Course Listing Asian Studies

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43.204 China & the Modern World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5201
Status Active

This course introduces China's interactions with the world since the 1840s. With theOpium War as the starting point, students are ushered into a traditional China whosepolitical system, cultural values, and an economic structure stood in sharp contrast to those of the outside world. The main focus of the course is to explore the process inwhich China fought for its survival as a sovereign nation and searched for its road tomodernization.

43.207 Women in China Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5204
Status Active

From Confucian texts to current conditions, the course examines the evolution of Chinese women's status throughout the centuries. The course will ask questions such as whether Confucianism dictated oppression against women, what factors influenced the changes of status for women, how Western feminism is connected with Chinese women, what roles women played in transforming China, and how ordinary women lived and are still living in China.

45.296 Introduction to World Religions Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33190
Status Active

A study of religious knowledge and the phenomena of religion from a philosophical standpoint. The course considers explanations for religious behavior, some central issues in religious belief, and the values and goals of religious systems. Various world religions provide specific data for these topics.

45.340 Mysticism: East and West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5546
Status Active

This course explores the religious and psychological phenomenon known as the mystical experience, both within the context of organized religion and outside it. We will approach this subject from a comparative standpoint, considering examples from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and also from Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Taoism. We will make use of philosophy, psychology, theology and literature in order to try to understand mysticism and its relation to religion. Readings include The Upanishads, the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, and Plato.

45.350 World Philosophies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5552
Status Active

This course will fuse the historical and the thematic approaches in order to undertake a comparative examination of the relations of the great philosophical traditions (Chinese, Indian, Western, Islamic, and Japanese) to the perennial issues of philosophy. The main focus will be the continuing vitality and heuristic fertility of these traditions and their ability to define how human

45.371 Buddhist and Zen Philosophy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33509
Status Active

Explores Buddhist and Zen philosophy and practice from ancient India through its developments in China and Japan to contemporary America. Attention is given to significant philosophical movements such as Abhidharmika, Madhyamika, Yogacara, Huayen, and Chan (Zen).

46.316 Politics and Film Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5615
Status Active

Analysis of the role of film in creating, expressing, revealing, and responding to social and political ideas and values. Examines a variety of film and film styles and introduces students to elements of film theory, the theory of popular culture and the role of film in forming our ideas about the world.

46.363 Politics of China Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5649
Status Active

A study of the recent development of governmental institutions, parties, and ideology in China. Emphasis is placed on the processes of nation-building in the post World War II period.

53.105 Chinese 1 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6035
Status Active

Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 105, 106 and 205, 206 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

53.106 Chinese 2 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6036
Status Active

Continuation of 53.105 Chinese 1 and Culture. Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 103, 104 and 205, 206 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 53.105 Chinese 1 and Culture.

53.135 Cambodian 1 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6044
Status Active

Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 135, 136 and 235, 236 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

53.136 Cambodian 2 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 33186
Status Active

This course continues the oral practice, reading, writing, grammar and cultural studies begun in 53.135. Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 135, 136 and 235, 236 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 53.135 Cambodian 1 and Culture.

53.205 Chinese 3 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6049
Status Active

Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 105,106 and 205, 206 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 53.106 Chinese 2 and Culture.

53.206 Chinese 4 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6050
Status Active

This course is a continuation of 53.205 Chinese 3 and Culture, which is a pre-requisite. Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 105, 106 and 205, 206 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 53.205 Chinese 3 and Culture.

53.235 Cambodian 3 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32059
Status Active

Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 135, 136 and 235, 236 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 53.136 Cambodian 2 and Culture.

53.236 Cambodian 4 and Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32060
Status Active

This course is a continuation of 53.235 Cambodian 3 and Culture, which is a pre-requisite. Development of fundamental skills in oral expression, aural comprehension, reading and writing is required in language courses. Beginning and intermediate language courses at the 135, 136 and 235, 236 levels must be elected in the prescribed sequence.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 53.235 Cambodian 3 and Culture.

53.490 Directed Study in Chinese Culture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37627
Status Active

Students through regular consultation with the Instructor develop a course of directed study or independent study in Chinese Culture. Students findings are presented in a paper of significant proportion.

58.331 Asian Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6238
Status Active

The purpose of this course is to provide a general overview of the art of the traditional cultures of Asia, China, India and Japan. This survey provides a critical and historical examination of these cultures.

59.105 Comparative Arts Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6258
Status Active

This course studies the aesthetic, artistic and intellectual similarities between art history and music history. By comparing modes of visual and aura representation, the course focuses on the development of human creativity and expression through the arts, from ancient times as 'art and morality' followed in the Renaissance as 'art and sciences' continued in the Enlightenment as 'art and society' contrasted in the nineteenth century as 'art and enlightenment'.

59.349 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36699
Status Active

This course will examine various literary and political responses to the Cambodian genocide, particularly personal accounts or literary testimony by survivors and government sanctioned legal proceedings. The course will consider how the literary and political responses to the Cambodian genocide have at different times paralleled, complimented and opposed each other. The course will also ask whether their overall effect contributes to or detracts from the serving of justice and the process of healing for the survivors. To pursue these questions, we will read selections from novels and poetry written by Cambodian survivors side by side with accounts of political activities of the Cambodian government and the international community to bring the perpetrators of the genocide to justice.