Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

111(101)/History 151. The Civilizations of South and Southeast Asia. (4). (HU).

Asian Studies 111 is an interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the civilizations of South Asia (India and neighboring countries) and Southeast Asia (Indo-China, the Indonesian archipelago, the Philippines). About half the course will be devoted to each of these areas. The historical timespan extends from the beginnings of civilization in the region (about 2300 B.C.) to the coming of European imperialism. The emphasis in Asian Studies 111 is on the acquisition of a broad knowledge of these historic culture areas and their history, traditional social structures, arts, religions, and literatures. Faculty members from a wide variety of departments within the University give the lectures. Since this is an introductory course, students will be asked to read widely, but written assignments will be few. There will be a mid-term and a final examination. (Trautmann)

112(102)/History 152. Modern South and Southeast Asia. (4). (SS).

South and Southeast Asia both reveal fascinating and varied societies and cultural heritages. Infrequent news coverage, combined with scant mention in school curricula, leave most Americans ignorant about these regions. Then suddenly a disaster or conflict occurs; national attention focuses on a place like Vietnam or Afghanistan, until the crisis ends. This course will examine ongoing current issues in the regions such as ethnic and religious minorities, national political structures and stability, and poverty and the questionable success of development. These topics, with others such as changing family values and gender roles, will be approached based on understanding their indigenous context in our rapidly altering, interdependent world. The student should expect to gain an understanding of South and Southeast Asians, their problems, and their solutions, which may not necessarily reflect Western expectations. Students should expect a lecture/discussion format with assigned readings, an in-class midterm and a final. They will also read and review (in 3-5 pages) three books from a list of appropriate fiction and non-fiction about the area. (Gluski)

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

This course is a broad introductory survey of traditional Chinese and Japanese civilizations from perhaps 2000 B.C. until the advent of modern European imperialism at the beginning of the nineteenth century. The primary purpose of the course is to help nonspecialists begin to understand the patterns (but not necessarily the details) of how these two civilizations arose, changed, and interacted, with particular emphasis upon their important institutional and cultural traditions. The approach will be largely historical, but by drawing upon guest lecturers from the university's outstanding East Asian faculty, we shall also sample the glories of the traditional literature, secular philosophy, and religious thought of China and Japan. Course readings will include not only survey histories, therefore, but also selections from anthologies of both literary and philosophical writings. Grading will be based upon a midterm, a short (5-8 pp.) paper, and a final exam, with exams being of the essay type. No prior knowledge of East Asia is assumed. (Arnesen)

220/Buddhist Studies 220/Rel. 202. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

See Far Eastern Languages and Literatures: Buddhist Studies 220. (Schopen)

382. Junior/Senior Colloquium for Concentrators. Junior or senior standing and concentration in Asian Studies. (3). (Excl).

Required of Asian Studies majors, but open to anyone with permission of the instructor, this is primarily a studies course in which we read and discuss basic books for the study of modern Asia (broadly, since 1800), discuss major themes in the evolution of modern Asia up to the present, and write four five-to-ten page papers further exploring these themes. There is no examination. Enrollment is usually small enough to permit emphasis on discussion rather than lecture. Efforts are made also to sample Asian cuisines (four to five evenings) and arts, though most readings focus on socio-economic and political-historical themes. (Murphey)

428/Econ. 428/Phil. 428/Pol. Sci. 428/Soc. 426. China's Evolution Under Communism. Upperclass or graduate standing. (4). (SS).

See Political Science 428. (Oksenberg)

 


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