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THAI 1100 : Elements of Thai Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 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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INDO 1100 : Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 and to behave appropriately in Indonesian settings.  The class will be run mostly in Indonesian language.  Through assigned recordings in Blackboard and independent learning, students will also gain a better understanding of Indonesian sounds, ways of life, natural environments, as well as the history and current place of Indonesian in Southeast Asia.
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SINHA 1100 : Elements of Sinhala Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 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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TAG 1100 : Elements of Tagalog/Filipino Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 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 and to behave appropriately in Indonesian settings.  The class will be run mostly in Indonesian language.  Through assigned recordings in Blackboard and independent learning, students will also gain a better understanding of Indonesian sounds, ways of life, natural environments, as well as 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 2019 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 2018 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 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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SINHA 1100 : Elements of Sinhala Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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TAMIL 1100 : Elements of Tamil Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course is designed for anyone wishing to gain some basic Vietnamese language skills and learn various elements of Vietnamese culture.
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KOREA 1101 : Elementary Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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NEPAL 1101 : Elementary Nepali I
Semester offered: Fall 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 1101 : Elementary Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 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 1101 : Beginning Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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HINDI 1101 : Elementary Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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CHIN 1102 : Beginning Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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HINDI 1102 : Elementary Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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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ASIAN 1103 : FWS: Femininities: Asia
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Femininities: Asia studies the politics and aesthetics of representing femininity in Asia across a variety of Asian screen cultures, literatures, and political-economic contexts. We will study foundational scholarly writing on the topic as well as consider fiction writing and feature and documentary films about femininity. What has embodying, rejecting, representing, or refusing to represent femininity come to mean in the globalized, neoliberal economies and mobile societies of South, Southeast, and East Asia?
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ASIAN 1106 : FWS: The Great Epic of India
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The great Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, is one of the principal monuments of world literature. This vast, enthralling, and powerful tale of intra-familial war and world historical decline (of which the famous Bhagavad Gita forms but a small part) transformed the religious and literary consciousness of India, and exercised a broad impact throughout South and Southeast Asia. This course will introduce students to this remarkable text and the literary tradition it inaugurated, through selected readings from the epic itself, along with samples of later renditions of its narrative (including contemporary theatrical, TV, and comic book versions).
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KOREA 1109 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2018 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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CHIN 1110 : Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2018 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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KOREA 1110 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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ASIAN 1111 : FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion
Semester offered: Fall 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 1111 : Elementary Modern Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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TIBET 1112 : Elementary Modern Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course continues to develop necessary skills to communicate in the Tibetan language.
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TAMIL 1121 : Elementary Tamil I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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PUNJB 1121 : Elementary Punjabi I
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Elementary Punjabi introduces the student to basic Punjabi Language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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THAI 1121 : Elementary Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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BENGL 1121 : Elementary Bengali I
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Intended for beginners or students placed by examination. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills; Bengali script will also be introduced.
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SINHA 1121 : Elementary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 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 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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BURM 1121 : Elementary Burmese (Myanmar) I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed to equip the beginning learners with the reading and writing skills that are the essential first step in learning the language. Burmese script is beautiful and not very complicated, but it is based on principles that are unlike any European language. In this first semester, you will develop competency in reading and writing it. You will also learn some basic spoken Burmese and essential grammatical concepts.
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VIET 1121 : Elementary Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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CHIN 1121 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For complete beginners only.
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INDO 1121 : Elementary Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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KHMER 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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TIBET 1121 : Elementary Classical Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 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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TAG 1121 : Elementary Tagalog/Filipino I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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BURM 1122 : Elementary Burmese (Myanmar) II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The skills learned in the first semester are reinforced and expanded in this course. The focus is on building up confidence in speaking and understanding spoken Burmese that you will need if you visit the country. Significant practical skills are learned along with essential information on some customs and traditions of Burmese culture. Knowledge and understanding of grammar is also an important part of the course.
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VIET 1122 : Elementary Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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CHIN 1122 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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INDO 1122 : Elementary Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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TAG 1122 : Elementary Tagalog/Filipino II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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TIBET 1122 : Elementary Classical Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Introduces students to the grammar of Classical Literary Tibetan as found in Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan, as well as indigenous Tibetan philosophical works. The course progresses through a sequence of the basic rudiments of the language, including an introduction to the script and its romanization, pronunciation (central Lhasan dialect), normative dictionary order, and the basic categories of grammar. Following these preliminaries, students proceed to guided readings in Tibetan literature designed to introduce them to the formal approach of Tibetan lexical semantics with an emphasis on the role of verbs in determining argument realization options. Over the duration of the course, students encounter new vocabulary (and associated Buddhist concept hierarchies) and increasingly complex sentence structures. This course thus provides a solid foundation for the later exploration of other genres of literature and styles of composition.
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KHMER 1122 : Elementary Khmer II
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Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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TAMIL 1122 : Elementary Tamil II
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PUNJB 1122 : Elementary Punjabi II
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Elementary Punjabi introduces the student to basic Punjabi Language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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THAI 1122 : Elementary Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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KHMER 1122 : Elementary Khmer II
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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BENGL 1122 : Elementary Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Enables students to read and comprehend basic Bengali texts as well as speak and write in the language.
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SINHA 1122 : Elementary Sinhala II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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CHIN 1123 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students III
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2019 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 2019 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 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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SANSK 1132 : Elementary Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 1332, LING 1132 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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PALI 1151 : Accelerated Elementary Pali
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
An accelerated one-semester introduction to Pali.  Prior background in Sanskrit is encouraged but not required.
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ASIAN 1174 : Imperial China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 1740, HIST 1740, MEDVL 1740 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course explores the history of imperial China between the 3rd century b.c.e. and the 16th century c.e. with a focus on the following questions:  How did imperial Chinese states go about politically unifying diverse peoples over vast spaces?  How did imperial Chinese approaches to governance and to relations with the outer world compare with strategies employed by other historical empires?  How did those approaches change over time?  How did major socio-cultural formations — including literary canons; religious and familial lineages; marketing networks; and popular book and theatrical cultures — grow and take root, and what were the broader ramifications of those developments?  How did such basic configurations of human difference as Chinese (civilized)-barbarian identity, high-low status, and male-female gender operate and change over time?
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ASIAN 1191 : Introduction to Modern Asian History
Crosslisted as: CAPS 1910, HIST 1910 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This introductory course follows the history of Asia-Pacific from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the relations of China, India, Japan, South, and Southeast Asia.  This course is intended for students wanting a broad historical overview of what makes Asia distinctive and important in the global economy and in world politics.
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ASIAN 1192 : Modern China
Crosslisted as: HIST 1920 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course surveys modern Chinese history from 1644 to 1949. Time will be devoted to each of the three major periods: China's last empire, the Great Qing (1644-1911); the early Republic (1912-1927); and the Nationalist period (1928-1949). It guides students through pivotal events in modern Chinese history, and uncovers the origins and trajectory of China's painful transition from a powerful early modern empire to a country torn by civil unrest and imperialist invasion, and then from a newly-recognized "Great Power" in the post-World War II international order to a vanguard of the global communist revolution.
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ASIAN 1193 : A Global History of Love
Crosslisted as: FGSS 1940, HIST 1930, LGBT 1940 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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PUNJB 2201 : Intermediate Punjabi I
Semester offered: Fall 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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KOREA 2201 : Intermediate Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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THAI 2201 : Intermediate Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 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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BENGL 2201 : Intermediate Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 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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SINHA 2201 : Intermediate Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 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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NEPAL 2201 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation I
Semester offered: Fall 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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JAPAN 2201 : Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 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 2201 : Intermediate Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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BURM 2201 : Intermediate Burmese (Myanmar) I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is for you if you have taken first-year Burmese at Cornell or learned some Burmese elsewhere and know how to read and write Burmese script. You will continue learning all major aspects of the language at the intermediate level, including the reading and understanding of formal-style texts. In spoken Burmese, you will practice communicating at the increasingly complicated and practically useful level. Some of the assignments are completed online using interactive video and audio materials.
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VIET 2201 : Intermediate Vietnamese I
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.
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CHIN 2201 : Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 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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INDO 2201 : Intermediate Indonesian I
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Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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TIBET 2201 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 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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KHMER 2201 : Intermediate Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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TAG 2201 : Intermediate Tagalog/Filipino I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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HINDI 2201 : Intermediate Hindi I
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This is an intermediate-level course in Hindi. Students' competence in all four language areas will become very strong and solid. This course will work on building up their confidence in describing complicated situations and ideas in the target language, improve their ability to read and write with better flow and accuracy, and increase their listening comprehension to more detailed and complicated materials.
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BURM 2202 : Intermediate Burmese (Myanmar) II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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VIET 2202 : Intermediate Vietnamese II
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Continuing instruction in spoken  and written Vietnamese with special emphasis on expanding vocabulary and  reading ability.
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INDO 2202 : Intermediate Indonesian II
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Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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CHIN 2202 : Intermediate Mandarin II
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Continuing instruction in written and spoken Chinese with particular emphasis on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence and ability.
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TAG 2202 : Intermediate Tagalog/Filipino II
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Develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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TIBET 2202 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan II
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This two-semester class is designed to assist students who already have the equivalent of at least two-years of Tibetan language study. The course is intended to build on this foundation so that students gain greater proficiency in reading a variety of classical Tibetan writing styles and genres, including (especially in the second semester) texts relevant to their research.
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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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TAMIL 2202 : Intermediate Tamil II
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HINDI 2202 : Intermediate Hindi II
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HINDI 2202 is the continuation of HINDI 2201. The main emphasis in this course is to reinforce  the linguistic functions learned in HINDI 2201, and to build comparatively more complex functions suitable for intermediate level in Hindi. Students' competence in all four language skills will be improved in order to perform higher level tasks and function.
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PUNJB 2202 : Intermediate Punjabi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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THAI 2202 : Intermediate Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Continues to develop and comprehensively extends the four language skills acquired at the Elementary level (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
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KOREA 2202 : Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2019 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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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer II
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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BENGL 2202 : Intermediate Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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SINHA 2202 : Intermediate Sinhala II
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This course further develops student competence in colloquial Sinhala, attending to all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, this course prepares students for the transition to literary Sinhala.
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JAPAN 2202 : Intermediate Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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HINDI 2203 : Intermediate Hindi Reading and Writing for Heritage Students I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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THAI 2203 : Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.
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NEPAL 2203 : Intermediate Nepali Composition I
Semester offered: Fall 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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HINDI 2204 : Intermediate Hindi Reading and Writing for Heritage Students II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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THAI 2204 : Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2019 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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ASIAN 2208 : Introduction to Southeast Asia
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
What is Southeast Asia? How does this faraway, "exotic," region intersect with our realities? This course introduces key questions in the study of Southeast Asia (which includes Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its diasporas using cinematic, literary, historical and scholarly materials. This introduction to Southeast Asia's historical, religious, literary, visual, and political traditions -- and the ways in which scholars have thought about them -- addresses a variety of themes  including notions of kinship, gender, political conflict, colonialism, media and the arts, sexuality, textual and visual genres, and forms of belief and belonging. Students will have an opportunity to investigate topics of interest to them, in the form of research essays as well as small-scale fieldwork, curatorial, or media projects.
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KOREA 2209 : Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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CHIN 2209 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
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 ( a Cornell alumnus, class of 1914) and Lin Yutang (author of The Importance of Living and Moment in Peking) and to practice narrative writing and 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 awareness and overall competence for cross-cultural communications.
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CHIN 2210 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 uses authentic articles from the Chinese version of New York Times and 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; 2) practicing persuasive writing about the different aspects of Chinese culture or events 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 awareness and overall competence for cross-cultural communications.
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KOREA 2210 : Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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ASIAN 2211 : Introduction to Japan
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course serves as a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities and social sciences. We focus on different themes that have dominated debates and conversations (primarily within Japan but also from outside, influencing internal understandings) about what constitutes Japaneseness. Our discussions examine how these themes are addressed in different academic disciplines. We will explore ways different groups of Japanese people (intellectuals, bureaucrats, business people, religious figures, etc.) have imagined themselves as members of a collectivity or nation, and how these ways of framing identity have been picked up, celebrated, contested and projected back onto Japan by people outside of Japan. We are particularly interested in the following frames of Japaneseness:  1) Japan the divine nation; 2) Japan the aesthetic country; 3) Japan the warrior nation; 4) Japan the industrious economic miracle; and 5) Japan the vanishing and/or hypermodern.  For each section of the course, we will explore how a particular frame is presented as "truth," how the frame gets produced,  consumed and understood, and some of the implications of the frame as a mode of cultural self-knowledge.
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ASIAN 2212 : Introduction to China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2212 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2018 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 2019 Instructor:
Students read from early Classical Chinese texts and learn to use advanced sources for solving textual problems.
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HINDI 2215 : Hindi Service Learning and Language Immersion
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is the first part of a two-course sequence (HINDI 2215-HINDI 2216) designed for students who are interested in participating  in a short-term community, service learning fieldwork experience in Hindi in India.  Students will acquire all four skills - speaking, reading, writing, and listening - and some cultural knowledge.
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JAPAN 2216 : Zen no Kokoro - Heart of Zen
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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, GOVT 1623, HIST 1622 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 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. 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 2019 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 2245 : Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 1341, VISST 2744 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2019 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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SANSK 2251 : Intermediate Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2351, LING 2251 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2019 Instructor:
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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ASIAN 2259 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 2330 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course explores the breadth of music found in present day China, Japan, and Korea--from indigenous musical traditions, through adaptations of Western art music, up to the latest popular styles--as well as the presence of traditional East Asian musics outside East Asia, including right here at Cornell. In both cases, music offers a lens for examining the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it. The course's academic focus on critical reading and listening, written assignments, and discussion is complemented by hands-on workshops and demonstrations with student-led ensembles.
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ASIAN 2267 : Women and Society in China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2267, FGSS 2267 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course offers a broad understanding of the active and dynamic cultural, economic, and social, and political roles played by Chinese women. By challenging the dominant stereotype of the passive and victimized Chinese woman, this course aims to examine women's struggles, negotiations, and challenges of the normative discourse of femininity and domesticity in terms of various disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, history, and literature. Through a combination of reading original texts with secondary scholarship, this course will discuss the issues of Confucianism and patriarchal family, the female body and sexuality, education and self-expression, women's work and religious activities, gender and the state, the modernization of women, etc.
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ASIAN 2270 : East Asian Imagination of Death
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2270 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
What does "death" mean in the East Asian context and how is it imagined? This course aims at examining the ways in which East Asia have imaginatively, metaphorically, ritually, and visually conceived of death and the afterlife. The first part of the course deals with the popular beliefs and practices associated with the imagination of death and the afterlife; the second half focuses on the major themes of mortality, memory, and trauma in the literary, visual, and material representations. By examining the repository of images, ideas, objects, and stories from various disciplines, this course approaches the notion of death and the afterlife as cultural reflection and provide an opportunity to situate it in a comparative perspective beyond a specific genre or a specific culture.
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ASIAN 2273 : Introduction to Religious Studies: Religion and Environmental Studies
Crosslisted as: NES 2273, RELST 2273 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course serves as both an introduction to the academic study of religion and a survey of major topics in the intersections of religious communities and environmentally sustainable practices.  Using real cases of environmentally sustainable, religiously oriented communities, we explore how myth, ritual, symbols, doctrines, and ideologies of time and space are activated in practical living decisions.  This class involves readings of both primary sources, poetry and literature, secondary sources, films and site visits.
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ASIAN 2274 : Mughal India and the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1800
Crosslisted as: HIST 2749 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Starting with the appearance of European trading companies and the establishment of the Mughal empire around 1500 and ending with the establishment of British dominance by 1800, the readings focus on recent debates over India's place in a global economy in the early modern period. The three major themes emphasize 1) state-formation on the Indian subcontinent; 2) encounters with peoples from beyond the subcontinent through commercial, diplomatic, military and maritime activities; and 3) exchanges of consumer goods and aesthetic practices. 
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ASIAN 2275 : History of Modern India
Crosslisted as: HIST 2750 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2019 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 2280 : Law and Society in Early Modern and Modern China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2132, HIST 2132 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
China was and still is regarded in the Western world as a country without the rule of law. In this course, students examine recent scholarship that challenges this simplified understanding of the role of law in Chinese politics and society. It approaches law in early modern and modern China both as a state institution of governance and control, and as a platform that facilitates interactions and negotiations between state and society, between different social forces, and between different cultures. At the same time, this course guides students to develop projects of their own choice, either addressing legal issues or using legal sources, from tentative proposals to research papers based on their examination of original or translated primary sources.
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ASIAN 2285 : Introduction to Material Worlds: Trade and the Arts of Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 2805, VISST 2805 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Trade in and to Asia proved to be a key force in creating our modern "globalized" world.  The Indian Ocean and the China Seas converged on Southeast Asia, where a cosmopolitan array of ships from every shore plied their trade, set sail, and returned with the monsoon winds.  People, goods, and ideas also traveled on camelback across the undulating contours of the Gobi Desert, connecting India, the Near East and Central Asia with China, Korea, and Japan. This course introduces students to the raw ingredients of things in motion, poised interactively in time and space, as material worlds collide. Wood, bamboo, bronze, clay, earthenware, ink, spices, textiles and tea - students will navigate sites of encounter at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum from pre modern to the present.
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ASIAN 2286 : Transformations in Twentieth Century China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2985, HIST 2985 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented change in China as the country's ancient imperial system collapsed and a new modern order began to emerge. This course will explore the myriad transformations that occurred during this remarkable century of revolution and renewal. Among the major changes that we will focus on are the fall of the Qing dynasty, the intellectual awakening of May Fourth, the rise of the Nationalist party-state, and key events of the Communist era, such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong and the capitalist reforms of Deng Xiaoping. The class will encourage historical reflection on China's engagement with the modern world in order to better understand the complex reality of China today.
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ASIAN 2289 : Daoist Traditions
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2209, HIST 2209, RELST 2209 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
In this course we will examine the modes of philosophical and spiritual inquiry, varieties of spiritual/bodily cultivation and practice, and religious organizations and movements in China that we know as Daoist (or "Taoist"). We will examine the ways in which Daoism was used variously to contest or legitimate imperial political power, and how the procedures and ideologies of the imperial state in turn informed Daoist theory and practice.  Throughout, we will examine the ways in which standard modern western dichotomies, such as sacred/secular, spiritual/physical, and mind/body, break down when we try to apply them to the study of Daoism.  Course will focus on the period from the fourth century B.C.E. to the thirteenth century C.E. 
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ASIAN 2293 : China's Early Modern Empire
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2931, HIST 2931 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The Great Qing (1644-1911), a multi-ethnic empire that conquered China proper from the northeastern borderlands, expanded into central Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet, and consolidated the China-based empire's control over its southwestern frontiers. An heir to both Chinese and Inner Asian traditions, the Qing empire laid the foundation for the modern Chinese nation-state. In this course, students will focus on the political, legal, social, cultural, and intellectual aspects of China's last empire. Students will also locate the early modern Chinese empire in a regional and global context, examining its power influence in Korea and Southeast Asia, and its encounters and interactions with Western and Japanese imperialist powers. These encounters and interactions contributed to the domestic turmoil and foreign invasions that would eventually led to the decline and demise of the Chinese empire, but they also gave rise to new forces that would shape the fate of modern China in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
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ASIAN 2299 : Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 2299 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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HINDI 3301 : Advanced Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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BENGL 3301 : Advanced Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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KOREA 3301 : High Intermediate Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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THAI 3301 : Advanced Thai I
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Develops advanced speaking skill with emphasis on selected readings in Thai from various fields, for example, History, Anthropology, Government, Economics, Agriculture, as well as other professional schools.  The readings are supplemented with visual materials such as video clips and films.
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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
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This one-semester course provides an introduction to the distinctive grammatical forms and vocabulary used in Literary Sinhala. While focused particularly on the development of reading skills, the course also introduces students to Literary Sinhala composition, and builds students' listening comprehension of semi-literary Sinhala forms (such as those used in radio and TV news).
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JAPAN 3301 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 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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NEPAL 3301 : Advanced Nepali I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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BURM 3301 : Advanced Burmese (Myanmar) I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is taught at the advanced level with focus on further development of all four skills. All materials used in the course are authentic Burmese stories, current event reports, radio plays, etc. The particular materials used in any given year may vary depending on the proficiency level of the students. For students who are involved in Burma/Myanmar related research, their projects may also become part of the course.
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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 3301 : Advanced Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 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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SANSK 3301 : Advanced Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3395 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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INDO 3301 : Advanced Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Practical language course on an advanced level in which students read and discuss selected materials on issues of their academic interests, write essays, and make oral presentations. Course includes students from Columbia University via video-conference.
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CHIN 3301 : High Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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TAG 3301 : Advanced Tagalog/Filipino I
Semester offered: Fall 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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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 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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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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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KHMER 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
Semester offered: Fall 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 3302 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
For students who have learned basic Japanese skills and would like to develop higher skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
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SANSK 3302 : Advanced Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3396 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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BURM 3302 : Advanced Burmese (Myanmar) II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
All materials used in the course are authentic Burmese stories, current event reports, radio plays, etc. The particular materials used in any given year may vary depending on the proficiency level of the students. For students who are involved in Burma/Myanmar related research, their projects may also become part of the course.
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VIET 3302 : Advanced Vietnamese II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese. The course emphasizes on enlarging vocabulary and increasing reading speed by reading various genres and styles of prose. 
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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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TAG 3302 : Advanced Tagalog/Filipino II
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Continuing instruction on conversational skills but with emphasis on reading and writing. Selected core readings in contemporary Tagalog literature are used, but students, in consultation with the instructor, may select some of the reading materials.
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CHIN 3302 : High Intermediate Mandarin II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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TAMIL 3302 : Advanced Tamil II
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KHMER 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
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Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.
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HINDI 3302 : Advanced Hindi II
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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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THAI 3302 : Advanced Thai II
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Develops advanced speaking skill with emphasis on selected readings in Thai from various fields, for example, History, Anthropology, Government, Economics, Agriculture, as well as other professional schools.  The readings are supplemented with visual materials such as video clips and films.
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KOREA 3302 : High Intermediate Korean II
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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 2019 Instructor:
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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BENGL 3302 : Advanced Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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THAI 3303 : Thai Literature I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.
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ASIAN 3304 : China's Next Economy
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3049, GOVT 3044 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course provides students with an analytical framework to understand China's ongoing economic transformation. The courses goals include: 1) to familiarize students with different perspectives on China's economic development and future prospects; 2) to provide a close working knowledge of the evolving current situation, with a focus on internal variation within China—telling different Chinese stories, not one "China story"—and particularly emphasizing urbanization and the goal of shifting from manufacturing and export-led to services and domestic-led economy; and 3) to give students hands-on experience using Chinese economic data in the context of a brief research note. Each week will connect to current events and debates, with students writing three blog posts over the course of the semester to bring academic research and social scientific analysis to bear upon policy-relevant questions and developments.
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THAI 3304 : Thai Literature II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.
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ASIAN 3306 : The Philippines: History, Culture, and Politics
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6604 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The Philippines was the first country in Asia to foster a nationalistic insurrection, the only official colony of the United States (1898-1946), and is today Southeast Asia's only predominantly Catholic nation. Understanding the contemporary Philippines requires analysis of national development under Spanish, American and Japanese colonial regimes. Exploration of early globalization across the archipelago is important, but this must be juxtaposed against deeply ingrained indigenous cultural influences that continue to shape Philippine economic, political, and social life.
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ASIAN 3307 : Issues in Contemporary China I
Semester offered: Fall 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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ASIAN 3308 : Issues in Contemporary China II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2018 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, relevant finance, consulting, and accounting knowledge will also be introduced. Highlights are: 1) finance and accounting terms and concepts selected from companies' annual reports, 2) exploration of the Chinese banking system and its unique features, 3) Western capital markets and its impact on the Chinese financial market, 4) the professional power point design and presentation skills frequently used by investment banks and consulting companies. 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 2019 Instructor:
How do Buddhists live out their philosophies and ethics? What are the spaces of ritual, devotion, meditation, education, and politics? How do Buddhist practices and affiliations satisfy aesthetic and emotional needs and build social networks? This course explores the unfolding of Buddhist life in contemporary South and Southeast Asia, in locations such as Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. 
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ASIAN 3311 : Performing Islam in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6611, NES 3511, RELST 3311 Semester offered: Fall 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 3311 : Advanced Modern Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The course develops students' reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency.
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TIBET 3312 : Advanced Modern Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The course develops students' reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency.
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ASIAN 3312 : What was the Vietnam War?
Crosslisted as: HIST 3312 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6616, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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."  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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URDU 3325 : Literary Reading and Writing in Advanced Urdu
Crosslisted as: NES 3325 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 3328 : Buddhism in Ancient Gandhara
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6628, RELST 3328, RELST 6628 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ancient Gandhara, modern northwestern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan, has long captivated the imagination of scholars with its great cultural diversity and haunting Hellenistic Buddhist art. This course explores the history, religion, and culture of Gandhara from the 4th century BCE to the 4th century CE, with a focus on the region's unique expression of Buddhism, especially as it is demonstrated in recently discovered Buddhist manuscripts. We take up the themes of syncretism and hybridity to better understand the encounter between Indian, Iranian, Greek, and Central Asian cultural forms. Students will read Buddhist texts in translation, interpret sculptures, coins, and other visual and material culture, and study trends in secondary scholarship on the region.
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ASIAN 3329 : Literature of Leaving China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3329, COML 3985 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ever since the creation of the concept of a culturally and geographically stable center in China, people have been intentionally excluded from that center. Disgraced officials are sent to far-flung provinces, loyalists to past regimes hide out across China's borders, and dissidents have their entry visas revoked, making it impossible for them to return home. The experiences of these people, and the poems and stories they write, tell us a great deal about what it means and how it feels to be included and excluded. What is the difference between the way China looks from the inside and the way it looks from the outside? Who has the power to decide who gets to live in China, and how and why do they use it? What is the relationship between our identities and our homes? Texts studied will range from 300 BCE to the present; all will be read and discussed in English. 
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ASIAN 3334 : Southeast Asian Politics
Crosslisted as: GOVT 3443 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course will give students the historical background and theoretical tools to understand the politics of Southeast Asia, one of the world's most diverse and fascinating regions. The first part of the course traces Southeast Asia's political development from the colonial period to the present day, examining common themes such as decolonization, state building, war and insurgency, ethnic relations, democratization, economic development, and nationalism. The second part of the course focuses on key issues in contemporary Southeast Asian politics, including political culture, representation and mass politics, globalization, regional politics, and civil violence. Our course will concentrate primarily but not exclusively on the six largest countries in the region-Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam-using the comparative method to understand variation across time, across countries, and within countries.
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CHIN 3342 : High Intermediate Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Equivalent to CHIN 3302. Continuing instruction in spoken Chinese and in various genres and styles of written Chinese.
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ASIAN 3344 : Introduction to Indian Philosophy
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3674, PHIL 3930, RELST 3344 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course will survey the rich and sophisticated tradition of Indian philosophical thought from its beginnings in the speculations of Upanishads, surveying debates between Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and materialistic philosophers about the existence and nature of God and of the human soul, the nature of knowledge, and the theory of language.
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ASIAN 3350 : The Arts of Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3850, VISST 3696 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 3352 : Getting Rich in Modern China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3352 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
People outside China often talk about "China's rise," the changes in world economics and politics that come from the increase of the power of the People's Republic. From a domestic perspective, though, China's rise represents a promise to regular people that they will lead richer lives, both literally and figuratively. This course will examine the nature and history of that promise as it is experienced through literature, film, and other cultural texts. Why and how do PRC citizens want to get rich, and what happens when they don't? How does economic class shape identity in contemporary China? Can parts of the population be happy outside of the pursuit of material wealth? All texts in the course will be available in English, and most primary texts will be available in Chinese; writing assignments will be submitted in English.
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ASIAN 3356 : Performing Angkor: Dance, Silk and Stone
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3856 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 3376 : Digital Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6676, FGSS 3376, FGSS 6676 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 3393 : China's Economy Under Mao and Deng
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3380, ECON 3380 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2019 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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SINHA 4400 : Literary Sinhala II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This one-semester course further develops students' comprehension of written Literary Sinhala, using sample materials from a variety of genres prepared by the instructor, as well as excerpts from texts relevant to graduate student research (when appropriate).
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ASIAN 4400 : Tibetan Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 4400 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course is an exploration of the development of the Vajrayana tradition through a focus on the myths and stories about, and writings by central figures in what is known in the west as Tibetan Buddhism. A fundamental premise of this course is that any study of Tibetan Buddhism must take into consideration the implications of the dramatic events which have shaped the last sixty years of Tibetan history, and the fracture of meaning caused by the near destruction of this religious world after the communist invasion and subsequent full occupation of Tibet.  Understanding how the lens of exile and a nostalgia for a pre-Chinese invasion history shape current studies of Tibetan Buddhism will be a continuing theme throughout this course.  At the end of this course, it is hoped that students will have a grounded and nuanced understanding of the complexities of this great religious tradition, the implications of its appropriations in the western imagination as an idyllic Shangri-la, and the challenges Tibetan Buddhism faces as a diverse religious tradition as it attempts to rebuild its religious institutions in exile.
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KOREA 4401 : Advanced Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Designed for students who have completed the intermediate level of Korean, to acquire advanced language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) on Content-Based Instruction and Individualized Language Teaching. Students will gain profound knowledge in various fields on Korea through discussion and composition: Current issues in Korean society, Korean people's thoughts and mind, tradition, history and culture. In the first half of the semester, students will learn professional vocabulary and expressions from the textbook to be able to discuss on various topics in Korean society. In the second half of the semester, students will watch various Korean TV documentary programs and a series of Korean medical drama outside the classroom and discuss on the topics in depth in class.
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JAPAN 4401 : Advanced Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.
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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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JAPAN 4402 : Advanced Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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KOREA 4402 : Advanced Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 4403 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.
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ASIAN 4404 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.
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CHIN 4406 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4406, CHIN 6606 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed for those who have studied Mandarin to the advanced level (or equivalent). The course aims 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 economic history, present, and future of China and its partners in the global economy.
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ASIAN 4407 : Written on the Body
Crosslisted as: COML 4704, FGSS 4607 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Images of tattooed, inscribed, and marked bodies abound in popular media, from television series to blogs, from performance art to popular literature. When the body becomes a canvas or text, this raises crucial questions about the interactions between individual bodies, culture/s, and society/ies. In this course we will pay particular attention to the shifting meanings of body modification in different cultural, theoretical, and historical contexts. Course material will include texts, films, and artwork by Michel de Certeau, Jacques Derrida, Georges Didi-Huberman, Lalla Essaydi, Zhang Huan, Franz Kafka, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Mirta Kupferminc, Christopher Nolan, Renata Salecl, Stelarc, Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, Qiu Zhijie, and others, as well as television series, internet forums, and other popular culture formats.
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CHIN 4411 : Advanced Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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CHIN 4412 : Advanced Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4415 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6615, CAPS 4127, FGSS 4127, FGSS 6127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures.  The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.
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CHLIT 4418 : Stories of the Strange and the Marvelous from the Tang Dynasty
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4418, CHLIT 6618 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Through guided reading in Chinese, students in this course explore topics, themes and techniques that define the body of works known as chuanqi (stories of the marvelous) and zhiguai (stories of the strange). The aim of the course is to help students achieve an appreciation for the early  development of Chinese narrative tradition in the context of Chinese literary and popular culture of Tang dynasty China.
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CHLIT 4420 : Tang Poetry: Themes and Contexts
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4420, MEDVL 4420 Semester offered: Fall 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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JAPAN 4421 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Fall 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 4421 : Directed Study
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop course content.
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JAPAN 4422 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop course content.
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ASIAN 4423 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2018 Instructor:
This advanced course aims to further develop four communication skills in Chinese: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, through learning materials on various topics related to China Studies, including reading authentic Chinese materials, watching TV programs, class discussions on various issues and compositions.  Students can also expect to enlarge their knowledge of Chinese culture and society after taking this course.  Classical Chinese will be introduced in this class to help students further understand written/formal Chinese as well as Chinese culture.
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CHIN 4428 : High Advanced Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course aims to help students achieve an advanced level of performance both in speaking and writing through readings, discussions and writing exercises on social and cultural topics on contemporary China.  Classical Chinese will be introduced in this class as part of  the course supplementary readings.
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ASIAN 4428 : The Formation of the Field: Japan as Area
Crosslisted as: HIST 4428 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course will provide both a historical introduction to and critical analysis of the constitution of Japanese Studies as a "field" of postwar academic inquiry. While reading texts particularly influential in the early and contemporary formation of the field, we will consider such questions as the domestic and international contexts in which Japanese studies has been institutionalized and maintained, and the relationship between "Japan" as an object of area studies discourse and "Japan" as represented in American journalism, popular culture, and politics. The course will examine the historical origins of area studies and various critiques conducted about area studies as a model of academic discipline. Possibilities for cross-disciplinary research (along lines recently undertaken in fields such as feminist criticism and cultural studies) will also be explored.
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ASIAN 4429 : Vitality and Power in China
Crosslisted as: BSOC 4911, CAPS 4931, HIST 4931, HIST 6931, RELST 4931, STS 4911 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Chinese discourses have long linked the circulation of cosmic energies, political power, and bodily vitalities. In these models political order, spiritual cultivation, and health are achieved and enhanced through harmonizing these flows across the levels of Heaven-and-Earth, state, and humankind. It is when these movements are blocked or out of synchrony that we find disordered climates, societies, and illness. In this course, we will examine the historical emergence and development of these models of politically resonant persons and bodily centered polities, reading across primary texts in translation from these otherwise often separated fields. For alternate frameworks of analysis as well as for comparative perspectives, we will also examine theories of power and embodiment from other cultures, including recent scholarship in anthropology and critical theory.
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ASIAN 4434 : Muslim Resistance: Shi'a Islam in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6634, NES 4634, RELST 4434 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
With sectarian conflicts and discussions on orthodoxy and heresy dominating the headlines, it becomes important to better understand the relationship between Muslim majorities and minorities. This seminar focuses on Shi'a Muslims, a minority group that has existed alongside the Sunni majority since the first century of Islam. Focussing on the Asian region (e.g. Pakistan, Central Asia, Indonesia) and its transnational connections to the Middle East and Iran, the course will examine the emergence of Shi'a Islam as well as its ongoing transformation in the realm of politics, ritual, literature, the arts and more.
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ASIAN 4436 : Topics in Indian Film
Crosslisted as: PMA 4536, VISST 4436 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
The course will treat various aspects of Indian film, with focal topics to vary from year to year.  These topics will include religion in Indian film, Indian art films, and the golden age of Indian film.  All topics will be discussed in relation to the conventions of mainstream Bollywood cinema and their social and cultural significance.  Each week a film must be viewed to prepare for class discussion; screenings will be arranged as appropriate. No knowledge of an Indian language is needed.
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CHIN 4442 : Advanced Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Equivalent to CHIN 4412 .  Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4443 : Work and Labor in China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4355, ILRIC 4355 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course provides an overview of the various features of work and labor in contemporary China. After a brief section on historical background, we will analyze how market reforms have impacted work for Chinese employees, and how unions, employers, the state, NGOs, and workers themselves have responded to these changes. Additionally, this course will situate China's changing labor relations within the broader global context.
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ASIAN 4449 : History, Theory, and Methods in the Academic Study of Religion
Crosslisted as: RELST 4449 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will explore the development of and variety in the academic discipline of Religious Studies. We will consider the emergence of secular approaches to the study of religion arising out of the European Enlightenment, and more particularly, the methods in the academic study of religion based upon different theoretical approaches. We will be particularly concerned to reflect upon the category of religious experience in modern discourses from historical, social, hermeneutical, neurobiological points of view. 
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PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Fall 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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PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 4451 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6631, FGSS 4451, FGSS 6331, LGBT 4451, LGBT 6331, PMA 4451, RELST 4451 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 4459 : History of Book in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6660 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 4462 : Religion, Colonialism, and Nationalism in South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6662, RELST 4462 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Taught as a seminar, the course engages recent theoretical literature on the relations between religion, colonialism and nation formation.  This theoretical literature is read in conjunction with historical and ethnographic materials from South and Southeast Asian contexts, which allow us to explore the intellectual promise and limitations of the theoretical work in question.
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ASIAN 4466 : Buddhists and Muslims: Asian Interactions
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6666, RELST 4465, RELST 6665 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
In popular discourses, Buddhism and Islam are now often conceptualized as sharply contrasting religious traditions.  Moreover, tensions between Buddhists and Muslims now feature strongly in some contemporary Asian social and political arenas.  However, historically, interaction between Buddhism and Islam, and between Muslims and Buddhists, reveals many striking instances of co-presence, and interdependence in Asian contexts. For instance, Buddhists and Muslims shared pilgrimage sites and trade routes, sometimes facilitating the growth of one another's religious communities.  Moreover, the expansion of these religious traditions often involved comparable patterns of patronage and localization.  We explore the co-presence of Buddhists and Muslims in Asia thematically, using case studies from diverse Asian locations, from late 1st millennium A.D. to the present day. In doing so, we will come to understand the distinctive post-colonial and later capitalist dynamics that contribute to Buddhist-Muslim political violence in Asia.
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ASIAN 4473 : Modern Chinese Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4816, ARTH 6816, ASIAN 6673 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 4478 : China Imagined: The Historical and Global Origins of the Chinese Nation
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6679, CAPS 4772, HIST 4772, HIST 6772 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
As China, with its "China Dream," rises in power on the global stage, what "China" means to its inhabitants and outsiders has become an issue increasingly relevant to business, international relations, and cultural exchange, and a topic that draws intensive attention from historians and social scientists. This course brings together undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in shifting meanings embedded in the concept of "China," either as part of their research agenda, or as a useful lens for comparative analysis. Focus will be on how China as an Empire/ a Nation was conceptualized by different people in different periods and in different contexts, and on the reality and representation of China as political, cultural, racial, and geographical entities.
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ASIAN 4481 : Translation and Cultural Difference
Crosslisted as: COML 4700 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Problems concerning translation are explored. Although there are many different models of translation, we tend to be confined to the unilateral regime of translation, that is, the very narrow and historically specific mode of translation as a transnational transfer of significance between two national or ethnic languages. This course will survey theories of translation with special emphasis on relationships between trans-national translation and transnational transference. Translation establishes a division of two spheres and thereby marks the limit of what can be expressed in one medium. Broadly understood, translation can take place not only between two national languages but also at a variety of boundaries within a single society. We will investigate different economies of translation by which different social and cultural identities are constructed, emphasizing the disappearance of multi-lingualism in the modern nation-state and the mutation of translation tropics which has given rise to new ways of imagining the organicist unity of the society. Historical transformation of translation accompanying the genesis of linguistic and cultural identity will be examined in reference to historical materials. Furthermore, the course will explore the broader conception of translation in terms of which to critically understand communication as the ideology of Capital.
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ASIAN 4487 : Threads of Consequence: Textiles in South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4855, ARTH 6855, ASIAN 6644, VISST 4855, VISST 6855 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This seminar explores how patterned cloths serve as a symbolic medium, functioning on multiple levels of understanding and communication. As spun, dyed, and woven threads of consequence, textiles can be seen to enter into all phases of social, economic, political, religious, and performance processes, often assuming unusual properties and attributes. As bearers of talismanic messages, signifiers of rank, and as the recipients of influences from maritime trade and touristic demand, textiles are read between the folds of complex exchange mechanisms in South and Southeast Asia.
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ASIAN 4499 : Water: Art & Politics in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4854, ARTH 6854, ASIAN 6699, VISST 4854, VISST 6854 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will focus on the significance of water –economic, religious, political, social –and its role in the art and architecture of Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, with particular focus on Cambodia and Indonesia. While India and China can be seen to provide aquatic themes and patterns for transformation, the emphasis in this course will focus on local ingenuity, how technologies of water use and control at ancient sites in Southeast Asia can be seen to shape vivid symbologies, performing past and present. The course will be taught at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum with guest lectures presented by Visiting Scholar, Dr. Ea Darith.
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ASIAN 5505 : Methodology of Asian Language Learning and Teaching
Semester offered: Spring 2019 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 2018 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, relevant finance, consulting, and accounting knowledge will also be introduced. Highlights are: 1) finance and accounting terms and concepts selected from companies' annual reports, 2) exploration of the Chinese banking system and its unique features, 3) Western capital markets and its impact on the Chinese financial market, 4) the professional power point design and presentation skills frequently used by investment banks and consulting companies. Class will be in Chinese.
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ASIAN 6604 : Southeast Asia Topical Seminar
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3306 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A topics course related to Southeast Asian Studies. 
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CHIN 6606 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4406, CHIN 4406 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed for those who have studied Mandarin to the advanced level (or equivalent). The course aims 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 economic history, present, and future of China and its partners in the global economy.
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ASIAN 6611 : Performing Islam in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3311, NES 3511, RELST 3311 Semester offered: Fall 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 6612 : Japanese Bibliography and Research Methods
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course is intended to make students aware of and give them direct experience with the key reference works available for Japanese studies (both print and digital), as well as to expose them to academic standards and practices of research and writing within a given discipline.
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ASIAN 6613 : Southeast Asian Bibliography and Research Methods
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Covers practical bibliographical skills and research methods necessary to accomplish quality research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.  During the semester we will explore resources available at the Cornell University Libraries, those provided through Library subscription, and resources available elsewhere.
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ASIAN 6615 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4415, CAPS 4127, FGSS 4127, FGSS 6127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3316, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2019 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."  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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CHLIT 6618 : Stories of the Strange and the Marvelous from the Tang Dynasty
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4418, CHLIT 4418 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Through guided reading in Chinese, students in this course explore topics, themes and techniques that define the body of works known as chuanqi (stories of the marvelous) and zhiguai (stories of the strange). The aim of the course is to help students achieve an appreciation for the early development of Chinese narrative tradition in the context of Chinese literary and popular culture of Tang dynasty China. Students will also be introduced to essential bibliographical materials and critical literature for advanced study of Tang narrative literature.
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CHLIT 6620 : Tang Poetry: Themes and Contexts
Semester offered: Fall 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. A final research paper on an approved topic is required.
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ASIAN 6621 : Literary Stricture
Crosslisted as: COML 6686 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course argues that modern literary strictures – such as market forces, censorship, and new media forms – are contiguous with and interpretable in the same way as more traditional literary strictures like meter, rhyme, and tonal regulation. It asks how we can come to a more thorough understanding of contemporary art by treating its sociological and political context as a source of generative restraint. Theoretical texts will range from Foucault to Vaclav Havel; primary texts will be drawn from contemporary Chinese fiction, poetry and film. All texts will be made available in English for non-Chinese speakers.
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CHLIT 6621 : Advanced Directed Reading
Semester offered: Fall 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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CHLIT 6622 : Advanced Directed Reading
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Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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ASIAN 6623 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4423, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack the spatial and cultural forms of density and the layered histories that define the contemporary urban fabric of cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The course combines the investigation of the cinemas and literatures of the region with the study of recent writing on cities from Asian studies, film studies, queer theory, urban studies, political theory, religious studies, cultural geography, literary theory, and anthropology.
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JPLIT 6625 : Directed Readings
Semester offered: Fall 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
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Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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JPLIT 6627 : Advanced Directed Readings
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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ASIAN 6628 : Buddhism in Ancient Gandhara
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3328, RELST 3328, RELST 6628 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ancient Gandhara, modern northwestern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan, has long captivated the imagination of scholars with its great cultural diversity and haunting Hellenistic Buddhist art. This course explores the history, religion, and culture of Gandhara from the 4th century BCE to the 4th century CE, with a focus on the region's unique expression of Buddhism, especially as it is demonstrated in recently discovered Buddhist manuscripts. We take up the themes of syncretism and hybridity to better understand the encounter between Indian, Iranian, Greek, and Central Asian cultural forms. Students will read Buddhist texts in translation, interpret sculptures, coins, and other visual and material culture, and study trends in secondary scholarship on the region.
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JPLIT 6628 : Advanced Directed Readings
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ASIAN 6630 : Expanded Practice Seminar
Crosslisted as: ARCH 6408, ARCH 6509, COML 6308, SHUM 6308, VISST 6308 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Expanded Practice Seminars bring students and faculty in the humanities and the design disciplines together around a common and pressing urban issue such as the cultural and material practices induced by national or ethnic divisions; the increasingly leaky taxonomy of the terra firma in areas where land/water boundaries are rapidly changing; and the inadequacy of static zoning models that fail to capture dynamic, urban economics and performance. The intent of the Expanded Practice Seminar is to study complex urban conditions using theoretical and analytic tools derived in equal part from the design disciplines and humanist studies. The Expanded Practice Seminar includes a site visit to experience the conditions under study and meet with local experts, designers, and authorities.  Expanded Practice Seminars are offered under the auspices of Cornell University's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Collaborative Studies in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities grant. For current special topic seminar description and application instructions, visit: urbanismeseminars.cornell.edu/courses/.
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ASIAN 6631 : Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4451, FGSS 4451, FGSS 6331, LGBT 4451, LGBT 6331, PMA 4451, RELST 4451 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 6634 : Muslim Resistance: Shi'a Islam in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4434, NES 4634, RELST 4434 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
With sectarian conflicts and discussions on orthodoxy and heresy dominating the headlines, it becomes important to better understand the relationship between Muslim majorities and minorities. This seminar focuses on Shi'a Muslims, a minority group that has existed alongside the Sunni majority since the first century of Islam. Focussing on the Asian region (e.g. Pakistan, Central Asia, Indonesia) and its transnational connections to the Middle East and Iran, the course will examine the emergence of Shi'a Islam as well as its ongoing transformation in the realm of politics, ritual, literature, the arts and more.
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ASIAN 6644 : Threads of Consequence: Textiles in South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4855, ARTH 6855, ASIAN 4487, VISST 4855, VISST 6855 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This seminar explores how patterned cloths serve as a symbolic medium, functioning on multiple levels of understanding and communication. As spun, dyed, and woven threads of consequence, textiles can be seen to enter into all phases of social, economic, political, religious, and performance processes, often assuming unusual properties and attributes. As bearers of talismanic messages, signifiers of rank, and as the recipients of influences from maritime trade and touristic demand, textiles are read between the folds of complex exchange mechanisms in South and Southeast Asia.
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ASIAN 6660 : History of Book in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4459 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor: Description
ASIAN 6662 : Religion, Colonialism, and Nationalism in South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4462, RELST 4462 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Taught as a seminar, the course engages recent theoretical literature on the relations between religion, colonialism and nation formation. This theoretical literature is read in conjunction with historical and ethnographic materials from South and Southeast Asian contexts, which allow us to explore the intellectual promise and limitations of the theoretical work in question.
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ASIAN 6666 : Buddhists and Muslims: Asian Interactions
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4466, RELST 4465, RELST 6665 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
In popular discourses, Buddhism and Islam are now often conceptualized as sharply contrasting religious traditions.  Moreover, tensions between Buddhists and Muslims now feature strongly in some contemporary Asian social and political arenas.  However, historically, interaction between Buddhism and Islam, and between Muslims and Buddhists, reveals many striking instances of co-presence, and interdependence in Asian contexts. For instance, Buddhists and Muslims shared pilgrimage sites and trade routes, sometimes facilitating the growth of one another's religious communities.  Moreover, the expansion of these religious traditions often involved comparable patterns of patronage and localization.  We explore the co-presence of Buddhists and Muslims in Asia thematically, using case studies from diverse Asian locations, from late 1st millennium A.D. to the present day. In doing so, we will come to understand the distinctive post-colonial and later capitalist dynamics that contribute to Buddhist-Muslim political violence in Asia.
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ASIAN 6671 : Seminar in Asian Literature and History
Crosslisted as: HIST 6617 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course offers graduate students an opportunity to consider ways for analyzing texts from Asia, both modern and pre-modern, both literary and historiographical. The emphasis will be on how narratives are constructed, how the form and content of narratives are related, and how narratives express unstated or hidden authorial intentions. Students will read books and essays on theories of narrative, translation, and ideological analysis. Students will discuss these readings and write essays about them. And students will write a research term paper based on study of a selected Asian text in its original Asian language.
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ASIAN 6673 : Modern Chinese Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4816, ARTH 6816, ASIAN 4473 Semester offered: Fall 2018 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 2019 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 6679 : China Imagined: The Historical and Global Origins of the Chinese Nation
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4478, CAPS 4772, HIST 4772, HIST 6772 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
As China, with its "China Dream," rises in power on the global stage, what "China" means to its inhabitants and outsiders has become an issue increasingly relevant to business, international relations, and cultural exchange, and a topic that draws intensive attention from historians and social scientists. This course brings together undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in shifting meanings embedded in the concept of "China," either as part of their research agenda, or as a useful lens for comparative analysis. Focus will be on how China as an Empire/ a Nation was conceptualized by different people in different periods and in different contexts, and on the reality and representation of China as political, cultural, racial, and geographical entities.
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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 2019 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 6699 : Water: Art & Politics in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4854, ARTH 6854, ASIAN 4499, VISST 4854, VISST 6854 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This seminar will focus on the significance of water –economic, religious, political, social –and its role in the art and architecture of Mainland and Island Southeast Asia, with particular focus on Cambodia and Indonesia. While India and China can be seen to provide aquatic themes and patterns for transformation, the emphasis in this course will focus on local ingenuity, how technologies of water use and control at ancient sites in Southeast Asia can be seen to shape vivid symbologies, performing past and present. The course will be taught at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum with guest lectures presented by Visiting Scholar, Dr. Ea Darith.
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ASIAN 7703 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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ASIAN 7704 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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