Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in South & Southeast Asia (Division 483)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

Take me to the Winter Term '99 Time Schedule for South & Southeast Asia.


Note: The Department Waitlist policy for all courses is 2 Go to the department office to get on a waitlist, and then attend the first class meeting. Policies and procedures for handling the waitlist will be explained there.

Students wanting to begin language study, at a level other than first year, must take a placement exam to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 1-3 p.m.

Chinese (3 rooms)3508 Frieze Building
3512 Frieze Building
3528 Frieze Building
Japanese3520 Frieze Building
KoreanLecture Room 1 MLB


S&SEA 102. Beginning Thai.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Montatip Krishnamra (Montatip@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 101. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Standard Thai, the language of Thailand, is typical of several Asian languages in its grammar and tonal pronunciation. The focus of the course is the use of language in everyday situations. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to conduct conversations dealing with several survival concerns, e.g., introduction, ordering food, transportation, banking, post-office trip, shopping, etc. From the first day of class, students will learn Thai scripts and will be able to read course materials and short passages in Thai at the end of the term. Writing assignments are also assigned. Thai cultures, history, geography, etc., will be offered both in the content of the language lessons and supplementary presentations.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 104. Beginning Indonesian.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Margaretha Sudarsih (Sudarsih@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 103. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Indonesian is the national language of Indonesia, a country noted for its rich and deep cultural heritage as well as for its remarkable cultural diversity. With its 180 million speakers, Indonesian is the sixth most prevalently spoken of the world languages. The relatively simple syntactic and grammatical structures which characterize Indonesian make it an accessible language for native speakers of English. The elementary course comprises a two-term sequence designed to provide the student with a basic working knowledge of the Indonesian language. The course aims at the acquisition of the four basic language skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing in modern Indonesian. The class emphasizes aural-oral exercises and practice and the learning of culture throughout the course. The text used is keyed to a set of tapes for use in the language lab and concentrates on practical knowledge of the language. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 106. Elementary Hindi-Urdu.

S&SEA Language Courses

Section 001, 002, 003 Hindi

Instructor(s): Tahsin Siddiqi (tsiddiqi@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 105 or 305. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 315 or 365. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

SSEA 106 is the second course in the first-year sequence of Hindi-Urdu courses. Hindi and Urdu are the respective national languages of India and Pakistan. The course meets four hours per week in four sessions. Only the Devanagari writing system (for Hindi) is introduced. The course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 106. Elementary Hindi-Urdu.

S&SEA Language Courses

Section 004 Urdu

Instructor(s): Elena Bashir (ebashir@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 105 or 305. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 315 or 365. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

SSEA 106 is the second course in the first year sequence of Hindi-Urdu courses. Hindi and Urdu are the respective national languages of India and Pakistan. The course meets four hours per week in four sessions. Only the Nastaliq writing system (for Urdu) is introduced. The course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 108. Beginning Tagalog.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Adelwisa Weller (alagawel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 107. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Tagalog/Filipino is the national language of the Philippines. Beginning Tagalog is a two-term sequence designed to give the student who has little or no knowledge of Tagalog the necessary basis for learning to speak it and to have an acquaintance with the cultural context in which it functions. Tagalog is particularly interesting in the way it has integrated the broad influences of both Spanish and English into its own syntactic and semantic systems. The oral approach is greatly emphasized in the classroom, using questions and answers and short dialogues to develop active use of the language in the most natural way possible. This is complemented by the use of taped lessons. Evaluation is based on frequent short quizzes, class performance, and a final examination. At the end of this course, the student should be able to handle brief exchanges in common social situations and to read and write simple dialogues and letters in Tagalog. Text is Conversational Tagalog: A Functional-Situational Approach by Teresita Ramos. Supplementary readings and visual presentations will be provided when appropriate.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 110. Beginning Sanskrit.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Madhav Deshpande (mmdesh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 109. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 369. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will work toward developing a proficiency with the basic tools necessary to read and write Sanskrit, the classical language of India. Lessons will include study of the script (Devanagari), elementary grammar, and vocabulary. The grade will be based on completion of regular homework assignments, weekly quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 114. Elementary Tamil.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Karunakaran Krishnamoorthy (karuna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 113. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 373. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course offers an introduction to Tamil cultures, language, land, literature, and introduction to Tamil script. This is one of the two classical languages of India and one among the Dravidian languages with rich literary tradition dated back to 300 BC. This language is largely spoken in Tamil Nadu, which is in the southern part of India and also in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius, and South Africa. In this course all the basic language skills (writing, reading, speaking and listening) will be covered. At the end of the course the students will be able to: (1) perceive and reproduce the sounds and their meaningful sequences; (2) form sentences usually from given patterns and lexical items; (3) converse with the fellow students on specific topics under controlled situations; (4) narrate specified events and topics orally; (5) read simple and graded passages with comprehension; (6) write simple compound complex sentences and compositions both guided and free.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 116. Beginning Vietnamese.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Thi Nga Nguyen (duc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 115. (5). (LR).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course continues and develops the students' proficiency in the four basic language skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing of the only language of more than 72 million Vietnamese speakers. The course emphasizes aural-oral practices and vocabulary building. Supplementary materials distributed throughout the course will provide the students some knowledge of the Vietnamese culture. Students will be encouraged to communicate in the target language, and classes will be largely conducted in Vietnamese. Course evaluation will be graded on classroom attendance and performance, home assignments, tests, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 202. Intermediate Thai.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Montatip Krishnamra (montatip@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 201. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course continues and extends the four skills students developed in Thai 201. Reading and discussion as well as written assignments from authentic materials will be covered. Also, discussions on topics interesting to students will be covered in order to increase speaking fluency. Class is conducted largely in Thai. Students are required to actively participate in class.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 204. Intermediate Indonesian.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Margaretha Sudarsih (Sudarsih@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 203. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is aimed at increasing the student's proficiency in the four basic language skills listening, speaking, reading, and writing in modern Indonesian. Although increasing emphasis is given to the development of reading and writing skills, listening and speaking constitute an integral part of the course which is conducted entirely in Indonesian. Vocabulary building and instruction in matters of cross-cultural sensitivity are of great importance. The primary text used is keyed to a knowledge of the language. Supplementary materials introduce the student to reading modern Indonesian literature. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 206. Intermediate Hindi-Urdu.

S&SEA Language Courses

Section 001, 002 Hindi

Instructor(s): Aman Kumar (amank@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 205. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 316 or 366. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is intended to increase students' skills and proficiency in speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing the Devanagari (Hindi) script. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 208. Intermediate Tagalog.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Adelwisa Weller (alagawel@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 207. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to increase the student's proficiency in reading, speaking, understanding, and writing the Tagalog/Filipino language. The format will be as follows: two class hours a week will be devoted to readings and grammar review, one class hour a week will be devoted to guided conversation. Readings will be assigned, and these will provide the framework for the discussion of grammatical points and question-and-answer sessions in Tagalog on the content of the texts. There will be quizzes, written assignments, a midterm, and a final examination. By the end of the term, students should have acquired sufficient competence to handle longer conversations, write letters and brief essays, read certain plays, and (with the aid of a dictionary) newspapers and magazines. Course text is Intermediate Tagalog, Developing Cultural Awareness Through Language by Teresita Ramos and Rosalina Morales Goulet. Supplementary readings and visual aids will be provided when appropriate.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 214(436). Intermediate Tamil.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Karunakaran Krishnamoorthy (karuna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 213. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in S&SEA 374. (3). (LR).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to further students' skills in speaking and writing and development of vocabulary as well as increase their proficiency in reading and comprehension. A standard textbook is used, supplemented by HyperCard Tamil software consisting of a sequence of graded dialogues chosen from daily conversations and Tamil movies. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 216. Intermediate Vietnamese.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Thi Nga Nguyen (duc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 215. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course continues to develop the students' four language skills speaking, listening, reading and writing in Vietnamese. Although emphasis is given to the development of reading and writing skills, supplementary materials distributed throughout the term will provide the students with knowledge of various sociocultural aspects of Vietnam. By the end of the course, students should have acquired sufficient competence to handle casual conversation, write short compositions, and read Vietnamese newspapers. Evaluation will be based on class attendance and performance, home assignments, tests, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 250/Asian Studies 253. Undergraduate Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Culture.

Culture Courses

Section 001 Religion in Modern India

Instructor(s): Pashaura Singh (psingh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of any Asian language required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit Theme Semester

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 253.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 250/Asian Studies 253. Undergraduate Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Culture.

Culture Courses

Section 002 Bhagavad-Gita: The Activist View of Hinduism

Instructor(s): Madhav Deshpande (mmdesh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No knowledge of any Asian language required. (3). (HU). May be repeated with department permission.

First-Year Seminar, Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Asian Studies 253.002.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 321. Sikh History II (19th Century-Present).

Culture Courses

Instructor(s): (psingh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The aim of this course is to study the five phases of Sikh history (1800-present), beginning with the Sikh Kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The emphasis will be on religious and cultural transformation that took place under the British Raj. We will examine a series of socio-religious movements of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that gave rise to a modern Sikh identity. Particular attention will be paid to the Singh Sabha and the Akali movements. We will also examine the Sikh situation between 1925 and Independence, and will end the course will the last phase of Sikh history in Independent India (1957-1992). Again, this course provides a regional perspective to the study of South Asian history.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

S&SEA 402. Advanced Thai.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Montatip Krishnamra (montatip@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 401. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course students will complete the move from material written specifically for foreign language learners to "real" Thai, including such genres as newspaper articles, essays, and fiction. Class discussion of the reading selections and other topics will be in Thai, giving students the chance to acquire more sophisticated oral skills such as those of advancing and supporting opinions and interpretations. Written assignments will advance students' facility at writing Thai.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 404. Advanced Indonesian.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Margaretha Sudarsih (sudarsih@umich.edu) , Nancy Florida (nflorida@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 403. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is aimed at the further development of the student's proficiency in the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in modern Indonesian. The course work is designed to improve the student's command of basic grammatical structures as well as to build advanced vocabulary. Sociocultural orientation will increase the student's familiarity with the important sociolinguistic aspects of Indonesian language use. The course stresses active manipulation of practical vocabulary for both formal and informal language situations. Readings further the student's exposure to modern Indonesian literature. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, homework assignments, tests, and a final exam or project.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 406. Advanced Hindi-Urdu.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Elena Bashir (ebashir@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 206, 316, or 366. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

South and Southeast Asia 405-406 is the third year in the sequence of courses offered by the Department of Asian Language and Cultures in Hindi-Urdu. Meeting three times a week, the course is intended to further students' skills in speaking and aural comprehension as well as increase their proficiency in reading and writing both Hindi and, for those interested, Urdu. Students with prior knowledge of Hindi-Urdu may be able to join the sequence at this point. See the instructor for placement. This course will be offered only if there is sufficient enrollment.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

S&SEA 414(536). Advanced Tamil.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Karunakaran Krishnamoorthy (karuna@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 413. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to further students' skill in understanding the diglossic nature of Tamil and different styles of writing, the history and introduction to Tamil literature and land, as well as increase their proficiency in reading novels and modern poetry. A standard set of text books are used. Further, students will be required to listen to and comprehend graded dialogues chosen from daily conversations, public speeches, and movies. Evaluation is based on classroom performance, assignments, weekly tests, and a final exam.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 2

S&SEA 416. Advanced Vietnamese.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Thi Nga Nguyen (duc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 415. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course aims at improving the students' proficiency in reading and writing, although increasing emphasis is given to text analysis and discussion. A wide selection of materials, ranging from literary books to newspapers, folk stories and other economic and cultural articles, will provide the students opportunities to get acquainted with various sociocultural aspects of Vietnam. Course evaluation will be graded on classroom attendance and performance, homework assignments, and a final examination.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 464. Advanced Readings of Modern Indonesian Texts II.

S&SEA Language Courses

Instructor(s): Nancy Florida (nflorida@umich.edu) , Margaretha Sudarsih (Sudarsih@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: S&SEA 404. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The course is designed to introduce the student to critical readings of modern Indonesian texts. A reading and speaking knowledge of modern Indonesian is prerequisite. With an emphasis on text analysis, the student is required to produce critical commentaries on (and sometimes translations of) selected passages from a variety of assigned texts. The course is run as a seminar with discussion conducted in Indonesian. Evaluation is based on the written assignments and classroom performance.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

S&SEA 487. South Asian Languages.

S&SEA Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: A course in phonology and a course in syntax. (3). (Excl).

No Description Provided.

Check Times, Location, and Availability


S&SEA 491. Individual Study of South and Southeast Asian Language.

S&SEA Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-5). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of ten credits.

No Description Provided.

Check Times, Location, and Availability


S&SEA 493. Undergraduate Reading.

S&SEA Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of the concentration advisor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit with permission of concentration advisor.

No Description Provided.

Check Times, Location, and Availability


S&SEA 495. Senior Honors Reading Course.

S&SEA Language Courses

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of department. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

No Description Provided.

Check Times, Location, and Availability


lsa logo

University of Michigan | College of LS&A | Student Academic Affairs | LS&A Bulletin Index

This page maintained by LS&A Academic Information and Publications, 1228 Angell Hall

Copyright © 1999 The Regents of the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA +1 734 764-1817

Trademarks of the University of Michigan may not be electronically or otherwise altered or separated from this document or used for any non-University purpose.

This page was created at 11:32 AM on Fri, Feb 5, 1999.