Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

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

This is a broad interdisciplinary course introducing students to the context and development of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) and Southeast Asia (Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines) in the modern era over a quarter of the world, including its largest democracy (India) and the major global arena of 19th and 20th century colonialism. Topics include the evolving and highly varied cultures of both major areas, the impact of imperialism and colonialism, the rise of nationalism, the forces of regionalism, the persistence of tradition, emerging political structures, and problems of economic development. The approach is both historical and cross-disciplinary, with attention to specifics such as caste, the village, urbanization, dependency, and literature. We begin with the late traditional scene in the 18th century and move through the rise of colonialism to the emergence of independent states and their varying approaches to development. About half the course deals with each of South and Southeast Asia. Class discussion is encouraged. Reading is varied, including some fiction. There will be one midterm plus a final, but no other exams or papers; exams are mainly of the short essay type. This course continues Asian Studies 111 but may be taken independently and no prior knowledge is assumed. (Murphey and Lieberman)

122/History 122. Modern Transformation of East Asia. (4). (SS).

This is an introduction to the modern history, socio-cultural character, and economic development of China and Japan from about 1800 to the present, with brief attention to Korea as the other major component of East Asia over a quarter of the world, including its larger political and cultural unit (China) and some of its fastest growing technologically advanced, and largest industrial units. East Asia is also the scene of the world's major revolutionary experience (China) and of the most successful effort to rival or surpass originally Western leadership in industry and technology (Japan). In addition; it has been the scene of three of the four major foreign wars fought by the U.S. (WW II, Korea, Vietnam). On a larger scale, some understanding of the development of this very large sector of the world, whose global importance continues to grow, is essential for any educated person, together with some knowledge of its culture and its varying approaches to modern challenges and to universal human problems. The impact of Western imperialism after 1800 contributed to a radical transformation of traditional Asian societies; their separate responses have created modern Asia. The approach here is interdisciplinary, with emphasis on history broadly conceived; guest lecturers from the University's large community of Asia specialists provide further perspectives. There will be one midterm and one final, mainly of the short essay type. Readings will include survey treatments, samples of fiction, and personal accounts. This is to some degree a continuation of Asian Studies 121 but may be taken separately, but no previous knowledge of the area is assumed. (Murphey)

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

This course is intended for concentrators in Asian Studies, who may take it in their junior or senior years. It involves reading, discussion, and writing about selected topics on Asia. This year the focus will be on the origins and implications for Asia of the Sino-American wars of the 1930's and 1940's. (Young)

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. (Organski)

511. Colloquium on Southern Asia: The Interface of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. (2). (Excl).

This course will examine the contemporary economics of Southeast nations, and the factors which are involved in both their evolution and current accelerated change. Lecture and discussion topics will include the traditional and colonial economies, the peasant economy and rural development, commodity production and trade, urbanization and industrialization, labor supply and labor migration, women and economic development, export manufacturing, Southeast Asian trade, foreign investment in Southeast Asia, the role of Southeast Asia in global industrial restructuring, and comparative political economies in Southeast Asian nation states. Readings will be in a course pack form, and the student can elect a final examination or a research paper as the basis for a course grade. (Lim)


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