Sanskrit legal texts, called dharmasastras, including the well-known Laws of Manu will be read in English translation.

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ASIAN 455. Topics in Asian Studies.

Section 003 — Chinese History to the Mongols. Taught in English.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended to introduce students to major issues in pre-modern Chinese History. The course covers the political, cultural, social, and material history from the Neolithic to the Mongol conquest (in the 13th century). Some of the major questions we will treat include: Is "China" the oldest continuous civilization? Was it culturally and ethnically homogenous? Was Chinese traditional culture and society "patriarchal"? To what extent was the state successful in penetrating into the daily lives of individuals? Course assignments will include not only reading primary and secondary literature (entirely in English); but they will also require students to analyze visual sources. There will be no exams, but the final grade will be based on 2 essays (8 pages each), weekly reading logs, class participation, and multiple oral presentations. All welcome. No assumed knowledge of Chinese history, culture, or language required.

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ASIAN 487. Buddhism in India: Its Doctrines and History.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Luis Oscar Gómez (lgomez@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ASIAN 230. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course is intended as an introduction to the history, doctrines, and institutions of Buddhism in India, from it's origins in the fifth century BC to its revival in the second half of the twentieth century. It is designed as a course for beginning M.A. students and upper-level undergraduates. Previous undergraduate course work in Asian Studies and Religion is assumed.

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ASIAN 489. Korean Buddhism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Eun-Su Cho (eunsucho@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ASIAN 220 or 230. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/asian/489/001.nsf

This course surveys the development of Buddhism in Korea from the third century to the present. It will begin with the introduction the doctrines and practices of Chinese Buddhism which hold an important place in the Korean tradition, while examining the transmission and assimilation of Buddhism into Korea. It includes the progression of the development of Korean Buddhism — the rise of sects, indigenous ideas, and the continuity/ discontinuity from the earlier development in China. Focusing on the major thinkers such as Wonhyo, Chinul and others, we will evaluate their contributions to the development of Buddhist doctrines in the East Asia. We will examine the rise of syncretic interpretation of Buddhist ideas in the Choson dynasty as a means of survival during the harsh climate Confucian ideology. We will also consider the Buddhist response to the Japanese advances during the occupation (1905-1945), and will examine the revival of Buddhism in the country as part of rise in nationalistic fervor.

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ASIAN 492. Topics in S&SEA Studies.

Section 001 — Islamic Movement in Comparative Perspective. [3 credits]. Meets with REES 405.001, AAPTIS 491.002, and MENAS 491.001.

Instructor(s): Alexander D Knysh (alknysh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (1-3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See MENAS 491.001.

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ASIAN 492. Topics in S&SEA Studies.

Section 002 — Vietnam. [3 credits].

Instructor(s): John K Whitmore

Prerequisites: (1-3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar will examine the country of Vietnam. its people, its past and present, and various elements of its society and culture. Invited speakers will address topics of their own specific interests. Community members are invited to join the discussion.

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ASIAN 492. Topics in S&SEA Studies.

Section 003 — Music of the Philippines. [3 credits]. Meets with MUSICOL 406/506.

Instructor(s): Bernadette Prudente

Prerequisites: (1-3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: https://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2004/winter/musicol/406/001.nsf

The course will cover musical traditions that are characteristic of the different regions of the country. Lectures will focus on the following topics: epic tradition, choral singing, flat gong and bamboo ensembles of the Cordillera; the kulintang, hanging gong ensembles and related music of Mindanao and Sulu; and lowland folk music practices in Luzon and central Philippines. Video and audio recordings collected from field research of the instructor shall complement the discussions. Course requirement: Mid-term exam, Final exam and a term paper OR participation in a public performance. [Note: A student can choose to participate in a public performance of Philippine Music together with the Kulintang class in lieu of a term paper.]

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ASIAN 492. Topics in S&SEA Studies.

Section 004 — Kulingtang Ensemble. [1 credit]. Meets with ENS 408. (Drop/Add deadline=January 26).

Instructor(s): Bernadette Prudente

Prerequisites: (1-3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Instruction on the Kulintang and its supporting instruments (drum & various hanging gongs). The pieces to be learned will come from the repertoire of the Maguindanaon, T'boli, Manobo, Molbog and Jama Mapun. Course requirement: Participation in a public performance of Philippine Music as final exam.

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ASIAN 492. Topics in S&SEA Studies.

Section 005 — Performing the Ramayan in South and Southeast Asia. [3 credits]. Meets with RCHUMS 333.003

Instructor(s): Susan Pratt Walton (swalton@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (1-3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See RCHUMS 333.003.

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ASIAN 499. Independent Study-Directed Readings.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required. (1-4). (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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ASIAN 500(650). Seminar in Asian Studies.

Section 001 — Chinese Philosophy: the Han Fei Zi.

Instructor(s): Christoph Harbsmeier

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The book Han Fei Zi is of obvious importance for Chinese intellectual and political history: it was the ideology promoted in this book that directly inspired the establishment of a Chinese unified state. Moreover, ever since the first century BC, Han Fei has been regarded as one of the great prose writers of ancient China. He writes, in any case, with an independence of mind and a narrative verve that is rare in ancient Chinese literature. The present seminar will concentrate on selected chapters of the Han Fei Zi from the point of view of philosophical, linguistic, historical, rhetorical analysis, and textual criticism. The relative emphasis on these various approaches will depend on the special interests of the participants in the seminar.

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ASIAN 500(650). Seminar in Asian Studies.

Section 002 — Interdisciplinary Seminar in Chinese Studies.

Instructor(s): Lydia Liu (lydialiu@umich.edu), Qiang Ning

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This seminar is the first part of a two-part series designed to introduce students at the MA and PhD levels to the study of China. Our main tasks will be to ask how knowledge is produced in the field and to understand how different disciplines shape the field in different ways. The course will examine the present state of research in selected areas of scholarly inquiry — language, literature, history, religion, material culture, and art history — as we interrogate such seemingly commonsense notions as "civilization," "culture, "tradition," "modernity," and, above all, "Chineseness." We will investigate new ways of asking questions about text and context, narrative, gender, subjectivity, identity, and paradigms of knowledge. Our goals are to develop good reading skills, stimulate critical thinking, and inspire imaginative approaches to humanistic problems. Students are encouraged to explore interdisciplinary directions and develop their own research interests or projects.

Requirements. Students are expected to attend weekly class meetings and to participate actively in discussion. The success of our efforts in class depends on your thorough preparation and serious intellectual engagement with the issues raised in the reading. Each student can expect to lead the discussion at least one time during the academic term; this entails preparing discussion questions in advance and disseminating them to the group. Writing requirements for the course include reviews of assigned books or articles on the syllabus. The final grade for the course will be based on class participation and written assignments.

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ASIAN 538(CHIN 588). Sinological Tools and Methods.

Culture Courses/Literature Courses in Chinese

Section 001.

Instructor(s): William H Baxter III (wbaxter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: ASIANLAN 410. (3). May be elected up to three times for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course covers skills and materials necessary for scholarship in premodern Chinese literature, history, art history, and thought. It is intended to serve as a bridge from general elementary classical language study to proseminars and seminars in specialized fields. The first section of the course provides an introduction to and practice with a range of lexical and technical aids, including Western language, Chinese, and Japanese dictionaries, encyclopedia, concordances, indices, atlases, and conversion charts. Practice in locating and understanding classical texts is a key part of the course, and, when possible, students' current research interests are indulged. Emphasis is always on the systematic, accurate, and efficient culling of information from the research library. Briefer sections are devoted to the utilization of modern scholarship on China in books and periodicals and access to such scholarship through bibliographies, comprehensive studies, and library catalogs. Some attention is devoted to the acquisition of materials, the interpretation and presentation of publication data, and other style sheet issues. There are weekly projects to exercise developing skills, assigned with the goal of improving reading levels in tandem with other research skills. Three or four brief (2-3 page) research papers are required, one on a topic, one on the history of a text, one on a historical figure, and one critical review of a piece of modern scholarship.

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ASIAN 699. Directed Readings

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor required. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a maximum of 15 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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ASIAN 798. MA Essay SSEA Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Center MA Students. Graduate standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Master's Essay is a substantial research paper reflecting interdisciplinary training and the ability to use Western language literature and SSEA language sources. The thesis is usually undertaken in the last term of the degree program, under the supervision of two Center faculty. Students in the joint degree programs should refer to the appropriate sections in the handbook for additional requirements specific to their program.

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ASIAN 799. Master's Essay in Japanese Studies.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Master's student in Asian Studies. Graduate Standing. Permission of instructor required. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Students electing the thesis track must complete the Master's Essay. The Master's Essay is a substantial research paper reflecting interdisciplinary training and the ability to use Western language literature and Japanese language sources. The thesis is usually undertaken in the last term of the degree program, under the supervision of two Center faculty. Students in the joint degree programs should refer to the appropriate sections in the CJS handbook for additional requirements specific to their program.

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ASIAN 990. Dissertation Research — Precandidate.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and permission of instructor required. Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected up to four times for credit. This course replaces JAPANESES 990, CHIN 990, and BUDDHST 990. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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ASIAN 995. Dissertation Research — Candidate

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate (Prerequisites enforced at registration). Permission of instructor required. (8). May be elected up to four times for credit. This course replaces JAPANESES 995, CHIN 995, and BUDDHST 995. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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