02404/Asian Studies

C050. Introduction to Asian Religions (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: IS

Introduction to the major Asian religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto) with emphasis on the cultural roots of each religious tradition, the analysis of its principal teachings and practices, and the major cultural expressions in religious art, ritual, poetry, music, and scriptures. Cross-listed with Religion C050.

C053. Introduction to World Religions ( 3 s.h.) F S SS Core: IS

Cross-listed with Religion C053.

Introduction to major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) as a way of coming to know and appreciate the world views of other cultures. Attention to beliefs, values, and practices of these religions as ways of dealing with the issues basic to human life.

C054. Arts of Asia (3 s.h.) S Core: AR

Cross-listed with Art History C052.

Architecture, sculpture, painting, and the functional arts of Asia (India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia). A historical examination of the art as a religious expression and as a product of changing social and economic conditions. The material culture of Asia will be examined with an emphasis on differing world views and perspectives with which to "see" art. Field trips.

C084. Chinese and Japanese Literature in Cultural Context (3 s.h.) S Core: IS

Cross-listed with Critical Languages C084.

An introduction to classical and modern Chinese and Japanese literature. Materials include literary texts, general readings, and films. Special attention will be given to similarities and differences in Chinese and Japanese culture.

C086. East and South Asia (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: IS

Cross-listed with Geography andUrban Studies C086.

Introduction to the natural environments and diverse contemporary societies that comprise East and South Asia. Emphasis on such topics as poverty, economic development, and social conditions in India, Thailand, and the Philippines, as well as China , Japan, and Korea.

0115. Introduction to East Asia: China (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with History 0115.

Within the context of larger processes of socioeconomic and cultural change, this course examines the development of characteristic institutions and thought in traditional China and revolutionary transformation in the modern era. This approach is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of state, society, and culture in China, the major themes of Chinese history, and more generally, broad processes of social change.

0116. Introduction to East Asia: Japan (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with History 0116.

A survey of Japanese history to the 20th century. Topics include the early centralized state, the rise of aristocratic culture, the emergence of the warrior class, and the modern transformation into an urban, industrial state. Course materials include selections from Japanese literature and films.

0117. Introduction to Southeast Asia: Insular (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with History 0117.

Covers the histories of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore from the 16th century until modern times. The course will introduce students to the island worlds of Southeast Asia, its peoples, their histories, societies, and economies. To familiarize students with non-Western worlds, lectures will be illustrated with videotapes, slides, and transparencies. Excerpts of articles and indigenous documents will also be used for discussion.

0118. Introduction to Southeast Asia: Mainland (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with History 0118.

Covers the histories of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, from the sixteenth century until modern times. It is a course designed to introduce students to the analysis of such forces as religion, statecraft, and trade, and the manner in which they have shaped the mainland countries of Southeast Asia. Reference will be made to contemporary events taking place in the region, and students will be encouraged to follow these developments through the media and integrate their knowledge in class discussions. Course work will include readings, discussions, films, examinations, and book reviews.

0122. Introduction to Buddhism (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Religion 0122.

Introduction to the historical development of Buddhism in relation to other East Asian religions. Topics include the Four Noble Truths of Basic Buddhism, the Hinayana Mahayana controversy over Buddhist Dharma and practice, as well as the development of Buddhist thought throughout Asia.

0161. Japanese Religions (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Religion 0119.

An introduction to Japanese religions, their origins, and development in the social, cultural and intellectual history of Japan. Religions covered are: Shinto, Japanese Buddhism, folk religions, Japanese Confucianism, and the "New Religions." Some attention to expression of Japanese spirituality in the fine arts, martial arts, festivals, and rituals.

0162. Religions of India (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with Religion 0106.

An introduction to the foundations, nature, and principles of classical Hinduism. An introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhism and Jainism.

0165. Chinese Religions (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with Religion 0116.

Critical study of the development of Chinese religions from the time of Confucius to Mao, including the problem of ideological continuity in contemporary China (Maoist Marxism versus Confucianism).

0168. Introduction to Zen Buddhism (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Religion 0115.

This course surveys the historical development of Zen Buddhism as it unfolds in India, China, and Japan, and focuses on the examination of the nature of satori experience. Analyzes its existential meaning from perspectives of therapy, Zen practice, and philosophy.

0171. Chinese Art History (4 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Art History 0171.

The art and architecture of China from 3500 B.C. to the present. This class begins with ancient art found in tombs progressively turning to the formation of the empire and the introduction and development of the Buddhist tradition. In the later periods emphasis will be given to the painting traditions. Concluding with art in the 20th century, we will examine some of the ways China represents itself today.

R190. Asian-American History (3 s.h.) F Core: RS

Cross-listed with American Studies R136 and History R163.

An introduction to the varied historical and contemporary experiences of Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, South, and South Asian immigrants and their descendants in the United States. Explores economic, social, political, and cultural developments, beginning with the arrival of the Chinese in the 1830s and ending with the experiences of Asian-American immigrants and their communities today.

0218. Art of India (4 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with Art History 0218.

The art and architecture of the Indian sub-continent from 2500 B.C. to the present. The Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Islamic religions have been crucially important for the formation of South Asian culture and art. This class will emphasize how religious ideas have been made visually manifest in the arts. Artís role in the formation of modern India will also be examined. Field trips.

0220. Survey of Japanese Literature Before 1868 (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with Critical Languages 0220.

Memoirs, poetry, and novels are among the genres studied in this survey of classical Japanese literature.

0221. Survey of Japanese Modern Literature (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with Critical Languages 0221.

The focus in this survey of modern Japanese literature is on novels and short stories.

0223. Ideology and Social Change in Japan (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with Sociology 0297.

A sociological look at the conditions which have contributed to Japan's emergence as a world-class economic force. How do culture, social organization, life style, ideology, and global political change fit together and react to affect Japan's rapid rise to power? Is Japan a closed society? What significance do factors such as racism, religion, education, family, the military, class, and population changes hold for understanding what happened in Japan and in Japan's relations with outsiders, particularly the U.S.? How does this analysis affect the future of American sociology?

0230. Metropolitan Tokyo (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with Geography & Urban Studies 0228.

The growth and development of Tokyo, past and present. The course includes a profile of the city's many neighborhoods, economic activities, architecture, and challenges for urban planners.

0238. Environmental Issues in Asia (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Geography and Urban Studies 0238.

Japan is used as an introduction and model for examining environmental issues in several east and southeast Asian countries. Emphasis is on deforestation, river basin development, urban planning, ecotourism, and role of non-governmental organizations.

0240. China: Politics and Revolution (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Political Science 0236.

Contemporary Chinese government and politics, together with a survey of the political history of China in the 20th century. Emphasis is on the evolution of the political system and political culture through successive periods of reform and repression.

0241. East Asia and the United States (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Political Science 0238.

An introduction to the international relations of countries of the Pacific Rim. Major focus on their political, strategic, and economic relations with the United States, plus attention to domestic factors affecting their foreign relations.

0253. Japanese Culture (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Anthropology 0273.

Introduction to traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Topics covered include: early literature, aesthetic principles as expressed in art and architecture, religion, gender roles, Japan's shifting relationships with the outside world, rural communities and urban centers in the 20th-century, and the construction of the self in modern Japan.

0254. The Anthropology of Modern China (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with Anthropology 0274.

This course provides an introduction to the culture and society of the contemporary People's Republic of China. The first half of the course explores the dramatic changes in both rural and urban sectors of Chinese society since the turn of the century, with a particular focus on post-1949 Maoist and post-Mao socialist transformations. The second half of the course examines such topics as gender and the status of women, ethnic minorities, religion and healing, the self and society, the Party and the state, and P.R.C. narratives of modernity. Throughout, the P.R.C. will be examined as a society which embodies a distinctively Chinese synthesis of tradition and modernity.

0255. American Culture Abroad: Japan (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Anthropology 0272 and American Studies 0233.

In this course we will examine versions and varieties of American life that have become a part of Japanese society and culture. We have seen a tremendous curiosity for "things American" in Japanese daily lifeóbut how is American culture in Japan? What kinds of transformations, reformulations, and reinventions have taken place? We will review Japanese adoptions and adaptations of language, "American" settings, architecture and design, foods and restaurants, clothing and fashions, popular films, television and advertising, and even holidays. Students will review and critically evaluate such films as: The Japanese Version, Mr. Baseball, Black Rain, The Barbarian and the Geisha, Tokyo Pop, The Colonel Comes to Japan.

0256. The Vietnam War (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with American Studies 0156 and History 0183.

An attempt to probe in-depth one of the most significant and controversial episodes of recent American history. The history of Vietnam since the 19th century with equal emphasis on the First and Second Indochina Wars. The impact of the war on the domestic and international scenes and its multiple legacies. Television and film from the period and guest speakers.

0260. Introduction to Islam (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Religion 0200.

Analysis of the tawhid, essence of Islam, of its basic categories for religious life, law, theology, literature, philosophy, art, and science. Survey of the major phenomena of Islamic civilization in their relation to tawhid.

W300. Seminar in Asian Studies. (3 s.h.) S

Topics and presentations to be decided between student and faculty member. (Capstone W course)

0303. Special Topics in Asian Studies I. (3 s.h.) F S

This course provides an Asian Studies cross listing for topics courses in other departments when they have Asian Studies content. Also can be used for directed readings in Asian Studies. Requirements arranged with Director of Asian Studies.

0304. Special Topics in Asian Studies II. (3 s.h.) F S

This course provides an Asian Studies cross listing for topics courses in other departments when they have Asian Studies content. Also can be used for directed readings in Asian Studies. Requirements arranged with Director of Asian Studies.

0305. Independent Study. (3 s.h.) F S

Prerequisite: Permission of Asian Studies Director.

Directed reading and/or research on a specific topic in Asian Studies.

0308. Chinese Revolution. (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with History 0217.

The history of China from the Opium Wars to 1919. Topics to be discussed include the decline of the traditional order, the impact of imperialism, the rise of nationalism, the revolution of Sun Yat-sen, and socio-cultural ferment.

0310. Contemporary China (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with History 0218.

The rise of nationalism, social-cultural changes, and revolutions since the late 19th century. Developments after 1949 in detail.

0311. Modern Japan: Empire, War, Society (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with History 0340.

An interpretive survey of Japan's interaction with the West since 1800. The Shogunal legacy, the growth of nationalism, the emperor system, domestic policies, and foreign relations; social, economic, and intellectual changes. Special attention given to Japanese-American relations including examination of Japan's road to Pearl Harbor.

0312. Southeast Asia in Modern Times (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with History 0222.

Covers the histories of mainland Southeast Asian countries, i.e., Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma), from the 18th century until modern times. Will analyze the roles of culture, trade, religion, and monarchy in the state formation of those countries; the socio-economic and political impact of Western colonialism; and the subsequent rise of forces of change, such as nationalism and communism. Mainland Southeast Asia's role in world politics and economy will also be analyzed. Reference will be made to recent events taking place in the region.

0314. Japan Today (3 s.h.)

Cross-listed with History 0220.

An analytical survey of political, economic, social, and intellectual conditions in Japan today. An examination of post W.W. II reforms and reconstruction, the nature of political leadership and participation, economic growth, social change, intellectual trends, and foreign relations of contemporary Japan. Special emphasis on changing Japanese-American relations. Readings include representative postwar Japanese novels in translation. Audiovisual materials used.

0315. Women and Society in Japan (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with History 0221.

Analysis of the changing positions of women in Japanese society from ancient times to the present. Through lectures, discussions, and audiovisual material, we will explore the fascinating worlds of goddesses, female diviners, empresses, the classical female writers, women in warrior culture, women in industrializing Japan, and Japanese women's movements.

0317. Asian Women in Transition (3 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with History 0215.

Introduces and compares the recent historical experience of women in Asia principally in China and Japan. Major topics include women and the family, women and work, and women as creators and activists. The course focuses on the situations of rural as well as urban women, and ordinary as well as elite women in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

0318. Modern India (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with History 0219.

Major political issues are colonialism, nationalism, non-violent political struggle, independence and adjustment, regionalism and tension, leadership in a third world movement, relations with the U.S.A. Social issues include coping with inequality, population explosion, hunger, regional violence, and new popular organizations. Major personalities: Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Indira Gandhi, Jayaprakash Narayan, Sri Aurobindo.

0320. Literary Chinese/English Translation I (4 s.h.) F

Cross-listed with Critical Language 0368.

0321. Literary Chinese/English Translation II (4 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with Critical Language 0369.

0338. Visual Anthropology of Modern Japan (3 s.h.) S

Cross-listed with Anthropology 0338.

This course offers an anthropological approach to systems of visual communication that are central to understanding Japanese society and culture. Themes and perspectives from visual anthropology will be applied to visual sign systems of everyday life (writing, clothes, food, etc.), to the prevalence and influences of popular culture emphasizing mass mediated forms of manga (comic books), advertisements, etc. The course will also include ethnographic films about Japanese culture as well as a review of how Japanese culture is communicated to mass audiences through classic and contemporary feature films as well as network television. We will try to "unpack" some of the stereotypic reductions common to superficial knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture.