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German, Russian, and East Asian Languages

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/greal

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/german/

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/russianeurasianstudies/

www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/eastasianlanguages/

Professors ERICSON, JIANG, KOC, WISHARD; Associate Professor DAVIS (chair), PAVLENKO; Lecturers GEPPERT, MARUYAMA, ZHANG;  Riley-Scholar-in-Residence LIM.

German

THE MAJOR — REQUIREMENTS:

A student majoring in German may choose one of three options: a.) the German language and literature track requires nine units above GR202, the intermediate level, including GR305, 315, and 316, and six additional 300-level courses (though GR210, 211, 220, or 229 may also be substituted for one of those six courses), as well as successful completion of the German Area Studies Test (generally taken in the final semester); b.) the German combination track allows students to combine their study of German with another discipline such as economics, music, history, philosophy, etc.; c.) the German studies track is an interdisciplinary major under the liberal arts and sciences program. Those students wishing to qualify for graduation “with distinction” will, after consultation with the German faculty, additionally be required to write a senior thesis. For details of requirements for the three German major options, see the German department.

German majors are encouraged to apply for one of the two annual stipends for a year of study at the Universities of Regensburg or Göttingen. The college’s own spring semester at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, is open to all students who have completed 102 or the equivalent. A student may also minor in German (details below); for students who participate in the Lüneburg semester, two additional 300-level German courses after their return will fulfill the requirements for the German minor. In addition, a German studies thematic minor is available. (See Catalog section on Thematic Minors for details.)

THE MINOR (6 UNITS BEYOND 102):
a.) The prerequisite for admission to the minor is 102 (1 unit) or the equivalent;
b.) Students must complete a minimum of six courses, including the following: 201, 202, 305 and three  
     300-level courses, for a total of 6 units;
c.) Students may count up to two units of German AP credit (i.e., the equivalent of 201 or 202) toward
     the minor. Students who initially place at the 300-level as a result of previous experience with    
     German, must complete four CC German courses at the 300-level. College transfer credit will be
     accepted, but at least three German courses at the 300-level must be completed at Colorado College.

German Courses

101 Elementary German (I)

An introductory German language course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

1 unit —

102 Elementary German (II)

An introductory German language course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

Prerequisite: successful completion of German 101, or placement into German 102 by an adequate score on the German placement exam.

1 unit —

103 German Skill Maintenance

Reading material and exercises maintain previously acquired skills until the student is able to continue with 201.

Prerequisite: German 101.

.25 unit —

104 German Skill Maintenance

Reading material and exercises maintain previously acquired skills until the student is able to continue with 201.

Prerequisite: German 101.

.25 unit —

120 German Language & Culture

This FYE (First Year Experience) course will introduce students to German language and culture. In the 2 blocks we will cover half the language material covered in GR101, combined with lessons in German culture (which will draw on topics in history, politics, literature, music, art, film, theater, etc.). With a basic understanding of the structures of the German language, students will be in a position to analyze and comprehend German culture (in its distinctive Germanness) in greater depth. Located in the heart of Europe, i. e., in Mitteleuropa, between East and West, German is also a striking example through which to explore issues of borders and frontiers. Particularly with its 20th century history as a divided country and the home of the Iron Curtain, Germany has represented borders and frontiers (geopolitically) in a most vivid manner. The language component of this course is at the beginning level. It is not assumed or required that students already have previous experience in German to enroll in this course. (Restricted to first-year students. Fulfills one unit of Language/Humanities credit and one unit of Culture/Humanities credit. Upon completion of the course, students who wish to continue with German language studies may enroll in the second block of GR101.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

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

2 units

201 Intermediate German I

Building language proficiency through a systematic review of German grammar and readings of selected texts. (Completion of this level is required for participation in the German semester in Luneburg.)

Prerequisite: 101 or equivalent.

1 unit —

202 Intermediate German II

A continuation of German grammar review begun in German 201, with special emphasis on vocabulary building through readings, discussions and special projects.

Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.

1 unit —

205 German Skill Maintenance

Maintenance of language proficiency for students at the advanced intermediate level or higher.

Prerequisite: German 201.

.25 unit —

206 German Skill Maintenance

Maintenance of language proficiency for students at the advanced intermediate level or higher.

Prerequisite: German 201.

.25 unit —

209 German Theatre Workshop

Participation in performance and production aspects of a German play. Presented in the German language. Rehearsal time: 6-8 weeks.

.25 unit —

210 German Film from its Beginnings to 1945

An introduction to the development of German cinema and its contribution to the history of film. Discussions will focus on prevalent themes, film aesthetics, genres and gender roles in a socio-political context. Viewed will be classics of the silent screen by such legendary filmmakers as Lubitsch, Murnau, and Pabst. Secondly, masterpieces of the early German sound-film by directors such as Sternberg, Lang and Sagan and finally the ambiguities of the Nazi propaganda and entertainment films by Riefenstahl and Harlan. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

211 German Film since 1945

A study of German cinema of the post-war era, including more contemporary films. Discussions and films shown will reflect the concerns of a younger generation of filmmakers, including coming to terms with the legacy of the Third Reich in such films as 'The Murderers are Amongst Us,' 'The Tin Drum,' and 'The Nasty Girl,' the 'New German Cinema' of Fassbinder, Wenders and Herzog; and alternative points of view by women and gay filmmakers such as Dorrie, von Trotta and von Praunheim. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

220 Topics in German Literature and Culture:

Prerequisite: taught in English.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200 and Dance Theory 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and Film Studies 205.

1 unit —

229 The German Democratic Republic

An overview of historical, political and cultural developments from the end of World War II to the unification of the German states in 1990, with consideration of important works of literature and film in the context of Marxist cultural politics. No prerequisite. Readings and discussion in English. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

305 German Composition and Conversation

Extensive speaking and writing practice based on the reading of German cultural materials. (Taught in Luneburg.)

Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent.

1 unit —

306 German Composition and Conversation II

Continued work toward proficiency in written and spoken German with attention to stylistic nuance and fluency of expression. (Offered in Luneburg only.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

311 Independent Reading:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties. (This course may also be taken in extended format, i.e. over 4 blocks for 0.5 unit or over 8 blocks for 1 unit.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 unit —

312 Independent Reading:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties. This course may also be taken in extended format, i.e. over 4 blocks for 0.5 unit or over 8 blocks for 1 unit.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit —

314 German Culture & Institutions

The German-speaking countries. An introduction to the culture and institutions of the German states. (Offered in Luneburg only.)

Prerequisite: 306 or equivalent.

1 unit —

315 Survey of German Literature and Culture I

Major developments in German life and letters from the Middle Ages through Classicism, with special attention to antecedents in classical antiquity and significant parallel developments in other European literatures. Works from early periods read in English or New High German.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. Must take 315 and 316 for CP:W credit.

1 unit —

316 Survey of German Literature and Culture II

Major developments in life and letters of the German-speaking countries from Romanticism to the present. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. Must take 315 & 316 for CP:W credit.

1 unit —

320 Topics in German Literature and Culture

Studies of a selected topic in the literature and culture of the German speaking countries. The course will cover topics not listed in the regular curriculum and may vary from year to year. Taught in German. Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. 1 unit - Department

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

Also listed as Comparative Literature 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and Music 228.

1 unit —

327 German Literature from 1918 to 1945

Literature of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and works by writers in exile. Selections from Brecht, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Hesse, Kafka, et. al. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

328 German Literature since 1945

Literature from the Federal Republic, Austria and Switzerland with focus on topics such as the Nazi past and problems associated with economic and political growth in the post-war period. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

334 German Literature at the Turn of the Century

A discussion of the fin de siecle. The literature of Naturalism, Impressionism and early Expressionism as the basis for an investigation of society in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

335 Realism

German literature in the mid- to late-19th century. Reading selections from Buchner, Kleist, Storm, Fontane and other major writers. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

336 German Romanticism

Representative German writers of the Romantic movement such as Tieck, Novalis and Hoffmann, with attention to underlying philosophical and social trends. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

347 The Age of Goethe

Readings selected from the dramas, prose fiction, poetry and critical writings of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, et al., from the late 18th century into the early 19th century. Reflections on developments in German literature in the periods generally designated as Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism.

Prerequisite: German 305 or equivalent.

1 unit —

416 Senior Thesis

Required only of those students wishing to qualify for graduation 'with distinction. ' An independent research project dealing with an aspect of German life and letters chosen by the student with the approval of the department.

Prerequisite: Completion of requirements for major, arranged any block & consent of instructor.

1 unit —

Russian Courses

101 Elementary Russian

Introduction to Russian life and culture through the study of language. This course focuses on the development of functional socio-cultural competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing. No prerequisite.

1 or 2 units —

102 Elementary Russian

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

103 Elementary Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of existing skills through readings and conversation until the student is able to progress to Russian 201.

Prerequisite: Russian 101.

.25 unit —

104 Elementary Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of existing skills through readings and conversation until the student is able to progress to Russian 201.

Prerequisite: Russian 101.

.25 unit —

201 Intermediate Russian I: Language through Film I

Focus on development of four communicative skills (speaking, aural comprehension, reading comprehension, writing) through interactive activities and integrated use of popular Russian films. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (This course is also offered during the CC program in Russia.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Russian 101 or consent of instructor.

1 unit —

202 Intermediate Russian II: Language through Film

Emphasis on active control of basic grammatical structures, readings, short essays, and discussions based on popular Russian films. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (This course is also offered during the CC program in Russia.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Russian 201 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

205 Intermediate Russian Skill Maintenance

For students between 201 and 202 or 305.

Prerequisite: Russian 201.

.25 unit —

206 Intermediate Russian Skill Maintenance

For students between 201 and 202 or 305.

Prerequisite: Russian 201.

.25 unit —

255 Survey of Russian Literature I

Survey of selected texts representing the periods of Russian literary tradition preceding the Age of the Novel: from the ecclesiastic texts of the Kievan era, through the baroque (first biographies, rise of the secular tale), the Russian Enlightenment (emergence of satire), to Russian Romanticism and the beginning of Realism (Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol).(Taught in English). Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit —

256 Survey of Russian Literature II

This sequel to RU255 focuses on Realism, Modernism, Socialist Realism, and Postmodernism in Russian literature; it serves as an introduction to Russian major writers from the second half of the 19th century to the present: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya and others. (Taught in English.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

305 Advanced Russian Language I

Intensive practice in oral self-expression and comprehension based on literary and audio-visual sources of modern standard Russian. (Taught in Russia.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Russian 202.

1 unit

306 Advanced Russian Language II

Continued work toward proficiency in spoken and written modern standard Russian. (Taught in Russia.) (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Russian 305.

1 unit

307 Advanced Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of the existing skills in conversation, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: Russian 305 or consent of instructor.

.25 unit —

308 Advanced Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of the existing skills in conversation, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: Russian 305 or consent of instructor.

.25 unit —

311 Independent Study:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties.

Prerequisite: Russian 306 & consent of instructor.

1 unit —

312 Independent Study:

For students wishing to read literature or to enhance their individual skills in Russian. (May be taken as one block or half-block or as an extended format course for one semester each, i. e., 311, 312.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Russian 306.

.5 to 1 unit —

350 Tolstoy in Translation

Readings of selected fictional and nonfictional works. Close analysis of texts and study of Russian and European background of Tolstoy's works. (Taught in English.)

.5 unit —

351 Dostoevsky in Translation

Readings in the various forms of psychological narrative explored by Dostoevsky with emphasis on close study of his major works in their Russian and European contexts. (Taught in English.) No prerequisite. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

Asian Studies Courses

101 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 —

102 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.

2 units —

103 Topics:

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

105 Japanese Skill Maintenance (Beginning)

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

Also listed as Japanese 103.

.25 unit —

106 Japanese Skill Maintenance (Beginning)

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

Also listed as Japanese 104.

.25 unit —

109 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 2013-14).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

1 unit

110 Topics in Asian Studies:

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

113 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 —

114 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 —

115 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 2013-14).

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

2 units

117 Introduction to Asian Art

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

118 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 2013-14).

2 units

121 Introduction to the Sanskrit Language

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

122 Introduction to the Sanskrit Language

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

123 Sanskrit

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

124 Sanskrit

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

130 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 —

131 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.)

Also listed as Music 131.

.25 unit —

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

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

155 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 2013-14).

1 unit

160 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 —

170 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 —

180 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 2013-14).

1 unit

199 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 —

200 Topics in Asian Studies:

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.

Also listed as Art History 113 and Music 221.

1 unit —

201 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 —

202 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 —

203 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 2013-14).

1 unit

205 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 —

206 Chinese Skill Maintenance

Also listed as Chinese Language 206.

.25 unit —

207 Chinese in China

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 to 2 units

208 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.

.25 unit —

211 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

212 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 2013-14).

1 unit

215 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Also listed as Japanese 205.

.25 unit —

216 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Also listed as Japanese 206.

.25 unit —

217 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.

Also listed as History 223.

1 unit —

219 Dance Studio: Tai Chi

(Not offered 2013-14).

.25 unit

220 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 2013-14).

1 unit

221 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 —

222 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 —

223 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 2013-14).

1 unit

224 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 2013-14).

1 unit

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

(Not offered 2013-14).

.5 unit

228 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 2013-14).

.25 to 2 units

229 20th Century China

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement. May meet either the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality requirement.

Also listed as History 225.

1 unit —

230 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.

Also listed as History 226.

1 unit —

232 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 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Any 100-Level SO course.

1 unit

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

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

242 Religion in China

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

243 Religion in Japan

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

248 Environmental Politics on

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

250 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.

Also listed as Art History 200 and Art History 345 and Anthropology 208 and Chinese Language 250 and Comparative Literature 200 and Dance Theory 200 and Dance Studio 245 and Race and Ethnic Studies 200 and Feminist & Gender Studies 206 and History 200 and Japanese 250 and Japanese 252 and Theatre 200.

.25 or .5 or 1 unit —

251 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 2013-14).

1 unit

252 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 2013-14).

1 unit

253 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 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Religion 140 or 160 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

254 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 —

255 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.

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265 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 2013-14).

1 unit

281 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. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

290 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.

Also listed as History 200.

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295 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.

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301 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 —

302 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 —

303 Advanced Japanese Language

Prerequisite: Japanese 202.

Also listed as Japanese 302.

1 unit —

304 Advanced Chinese Language II

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 301 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Chinese Language 302.

1 unit —

311 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 —

323 Minority Politics

A comparative analysis of the political experience and responses of major ethnic minorities and women to the American political process. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

324 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 2013-14).

1 unit

326 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 2013-14).

.25 to 1 unit

331 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 2013-14).

1 unit

339 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 2013-14).

1 unit

345 The Dervish Diaries

Selected readings in Islamic literature in translation.

Also listed as Religion 345.

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346 Western Political Thought in China

Exploration of contemporary Chinese perspectives on modern Western political thinkers. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

350 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. (Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

352 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. (Not offered 2013-14).

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

1 unit

357 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 2013-14).

1 unit

362 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.

Prerequisite: Religion 160 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Religion 362.

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363 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 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Religion 160 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

371 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. (Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Religion 170 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

372 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.

Prerequisite: Religion 170 or consent of instructor.

Also listed as Religion 372.

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384 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 2013-14).

1 unit

385 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 2013-14).

1 unit

390 Advanced Topics in Asian Studies:

(Not offered 2013-14).

1 unit

400 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 —

401 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 —

403 Japanese Culture and Language

(Not offered 2013-14).

Prerequisite: Japanese 302 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

406 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.

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