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Asian Studies

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/asianstudies/

Professor WILLIAMS (director)

The development and life of Asian cultures from the perspectives of history, humanities, and the social sciences. The program is interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, integrated, and seeks to combine knowledge and action. We encourage the studies of all parts of Asia, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia.

Students pursuing a minor in Asian studies must successfully complete a minimum of six blocks of Asian studies courses. These courses include two units of beginning language study (Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian languages which are taught through accredited programs in the United States or abroad). Students must take Studying Asia (PA290) as the Integrative Experience. In addition, students must choose three additional courses listed under the Asian studies program. One of these three courses can be an Asian language course at the 200 level. Students are expected to choose their courses with a consideration for coherence and relation to the Asian language
they studied.

Students majoring in Asian studies must successfully complete a minimum of 11 blocks of Asian studies and related courses. These courses will include six (eight if Elementary Language is included) required courses. In addition, students must take at least five electives. Including Elementary Language, the total will be 13 blocks. Students are encouraged to take Adjunct classes to maintain their language skills, but credit for those classes is not included in the requirements for either the major or the minor.

The structure of the major is as follows: There must be a minimum of two blocks of language (at the Intermediate level or beyond), the one-block interdisciplinary core course, Studying Asia (PA290), a disciplinary methods course, five electives, the senior seminar (PA406), and one block of senior thesis.

REQUIRED COURSES:
  1. Two blocks of an Asian language at the intermediate level or beyond;
  2. The interdisciplinary core course, PA290: Studying Asia;
  3. One methodological perspective outside Asia that exposes students to existing disciplinary approaches. This course should be selected from the disciplinary methods courses offered by various departments/majors on campus. Please consult the Asian studies website for approved courses;
  4. Five elective courses from at least two disciplines/majors (three of these courses should be directly relevant to the Asian language the student has studied; two of the electives must be at the 300 level; one of these five courses may be a 300-level language course relevant to the major);
  5. Senior Seminar PA406 (1 unit);
  6. Senior Thesis PA400.

Asian Studies Courses

PA101 Elementary Chinese

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese, emphasis on basic grammar, speaking, and listening comprehension as well as mastery of some 500 characters for reading and writing. Language laboratory required.

Also listed as Chinese Language 101.

1 or 2 units —

PA102 Elementary Japanese

Introduction to Japanese language. Students will be introduced to basic spoken and written structures of 'standard' Japanese, the two Kana alphabets, approximately 70 kanji, and the development of the basic skills with attention to the cultural context. Language laboratory required.

Also listed as Japanese 101.

1 or 2 units —

PA103 Topics:

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA105 Japanese Skill Maintenance (Beginning)

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

Also listed as Japanese 103.

.25 unit —

PA106 Japanese Skill Maintenance (Beginning)

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

Also listed as Japanese 104.

.25 unit —

PA109 Chinese Meditative Arts

The history and philosophy of Chinese arts will be introduced with its applications for meditation, relaxation, concentration, and physical development. Short forms of Taichi, Taichi sword and health-related techniques will be taught in conjunction with the art and practice of Chinese brush calligraphy and seal carving. Other art forms such as Chinese music, theater, and dance will be introduced briefly. The correlation/interface of the Chinese body movement and the arts practice would, hopefully, rekindle one's interest in and lead to further exploration of the Asian culture. (Offered through the Biology in China program.) (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

PA110 Topics in Asian Studies:

Also listed as History 110.

1 unit —

PA113 Chinese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Chinese language.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

Also listed as Chinese Language 103.

.25 unit —

PA114 Chinese Skill Maintenance (Beginning)

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Chinese language.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

Also listed as Chinese Language 104.

.25 unit —

PA115 Confluence and Conflict in Asian Culture

Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean literature, art and politics with particular attention to interrelationships among Asian countries and their ongoing dialogue with Western cultures. Course includes a museum visit, a number of films, and opportunities to examine Asian art objects firsthand. (Also listed as AH 115.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: First Year Experience Course. 1st Years Only.

2 units

PA117 Introduction to Asian Art

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA118 Civilization in East Asia

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

2 units

PA121 Introduction to the Sanskrit Language

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

PA122 Introduction to the Sanskrit Language

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

PA123 Sanskrit

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

PA124 Sanskrit

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

PA130 Japanese Culture

This course presents a critical appreciation of popular Japanese icons (Shintoism, Buddhism, budo, samurai, haiku poetry, tea ceremony, kabuki theatre, and rice) that scrutinizes how cultural practices and institutions have evolved and been adapted to symbolize Japan, both by Japanese and foreign observers. All readings, discussion, and writing will be in English.

Also listed as Japanese 130.

1 unit —

PA131 Balinese Gamelon Music

Study and performance of the Balinese gamelan angklung orchestral tradition. Group lessons for all levels, developing skills in technique, musicianship and repertory. Meets twice a week. Performances on and off campus. Open without audition. (Semester-long extended format.) (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

PA151 The United States and China: Images, Perceptions and Realitie

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

PA155 The Art of China

Chinese art from ancient to modern times in its cultural context. Artistic and archaeological materials will be examined in order to learn where, when and how the culture we call Chinese evolved. Special attention will be given to attitudes toward art today, and to recent archaeological discoveries. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA160 Hinduism

A historical and thematic introduction to Hindu tradition from prehistoric India to the present day, focusing on classic texts and popular rituals. Topics include the Rig Veda, the Upanisads and the rise of Buddhism, the great epics (Mahabharata and Ramayana), Yoga, the Bhagavadgita, Indian art and music, devotional movements and poetry, Goddess worship, dharma, the caste system, Hindu nationalism, Gandhi, and Indian independence. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Also listed as Religion 160.

1 unit —

PA170 Buddhism

An introduction to the life and times of the Buddha, his basic teachings and central monastic and lay practices. Emphases include key elements in the development of Buddhist philosophy, the purposes and styles of meditation, and theory and practice in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Also listed as Religion 170.

1 unit —

PA180 East Asian Religions

A survey of the three major religions that originated and continue to thrive in China and Japan: Confucianism, Taoism, and Shunto. Will treat classical texts and practices as well as modern manifestations. Reference will be made to connections with the related traditions of Popular Religion and Buddhism. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA199 Islam

A historical and thematic introduction to Islamic traditions from the seventh century CE to the present day, focusing on fundamental texts and practices. Topics include the Abrahamic context of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, the rise of sectarian movements (Shi'a and Sunni), ritual and pilgrimage, Islamic law, Sufism, women in Islam, the challenges of modernity, and Islam in America. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Also listed as Religion 140.

1 unit —

PA200 Topics in Asian Studies:

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.

Also listed as Anthropology 208 and Music 221 and Political Science 243.

1 unit —

PA201 Intermediate Chinese Language I

The course emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills after the elementary level. Video materials supplement the course and place the language in a cultural context.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

Also listed as Chinese Language 201.

1 unit —

PA202 Intermediate Chinese Language II

The course builds on the language proficiency gained in 201. Increased use of the written and spoken language designed to build proficiency.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 201.

Also listed as Chinese Language 202.

1 unit —

PA203 Buddhism

The out-of-body journey of the shaman, a quiet act of prayer, the ecstasy of the Christian mystic, the enlightenment of the Buddhist monk, the reverie of the nature lover, 'speaking in tongues' among Christian charismatics - these are examples of what many call 'religious experience' and regard as the very essence of religion. This course will examine primary texts that testify to the reality and power of religious experience in various traditions and will acquaint students with scholarly analyses of the claims of devotees and adepts. At least one previous course in Religion strongly recommended. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA205 Global Perspectives in the K-12 Classroom: Using Japan as an Exampl

Students will develop conceptual and affective tools with which to incorporate interdisciplinary global education into their teaching. Using Japan as a case study, students will examine experiential and hands-on methods of understanding and teaching the history, literature, economics, geography and cultures of another country while also placing that country in the context of regional and global connections, communications, responsibilities, and dependencies.

Also listed as Chinese Language 205.

.25 unit —

PA206 Chinese Skill Maintenance

Also listed as Chinese Language 206.

.25 unit —

PA207 Chinese in China

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 to 2 units

PA208 Asian Dance Forms I:

This course taught by a native Indonesian artist introduces traditional Balinese dance. (Semester-long extended format.)

Also listed as Dance Studio 221 and Dance Studio 227.

.25 unit —

PA211 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA212 Japanese Literature in Translation

This course examines the way in which post-war Japanese literature reflects the transformation and enduring tensions within Japanese society. Topics include gender roles, the family, individuality, and dissension. Of central concern is the capacity of literature to reflect massive social and economic changes within contemporary Japan and to assess the assumptions of continuity, consensus, and conformity. Works by the following writers will be included: Ibuse Masuji, Yasuoka Shotaro, Hayashi Fumiko, Kawabata Yasunari, Abe Kobo, Enchi Fumiko, and Oe Kenzaburo. Novels and shorts stories will be supplemented with film and other readings. All readings, discussion, and writing will be in English. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA215 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Also listed as Japanese 205.

.25 unit —

PA216 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Also listed as Japanese 206.

.25 unit —

PA217 China in the Age of

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA219 Dance Studio: Tai Chi

(Not offered 2014-15).

.25 unit

PA220 Philosophies of India

The development of Indian philosophy from its roots in the Vedic tradition of Hinduism. The focus of the course will be both on the ethical, epistemological, and metaphysical systems that grew out of the Hindu tradition and on the challenges to this tradition posed by Buddhism and by 20th century developments. (Also listed as PH 281.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA221 Intermediate Japanese I

The course emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills after the elementary level. Video materials supplement the course and place the language in a cultural context.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

Also listed as Japanese 201.

1 unit —

PA222 Advanced Intermediate Japanese II

The course builds on the language proficiency gained in 201. Increased use of the written and spoken language designed to build proficiency.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

Also listed as Japanese 202.

1 unit —

PA223 Topics in Ethnomusicology:

Special topics in ethnomusicology, approached through emphasis on a particular musical area, theoretical issue, genre or repertory, compositional technique, or instrument. The course is devoted to non-western musical cultures. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA224 Chinese Women Writers and Their Works

This course will focus on a comparative study of the voice of Chinese women writers in the 1920s and 1980s, examine women writers' works in a social-historical context, and discuss the difference of women's places and problems in traditional Chinese culture and modern Chinese society. The course will also try to define the similar and different expressions of 'feminism' as a term in the West and the East. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA225 The Dalai Lama of Tibet: Philosopher, Statesman, Monk

(Not offered 2014-15).

.5 unit

PA228 East Asia Since 1200

Examines the history of East Asia from the height of the imperial system before the Mongol invasion to the changes in society, economy, and culture during the Late Imperial Period (14th-19th centuries). Political and social history of China, Japan, and Korea will form the focus of this course. This course will prepare students for advanced study on China and Japan. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 2 units

PA229 20th Century China

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA230 20th Century Japan

This course will trace the social, political, and cultural developments in Japan from the first Parliamentary elections in 1890 to the current fiscal crisis in the 1990s. Using a wide range of sources, students will explore major themes in Japan's empire, World War, economic miracle, and troubled role as Asian leader. Major themes will include cross-cultural contact, world systems, and women's history. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA232 Japanese Society

This course examines contemporary Japanese society and compares it with the United States through an analysis of the construction of social problems in both societies. An understanding of what constitutes 'social problems' in both societies will be used to illuminate some of the basic features of both cultures and the differences between them. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Any 100-Level SO course.

1 unit

PA233 Women, Religion and Society: Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA242 Religion in China

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA243 Religion in Japan

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA248 Environmental Politics on

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA250 Topics in Asian Studies

Study of a selected topic in one or more Asian literatures and cultures. The course will cover subjects not listed in the regular curriculum and may vary from year to year; taught by Asian Studies faculty and visiting faculty. (Not offered 2014-15).

Also listed as Art History 200 and Chinese Language 250 and Comparative Literature 220 and Dance Theory 200 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and History 200 and History 248 and Japanese 250 and Religion 200 and Theatre 200.

.25 to 1.5 units

PA251 Japanese Women Writers [writing emphasis]

Japanese women writers wrote the most heralded novels and poetic diaries in the classical literary canon; this celebration of women's literary contributions is an anomaly among world literatures. Yet for over five hundred years, women's literary voices were silenced before reemerging in the modern era, when a renaissance of 'women's literature' (joryu bungaku) captured popular imagination, even as it confronted critical disparagement. This course traces the rise, fall and return of writing by women and the influence of attitudes toward gender on what was written and read through a wide array of literary texts, historical documents, and cultural artifacts. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA252 Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Lit, Film and Manga

This course explores how Japanese writers have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality from the Heian Period through the modern era. Drawing on literary sources such as The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (11th c.), Five Women Who Loved Love by Ihara Saikaku (17th c.), and Kitchen by Yoshimoto Banana (20th c.), as well as films and manga, we will analyze how both male and female authors have portrayed gender and sexuality within an ever-changing landscape. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA253 Women in Hinduism & Islam

An exploration of constructions of gender and the status of women in Hindu and Islamic cultures, with attention to both texts and practices. Primary and secondary readings survey a variety of topics from classical and modern periods, including marriage, sexuality and reproduction, sati, Islamic law, devotion, renunciation and tantra. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Religion 140 or 160 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PA254 The Art of China

Early Chinese funerary art examined in relation to the Chinese religious philosophies of Confucianism and Daoism. Relationships between Chinese painting and poetry explored, particularly in relation to the handscroll format. The rise of scholar-literati painting in the Song followed by issues of politics, commerce, and art. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Also listed as Art History 254.

1 unit —

PA255 The Art of Japan

Classical relationships between Heian-period court art, poetry, and aristocratic patronage; medieval Kamakura and Muromachi periods, dominated respectively by Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism; consolidation of the tea ceremony and unique qualities of castle architecture and screen paintings in the Momoyama; the Edo-period shift towards more inexpensive and widely-reproducible formats, such as the woodblock print. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Also listed as Art History 255.

1 unit —

PA265 China/Europe/Japan Art and International Trade

Considers the impact on art of expanding sea trade between Europe and East Asia in the early modern period. Begins by examining what goods went where, how increasingly global trade affected particular economies; how the East India companies operated, and what effects stepped up contact had stylistically and iconographically on art forms such as porcelain, prints and paintings. On a theoretical level, the course addresses 'things foreign' as a means of asserting the artist's practice and identity. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA281 Religious Poetry in Asia

Poetic traditions in China and Japan and in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Topics will include poetry as an expression of the heights and depths of religious experience, as a vehicle for spiritual growth, and as a literary form of prestige and power. We will look at poetry of liberation by early Buddhist nuns, praises of transcendent wisdom by Tibetan spiritual virtuosos, links between verse and painting in China, and the relationship between Japanese haiku and Zen aesthetics. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.

Also listed as Religion 281.

1 unit —

PA290 Studying Asia

An interdisciplinary study of the cultures, peoples, and historical experience of several societies of Asia (South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia) through comparative case studies and theoretical readings. Students will analyze a variety of primary and secondary sources in English translation and learn techniques for interpreting cultures very different from our own. (This seminar is required of Asian Studies majors and must be completed before beginning Senior Thesis blocks.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

1 unit —

PA295 Indonesian Music

Surveys Indonesian history, culture, society, religion, and aesthetic values through music. Students become familiar with a variety of Indonesian musical repertories, styles, and performance contexts, including court traditions of Java, Sunda, and Bali and village traditions throughout the Indonesian archipelago. Traditional as well as new music is discussed.

Also listed as Music 295.

1 unit —

PA301 Advanced Japanese Language

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending modern Japanese. (Offered as an extended format course Blocks 1-8.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Also listed as Japanese 301.

1 unit —

PA302 Advanced Chinese Language

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending modern Chinese. (Semester-long extended format.)

Also listed as Chinese Language 301.

1 unit —

PA303 Advanced Japanese Language

Prerequisite: Japanese 202.

Also listed as Japanese 302.

1 unit —

PA304 Advanced Chinese Language II

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 301 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Chinese Language 302.

1 unit —

PA311 Advanced Readings in Chinese:

Supervised projects in Chinese language, literature and culture for advanced students. Consent of department required. Offered as a block course (1 unit) or semester extended format (1/2 unit).

Prerequisite: consent of department.

1 unit —

PA323 Minority Politics

A comparative analysis of the political experience and responses of major ethnic minorities and women to the American political process. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA324 Modern China

This survey course, covering Chinese history and politics from the Boxer Rebellion and the first Western influences to the successful revolution by the Chinese Communist Party, will provide a basic understanding of Chinese history and politics in the modern era. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA326 Japanese Politics

Survey course on the development of modern politics in Japan, from the Meiji restoration to the contemporary corporatist partnership between the state and the business and financial communities. (Not offered 2014-15).

.25 to 1 unit

PA331 Comparative Politics: China Under Reform

Emphasis on the period of reform and opening to the world after 1976 and the contemporary politics of the People's Republic of China.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA339 The East Asian Tigers

This course focuses on the common characteristics and diversity of East Asian growth experiences and the rise and fall of belief in a uniquely East Asian model of economic development. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA345 The Dervish Diaries

Selected readings in Islamic literature in translation. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA346 Western Political Thought in China

Exploration of contemporary Chinese perspectives on modern Western political thinkers. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA350 Advanced Topics in Asian Studies

Study of a selected topic in one or more Asian societies and cultures. The course will cover subjects not listed in the regular curriculum and may vary from year to year; taught by Asian Studies faculty or visiting faculty.

Also listed as Art History 345 and History 304 and Political Science 331.

1 unit —

PA352 Holy Men, Manly Men: Gods, Buddhas, and Gurus in South Asia

Cults of masculinity have been intrinsic to South Asian culture for millennia. Whether in ancient vedic literature, or in the heterodox traditions of Buddhism and Jainism and the Hindu epics that followed; whether in the ascetic traditions of yoga, the popular puranas, or the lives of modern-day saints -- the leading Man has been carefully fashioned to represent power, purity and prestige. This course examines such texts and traditions from diverse periods in Indian history in order to identify and deconstruct the ideologies that divinize masculinity and masculinize divinity. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.

Prerequisite: Religion 160 or Religion 170 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Feminist & Gender Studies 352 and Religion 352.

1 unit —

PA357 Women in Hinduism & Buddhism

An exploration of constructions of gender and the status of women in Hinduism and Buddhism, with primary focus on normative developments in ancient and medieval India and the impact of this formative history on the lives of contemporary women. Readings from primary and secondary materials, with attention to both ideology and practice. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA362 Bhakti: Devotion in South Asia

A study of diverse Hindu devotional movements from classical and medieval periods. Primary readings include poetry by both men and women, devotees of Vishnu, Krishna, Shiva, Rama, and the Great Goddess. Critical articles help situate the devotees and their songs in cultural context. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Religion 160 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PA363 Devi: Goddesses of India

A study of various Hindu goddesses, including their iconography and particular powers, as well as the ritualistic ways in which they are worshipped in diverse regions of India, with a glimpse of feminist appropriations of Kali in the West as well. Primary and secondary readings include poetry, theology, and historical-critical studies. Films depict a variety of rituals. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Religion 160 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PA371 Seminar in Buddhist Practice

A study of the devotional, contemplative, liturgical, and philosophical dimensions of the ritually and artistically rich traditions of Pure Land and Tantric Buddhism. Will investigate historical examples from various Buddhist countries, with particular emphasis on Tibet and Japan. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Religion 170 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Religion 371.

1 unit —

PA372 The Madhyamaka School of Buddhism

An in-depth treatment of important themes, or textual traditions, in the history of Buddhist thought. Examples might include topics such as karma, death and rebirth, compassion, or possibly a body of writings from a particular author or Buddhist school. (Also listed as Asian Studies 372.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (Offered in alternate years.) Prerequisite: RE 170 or COI. 1 unit - Gardiner. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Religion 170 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PA384 Twentieth Century China

Chinese ways of life and thought and the interaction of local social patterns with government and elite ideals. Focuses on the last great dynasty, the Qing. (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA385 Twentieth Century Japan

Japanese ways of life and thought and the interaction of local social patterns with government and the elite ideals. Focuses on the Tokugawa shogunate in the 18th century. (May be offered with Writing Emphasis.) (Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA390 Advanced Topics in Asian Studies:

(Not offered 2014-15).

1 unit

PA400 Senior Thesis

Thesis subject chosen by student and approved by the program prior to the beginning of the course.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit —

PA401 Senior Thesis

Thesis subject chosen by student and approved by the program prior to the beginning of the course.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 to 2 units —

PA403 Japanese Culture and Language

(Not offered 2014-15).

Prerequisite: Japanese 302 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

PA406 Senior Seminar

Preparation for the senior thesis; opportunity for students to discuss their work, the work of their colleagues, and theoretical texts of common interest in a workshop setting. Examination of what it means to engage in the study of Asian Studies. Majors will work on independent thesis projects and meet as a group to discuss their works in progress.

1 unit —