Courses - Fall 2020

ASIAN 1104 FWS: Writing about Buddhism and Ecology

In this course, we explore contemporary Buddhist responses to major ecological crises of our day: mass extinction, climate change, plastic pollution, industrial agriculture and GMO foods, habitat loss, deforestation, and human displacement with ecological degradation as a root cause. Our readings and class discussions develop our understanding of the diversity of Buddhist responses to the contemporary ecological crisis. We explore cases in Japan, Tibet, Thailand and the USA and Canada. Writing assignments develop skills responding to films, interviews, personal experiences in field trips and reading of academic and devotional literature. The class includes two field trips and interviews with Buddhist thinkers and environmental activists motivated by Buddhist ideas. Our focus will be on learning to use short writing assignments to cogently express and document Buddhist perspectives on ecological problems as presented by Buddhist thinkers, leaders and activists. All writing will be incorporated into a semester long portfolio.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jane-Marie Law (jml16)
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ASIAN 1105 FWS: The Autobiographical Tradition in China

How is the self perceived in relation to the world in Chinese literary tradition? This course examines a wide variety of autobiographical writings in China by inquiring into the tension between past and present, history and memory, public and private, and individual and family, and focusing on the ways in which the reconstruction of self has been deeply related to its cultural, social, and political conditions. The readings are the most popular and influential Chinese texts in English translation, covering the period from the 2nd century to the contemporary period. Writing assignments include self-narratives and a series of reflective and analytical pieces, with an emphasis on revision practices.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Suyoung Son (ss994)
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ASIAN 1111 FWS: Literature, Culture, Religion

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Manasicha Akepiyapornchai (ma886)
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ASIAN 2208 Introduction to Southeast Asia

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

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Chiara Formichi (cf398)
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ASIAN 2222 The World of Modern Japan

In 1868, samurai revolutionaries and their allies seized the reins of power and established a new capital they called Tokyo.  Against all odds, this fragile regime survived and made Tokyo a center of power that would transform both Japan and the world.  This survey of Japanese history explores the rise and fall of Japan as a modern imperial power; its foreign relations; its economic and scientific development from "feudalism" to futuristic technologies; and Japan's many modern revolutions, from the rule of the samurai to Westernization and democracy, from democratic collapse to fascism and World War II, and from Japan's postwar rebirth to the present.  We will examine not only big events but also everyday life, including gender and sexuality, family and schools, and art and popular culture.

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

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

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Christopher Miller (cjm299)
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ASIAN 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, ALC-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Campana (ac2794)
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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, GLC-AS, HST-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. Inquries 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, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tj Hinrichs (th289)
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ASIAN 2273 Religion and Ecological Sustainability

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, ETM-AS, GLC-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, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thomas Travers (trt5)
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ASIAN 2277 Meditation in Indian Culture

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Gold (drg4)
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ASIAN 2288 Introduction to the Arts of China

This course offers a survey of the art and culture of China from the Neolithic period to the twenty-first century to students who have no previous background in Chinese studies. The course begins with an inquiry into the meaning of national boundaries and the controversial definition of the Han Chinese people, which will help us understand and define the scope of Chinese culture. Pre-dynastic (or prehistoric) Chinese culture will be presented based both on legends about the origins of the Chinese and on scientifically excavated artifacts. Art of the dynastic periods will be presented in light of contemporaneous social, political, geographical, philosophical and religious contexts. This course emphasizes hands-on experience using the Chinese art collection at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art for teaching and assignments. In addition to regular sections conducted in the museum, students are strongly encouraged to visit the museum often to appreciate and study artworks directly.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: 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, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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ASIAN 3309 Temple in the World: Buddhism in Contemporary South and Southeast Asia

How do Buddhists live out their philosophies and ethics? What are the spaces of ritual, devotion, meditation, education, and politics? How do Buddhist practices and affiliations satisfy aesthetic and emotional needs and build social networks? This course explores the unfolding of Buddhist life in contemporary South and Southeast Asia, in locations such as Burma/Myanmar, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. 

Distribution: (CA-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 3311 Performing Islam in Southeast Asia

What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the global Muslim population, to explore how centuries of cultural mixing and layering have shaped the regions' religious outlook. How are local traditions and universal Islamic precepts reconciled? How is this manifested in the performative arts and rituals? How does Islam play out in governance and the law? How is Islam deployed in the transnational sphere? Previous knowledge of Islam is an advantage, but not a requisite to succeed in this course. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Islam as a religious system as well as a historical phenomenon throughout the course.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, GLC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Chiara Formichi (cf398)
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ASIAN 3312 What was the Vietnam War?

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

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Keith Taylor (kwt3)
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ASIAN 3313 South Asian Poetry and Narrative: From Ghazals to Film

This course covers the major literary movements in the literary landscape of the region such as the Progressive Writer's movement and regional modernisms. It also explores the impact of British colonialism on the culture and the politics of South Asia. The course encourages thinking across boundaries of literatures, cultures, and histories. This course covers a range of topics and diverse genres: from Ghazal, a prominent poetic expression, to fictional representation of the two partitions (1947 and 1971) and its aftermath to theatrical retelling of the Indian mythology.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
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ASIAN 3314 Korean Literature and Performance: From P'ansori to K-Pop

This course examines Korean literature and performance traditions from the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) to the present. Through hands-on performance workshops, the course enables students to experience how Korean epic and lyric traditions were performed in the past and how they continue to flourish in the present across various media, including recorded music, written texts, and film. We will examine how Korean literature and performance traditions have transformed over time, with attention given to how these traditions speak to local and global audiences following the Korean Wave. The course concludes with recent developments in Korean popular music, including K-pop bands and K-hip-hop. Readings for the course will be in English or in English translation and no prior knowledge of Korean culture is necessary.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ivanna Yi (isy4)
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ASIAN 3315 Game Studies and Japan

Video games have become one of the major cultural forces of the world, far surpassing the size of the film and music industries combined. They have also been key to developments in digital culture and technology, with the full extent of their impact on contemporary society only beginning to be understood. For much of the history of digital games, the vast majority of popular works have come from Japan—Nintendo, Sony, Sega, Capcom, Namco, and other companies have defined the medium as we know it—yet this remains largely not reflected in the growing discipline of game studies. In this course, we will explore key works from throughout game history and game studies in relation to culture and media in Japan, through experiments in writing, gameplay, and other forms of critical media practice.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andrew Campana (ac2794)
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ASIAN 3388 Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures

For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been paid to how to conceptualize gender and race/ethnicity; how to analyze the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and class essentialism (some call it "class racism"), and how to understand the relationships of these topics to the broader contexts of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. This course is designed to offer a series of discussions about the following problems: (1) the historically specific modes of sexism and racism in social spaces related to Japan and other places in the trans-Pacific; (2) the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and social class in various contexts including those of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; (3) the roles of gender, race, and social class in the United States' knowledge production about East Asia in general; and (4) the conceptions of gender and race in the social formations particular to East Asia. The assigned readings include both English and Japanese materials. However, those who register in ASIAN 3388 are exempt from reading the materials in Japanese.

Distribution: (CA-AS, GLC-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naoki Sakai (ns32)
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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: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 4402 Asian Studies Honors: Senior Essay

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 4403 Supervised Reading

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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ASIAN 4405 Market and Material Life in Early Modern China

The development of market economy in early modern China (roughly from the late sixteenth to the nineteenth century) not only challenged the ideals of traditional Confucian economic order but also gave rise to heated debates about redefining the meanings of mercantile activity, morality, social identity, and gender norms. In this course, we focus on material life flourished in early modern society and explore the meaning attached to it. By situating the shifting meaning of things in the historical context, this course will first examine the theoretical foundation to understand the early modern market economy and its impact on moral, social, and political order, and moves into the exploration of the specific issues regarding anthropological life of things, things as distinction, fake and authenticity, artisanal labor and ownership, cultures of collecting, and cross-cultural connections through things.

Distribution: (HA-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Suyoung Son (ss994)
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ASIAN 4429 Vitality and Power in China

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.

Distribution: (HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tj Hinrichs (th289)
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ASIAN 4430 Structure of Korean

Intensive examination of the syntax and phonology of a non-Indo-European language with the objective of testing principles of current linguistic theory.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: John Whitman (jbw2)
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ASIAN 4436 Topics in Indian Film

Although the syllabus changes from year to year—emphasizing different themes—all films are discussed in relation to the conventions of mainstream Bollywood cinema and their social and cultural significance at different moments of Indian modernity. Topics that regularly recur include gender issues, religious differences, contrasts between the urban and the rural, and the ways in which class and caste issues are portrayed or elided.   Each week a film must be viewed outside class and several readings studied to prepare for class discussion; each student, moreover, will also be required to give an in-class presentation on a specific film that complements the main film for the week. Weekly response papers are required as well as some longer written work.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Gold (drg4)
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ASIAN 4448 China, Tibet and Xinjiang

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

Distribution: (HA-AS, GLC-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Allen Carlson (arc26)
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ASIAN 4449 History, Theory, and Methods in the Academic Study of Religion

This seminar will explore the development of and variety in the academic discipline of Religious Studies. We will consider the emergence of secular approaches to the study of religion arising out of the European Enlightenment, and more particularly, the methods in the academic study of religion based upon different theoretical approaches. We will be particularly concerned to reflect upon the category of religious experience in modern discourses from historical, social, hermeneutical, neurobiological points of view. 

Distribution: (KCM-AS, GLC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Boucher (djb38)
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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, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: An-Yi Pan (ap76)
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ASIAN 4481 Translation and Cultural Difference

Problems concerning translation are explored. Although there are many different models of translation, we tend to be confined to the unilateral regime of translation, that is, the very narrow and historically specific mode of translation as a transnational transfer of significance between two national or ethnic languages. This course will survey theories of translation with special emphasis on relationships between trans-national translation and transnational transference. Translation establishes a division of two spheres and thereby marks the limit of what can be expressed in one medium. Broadly understood, translation can take place not only between two national languages but also at a variety of boundaries within a single society. We will investigate different economies of translation by which different social and cultural identities are constructed, emphasizing the disappearance of multi-lingualism in the modern nation-state and the mutation of translation tropics which has given rise to new ways of imagining the organicist unity of the society. Historical transformation of translation accompanying the genesis of linguistic and cultural identity will be examined in reference to historical materials. Furthermore, the course will explore the broader conception of translation in terms of which to critically understand communication as the ideology of Capital.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Naoki Sakai (ns32)
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ASIAN 4482 Building Religion

This experimental seminar examines religious artisans and designers as central contributors to the religious worlds they help create. Reading across religious traditions and time periods, we will learn how devout people forming things with their hands simultaneously informs ethical systems, aesthetic regimes, and ways of accessing the divine. Members of this seminar will also explore artmaking as a mode of academic inquiry though a series of integrated artmaking workshops on the fundamentals of drawing and composition. Developing new hand-based skills while learning about religious makers will provide new insights into the world of material religion as lived phenomenon. For additional information visit the Society for the Humanities website.

Distribution: (LA-AS, ALC-AS)
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ASIAN 4487 Threads of Consequence: Textiles in South and Southeast Asia

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.

Distribution: (CA-AS, ALC-AS, HST-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kaja McGowan (kmm22)
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ASIAN 6605 Market and Material Life in Early Modern China

The development of market economy in early modern China (roughly from the late sixteenth to the nineteenth century) not only challenged the ideals of traditional Confucian economic order but also gave rise to heated debates about redefining the meanings of mercantile activity, morality, social identity, and gender norms. In this course, we focus on material life flourished in early modern society and explore the meaning attached to it. By situating the shifting meaning of things in the historical context, this course will first examine the theoretical foundation to understand the early modern market economy and its impact on moral, social, and political order, and moves into the exploration of the specific issues regarding anthropological life of things, things as distinction, fake and authenticity, artisanal labor and ownership, cultures of collecting, and cross-cultural connections through things. 

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Suyoung Son (ss994)
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ASIAN 6611 Performing Islam in Southeast Asia

What role does Islam take in the politics, history, arts and rituals of Southeast Asia? Structured as a seminar, this course takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia, home to almost a quarter of the global Muslim population, to explore how centuries of cultural mixing and layering have shaped the regions' religious outlook. How are local traditions and universal Islamic precepts reconciled? How is this manifested in the performative arts and rituals? How does Islam play out in governance and the law? How is Islam deployed in the transnational sphere? Previous knowledge of Islam is an advantage, but not a requisite to succeed in this course. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Islam as a religious system as well as a historical phenomenon throughout the course.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Chiara Formichi (cf398)
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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 6614 Korean Literature and Performance: From P'ansori to K-Pop

This course examines Korean literature and performance traditions from the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) to the present. Through hands-on performance workshops, the course enables students to experience how Korean epic and lyric traditions were performed in the past and how they continue to flourish in the present across various media, including recorded music, written texts, and film. We will examine how Korean literature and performance traditions have transformed over time, with attention given to how these traditions speak to local and global audiences following the Korean Wave. The course concludes with recent developments in Korean popular music, including K-pop bands and K-hip-hop. Readings for the course will be in English or in English translation and no prior knowledge of Korean culture is necessary.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Ivanna Yi (isy4)
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ASIAN 6644 Threads of Consequence: Textiles in South and Southeast Asia

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.

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 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 6682 Building Religion

This experimental seminar examines religious artisans and designers as central contributors to the religious worlds they help create. Reading across religious traditions and time periods, we will learn how devout people forming things with their hands simultaneously informs ethical systems, aesthetic regimes, and ways of accessing the divine. Members of this seminar will also explore artmaking as a mode of academic inquiry though a series of integrated artmaking workshops on the fundamentals of drawing and composition. Developing new hand-based skills while learning about religious makers will provide new insights into the world of material religion as lived phenomenon. For additional information visit the Society for the Humanities website.

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ASIAN 6688 Theorizing Gender and Race in Asian Histories and Literatures

For a long time area studies have overlooked the over-determined links of gender, race/ethnicity, and social class in fields related to East Asia and the trans-Pacific regions. Little attention has been paid to how to conceptualize gender and race/ethnicity; how to analyze the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and class essentialism (some call it "class racism"), and how to understand the relationships of these topics to the broader contexts of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism. This course is designed to offer a series of discussions about the following problems: (1) the historically specific modes of sexism and racism in social spaces related to Japan and other places in the trans-Pacific; (2) the mutual implication of sexism, racism, and social class in various contexts including those of colonialism, imperialism, and nationalism; (3) the roles of gender, race, and social class in the United States' knowledge production about East Asia in general; and (4) the conceptions of gender and race in the social formations particular to East Asia. The assigned readings include both English and Japanese materials. However, those who register in ASIAN 3388 are exempt from reading the materials in Japanese.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Naoki Sakai (ns32)
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ASIAN 7703 Directed Research

Guided independent study for graduate students.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anne Blackburn (amb242)
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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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BURM 3309 Advanced Reading in Burmese (Myanmar) I

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

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.

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Yufen Mehta (yl43)
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CHIN 3309 Business Chinese in Global 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.

Distribution: (GLC-AS)
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. To address 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 history, present, and future of China and its role in the global economy.

Distribution: (GLC-AS)
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 Global 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. To address 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 history, present, and future of China and its role 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, ALC-AS)
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 6608 Formation, Transformation, and Reception of Chinese Literary Canon

This is a seminar designed for pre-A-exam level graduate students who intend to pursue advanced study in pre-modern Chinse literature, history, and culture. It aims to engage students in exploration of critical theories, approaches and methodologies in such fields as literary criticism, cultural study, history of the book, and history of reading for the study of Chinese literary history, guided by the central question about the formation, transformation, and reception of ancient China's literary canon through the centuries, including in contemporary times. Students will be encouraged to probe such questions as how historical contexts in a given epoch—political, social, cultural as well as economic—conditioned the vicissitudes of the stature of particular works, authors, and genres, not only within a particular historical moment but in the narrative of Chinese literary history that subsequent generations came to construe. Its goal is to equip students with knowledge and skills that are essential for conducting research in the history of classical Chinese literature as well as to take up the larger questions of goals and methods. Students will examine prevalent practices and trends that characterize scholarship on literary history in general and Chinese literary history in particular, as well as assess the future directions and opportunities for scholarship in the field. Reading knowledge of modern and classical Chinese is required.

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. Cultural information will be taught in English. The language component will be taught in Indonesian. Through assigned recordings in Canvas 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 High Intermediate Japanese I

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: 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 4421 Special Topics

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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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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KOREA 1101 Elementary Korean I

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

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

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

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

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

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

Designed for the Korean heritage students who can understand and speak Korean, but especially need to refine their reading and writing skills. Students will acquire concrete knowledge of grammar to use in everyday conversation, will be able to read passages faster, and will minimize their spelling errors in writing, through frequent discussion and composition about Korean culture, society and history. They will become confident in reading paragraph-length readings in Korean, be able to write their reflections on the passages that they have read, and speak with ease when participating in the classroom discussions. Various projects will enhance students' overall linguistic and cultural competence.

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

Designed for high intermediate learners of Korean. It aims to help students achieve high levels of language proficiency by introducing a wide range of authentic reading materials. The course provides students with reading materials from writings in various genres and styles such as newspaper editorials, columns, essays, short stories, and other literary writings. Students will discuss and write an essay on topics regarding living in Korea, popular Korean food, dating culture in Korea, tour sites and regional products, Korean wave, address terms and interpersonal relations, and famous Korean people.

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

Designed for students who have completed the intermediate level of Korean, to acquire advanced language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) through Content-Based Instruction and Project-Based Language Learning. Students will gain profound knowledge in various fields on Korea through discussion and composition: Current issues in Korean society, Korean people's thoughts and mind, tradition, history and culture. 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. Students will gain confidence in the academic level of discussions and compositions.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Meejeong Song (ms296)
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KOREA 4430 Structure of Korean

Intensive examination of the syntax and phonology of a non-Indo-European language with the objective of testing principles of current linguistic theory.

Distribution: (KCM-AS, ETM-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: John Whitman (jbw2)
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NEPAL 1100 Elements of Nepali Language and Culture

The course will introduce basic Nepali language and elements of Nepalese culture to anyone who is interested in the subject matter, e.g. those planning to travel to Nepal, those having a desire to know about Nepalese culture, or those having the goal to excel in Nepalese language skills in the future.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Hom Acharya (hpa8)
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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 1102 Elementary Nepali II

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 2202 Intermediate Nepali Conversation II

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 2204 Intermediate Nepali Composition II

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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NEPAL 3302 Advanced Nepali II

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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SANSK 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: Todd Clary (tcc24)
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SANSK 2251 Intermediate Sanskrit I

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Patrick Cummins (ptc46)
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SANSK 3301 Advanced Sanskrit I

Selected readings in Sanskrit literary and philosophical texts.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Daniel Gold (drg4)
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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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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 class 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: Daniel Bass (dmb46)
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TAMIL 1121 Elementary Tamil I

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.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Angelika Kraemer (ak2573)
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TAMIL 4431 Directed Study
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bandara Herath (mph82)
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THAI 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continuing instruction in spoken and written Vietnamese.

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

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

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Thuy Tranviet (tdt5)
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