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Course Descriptions

East Asian Studies Course Listings - Fall 2010

CHIN 111  Beginning Chinese 1
5 Hours
Chan

Introduction to spoken Putonghua and the Chinese writing system.  Mastery of 250 characters and compounds expected.  90 minutes of independent work each week in the Foreign Language Learning Center required.

CHIN 151  Modern Chinese Film and Fiction
4 Hours
Chan

Survey of film and fiction in 20th century China.  Intended for students with no previous knowledge of the subject matter.  Taught in English. 

CHIN 211  Intermediate Chinese 1
5 Hours
Choy

Prerequisite:  Chinese 112F or placement.

Emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and grammatical competency.  Classes are conducted in spoken Putonghua. 90 minutes of independent work, each week in the Foreign Language Learning Center is required.    

CHIN 230  Chinese Topic: History in Fiction
4 Hours
Choy

This course is an introduction to modern Chinese fiction of history, aiming at providing students with fundamental knowledge to understand twentieth-century Chinese history and appreciate contemporary Chinese literature.

CHIN 230 Chinese CLAC Culture and Lang Module
1 Hour
Choy

Prerequisite: Completion of 4 credits at the 200 level or concurrent enrollment in a 200-level course.
Instructor's Permission Required

CHIN 311  Directed Reading of Chinese Newspapers
4 Hours
Choy

Emphasis on tactics and skills of reading Chinese newspapers.  Class work is conducted in Chinese.  Prerequisite:  Chinese 311  or permission of instructor.  Every year.

EAST 100 C Introduction to East Asia:  Continuity and Change
4 Hours
Maus, Tanya

 What is the basis of cultural unity in East Asia? In what sense do national and regional differences in East Asia create conflict and tension? East Asian Studies 100 is an introductory level course that assumes no prior knowledge and provides a foundation for understanding such questions of continuity and change by focusing on cultural, religious, and philosophical traditions over time within East Asia and their reinterpretation in the present through literature, art, and film. This course is Writing Intensive and may be taken for a C credit.

EAST 490  Independent Study
1-4 Hours
Staff

Course allows the advanced student the chance to do a directed independent research project.  Writing intensive.  

EAST 491  Internship
1-4 Hours
Staff

Prerequisite:  Permission Required
At least one semester of work in some capacity related to East Asia in either the private sector or government.  Student must write a paper related to the work experience.  

EAST 499  Honors Thesis
1-4 Hours
Staff

Prerequisites:  3.50 GPA and permission of Department Chair
Capstone course in which the senior East Asian Studies major integrates the major strands of East Asian history and society around a specified theme and writes an extensive research paper.     Writing intensive. 
ECON 220C  Economics of Developing Areas
4 Hours
Frost
Prerequisite: Economics 190
Introduction to the concepts, measures, theories, and strategies of modern economic growth and development relevant to the low-income nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The course builds on the theories and models introduced in Economics 190, explores the inter-relationships between human development and economic growth, and allows each student to investigate the development experience of a particular nation. Writing intensive. Alternate years.

HIST 101H/C.  Modern Japan
4 Hours
Maus

We often think of modern Japanese history as the history of an exotic culture filled with samurai and geisha. However, who are the individuals that have formed these groups and what do they mean to Japan’s modern history? What other kinds of people have lived in Japan and shaped the evolution of their nation’s modern life? In this course, through historical essays, literature, and images we will look at modern Japan as a complex and diverse society filled with individuals who have fought for women’s rights, for environmental reform, and who have resisted the attempts of their government to define their identity as Japanese. Students’ work will be evaluated through in-class participation, in-class quizzes, presentations and a variety of written assignments. This course is Writing Intensive and may be taken for a C credit.

HIST 301H/C   Satire, Critique, and Rebellion in Early Modern Japan
4 Hours
Maus

Prerequisites: One course in history or EAS 100 or permission of instructor.
Can a samurai exchanging the sword for a pen serve as a metaphor for social change? How did various groups of commoners, peasants, and outcastes in early modern Japan find their political voices? This course examines popular dissent in early modern Japan (1600 to 1868) through samurai critiques of the government and society, popular art such as ukiyoe (Japanese woodblock prints), literary genres such as gesaku (satirical stories), as well as peasant rebellions. Students’ work will be evaluated through written assignments, in-class presentations and focused discussion. This course is Writing Intensive and may be taken for a C credit.

JAPN 111  Beginning Japanese
5 Hours
Imai

Introduces the fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as sociolinguistic information necessary for effective communication with Japanese natives.  90 minutes of independent work each week in the Foreign Language Learning Center required.   

JAPN 211  Intermediate Japanese 1
5 Hours
Hoye

Prerequisite:  Japanese 112 or Placement.   .
Further development of the fundamental communication skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as the sociolinguistic information necessary for effective communication with Japanese natives.  90 minutes of independent work, each week in the Foreign Language Learning Center required. 

JAPN 230  Japanese Topics:  Japanese Linguistics
4 Hours
Hoye
      
Prerequisite – Sophomore standing or higher.
The primary goal is to introduce students to some important aspects of the Japanese language in order to deepen an understanding of how language works by examining a language that is very different from English.  Comparisons between English and Japanese and a review of basic linguistic concepts will also be included.  Taught in English.

JAPN 311  Advanced Japanese 1
4 Hours
Hoye

Prerequisite:  212 or placement.    
The goal of the course is to develop culturally and socially appropriate proficiency in the four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

JAPN 430  Advanced Study of Japanese I
4 Hours
Imai

Prerequisite:  JAPN 312
This course is designed to meet the needs of Japanese language students who have surpassed the highest levels of Japanese language study available in existing courses at the university.  Course design will vary in accordance with student need, and may include select readings and conversation activities.

POLI 205C  Chinese Politics
4 Hours
Yu, Bin

Introduction to Chinese politics since 1949.  Topics include a brief overview of modern Chinese history and a survey of contemporary analyses of the Chinese political process.  Emphasis is given to Chinese political culture, major political instructions and current policy issues.  Every third year.

RELI 134C/R.  Chinese and Japanese Religion Traditions
4 Hours
Oldstone-Moore

This course examines several religious traditions, which have shaped East Asian civilizations.  We will study the formal traditions of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto and the New Religions; we will also consider the popular religious traditions of China and Japan.  Classes include both lecture and discussion; students will be evaluated through essay exams, short papers, and analysis of scripture and other texts.  Every semester.

RELI 339C/R  Monkeys, Samurai and Gods:
  Religion and Literature in China and Japan
4 Hours
Oldstone-Moore

This seminar will look at religious meaning and message in some of the best loved literature of China and Japan, including Journey to the West, Tale of Heike, Dream of Red Mansions, and Account of my Hut.  Class will be a combination of lecture and discussion, with student presentations and a term paper.  Writing intensive. Alternate years.

THDN 13 Chinese TaiChi and TaiChi Sword
2 credits (1/2 semester)
Chang, Shih-Ming

It is a studio activity class.  Student will first learn the 24 short form TaiChi and then the Wudang TaiChi sword afterwards.  They will get one P credit after completion of the classes.

 

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