ASIAN 382 - Approaches to Asian Studies
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
A minimum of two Asian studies courses.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to the methodology and theory of Asian Studies, with special focus on post-colonial theory.

European imperialism in Asia and other parts of the world developed in a complex manner through conscious planning and contingent occurrences. As a result of this complex development, something happened to imperial culture for which it had not bargained: imperial culture found itself appropriated in projects of counter-colonial resistance which drew upon the many different indigenous, local, and hybrid processes of self-determination to resist and sometimes replace the power of imperial cultural knowledge.

Closer examination, however, suggests that the nature of the encounter and interaction between European and non-European cultures was socially and psychologically complex, resulting in forms of agency that transmitted negative and debilitating affects. These negative affects shaped the psychic lives and agency of colonized and post-colonial peoples.

The aim of this course is to study the social and psychological effects of the interaction between the European metropole and its colonies in various parts of the world including Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia.

Class discussions will focus around a combination of empirical case studies and theoretical readings that highlight the specific mechanisms through which the psyche of individuals and entire societies was affected directly through the imposition of colonial rule, and indirectly through the influence of literature and education which brought indigenous systems of thought into contact with European frames of reference.

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ASIAN 382 - Approaches to Asian Studies
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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