Courses - Fall 2019

ASIAN 1111 FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion

This First-Year Writing Seminar is about Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture and provides the opportunity to write extensively about these issues.  Topics vary by section.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yagna Nag Chowdhuri (yn246)
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ASIAN 1113 FWS: Very Short Literature

In this course we will read Chinese jueju (four-line poems), Japanese Haiku, the aphorisms of Chinese philosophy (from the books like the Analects and the Dao De Jing), as well as contemporary poetry and short literature from Twitter and Weibo.  Our goal will be to think about how language is shaped and compressed into chunks, usually sentences that are simultaneously swift, transformative, and beautiful.  We will write analytical and interpretive essays about short texts, do research into the contexts of traditional and contemporary short literature, and compose lots and lots of thesis statements, tweets and status updates.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 1192 Modern China

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

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

What is Southeast Asia? How does this faraway, "exotic," region intersect with our realities? This course introduces key questions in the study of Southeast Asia (which includes Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and its diasporas using cinematic, literary, historical and scholarly materials. This introduction to Southeast Asia's historical, religious, literary, visual, and political traditions -- and the ways in which scholars have thought about them -- addresses a variety of themes  including notions of kinship, gender, political conflict, colonialism, media and the arts, sexuality, textual and visual genres, and forms of belief and belonging. Students will have an opportunity to investigate topics of interest to them, in the form of research essays as well as small-scale fieldwork, curatorial, or media projects.

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

This course serves as a general introduction to the study of Japan in the humanities 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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jane-Marie Law (jml16)
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ASIAN 2245 Gamelan in Indonesian History and Cultures

This course combines hands-on instruction in gamelan, Indonesia's most prominent form of traditional music, and the academic study of the broader range of music found in contemporary Indonesia, including Western-oriented and hybrid popular forms. Students thus engage with music directly, and use it as a lens to examine the myriad social and cultural forces that shape it, and that are shaped by it.

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christopher Miller (cjm299)
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ASIAN 2252 Introduction to Japanese Film

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Campana (ac2794)
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ASIAN 2254 South Asian Religions in Practice: The Healing Traditions

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

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Willford (acw24)
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ASIAN 2258 The Occupation of Japan

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. 

Distribution: (HA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kristin Roebuck (kar79)
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ASIAN 2262 Medicine and Healing in China

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.  Inquires 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. 

Distribution: (HA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tj Hinrichs (th289)
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ASIAN 2267 Women and Society in China

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Suyoung Son (ss994)
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ASIAN 2271 China's Literary Heritage: An Introduction in Translation

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.

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ding Xiang Warner (dxw2)
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ASIAN 2273 Introduction to Religious Studies: Religion and Ecology

This course serves as both an introduction to the academic study of religion and a survey of major topics in the intersections of religious communities and environmentally sustainable practices. Using real cases of environmentally sustainable, religiously oriented communities, we explore how myth, ritual, symbols, doctrines, and ideologies of time and space are activated in practical living decisions. This class involves readings of both primary sources, poetry and literature, secondary sources, films and site visits.

Distribution: (KCM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jane-Marie Law (jml16)
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ASIAN 2274 Mughal India and the Early Modern World, c. 1500-1800

The largest of the three great Islamic empires of the early modern era, the Mughal empire at its height ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent, and more than 100 million subjects. This course offers a survey of the Mughal empire between c. 1500 and 1800, exploring how Mughal imperial culture reflected the cultural and religious diversity of India. We will consider how the rise and fall of the Mughals was connected to broader global transformations in early modern world, and how the rise of British power in India was shaped by the legacies of Mughal rule. Primary sources include court chronicles, biographies of emperors, as well as Mughal painting and architecture.

Distribution: (HA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thomas Travers (trt5)
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ASIAN 2285 Introduction to Asian Art: Material Worlds

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kaja McGowan (kmm22)
An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 2299 Buddhism

This course will explore the Buddhist tradition from its origins in ancient India to its migrations throughout Asia and eventually to the West. The first part of the course will deal with Indian Buddhism: the Buddha, the principal teachings and practices of his early followers, and new developments in spiritual orientation. We will then turn to the transmission of Buddhism to Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, where at least one of the early schools has been preserved. Next we will look at Mahayana Buddhism as it moves north and east, encompassing China, Japan, and Tibet. While much of the course will be devoted to developments in traditional times, we will also look at some of the ways Buddhist cultures have responded to modernity.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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ASIAN 3312 What was the Vietnam War?

If you have ever wondered what the Vietnam War was all about, how did it begin, how was it fought, why was it so controversial, why did the American people turn against it, why was it important, why were generations of American students taught the North Vietnamese version of the war, why the South Vietnamese allies of the United States were abandoned, and what happened to the Vietnamese and the Americans as a result of the war—then this class is for you! With fresh eyes and surprising insights, it will take you beyond the fashionable fictions and clichés to look at the twenty-five years during which the United States, through six presidential administrations, was involved in Vietnamese affairs (1950-1975). For decades, Americans have been meditating on "the lessons of the Vietnam War," but it turns out that neither was any lesson ever learned nor were the so-called "lessons" even plausibly related to actual events. Today, Americans continue to be taught myths about the Vietnam War. This course shows why these myths obstruct a realistic understanding of American history during the past half-century.

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

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

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Campana (ac2794)
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ASIAN 3339 Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Cinema

This course provides an introduction to selected key themes in cinema and the moving image from South Asia. The course investigates documentary, artistic, and commercial cinemas, focusing on concepts and frameworks for understanding their development and their meaning. These include questions of form and narrative, the place of cinema during social and cultural transformation, and the relationship of the moving image in South Asia to developments in global cinema. Structured as a tutorial, this is a reading and discussion intensive course with limited enrolment.

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Iftikhar Dadi (mid1)
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ASIAN 3389 China's Rural-Urban Integration

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 questions 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.

Distribution: (HA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robin McNeal (rm253)
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ASIAN 4401 Asian Studies Honors Course

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 4411 History of the Japanese Language

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.

Distribution: (HA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: John Whitman (jbw2)
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ASIAN 4413 Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Willford (acw24)
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ASIAN 4436 Topics in Indian Film

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.

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Gold (drg4)
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ASIAN 4442 Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance

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

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kaja McGowan (kmm22)
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ASIAN 4447 Interpreting Indian Texts

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.

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

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

Distribution: (HA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Allen Carlson (arc26)
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ASIAN 4450 Art in Zen and Zen in Art

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 4451 Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema

Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings 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.

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Arnika Fuhrmann (aif32)
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ASIAN 4452 Critical Filipino/Filipino American Studies

This course focuses on three major and interrelated themes within Filipino/Filipino American history: war/empire, labor/migration, and culture/imaginaries. How do we account for the overwhelming number of Filipinos in nursing, domestic work, and the U.S. military? How do filmmakers, visual/theatre artists, and writers continue to remember the oft-forgotten history of U.S.-Philippine relations? In what ways have diasporic and immigrant Filipinos as well as Filipino Americans created their own culture as well as engaged with their counterparts in the Philippines? By reading historical and sociological texts alongside popular cultural texts and artistic examples, this course considers the politics of history, memory, and cultural citizenship in Filipino America.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christine Balance (cbb84)
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ASIAN 4459 History of Book in China
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Suyoung Son (ss994)
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ASIAN 4468 Transpacific Studies

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. 

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naoki Sakai (ns32)
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ASIAN 4470 Modernity in East Asia

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naoki Sakai (ns32)
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ASIAN 4494 Topics in Southeast Asian Studies

A topics course related to Southeast Asian Studies.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Julia Cassaniti (jc3264)
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ASIAN 6603 Modern Chinese Literature Field Survey

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 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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 6604 Topics in Southeast Asian Studies

A topics course related to Southeast Asian Studies. 

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Julia Cassaniti (jc3264)
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ASIAN 6607 Interpreting Indian Texts

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Lawrence McCrea (ljm223)
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ASIAN 6612 Japanese Bibliography and Research Methods

An introduction to the key reference and research works available for Japanese studies (both print and digital).  Uses of databases and reference works on a given theme will be modelled in the class hour.  Students will then practice with these resources for homework, according to their selected research projects, and report back on issues.  The course will also touch on book history.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Daniel Mckee (djm53)
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ASIAN 6631 Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema

Examines the new cinemas of Southeast Asia and their engagement with contemporary discourses of gender and sexuality. It pays special attention to the ways in which sexuality and gendered embodiment are at present linked to citizenship and other forms of belonging and to how the films draw on Buddhist and Islamic traditions of representation and belief. Focusing on globally circulating Southeast Asian films of the past 15 years, the course draws on current writings 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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Arnika Fuhrmann (aif32)
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ASIAN 6646 Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance

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

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Kaja McGowan (kmm22)
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ASIAN 6650 Art in Zen and Zen in Art

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 6660 History of Book in China
Academic Career: GR Instructor: Suyoung Son (ss994)
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ASIAN 6668 Transpacific Studies

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Naoki Sakai (ns32)
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ASIAN 6669 Bollywood and Beyond: South Asian Cinema

This course provides an introduction to selected key themes in cinema and the moving image from South Asia. The course investigates documentary, artistic, and commercial cinemas, focusing on concepts and frameworks for understanding their development and their meaning. These include questions of form and narrative, the place of cinema during social and cultural transformation, and the relationship of the moving image in South Asia to developments in global cinema. Structured as a tutorial, this is a reading and discussion intensive course with limited enrolment.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Iftikhar Dadi (mid1)
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ASIAN 6671 Seminar in Asian Literature and History

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Keith Taylor (kwt3)
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ASIAN 7703 Directed Research

Guided independent study for graduate students.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Nick Admussen (na347)
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ASIAN 7713 Religion and Politics in Southeast Asia

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Andrew Willford (acw24)
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BENGL 1121 Elementary Bengali I

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

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

Continuing focus on reading, writing, and conversational skills, this course is designed to advance students' oral competence and enhance comprehension skills through reading, conversations, and listening.

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

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

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

This course is designed to equip the beginning learners with the reading and writing skills that are the essential first steps in learning the language. Burmese script is beautiful and not very complicated, but it is based on principles that are unlike any European language. In this first semester, you will develop competency in reading and writing it. You will also learn some basic spoken Burmese and essential grammatical concepts.

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

This course is for you if you have taken first-year Burmese at Cornell or learned some Burmese elsewhere and know how to read and write Burmese script. You will continue learning all major aspects of the language at the intermediate level, including the reading and understanding of formal-style texts. In spoken Burmese, you will practice communicating at the increasingly complicated and practically useful level. Some of the assignments are completed online using interactive video and audio materials.

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

This course is taught at the advanced level with focus on further development of all four skills. All materials used in the course are authentic Burmese stories, current event reports, radio plays, etc. The particular materials used in any given year may vary depending on the proficiency level of the students. For students who are involved in Burma/Myanmar related research, their projects may also become part of the course.

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

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

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

Intended primarily for students whose family language is Mandarin but have had little or no formal training. The focus is on characters, reading comprehension, composition, grammar, standard pronunciation, cultural aspects, and current events in the Chinese speaking community.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yufen Mehta (yl43)
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CHIN 1121 Beginning Mandarin for Professional Students I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHIN 3301 High Intermediate Mandarin I

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yufen Mehta (yl43)
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CHIN 3309 Business Chinese in Cultural Context I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Zhihong Chen (zc46)
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CHIN 4406 Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Zhihong Chen (zc46)
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CHIN 4411 Advanced Mandarin I

Reading, discussion, and composition at advanced levels.

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

This advanced course aims to further develop 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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Rui Liu (rl264)
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CHIN 5509 Business Chinese in Cultural Context I

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Zhihong Chen (zc46)
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CHIN 6606 Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Zhihong Chen (zc46)
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CHLIT 2213 Introduction to Classical Chinese I

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

Distribution: (LA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Robin McNeal (rm253)
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CHLIT 3307 Readings in Classical Chinese Literature

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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Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ding Xiang Warner (dxw2)
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CHLIT 4421 Directed Study

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

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CHLIT 4435 Chinese Buddhist Texts

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

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Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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CHLIT 6607 Readings in Classical Chinese Literature

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Ding Xiang Warner (dxw2)
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CHLIT 6621 Advanced Directed Reading

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

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HINDI 1101 Elementary Hindi I

Designed for students who are complete beginners in the Hindi language. Students  enter this course with no or very little prior knowledge in Hindi. The course aims to help students acquire competence in the four skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing)  of the Hindi language by utilizing tools of basic grammar, vocabulary, cultural points and other oral and written activities. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate in basic everyday Hindi, and perform all the hands-on tasks and functions necessary to survive in India and/or similar context.

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

This is an intermediate-level course in Hindi. Students' competence in all four language areas will become very strong and solid. This course will work on building up their confidence in describing complicated situations and ideas in the target language, improve their ability to read and write with better flow and accuracy, and increase their listening comprehension to more detailed and complicated materials.

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

Throughout this course sequence all aspects of language learning are practiced; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Video materials are used and the emphasis is on the conversational aspect of the language.

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

Selected readings in modern Hindi literature. Continued work on fluency in speaking Hindi on an advanced level. There will be a combination of different reading materials from literature, journals, newspapers, and many social, entertainment, and political magazines in Hindi. Discussions will be based on those readings and articles, hence giving opportunities to express views and opinions in a fluent and effective manner.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sujata Singh (ss596)
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INDO 1100 Elements of Indonesian Language and Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jolanda Pandin (jmp244)
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INDO 1121 Elementary Indonesian I

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gives a thorough grounding in all four language skills-speaking, listening, reading, and writing-at the beginning level. The lecture provides explanation, analysis, and cultural background. Sections are conducted entirely in Japanese.

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

This course provides widely applicable language proficiency as an integrated Japanese course, which develops all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) at the post-elementary level.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Misako Chapman (mc698)
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JAPAN 3301 Continuing Intermediate Japanese I

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Misako Suzuki (ms449)
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JAPAN 4401 Advanced Japanese I

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sahoko Ichikawa (si24)
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JAPAN 4410 History of the Japanese Language

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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Academic Career: UG Instructor: John Whitman (jbw2)
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JPLIT 6625 Directed Readings

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

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JPLIT 6627 Advanced Directed Readings

Guided independent study for graduate students.

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KHMER 1100 Elements of Khmer Language and Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KHMER 1121 Elementary Khmer I

Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KHMER 1122 Elementary Khmer II

Gives a thorough grounding in speaking and reading.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KHMER 2201 Intermediate Khmer I

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KHMER 2202 Intermediate Khmer II

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KHMER 3301 Advanced Khmer I

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KHMER 3302 Advanced Khmer II

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Khmer; emphasis on enlarging vocabulary, increasing reading speed, and reading various genres and styles of prose.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hannah Phan (hp23)
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KOREA 1101 Elementary Korean I

Designed for students with no or very little knowledge of Korean in order to acquire the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) of the Korean language and to become familiar with its culture. Students will learn the Korean writing system and basic survival language skills. Basic knowledge of Korean grammar, vocabulary, expressions and cultural points will be given during the lecture. Students will then have an opportunity to practice the learned knowledge in sections. By the end of the semester, students will be able to exchange in simple conversations with native Koreans about the subjects that are familiar to them: introducing oneself, describing events or objects, asking and giving directions to and from a certain place, talking about plans in the near future, etc.

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

Designed for Korean heritage students who already have some level of speaking and listening competence in Korean, but have limited linguistic proficiency of reading and writing. The course first introduces basic conversational and grammatical structures and idiomatic expressions. It will then focus on speaking, reading and writing skills through short stories, essays and Korean folktales. Students will be able to create a dialogue regarding topics such as greetings, leave-taking, campus life, Korean language class, daily life, and life in Seoul.

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

Designed for intermediate learners of Korean. Students will achieve a higher level of communicative competence through practicing the target language in a wide range of speech events. Specifically, students will compare and contrast cultural differences, describe their own experiences and events, discuss opinions on various topics and participate in speech events. Students will command a lengthy discourse regarding various topics such as weather, fashion, travel, public transportation, shopping and life in Korea.

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

Designed for the Korean heritage students who can understand and speak Korean, but especially need to refine their reading and writing skills. Students will acquire concrete knowledge of grammar to use in everyday conversation, will be able to read passages faster, and will minimize their spelling errors in writing, through frequent discussion and composition about Korean culture, society and history. They will become confident in reading 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.

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

Designed for high intermediate learners of Korean. It aims to help students achieve high levels of language proficiency by introducing a wide range of authentic reading materials. The course provides students with reading materials from writings in various genres and styles such as newspaper editorials, columns, essays, short stories, and other literary writings. Students will discuss various aspects of Korean culture and society and begin to write an essay and reaction papers.

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

Designed for students who have completed the intermediate level of Korean, to acquire advanced language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through Content-Based Instruction and 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 various topics on Korean society. In the second half of the semester, students will watch various Korean TV documentary programs and a series of Korean medical drama for academic discussions and compositions in depth.

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

Intended for beginners. The emphasis is on basic grammar, speaking, and comprehension skills, using culturally appropriate materials and texts. Devanagari script for reading and writing is also introduced.

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

Intermediate instruction in spoken grammar and verbal comprehension skills, with special attention to developing technical vocabularies and other verbal skills appropriate to students' professional fields.

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

Systematic review of written grammar and reading comprehension, with special attention to the technical vocabularies, necessary writing skills, and published materials typical of advanced students' professional fields.

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hom Acharya (hpa8)
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PALI 4450 Readings in Pali

Readings in Pali selected in relation to student and instructor interests. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics and readings.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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PUNJB 1121 Elementary Punjabi I

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

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PUNJB 2201 Intermediate Punjabi I

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

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SANSK 1131 Elementary Sanskrit I

An introduction to the essentials of Sanskrit grammar. Designed to enable the student to read classical and epic Sanskrit as soon as possible.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Patrick Cummins (ptc46)
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SANSK 2251 Intermediate Sanskrit I

Review of grammar and reading of selections from Sanskrit epic poetry and narrative prose.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Todd Clary (tcc24)
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SANSK 3301 Advanced Sanskrit I

Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.

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

This course will introduce the basic Sinhala language elements and elements of Sri Lankan culture for those who are interested in the field of language and culture. Also for those planning to travel to Sri Lanka, heritage students, etc.

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

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

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

This course further develops student competence in colloquial Sinhala, attending to all the language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In addition, this course prepares students for the transition to literary Sinhala.

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

This one-semester course provides an introduction to the distinctive grammatical forms and vocabulary used in Literary Sinhala. While focused particularly on the development of reading skills, the course also introduces students to Literary Sinhala composition, and builds students' listening comprehension of semi-literary Sinhala forms (such as those used in radio and TV news).

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

This one-semester course further develops students' comprehension of written Literary Sinhala, using sample materials from a variety of genres prepared by the instructor, as well as excerpts from texts relevant to graduate student research (when appropriate).

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

The course will introduce very basic functional uses of Tagalog/Filipino language and elements of Filipino culture to interested students like heritage learners and those who are planning to travel briefly to the Philippines to participate in a short project or study abroad program in the country.

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

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

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Sunshine Blanco (sgb224)
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TAG 3301 Advanced Tagalog/Filipino I

Continuing instruction on conversational skills but with emphasis on reading and writing. Selected core readings in contemporary Tagalog literature are used, but students, in consultation with the instructor, may select some of the reading materials.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Maria Theresa Savella (mts12)
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TAMIL 1100 Elements of Tamil Language and Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Anirudh Murali Narayanan (am3246)
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TAMIL 2201 Intermediate Tamil I

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

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TAMIL 4431 Directed Study
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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THAI 1100 Elements of Thai Language and Culture

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ngampit Jagacinski (nj13)
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THAI 1121 Elementary Thai I

This beginning level course provides a solid grounding in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension.  The aim is to enable learners to think in Thai and learn to converse and "get around" in certain basic situations in daily life.

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ngampit Jagacinski (nj13)
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THAI 2203 Intermediate Thai Composition and Conversation I

Develops conversational skill along with reading and writing skills at a High Intermediate level.

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

Develops advanced speaking skill with emphasis on selected readings in Thai from various fields, for example, History, Anthropology, Government, Economics, Agriculture, as well as other professional schools.  The readings are supplemented with visual materials such as video clips and films.

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

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

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

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

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TIBET 1121 Elementary Classical Tibetan I

Introduces students to the grammar of Classical Literary Tibetan as found in Indian treatises translated from Sanskrit into Tibetan, as well as indigenous Tibetan philosophical works. The course progresses through a sequence of the basic rudiments of the language, including an introduction to the script and its romanization, pronunciation (central Lhasan dialect), normative dictionary order, and the basic categories of grammar. Following these preliminaries, students proceed to guided readings in Tibetan literature designed to introduce them to the formal approach of Tibetan lexical semantics with an emphasis on the role of verbs in determining argument realization options. Over the duration of the course, students encounter new vocabulary (and associated Buddhist concept hierarchies) and increasingly complex sentence structures. This course thus provides a solid foundation for the later exploration of other genres of literature and styles of composition.

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TIBET 2201 Intermediate Classical Tibetan I

This two-semester class is designed to assist students who already have the equivalent of at least two-years of Tibetan language study. The course is intended to build on this foundation so that students gain greater proficiency in reading a variety of classical Tibetan writing styles and genres, including (especially in the second semester) texts relevant to their research.

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TIBET 2211 Intermediate Modern Tibetan I

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

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TIBET 3311 Advanced Modern Tibetan I

For those whose knowledge is equivalent to a student who has completed the second-year course. The course develops students' reading comprehension skills through reading selected modern Tibetan literature. Tibetan is used as the medium of instruction and interaction to develop oral fluency and proficiency.

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URDU 2225 Intermediate Urdu Reading and Writing I

This course is designed to develop competence in Urdu reading and writing for students with a first-year knowledge of Hindi and knowledge of Urdu script. The goal of this course is to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Urdu. By the end of the course, students will have the ability to read articles, write short stories and translate Urdu writings. May be taken concurrently with Intermediate Hindi.

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

Designed for those students who have either taken Intermediate Urdu or are at the same level of competency in reading and writing skills. The goals of this class are to improve Urdu literary reading and writing abilities, primarily through reading various forms of Urdu prose. In addition, students learn about various genres of Urdu poetry and watch video clips and lectures that enhance listening and speaking abilities as well as the understanding and appreciation of Urdu culture.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naaz Rizvi (nfr8)
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VIET 1100 Elements of Vietnamese Language and Culture

This course is designed for anyone wishing to gain some basic Vietnamese language skills and learn various elements of Vietnamese culture.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thuy Tranviet (tdt5)
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VIET 1121 Elementary Vietnamese I

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

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

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.

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

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese. Introduction to reading newspapers; the course emphasizes on enlarging vocabulary and increasing reading speed by reading various genres and styles of prose.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thuy Tranviet (tdt5)
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