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Art

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 Tai chi, Tai chi 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. (Also listed as Dance 102.) 1 unit - Wang

117 Introduction to Asian Art. Introduction to Asian art in its historical and cultural context with emphasis on China, Japan, and India. (Also listed as Art History 113.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 2 units - Bentley

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. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) Also listed as Art History 155.) 1 unit - Bentley

250 Topics in Asian Studies: Word and Image in Chinese and Japanese Art This course will examine the relationship between literature and art in Chinese and Japanese tomb art, painting, prints, and ceramics. Due to its thematic nature, the course will not provide a comprehensive Asian art survey. In China, we will examine Confucian texts and Sima Qian's Records of the Historian in relation to the Wu shrines; and Neo-Daoist writings in relation to the Seven Sages to the Bamboo Grove tomb engravings. Then we will consider allusions in Song painting to Tang and Song poetry; and the literary basis for Ming dynasty drama illustrations and printing playing cards. In Japan, we begin by examining Heian court poetry in relation to court art. We then consider the relationship between Zen writings and medieval monochrome ink paintings; and the role of the Zen church in the shifting aesthetics of the tea ceremony. The course concluded by investigating ironic juxtapositions of word and image in ukiyo-e woodblock prints. Prerequisite:100 level AH course or COI (AH 200.) 1 unit- Bentley

250 Topics in Asian Studies: Chinese Calligraphy. An introduction to Chinese brushwork covering calligraphy, bamboo, orchid and tree painting, as well as some bird painting..25 units- Tu

255 The Art of Japan. Salient developments in the art and architecture of Japan from prehistoric to modern times. Emphasis on the religious, philosophical, and historical background. Prerequisite: 155 or consent of instructor. (Also listed as Art History 255.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Bentley

350 Print Culture and International Exchange in Early Modern China and Japan. Prerequisite: A course in Art History or Asian Studies or consent of instructor. (Also listed as Art History 345.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Bentley

Economics

337 Economic Development.Examines various attempts by Third World countries to achieve higher standards of living; emphasizes the theoretical and policy approaches adopted in both the domestic and international spheres. Prerequisite: Economics 150 (or 151 and 152). (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Kapuria-Foreman.

History

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 of China and Japan. (Also listed as History 228.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 2 units - Williams

250 Topics in History: Hero! Honor, Outlaws and Order in East Asian History and Culture. Prerequisite: one Asian Studies course. 1 unit - Williams

290 Studying Asia. An interdisciplinary study of 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.) Prerequisite: one Asian Studies course. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Williams

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. (Writing Emphasis.) Prerequisite: previous study of China or consent of instructor. (Also listed as History 327.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Williams

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.) Prerequisite: previous study of Japan or consent of instructor. (Also listed as History 328.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Williams

Language

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 101.) 2 units - Jiang and Huang

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 - Maruyama

105, 106 Beginning Japanese Skill Maintenance. Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language. Prerequisite: 102. (Also listed as Japanese 103, 104.) 1/4 unit - Maruyama

113, 114 Chinese Skill Maintenance. Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Chinese language. Prerequisite: 101. (Also listed as Chinese 103, 104.) 1/4 unit each - Zhang

201 Intermediate Chinese 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: 102. (Also listed as Chinese 201.) 1 unit - Jiang

202 Advanced Intermediate Chinese II. The course builds on the language proficiency gained in 201. Increased use of the written and spoken language designed to build proficiency. Prerequisite: 201. (Also listed as Chinese 202.) 1 unit - Jiang and Zhang

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: 102. (Also listed as Japanese 201.) 1 unit - Maruyama

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: 201. (Also listed as Japanese 202.) 1 unit - Maruyama

301 Advanced Japanese Language. Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending modern Japanese. Prerequisite: 202 or consent of instructor. (Also listed as Japanese 301.) 1 unit - Ericson or Maruyama

302 Advanced Chinese Language. Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending modern Chinese. Prerequisite: 202. (Also listed as Chinese 301.) (Offered as an extended format course blocks 1-8.) 1 unit - Jiang

Literature

211 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation. This course will acquaint students with major forms of Chinese fiction: pi-chi, ch'uan-ch'i, ppien-wen, hua-pen, kung-an, and the novel, as well as modern Chinese vernacular literature. (Also listed as Chinese 212.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Jiang

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 short stories will be supplemented with film and readings. Discussion, reading, and writing will be in English. (Also listed as Japanese 212.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Department

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. (Also listed as Chinese 221 and Feminist and Gender Studies 224.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.)1 unit - Jiang

PA 250, Block 1-2: Topics on Asian Literature & Culture. Language opens the door to culture. This course will pay attention to the relationship between Chinese language and culture, and word and image. The course begins with the study of Chinese language with emphasis on basic grammar, speaking, and listening comprehension as well as mastery of some 250 Chinese characters for reading and writing (mainly in Block 1), and then introduces students to how Chinese language and philosophical thinking transformed ways of life for the East and to the major forms of Chinese literature and art such as poetry, painting, calligraphy and traditional Chinese garden (mainly in Block 2). This is an introductory course, which attempts to spark an interest in Chinese language and art and to lead students to study Chinese language and art in a broader social and cultural context. 1 unit- Jiang

251 Japanese Women Writers. Japanese women writers wrote the most heralded 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. (Also listed as Feminist and Gender Studies 251.) 1 unit - Ericson

Music

131, 132 Balinese Gamelan. 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. (Also listed as Music 131, 132.) (adjunct) 1/4 unit - Lasmawan

208 Balinese Dance. This course, taught by a native Indonesian artist, introduces traditional Balinese dance. (One semester, extended format, blocks 1-4 and/or blocks 5-8.) (Also listed as Dance 209.) 1/4 unit - Lasmawan

223 From Bombay to Bollywood: Music and the Popular Indian Film. Since the 1930s, the presence of the film song sequence has been a hallmark of Indian popular cinema, to the extent that film song sequences and songs often play an important role in helping promote the films they appear in. This course examines how film music has helped define Bombay cinema as the global industry now known as "Bollywood", as well as how film song sequences work within and outside films' narratives to create a unique aesthetic. Although international audiences have enjoyed Bombay films and film music since the 1950s, the term "Bollywood" did not emerge until the late 1980s. Since then, it has often accompanied descriptions of Bombay films' transformation from a regional industry into a multimedia global brand- experienced through cinema; the Internet; satellite television; music and video recordings; radio; and ring tones, almost all of which feature music at their core. This viewing-intensive course surveys older as well as recent popular Bombay films and explores their film songs' stylistic conventions, context within films, and their life outside the cinema hall. In doing so, students trace the shift from Bombay to "Bollywood" as well as gain a fundamental understanding of South Asian popular culture. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (Also listed as Anthropology 222 and Music 233.) 1 unit - Bhattacharjya.

250 Popular Music from South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. This course explores popular music from South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa - as well from these regions' diasporic populations in the United States and Europe. Throughout the course, we consider how technology, mass media, and migration have over the last century shaped and still shape communities' respective cultural identities, particularly in the contemporary context of globalization. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (Also listed as Anthropology 222 and Music 232.) 1 unit - Bhattacharjya

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 musics are discussed. (Also listed as Music 295 and Anthropology 295.) 1 unit - Lasmawan and Levine

Political Science

200 Southeast Asian Politics By providing an overview of states and societies in pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial Southeast Asia, this course aims to make sense of key forces which have shaped the region's diverse political systems today-the military juntas in Burma and Thailand, the socialist regime in Vietnam, single party dominant systems in Singapore and Malaysia, and multiparty presidential systems in Indonesia and the Philippines. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (Also listed as Political Science 243.) 1 unit - Ito.

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 of China and Japan. (Also listed as History 228.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement..) 2 units - Williams

PA 250, Block 1: Issues in Chinese History. (Also HY 200.) 1 unit- department.

PA 250, Block 2: Issues in Japanese History. (Also HY 200.) 1 unit- department.

PA 250, Block 2: China and the World. Offers a Chinese perspective on China's foreign relations in the new century. Taught by a professor from Fudan University in Shanghai, the course will emphasize national security and arms control issues. 1 unit- Shen

326 Japanese Politics. This course examines whether Western political theory can be used to understand the politics of Japan. (Also listed as Political Science 326.) 1 unit - department

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. (Also listed as Political Science 331.) 1 unit - Ito

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. (Writing Emphasis.) Prerequisite: previous study of China or consent of instructor. (Also listed as History 327.) (Offered alternate years.) (Meets the Alternative Perspectives: B requirement.) 1 unit - Williams

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.) Prerequisite: previous study of Japan or consent of instructor. (Also listed as History 328.) (Meets the Alternative Perspectives: B requirement.) 1 unit - Williams

Religion

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. (Also listed as Dance 102.) 1 unit - Wang

140 Islam An historical and thematic introduction to Islamic traditions from the 7th 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. 1 unit - Coleman.

160 Hinduism An historical and thematic introduction to Hindu traditions 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. 1 unit - Coleman.

251 Feminist Religious Thought An introduction to feminist theology and ethics in the Christian and Judaic traditions, with attention to feminist thought in Asian religions as well. Topics include God, love, justice, community, liberation, sexuality, reproduction, and social transformation.(Offered in alternate years). 1 unit - Coleman.

252 Women in Hinduism and Islam An exploration of constructions of gender and the status of women and 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. Prerequisite: RE 140 or RE 160 or consent of instructor. (Offered in alternate years). 1 unit - Coleman.

341 Sufism A study of Sufi texts and practices, focusing on devotional poetry from classical and medieval periods in diverse settings throughout the Islamic world, including South Asia. Major figures include Rabi'a, al-Hallaj, Rumi and Sultan Bahu. Prerequisite: RE 140. (Offered in alternate years). 1 unit - Coleman.

361 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 who are devotees of Visnu, Krishna, Siva, Rama, and the Great Goddess. Critical articles help situate the devotees and their songs in cultural context. Prerequisite: RE 160. (Offered in alternate years). 1 unit - Coleman.

362 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 various rituals. Prerequisite: RE 160. (Offered in alternate years). 1 unit - Coleman.

203 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. (Also listed as Religion 203.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Gardiner

216 Confucianism. Close reading of primary philosophical and ethical texts in the classical and Neo-Confucian traditions, including the writings of Confucius, Mencius, and Wang Yang-ming, with attention as well to modern scholarly interpretations of this literature. The influence of Confucianism on East Asian civilizations in general. (Also listed as Religion 206.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques.) 1 unit - Gardiner

218 Taoism. Close reading of Lao- tzu's Tao te ching and the writings of Chuang-tzu, supplemented by modern scholarly treatments of this literature. We will explore such topics in religious and philosophical Taoism as the spontaneity and naturalness of Wu- Wei; the natural world as teacher; meditative and dietary practices; the Taoist church and its priests and rituals. (Also listed as Religion 208.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques.) 1 unit - Gardiner

220 Philosophies of India. The development of Indian philosophy from its roots in the Vedic tradition of Hinduism. Attention will be focused on the metaphysical, ethical, and epistemological systems that grew out of the Hindu scriptures and the challenges to Hinduism posed by Buddhism and philosophical materialism. Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy or consent of instructor. (Also listed as Philosophy 220.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Lee

242 Religion in China. Focuses on four aspects of religion in China: folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. The course includes an introduction to Confucius' Analects and Lao-Tzu's Tao te ching; the Chinese transformation of Buddhism and the Buddhist transformation of China; the I ching; the significance of ancestor veneration; and the centrality of ideals of harmony on individual, social, and cosmic levels. (Also listed as Religion 243.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Gardiner

243 Religion in Japan. The course focuses on the strong influence of Chinese and Indian religious forms; the prevalence of religious syncretism; the centrality of ancestor veneration; views of nature and of sacred space; the tendency toward this-worldly, material concerns; the wide variety of "new religions" in Japan. (Also listed as Religion 243.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Gardiner

370 Systems of Buddhist Thought and Practice. The topic for this course will vary from year to year. The subject matter will draw from areas such as schools of Buddhist philosophy, traditions of meditation, and the writings of renowned Buddhist authors. Prerequisite: Religion 203. (Also listed as Religion 370.) (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) 1 unit - Gardiner

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