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INDO 1100 : Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 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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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The course will introduce basic Vietnamese language and elements of Vietnamese culture to anyone would like to travel to Vietnam.
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KHMER 1100 : Elements of Khmer Language and Culture
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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will introduce basic Vietnamese language and elements of Vietnamese culture to anyone would like to travel to Vietnam.
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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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TAG 1100 : Elements of Tagalog (Filipino) Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 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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KANAD 1100 : Elements of Kannada Lang/Cult
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Kannada language who expect to participate in university programs in Kannada-speaking areas of the world.  Students will learn enough phrases to be able to handle very simple interactions and express very simple needs.  Emphasis will be on behaving appropriately in Kannada 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 Kannada in South Asia.
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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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TAMIL 1100 : Elements of Tamil Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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THAI 1100 : Elements of Thai Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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THAI 1100 : Elements of Thai Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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. Students who read Chinese, but who speak "dialects," such as Cantonese or Amoy, should enroll in CHIN 2215.
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HINDI 1101 : Elementary Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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JAPAN 1101 : Elementary Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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THAI 1101 : Elementary Thai I
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THAI 1101 provides a thorough grounding in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension.  THAI 1101, along with THAI 1102 in the Spring semester, allows students to cultivate necessary basic language survival skills and fulfills the undergraduate language requirement in two semesters.
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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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JAPAN 1102 : Elementary Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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CHIN 1102 : Beginning Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
For 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. Students who read Chinese, but who speak "dialects," such as Cantonese or Amoy, should enroll in CHIN 2215.
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HINDI 1102 : Elementary Hindi II
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Designed for students who have either completed one semester of Hindi at Cornell or demonstrate same level of competency in Hindi. The main focus of this course is to reinforce and build students language acquisition 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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THAI 1102 : Elementary Thai II
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Continues development of necessary basic language survival skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with additional emphasis on reading and writing in Thai script.
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KOREA 1102 : Elementary Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of KOREA 1101, this course is designed to help students acquire the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) of the Korean language and to become familiar with its culture. Basic knowledge of Korean grammar, vocabulary, expressions and cultural points will be given during the lecture. The students will then have an opportunity to practice the learned knowledge in sections. The goal of this course is to refine their survival skills in Korean. 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: school life, family and friends, traffic and transportation, vacation plans, food and restaurant, hobbies, etc.
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NEPAL 1102 : Elementary Nepali II
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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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ASIAN 1108 : FWS: Food on Film: Asia
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Food on Film studies the politics and aesthetics of food production and presentation, nourishment, and consumption across a variety of Asian screen cultures and political-economic contexts. We will 'consume' classics of the food film such as Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, analyze the Mokbang phenomenon of commercial on-screen eating as well as consider documentaries about the food industries. What has cooking, eating, consuming, nourishing, mass-producing, or refusing food come to mean in the globalized, neoliberal economies and mobile societies of South, Southeast, and East Asia?
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CHIN 1109 : Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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KOREA 1109 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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 1110 : Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of CHIN 1109. 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, & Protection: Indian Ocean Buddhism
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KOREA 1110 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing II
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Continuation of KOREA 1109. Focuses on communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing by introducing a wide range of linguistic resources. Students will command daily conversation in different cultural contexts and develop an ability to summarize and reflect on literacy texts and films both in oral and written modes. Course members will be able to create a discourse regarding topics such as birthday, campus life, family, shopping and hobbies. Also, students will write and revise their own work regularly to improve linguistic accuracy and reduce error production.
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TIBET 1111 : Elementary Modern Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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KHMER 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
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Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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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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VIET 1121 : Elementary Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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INDO 1121 : Elementary Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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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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TIBET 1121 : Elementary Classical Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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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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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PUNJB 1121 : Elementary Punjabi I
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Elementary Punjabi introduces the student to basic Punjabi Language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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BURM 1121 : Elementary Burmese I
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A thorough grounding is given in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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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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BENGL 1122 : Elementary Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Enables students to read and comprehend basic Bengali texts as well as speak and write in the language.
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INDO 1122 : Elementary Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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BURM 1122 : Elementary Burmese II
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A thorough grounding is given in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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VIET 1122 : Elementary Vietnamese II
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Gives a thorough grounding in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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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 1122 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
A continuation of  CHIN 1121. This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For complete beginners only.
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TAG 1122 : Elementary Tagalog (Filipino) II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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TIBET 1122 : Elementary Classical Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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 1122 : Elementary Khmer II
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Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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TAMIL 1122 : Elementary Tamil II
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PUNJB 1122 : Elementary Punjabi II
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Elementary Punjabi introduces the student to basic Punjabi Language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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SINHA 1122 : Elementary Sinhala II
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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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CHIN 1123 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students III
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URDU 1125 : Introduction to Urdu Script
Crosslisted as: NES 1312 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Introduction to Urdu reading and writing. Assumes some knowledge of spoken Hindi-Urdu.  May be taken concurrently with HINDI 1102.
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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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SANSK 1132 : Elementary Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 1332, LING 1132 Semester offered: Spring 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 1174 : Imperial China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 1740, HIST 1740, MEDVL 1740 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the history of imperial China between the 3rd century b.c.e. and the 16th century c.e. with a focus on the following questions:  How did imperial Chinese states go about politically unifying diverse peoples over vast spaces?  How did imperial Chinese approaches to governance and to relations with the outer world compare with strategies employed by other historical empires?  How did those approaches change over time?  How did major socio-cultural formations — including literary canons; religious and familial lineages; marketing networks; and popular book and theatrical cultures — grow and take root, and what were the broader ramifications of those developments?  How did such basic configurations of human difference as Chinese (civilized)-barbarian identity, high-low status, and male-female gender operate and change over time?
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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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BURM 2201 : Intermediate Burmese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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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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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VIET 2201 : Intermediate Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.
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INDO 2201 : Intermediate Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening 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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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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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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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: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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TIBET 2201 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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TAMIL 2201 : Intermediate Tamil I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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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PUNJB 2201 : Intermediate Punjabi I
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Further develops a student's writing, reading, and oral skills in Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan.
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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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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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THAI 2201 : Intermediate Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continues to develop and comprehensively extends the four language skills acquired at the Elementary level (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
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KOREA 2202 : Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of KOREA 2201 . The course helps students develop further communicative competence by understanding and producing complex linguistic structures and pragmatically appropriate expressions in cultural contexts. Students will use linguistic tools to describe and express their stance, justification, attitudes, evaluation and complex clausal relations. Students will command a lengthy discourse regarding various topics such as holidays, marriage, birthday, doctor-patient talk and job interview.
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BENGL 2202 : Intermediate Bengali II
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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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JAPAN 2202 : Intermediate Japanese II
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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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INDO 2202 : Intermediate Indonesian II
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Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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BURM 2202 : Intermediate Burmese II
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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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VIET 2202 : Intermediate Vietnamese II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.
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CHIN 2202 : Intermediate Mandarin II
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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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TAG 2202 : Intermediate Tagalog (Filipino) II
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Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.
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TIBET 2202 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer Reading II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer Reading II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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TAMIL 2202 : Intermediate Tamil II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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PUNJB 2202 : Intermediate Punjabi II
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Further develops a student's writing, reading, and oral skills in Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan.
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HINDI 2202 : Intermediate Hindi II
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HINDI 2202 is the continuation of HINDI 2201. The main emphasis in this course is to reinforce  the linguistic functions learned in HINDI 2201, and to build comparatively more complex functions suitable for intermediate level in Hindi. Students' competence in all four language skills will be improved in order to perform higher level tasks and function.
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SINHA 2202 : Intermediate Sinhala II
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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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THAI 2202 : Intermediate Thai II
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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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NEPAL 2202 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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THAI 2203 : Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.
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NEPAL 2203 : Intermediate Nepali Composition I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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 2203 : Intermediate Khmer Composition and Conversation I
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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NEPAL 2204 : Intermediate Nepali Composition II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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KHMER 2204 : Intermediate Khmer Composition and Conversation II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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THAI 2204 : Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.
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ASIAN 2208 : Introduction to Southeast Asia
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces critical issues in the study of Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) related to geography, history, religion, ideology, language, literature, society, culture, and politics and also in the ways that scholars have thought about them. Themes to be discussed include Indic versus Sinic orientations, tradition, modernity, warfare, colonialism, nationalism, revolution, globalization, and international relations. This course is relevant to all majors, and no previous knowledge of the region is required.  Students will have an opportunity to develop projects on topics of interest to them.
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CHIN 2209 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I
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Focuses on reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate level for Chinese heritage students who can speak Mandarin fluently. Provides ample opportunities to read authentic texts written by famous Chinese writers and to practice narrative writing and some argumentative writing while exploring Chinese culture. This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study at the next level.
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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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KOREA 2210 : Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of KOREA 2209. Designed for 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 the 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 classroom discussions.
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CHIN 2210 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Works on how to read effectively and write clearly and coherently through 1) learning both semi-formal and formal vocabulary, idioms, descriptive expressions, advanced sentence structures and the major features that define advanced Chinese; 2) practice formal writing about the different aspects of Chinese culture that interests you.  This course will really help students further solidify the foundation and take students to the next level! 
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ASIAN 2211 : Introduction to Japan
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course serves as a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities and social sciences. We focus on different themes that have dominated debates and conversations (primarily within Japan but also from outside, influencing internal understandings) about what constitutes Japaneseness. Our discussions examine how these themes are addressed in different academic disciplines. We will explore ways different groups of Japanese people (intellectuals, bureaucrats, business people, religious figures, etc.) have imagined themselves as members of a collectivity or nation, and how these ways of framing identity have been picked up, celebrated, contested and projected back onto Japan by people outside of Japan. We are particularly interested in the following frames of Japaneseness:  1) Japan the divine nation; 2) Japan the aesthetic country; 3) Japan the warrior nation; 4) Japan the industrious economic miracle; and 5) Japan the vanishing and/or hypermodern.  For each section of the course, we will explore how a particular frame is presented as "truth," how the frame gets produced,  consumed and understood, and some of the implications of the frame as a mode of cultural self-knowledge.
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ASIAN 2212 : Introduction to China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2212 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese culture especially designed for students not majoring in Asian Studies. Explores literature, history, religion, and art, and other aspects of China's rich and diverse heritage, from earliest times to the present.
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CHLIT 2213 : Introduction to Classical Chinese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First part of a two-part introductory course. Students learn the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese by analyzing and translating short passages from early sources.
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CHLIT 2214 : Introduction to Classical Chinese II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Second semester of a two-part introductory course. Students learn the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese and gain familiarity with more advanced sources for solving textual problems by analyzing and translating passages from early sources.
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HINDI 2215 : Hindi Service Learning and Language Immersion
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A total of six weeks community-based, service learning Hindi immersion course will be offered in the late Fall '16 semester. The students enrolled in this course will acquire all four skills - speaking, reading, writing and listening in Hindi from volunteering in the local community and daily language instruction. Three weeks of language instruction on Cornell campus will be a strong introduction to the later three weeks of community engaged intensive Hindi immersion in India over winter break. It will be open to students from diverse disciplines across Cornell University and the course will be designed to accommodate students from all levels.
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JAPAN 2216 : Zen no Kokoro - Heart of Zen
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This FLAC section is designed for students interested in developing functional communication skills relevant to Buddhism.  Students will learn the vocabulary, terminology, and concepts used in Zen studies and the arts in Japanese.
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ASIAN 2218 : Introduction to Korea
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This is an introductory course that approaches the history and culture of Korea from a broader East Asian perspective. While focusing on key aspects in shaping premodern and modern Korean identity, we will place Korea in a larger cross-national context, particularly its close interactions with China and Japan. By reading primary and secondary sources combined with visual materials, we will chronologically and thematically examine major historical moments, from Korea's participation in and exit from a Sino-centric premodern world order, Japanese colonialism and its ramifications in Korean society, economic development and democratization, to the rising popularity of Korean popular culture. No knowledge of Korean is necessary.
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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. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate Hindi.
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URDU 2226 : Intermediate Urdu Reading and Writing II
Crosslisted as: NES 2202 Semester offered: Spring 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. 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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ASIAN 2250 : Introduction to Asian Religions
Crosslisted as: RELST 2250 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore religious traditions in South Asia (Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka) and East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) including Hinduism, Buddhism (South Asian and East Asian), Sikhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintō. We will also encounter a wide range of religious expressions, including myth, ritual, pilgrimage, mysticism, meditation, and other spiritual technologies.
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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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SANSK 2252 : Intermediate Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2352, LING 2252 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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ASIAN 2254 : South Asian Religions in Practice: The Healing Traditions
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 2546 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course offers an anthropological approach to the study of religious traditions and practices in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). The course begins with a short survey of the major religious traditions of South Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islam. We look to the development of these traditions through historical and cultural perspectives. The course then turns to the modern period, considering the impact of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization upon religious ideologies and practices. The primary focus of the course will be the ethnographic study of contemporary religious practices in the region. We examine phenomena such as ritual, pilgrimage, possession, devotionalism, monasticism, asceticism, and revivalism through a series of ethnographic case studies. In so doing, we also seek to understand the impact of politics, modernity, diasporic movement, social inequality, changing gender roles, and mass mediation upon these traditions and practices.
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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 2259 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 2330 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the breadth of music found in present day China, Japan, and Korea from indigenous musical traditions, through adaptations of Western art music, up to the latest popular styles as well as the presence of traditional East Asian musics outside East Asia, including right here at Cornell. In both cases, music offers a lens for examining the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it. The course's academic focus on critical reading and listening, written assignments, and discussion is complemented by hands-on workshops and demonstrations with student-led ensembles.
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ASIAN 2267 : Women and Society in China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2267, FGSS 2267 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course offers a broad understanding of the active and dynamic cultural, economic, and social, and political roles played by Chinese women. By challenging the dominant stereotype of the passive and victimized Chinese woman, this course aims to examine women's struggles, negotiations, and challenges of the normative discourse of femininity and domesticity in terms of various disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, history, and literature. Through a combination of reading original texts with secondary scholarship, this course will discuss the issues of Confucianism and patriarchal family, the female body and sexuality, education and self-expression, women's work and religious activities, gender and the state, the modernization of women, etc.
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ASIAN 2271 : China's Literary Heritage: An Introduction in Translation
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2271 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This is an introductory course designed for, though not limited to, non-majors with or without any knowledge of Chinese language, history, or culture. Its intent is to offer a "guided tour" through the development of some of the major themes and genres in classical Chinese poetry and narrative literature that have become the integral part of China's rich cultural heritage. All readings will be in English translation.
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ASIAN 2273 : Introduction to Religious Studies
Crosslisted as: NES 2273, RELST 2273 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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ASIAN 2275 : History of Modern India
Crosslisted as: HIST 2750 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This introductory course is a broad survey of the history of the Indian subcontinent from remnants of the Mughal empire through the end of the British empire into the postcolonial present. Prominent themes include the emergence of nonviolent protest, religious and regional identities, ethnic rivalries, social reform and the "woman question," deindustrialization, nationalism and the place of democracy and militarism in a region that includes two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan.
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ASIAN 2277 : Meditation in Indian Culture
Crosslisted as: RELST 2277 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course probes the truths behind traditional claims of the priority of internal practice in Indian traditions. We will examine both practices themselves - techniques of meditation and contemplation - religious ways of using intellect, forms of chant and ritual, and the dynamics through which these have left a wider mark on South Asian civilization. These dynamics include not only the evident reverberations of practice in philosophical reflection and socioreligious institutions, but also wide-ranging processes of stylization, elaboration, and popularization found throughout South Asian culture. In order to get a sense of the experiences treated in classical religious texts, students will be expected to experiment with some basic meditation practices. At least as important for the work of the course (and much more important for the grade) will be the ways in which students situate these practices within larger South Asian world views as suggested by doctrines, rituals, iconic forms, and literary texts. To keep the interaction between internal practice and broader world views central, we will examine both Hindu and Buddhist sources, consistently examining the ways in which similar practices are given distinct shapes by the two religious traditions.
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ASIAN 2279 : Chinese Mythology
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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 2286 : Transformations in Twentieth Century China
Crosslisted as: HIST 2985 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented change in China as the country's ancient imperial system collapsed and a new modern order began to emerge. This course will explore the myriad transformations that occurred during this remarkable century of revolution and renewal. Among the major changes that we will focus on are the fall of the Qing dynasty, the intellectual awakening of May Fourth, the rise of the Nationalist party-state, and key events of the Communist era, such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong and the capitalist reforms of Deng Xiaoping. The class will encourage historical reflection on China's engagement with the modern world in order to better understand the complex reality of China today.
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ASIAN 2289 : Daoist Traditions
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2209, HIST 2209, RELST 2209 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
In this course we will examine the modes of philosophical and spiritual inquiry, varieties of spiritual/bodily cultivation and practice, and religious organizations and movements in China that we know as Daoist (or "Taoist"). We will examine the ways in which Daoism was used variously to contest or legitimate imperial political power, and how the procedures and ideologies of the imperial state in turn informed Daoist theory and practice.  Throughout, we will examine the ways in which standard modern western dichotomies, such as sacred/secular, spiritual/physical, and mind/body, break down when we try to apply them to the study of Daoism.  Course will focus on the period from the fourth century B.C.E. to the thirteenth century C.E. 
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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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JAPAN 3301 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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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BURM 3301 : Advanced Burmese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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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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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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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VIET 3301 : Advanced Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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INDO 3301 : Advanced Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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CHIN 3301 : High Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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TAG 3301 : Advanced Tagalog (Filipino) I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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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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BENGL 3301 : Advanced Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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THAI 3302 : Advanced Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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NEPAL 3302 : Advanced Nepali II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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BENGL 3302 : Advanced Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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KOREA 3302 : High Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of KOREA 3301. Students will continue to refine their high-intermediate language skills. Authentic published materials and documentary video-clips will be introduced in order for students to be exposed to an advanced level of Korean. Students will discuss and write an essay on topics regarding information age, health, the origin of Valentine's Day, culture of advertisement and Korean folktales. Students are given the opportunity to do research on Korean culture and society following an academic research format and give an oral presentation in class.
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JAPAN 3302 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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SANSK 3302 : Advanced Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3396 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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INDO 3302 : Advanced Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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BURM 3302 : Advanced Burmese II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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VIET 3302 : Advanced Vietnamese II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese. The course emphasizes on enlarging vocabulary and increasing reading speed by reading various genres and styles of prose. 
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TAG 3302 : Advanced Tagalog (Filipino) II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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CHIN 3302 : High Intermediate Mandarin II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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TAMIL 3302 : Advanced Tamil II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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KHMER 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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HINDI 3302 : Advanced Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This is a continuation of HINDI 3301. 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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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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.
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THAI 3304 : Thai Literature II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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ASIAN 3308 : Issues in Contemporary China II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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. For more information, please log on lrc.cornell.edu/asian/courses/ch/chin3309-5509.
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ASIAN 3309 : Temple in the World: Buddhism in Contemporary South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: RELST 3309 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Buddhism is often thought of as a meditative and philosophical tradition, remote from the concerns and pleasures of everyday life, practical ethics, and politics. This course explores the unfolding of Buddhist life in contemporary South and Southeast Asia, in locations such as Burma, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Cambodia. We will see how the practices of meditation and philosophical reflection enter the lives of Buddhists, along with other expressions of devotion, aesthetic fascination, political action, and sociability. Our goal will be to recognize the sensual, emotional, and social qualities of Buddhist practice, and the ways in which life unfolds in a Buddhist idiom.
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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?
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 3316 : Zen Buddhism: Food, Tea and Hospitality in Praxis
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6616, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China and the development of Northern and Southern Schools. In Japan, we examine the establishment of Zen in the Kamakura period, through the development of both Rinzai and Soto Zen, and early transmissions of Chinese texts and practices to Japan through Japanese emissaries. We study the lives and writings of Eisai and Dôgen, and explore how their works influenced later developments in Zen. Next we read works by Hakuin. Last, we study how Zen is implicated in Japanese fascism and later, postwar identity discourses. Finally, we look at Zen in an American context. This course is being taught both as an integrated arts in the curriculum course in collaboration with the Johnson Art Museum and is also part of a "Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum Grant".  An optional 10-day trip to Japan to spend time in Zen temples and a monastery will be offered to students.  Furthermore, students studying Japanese  language can sign up for an optional 1-credit language course exploring Zen practice and arts vocabulary (JAPAN 2216).
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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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ASIAN 3321 : China Under Revolution and Reform
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3403, GOVT 3403 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course provides a broad overview of the evolution of Chinese politics from the early part of the 20th century to the present. It is roughly divided into two sections. The first traces the formation and the progression of modern state and party institutions following the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1911, through the communist rise to power and into the Mao era (1949-1976), culminating in the period of "opening up and reform" (1978-present). The second part of the course examines China's institutional apparatus, focusing on mapping out the government, Party, and military bureaucracies; examining relations between Beijing and the localities; and on the institutionalization of these structures and processes over time. No prior knowledge of China is required or expected.
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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. In this course you will be reading literary articles, novels and short stories and will be working on polishing your written Urdu skills at an academic level.
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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 3339 : Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3900, ARTH 6900, ASIAN 6669, VISST 3901 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to selected key themes in cinema and the moving image from South Asia. The course investigates documentary, artistic, and commercial cinemas, focusing on concepts and frameworks for understanding their development and their meaning. These include questions of form and narrative, the place of cinema during social and cultural transformation, and the relationship of the moving image in South Asia to developments in global cinema. Structured as a tutorial, this is a reading and discussion intensive course with limited enrolment.
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CHIN 3342 : High Intermediate Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Equivalent to CHIN 3302. Continuing instruction in spoken Chinese and in various genres and styles of written Chinese.
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ASIAN 3344 : Introduction to Indian Philosophy
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3674, PHIL 3930, RELST 3344 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course will survey the rich and sophisticated tradition of Indian philosophical thought from its beginnings in the speculations of Upanishads, surveying debates between Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and materialistic philosophers about the existence and nature of God and of the human soul, the nature of knowledge, and the theory of language.
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ASIAN 3361 : Climate Change Awareness and Service Learning in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam - Part II
Crosslisted as: ALS 3601 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The combination of seminar and international service-learning course provides a unique opportunity to connect classroom instruction with experiential learning while gaining a broad understanding of the impacts resulting from climate change. In addition, the course includes background on Vietnamese history and culture. A two-week field trip in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam offers students opportunity to experience firsthand the dire situation in the region and gain a deeper and more personalized understanding of these pressing issues due to a rapidly changing climate.
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ASIAN 3368 : Imagining India, Home and Diaspora
Crosslisted as: ENGL 3530 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
A modern country and an ancient civilization, India has been imagined through the ages in many different ways. This introductory course focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries, drawing on films (Bollywood and Hollywood), tv shows, music, novels, and political thought. Readings from Gandhi, Ambedkar, Tagore, Kipling, Forster, Premchand, Senapati, Manto, Ananthamurthy and Roy as well as such diasporic writers as Rushdie, Lahiri, and Naipaul.
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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 3371 : Early Confucianism
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This class examines the origins of Confucianism from the 6th century BCE through the life of Confucius and his most important disciples and down to the early Han dynasty, when the body of thought associated with the Master began to take a hold on early Chinese political and intellectual institutions.  We will be concerned with the early Confucian scholars as literary and philosophical figures, and explore some of their major concepts and ideas, including filial piety, ritual praxis, and moral transformation.  We will also examine the origins and early history of the canonical Confucian texts, such as the Book of History and the Analects of Confucius.  What are the most important contributions of Confucian thought to Chinese civilization?  What are the deeper philosophical foundations of the core values and ideas that became an important part of Chinese society?
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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 3383 : Introduction to the Arts of China
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 3800, ARTH 3800 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course offers a survey of the art and culture of China, from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. We begin with an inquiry into the meaning of national boundaries and the controversy of the Han Chinese people, which helps us identify the scope of Chinese culture. Pre-dynastic (or prehistoric) Chinese culture is presented through both legends about the origins of the Chinese, and scientifically excavated artifacts. Art of the dynastic and modern periods is presented in light of contemporaneous social, political, geographical, philosophical and religious contexts. Students work directly with objects in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.
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ASIAN 3388 : Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures
Crosslisted as: COML 3980, FGSS 3580 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 3396 : Transnational Local: Histories of the Modern in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6696, HIST 3960, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Surveys the modern history of Southeast Asia with special attention to colonialism, the Chinese diaspora, and socio-cultural institutions.  Considers global transformations that brought "the West" into people's lives in Southeast Asia.  Focuses on the development of the modern nation-state, but also questions the narrative by incorporating groups that are typically excluded.  Assigns primary texts in translation.
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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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ASIAN 4400 : Tibetan Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 4400 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course is an exploration of the development of the Vajrayana tradition through a focus on the myths and stories about, and writings by central figures in what is known in the west as Tibetan Buddhism. A fundamental premise of this course is that any study of Tibetan Buddhism must take into consideration the implications of the dramatic events which have shaped the last sixty years of Tibetan history, and the fracture of meaning caused by the near destruction of this religious world after the communist invasion and subsequent full occupation of Tibet.  Understanding how the lens of exile and a nostalgia for a pre-Chinese invasion history shape current studies of Tibetan Buddhism will be a continuing theme throughout this course.  At the end of this course, it is hoped that students will have a grounded and nuanced understanding of the complexities of this great religious tradition, the implications of its appropriations in the western imagination as an idyllic Shangri-la, and the challenges Tibetan Buddhism faces as a diverse religious tradition as it attempts to rebuild its religious institutions in exile.
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SINHA 4400 : Literary Sinhala II
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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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JAPAN 4401 : Advanced Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Develops reading, writing and oral communication/discussion/presentation skills at the advanced/academic level.
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KOREA 4401 : Advanced Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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KOREA 4402 : Advanced Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Continuation of KOREA 4401.  Designed to acquire profound knowledge in various fields of Korea: Current issues in Korean society, Korean people's thoughts and mind, tradition, history and culture. This course follows the Learner-Centered methodology encouraging students to be active participants in their language learning process. The Learner-Centered methodology is applied by asking students to lead a discussion on the topic of their assigned TV documentary and the contemporary novel. Through discussion and analysis, students will understand the different styles of texts and genres.
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JAPAN 4402 : Advanced Japanese II
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Develops reading, writing and oral communication/discussion/presentation skills at the advanced/academic level.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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ASIAN 4404 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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CHIN 4412 : Advanced Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4415 : Sex, Science, and Revolution in Asia, 1500-2000
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4127, HIST 4127 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
History is full of sexual revolutions, and political revolutionaries often obsess over matters of sex.  This course explores the links between sexual, political, and scientific revolutions in Asia from the early modern era to the present.  Topics include the history of masculinity; the science of sex; body modification; fashion; sexual violence; homoeroticism; contraception, abortion, and infanticide; and the modernization of sex and gender under the major rival political movements in Asia: communism, feminism, imperialism, and nationalism.
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ASIAN 4415 : Sex, Science, and Revolution in Asia, 1500-2000
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption have preoccupied ruler and ruled alike in Asia, and prompted campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar, designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, explores the links between sexual, political, and scientific revolutions in Asia from the 1500s to the present.  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, the history of masculinity, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, honorific violence, body modification, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  We first explore the body in "traditional" Asian cultures, legal regimes, and medical practice.  We then explore the modernization of sex, health, and the body itself under the major rival political movements in Asia: imperialism, nationalism, communism, and feminism.
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CHLIT 4420 : Tang Poetry: Themes and Contexts
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4420, CHLIT 6620, MEDVL 4420 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Through guided readings in Chinese of selected poems of the Tang dynasty (618-907) on various themes and in different styles, students develop the essential analytical skills for reading Tang poetry while gaining an understanding of its social, cultural, and historical contexts.
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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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CHLIT 4421 : Directed Study
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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 4422 : Special Topics
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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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CHLIT 4422 : 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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ASIAN 4422 : Religion and the State in Chinese History
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4241, HIST 4241, RELST 4241 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Religion and politics have had a complex relationship in Chinese history. While various systems of belief have been an integral part of state ideology or co-opted by the state to bolster its authority, they have also provided a potent basis for challenging the established order and fomenting rebellion. This course explores some of the major dimensions of this dynamic from ancient times up until the present day, with primary focus on the modern period. Considering such varied phenomena as imperial ritual sacrifice, the Taiping Rebellion, Tibetan Buddhism, and the current resurgence of religion under Communist rule, we will reflect on the dominant patterns and unique aspects of China's church-state model.
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ASIAN 4423 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack the spatial and cultural forms of density and the layered histories that define the contemporary urban fabric of cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The course combines the investigation of the cinemas and literatures of the region with the study of recent writing on cities from Asian studies, film studies, queer theory, urban studies, political theory, religious studies, cultural geography, literary theory, and anthropology.
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CHIN 4427 : High Advanced Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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CHIN 4428 : High Advanced Mandarin II
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The focus of the course is on formal Chinese, and the main aim of this course is to help students achieve an advanced level of Chinese performance, so that they may combine Chinese with their work in their majors.  The course material will be formal Chinese writings by native speakers, mostly for native speakers, related to students' majors and fields of interest.  In addition, classical Chinese will also be introduced through readings as a means to enhance student's understanding of the language.
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ASIAN 4433 : Exhibition Seminar
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4818, ARTH 6818, ASIAN 6610, VISST 4818, VISST 6818 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Public display of art objects and artifacts involves more than just artistic presentations. How is the title selected? What (whose) works are included? How are they displayed? How are they framed in the exhibition space as well as in an exhibition catalogue? These complex issues are integral to exhibition discourse. Students will review past exhibitions and design a new exhibition based on the collection at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum. The final product will be on view to the public and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue co-authored by all participants in the seminar. Students will learn how to engage in academic and scholarly inquiry of issues related to exhibition design, and will experience hands-on aspects of museum work related to organizing an exhibition.
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ASIAN 4436 : Topics in Indian Film
Crosslisted as: VISST 4436 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
The course will treat various aspects of Indian film, with focal topics to vary from year to year.  These topics will include religion in Indian film, Indian art films, and the golden age of Indian film.  All topics will be discussed in relation to the conventions of mainstream Bollywood cinema and their social and cultural significance.  Each week a film must be viewed to prepare for class discussion; screenings will be arranged as appropriate. No knowledge of an Indian language is needed.
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ASIAN 4440 : Bodies at the Border
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6640, COML 4339, COML 6339, FGSS 4339, FGSS 6339, LSP 4339, LSP 6339 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Although the wounded, often feminine, body is the most powerful way of imagining border space in both the Indian subcontinent and the Americas, it is seldom coupled with the embodied practices and performances through which borders define everyday life and shape geographical and historical consciousness in the two regions. Drawing upon texts, media, and theory generated from South Asia and Latin America, the course will develop new comparative approaches to the constitutive role that bodies play in creating, maintaining, and imagining borders in the global South.
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CHIN 4442 : Advanced Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Equivalent to CHIN 4412 .  Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4444 : China's Encounter with Modernity
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ASIAN 4446 : Classical Indian Poetry and Comparative Poetics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6648 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 4448 : China, Tibet and Xinjiang
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4827, GOVT 4827, GOVT 6827 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Seminar intended to examine the increasingly complex relationship that has evolved between China and the rest of the international system, with particular focus on the rise of Chinese nationalism and the extent to which those in Tibet, Xinjiang, and, to a lesser extent, Taiwan, are contesting such a trend. In so doing, the course emphasizes the interrelated, yet often contradictory, challenges facing Beijing in regards to the task of furthering the cause of national unity while promoting policies of integration with international society and interdependence with the global economy.
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ASIAN 4449 : History and Methods of the Academic Study of Religion
Crosslisted as: RELST 4449 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course provides advanced students in Religious Studies or the humanities a working familiarity with important methodological issues in the academic study of religion. Following a brief historical outline of the development of the academic study of religion, we will survey major approaches to the academic study of religion currently used and discussed in Religious Studies today. We will read representative and seminal works from the following approaches to the study of religion: anthropology, philosophical hermeneutics, phenomenology, history of religions, the sociology of religion and critical ideological studies. For each of these cases, we will see how these studies both build upon the nineteenth century assumptions of the nature of religion and have addressed twentieth century religious and theoretical issues. For each of the texts we will be reading, we will try to grasp why particular approaches had the appeal they did when they did. The course operates as an intellectual history of the rise of the study of religion as an academic (as opposed to confessional) subject.
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PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Spring 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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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 4462 : Religion, Colonialism, and Nationalism in South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6662, RELST 4462 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Taught as a seminar, the course engages recent theoretical literature on the relations between religion, colonialism and nation formation.  This theoretical literature is read in conjunction with historical and ethnographic materials from South and Southeast Asian contexts, which allow us to explore the intellectual promise and limitations of the theoretical work in question.
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ASIAN 4463 : Theorizing the Local and the Global: Corruption and the Indian Novel in English
Crosslisted as: COML 4613, ENGL 4996, SHUM 4613 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
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 4492 : Ocean: The Sea in Human History
Crosslisted as: HIST 4922 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course focuses on the role of the oceans in human history, from earliest times to the present.  It does so by moving both chronologically and topically through oceanic history, so that a number of important topics are covered.  We start by looking at a number of different methodologies that may be useful in examining the sea, and then proceed to week-long reading sections on the sea in the ancient world, the Age of Discovery (European and non-European), and at the science of the sea.  The second half of the course gets more geographic in focus: week-long sessions deliberate on individual oceans and the main themes that have driven them, covering the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the polar seas.  Slavery, piracy, discovery, cultural transmission, nautics and science are a part of all of these stories, though in different ways.  The course hopes to impart to students the overwhelmingly important role of the oceans in forging human history, both in the centuries that have past and in our modern world.  Open to all students with an interest in the sea.
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ASIAN 4493 : Biodiversity in Art: Unruly Passions in Collecting, Narrating and Creating
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4857, ARTH 6857, ASIAN 6693, VISST 4859 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Consciousness of the world's diversity has historically been rooted to artistic endeavors and scientific exploration. Collecting, describing, narrating and ultimately creating of human, plant, and animal species is as much at the heart of Biodiversity in Art as it is a method in Art History and Biology. Situated at the intersection of science and aesthetics, this course explores the creative and often symbiotic, shape-shifting encounters between humans, flora and fauna from early Greek and Roman accounts to Asian articulations through time. Students will be encouraged to apply various methodologies in the writing process as they engage these collecting impulses and unruly passions. Classes will be held at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum.
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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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ASIAN 5505 : Methodology of Asian Language Learning and Teaching
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course presents theories of language teaching and learning, and shows how they apply to Asian language course structure, classroom instruction, and assessment techniques.  Students will observe classes taught by experienced teachers, discuss language learning theory and practice, and design and implement their own class activities. 
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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. For more information, please log on lrc.cornell.edu/asian/courses/ch/chin3309-5509.
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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 6610 : Exhibition Seminar
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4818, ARTH 6818, ASIAN 4433, VISST 4818, VISST 6818 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Public display of art objects and artifacts involves more than just artistic presentations. How is the title selected? What (whose) works are included? How are they displayed? How are they framed in the exhibition space as well as in an exhibition catalogue? These complex issues are integral to exhibition discourse. Students will review past exhibitions and design a new exhibition based on the collection at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum. The final product will be on view to the public and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue co-authored by all participants in the seminar. Students will learn how to engage in academic and scholarly inquiry of issues related to exhibition design, and will experience hands-on aspects of museum work related to organizing an exhibition.
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ASIAN 6613 : Southeast Asian Bibliography and Research Methods
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Covers practical bibliographical skills and research methods necessary to accomplish quality research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.  During the semester we will explore resources available at the Cornell University Libraries, those provided through Library subscription, and resources available elsewhere.
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ASIAN 6616 : Zen Buddhism: Food, Tea and Hospitality in Praxis
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3316, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China and the development of Northern and Southern Schools. In Japan, we examine the establishment of Zen in the Kamakura period, through the development of both Rinzai and Soto Zen, and early transmissions of Chinese texts and practices to Japan through Japanese emissaries. We study the lives and writings of Eisai and Dôgen, and explore how their works influenced later developments in Zen. Next we read works by Hakuin. Last, we study how Zen is implicated in Japanese fascism and later, postwar identity discourses. Finally, we look at Zen in an American context. This course is being taught both as an integrated arts in the curriculum course in collaboration with the Johnson Art Museum and is also part of a "Internationalizing the Cornell Curriculum Grant".  An optional 10-day trip to Japan to spend time in Zen temples and a monastery will be offered to students.  Furthermore, students studying Japanese  language can sign up for an optional 1-credit language course exploring Zen practice and arts vocabulary (JAPAN 2216).
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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 6620 : Tang Poetry: Themes and Contexts
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4420, CHLIT 4420, MEDVL 4420 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Through guided readings in Chinese of selected poems of the Tang dynasty (618-907) on various themes and in different styles, students develop the essential analytical skills for reading Tang poetry while gaining an understanding of its social, cultural, and historical contexts. Students will also be introduced to essential bibliographical materials and critical literature for advanced study of Tang poetry.
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CHLIT 6621 : Advanced Directed Reading
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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CHLIT 6622 : Advanced Directed Reading
Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
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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ASIAN 6623 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4423, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack the spatial and cultural forms of density and the layered histories that define the contemporary urban fabric of cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The course combines the investigation of the cinemas and literatures of the region with the study of recent writing on cities from Asian studies, film studies, queer theory, urban studies, political theory, religious studies, cultural geography, literary theory, and anthropology.
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JPLIT 6625 : Directed Readings
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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JPLIT 6628 : Advanced Directed Readings
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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 6640 : Bodies at the Border
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4440, COML 4339, COML 6339, FGSS 4339, FGSS 6339, LSP 4339, LSP 6339 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Although the wounded, often feminine, body is the most powerful way of imagining border space in both the Indian subcontinent and the Americas, it is seldom coupled with the embodied practices and performances through which borders define everyday life and shape geographical and historical consciousness in the two regions. Drawing upon texts, media, and theory generated from South Asia and Latin America, the course will develop new comparative approaches to the constitutive role that bodies play in creating, maintaining, and imagining borders in the global South.
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ASIAN 6642 : Topics in the Academic Study of Religion
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ASIAN 6648 : Classical Indian Poetry & Comparative Poetics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4446 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 6662 : Religion, Colonialism, and Nationalism in South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4462, RELST 4462 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Taught as a seminar, the course engages recent theoretical literature on the relations between religion, colonialism and nation formation. This theoretical literature is read in conjunction with historical and ethnographic materials from South and Southeast Asian contexts, which allow us to explore the intellectual promise and limitations of the theoretical work in question.
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ASIAN 6669 : Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3900, ARTH 6900, ASIAN 3339, VISST 3901 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
This course provides an introduction to selected key themes in cinema and the moving image from South Asia. The course investigates documentary, artistic, and commercial cinemas, focusing on concepts and frameworks for understanding their development and their meaning. These include questions of form and narrative, the place of cinema during social and cultural transformation, and the relationship of the moving image in South Asia to developments in global cinema. Structured as a tutorial, this is a reading and discussion intensive course with limited enrolment.
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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 6688 : Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures
Crosslisted as: COML 6680, 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 6693 : Biodiversity in Art: Unruly Passions in Collecting, Narrating and Creating
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4857, ARTH 6857, ASIAN 4493, VISST 4859 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Consciousness of the world's diversity has historically been rooted to artistic endeavors and scientific exploration. Collecting, describing, narrating and ultimately creating of human, plant, and animal species is as much at the heart of Biodiversity in Art as it is a method in Art History and Biology. Situated at the intersection of science and aesthetics, this course explores the creative and often symbiotic, shape-shifting encounters between humans, flora and fauna from early Greek and Roman accounts to Asian articulations through time. Students will be encouraged to apply various methodologies in the writing process as they engage these collecting impulses and unruly passions. Classes will be held at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum.
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ASIAN 6696 : Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, HIST 3960, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2017 Instructor:
Surveys the modern history of Southeast Asia with special attentions to colonialism, the Chinese diaspora, and socio-cultural institutions. Considers global transformations that brought "the West" into people's lives in Southeast Asia. Focuses on the development of the modern nation-state, but also questions the narrative by incorporating groups that are typically excluded. Assigns primary texts in translation.
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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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