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This course examines how the religious and philosophical traditions of Zen, originally a Buddhist practice of meditation, have become intertwined with Japanese aesthetic principles. It will focus on the design of architecture and gardens that embodied Zen teachings, and the activities that take place in those spaces, such as chanoyu (tea ceremony), as well as works of art such as calligraphy and ceramics. Covering the period from the 13th through the 20th centuries, the course traces the changing philosophical concepts of enlightenment and their aesthetic expression.
Pre-Req: ENGL.1020 College Writing II.
Beijing has served as the political and cultural capital in China since the 15th century. At its core lies the Forbidden City, the largest preserved ancient wooden palatial compound in the world. This course centers first on examining the formal features of the City's layout, spatial planning, decorative schemes, and technical innovations, as well as the integration of the arts within the City. It then investigates how these features supported the profound socio-political symbolism of the empire and its cultural significance both historically and in the 20th century after the establishment of Communist China in 1949. A careful study of the Forbidden City allows us to engage with critical questions about the past and our own position as recipients of such a rare legacy of world civilization.
Historical and critical examination of regions works of art from China, Asia, the Islamic world, India, Africa, North America, Latin America, Native American Art and Mexico. Topics vary from year to year. Course may be repeated.
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.
Learn the basics of working with clay with a focus on traditional Khmer hand building and surface carving practices. Hand building techniques including slab construction, coil pinch, low relief carving, slip joinery, and additive processes to create vessels and sculptures will be covered as well as glazing, color, and traditional wood kiln firing processes. Students make sculptural and functional forms to fire in a Cambodian style environmentally green smokeless wood burning kiln. Course is suitable for both beginners and intermediate ceramists. This is a General Education elective in the arts & humanities.
This course provides students with an overview of the multidisciplinary field of Asian American Studies from two distinct disciplines. The course begins with the history of Asian American Studies and the methods used to advance the field. Next, various aspects of the Asian American experience, such as gender and sexuality, are examined. Students also participate in service learning in partnership with Asian-serving community organizations in and around Lowell, MA. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE).
Pre-Req: ENGL 1010 or 1020 College Writing I or II or (42.103 Col Writing I-Internatl or ENGL 1110 College Writing I ESL) or HONR.1100.
Development Economics provides an introduction to the importance of political and market institutions in shaping the economic performance in the context of understanding economic role of institutions; theories of income distribution and distributional conflict; effect of social conflict and class conflict on development; political economic determinants of policies; causes and consequences of corruption; and importance of financial markets. The course utilizes both theoretical and empirical approaches in its analysis of economic development.
Pre-Req: ECON.2010 Principles of Microeconomics
The course addresses the literature of America's immigrant and cultural groups and how it contributes to defining our national character. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA).
Asian Americans hold an intriguing place in the cultural imagination: as perpetual foreigners, as so-called 'model minorities' that serve to maintain hegemonic power relations, and as living embodiments of America's memory of its involvement in recent wars. As artists, however, Asian Americans have contributed and impressive body of literary work, and we'll examine some of the most enduring and provocative of these texts. We'll explore themes such as trauma and the immigrant experience, issues of exile and dislocation, Asian Americans' embattled place in our country's history, and the intersections of race and ethnicity with gender and sexuality. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA) and Social Responsibility & Ethics (SRE).
Pre-Req: ENGL 1020 College Writing II.
This class examines societies and cultures from ancient until early modern times with the underlying assumption that world history is an important conceptual tool for understanding our interdependent world. Course topics analyze the nature of the earliest human communities, the development of the first civilizations and the subsequent emergence of cultures in selected areas of Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas. This course also offers a consideration of issues related to the connections and relationships that shaped civilizations as a result of migration, war, commerce, and the various cultural expressions of self, society, and the cosmos before 1500. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA).
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.
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.
The Second World War transformed states and people from East Asia to the United States to Europe. We examine diplomatic and military aspects of the war and how it affected the lives of people in the countries involved. Topics include the prelude to the war, military campaigns in Europe and the Pacific, collaboration and resistance, the home front, the Holocaust, science and the atom bomb, and the consequences of the war.
Covers the U.S. was in Vietnam from its origins in the French colonial era to its impact on contemporary culture and foreign policy.
This course will provide an overview of the growth, decline, and rebirth of the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Topics will include the Industrial Revolution, role of women and unions in the workplace, immigration and the formation of ethnic neighborhoods, urban renewal, and historic preservation. The survey will also discuss notable personalities such as labor activist Sarah Bagley, Civil War general Benjamin Butler, writer Jack Kerouac, Senator Paul Tsongas and boxer Micky Ward. The foregoing names may differ over time.
A study of the traditional Japanese institutions and the transformation of Japan into a modern state after 1868: the Tokugawa Shogunate, Meiji Restoration, Russo-Japanese War, world power status, militarism, World War II, and present day Japan.
The course examines relations between the United States on one hand and Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines on the other in the 19th and 20th centuries. Besides political, trade, and cultural relations, there is also emphasis on American laws and practices regarding immigrants from these East Asian countries. The aim of the course is for students to gain a basic knowledge of American relations with East Asia and to develop analytical skills for sophisticated inter-national relations.
Chinese foreign policy since 1949 with a strong emphasis on tracing the links between historical, ideological, and cultural influences, on the one hand, and pragmatic and nationalistic considerations on the other. While tracing these links, the course explores the intricate process of policymaking in the People's Republic of China.
Requisite: Sophomore level or higher.
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.
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. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA).
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
Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Diversity and Cultural Awareness (DCA).
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.
A study of the politics of race and ethnicity, focusing primarily on American society, and the racial and ethnic groups of the region.
A study of Southeast Asian countries, their anti-colonial struggles and their patterns of political development. Attention is also given to the recent struggle among the former Indochinese states and the broader international involvement in the region.
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.
Explores the theories and experiences of countries newly converting to democracy in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the former Eastern Bloc. Also examines the strategies and prospects for development among the same countries.
An examination of the politics, policies and institutions of Japan, the "four tigers" and other countries of the Pacific rim area.
This course locates and studies the sociological dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States as it pertains to all groups. The course material presents theories and models that explain periods of conflict and cooperation between diverse sets of people. While providing some historical background, the course focuses primarily on recent and contemporary situations.
The course explores the historical relevance of race, class, and gender concerning Asian Americans in globalized contexts. We will analyze the transformation of the Asian American immigrant identities from "yellow peril" to "model minority status". We will look at the raced representations of Asian Americans and Asians across visual media. We will explore the politics around Asian American stereotypes and connect them with the ongoing debate around Asian American immigrants and Asian American immigration to the US. By the end of the course, you will be able to contextualize the Asian American experience in the contemporary contexts of US race relations.
Pre-Req: SOCI.1010 Intro to Sociology.
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.
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-Req: 53.105 Chinese 1 and Culture.
This introductory language and culture course prepares non-Chinese speakers for potential future business engagements either in China or with Chinese speakers in the United States. Effective communication and cultural competency in standard/Mandarin Chinese are emphasized. Students will be exposed to various aspects of Chinese culture appropriate for informal as well as business social settings. Topics include, but are not limited to, self-introduction, traveling, lodging, dining, shopping, banking, seeing a doctor, making friends, and doing business. Authentic language materials (vocabulary, Pinyin, sentence structures, conversations) are presented and taught in a second language acquisition environment with interactive activities that are relevant to proper social etiquette.
This language and culture course is a continuation of Business Chinese I. The course prepares non-Chinese speakers for potential future business engagements either in China or with Chinese speakers in the United States. Effective communication and cultural competency in standard/Mandarin Chinese are emphasized. Students will be exposed to various aspects of Chinese culture appropriate for informal as well as business social settings. Topics include, but are not limited to, self-introduction,traveling, lodging, dining, shopping, banking, seeing a doctor, making friends, and doing business. Authentic language materials (vocabulary, Pinyin, sentence structures, conversations) are presented and taught in a second language acquisition environment with interactive activities that are relevant to proper social etiquette.
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-Req: 53.106 Chinese 2 and Culture.
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-Req: 53.205 Chinese 3 and Culture.
This course offers an insight into Chinese culture and society by examining different genres of modern and contemporary Chinese Literature -- the novel, poetry, essay, and drama -- since the early Twentieth Century. Readings in English translations of representative works by major writers/essayists/poets/playwrights will be complemented by selected feature films and documentaries. The survey of Chinese literature will be put in the context of a series of sociopolitical changes in China that informed the production of these works.
An in-depth study of culture, civilization, and literature from the Chinese-speaking world. The emphasis of the course is not only on understanding China's history in general chronological terms, but also on understanding the cultural qualities that have made China a great yet distinctive country. Course taught in English.
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.
A program of directed study to give an opportunity to a student to explore problems in Chinese Culture in greater dept or to initiate additional problems in Chinese Culture.
This intensive, 3-credit Cambodian language and culture course in intended for heritage Cambodian speakers who already have a basic command of the spoken and written language. The course covers the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills comprising the Cambodian Language & Culture 1 & 2 course in a single semester. Contemporary news information is also presented on a weekly basis.
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.
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-Req: WLKH.1350 Cambodian 1 and Culture.
This intensive 3-credit Cambodian language and culture course is intended for heritage Cambodian speakers who already have successfully completed WLKH.1040, Elementary Cambodian for Heritage Speakers, or its equivalent. The course covers the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills comprising the Cambodian Language & Culture 3 & 4 courses in a single semester. Contemporary news information is also presented on a weekly basis.
Pre-req: WLKH.1040 Elementary Cambodian for Heritage Speaking, or WLKH.1360 Cambodian II and Culture.
This 3-credit course focuses on the culture of Cambodia from ancient times to present. Specifically, this course provides an overview of the geography, demographics, monarchy, religion, architecture, dance & music, literature and performing arts in historical context. The course also requires students to examine contemporary Cambodia in terms of change continuity.
Pre-Req: 53.136 Cambodian 2 and Culture.
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-Req: WLKH.2350 Cambodian 3 and Culture.
This course provides a survey of the role and function of literature and literary institutions in Cambodia. Selections of literature in translation from various genres (poetry, the short story, novels) are analyzed in terms of the development of the particular genre and its function vis-a-vis Cambodia's cultural institutions. Similarly, the course examines the role of these cultural institutions in supporting the production of these literatures in different historical periods (classical to modern). Particular emphasis is given to the role of literature and literary institutions in the development of national and cultural identity during and after colonial rule.
Pre-req: WLKH.2100 Introduction to Cambodian Culture.
This course examines the emergence and growth the Cambodian American culture in Lowell from the early 1980s until the present. The course focuses on cultural and artistic organizations and events, such as the Angkor dance troupe and the Southeast Asian Water Festival within the changing political and historical context of Lowell during that period. Particular attention is given to the role of Cambodian cultural organizations and events in Lowell's cultural economy, which includes Lowell's art district and city organizations like the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), the Merrimack Repertory Theater and the Lowell National Historical Park.
Pre-Req: WLKH.2100 or ENGL.1020.
This 3-credit course examines Cambodian cinema and filmmakers from the 20th and 21st centuries. The course will include films in English or with English subtitles made by Cambodian filmmakers, as well as films about Cambodia made by foreign filmmakers. The course will be organized chronologically and thematically beginning with the first documentary films from the 1290's produced by foreign filmmakers, to Cambodia's "golden age" of cinema in the 1960's, to films from the 1980's about the genocide, to the fast-growing contemporary film scene in Cambodia. Students will view and examine the films in terms of their cultural context and how this context is reflected in the films' plot, characters and perspective.
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.
Students through regular and frequent consultation with their instructor develop a course of directed study in Cambodian (Kmer) culture, and define a problem for individual research. The student's findings are presented in a paper of significant proportions.