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INDO 1100 : Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of Indonesian language who expect to participate in university programs in Indonesian-speaking areas of the world.  Students will learn enough phrases to be able to handle very simple interactions and express very simple needs.  The class will be run mostly in Indonesian language.  Emphasis will be on behaving appropriately in Indonesian settings, with regard to language use and other behavior.  Through out-of-class readings, students will also gain an understanding of the history and current place of Indonesian in Southeast Asia.
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THAI 1100 : Elements of Thai Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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KHMER 1100 : Elements of Khmer Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will introduce basic Khmer /Cambodian language and culture to anyone with interest in the subject matter, those planning to travel to Cambodia, heritage students, etc.
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TAG 1100 : Elements of Tagalog (Filipino) Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will introduce very basic functional uses of Tagalog (Filipino) language and elements of Filipino culture to interested students like heritage learners and those who are planning to travel briefly to the Philippines to participate in a short project or study abroad program in the country.
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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed to complement students participating in short-term study abroad programs to Vietnam or anyone wishing to gain some basic Vietnamese language skills and learn various elements of Vietnamese culture .
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TAMIL 1100 : Elements of Tamil Language and Culture
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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ASIAN 1100 : FWS: Religion and Ecological Sustainability
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores the current environmental crisis from the view that religious cosmologies and ideologies play a role in the decisions that both foster and inhibit transitions to sustainable living. We examine cases from major religious traditions of the world, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and indigenous traditions to see how religious ideas form or restrict an ethic for a sustainable future. We will look at cases from agriculture, city planning, community organization and burial practices.   We also explore current intellectual movements and writers who address our theme. This course will include current films, field trips and guest speakers to inspire writing in a number of different genres.
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TAG 1100 : Elements of Tagalog (Filipino) Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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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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SINHA 1100 : Elements of Sinhala Lang/Cult
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will introduce the basic Sinhala language elements and elements of Sri Lankan culture for those who are interested in the field of language and culture. Also for those planning to travel to Sri Lanka, heritage students, etc.
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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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will introduce the basic Sinhala language elements and elements of Sri Lankan culture for those who are interested in the field of language and culture. Also for those planning to travel to Sri Lanka, heritage students, etc.
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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to complement students participating in short-term study abroad programs to Vietnam or anyone wishing to gain some basic Vietnamese language skills and learn various elements of Vietnamese culture .
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NEPAL 1101 : Elementary Nepali I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intended for beginners. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills, using culturally appropriate materials and texts. Devanagari script for reading and writing is also introduced.
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HINDI 1101 : Elementary Hindi I
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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CHIN 1101 : Beginning Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For complete beginners only, providing a thorough grounding in conversational and reading skills. Students with some facility in the spoken language (because Chinese is spoken at home) but who do not read characters should take CHIN 1109.
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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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HINDI 1102 : Elementary Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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KOREA 1102 : Elementary Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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 2018 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 2018 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.
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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 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 1110 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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CHIN 1110 : Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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, and Protection: Indian Ocean Buddhism
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Long before the steamship, the airplane, the iPad and Snapchat, Buddhist monks, merchants, pilgrims and adventurers created a Buddhist network across the space of the Indian Ocean, including much of what we now refer to as southern China, India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia. Why did Buddhist travelers leave their homes for other corners of the Buddhist word? What texts, religious rituals, and magical talismans did they carry? How did mobile persons and things create Buddhism? In this seminar we move between brief primary sources composed by these travelers and their patrons, literary and art historical evidence related to Buddhist networks, and scholarship on trade and networks in order to see the hopes and fears, aims and motivations of premodern Buddhists on the move.
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ASIAN 1111 : FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This First-Year Writing Seminar is about Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.
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TIBET 1111 : Elementary Modern Tibetan I
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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ASIAN 1111 : FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This First-Year Writing Seminar is about Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.
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TIBET 1112 : Elementary Modern Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course continues to develop necessary skills to communicate in the Tibetan language.
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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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KHMER 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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TAG 1121 : Elementary Tagalog (Filipino) I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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VIET 1121 : Elementary Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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TAMIL 1121 : Elementary Tamil I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Introduces students to the basic grammatical and syntactical skills required to function adequately in a Tamil-speaking environment. Of particular interest to students planning to conduct scholarly research or fieldwork in that region of the world. Introduces students to the rich culture of the Indian subcontinent where Tamil is spoken.
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BURM 1121 : Elementary Burmese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A thorough grounding is given in all language skills: reading and writing with minor focus on listening and speaking.
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INDO 1121 : Elementary Indonesian I
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
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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BENGL 1121 : Elementary Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Intended for beginners or students placed by examination. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills; Bengali script will also be introduced.
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THAI 1121 : Elementary Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This beginning level course provides a solid grounding in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension.  The aim is to enable learners to think in Thai and learn to converse and "get around" in certain basic situations in daily life.
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CHIN 1121 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For complete beginners only.
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SINHA 1121 : Elementary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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VIET 1122 : Elementary Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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INDO 1122 : Elementary Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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THAI 1122 : Elementary Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This beginning level course provides a solid grounding in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with an emphasis on reading and writing. The aim is to enable learners to continue the process of thinking in Thai and learning to converse and "get around" in certain basic situations in daily life with an additional of basic literacy skill.
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TIBET 1122 : Elementary Classical Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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BENGL 1122 : Elementary Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Enables students to read and comprehend basic Bengali texts as well as speak and write in the language.
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BURM 1122 : Elementary Burmese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A thorough grounding is given in all language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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PUNJB 1122 : Elementary Punjabi II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Elementary Punjabi introduces the student to basic Punjabi Language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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CHIN 1122 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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SINHA 1122 : Elementary Sinhala II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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KHMER 1122 : Elementary Khmer II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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CHIN 1123 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students III
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
A continuation of CHIN 1122 .  This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For non-heritage learners only. 
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CHIN 1124 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students IV
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A continuation of  CHIN 1123 . This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For non-heritage learners only. 
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URDU 1125 : Introduction to Urdu Script
Crosslisted as: NES 1312 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This class is an introductory class for beginners. This course will teach students how to listen, speak, read and write Urdu through vocabulary, grammar, oral and written activities, with an emphasis on reading and writing basic Urdu. The course begins by introducing the alphabet and their combinations. In addition to learning the script we will also introduce the basic knowledge and background on Urdu culture.
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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 2018 Instructor:
An introduction to the essentials of Sanskrit grammar. Designed to enable the student to read classical and epic Sanskrit as soon as possible.
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ASIAN 1193 : A Global History of Love
Crosslisted as: FGSS 1940, HIST 1930, LGBT 1940 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
By posing seemingly simple questions such as what is love and who has the right to love, this introductory-level lecture course surveys how love has been experienced and expressed from the pre-modern period to the present. Through case studies of familial and conjugal love in Africa, Asia, the US, Europe, and South and Latin America, the course will examine the debates about and enactment's of what constitutes the appropriate way to show love and affection in different cultures and historical contexts. Among the themes we will explore are questions of sexuality, marriage, kinship, and gender rights. A final unit will examine these themes through modern technologies such as the Internet, scientific advances in medicine, and a growing awareness that who and how we love is anything but simple or universal.
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JAPAN 2201 : Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course provides widely applicable language proficiency as an integrated Japanese course, which develops all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) at the post-elementary level.
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SINHA 2201 : Intermediate Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course further develops student competence in colloquial Sinhala, attending to all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, this course prepares students for the transition to literary Sinhala.
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CHIN 2201 : Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in written and spoken Chinese with particular emphasis on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence and ability.
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NEPAL 2201 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation I
Semester offered: Fall 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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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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TAG 2201 : Intermediate Tagalog (Filipino) I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.
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KHMER 2201 : Intermediate Khmer Reading I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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HINDI 2201 : Intermediate Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This is an intermediate-level course in Hindi. Students' competence in all four language areas will become very strong and solid. This course will work on building up their confidence in describing complicated situations and ideas in the target language, improve their ability to read and write with better flow and accuracy, and increase their listening comprehension to more detailed and complicated materials.
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VIET 2201 : Intermediate Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.
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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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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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KOREA 2201 : Intermediate Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Designed for intermediate learners of Korean. Students will achieve a higher level of communicative competence through practicing the target language in a wide range of speech events. Specifically, students will compare and contrast cultural differences, describe their own experiences and events, discuss opinions on various topics and participate in speech events. Students will command a lengthy discourse regarding various topics such as weather, fashion, travel, public transportation, shopping and life in Korea.
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INDO 2201 : Intermediate Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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BENGL 2201 : Intermediate Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing focus on reading, writing, and conversational skills, this course is designed to advance students' oral competence and enhance comprehension skills through reading, conversations, and listening.
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THAI 2201 : Intermediate Thai I
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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KHMER 2201 : Intermediate Khmer Reading I
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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VIET 2202 : Intermediate Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in written and spoken Vietnamese with particular emphasis on improving reading ability. 
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HINDI 2202 : Intermediate Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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INDO 2202 : Intermediate Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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KOREA 2202 : Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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NEPAL 2202 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2202 : Intermediate Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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TIBET 2202 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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BENGL 2202 : Intermediate Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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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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BURM 2202 : Intermediate Burmese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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PUNJB 2202 : Intermediate Punjabi II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Further develops a student's writing, reading, and oral skills in Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan.
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TAG 2202 : Intermediate Tagalog (Filipino) II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension.
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CHIN 2202 : Intermediate Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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TAMIL 2202 : Intermediate Tamil II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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SINHA 2202 : Intermediate Sinhala II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer Reading II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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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
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Throughout this course sequence all aspects of language learning are practiced; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Video materials are used and the emphasis is on the conversational aspect of the language.
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KHMER 2203 : Intermediate Khmer Composition and Conversation I
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Intermediate Composition and Conversation will give a thorough grounding in language skills in two main areas: writing and speaking. The writing section introduces students to upper-level complex sentence structures and rigorously engages students in upper-level conversation.
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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 2204 : Intermediate Nepali Composition II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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THAI 2204 : Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.
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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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ASIAN 2208 : Introduction to Southeast Asia
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces key questions in the study of Southeast Asia (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its diasporas. It combines a rigorous introduction to Southeast Asian historical, religious, literary, visual, and political traditions and the ways in which scholars have thought about them with the opportunity for students to develop small-scale fieldwork, curatorial, or media projects. Themes to be discussed include notions of kinship, gender, political conflict, media, sexuality, textual and visual genres, and forms of belief and belonging.
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CHIN 2209 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I
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This course focuses on reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate level for Chinese heritage students who can speak Mandarin fluently. It provides ample opportunities to read authentic texts written by some of the most iconic Chinese figures such as Hu Shih (an early graduate of Cornell, class of 1914) and to practice narrative writing and some argumentative writing while exploring various aspects of traditional Chinese culture. This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study for their next level as well as enhance their ability for cross-cultural communications.
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KOREA 2209 : Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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 2018 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 2018 Instructor:
If your long-time goal is to become a true bilingual of English and Chinese, this course will be the next great step you take.  This course focuses on how to read effectively, write clearly and coherently through 1) learning both semi-formal and formal vocabulary, modern idiomatic expressions, advanced sentence structures and the major features that define the advanced Chinese that native speakers use; 2) practicing persuasive writing about the different aspects of Chinese culture or Cornell's campus life that interest you; 3) and completing a book of your own in Chinese as your project that documents the learning that takes place during the semester.  This course helps students further solidify the foundation for their Chinese study for their next level as well as enhance their ability for cross-cultural communications.
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ASIAN 2211 : Introduction to Japan
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This course provides a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities and social sciences.  Taking modern Japanese "national histories" as our framework, we will explore how Japan-the-nation has been constructed as a unity through time with narratives of continuity and development, while simultaneously highlighting points of difference and divergence that shake these narratives' foundational concept of an underlying, essential "Japaneseness."  While learning the standard, chronological "story" of Japan, therefore, students will also be exposed to the many "Japans" strategically included or elided in national histories.  We will bring out the sometimes startlingly different ways of conceiving self, other, community, and universe as they altered in response to changing circumstances through close examinations of literature, documents, scripture, and artwork in sections, and lectures exploring the varying configurations of rulership; space; rank/class; gender; sexuality, marriage and family; daily life responsibilities and diversions; and the secular and sacred over time in the Japanese islands.
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ASIAN 2212 : Introduction to China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2212 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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:
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 2018 Instructor:
Students read from early Classical Chinese texts and learn to use advanced sources for solving textual problems.
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JAPAN 2216 : Zen no Kokoro - Heart of Zen
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2222 : The World of Modern Japan
Crosslisted as: CAPS 1622, HIST 1622 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
In 1868, samurai revolutionaries and their allies seized the reins of power and established a new capital they called Tokyo.  Against all odds, this fragile regime survived and made Tokyo a center of power that would transform both Japan and the world.  This survey of Japanese history explores the rise and fall of Japan as a modern imperial power; its foreign relations; its economic and scientific development from "feudalism" to futuristic technologies; and Japan's many modern revolutions, from the rule of the samurai to Westernization and democracy, from democratic collapse to fascism and World War II, and from Japan's postwar rebirth to the present.  We will examine not only big events but also everyday life, including gender and sexuality, family and schools, and art and popular culture.
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URDU 2225 : Intermediate Urdu Reading and Writing I
Crosslisted as: NES 2201 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. The goal of this course is to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Urdu. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to read articles, write short stories and translate Urdu writings. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate Hindi.
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URDU 2226 : Intermediate Urdu Reading and Writing II
Crosslisted as: NES 2202 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. The goal of this course is to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Urdu. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to read articles, write short stories and translate Urdu writings. This course may be taken concurrently with Intermediate Hindi.
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ASIAN 2240 : Introduction to Modern Central Asia
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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 2247 : Controversy and Debate in Islam
Crosslisted as: NES 2649, RELST 2247 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Whether it is politics, society, the law, sexuality, popular culture or minorities' rights, the media are saturated with news on Islam. This course introduces topical issues in Islam as a religious, historical, cultural and political phenomenon. We will discuss this religion's manifold interpretations and investigate its multiple manifestations across the globe, giving special attention to Asia (from Iran to China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, etc.). Key themes include religious devotion, the arts, Islamic law, gender, statehood, jihad, and sectarianism. No previous knowledge of Islam is required as the course covers the fundamentals of Islam as a religious system as well as a historical phenomenon.
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ASIAN 2250 : Introduction to Asian Religions
Crosslisted as: RELST 2250 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2018 Instructor:
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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ASIAN 2258 : The Occupation of Japan
Crosslisted as: HIST 2315 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
In August 1945, Japan was a devastated country – its cities burned, its people starving, its military and government in surrender.  World War II was over.  The occupation had begun.  What sort of society emerged from the cooperation and conflict between occupiers and occupied?  Students will examine sources ranging from declassified government documents to excerpts from diaries and bawdy fiction, alongside major scholarly studies, to find out.  The first half of the course focuses on key issues in Japanese history, like the fate of the emperor, constitutional revision, and the emancipation of women.  The second half zooms out for a wider perspective, for the occupation of Japan was never merely a local event.  It was the collapse of Japanese empire and the rise of American empire in Asia.  It was decolonization in Korea and the start of the Cold War.  Students will further investigate these links in final individual research projects. 
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ASIAN 2259 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 2330 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2262 : Medicine and Healing in China
Crosslisted as: BSOC 2561, CAPS 2262, HIST 2562, STS 2561 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
An exploration of processes of change in medicine in China.  Focuses on key transitions, such as the emergence of canonical medicine, of Daoist approaches to healing and longevity, of Buddhist medicine and medical relief, of "Scholar Physicians," and of "traditional Chinese medicine" in modern China.  Examines the development of new healing practices in relation to both popular and specialist views of the body and disease, "cultivating vitality" practices, modes of transmission of medical knowledge, and healer-patient relations. 
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ASIAN 2266 : Democracy and Modern China
Crosslisted as: HIST 2465 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Chinese political culture has long been characterized by authoritarianism, from the time of the old imperial order up until the present Communist era. Yet the twentieth century in China witnessed a profound engagement with notions of democracy that was evident in the realms of both political discourse and political practice. This course will explore the many fascinating forms that this engagement took, from attempts to transform the ailing Qing dynasty into a constitutional monarchy to the establishment of a short-lived republic by Sun Yatsen, from the lionizing of "Mr. Democracy" during the May Fourth movement in the 1920s to the trumpeting of "New Democracy" by Mao Zedong twenty years later, and from movements for democratic change under Communist rule such as the Tiananmen Square protests to the flourishing of democratic ideals in the present-day Hong Kong and Taiwan. The aim of the course will be to reflect on how democracy as a political concept has been understood and used in different contexts and the nature of its role in China's modern political evolution.
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ASIAN 2273 : Introduction to Religious Studies
Crosslisted as: NES 2273, RELST 2273 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course introduces the academic study of religion. The topics vary from year to year.
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ASIAN 2275 : History of Modern India
Crosslisted as: HIST 2750 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2018 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: CAPS 2985, HIST 2985 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2297 : Muslims on the Silk Road
Crosslisted as: HIST 2797, RELST 2297 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The Crossroads of the World. The Pivot of History. The heart of the Silk Road. For all its grand nicknames and associations, Inner Asia remains a region little-studied in the West. This course endeavors to separate fact from fantasy while introducing the social, cultural, and political history of Inner Asia in the medieval and early modern periods. We will explore the impact of cross-cultural contacts on the region's diverse societies as we witness the rise and fall of empires, both nomadic and sedentary. We will focus especially on the histories of Muslim communities, as Islam has been the predominant religious tradition in the region for the last millennium. Special emphasis will be given to reading texts produced by Inner Asian authors, as we endeavor to consider the region's history not only from the vantage point of foreign observers and conquerors, but also from within.
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ASIAN 2299 : Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 2299 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will explore the Buddhist tradition from its origins in ancient India to its migrations throughout Asia and eventually to the West. The first part of the course will deal with Indian Buddhism: the Buddha, the principal teachings and practices of his early followers, and new developments in spiritual orientation. We will then turn to the transmission of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, where at least one of the early schools has been preserved. Next we will look at Mahayana Buddhism as it moves north and east, encompassing China, Japan, and Tibet. While much of the course will be devoted to developments in traditional times, we will also look at some of the ways Buddhist cultures have responded to modernity.
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THAI 3301 : Advanced Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 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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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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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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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This one-semester course provides an introduction to the distinctive grammatical forms and vocabulary used in Literary Sinhala. While focused particularly on the development of reading skills, the course also introduces students to Literary Sinhala composition, and builds students' listening comprehension of semi-literary Sinhala forms (such as those used in radio and TV news).
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CHIN 3301 : High Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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NEPAL 3301 : Advanced Nepali I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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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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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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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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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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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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SANSK 3301 : Advanced Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3395 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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INDO 3301 : Advanced Indonesian I
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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KOREA 3301 : High Intermediate Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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KHMER 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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VIET 3302 : Advanced Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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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HINDI 3302 : Advanced Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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INDO 3302 : Advanced Indonesian II
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Practical language course on an advanced level in which students read and discuss selected materials on issues of their academic interests, write essays, and make oral presentations. Course includes students from Columbia University via video-conference.
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KOREA 3302 : High Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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NEPAL 3302 : Advanced Nepali II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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THAI 3302 : Advanced Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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BENGL 3302 : Advanced Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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JAPAN 3302 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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BURM 3302 : Advanced Burmese II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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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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TAG 3302 : Advanced Tagalog (Filipino) II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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TAMIL 3302 : Advanced Tamil II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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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 2018 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 2018 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. 
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ASIAN 3309 : Temple in the World: Buddhism in Contemporary South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: RELST 3309 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 3311 : Performing Islam in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6611, NES 3511, RELST 3311 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the global Muslim population, to explore how centuries of cultural mixing and layering have shaped the regions' religious outlook. How are local traditions and universal Islamic precepts reconciled? How is this manifested in the performative arts and rituals? How does Islam play out in governance and the law? How is Islam deployed in the transnational sphere? Previous knowledge of Islam is an advantage, but not a requisite to succeed in this course. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Islam as a religious system as well as a historical phenomenon throughout the course.
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TIBET 3312 : Advanced Modern Tibetan II
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ASIAN 3312 : What was the Vietnam War?
Crosslisted as: HIST 3312 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
If you have ever wondered what the Vietnam War was all about, how did it begin, how was it fought, why was it so controversial, why did the American people turn against it, why was it important, why were generations of American students taught the North Vietnamese version of the war, why the South Vietnamese allies of the United States were abandoned, and what happened to the Vietnamese and the Americans as a result of the war—then this class is for you! With fresh eyes and surprising insights, it will take you beyond the fashionable fictions and clichés to look at the twenty-five years during which the United States, through six presidential administrations, was involved in Vietnamese affairs (1950-1975). For decades, Americans have been meditating on "the lessons of the Vietnam War," but it turns out that neither was any lesson ever learned nor were the so-called "lessons" even plausibly related to actual events. Today, Americans continue to be taught myths about the Vietnam War. This course shows why these myths obstruct a realistic understanding of American history during the past half-century.
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ASIAN 3316 : Zen Buddhism: The Landscape, the Human, Dwelling & Garden
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6616, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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URDU 3325 : Literary Reading and Writing in Advanced Urdu
Crosslisted as: NES 3325 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Designed for those students who have either taken Intermediate Urdu or are at the same level of competency in reading and writing skills. The goals of this class are to improve Urdu literary reading and writing abilities, primarily through reading various forms of Urdu prose. In addition, students learn about various genres of Urdu poetry and watch video clips and lectures that enhance listening and speaking abilities as well as the understanding and appreciation of Urdu culture.
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ASIAN 3327 : China and the World
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3827, GOVT 3827 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Study of the dramatic rise of China through reviewing major developments in contemporary Chinese foreign policy since the establishment of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and concentrating more specifically on major developments in Chinese foreign policy during the 1980s and 1990s. Such a wide-ranging survey of Chinese foreign policy involves not only a consideration of the evolution of China's relations with its major bilateral partners but also an investigation of how China has defined its broader relationship with the international system. In addition, students are asked to consider which causal factors have been of primary importance in motivating Chinese behavior.
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ASIAN 3331 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6631, FGSS 3331, FGSS 6331, LGBT 3331, LGBT 6331, PMA 3431, RELST 3331 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings from feminism, Buddhist studies, affect theory, queer studies, postcolonial theory, and film studies to ask what new understandings of subjectivity might emerge from these cinemas and their political contexts. Films will be drawn from both mainstream and independent cinema and will include the work of directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danny and Oxide Pang, Yau Ching, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Garin Nugroho, and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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CHIN 3342 : High Intermediate Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Equivalent to CHIN 3302. Continuing instruction in spoken Chinese and in various genres and styles of written Chinese.
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ASIAN 3350 : The Arts of Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3850, VISST 3696 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The arts of Southeast Asia are studied in their social context, since in traditional societies creative processes are often mapped on the sequence of events that compose human lives. We will be looking particularly at the gendered ways in which bodies are mapped on the land, and how these various framings are often reflected in the unique relationships that emerge between works of art and textual sources.
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ASIAN 3362 : Kingship and State-Making in Asia
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 3520, ARKEO 3520 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Kingship plays an outsize role in Asian countries today, in both democratic and authoritarian countries. Even in countries that abolished the monarchy, the legacy of kingship is very much at play. In this course we will study Asia's kingdoms, states, and empires, with attention to both tradition and present-day modern states. Focusing on kingship as both ideology and practice, we will study how states and monarchic traditions first came to be, including as Stranger-Kings, Buddhist monarchs, secondary state formation, local adaptations of foreign models, and more. We will examine examples such as China, from the ancient states and early empires to the legacy of empire there today; Cambodia and its Angkor empire modeled on Indian traditions; as well as Burma, Thailand, Japan, and other parts of Asia. Using readings, films, lectures and guest presentations, we will re-examine the role of kingship in Asia so as to enable a new understanding of both ancient, historical, and contemporary Asia.
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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 3376 : Digital Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6676, FGSS 3376, FGSS 6676 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
New media remain central to ongoing struggles over the constitution of the public sphere in Asia. In high measure, censorship affects the Internet and visual media (including digital, independent cinema), and government agencies are particularly wary of the viral qualities of new media. Extensive state investment into Internet control is offset by the fact that the Internet remains a primary site of political dissent and organizing. New media and communications technologies further continue to engender novel forms of political expression and notions of collectivity. In the past few years activists and artists as well as mass publics have thus forged distinct modes of expression in and around new media that, while frequently evading state prohibition, nevertheless present incisive political critique. The course will examine features unique to digital media—such as the viral, mimetic, archival, and amplificatory properties of the Internet—and ask how politicized media make use of these features to intervene into contexts of censorship and occlusion. We will draw on Asian media contexts also to interrogate assumptions about progressive politics. Investigating the logics of contemporary digital media in relation to the field of political expression, the course complicates received notions of non-Western political public spheres as illiberal, or lagging behind a stage of political development posited as normative.
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ASIAN 3380 : The Asian Century: The Rise of China and India
Crosslisted as: AEM 3388, ASIAN 6680, CAPS 3387, GOVT 3384, GOVT 6384, ILRIC 3380, ILRIC 5380 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will be thoroughly comparative in order to highlight both the specificity of each country as well as more generalizable dynamics of 21st century development. It will be divided into a number of inter-related modules. After a framing lecture, we will briefly cover the two countries' distinct experiences with colonialism and centralized planning. Then we will move on to dynamics of growth, which will seek to explain the relative success of China in the era of market reforms. In analyzing political consequences, we will assess how new forms of cooperation and conflict have emerged. This will involve attention to both internal dynamics as well as how rapid development has seen an increasing accumulation of political power in the East. It goes without saying that accelerating growth has led to huge social change, resulting in profound reorganizations of Chinese and Indian society. Finally, the course will conclude by returning to our original question – is this indeed The Asian Century? What does the rise of China and India mean for the rest of the world, and how are these two giant nations likely to develop in the future?
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ASIAN 3381 : Introduction to the Arts of Japan
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3820 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
As an island nation east of the Asian continent, Japan developed a unique culture that reflects both continental and indigenous characteristics. This course examines pre- and post-contact with continental culture and the process of artistic acculturation and assimilation in successive periods of Japanese art history.
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ASIAN 3383 : Introduction to the Arts of China
Crosslisted as: ARKEO 3800, ARTH 3800 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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: ASIAN 6688, COML 3980, COML 6680, FGSS 3580, FGSS 6580 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been paid to how to conceptualize gender and race/ethnicity; how to analyze the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and class essentialism (some call it "class racism"), and how to understand the relationships of these topics to the broader contexts of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. This course is designed to offer a series of discussions about the following problems: (1) the historically specific modes of sexism and racism in social spaces related to Japan and other places in the trans-Pacific; (2) the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and social class in various contexts including those of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; (3) the roles of gender, race, and social class in the United States' knowledge production about East Asia in general; and (4) the conceptions of gender and race in the social formations particular to East Asia. The assigned readings include both English and Japanese materials. However, those who register in ASIAN 3388 are exempt from reading the materials in Japanese.
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ASIAN 3393 : China's Economy Under Mao and Deng
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3380, ECON 3380 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Examines the development of the Chinese economy and the evolution of China's economic system between the early 1950s and late 1990s.
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ASIAN 3396 : Transnational Local: Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6696, HIST 3960, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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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
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Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.
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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
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Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
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Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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KOREA 4401 : Advanced Korean I
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Designed for students who have completed the intermediate level of Korean, to acquire advanced language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) on Content-Based Instruction and Individualized Language Teaching. Students will gain profound knowledge in various fields on Korea through discussion and composition: Current issues in Korean society, Korean people's thoughts and mind, tradition, history and culture. In the first half of the semester, students will learn professional vocabulary and expressions from the textbook to be able to discuss on various topics in Korean society. In the second half of the semester, students will watch various Korean TV documentary programs outside the classroom and discuss on the topics in depth in class.
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KOREA 4402 : Advanced Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
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The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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JAPAN 4402 : Advanced Japanese II
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Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
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The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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ASIAN 4403 : Supervised Reading
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Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.
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ASIAN 4404 : Supervised Reading
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Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.
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CHIN 4406 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4406, CHIN 6606 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is designed for those who have studied Mandarin to the advanced level (or equivalent). The course is aimed to continuously improve students' Chinese proficiency while, at the same time, preparing them for studying or working in a Chinese native environment. Along with the growth of Chinese economy, issues on Chinese business and economy become a hot topic. Following this trend, authentic Chinese materials selected from a variety of sources will be introduced in class to enhance students' Chinese professional skills and promote their understanding of the macro and micro business environment as well as the business related historical and cultural issues in China.
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CHIN 4411 : Advanced Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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CHIN 4412 : Advanced Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4413 : Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4513 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores how religious beliefs and practices in Southeast Asia have been transformed by the combined forces of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. By examining both diversity and resurgence in one of the world's most rapidly modernizing regions, we aim to understand the common economic, social, and political conditions that are contributing to the popularity of contemporary religious movements. At the same time, we also consider the unique ideological, theological, and cultural understandings behind different religions and movements. Through this process we also rethink conceptions of modernity.
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ASIAN 4415 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6615, CAPS 4127, FGSS 4127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures.  The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.
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ASIAN 4416 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: FGSS 4160, HIST 4160, LGBT 4160 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Students consider the relationships among colonialism and gender and sexual identity formation in Southeast Asia. Using material from a wide range of fields including anthropology and literature, the course complicates the simplistic East/West and male/female binary. Each year the course is offered, its emphasis shifts to adapt to changes in the fields of gender, sexuality and Asian Studies. It incorporates theoretical literature and content that is broader than that of Southeast Asia. 
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CHLIT 4420 : Tang Poetry: Themes and Contexts
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4420, CHLIT 6620, MEDVL 4420 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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CHLIT 4421 : Directed Study
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Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop course content.
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JAPAN 4421 : Special Topics
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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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JAPAN 4422 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 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 4423 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 4437 : Topics in Tamil Studies
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Topics will change in relation to curricular needs in the South Asia Program and the Department of Asian Studies.
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ASIAN 4441 : Mahayana Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 4441 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course will explore the origins and early developments of a movement in Indian Buddhism known as the Great Vehicle. We will intensively examine a small slice of this movement's voluminous literature so as to better understand its call for a new spiritual orientation within Buddhism. Topics of discussion will include the career of the bodhisattva, the lay/monk distinction, attitudes of Mahayanists toward women and other Buddhists, and the development of Buddhist utopias and transcendent buddhas. 
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CHIN 4442 : Advanced Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 4445 : Performing Objects/Collecting Cultures
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4851, ARTH 6851, ASIAN 6645, VISST 4851 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The twin phenomena of performing and collecting are as old as time, and both require an intense entanglement with things. This seminar examines the significance of objects and their related texts within the field of Art History and, indeed, more broadly as they are "performed" and "collected" (sometimes both initiatives occurring simultaneously) in Asian Art and Culture. Various performative and collective containments will be mapped as they transcend boundaries: temporal, spatial, cultural, intertexual, and disciplinary.  Masked dances and their costume elements, clay pots, bronzes, serpentine daggers, musical instruments, embroidered story cloths, shadow puppets, flora, fauna, and film will be explored.
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ASIAN 4446 : Classical Indian Poetry and Comparative Poetics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6648 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 4450 : Art in Zen and Zen in Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4820, ARTH 6820, ASIAN 6650 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores how the art of Zen (Chan) developed in China and was transmitted to Korea and Japan. It will also examine how ideas of Zen informed Western Modern art in both Europe and North America, and how these artistic ideas in turn influenced postwar abstract art in many parts of the world.
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PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
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Readings in Pali selected in relation to student and instructor interests. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics and readings.
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ASIAN 4463 : Theorizing the Local and the Global: Corruption and the Indian Novel in English
Crosslisted as: ENGL 4996, SHUM 4613 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course will survey the history of the novel in India in English over the past hundred years, from colonial rule, through the consolidation of the Indian nation, to the growing pressures of globalization. Focusing on realist fiction, we will address the ways that generic conventions change over time, and discuss the local and the global as formal concerns, modulating in relation to the world beyond India as well as in negotiation with its multiple locales, identities, languages, and cultures. Through this prism, we will focus our attention on the theme of corruption – of politics, of the nation, of language and literary form – that has been a constant (though often figured as crisis) in this literary tradition which simultaneously is and is not a national tradition.
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ASIAN 4465 : Scandal, Corruption, and the Making of the British Empire in India
Crosslisted as: HIST 4723, SHUM 4623 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
As the English East India Company conquered vast Indian territories in the late 1700s, it was besieged with allegations of corruption against its leading officials. This course will examine the origins of modern imperialism through the lens of corruption, exploring how corruption scandals became sites for generating new ideas and practices of empire. As well as reading prominent figures of the European enlightenment, including Adam Smith, Edmund Burke, and Denis Diderot, we will also study major Indian writers on corruption, including the historian Ghulam Husain, and the liberal reformer, Ram Mohan Roy. Students will conduct primary research into eighteenth-century imperial corruption scandals, and consider the larger question of how modern ideas of political reform grew out of early modern theories of corruption.
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ASIAN 4473 : Modern Chinese Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4816, ARTH 6816, ASIAN 6673 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
China, a cultural giant of East Asia, made a passive entrance into modernity. With the advent of Western and American colonialism and imperialism, coupled with recent successes in westernization by the Japanese, Chinese artists had to redefine their roles as well as their visions. This turmoil bore witness to a vibrant beginning in modern Chinese art. Interactions between the Chinese themselves, and Chinese interactions with foreigners in the major cities of Shanghai and Beijing, fostered new directions in Chinese art and helped shape western visions of Chinese art history. Issues covered include: Chinese debates on western influence--their theoretical foundations and rationales; New visions for the future of Chinese art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Pluralistic approaches and arguments on "Chinese identity" in the modern era; Collecting art and the vision of history; The identity of traditional literati painters in the modern era-their roles, artworks, and deeds; Foreigners in China-the formation of major European collections of Chinese art, and the formation of "Chinese art history" in the West.
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ASIAN 4475 : China and Asian Security
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4870, GOVT 4877, GOVT 6877 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course focuses primarily on China's evolving role in both Asia and world politics. While China may not necessarily be the sole determinant of the type of security order that will prevail in Asia, it has a profound influence on the region and potentially on the global order as well. To gain an understanding of security issues in Asia today, the seminar attempts to come to terms with the evolving nature of China's foreign policy and national security strategies. The course then concentrates on the most influential academic work on China's foreign relations and national security policies that has been published since the end of the Cold War.  
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ASIAN 4479 : Performing Modernism in the Chinese Body
Crosslisted as: PMA 4371 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What is the history of the body in performance in China, inside and outside the opera, and how far is the Asian body expressed or effaced in modern times? Does the Asian body on the stage and on the screen make a categorical difference in Western eyes? Is there a dynamic between cultures that is subtler than dialogue and that only the body can produce? This course is designed to realize the possibility of historical understanding through dance, theater, and film. 
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ASIAN 4492 : Ocean: The Sea in Human History
Crosslisted as: HIST 4922 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 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 2018 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.
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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 6608 : Scholarly Writing for Publication
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is a workshop for the composition, revision and publication of scholarly journal articles. Students will survey the journals in their particular discipline inside Asian Studies, learn about editorial processes and peer review, and read and think more generally about the genre, form and function of written scholarship. In the second half of the class, essays being prepared for publication will be shared with colleagues and discussed in a supportive workshop setting. Students should choose and bring a thoroughly researched seminar paper (more than twenty pages, less than forty) or equivalent essay that they would like to revise for publication; this paper should be complete before the workshop begins. A-level research will be accepted, but this course itself will not prepare students to pass their A levels.
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ASIAN 6611 : Performing Islam in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3311, NES 3511, RELST 3311 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the global Muslim population, to explore how centuries of cultural mixing and layering have shaped the regions' religious outlook. How are local traditions and universal Islamic precepts reconciled? How is this manifested in the performative arts and rituals? How does Islam play out in governance and the law? How is Islam deployed in the transnational sphere? Previous knowledge of Islam is an advantage, but not a requisite to succeed in this course. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Islam as a religious system as well as a historical phenomenon throughout the course.
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ASIAN 6615 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4415, CAPS 4127, FGSS 4127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures.  The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.
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ASIAN 6616 : Zen Buddhism: The Landscape, the Human, Dwelling & Garden
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3316, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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 2018 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: Spring 2018 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
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 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 6645 : Performing Objects/Collecting Cultures
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4851, ARTH 6851, ASIAN 4445, VISST 4851 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
The twin phenomena of performing and collecting are as old as time, and both require an intense entanglement with things. This seminar examines the significance of objects and their related texts within the field of Art History and, indeed, more broadly as they are "performed" and "collected" (sometimes both initiatives occurring simultaneously) in Asian Art and Culture. Various performative and collective containments will be mapped as they transcend boundaries: temporal, spatial, cultural, intertexual, and disciplinary. Masked dances and their costume elements, clay pots, bronzes, serpentine daggers, musical instruments, embroidered story cloths, shadow puppets, flora, fauna, and film will be explored.
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ASIAN 6648 : Classical Indian Poetry & Comparative Poetics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4446 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 6650 : Art in Zen and Zen in Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4820, ARTH 6820, ASIAN 4450 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course explores how the art of Zen (Chan) developed in China and was transmitted to Korea and Japan. It will also examine how ideas of Zen informed Western Modern art in both Europe and North America, and how these artistic ideas in turn influenced postwar abstract art in many parts of the world.
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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 6676 : Digital Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3376, FGSS 3376, FGSS 6676 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
New media remain central to ongoing struggles over the constitution of the public sphere in Asia. In high measure, censorship affects the Internet and visual media (including digital, independent cinema), and government agencies are particularly wary of the viral qualities of new media. Extensive state investment into Internet control is offset by the fact that the Internet remains a primary site of political dissent and organizing. New media and communications technologies further continue to engender novel forms of political expression and notions of collectivity. In the past few years activists and artists as well as mass publics have thus forged distinct modes of expression in and around new media that, while frequently evading state prohibition, nevertheless present incisive political critique. The course will examine features unique to digital media—such as the viral, mimetic, archival, and amplificatory properties of the Internet—and ask how politicized media make use of these features to intervene into contexts of censorship and occlusion. We will draw on Asian media contexts also to interrogate assumptions about progressive politics. Investigating the logics of contemporary digital media in relation to the field of political expression, the course complicates received notions of non-Western political public spheres as illiberal, or lagging behind a stage of political development posited as normative.
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ASIAN 6680 : The Asian Century: The Rise of China and India
Crosslisted as: AEM 3388, ASIAN 3380, CAPS 3387, GOVT 3384, GOVT 6384, ILRIC 3380, ILRIC 5380 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
The course will be thoroughly comparative in order to highlight both the specificity of each country as well as more generalizable dynamics of 21st century development. It will be divided into a number of inter-related modules. After a framing lecture, we will briefly cover the two countries' distinct experiences with colonialism and centralized planning. Then we will move on to dynamics of growth, which will seek to explain the relative success of China in the era of market reforms. In analyzing political consequences, we will assess how new forms of cooperation and conflict have emerged. This will involve attention to both internal dynamics as well as how rapid development has seen an increasing accumulation of political power in the East. It goes without saying that accelerating growth has led to huge social change, resulting in profound reorganizations of Chinese and Indian society. Finally, the course will conclude by returning to our original question – is this indeed The Asian Century? What does the rise of China and India mean for the rest of the world, and how are these two giant nations likely to develop in the future?
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ASIAN 6688 : Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3388, COML 3980, COML 6680, FGSS 3580, FGSS 6580 Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been paid to how to conceptualize gender and race/ethnicity; how to analyze the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and class essentialism (some call it "class racism"), and how to understand the relationships of these topics to the broader contexts of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. This course is designed to offer a series of discussions about the following problems: (1) the historically specific modes of sexism and racism in social spaces related to Japan and other places in the trans-Pacific; (2) the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and social class in various contexts including those of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; (3) the roles of gender, race, and social class in the United States' knowledge production about East Asia in general; and (4) the conceptions of gender and race in the social formations particular to East Asia. The assigned readings include both English and Japanese materials. However, those who register in ASIAN 3388 are exempt from reading the materials in Japanese.
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ASIAN 6696 : Transnational Local: Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, HIST 3960, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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ASIAN 7704 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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