Courses in Asian Studies (Division 323)

112/History 152. Southeast Asian Civilization. (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 civilizations; the colonial transformation of the region; the rise of nationalism; and recurrent post-1945 tensions. 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. (Hutterer)

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 USA (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, and no previous knowledge of the area is assumed. (Murphey)

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

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Foulk)

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 standing or permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

See Political Science 428. (Lieberthal)

475/Chinese 475/Hist. of Art 487/RC Hums. 475/Philosophy 475. The Arts and Letters of China. (4). (HU).

See Chinese 475. (Y. Feuerwerker)


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