Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

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

This course offers an introduction to the culture and history of Southeast Asia, one of the world's most variegated cultural zones and an area of repeated and intense international conflict. Geographic coverage will include Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand on the mainland, and Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines in the islands. Students will examine the glory and decline of ancient Southeast Asian civilization; the colonial transformation of the region; the rise of nationalism; the recurrent post-1945 tensions. In particular the Vietnam War will receive detailed attention. Other topics will include: the role of religion, including Buddhism and Islam, in contemporary Southeast Asia; Chinese immigration; and recent economic trends. The course assumes no prior knowledge of Southeast Asia. (Lieberman)

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

If you have thought you would like to learn something about the Far East but haven't ever seriously acted on that interest, this course is a good place to start. It will introduce you to the modern societies of the area. Primary attention will be given to China and Japan. We shall also treat Korea and Vietnam. The course takes the past century and a half of each society and looks at it from various points of view. Themes include Western imperialism in East Asia, Japan's Meiji Restoration and subsequent development, changing cultural forms (music, literature, and the like), America's wars in Asia, Hiroshima and the atomic bomb, peasant rebellion, women's movements, and communism and Maoism. The class meets three times a week for lectures. There will be a number of guest lectures by faculty specializing in East Asia. We will see some films. Discussion sections may be scheduled. There will be a midterm, a final, and a short paper. (Young)

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

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Jackson)

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

This course is an effort to draw together and add to your general grasp of modern Asia, as concentrators in Asian Studies who have already completed a good deal of study of the field. Our focus will be on modern times, and the course is sub-titled Tradition, Development, Nationalism, and War in 20th Century Asia. Each of these themes will be pursued in each of Asia's major regions: South Asia (India), Southeast Asia, China, and Japan/Korea, and the effort made through these themes to see Asia as a whole, and comparatively. We will meet twice a week to discuss ("colloquium") the assigned readings, and (later in the term) for successive student presentations. There are four required essays of 5-10 pages each, based on the readings, but no exams. (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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