Asian Languages and Cultures

Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 1 - Get on the Waitlist through CRISP, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures offers intensive language instruction in Chinese and Japanese at the first, second, and third year levels (Japanese 361, 362, 411; and Chinese 361, 362, 411, 421). These language courses are part of the Asian Summer Language Institute. They are officially listed as Summer Term courses, but PLEASE NOTE that they start several weeks before normal Summer Term courses (JUNE 10 to AUGUST 20). South and Southeast Asia courses 365, 369, 379, 370, and 374 will run from June 28 until August 20.

See Summer Term section of this Course Guide for course descriptions. All students must apply for admission to the program. Contact the department at 764-8286 for more information.

Courses in Buddhist Studies (Division 332)

325/Rel. 323. Buddhism in Zen Perspective. (3). (HU).

This course will introduce students to basic concepts of Buddhism. using the Zen tradition (Chan/Son) as a means to focus our investigation. We will first cover basic teachings and practices of Buddhism in India, then examine how these ideas were interpreted by the "meditation" school in China, Korea, and Japan. We will conclude by investigating how Zen has been presented in America; this last segment will provide students the opportunity to evaluate how we know about another culture. In this course, we will attempt to contextualize doctrine in its historical and cultural setting, and look at what types of practice accompanied meditation. Themes will include figureheads, lineages, monasticism, and language. The format will be lecture and discussion, and there will be frequent writing assignments. No prior knowledge of Buddhism will be assumed. (Heller)

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

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. (E. Cole)

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