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KHMER 1100 : Elements of Khmer Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will introduce basic Khmer /Cambodian language and culture to anyone with interest in the subject matter, those planning to travel to Cambodia, heritage students, etc.
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TAG 1100 : Elements of Tagalog (Filipino) Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will introduce very basic functional uses of Tagalog (Filipino) language and elements of Filipino culture to interested students like heritage learners and those who are planning to travel briefly to the Philippines to participate in a short project or study abroad program in the country.
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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed to complement students participating in short-term study abroad programs to Vietnam or anyone wishing to gain some basic Vietnamese language skills and learn various elements of Vietnamese culture .
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TAMIL 1100 : Elements of Tamil Language and Culture
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This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Tamil language who expect to participate in university programs in Tamil-speaking areas of the world.  Students will learn enough phrases to be able to handle very simple interactions and express very simple needs.  The class will be run mostly in the Tamil language.  Emphasis will be on behaving appropriately in Tamil settings, with regard to language use and other behavior.  Through out-of-class readings, students will also gain an understanding of the history and current place of Tamil in South Asia.
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INDO 1100 : Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Indonesian language who expect to participate in university programs in Indonesian-speaking areas of the world.  Students will learn enough phrases to be able to handle very simple interactions and express very simple needs.  The class will be run mostly in Indonesian language.  Emphasis will be on behaving appropriately in Indonesian settings, with regard to language use and other behavior.  Through out-of-class readings, students will also gain an understanding of the history and current place of Indonesian in Southeast Asia.
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THAI 1100 : Elements of Thai Language and Culture
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THAI 1100 introduces basic spoken Thai and various aspects of Thai culture for short-term visitors.  Through active, participatory learning this course cultivates a working knowledge of the Thai language and develops a cultural "intuition" that is meaningful and functional for achieving a smooth transition and successful experience in Thailand.  This course is for students who are personally interested in Thai culture as well as those participating in university projects in Thailand.
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SINHA 1100 : Elements of Sinhala Lang/Cult
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This course will introduce the basic Sinhala language elements and elements of Sri Lankan culture for those who are interested in the field of language and culture. Also for those planning to travel to Sri Lanka, heritage students, etc.
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JAPAN 1101 : Elementary Japanese I
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Gives a thorough grounding in all four language skills-speaking, listening, reading, and writing-at the beginning level. The lecture provides explanation, analysis, and cultural background. Sections are conducted entirely in Japanese.
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NEPAL 1101 : Elementary Nepali I
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Intended for beginners. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills, using culturally appropriate materials and texts. Devanagari script for reading and writing is also introduced.
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HINDI 1101 : Elementary Hindi I
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Designed for students who are complete beginners in the Hindi language. Students  enter this course with no or very little prior knowledge in Hindi. The course aims to help students acquire competence in the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing)  of the Hindi language by utilizing tools of basic grammar, vocabulary, cultural points and other oral and written activities. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate in basic everyday Hindi, and perform all the hands-on tasks and functions necessary to survive in India and/or similar context.
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KOREA 1101 : Elementary Korean I
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This course is designed for students with no or very little knowledge of Korean in order to acquire the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) of the Korean language and to become familiar with its culture. Students will learn the Korean writing system and basic survival language skills. Basic knowledge of Korean grammar, vocabulary, expressions and cultural points will be given during the lecture. Students will then have an opportunity to practice the learned knowledge in sections. By the end of the semester, students will be able to exchange in simple conversations with native Koreans about the subjects that are familiar to them: introducing oneself, describing events or objects, asking and giving directions to and from a certain place, talking about plans in the near future, etc.
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CHIN 1101 : Beginning Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For complete beginners only, providing a thorough grounding in conversational and reading skills. Students with some facility in the spoken language (because Chinese is spoken at home) but who do not read characters should take CHIN 1109.
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KOREA 1109 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing I
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Designed for Korean heritage students who already have some level of speaking and listening competence in Korean, but have limited linguistic proficiency of reading and writing. The course first introduces basic conversational and grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions. It will then focus on speaking, reading and writing skills through short stories, essays and Korean folktales. Students will be able to create a dialogue regarding topics such as greetings, leave-taking, campus life, Korean language class, daily life, and life in Seoul.
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CHIN 1109 : Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I
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Intended primarily for students whose family language is Mandarin but have had little or no formal training. The focus is on characters, reading comprehension, composition, grammar, standard pronunciation, cultural aspects, and current events in the Chinese speaking community.
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ASIAN 1110 : FWS: Piety, Politics, and Protection: Indian Ocean Buddhism
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Long before the steamship, the airplane, the iPad and Snapchat, Buddhist monks, merchants, pilgrims and adventurers created a Buddhist network across the space of the Indian Ocean, including much of what we now refer to as southern China, India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. Why did Buddhist travelers leave their homes for other corners of the Buddhist word? What texts, religious rituals, and magical talismans did they carry? How did mobile persons and things create Buddhism? In this seminar we move between brief primary sources composed by these travelers and their patrons, literary and art historical evidence related to Buddhist networks, and scholarship on trade and networks in order to see the hopes and fears, aims and motivations of premodern Buddhists on the move.
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ASIAN 1111 : FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This First-Year Writing Seminar is about Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.
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TIBET 1111 : Elementary Modern Tibetan I
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This course is designed for students who have some previous knowledge of Tibetan and the main focus will be on using the language to communicate.
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CHIN 1121 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students I
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This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For complete beginners only.
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SINHA 1121 : Elementary Sinhala I
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Semi-intensive introduction to colloquial Sinhala, intended for beginners. A thorough grounding is given in all the language skills; listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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TIBET 1121 : Elementary Classical Tibetan I
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Introduces students to the grammar of Classical Literary Tibetan as found in Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan, as well as indigenous Tibetan philosophical works. The course progresses through a sequence of the basic rudiments of the language, including an introduction to the script and its romanization, pronunciation (central Lhasan dialect), normative dictionary order, and the basic categories of grammar. Following these preliminaries, students proceed to guided readings in Tibetan literature designed to introduce them to the formal approach of Tibetan lexical semantics with an emphasis on the role of verbs in determining argument realization options. Over the duration of the course, students encounter new vocabulary (and associated Buddhist concept hierarchies) and increasingly complex sentence structures. This course thus provides a solid foundation for the later exploration of other genres of literature and styles of composition.
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KHMER 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
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Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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TAG 1121 : Elementary Tagalog (Filipino) I
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Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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VIET 1121 : Elementary Vietnamese I
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This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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TAMIL 1121 : Elementary Tamil I
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Introduces students to the basic grammatical and syntactical skills required to function adequately in a Tamil-speaking environment. Of particular interest to students planning to conduct scholarly research or fieldwork in that region of the world. Introduces students to the rich culture of the Indian subcontinent where Tamil is spoken.
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BURM 1121 : Elementary Burmese I
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A thorough grounding is given in all language skills: reading and writing with minor focus on listening and speaking.
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INDO 1121 : Elementary Indonesian I
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Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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BENGL 1121 : Elementary Bengali I
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Intended for beginners or students placed by examination. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills; Bengali script will also be introduced.
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THAI 1121 : Elementary Thai I
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This beginning level course provides a solid grounding in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension.  The aim is to enable learners to think in Thai and learn to converse and "get around" in certain basic situations in daily life.
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KHMER 1122 : Elementary Khmer II
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Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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CHIN 1123 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students III
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A continuation of CHIN 1122 .  This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For non-heritage learners only. 
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SANSK 1131 : Elementary Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 1331, LING 1131 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
An introduction to the essentials of Sanskrit grammar. Designed to enable the student to read classical and epic Sanskrit as soon as possible.
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ASIAN 1193 : A Global History of Love
Crosslisted as: FGSS 1940, HIST 1930, LGBT 1940 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
By posing seemingly simple questions such as what is love and who has the right to love, this introductory-level lecture course surveys how love has been experienced and expressed from the pre-modern period to the present. Through case studies of familial and conjugal love in Africa, Asia, the US, Europe, and South and Latin America, the course will examine the debates about and enactment's of what constitutes the appropriate way to show love and affection in different cultures and historical contexts. Among the themes we will explore are questions of sexuality, marriage, kinship, and gender rights. A final unit will examine these themes through modern technologies such as the Internet, scientific advances in medicine, and a growing awareness that who and how we love is anything but simple or universal.
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JAPAN 2201 : Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course provides widely applicable language proficiency as an integrated Japanese course, which develops all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) at the post-elementary level.
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SINHA 2201 : Intermediate Sinhala I
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This course further develops student competence in colloquial Sinhala, attending to all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, this course prepares students for the transition to literary Sinhala.
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CHIN 2201 : Intermediate Mandarin I
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Continuing instruction in written and spoken Chinese with particular emphasis on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence and ability.
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NEPAL 2201 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation I
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Intermediate instruction in spoken grammar and verbal comprehension skills, with special attention to developing technical vocabularies and other verbal skills appropriate to students' professional fields.
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TIBET 2201 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan I
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This two-semester class is designed to assist students who already have the equivalent of at least two-years of Tibetan language study. The course is intended to build on this foundation so that students gain greater proficiency in reading a variety of classical Tibetan writing styles and genres, including (especially in the second semester) texts relevant to their research.
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TAG 2201 : Intermediate Tagalog (Filipino) I
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Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.
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KHMER 2201 : Intermediate Khmer Reading I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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HINDI 2201 : Intermediate Hindi I
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This is an intermediate-level course in Hindi. Students' competence in all four language areas will become very strong and solid. This course will work on building up their confidence in describing complicated situations and ideas in the target language, improve their ability to read and write with better flow and accuracy, and increase their listening comprehension to more detailed and complicated materials.
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VIET 2201 : Intermediate Vietnamese I
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.
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TAMIL 2201 : Intermediate Tamil I
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Further develops students' written and oral proficiency in order to allow them to function adequately in a Tamil-speaking environment. Of particular interest to students planning to conduct scholarly research or fieldwork in a Tamil-speaking context. Develops the students' appreciation for the rich culture of the Indian subcontinent where Tamil is spoken.
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BURM 2201 : Intermediate Burmese I
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Continuing instruction in Burmese at the higher intermediate level with a focus on improving oral expression, reading and interpretation of written texts, and further development of listening skills using language learning materials based on authentic audio-video clips.
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KOREA 2201 : Intermediate Korean I
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Designed for intermediate learners of Korean. Students will achieve a higher level of communicative competence through practicing the target language in a wide range of speech events. Specifically, students will compare and contrast cultural differences, describe their own experiences and events, discuss opinions on various topics and participate in speech events. Students will command a lengthy discourse regarding various topics such as weather, fashion, travel, public transportation, shopping and life in Korea.
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INDO 2201 : Intermediate Indonesian I
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Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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BENGL 2201 : Intermediate Bengali I
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Continuing focus on reading, writing, and conversational skills, this course is designed to advance students' oral competence and enhance comprehension skills through reading, conversations, and listening.
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THAI 2201 : Intermediate Thai I
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Continues to develop and comprehensively extends the four language skills acquired at the Elementary level (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer Reading II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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THAI 2203 : Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation I
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Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.
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NEPAL 2203 : Intermediate Nepali Composition I
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Systematic review of written grammar and reading comprehension, with special attention to the technical vocabularies, necessary writing skills, and published materials typical of advanced students' professional fields.
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HINDI 2203 : Intermediate Hindi Reading and Writing for Heritage Students I
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Throughout this course sequence all aspects of language learning are practiced; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Video materials are used and the emphasis is on the conversational aspect of the language.
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KHMER 2203 : Intermediate Khmer Composition and Conversation I
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Intermediate Composition and Conversation will give a thorough grounding in language skills in two main areas: writing and speaking. The writing section introduces students to upper-level complex sentence structures and rigorously engages students in upper-level conversation.
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KHMER 2204 : Intermediate Khmer Composition and Conversation II
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Intermediate Composition and Conversation will give a thorough grounding in language skills in two main areas: writing and speaking. The writing section introduces students to upper-level complex sentence structures and rigorously engages students in upper-level conversation.
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ASIAN 2208 : Introduction to Southeast Asia
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This course introduces key questions in the study of Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its diasporas. It combines a rigorous introduction to Southeast Asian historical, religious, literary, visual, and political traditions and the ways in which scholars have thought about them with the opportunity for students to develop small-scale fieldwork, curatorial, or media projects. Themes to be discussed include notions of kinship, gender, political conflict, media, sexuality, textual and visual genres, and forms of belief and belonging.
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CHIN 2209 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I
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This course focuses on reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate level for Chinese heritage students who can speak Mandarin fluently. It provides ample opportunities to read authentic texts written by some of the most iconic Chinese figures such as Hu Shih (an early graduate of Cornell, class of 1914) and to practice narrative writing and some argumentative writing while exploring various aspects of traditional Chinese culture. This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study for their next level as well as enhance their ability for cross-cultural communications.
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KOREA 2209 : Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing I
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This course is designed for the Korean heritage students who can understand and speak Korean, but specially need to refine their reading and writing skills. Students will acquire concrete knowledge of grammar to use in everyday conversation, will be able to read passages faster, and  will minimize their spelling errors in writing, through frequent discussion and composition about Korean culture, society and history. They will become confident in reading multi-paragraph-length readings in Korean, be able to write their reflections on the passages that they have read, and speak with ease when participating in the classroom discussions.
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ASIAN 2211 : Introduction to Japan
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This course provides a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities and social sciences.  Taking modern Japanese "national histories" as our framework, we will explore how Japan-the-nation has been constructed as a unity through time with narratives of continuity and development, while simultaneously highlighting points of difference and divergence that shake these narratives' foundational concept of an underlying, essential "Japaneseness."  While learning the standard, chronological "story" of Japan, therefore, students will also be exposed to the many "Japans" strategically included or elided in national histories.  We will bring out the sometimes startlingly different ways of conceiving self, other, community, and universe as they altered in response to changing circumstances through close examinations of literature, documents, scripture, and artwork in sections, and lectures exploring the varying configurations of rulership; space; rank/class; gender; sexuality, marriage and family; daily life responsibilities and diversions; and the secular and sacred over time in the Japanese islands.
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CHLIT 2213 : Introduction to Classical Chinese I
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Students learn the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese by analyzing and translating short passages from early sources.
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URDU 2225 : Intermediate Urdu Reading and Writing I
Crosslisted as: NES 2201 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. The goal of this course is to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Urdu. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to read articles, write short stories and translate Urdu writings. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate Hindi.
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ASIAN 2245 : Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 1341, VISST 2744 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course combines hands-on instruction in gamelan, Indonesia's most prominent form of traditional music, and the academic study of the broader range of music found in contemporary Indonesia, including Western-oriented and hybrid popular forms. Students thus engage with music directly, and use it as a lens to examine the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it.
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SANSK 2251 : Intermediate Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2351, LING 2251 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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ASIAN 2258 : The Occupation of Japan
Crosslisted as: HIST 2315 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In August 1945, Japan was a devastated country – its cities burned, its people starving, its military and government in surrender.  World War II was over.  The occupation had begun.  What sort of society emerged from the cooperation and conflict between occupiers and occupied?  Students will examine sources ranging from declassified government documents to excerpts from diaries and bawdy fiction, alongside major scholarly studies, to find out.  The first half of the course focuses on key issues in Japanese history, like the fate of the emperor, constitutional revision, and the emancipation of women.  The second half zooms out for a wider perspective, for the occupation of Japan was never merely a local event.  It was the collapse of Japanese empire and the rise of American empire in Asia.  It was decolonization in Korea and the start of the Cold War.  Students will further investigate these links in final individual research projects. 
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ASIAN 2266 : Democracy and Modern China
Crosslisted as: HIST 2465 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Chinese political culture has long been characterized by authoritarianism, from the time of the old imperial order up until the present Communist era. Yet the twentieth century in China witnessed a profound engagement with notions of democracy that was evident in the realms of both political discourse and political practice. This course will explore the many fascinating forms that this engagement took, from attempts to transform the ailing Qing dynasty into a constitutional monarchy to the establishment of a short-lived republic by Sun Yatsen, from the lionizing of "Mr. Democracy" during the May Fourth movement in the 1920s to the trumpeting of "New Democracy" by Mao Zedong twenty years later, and from movements for democratic change under Communist rule such as the Tiananmen Square protests to the flourishing of democratic ideals in the present-day Hong Kong and Taiwan. The aim of the course will be to reflect on how democracy as a political concept has been understood and used in different contexts and the nature of its role in China's modern political evolution.
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ASIAN 2273 : Introduction to Religious Studies
Crosslisted as: NES 2273, RELST 2273 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces the academic study of religion. The topics vary from year to year.
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ASIAN 2279 : Chinese Mythology
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Students will study Chinese myths from the earliest times. Focus will be on understanding how people have used myth to create and convey meaning, on examining the form Chinese myths take, and on considering how they are related to religion, literature, historical accounts, and intellectual trends.
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ASIAN 2297 : Muslims on the Silk Road
Crosslisted as: HIST 2797, RELST 2297 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The Crossroads of the World. The Pivot of History. The heart of the Silk Road. For all its grand nicknames and associations, Inner Asia remains a region little-studied in the West. This course endeavors to separate fact from fantasy while introducing the social, cultural, and political history of Inner Asia in the medieval and early modern periods. We will explore the impact of cross-cultural contacts on the region's diverse societies as we witness the rise and fall of empires, both nomadic and sedentary. We will focus especially on the histories of Muslim communities, as Islam has been the predominant religious tradition in the region for the last millennium. Special emphasis will be given to reading texts produced by Inner Asian authors, as we endeavor to consider the region's history not only from the vantage point of foreign observers and conquerors, but also from within.
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ASIAN 2299 : Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 2299 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore the Buddhist tradition from its origins in ancient India to its migrations throughout Asia and eventually to the West. The first part of the course will deal with Indian Buddhism: the Buddha, the principal teachings and practices of his early followers, and new developments in spiritual orientation. We will then turn to the transmission of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, where at least one of the early schools has been preserved. Next we will look at Mahayana Buddhism as it moves north and east, encompassing China, Japan, and Tibet. While much of the course will be devoted to developments in traditional times, we will also look at some of the ways Buddhist cultures have responded to modernity.
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BENGL 3301 : Advanced Bengali I
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Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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THAI 3301 : Advanced Thai I
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Develops advanced speaking skill with emphasis on selected readings in Thai from various fields, for example, History, Anthropology, Government, Economics, Agriculture, as well as other professional schools.  The readings are supplemented with visual materials such as video clips and films.
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JAPAN 3301 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese I
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For students who have learned basic Japanese skills and would like to develop higher skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
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This one-semester course provides an introduction to the distinctive grammatical forms and vocabulary used in Literary Sinhala. While focused particularly on the development of reading skills, the course also introduces students to Literary Sinhala composition, and builds students' listening comprehension of semi-literary Sinhala forms (such as those used in radio and TV news).
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CHIN 3301 : High Intermediate Mandarin I
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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NEPAL 3301 : Advanced Nepali I
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Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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TAG 3301 : Advanced Tagalog (Filipino) I
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Continuing instruction on conversational skills but with emphasis on reading and writing. Selected core readings in contemporary Tagalog literature are used, but students, in consultation with the instructor, may select some of the reading materials.
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HINDI 3301 : Advanced Hindi I
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Selected readings in modern Hindi literature. Continued work on fluency in speaking Hindi on an advanced level. There will be a combination of different reading materials from literature, journals, newspapers, and many social, entertainment, and political magazines in Hindi. Discussions will be based on those readings and articles, hence giving opportunities to express views and opinions in a fluent and effective manner.
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VIET 3301 : Advanced Vietnamese I
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese. Introduction to reading newspapers; the course emphasizes on enlarging vocabulary and increasing reading speed by reading various genres and styles of prose.
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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.
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TAMIL 3301 : Advanced Tamil I
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This course aims at students improving further their language proficiency. It aims at students getting introduced to the long and continuous literary history of Tamil by reading non-contemporary Tamil writings, sometimes the ancient Tamil literary works.
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BURM 3301 : Advanced Burmese I
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For further development of listening skills in Burmese with emphasis on enriching vocabulary, strengthening grammatical competence, and understanding various genres and styles of written Burmese, such as articles on current events, anecdotes, short stories, etc.
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SANSK 3301 : Advanced Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3395 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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INDO 3301 : Advanced Indonesian I
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Practical language course on an advanced level in which students read and discuss selected materials on issues of their academic interests, write essays, and make oral presentations. Course includes students from Columbia University via video-conference.
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KOREA 3301 : High Intermediate Korean I
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Designed for high intermediate learners of Korean. It aims to help students achieve high levels of language proficiency by introducing a wide range of authentic reading materials. The course provides students with reading materials from writings in various genres and styles such as newspaper editorials, columns, essays, short stories, and other literary writings. Students will discuss various aspects of Korean culture and society and begin to write an essay and reaction papers.
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KHMER 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.
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THAI 3303 : Thai Literature I
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Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.
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CHLIT 3307 : Readings in Classical Chinese Literature
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3307 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A guided reading in the original language designed to introduce students to a variety of genres and styles of classical Chinese literature while at the same time helping students achieve competence in reading classical Chinese at an advanced level. The syllabus, with a rotating thematic focus, normally includes philosophical works, historical texts, poetry and prose, anecdotes and fiction. Please consult the Department of Asian Studies course offerings for each year's thematic focus.
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ASIAN 3307 : Issues in Contemporary China I
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The course is attached to the Cornell Contemporary China Initiative lecture series, which brings high profile speakers on various aspects of contemporary China to Cornell most Mondays throughout the semester.  Students will attend one or two foundation-setting lectures by the instructor, then attend weekly guest lectures & write short assignments.
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CHIN 3309 : Business Chinese in Cultural Context I
Crosslisted as: CHIN 5509, NBA 6150 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First part of a two-semester sequence for those who studied Mandarin to advanced level. Will cover first five chapters of the textbook, developed surrounding five real cases. These are multinational companies, successfully operated in China by adapting their strategies to special needs of the Chinese market. By reading, discussing, and performing communicative tasks related to those cases, students will learn how to use Chinese as a "carrier of culture," acquiring a better understanding of China in economic and cultural terms. To expand students' knowledge on various business-related issues, in addition to business case analysis, supplementary reading, writing, and listening exercises as well as clips of TV shows and interviews will also be provided. Highlights of these exercises are: Listening comprehension of business news reports on current issues; analysis of the uniqueness of the Chinese financial market (banks, bond and stock market); discussion of Chinese business laws, translation of business terms and documents, and commercial language and word processing. Class will be in Chinese. 
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ASIAN 3310 : Heavens, Hells, and Purgatories: Buddhist and Christian Notions of the Afterlife
Crosslisted as: RELST 3310 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore a variety of ways people have envisioned and prepared for the afterlife. We will concentrate on how Buddhists and Christians have described supreme states of bliss, have warned their followers of the perils of perdition, and have guided them through states in between. We will seek to understand both the religious doctrines and social practices that support and contest such notions so as to situate these views within their historical contexts.
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ASIAN 3312 : What was the Vietnam War?
Crosslisted as: HIST 3312 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
If you have ever wondered what the Vietnam War was all about, how did it begin, how was it fought, why was it so controversial, why did the American people turn against it, why was it important, why were generations of American students taught the North Vietnamese version of the war, why the South Vietnamese allies of the United States were abandoned, and what happened to the Vietnamese and the Americans as a result of the war—then this class is for you! With fresh eyes and surprising insights, it will take you beyond the fashionable fictions and clichés to look at the twenty-five years during which the United States, through six presidential administrations, was involved in Vietnamese affairs (1950-1975). For decades, Americans have been meditating on "the lessons of the Vietnam War," but it turns out that neither was any lesson ever learned nor were the so-called "lessons" even plausibly related to actual events. Today, Americans continue to be taught myths about the Vietnam War. This course shows why these myths obstruct a realistic understanding of American history during the past half-century.
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ASIAN 3318 : Literature and Media in Japan
Crosslisted as: COML 3150, VISST 3318 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Beginning with the mid-nineteeth century, the course traces dynamic relays and reciprocal influences among woodblock prints, maps, fiction, films, anime, comics, and digital arts in Japan. We will consider the extensive cultural commentary that has surrounded the emergence of new media in an attempt to assess their transformative aesthetic, social, and political implications. The course will use materials with translations or subtitles in English.
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URDU 3325 : Literary Reading and Writing in Advanced Urdu
Crosslisted as: NES 3325 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Designed for those students who have either taken Intermediate Urdu or are at the same level of competency in reading and writing skills. The goals of this class are to improve Urdu literary reading and writing abilities, primarily through reading various forms of Urdu prose. In addition, students learn about various genres of Urdu poetry and watch video clips and lectures that enhance listening and speaking abilities as well as the understanding and appreciation of Urdu culture.
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ASIAN 3327 : China and the World
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3827, GOVT 3827 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Study of the dramatic rise of China through reviewing major developments in contemporary Chinese foreign policy since the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and concentrating more specifically on major developments in Chinese foreign policy during the 1980s and 1990s. Such a wide-ranging survey of Chinese foreign policy involves not only a consideration of the evolution of China's relations with its major bilateral partners but also an investigation of how China has defined its broader relationship with the international system. In addition, students are asked to consider which causal factors have been of primary importance in motivating Chinese behavior.
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ASIAN 3331 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6631, FGSS 3331, FGSS 6331, LGBT 3331, LGBT 6331, PMA 3431, RELST 3331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings from feminism, Buddhist studies, affect theory, queer studies, postcolonial theory, and film studies to ask what new understandings of subjectivity might emerge from these cinemas and their political contexts. Films will be drawn from both mainstream and independent cinema and will include the work of directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danny and Oxide Pang, Yau Ching, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Garin Nugroho, and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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ASIAN 3370 : Nature Imagined and Experienced: Ancient Chinese Travel Literature
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6670, CAPS 3370 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course traces the development of travel writing from the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 221) to the Song dynasty (960–1279). Special attention is paid to the ways in which Chinese writers have ceaselessly negotiated humankind's relationship with the natural world in their accounts of travel—both imagined and actual. Readings selected for investigation are assigned in English translation.
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ASIAN 3380 : The Asian Century: The Rise of China and India
Crosslisted as: AEM 3388, ASIAN 6680, CAPS 3387, GOVT 3384, GOVT 6384, ILRIC 3380, ILRIC 5380 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will be thoroughly comparative in order to highlight both the specificity of each country as well as more generalizable dynamics of 21st century development. It will be divided into a number of inter-related modules. After a framing lecture, we will briefly cover the two countries' distinct experiences with colonialism and centralized planning. Then we will move on to dynamics of growth, which will seek to explain the relative success of China in the era of market reforms. In analyzing political consequences, we will assess how new forms of cooperation and conflict have emerged. This will involve attention to both internal dynamics as well as how rapid development has seen an increasing accumulation of political power in the East. It goes without saying that accelerating growth has led to huge social change, resulting in profound reorganizations of Chinese and Indian society. Finally, the course will conclude by returning to our original question – is this indeed The Asian Century? What does the rise of China and India mean for the rest of the world, and how are these two giant nations likely to develop in the future?
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ASIAN 3381 : Introduction to the Arts of Japan
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3820 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
As an island nation east of the Asian continent, Japan developed a unique culture that reflects both continental and indigenous characteristics. This course examines pre- and post-contact with continental culture and the process of artistic acculturation and assimilation in successive periods of Japanese art history.
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ASIAN 3388 : Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6688, COML 3980, COML 6680, FGSS 3580, FGSS 6580 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been paid to how to conceptualize gender and race/ethnicity; how to analyze the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and class essentialism (some call it "class racism"), and how to understand the relationships of these topics to the broader contexts of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. This course is designed to offer a series of discussions about the following problems: (1) the historically specific modes of sexism and racism in social spaces related to Japan and other places in the trans-Pacific; (2) the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and social class in various contexts including those of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; (3) the roles of gender, race, and social class in the United States' knowledge production about East Asia in general; and (4) the conceptions of gender and race in the social formations particular to East Asia. The assigned readings include both English and Japanese materials. However, those who register in ASIAN 3388 are exempt from reading the materials in Japanese.
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ASIAN 3393 : China's Economy Under Mao and Deng
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3380, ECON 3380 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the development of the Chinese economy and the evolution of China's economic system between the early 1950s and late 1990s.
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ASIAN 3397 : Monsoon Kingdoms: Pre-Modern Southeast Asian History
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6697, HIST 3950, HIST 6950 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines Southeast Asia's history from earliest times up until the mid-eighteenth century. The genesis of traditional kingdoms, the role of monumental architecture (such as Angkor in Cambodia and Borobodur in Indonesia), and the forging of maritime trade links across the region are all covered. Religion - both indigenous to Southeast Asia and the great imports of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam - are also surveyed in the various premodern polities that dotted Southeast Asia. This course questions the region's early connections with China, India, and Arabia, and asks what is indigenous about Southeast Asian history, and what has been borrowed over the centuries. Open to undergraduates, both majors and non-majors in History, and to graduate students, though with separate requirements.
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SINHA 4400 : Literary Sinhala II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This one-semester course further develops students' comprehension of written Literary Sinhala, using sample materials from a variety of genres prepared by the instructor, as well as excerpts from texts relevant to graduate student research (when appropriate).
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KOREA 4401 : Advanced Korean I
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Designed for students who have completed the intermediate level of Korean, to acquire advanced language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) on Content-Based Instruction and Individualized Language Teaching. Students will gain profound knowledge in various fields on Korea through discussion and composition: Current issues in Korean society, Korean people's thoughts and mind, tradition, history and culture. In the first half of the semester, students will learn professional vocabulary and expressions from the textbook to be able to discuss on various topics in Korean society. In the second half of the semester, students will watch various Korean TV documentary programs outside the classroom and discuss on the topics in depth in class.
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JAPAN 4401 : Advanced Japanese I
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Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.
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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
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Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
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The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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ASIAN 4403 : Supervised Reading
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Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.
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CHIN 4406 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4406, CHIN 6606 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed for those who have studied Mandarin to the advanced level (or equivalent). The course is aimed to continuously improve students' Chinese proficiency while, at the same time, preparing them for studying or working in a Chinese native environment. Along with the growth of Chinese economy, issues on Chinese business and economy become a hot topic. Following this trend, authentic Chinese materials selected from a variety of sources will be introduced in class to enhance students' Chinese professional skills and promote their understanding of the macro and micro business environment as well as the business related historical and cultural issues in China.
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CHIN 4411 : Advanced Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4415 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6615, CAPS 4127, FGSS 4127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures.  The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.
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CHLIT 4421 : Directed Study
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Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop course content.
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JAPAN 4421 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This is a Japanese course to develop both oral and written communication skills focusing on a variety of current events and social phenomena in Japan.
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CHIN 4427 : High Advanced Mandarin I
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This course is designed for students who have successfully completed CHIN 2210 or CHIN 4412 , or have the equivalent language proficiency.  This advanced course aims to further develop students' Chinese skills through reading authentic Chinese materials, newspapers and short classical Chinese essays. The main purposes of this course are to enhance students' reading comprehension and reading skills; to help students further distinguish formal and colloquial Chinese and to improve students' ability to perform in formal style both in writing and speech ; to maintain students' conversational skills and oral proficiency . Students can also expect to enlarge their knowledge of Chinese culture and society after taking this course.
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ASIAN 4446 : Classical Indian Poetry and Comparative Poetics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6648 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Readings in Pali selected in relation to student and instructor interests. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics and readings.
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ASIAN 4463 : Theorizing the Local and the Global: Corruption and the Indian Novel in English
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4996, SHUM 4613 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will survey the history of the novel in India in English over the past hundred years, from colonial rule, through the consolidation of the Indian nation, to the growing pressures of globalization. Focusing on realist fiction, we will address the ways that generic conventions change over time, and discuss the local and the global as formal concerns, modulating in relation to the world beyond India as well as in negotiation with its multiple locales, identities, languages, and cultures. Through this prism, we will focus our attention on the theme of corruption – of politics, of the nation, of language and literary form – that has been a constant (though often figured as crisis) in this literary tradition which simultaneously is and is not a national tradition.
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ASIAN 4473 : Modern Chinese Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4816, ARTH 6816, ASIAN 6673 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
China, a cultural giant of East Asia, made a passive entrance into modernity. With the advent of Western and American colonialism and imperialism, coupled with recent successes in westernization by the Japanese, Chinese artists had to redefine their roles as well as their visions. This turmoil bore witness to a vibrant beginning in modern Chinese art. Interactions between the Chinese themselves, and Chinese interactions with foreigners in the major cities of Shanghai and Beijing, fostered new directions in Chinese art and helped shape western visions of Chinese art history. Issues covered include: Chinese debates on western influence--their theoretical foundations and rationales; New visions for the future of Chinese art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Pluralistic approaches and arguments on "Chinese identity" in the modern era; Collecting art and the vision of history; The identity of traditional literati painters in the modern era-their roles, artworks, and deeds; Foreigners in China-the formation of major European collections of Chinese art, and the formation of "Chinese art history" in the West.
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ASIAN 4475 : China and Asian Security
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4870, GOVT 4877, GOVT 6877 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course focuses primarily on China's evolving role in both Asia and world politics. While China may not necessarily be the sole determinant of the type of security order that will prevail in Asia, it has a profound influence on the region and potentially on the global order as well. To gain an understanding of security issues in Asia today, the seminar attempts to come to terms with the evolving nature of China's foreign policy and national security strategies. The course then concentrates on the most influential academic work on China's foreign relations and national security policies that has been published since the end of the Cold War.  
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ASIAN 4498 : Asian Political Economy
Crosslisted as: GOVT 4194 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This seminar is an advanced introduction to political economy in contemporary South, Southeast, and East Asia. Our central task is to uncover the political underpinnings of economic performance across countries and over time. Along the way, we will address issues such as corruption and rent-seeking, the developmental state, class conflict, ethnic politics, reform and stagnation, and democracy.
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CHIN 5509 : Business Chinese in Cultural Context I
Crosslisted as: CHIN 3309, NBA 6150 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First part of a two-semester sequence for those who studied Mandarin to advanced level. Will cover first five chapters of the textbook, developed surrounding five real cases. These are multinational companies, successfully operated in China by adapting their strategies to special needs of the Chinese market. By reading, discussing, and performing communicative tasks related to those cases, students will learn how to use Chinese as a "carrier of culture," acquiring a better understanding of China in economic and cultural terms. To expand students' knowledge on various business-related issues, in addition to business case analysis, supplementary reading, writing, and listening exercises as well as clips of TV shows and interviews will also be provided. Highlights of these exercises are: Listening comprehension of business news reports on current issues; analysis of the uniqueness of the Chinese financial market (banks, bond and stock market); discussion of Chinese business laws, translation of business terms and documents, and commercial language and word processing. Class will be in Chinese.
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CHIN 6606 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4406, CHIN 4406 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed for those who have studied Mandarin to the advanced level (or equivalent). The course is aimed to continuously improve students' Chinese proficiency while, at the same time, preparing them for studying or working in a Chinese native environment. Along with the growth of Chinese economy, issues on Chinese business and economy become a hot topic. Following this trend, authentic Chinese materials selected from a variety of sources will be introduced in class to enhance students' Chinese professional skills and promote their understanding of the macro and micro business environment as well as the business related historical and cultural issues in China.
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ASIAN 6615 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4415, CAPS 4127, FGSS 4127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures.  The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.
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JPLIT 6618 : Modern Japanese Philosophy II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In this course we will investigate the concepts of race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture in modern Japanese philosophy and social and human sciences. In recent years, an increasing number of the students of Asian studies have engaged in new developments in the humanities that consider the close relationships between the production of desires in popular cultures and political aspects of social formations. Yet, what has been overlooked is the elementary need to investigate the emotive and fantastic elements in identity politics for the critical comprehension of the national community. We will investigate how the concept of culture serves in ethnic nationalism and racism, minority positions in the politics of multiethnic nationalism, and how racism is coterminous with nationalism? In order to meet this demand, this course is designed to offer students the opportunity to read, analyze, and evaluate the philosophical and social and human scientific discourse of modern East Asia in conjunction with European and American texts. This seminar will be organized neither as a search for the national (or oriental) character of Japanese philosophy nor as a project of explaining philosophical arguments in terms of the traits of national culture, but rather as an attempt to comprehend how philosophy participates in the construction and transformation of given social formations.
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ASIAN 6619 : Translation, in Theory
Crosslisted as: COML 6160, VISST 6619 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course provides an introduction to various aspects of translation theory, and emphasizes relations between translation theory and trauma theory, post-structuralism, post-colonial theory, and debates on comparative literature, "world literature," and area studies.
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CHLIT 6621 : Advanced Directed Reading
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Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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JPLIT 6625 : Directed Readings
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Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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JPLIT 6627 : Advanced Directed Readings
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Guided independent study for graduate students.
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ASIAN 6631 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3331, FGSS 3331, FGSS 6331, LGBT 3331, LGBT 6331, PMA 3431, RELST 3331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings from feminism, Buddhist studies, affect theory, queer studies, postcolonial theory, and film studies to ask what new understandings of subjectivity might emerge from these cinemas and their political contexts. Films will be drawn from both mainstream and independent cinema and will include the work of directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danny and Oxide Pang, Yau Ching, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Garin Nugroho, and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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ASIAN 6648 : Classical Indian Poetry & Comparative Poetics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4446 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 6670 : Nature Imagined and Experienced: Ancient Chinese Travel Literature
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3370, CAPS 3370 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course traces the development of travel writing from the Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 221) to the Song dynasty (960–1279). Special attention is paid to the ways in which Chinese writers have ceaselessly negotiated humankind's relationship with the natural world in their accounts of travel—both imagined and actual. Readings selected for investigation are assigned in English translation.
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ASIAN 6673 : Modern Chinese Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4816, ARTH 6816, ASIAN 4473 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
China, a cultural giant of East Asia, made a passive entrance into modernity. With the advent of Western and American colonialism and imperialism, coupled with recent successes in westernization by the Japanese, Chinese artists had to redefine their roles as well as their visions. This turmoil bore witness to a vibrant beginning in modern Chinese art. Interactions between the Chinese themselves, and Chinese interactions with foreigners in the major cities of Shanghai and Beijing, fostered new directions in Chinese art and helped shape western visions of Chinese art history. Issues covered include: Chinese debates on western influence--their theoretical foundations and rationales; New visions for the future of Chinese art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Pluralistic approaches and arguments on "Chinese identity" in the modern era; Collecting art and the vision of history; The identity of traditional literati painters in the modern era-their roles, artworks, and deeds; Foreigners in China-the formation of major European collections of Chinese art, and the formation of "Chinese art history" in the West.
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ASIAN 6680 : The Asian Century: The Rise of China and India
Crosslisted as: AEM 3388, ASIAN 3380, CAPS 3387, GOVT 3384, GOVT 6384, ILRIC 3380, ILRIC 5380 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will be thoroughly comparative in order to highlight both the specificity of each country as well as more generalizable dynamics of 21st century development. It will be divided into a number of inter-related modules. After a framing lecture, we will briefly cover the two countries' distinct experiences with colonialism and centralized planning. Then we will move on to dynamics of growth, which will seek to explain the relative success of China in the era of market reforms. In analyzing political consequences, we will assess how new forms of cooperation and conflict have emerged. This will involve attention to both internal dynamics as well as how rapid development has seen an increasing accumulation of political power in the East. It goes without saying that accelerating growth has led to huge social change, resulting in profound reorganizations of Chinese and Indian society. Finally, the course will conclude by returning to our original question – is this indeed The Asian Century? What does the rise of China and India mean for the rest of the world, and how are these two giant nations likely to develop in the future?
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ASIAN 6688 : Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3388, COML 3980, COML 6680, FGSS 3580, FGSS 6580 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been paid to how to conceptualize gender and race/ethnicity; how to analyze the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and class essentialism (some call it "class racism"), and how to understand the relationships of these topics to the broader contexts of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. This course is designed to offer a series of discussions about the following problems: (1) the historically specific modes of sexism and racism in social spaces related to Japan and other places in the trans-Pacific; (2) the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and social class in various contexts including those of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; (3) the roles of gender, race, and social class in the United States' knowledge production about East Asia in general; and (4) the conceptions of gender and race in the social formations particular to East Asia. The assigned readings include both English and Japanese materials. However, those who register in ASIAN 3388 are exempt from reading the materials in Japanese.
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ASIAN 6697 : Monsoon Kingdoms: Pre-Modern Southeast Asian History
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3397, HIST 3950, HIST 6950 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course examines Southeast Asia's history from earliest times up until the mid-eighteenth century. The genesis of traditional kingdoms, the role of monumental architecture (such as Angkor in Cambodia and Borobodur in Indonesia), and the forging of maritime trade links across the region are all covered. Religion - both indigenous to Southeast Asia and the great imports of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam - are also surveyed in the various premodern polities that dotted Southeast Asia. This course questions the region's early connections with China, India, and Arabia, and asks what is indigenous about Southeast Asian history, and what has been borrowed over the centuries. Open to undergraduates, both majors and non-majors in History, and to graduate students, though with separate requirements.
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ASIAN 7703 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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