Courses - Fall 2021

ASIAN 1111 FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Manasicha Akepiyapornchai (ma886)
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ASIAN 1116 FWS: The Huns

The Huns are commonly known as invaders from Asia in the fourth century CE who dominated Eastern Europe and campaigned in Western Europe until defeated in the mid-sixth century. This tale is but one aspect of a larger story about Huns and other peoples in nearly every part of Eurasia who were affected by them. The content of this writing seminar will include written accounts of the Huns and of events in the history of the Huns and in the histories of the peoples affected by them, epic tales such as the "Nibelungenlied," geographic factors in their history, information about the life of Attila, the most famous leader of the Huns, and archaeological evidence.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Keith Taylor (kwt3)
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ASIAN 1192 Modern China

This course surveys modern Chinese history from 1600 to present. Time will be devoted to each of the three major periods into which modern Chinese history is conventionally divided: the Imperial Era (1600-1911), the Republican Era (1911-1949), and the People's Republic of China (1949-present). It guides students through pivotal events in modern Chinese history, and uncovers the origins 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 vanguard of world revolution to a post-communist party-state whose global power is on the rise.

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yue Du (yd367)
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ASIAN 2208 Introduction to Southeast Asia

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Arnika Fuhrmann (aif32)
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ASIAN 2211 Introduction to Japan

This course serves as a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities. Through literature, film, art, and pop culture, we will explore how "Japaneseness" and "Japanese culture" have historically been constructed, debated, and rethought from early history to the present from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines. All texts will be available in English; no prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture required.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Campana (ac2794)
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ASIAN 2222 The World of Modern Japan

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.

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kristin Roebuck (kar79)
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ASIAN 2245 Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures

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.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christopher Miller (cjm299)
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ASIAN 2248 Buddhists in the Indian Ocean Arena: Past and Present

For millennia, Buddhist monks, merchants, pilgrims, diplomats, and adventurers have moved around the Indian Ocean arena circulating Buddhist teachings and powerful objects.  In doing so they helped create Buddhist communities in the places we now refer to as southern China, India, Sri Lanka, and Southeast Asia.  The course explores these circulatory histories by focusing on case studies in each of four historical periods: premodern (esp. early second millennium A.D.); the era of 19th-century colonial projects; mid-20th-century nation-state formation in South and Southeast Asia; and contemporary (early 21st century) times.  Drawing together materials from Indian Ocean studies, Buddhist studies, and critical studies of colonialism, modernity, and nation-state formation, this course attends to the ways in which changing trans-regional conditions shape local Buddhisms, how Buddhist collectives around the Indian Ocean arena shape one another, and how trade, religion, and politics interact.

Distribution: (HA-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 2254 South Asian Religions in Practice: The Healing Traditions

This course offers an anthropological approach to the study of religious traditions and practices in South Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The course begins with a short survey of the major religious traditions of South Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islam. We look to the development of these traditions through historical and cultural perspectives. The course then turns to the modern period, considering the impact of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization upon religious ideologies and practices. The primary focus of the course will be the ethnographic study of contemporary religious practices in the region. We examine phenomena such as ritual, pilgrimage, possession, devotionalism, monasticism, asceticism, and revivalism through a series of ethnographic case studies. In so doing, we also seek to understand the impact of politics, modernity, diasporic movement, social inequality, changing gender roles, and mass mediation upon these traditions and practices.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Willford (acw24)
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ASIAN 2280 Law and Society in Early Modern and Modern China

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.

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yue Du (yd367)
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ASIAN 2299 Buddhism

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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ASIAN 3300 Burma (Myanmar) Country Seminar

This seminar is intended as an introduction to modern and historical Burma (Myanmar). Through a series of guest presentations by experts from various academic fields and on a range of aspects, and also through critical readings about Burma, we will learn about history, religion, politics, the military, ethnic minority issues (including the Rohingya), and more. The seminar is created for upper level undergraduates and graduate students and will provide an important starting point for comparativists, Asian studies students in different specializations, and all those in interdisciplinary studies interested in Asia.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Magnus Fiskesjo (nf42)
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ASIAN 3309 Temple in the World: Buddhism in Contemporary South and Southeast Asia

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. 

Distribution: (CA-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 3312 What was the Vietnam War?

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.

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Keith Taylor (kwt3)
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ASIAN 3317 Japanese Poetry

In this course, we will be exploring the vast range of Japanese poetry—one of the most influential poetic traditions in the world—from its earliest incarnations to the present day. Over the course of the semester, our investigations will range from the ancient poems of the Man'yōshū, to the haiku of Issa and Bashō, to the emergence of modern free verse poetry, and finally contemporary poetry in the age of the internet. At the forefront will be how literature connects to other media, by looking at poems composed through audio, film, painting, video games, and the computer. To do so, we will be taking a hands-on approach: students will not only analyze the form and content of Japanese poetry throughout the ages, but will also engage in critical poetic production themselves, trying their hand at composing poems in a variety of modes akin to the works under consideration. All texts will be available in both English and Japanese; class discussion and all assignments will be in English. No prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture required.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Campana (ac2794)
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ASIAN 3333 Revisiting Kashmir: A Survey of Literature and Cultures

Kashmir occupies a crucial geopolitical position in the South-Asian region. The emphasis on "territorial integrity" in the media on Kashmir, both in South Asia and the West is such that lived reality is subdued completely. This course aims to present various themes and motifs of Kashmiri Literature and the alternative cinema produced in Kashmir with the objective of exploring the long-term processes of culture and literature through which Kashmir has constituted itself. No prior knowledge of Kashmir and its languages or literature is required. In this course, we shall explore a range of texts and authors, from Anglophone writers such as Salam Rushdie and Arundhati Roy to those writing in vernacular such as Akthar Mohi-ud-Din whom we shall read in translation. We shall also analyze films in both Bollywood and alternative cinema. The course builds on paradigms of area studies with an emphasis on linguistic, literary, and visual materials as this helps build a modern archive of cultural forms, trends, and movements in a part of the world saturated with the imagery and discourse of nationalism and political violence.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Asiya Zahoor (az277)
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ASIAN 3352 Getting Rich in Modern China

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.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 3365 Genocide Today

This course offers two things: an introduction to the global issue of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other mass atrocities, and an in-depth look at two ongoing genocides in Asia: in China, and in Burma-Myanmar. First, we will study how genocide works: its prerequisites, its warning signs, and how it is carried out. We also review the creation of the term genocide as a new crime in international law after WWII, the UN Genocide Convention and the checkered history of failing to prevent genocides, as in Cambodia, Rwanda, etc., but also some successes. Then, we focus on the new ongoing 21st century genocides under way in Xinjiang, China, and in Burma, analyzing the background, the events, the actors involved, and the key role of media and propaganda.

Distribution: (CA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Magnus Fiskesjo (nf42)
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ASIAN 3381 Introduction to the Arts of Japan

As an island nation east of the Asian continent, Japan developed a unique culture that reflects both continental and indigenous characteristics. This course examines pre- and post-contact with continental culture and the process of artistic acculturation and assimilation in successive periods of Japanese art history.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 3395 What is China?

China is often thought of as being isolated from the outside world. It is imagined as existing in historic seclusion, and, following the establishment of the People's Republic, as pursuing a path of autarky. Such separation has then only been somewhat modified by the set of economic reforms that Deng Xiaoping first instituted in the late 1970s. In this lecture we will seek to turn such conventional wisdom on its head through examining "what China is" via a consideration of transnational currents within the country's development. However, the course's primary focus will not be upon the past, but rather the present and attempting to determine just where the point of intersection between China and the rest of the world is. Coming to terms with such an issue will provide those who enroll in the class with a deeper, more nuanced, understanding of China's rise and this trend's implications for the rest of the world. We will accomplish this task through a combination of surveying the existing literature on China and transnational politics, and considering new theoretical perspectives on both.  

Distribution: (CA-AS, GLC-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Allen Carlson (arc26)
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ASIAN 4401 Asian Studies Honors Course

Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 4402 Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay

The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 4403 Supervised Reading

Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 4415 The Body Politic in Asia

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.

Distribution: (HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kristin Roebuck (kar79)
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ASIAN 4424 Objects, Rituals, and Tea

Tea is a ubiquitous commodity across time and cultures. The craze for tea has become a global phenomenon. The goal of this course is not only to elucidate the exchanges and transmissions that gave rise to the phenomenon, but also to unpack the definition of tea culture through the exploration of objects and rituals. How are tea objects related to rituals, etiquette, and movement? What do tea objects reveal about craftsmen/craftswomen and collectors? How are the objects related to religious, political, social, and economic environments of their times? Lastly, what is the importance of tea culture in shaping national and cultural identity in modern East Asia?

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 4442 Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance

Shadowplay is a superb medium for storytelling. As with many performing arts in Asia, neither the highly stylized images of puppets, nor its musical, or linguistic complexity detract from its wide popularity. Why does an art that appears so obscure exercise such broad appeal? This seminar explores the playful and politically adept fluctuations of shadows across screens from India to Mainland and Island Southeast Asia. We will also briefly examine East Asian developments, particularly in China and Japan. In each of the countries where shadow theatre exists it has acquired its own repertory and a distinct technique and style of its own. This aesthetic has translated locally into paint, sculpture, architecture, cinema, and modern and contemporary installation art. Classes will meet regularly in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kaja McGowan (kmm22)
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ASIAN 4443 Work and Labor in China

China's transition to capitalism has resulted in more than a generation of rapid and nearly uninterrupted growth. It increasingly dominates the production of all sorts of goods, from the very low end and labor intensive, to the high value added and capital intensive. China is aiming to dominate future product cycles, and is making major inroads in digital technology, AI, and robotics. This spectacular re-emergence as a world power has also increasingly lead to political conflict, both domestically and internationally. 

Distribution: (SBA-AS, GLC-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Eli Friedman (edf48)
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ASIAN 4446 Classical Indian Poetry and Comparative Poetics

This course will treat the classical Indian tradition as a case study in comparative poetics.  We will read works of Sanskrit poetry in translation, along with selections from the works of both Sanskrit and early modern and contemporary Western literary and aesthetic theorists.  We will look at the way contemporary developments in aesthetics have shaped the reception of Sanskrit poetry and poetic theory over the past two centuries, as well as using parallel readings in classical Indian and contemporary theory to explore the broader normative question of how theoretical resources should be deployed in the interpretation of other, particularly classical literatures.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Lawrence McCrea (ljm223)
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ASIAN 4448 China, Tibet and Xinjiang

Seminar intended to examine the increasingly complex relationship that has evolved between China and the rest of the international system, with particular focus on the rise of Chinese nationalism and the extent to which those in Tibet, Xinjiang, and, to a lesser extent, Taiwan, are contesting such a trend. In so doing, the course emphasizes the interrelated, yet often contradictory, challenges facing Beijing in regards to the task of furthering the cause of national unity while promoting policies of integration with international society and interdependence with the global economy.

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Allen Carlson (arc26)
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ASIAN 4451 Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema

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 in 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 are 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.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Arnika Fuhrmann (aif32)
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ASIAN 4471 Death in the City: Funerary Architecture in Muslim South Asia

This seminar examines the development and transformation of Muslim funerary landscapes in the Indian subcontinent from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries. It explores the relationship between sepulchral spaces and the urban environments with which they are connected, highlighting their role as spaces of sociability as well as piety. We will study the long history of funerary architecture through a series of case studies. This examination will involve architectural analysis of sites such as the shrine of Nizam al-Din Awliya in Delhi, close readings of poetic compositions, for example, the Maklinamah of Mir Sher 'Ali Qani, and travelogues like the Rihla of Ibn Battuta, to unravel the processes by which sites are re-imagined and re-made over time. For longer description and instructor bio visit the Society for the Humanities website.

Distribution: (HA-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Fatima Quraishi (fq37)
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ASIAN 5500 Who Speaks for Asia?

This course is an introduction to ideological and narrative disputes in the field of Asian Studies, intended for new M.A. students and other graduate students in the field. It is intended to provide examples of and practice in cultural criticism, to help assess and resist received wisdom, and to aid in opening transnational scholarship to new ideas and new voices.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 5509 Temple in the World
Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 6600 Burma (Myanmar) Country Seminar

This seminar is intended as an introduction to modern and historical Burma (Myanmar). Through a series of guest presentations by experts from various academic fields and on a range of aspects, and also through critical readings about Burma, we will learn about history, religion, politics, the military, ethnic minority issues (including the Rohingya), and more. The seminar is created for upper level undergraduates and graduate students and will provide an important starting point for comparativists, Asian studies students in different specializations, and all those in interdisciplinary studies interested in Asia.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Magnus Fiskesjo (nf42)
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ASIAN 6615 The Body Politic in Asia

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Kristin Roebuck (kar79)
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ASIAN 6624 Objects, Rituals, and Tea

Tea is a ubiquitous commodity across time and cultures. The craze for tea has become a global phenomenon. The goal of this course is not only to elucidate the exchanges and transmissions that gave rise to the phenomenon, but also to unpack the definition of tea culture through the exploration of objects and rituals. How are tea objects related to rituals, etiquette, and movement? What do tea objects reveal about craftsmen/craftswomen and collectors? How are the objects related to religious, political, social, and economic environments of their times? Lastly, what is the importance of tea culture in shaping national and cultural identity in modern East Asia?

Academic Career: GR Instructor: An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 6631 Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema

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 in 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 are 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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Arnika Fuhrmann (aif32)
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ASIAN 6641 Death in the City: Funerary Architecture in Muslim South Asia

This seminar examines the development and transformation of Muslim funerary landscapes in the Indian subcontinent from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries. It explores the relationship between sepulchral spaces and the urban environments with which they are connected, highlighting their role as spaces of sociability as well as piety. We will study the long history of funerary architecture through a series of case studies. This examination will involve architectural analysis of sites such as the shrine of Nizam al-Din Awliya in Delhi, close readings of poetic compositions, for example, the Maklinamah of Mir Sher 'Ali Qani, and travelogues like the Rihla of Ibn Battuta, to unravel the processes by which sites are re-imagined and re-made over time. For longer description and instructor bio visit the Society for the Humanities website. 

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Fatima Quraishi (fq37)
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ASIAN 6646 Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance

Shadowplay is a superb medium for storytelling. As with many performing arts in Asia, neither the highly stylized images of puppets, nor its musical, or linguistic complexity detract from its wide popularity. Why does an art that appears so obscure exercise such broad appeal? This seminar explores the playful and politically adept fluctuations of shadows across screens from India to Mainland and Island Southeast Asia. We will also briefly examine East Asian developments, particularly in China and Japan. In each of the countries where shadow theatre exists it has acquired its own repertory and a distinct technique and style of its own. This aesthetic has translated locally into paint, sculpture, architecture, cinema, and modern and contemporary installation art. Classes will meet regularly in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Kaja McGowan (kmm22)
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ASIAN 6648 Classical Indian Poetry and Comparative Poetics

This course will treat the classical Indian tradition as a case study in comparative poetics. We will read works of Sanskrit poetry in translation, along with selections from the works of both Sanskrit and early modern and contemporary Western literary and aesthetic theorists. We will look at the way contemporary developments in aesthetics have shaped the reception of Sanskrit poetry and poetic theory over the past two centuries, as well as using parallel readings in classical Indian and contemporary theory to explore the broader normative question of how theoretical resources should be deployed in the interpretation of other, particularly classical literatures.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Lawrence McCrea (ljm223)
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ASIAN 6665 Genocide Today

This course offers two things: an introduction to the global issue of genocide, ethnic cleansing, and other mass atrocities, and an in-depth look at two ongoing genocides in Asia: in China, and in Burma-Myanmar. First, we will study how genocide works: its prerequisites, its warning signs, and how it is carried out. We also review the creation of the term genocide as a new crime in international law after WWII, the UN Genocide Convention and the checkered history of failing to prevent genocides, as in Cambodia, Rwanda, etc., but also some successes. Then, we focus on the new ongoing 21st century genocides under way in Xinjiang, China, and in Burma, analyzing the background, the events, the actors involved, and the key role of media and propaganda.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Magnus Fiskesjo (nf42)
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ASIAN 7703 Directed Research

Guided independent study for graduate students.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 7722 Exploring China's Archives

In this course we will explore the historical processes by which Chinese documents have been compiled, curated, and re-curated. We will examine the theoretical and methodological implications of those curatorial processes for historical research and analysis. Focus will be on documents and archives of the middle to late imperial and modern periods.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Tj Hinrichs (th289)
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BENGL 1121 Elementary Bengali I

Intended for beginners or students placed by examination. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills; Bengali script will also be introduced.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Razima Chowdhury (rc856)
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BENGL 2201 Intermediate Bengali I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Razima Chowdhury (rc856)
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BENGL 3301 Advanced Bengali I

Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Razima Chowdhury (rc856)
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BURM 1121 Elementary Burmese (Myanmar) I

This course is designed to equip the beginning learners with the reading and writing skills that are the essential first steps 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. Some of the assignments are completed online using interactive video and audio materials.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yu Yu Khaing (yk696)
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BURM 2201 Intermediate Burmese (Myanmar) I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yu Yu Khaing (yk696)
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BURM 3301 Advanced Burmese (Myanmar) I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yu Yu Khaing (yk696)
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BURM 3309 Advanced Readings in Burmese (Myanmar) I

This course will further advance the student's reading skills and, if needed, writing as well. Burmese texts of advanced-level complexity will be read, analyzed, and translated to English. A certain amount of discussion in Burmese and English is also part of the course, but the primary objective is to learn to read and understand the typical texts that appear on websites about current events, cultural trends, news from around the world, as well as short literary works by contemporary authors, especially those that reflect the country's history, geography, and ethnic diversity. Heritage speakers of Burmese as well as students who are learning Burmese as a foreign language are welcome. Reading materials are selected depending on the needs and interests of the students and differ from year to year.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yu Yu Khaing (yk696)
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CHIN 1101 Beginning Mandarin I

For complete beginners only, providing a thorough grounding in conversational and reading skills. Students with any previous background or training in the language will need to take the Mandarin Placement Test to determine which Chinese course will best suit their needs.  

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Stephanie Divo (sah36)
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CHIN 1109 Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I

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, culture, and current events in the Chinese speaking community.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Rui Liu (rl264)
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CHIN 1121 Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students I

This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For complete beginners only.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Stephanie Divo (sah36)
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CHIN 1123 Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students III

A continuation of CHIN 1122 .  This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For non-heritage learners only. 

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Stephanie Divo (sah36)
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CHIN 2201 Intermediate Mandarin I

Continuing instruction in written and spoken Chinese with particular emphasis on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence and ability.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Felicia Teng (qt11)
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CHIN 2209 Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage I

This course focuses on reading and writing Chinese at the intermediate level for Chinese heritage students who can speak Mandarin fluently. Students will read authentic texts written by 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 practice writing while exploring various aspects of traditional Chinese culture. Students will exit the course with a book of their own in Chinese as the course project documenting their learning during the semester. This course helps students further solidify their foundation for Chinese study at the their next level as well as enhance their awareness of and overall competence in cross-cultural communication.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Su George (wsg3)
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CHIN 3301 High Intermediate Mandarin I

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jyun-hong Lu (jl3275)
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CHIN 3316 Mandarin Language Across the Curriculum (LAC)

This 1-credit optional course aims to expand the students' vocabulary, and advance their speaking and reading skills as well as enhance their knowledge and deepen their cultural understanding by attaching to non-language courses throughout the University.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Minqi Chai (mc2535)
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CHIN 4411 Advanced Mandarin I

Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Felicia Teng (qt11)
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CHIN 4427 High Advanced Mandarin I

This advanced course aims to further develop the four communication skills in Chinese: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, through learning materials and activities on various topics related to China Studies, including authentic Chinese texts and TV programs, class discussions on various issues, and compositions.  Students can also expect to broaden their knowledge of Chinese culture and society through this course.  Classical Chinese will be introduced in this class to help students further understand written/formal Chinese as well as Chinese culture.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Rui Liu (rl264)
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CHLIT 2213 Introduction to Classical Chinese I

Students learn the fundamental grammar and vocabulary of Classical Chinese by analyzing and translating short passages from early sources.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robin McNeal (rm253)
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CHLIT 4421 Directed Study

Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop course content.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robin McNeal (rm253)
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CHLIT 4435 Chinese Buddhist Texts

This seminar is designed to introduce students to the idiom of Buddhist Chinese.  We will start by reading selections from the early translations to gain a grounding in the vocabulary and syntax that came to characterize literary Buddhism in China.  From there we will survey  some of the so-called apocryphal texts (Buddhist "sutras" produced in China) and look at samples from important writers and schools, depending on student interests.  This course is open to students in any area of East Asia with an interest in developing skills in Buddhist texts. 

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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CHLIT 6621 Advanced Directed Reading

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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HINDI 1101 Elementary Hindi I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sujata Singh (ss596)
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HINDI 2201 Intermediate Hindi I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sujata Singh (ss596)
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HINDI 2203 Intermediate Hindi Reading and Writing for Heritage Students I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sujata Singh (ss596)
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HINDI 3301 Advanced Hindi I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naaz Rizvi (nfr8)
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INDO 1121 Elementary Indonesian I

Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jolanda Pandin (jmp244)
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INDO 2201 Intermediate Indonesian I

Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jolanda Pandin (jmp244)
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INDO 3301 Advanced Indonesian I

Practical language course at a high intermediate and low advanced level in which students read and discuss selected materials on issues of their academic interests, write essays, and make oral presentations.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jolanda Pandin (jmp244)
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INDO 4401 Advanced Indonesian for Research I

A critical academic language course at a higher advanced level that sharpens students' proficiency of integrated language skills from an advanced high or above level, based on the ACTFL proficiency benchmarks. Students read, discuss, debate and explore hypotheses on issues from specialized disciplines to broader abstract ideas.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jolanda Pandin (jmp244)
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JAPAN 1101 Elementary Japanese I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naomi Larson (nn17)
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JAPAN 2201 Intermediate Japanese I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Misako Suzuki (ms449)
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JAPAN 3301 High Intermediate Japanese I

For students who have learned basic Japanese skills and would like to develop higher skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sahoko Ichikawa (si24)
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JAPAN 4401 Advanced Japanese I

Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Eriko Akamatsu (ea235)
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JPLIT 6625 Directed Readings

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

Guided independent study for graduate students.

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KHMER 1121 Elementary Khmer I

Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nielson Hul (nsh58)
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KHMER 2201 Intermediate Khmer I

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nielson Hul (nsh58)
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KOREA 1101 Elementary Korean I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Meejeong Song (ms296)
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KOREA 1109 Elementary Korean Reading and Writing I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hankyul Kim (hk783)
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KOREA 2201 Intermediate Korean I

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 and seasons, clothing and fashion, travel, public transportation, shopping and life in Korea.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hankyul Kim (hk783)
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KOREA 2209 Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing I

Designed for the Korean heritage students who can understand and speak Korean, but especially 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 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. Various projects will enhance students' overall linguistic and intercultural competence.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Meejeong Song (ms296)
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KOREA 3301 High Intermediate Korean I

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 and write an essay on topics regarding living in Korea, popular Korean food, dating culture in Korea, tour sites and regional products, Korean wave, address terms and interpersonal relations, and famous Korean people.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hankyul Kim (hk783)
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KOREA 4401 Advanced Korean I

Designed for students who have completed the intermediate level of Korean, to acquire advanced language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through Content-Based Instruction and Project-Based Language Learning. 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. With frequent discussions and compositions on various contemporary news articles, medical drama series, and documentaries, students are encouraged to become Intercultural Communicative Citizens and learn the contents through the language. The expected student outcome is to gain confidence in the academic level of discussions and compositions by critical thinking and analyzing.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Meejeong Song (ms296)
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NEPAL 1101 Elementary Nepali I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hom Acharya (hpa8)
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NEPAL 2201 Intermediate Nepali Conversation I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hom Acharya (hpa8)
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NEPAL 2203 Intermediate Nepali Composition I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hom Acharya (hpa8)
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NEPAL 3301 Advanced Nepali I

Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hom Acharya (hpa8)
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PUNJB 1121 Elementary Punjabi I

This course introduces students to Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan. Beginning with the study of the Gurmukhi script, the course offers an intensive study of the speaking, reading, and writing of the language.  This is approached through the theme-based syllabus, a discussion in small groups and paired activities on the cultural background of Punjab and Punjabi culture.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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PUNJB 2201 Intermediate Punjabi I

Further develops students' skills in Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan. Continuing with the study of the Gurmukhi script, the course offers an intensive study of the speaking, reading, and writing of the language.  This is approached through the theme-based syllabus, a discussion in small groups and paired activities on the cultural background of Punjab and Punjabi culture.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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SANSK 2251 Intermediate Sanskrit I

Readings from simple Sanskrit poetry: the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tarinee Awasthi (ta358)
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SANSK 3301 Advanced Sanskrit I

Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Lawrence McCrea (ljm223)
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SINHA 1100 Elements of Sinhala Language and Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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SINHA 1121 Elementary Sinhala I

Semi-intensive introduction to colloquial Sinhala, intended for beginners. A thorough grounding is given in all the language skills; listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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SINHA 2201 Intermediate Sinhala I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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SINHA 3301 Literary Sinhala I

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).

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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SINHA 4400 Literary Sinhala II

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).

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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TAG 1100 Elements of Tagalog-Filipino Language and Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Maria Theresa Savella (mts12)
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TAG 1121 Elementary Tagalog-Filipino I

Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Maria Theresa Savella (mts12)
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TAG 2201 Intermediate Tagalog-Filipino I

Develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Maria Theresa Savella (mts12)
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TAG 3301 Advanced Tagalog-Filipino I

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 class materials.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Maria Theresa Savella (mts12)
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TAMIL 2201 Intermediate Tamil I

Further develops students' written and oral proficiency in order to allow them to function adequately in a Tamil-speaking environment. Of particular interest to students planning to conduct scholarly research or fieldwork in a Tamil-speaking context. Develops the students' appreciation for the rich culture of the Indian subcontinent where Tamil is spoken.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TAMIL 4431 Directed Study
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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THAI 1121 Elementary Thai I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ngampit Jagacinski (nj13)
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THAI 2201 Intermediate Thai I

Continues to develop and comprehensively extends the four language skills acquired at the Elementary level (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ngampit Jagacinski (nj13)
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THAI 3301 Advanced Thai I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ngampit Jagacinski (nj13)
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THAI 3303 Thai Literature I

Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ngampit Jagacinski (nj13)
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TIBET 1111 Elementary Modern Tibetan I

This is an introductory course and no previous knowledge is required. It focuses on developing basic abilities to speak as well as to read and write in modern Tibetan, Lhasa dialect. Students are also introduced to modern Tibetan studies through selected readings and guest lectures.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TIBET 1121 Elementary Classical Tibetan I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TIBET 2201 Intermediate Classical Tibetan I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TIBET 2211 Intermediate Modern Tibetan I

For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who has completed the first-year course. The course focuses on the further development of their skills in using the language to engage with practical topics and situations, such as seeing a doctor, reading news, writing letters, and listening to music.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TIBET 3301 Advanced Classical Tibetan I

This class is designed to assist students who already have the equivalent of at least two-years of Classical 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 texts relevant to their research.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TIBET 3311 Advanced Modern Tibetan I

For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who has completed the second-year course. 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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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URDU 2225 Intermediate Urdu Reading and Writing I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naaz Rizvi (nfr8)
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URDU 3325 Literary Reading and Writing in Advanced Urdu

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naaz Rizvi (nfr8)
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VIET 1121 Elementary Vietnamese I

This course gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Vietnamese.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thuy Tranviet (tdt5)
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VIET 2201 Intermediate Vietnamese I

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thuy Tranviet (tdt5)
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VIET 3301 Advanced Vietnamese I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thuy Tranviet (tdt5)
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