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SINHA 1100 : Elements of Sinhala Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
This course will introduce the basic Sinhala language elements and elements of Sri Lankan culture for those who are interested in the field of language and culture. Also for those planning to travel to Sri Lanka, heritage students, etc.
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THAI 1100 : Elements of Thai Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
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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TAMIL 1100 : Elements of Tamil Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 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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SINHA 1100 : Elements of Sinhala Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
The course will introduce very basic functional uses of Tagalog/Filipino language and elements of Filipino culture to interested students like heritage learners and those who are planning to travel briefly to the Philippines to participate in a short project or study abroad program in the country.
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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
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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KHMER 1100 : Elements of Khmer Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
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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INDO 1100 : Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
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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TAG 1100 : Elements of Tagalog/Filipino Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
The course will introduce very basic functional uses of Tagalog/Filipino language and elements of Filipino culture to interested students like heritage learners and those who are planning to travel briefly to the Philippines to participate in a short project or study abroad program in the country.
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VIET 1100 : Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
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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INDO 1100 : Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
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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KOREA 1101 : Elementary Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Meejeong Song
This course is designed for students with no or very little knowledge of Korean in order to acquire the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) of the Korean language and to become familiar with its culture. Students will learn the Korean writing system and basic survival language skills. Basic knowledge of Korean grammar, vocabulary, expressions and cultural points will be given during the lecture. Students will then have an opportunity to practice the learned knowledge in sections. By the end of the semester, students will be able to exchange in simple conversations with native Koreans about the subjects that are familiar to them: introducing oneself, describing events or objects, asking and giving directions to and from a certain place, talking about plans in the near future, etc.
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JAPAN 1101 : Elementary Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Naomi Larson
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 2019 Instructor:
Stephanie Divo
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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NEPAL 1101 : Elementary Nepali I
Semester offered: Fall 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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HINDI 1101 : Elementary Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
Designed for students who are complete beginners in the Hindi language. Students  enter this course with no or very little prior knowledge in Hindi. The course aims to help students acquire competence in the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing)  of the Hindi language by utilizing tools of basic grammar, vocabulary, cultural points and other oral and written activities. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate in basic everyday Hindi, and perform all the hands-on tasks and functions necessary to survive in India and/or similar context.
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KOREA 1102 : Elementary Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Meejeong Song
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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CHIN 1102 : Beginning Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephanie Divo
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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JAPAN 1102 : Elementary Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Misako Chapman
Sahoko Ichikawa
Takashi Miki
Gives a thorough grounding in all four language skills-speaking, listening, reading, and writing-at the beginning level. The lecture provides explanation, analysis, and cultural background. Sections are conducted entirely in Japanese.
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NEPAL 1102 : Elementary Nepali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shambhu Oja
Intended for beginners. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills, using culturally appropriate materials and texts. Devanagari script for reading and writing is also introduced.
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HINDI 1102 : Elementary Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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 1109 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 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 2019 Instructor:
Yufen Mehta
Sophie Wu
Intended primarily for students whose family language is Mandarin but have had little or no formal training. The focus is on characters, reading comprehension, composition, grammar, standard pronunciation, cultural aspects, and current events in the Chinese speaking community.
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KOREA 1110 : Elementary Korean Reading and Writing II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Seunggon Jeong
Continuation of KOREA 1109. Focuses on communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing by introducing a wide range of linguistic resources. Students will command daily conversation in different cultural contexts and develop an ability to summarize and reflect on literacy texts and films both in oral and written modes. Course members will be able to create a discourse regarding topics such as birthday, campus life, family, shopping and hobbies. Also, students will write and revise their own work regularly to improve linguistic accuracy and reduce error production.
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CHIN 1110 : Beginning Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yufen Mehta
Fangfang Li
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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TIBET 1111 : Elementary Modern Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
This course is designed for students who have some previous knowledge of Tibetan and the main focus will be on using the language to communicate.
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ASIAN 1111 : FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Harding
This First-Year Writing Seminar is about Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.
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TIBET 1112 : Elementary Modern Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course continues to develop necessary skills to communicate in the Tibetan language.
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INDO 1121 : Elementary Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
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BENGL 1121 : Elementary Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Intended for beginners or students placed by examination. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills; Bengali script will also be introduced.
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TIBET 1121 : Elementary Classical Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 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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SINHA 1121 : Elementary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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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BURM 1121 : Elementary Burmese (Myanmar) I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Yu Yu Khaing
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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TAMIL 1121 : Elementary Tamil I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Gold
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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TAG 1121 : Elementary Tagalog/Filipino I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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CHIN 1121 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Stephanie Divo
Rui Liu
This course helps students develop basic skills in Mandarin Chinese, at a moderate pace. For complete beginners only.
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KHMER 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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THAI 1121 : Elementary Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
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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VIET 1121 : Elementary Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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KHMER 1121 : Elementary Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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PUNJB 1121 : Elementary Punjabi I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Elementary Punjabi introduces the student to basic Punjabi Language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
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VIET 1122 : Elementary Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
This course gives a thorough grounding in all Vietnamese language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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TAMIL 1122 : Elementary Tamil II
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CHIN 1122 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephanie Divo
Rui Liu
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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PUNJB 1122 : Elementary Punjabi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Gold
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:
Ngampit Jagacinski
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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BENGL 1122 : Elementary Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sreemati Mukherjee
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:
Bandara Herath
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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BURM 1122 : Elementary Burmese (Myanmar) II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yu Yu Khaing
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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KHMER 1122 : Elementary Khmer II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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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
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.
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INDO 1122 : Elementary Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
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:
Maria Theresa Savella
Gives a thorough grounding in basic speaking and listening skills with an introduction to reading and writing.
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CHIN 1123 : Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students III
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Stephanie Divo
Fangfang Li
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:
Stephanie Divo
Fangfang Li
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:
Naaz Rizvi
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 2019 Instructor:
Patrick Cummins
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:
Todd Clary
An introduction to the essentials of Sanskrit grammar. Designed to enable the student to read classical and epic Sanskrit as soon as possible.
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ASIAN 1192 : Modern China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 1920, HIST 1920 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yue Du
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 1192 : Modern China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 1920, HIST 1920 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Yue Du
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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INDO 2201 : Intermediate Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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BENGL 2201 : Intermediate Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 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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TIBET 2201 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 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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JAPAN 2201 : Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Misako Chapman
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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KOREA 2201 : Intermediate Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 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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SINHA 2201 : Intermediate Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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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BURM 2201 : Intermediate Burmese (Myanmar) I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Yu Yu Khaing
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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TAMIL 2201 : Intermediate Tamil I
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NEPAL 2201 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation I
Semester offered: Fall 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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TAG 2201 : Intermediate Tagalog/Filipino I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
Develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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CHIN 2201 : Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Felicia Teng
Continuing instruction in written and spoken Chinese with particular emphasis on consolidating basic conversational skills and improving reading confidence and ability.
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HINDI 2201 : Intermediate Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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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THAI 2201 : Intermediate Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Continues to develop and comprehensively extends the four language skills acquired at the Elementary level (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
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VIET 2201 : Intermediate Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.
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KHMER 2201 : Intermediate Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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KHMER 2201 : Intermediate Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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PUNJB 2201 : Intermediate Punjabi I
Semester offered: Fall 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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HINDI 2202 : Intermediate Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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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TAG 2202 : Intermediate Tagalog/Filipino II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
Develops all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
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VIET 2202 : Intermediate Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
Continuing instruction in spoken  and written Vietnamese with special emphasis on expanding vocabulary and  reading ability.
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KOREA 2202 : Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Seunggon Jeong
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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TAMIL 2202 : Intermediate Tamil II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Gold
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JAPAN 2202 : Intermediate Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Naomi Larson
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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PUNJB 2202 : Intermediate Punjabi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Gold
Further develops a student's writing, reading, and oral skills in Punjabi, a major language of northern India and Pakistan.
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CHIN 2202 : Intermediate Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Felicia Teng
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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THAI 2202 : Intermediate Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Continues to develop and comprehensively extends the four language skills acquired at the Elementary level (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
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NEPAL 2202 : Intermediate Nepali Conversation II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shambhu Oja
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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BENGL 2202 : Intermediate Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sreemati Mukherjee
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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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BURM 2202 : Intermediate Burmese (Myanmar) II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yu Yu Khaing
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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TIBET 2202 : Intermediate Classical Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This two-semester class is designed to assist students who already have the equivalent of at least two-years of Tibetan language study. The course is intended to build on this foundation so that students gain greater proficiency in reading a variety of classical Tibetan writing styles and genres, including (especially in the second semester) texts relevant to their research.
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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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INDO 2202 : Intermediate Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
Develops all four skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.
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KHMER 2202 : Intermediate Khmer II
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer. Intermediate level of reading Khmer.
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NEPAL 2203 : Intermediate Nepali Composition I
Semester offered: Fall 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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HINDI 2203 : Intermediate Hindi Reading and Writing for Heritage Students I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.
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HINDI 2204 : Intermediate Hindi Reading and Writing for Heritage Students II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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:
Ngampit Jagacinski
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:
Shambhu Oja
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 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
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 2019 Instructor:
Meejeong Song
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 2019 Instructor:
Su George
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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KOREA 2210 : Intermediate Korean Reading and Writing II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Meejeong Song
Continuation of KOREA 2209. Designed for Korean heritage students who can understand and speak Korean, but specially need to refine their reading and writing skills. Students will acquire concrete knowledge of grammar to use in everyday conversation, will be able to read the passages faster, and will minimize their spelling errors in writing, through frequent discussion and composition about Korean culture, society and history. They will become confident in reading multi-paragraph-length readings in Korean, be able to write their reflections on the passages that they have read, and speak with ease when participating in classroom discussions.
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CHIN 2210 : Intermediate Chinese Reading and Writing for Students of Chinese Heritage II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Su George
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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ASIAN 2211 : Introduction to Japan
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jane-Marie Law
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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TIBET 2211 : Intermediate Modern Tibetan I
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ASIAN 2212 : Introduction to China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2212 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Suyoung Son
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 2019 Instructor:
Robin McNeal
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:
Ding Warner
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 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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:
Naomi Larson
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:
Kristin Roebuck
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 2019 Instructor:
Naaz Rizvi
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:
Naaz Rizvi
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 2019 Instructor:
Christopher Miller
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:
Chiara Formichi
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 2019 Instructor:
Manasicha Akepiyapornchai
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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ASIAN 2252 : Introduction to Japanese Film
Crosslisted as: PMA 2452 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Campana
In this course, we will explore over one hundred years of Japanese cinema – one of the most prominent and diverse global film industries – from silent comedies to J-Horror, "ramen westerns" to Studio Ghibli.  You will gain a thorough grounding in film vocabulary and tools of cinematic analysis, allowing for deep investigations of gender, genre, history, and the connections between film and other media in modern and contemporary Japan.  All films will have English subtitles, and all readings will be available in English; no prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture required.
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SANSK 2252 : Intermediate Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 2352, LING 2252 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Manasicha Akepiyapornchai
Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.
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ASIAN 2254 : South Asian Religions in Practice: The Healing Traditions
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 2546 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Willford
This course offers an anthropological approach to the study of religious traditions and practices in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). The course begins with a short survey of the major religious traditions of South Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Islam. We look to the development of these traditions through historical and cultural perspectives. The course then turns to the modern period, considering the impact of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization upon religious ideologies and practices. The primary focus of the course will be the ethnographic study of contemporary religious practices in the region. We examine phenomena such as ritual, pilgrimage, possession, devotionalism, monasticism, asceticism, and revivalism through a series of ethnographic case studies. In so doing, we also seek to understand the impact of politics, modernity, diasporic movement, social inequality, changing gender roles, and mass mediation upon these traditions and practices.
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ASIAN 2258 : The Occupation of Japan
Crosslisted as: HIST 2315 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Kristin Roebuck
In August 1945, Japan was a devastated country – its cities burned, its people starving, its military and government in surrender.  World War II was over.  The occupation had begun.  What sort of society emerged from the cooperation and conflict between occupiers and occupied?  Students will examine sources ranging from declassified government documents to excerpts from diaries and bawdy fiction, alongside major scholarly studies, to find out.  The first half of the course focuses on key issues in Japanese history, like the fate of the emperor, constitutional revision, and the emancipation of women.  The second half zooms out for a wider perspective, for the occupation of Japan was never merely a local event.  It was the collapse of Japanese empire and the rise of American empire in Asia.  It was decolonization in Korea and the start of the Cold War.  Students will further investigate these links in final individual research projects. 
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ASIAN 2259 : Music in and of East Asia
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 2330 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Christopher Miller
This course explores the breadth of music found in present day China, Japan, and Korea--from indigenous musical traditions, through adaptations of Western art music, up to the latest popular styles--as well as the presence of traditional East Asian musics outside East Asia, including right here at Cornell. In both cases, music offers a lens for examining the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it. The course's academic focus on critical reading and listening, written assignments, and discussion is complemented by hands-on workshops and demonstrations with student-led ensembles.
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ASIAN 2262 : Medicine and Healing in China
Crosslisted as: BSOC 2561, CAPS 2262, HIST 2562, STS 2561 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Tj Hinrichs
An exploration of processes of change in health care practices in China. Focuses on key transitions, such as the emergence of canonical medicine, of Daoist approaches to healing and longevity, of "scholar physicians," and of "traditional Chinese medicine" in modern China.  Inquiries into the development of healing practices in relation to both popular and specialist views of the body and disease; health care as organized by individuals, families, communities, and states; the transmission of medical knowledge; and healer-patient relations. Course readings include primary texts in translation as well as secondary materials. 
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ASIAN 2267 : Women and Society in China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2267, FGSS 2267 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Suyoung Son
This course offers a broad understanding of the active and dynamic cultural, economic, and social, and political roles played by Chinese women. By challenging the dominant stereotype of the passive and victimized Chinese woman, this course aims to examine women's struggles, negotiations, and challenges of the normative discourse of femininity and domesticity in terms of various disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, history, and literature. Through a combination of reading original texts with secondary scholarship, this course will discuss the issues of Confucianism and patriarchal family, the female body and sexuality, education and self-expression, women's work and religious activities, gender and the state, the modernization of women, etc.
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ASIAN 2271 : China's Literary Heritage: An Introduction in Translation
Crosslisted as: CAPS 2271 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ding Warner
This is an introductory course designed for, though not limited to, non-majors with or without any knowledge of Chinese language, history, or culture. Its intent is to offer a guided survey of the history and development of the major literary traditions that still today are assumed to be an integral part of China's cultural identity. Readings include works of poetry, prose as well as fiction, all in English translation.
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ASIAN 2273 : Introduction to Religious Studies: Religion and Ecology
Crosslisted as: RELST 2273 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jane-Marie Law
For description, see RELST 2273.
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ASIAN 2274 : Mughal India and the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1800
Crosslisted as: HIST 2749 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Travers
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:
Durba Ghosh
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:
Daniel Gold
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:
Yue Du
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 Asian Art: Material Worlds
Crosslisted as: ARTH 2805, VISST 2805 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Kaja McGowan
An-Yi Pan
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:
John Barwick
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 2299 : Buddhism
Crosslisted as: RELST 2299 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Boucher
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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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
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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SANSK 3301 : Advanced Sanskrit I
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3395 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence McCrea
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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INDO 3301 : Advanced Indonesian I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
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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BENGL 3301 : Advanced Bengali I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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JAPAN 3301 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Misako Suzuki
For students who have learned basic Japanese skills and would like to develop higher skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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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BURM 3301 : Advanced Burmese (Myanmar) I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Yu Yu Khaing
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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KOREA 3301 : High Intermediate Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Designed for high intermediate learners of Korean. It aims to help students achieve high levels of language proficiency by introducing a wide range of authentic reading materials. The course provides students with reading materials from writings in various genres and styles such as newspaper editorials, columns, essays, short stories, and other literary writings. Students will discuss various aspects of Korean culture and society and begin to write an essay and reaction papers.
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SINHA 3301 : Literary Sinhala I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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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TAG 3301 : Advanced Tagalog/Filipino I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
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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NEPAL 3301 : Advanced Nepali I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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CHIN 3301 : High Intermediate Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Yufen Mehta
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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VIET 3301 : Advanced Vietnamese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
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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HINDI 3301 : Advanced Hindi I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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 3301 : Advanced Thai I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Develops advanced speaking skill with emphasis on selected readings in Thai from various fields, for example, History, Anthropology, Government, Economics, Agriculture, as well as other professional schools.  The readings are supplemented with visual materials such as video clips and films.
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KHMER 3301 : Advanced Khmer I
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.
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KHMER 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
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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INDO 3302 : Advanced Indonesian II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jolanda Pandin
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
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maria Theresa Savella
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 3302 : Advanced Khmer II
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Hannah Phan
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.
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HINDI 3302 : Advanced Hindi II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sujata Singh
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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VIET 3302 : Advanced Vietnamese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thuy Tranviet
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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TAMIL 3302 : Advanced Tamil II
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KOREA 3302 : High Intermediate Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Seunggon Jeong
Continuation of KOREA 3301. Students will continue to refine their high-intermediate language skills. Authentic published materials and documentary video-clips will be introduced in order for students to be exposed to an advanced level of Korean. Students will discuss and write an essay on topics regarding information age, health, the origin of Valentine's Day, culture of advertisement and Korean folktales. Students are given the opportunity to do research on Korean culture and society following an academic research format and give an oral presentation in class.
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JAPAN 3302 : Continuing Intermediate Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Misako Suzuki
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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CHIN 3302 : High Intermediate Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yufen Mehta
Continuing instruction in spoken and written Chinese Mandarin via authentic multimedia materials. 
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THAI 3302 : Advanced Thai II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Develops advanced speaking skill with emphasis on selected readings in Thai from various fields, for example, History, Anthropology, Government, Economics, Agriculture, as well as other professional schools.  The readings are supplemented with visual materials such as video clips and films.
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BENGL 3302 : Advanced Bengali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sreemati Mukherjee
Continuing instruction in Bengali at the advanced level focusing on conversation, interview, and discussion skills.
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NEPAL 3302 : Advanced Nepali II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shambhu Oja
Reading of advanced texts, together with advanced drill on the spoken language.
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BURM 3302 : Advanced Burmese (Myanmar) II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Yu Yu Khaing
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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SANSK 3302 : Advanced Sanskrit II
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3396 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence McCrea
Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.
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THAI 3303 : Thai Literature I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.
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THAI 3304 : Thai Literature II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ngampit Jagacinski
Reading of significant novels, short stories, and poetry written since 1850 and other classical works.
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CHLIT 3307 : Readings in Classical Chinese Literature
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3307, CHLIT 6607 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ding Warner
A guided reading in the original language designed to introduce students to a variety of genres and styles of classical Chinese literature while at the same time helping students achieve competence in reading classical Chinese at an advanced level. The syllabus, with a rotating thematic focus, normally includes philosophical works, historical texts, poetry and prose, anecdotes and fiction. Please consult the Department of Asian Studies course offerings for each year's thematic focus.
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ASIAN 3308 : Issues in Contemporary China II
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3308 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
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 3309 : Temple in the World: Buddhism in Contemporary South and Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: RELST 3309 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anne Blackburn
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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CHIN 3309 : Business Chinese in Cultural Context I
Crosslisted as: CHIN 5509, NBA 6150 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Zhihong Chen
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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TIBET 3311 : Advanced Modern Tibetan I
Semester offered: Fall 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 2019 Instructor:
Keith Taylor
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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TIBET 3312 : Advanced Modern Tibetan II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Gold
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 3316 : Zen Buddhism: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6616, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jane-Marie Law
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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ASIAN 3317 : Japanese Poetry
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Campana
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.
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URDU 3325 : Literary Reading and Writing in Advanced Urdu
Crosslisted as: NES 3325 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Naaz Rizvi
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:
Joseph Marino
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:
Nick Admussen
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 3332 : The Barbarians
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 3416, ANTHR 6416, ASIAN 6632 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Magnus Fiskesjo
The idea of the barbarians is as old as civilization itself. But what is a barbarian, and what is the role that barbarians play, as the savage enemies of civilization? In this course we will address such questions by looking at how different civilizations have imagined their barbarians, ranging from their key role in Greek drama, and as infidels in religious conceptions, to Chinese walls, and American savagery. We will examine both historical examples, and the barbarians of today -- the terrorists and insurgents so often framed as dark and primitive, in contrast with ourselves. Through readings and visual materials, we will seek to discover what these barbarians have in common. We will look comparatively for the underlying patterns of history that the barbarians are drafted from, to draw a new picture of the barbarians. At the same time, we will arrive at a new understanding of civilization as such, as well as of the general nature of human inequality, and how it is justified.   
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ASIAN 3334 : Southeast Asian Politics
Crosslisted as: GOVT 3443 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Pepinsky
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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ASIAN 3339 : Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3830, ARTH 6830, ASIAN 6669, VISST 3830 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Iftikhar Dadi
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ASIAN 3344 : Introduction to Indian Philosophy
Crosslisted as: CLASS 3674, PHIL 2540, RELST 3344 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence McCrea
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:
Kaja McGowan
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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CHIN 3352 : High Intermediate Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
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ASIAN 3356 : Performing Angkor: Dance, Silk and Stone
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3856 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kaja McGowan
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ASIAN 3376 : Digital Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6676, FGSS 3376, FGSS 6676 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
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 3389 : China's Rural-Urban Integration
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Robin McNeal
Today, China's massive, complex urban infrastructure and breakneck urban growth are driving forces in the global flow of people, money, resources, and ideas. Across its long history, the question of how China's urban centers have been nested into larger networks of outlying rural areas, and how those outlying regions were or were not well integrated (politically, economically, culturally) with urban centers, has been of great concern to politicians, merchants, moral philosophers, artists, urban planners, and ideologues.  This course poses a single fundamental question: are there in fact two enduring Chinas, one urban and one rural, with vastly different cultures, economies, and social landscapes? Additionally, we will ask, what has over a century of industrialization and modernization done to the rural-urban divide and historical modes of rural-urban integration?  We will examine these question from a wide array of sources, including historical and archaeological data, sociological and anthropological inquiry, and artistic and literary production.  We will also explore various critical approaches to analyzing and conceptualizing rural and urban life across these sources.
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ASIAN 3395 : What is China?
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3967, GOVT 3967 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Allen Carlson
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.  
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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:
Tamara Loos
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: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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:
Jane-Marie Law
This course is an exploration of the development of the Vajrayana tradition through a focus on the myths and stories about, and writings by central figures in what is known in the west as Tibetan Buddhism. A fundamental premise of this course is that any study of Tibetan Buddhism must take into consideration the implications of the dramatic events which have shaped the last sixty years of Tibetan history, and the fracture of meaning caused by the near destruction of this religious world after the communist invasion and subsequent full occupation of Tibet.  Understanding how the lens of exile and a nostalgia for a pre-Chinese invasion history shape current studies of Tibetan Buddhism will be a continuing theme throughout this course.  At the end of this course, it is hoped that students will have a grounded and nuanced understanding of the complexities of this great religious tradition, the implications of its appropriations in the western imagination as an idyllic Shangri-la, and the challenges Tibetan Buddhism faces as a diverse religious tradition as it attempts to rebuild its religious institutions in exile.
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SINHA 4400 : Literary Sinhala II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Bandara Herath
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 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Daniel Boucher
Andrew Campana
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Robin McNeal
Suyoung Son
Keith Taylor
Ding Warner
Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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JAPAN 4401 : Advanced Japanese I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Sahoko Ichikawa
Develops reading, writing and oral communication skills at the advanced level.
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KOREA 4401 : Advanced Korean I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Meejeong Song
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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ASIAN 4401 : Asian Studies Honors Course
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Anne Blackburn
Chiara Formichi
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Suyoung Son
Ding Warner
Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work.
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ASIAN 4402 : Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Daniel Boucher
Andrew Campana
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Robin McNeal
Suyoung Son
Keith Taylor
Ding Warner
The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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KOREA 4402 : Advanced Korean II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Meejeong Song
Continuation of KOREA 4401.  Designed to acquire profound knowledge in various fields of Korea: Current issues in Korean society, Korean people's thoughts and mind, tradition, history and culture. This course follows the Learner-Centered methodology encouraging students to be active participants in their language learning process. The Learner-Centered methodology is applied by asking students to lead a discussion on the topic of their assigned TV documentary and the contemporary novel. Through discussion and analysis, students will understand the different styles of texts and genres.
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JAPAN 4402 : Advanced Japanese II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Sahoko Ichikawa
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:
Nick Admussen
Anne Blackburn
Chiara Formichi
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Suyoung Son
Ding Warner
The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay.
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ASIAN 4403 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Daniel Boucher
Andrew Campana
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Robin McNeal
Suyoung Son
Keith Taylor
Ding Warner
Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff.
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ASIAN 4404 : Supervised Reading
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Anne Blackburn
Chiara Formichi
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Suyoung Son
Ding Warner
Daniel Bass
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 2019 Instructor:
Zhihong Chen
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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CHIN 4411 : Advanced Mandarin I
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Felicia Teng
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4411 : History of the Japanese Language
Crosslisted as: JAPAN 4410, LING 4411 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
John Whitman
Overview of the history of the Japanese language followed by intensive examination of issues of interest to participants. Students should have reading knowledge of Japanese.
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CHIN 4412 : Advanced Mandarin II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Felicia Teng
Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.
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ASIAN 4413 : Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4513, ANTHR 7513, ASIAN 7713 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Willford
This course explores how religious beliefs and practices in Southeast Asia have been transformed by the combined forces of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization. By examining both diversity and resurgence in one of the world's most rapidly modernizing regions, we aim to understand the common economic, social, and political conditions that are contributing to the popularity of contemporary religious movements. At the same time, we also consider the unique ideological, theological, and cultural understandings behind different religions and movements. Through this process we also rethink conceptions of modernity.
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CHLIT 4418 : Stories of the Strange and the Marvelous from the Tang Dynasty
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4418, CHLIT 6618 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ding Warner
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 4421 : Directed Study
Semester offered: Fall 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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JAPAN 4421 : Special Topics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Takashi Miki
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:
Ding Warner
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:
Takashi Miki
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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ASIAN 4423 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6623, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
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 2019 Instructor:
Rui Liu
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:
Rui Liu
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 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:
Tj Hinrichs
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:
Chiara Formichi
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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CHLIT 4435 : Chinese Buddhist Texts
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Boucher
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. 
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ASIAN 4436 : Topics in Indian Film
Crosslisted as: PMA 4536, VISST 4436 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Gold
The course will treat various aspects of Indian film, with focal topics to vary from year to year.  These topics will include religion in Indian film, Indian art films, and the golden age of Indian film.  All topics will be discussed in relation to the conventions of mainstream Bollywood cinema and their social and cultural significance.  Each week a film must be viewed to prepare for class discussion; screenings will be arranged as appropriate. No knowledge of an Indian language is needed.
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ASIAN 4437 : Topics in Tamil Studies
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thanges Paramsothy
Topics will change in relation to curricular needs in the South Asia Program and the Department of Asian Studies.
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ASIAN 4442 : Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4852, ARTH 6852, ASIAN 6646, VISST 4852 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Kaja McGowan
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.
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ASIAN 4443 : Work and Labor in China
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4355, ILRIC 4355 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Eli Friedman
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 4447 : Interpreting Indian Texts
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6607 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence McCrea
For more than 3000 years, India has been home to vast and extremely rich poetic, religious, and philosophical literatures.  One of the most notable features of Indian culture in all these areas is a highly developed tradition of self-analysis.  This course will focus on how literary and religious intellectuals in classical India themselves thought and wrote about the proper way to read and interpret the scriptural, literary, and philosophical works which formed the basis of their own tradition.
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ASIAN 4448 : China, Tibet and Xinjiang
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4827, GOVT 4827, GOVT 6827 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Allen Carlson
Seminar intended to examine the increasingly complex relationship that has evolved between China and the rest of the international system, with particular focus on the rise of Chinese nationalism and the extent to which those in Tibet, Xinjiang, and, to a lesser extent, Taiwan, are contesting such a trend. In so doing, the course emphasizes the interrelated, yet often contradictory, challenges facing Beijing in regards to the task of furthering the cause of national unity while promoting policies of integration with international society and interdependence with the global economy.
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ASIAN 4450 : Art in Zen and Zen in Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4820, ARTH 6820, ASIAN 6650 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
An-Yi Pan
This course explores how the art of Zen (Chan) developed in China and was transmitted to Korea and Japan. It will also examine how ideas of Zen informed Western Modern art in both Europe and North America, and how these artistic ideas in turn influenced postwar abstract art in many parts of the world.
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PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anne Blackburn
Readings in Pali selected in relation to student and instructor interests. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics and readings.
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PALI 4450 : Readings in Pali
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Boucher
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 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings from feminism, Buddhist studies, affect theory, queer studies, postcolonial theory, and film studies to ask what new understandings of subjectivity might emerge from these cinemas and their political contexts. Films will be drawn from both mainstream and independent cinema and will include the work of directors such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Danny and Oxide Pang, Yau Ching, Thunska Pansittivorakul, Garin Nugroho, and Jean-Jacques Annaud.
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CHIN 4452 : Advanced Mandarin II: CAPS in Beijing
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CHIN 4454 : High Advanced Mandarin II-CAPS/Beijing
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ASIAN 4459 : History of Book in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6660 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Suyoung Son
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ASIAN 4459 : History of Book in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6660 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Suyoung Son
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ASIAN 4466 : Buddhists and Muslims: Asian Interactions
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6666, RELST 4465, RELST 6665 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anne Blackburn
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 4468 : Transpacific Studies
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 6668 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Naoki Sakai
The disciplines of East Asian area studies have been noted for their structural shortcomings for a long time. Since these disciplines are designed to investigate and accumulate knowledge on the areas geographically located on the Western shore of the Pacific, little attention has been paid to the very interactions between North America and East Asia. Transpacific Studies addresses the structural deficiency and limitation inherent in the formation of area studies; it aims to study the mutual dependency and political asymmetry between North America where the vast majority of the academic centers of area studies are located and East Asia; how people move across the Pacific; and how North American societies are affected by peoples, and activities originating in East Asian countries, in the area studies. 
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ASIAN 4470 : Modernity in East Asia
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Naoki Sakai
An introduction to the comparative study of social, political, and intellectual modernity in East Asia and the North Atlantic. The course will examine the characteristics of East Asian modernity with much emphasis on the relationship between colonialism and modernity. We will focus on the problems of historical time and language, and read the philosophical and sociological works of the 20th century in order to understand the ways in which cultural activities and the modalities of identification were transformed during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The questions of the civilizing mission and national subjectivity will play central roles in this course.
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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:
Kaja McGowan
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 5505 : Methodology of Asian Language Learning and Teaching
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Stephanie Divo
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 2019 Instructor:
Zhihong Chen
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 6603 : Modern Chinese Literature Field Survey
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
This is a survey of English-language literary criticism about literature in Chinese, including drama and film, from the late Qing to the present. Students choose a list of works from a comprehensive field bibliography and read in a roundtable format, bringing diverse monographs into one conversation about the shape and content of Chinese literary studies in Western languages. The course is designed to prepare graduate students for potential field exams in Chinese literature, modern China, or one of their many subfields.
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CHIN 6606 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CAPS 4406, CHIN 4406 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Zhihong Chen
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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CHLIT 6607 : Readings in Classical Chinese Literature
Crosslisted as: CAPS 3307, CHLIT 3307 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ding Warner
A guided reading in the original language designed to introduce students to a variety of genres and styles of classical Chinese literature while at the same time helping students achieve competence in reading classical Chinese at an advanced level. The syllabus, with a rotating thematic focus, normally includes philosophical works, historical texts, poetry and prose, anecdotes and fiction. Please consult the Department of Asian Studies course offerings for each year's thematic focus.
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ASIAN 6607 : Interpreting Indian Texts
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4447 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Lawrence McCrea
For more than 3000 years, India has been home to vast and extremely rich poetic, religious, and philosophical literatures.  One of the most notable features of Indian culture in all these areas is a highly developed tradition of self-analysis.  This course will focus on how literary and religious intellectuals in classical India themselves thought and wrote about the proper way to read and interpret the scriptural, literary, and philosophical works which formed the basis of their own tradition.
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ASIAN 6612 : Japanese Bibliography and Research Methods
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Mckee
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 6612 : Japanese Bibliography and Research Methods
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Daniel Mckee
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:
Gregory Green
Covers practical bibliographical skills and research methods necessary to accomplish quality research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.  During the semester we will explore resources available at the Cornell University Libraries, those provided through Library subscription, and resources available elsewhere.
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ASIAN 6616 : Zen Buddhism: Ecology, Sustainability and Daily Life
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3316, RELST 3416, RELST 6616 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Jane-Marie Law
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:
Ding Warner
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 6621 : Advanced Directed Reading
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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CHLIT 6622 : Advanced Directed Reading
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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ASIAN 6623 : The City: Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4423, FGSS 4504, FGSS 6504, PMA 4504 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack the spatial and cultural forms of density and the layered histories that define the contemporary urban fabric of cities such as Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. The course combines the investigation of the cinemas and literatures of the region with the study of recent writing on cities from Asian studies, film studies, queer theory, urban studies, political theory, religious studies, cultural geography, literary theory, and anthropology.
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JPLIT 6625 : Directed Readings
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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JPLIT 6625 : Directed Readings
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Students choose a faculty member to oversee this independent study. The student and the faculty member work together to develop class readings.
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JPLIT 6627 : Advanced Directed Readings
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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JPLIT 6628 : Advanced Directed Readings
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ASIAN 6628 : Buddhism in Ancient Gandhara
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3328, RELST 3328, RELST 6628 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Joseph Marino
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 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 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
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 6632 : The Barbarians
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 3416, ANTHR 6416, ASIAN 3332 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Magnus Fiskesjo
The idea of the barbarians is as old as civilization itself. But what is a barbarian, and what is the role that barbarians play, as the savage enemies of civilization? In this course we will address such questions by looking at how different civilizations have imagined their barbarians, ranging from their key role in Greek drama, and as infidels in religious conceptions, to Chinese walls, and American savagery. We will examine both historical examples, and the barbarians of today -- the terrorists and insurgents so often framed as dark and primitive, in contrast with ourselves. Through readings and visual materials, we will seek to discover what these barbarians have in common. We will look comparatively for the underlying patterns of history that the barbarians are drafted from, to draw a new picture of the barbarians. At the same time, we will arrive at a new understanding of civilization as such, as well as of the general nature of human inequality, and how it is justified.   
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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:
Chiara Formichi
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:
Kaja McGowan
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 6646 : Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4852, ARTH 6852, ASIAN 4442, VISST 4852 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Kaja McGowan
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.
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ASIAN 6650 : Art in Zen and Zen in Art
Crosslisted as: ARTH 4820, ARTH 6820, ASIAN 4450 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
An-Yi Pan
This course explores how the art of Zen (Chan) developed in China and was transmitted to Korea and Japan. It will also examine how ideas of Zen informed Western Modern art in both Europe and North America, and how these artistic ideas in turn influenced postwar abstract art in many parts of the world.
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ASIAN 6660 : History of Book in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4459 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Suyoung Son
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ASIAN 6660 : History of Book in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4459 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Suyoung Son
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ASIAN 6666 : Buddhists and Muslims: Asian Interactions
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4466, RELST 4465, RELST 6665 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anne Blackburn
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 6668 : Transpacific Studies
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4468 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Naoki Sakai
The disciplines of East Asian area studies have been noted for their structural shortcomings for a long time. Since these disciplines are designed to investigate and accumulate knowledge on the areas geographically located on the Western shore of the Pacific, little attention has been paid to the very interactions between North America and East Asia. Transpacific Studies addresses the structural deficiency and limitation inherent in the formation of area studies; it aims to study the mutual dependency and political asymmetry between North America where the vast majority of the academic centers of area studies are located and East Asia; how people move across the Pacific; and how North American societies are affected by peoples, and activities originating in East Asian countries, in the area studies.
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ASIAN 6669 : Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Cinema
Crosslisted as: ARTH 3830, ARTH 6830, ASIAN 3339, VISST 3830 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Iftikhar Dadi
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ASIAN 6671 : Seminar in Asian Literature and History
Crosslisted as: HIST 6617 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Keith Taylor
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 6676 : Digital Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3376, FGSS 3376, FGSS 6676 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Arnika Fuhrmann
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 6696 : Transnational Local: Southeast Asian History from the Eighteenth Century
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3396, HIST 3960, HIST 6960 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Tamara Loos
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 7703 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Daniel Boucher
Andrew Campana
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Robin McNeal
Suyoung Son
Keith Taylor
Ding Warner
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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ASIAN 7704 : Directed Research
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Nick Admussen
Anne Blackburn
Chiara Formichi
Arnika Fuhrmann
Daniel Gold
Jane-Marie Law
Lawrence McCrea
Suyoung Son
Ding Warner
Guided independent study for graduate students.
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ASIAN 7713 : Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia
Crosslisted as: ANTHR 4513, ANTHR 7513, ASIAN 4413 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Andrew Willford
This course investigates the extent to which religious beliefs and practices in Southeast Asia have been transformed by the combined forces of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization.  By examining diversity, difference, and resurgence in one of the world's most rapidly changing regions, we aim to understand the economic, social, and political conditions contributing to the popularity and resurgence of religious ideologies and contemporary movements.  At the same time, we also consider closely the unique ideological, theological, and cultural understandings that shape different religions and movements.  Through this process we also rethink conceptions of modernity as both a cultural and social force.  One key aim of this course will be to analyze the relationships between state-sponsored "official nationalisms," religious ideologies and practices, and changing socioeconomic conditions.  In doing so, we also aim to better understand the forces behind and implications of heightened ethnic sentiments and violence in the region, as well as changing gender ideologies.
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