Asian Studies Course Descriptions

  Course Descriptions (Arranged in Numeral Order)

CHIN 1101: Basic Chinese I

CHIN 1102: Basic Chinese II

Introduction to the Chinese Mandarin language, focusing on the nature between language and Chinese culture. Emphasis on developing grammatical competence and communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese. Not open to native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. Six credits must be successfully completed to fulfill the three credit hours for General Education Disciplinary Requirement. Lab required.

Prerequisite: 0-2 yrs high school Chinese equivalent and permission of instructor. Not open to native speakers of Mandarin Chinese

 

CHIN 2101: Intermediate Chinese I

CHIN 2102: Intermediate Chinese II

Continuation of Basic Mandarin Chinese, focusing on the relation between language and Chinese culture. Emphasis on developing grammatical competence and communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six credits must be successfully completed to fulfill the three credit hours for General Education Disciplinary Requirement. Lab required.

Prerequisite: 1 yr college Chinese or equivalent and permission of instructor. 

 

PHIL 2203: Philosophies of Asia

Introduces students to philosophies of Asia through the study of philosophical and religious texts and key concepts. Provides understanding of influence of geographical, historical, and cultural particularities of Asia as alternatives to Western perspectives.

 

HIST 2471: History of East Asian Civilization to 1600 (3)

Survey of the major historical developments in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam, from earliest times to the seventeenth century.

 

HIST 2472: Modernization of China and Japan, 1600 to the Present (3)

The major developments in the recent history of China and Japan with particular reference to changes in institutions and values resulting from Western imperialism in East Asia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

 

REL 2700: Eastern Religions

The history and thought of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto; their role in the culture of India, China, Japan, and South East Asia; their impact on the West.

 

CHIN 3101: Advanced Chinese I

CHIN 3102: Advanced Chinese II

Continuation of Intermediate Mandarin Chinese, focusing on the relation between language and culture. Development of grammatical competence and communicative skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Six credits must be successfully completed to fulfill the three credit hours for General Education Disciplinary Requirement. Lab required. Prerequisite: 2 yr college Chinese or equivalent and permission of instructor.

 

CHIN 3110: Business Chinese

This course is designed for students who are interested in business studies concerning China. It offers systematic descriptions of Chinese language used in business discourse, its vocabulary, syntactic structures and pragmatic usages. This course introduces some typical business activities and business related social events in the Chinese business world. Besides business terms in modern Chinese, students will gain business related social-cultural awareness.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate status or permission of instructor.

 

FL 3216: Introduction to Chinese Civilization

A general survey of Chinese civilization, from antiquity to the present, with an examination of traditional Chinese society and thought from ancient times through imperial China, with an emphasis on the establishment of the empire, the flowering of Chinese culture, and the rich array of intellectual and social development that occurred during the middle and later empires, ending with the exploration of modern Chinese civilization after 1911.

Prerequisites: Undergraduate status or permission of instructor

 

FILM 3200: Cross-Cultural Film

International and multicultural contributions to the art of film examined through screenings and lectures.

 

ENG 3205: Literature of the East

Traditional and contemporary writings (epic, novel, poetry, short story, drama) from the Near and Far East examined for literary, aesthetic, and trans-cultural values.

 

FL 3216: Introduction to Chinese Civilization

A general survey of Chinese civilization, from antiquity to the present, with an examination of traditional Chinese society and thought from ancient times through imperial China, with an emphasis on the establishment of the empire, the flowering of Chinese culture, and the rich array of intellectual and social development that occurred during the middle and later empires, ending with the exploration of modern Chinese civilization after 1911. Prereq: UG status or permission of instructor

 

PS 3320: The Politics of the Middle East

A comparative study and analysis of the government and policies of the nations of the Levant with major focus on political development and change in the region; emphasis on institutions, leadership, and policy making.

 

PS 3330: Far Eastern Politics

A study of political culture, ideologies, political parties, constitutions, governmental institutions and policies in China, Japan, and Taiwan.

 

ENG 3365: Post-Colonial Literature

Examination of literatures and literary theories of colonialism and post colonialism, with an emphasis on narrative written in English.

 

HIST 3400: Diplomatic History of the Far East in the 19th and 20th Centuries (3)

A survey of the diplomatic relations and power politics of East Asia; the rise of the Japanese Empire as a world power, and its repercussions on China in particular.

Prerequisite: Six hours of history and/or political science or Permission of instructor.

 

HIST 3410: China in the 20th Century (3)

A study of Nationalist and Communist China with special emphasis upon the rise of nationalism and the issue of modernization.
Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

 

PS 3430: International Terrorism

An examination of the evolution of political violence and the strategies of contemporary terrorism by international and transnational revolutionary groups. A critical analysis of the social, political, economic and legal ramifications on society and governments resulting from international terrorist activities.

 

PS 3450: Conduct of US Foreign Policy

A study of political and administrative institutions and processes involved in foreign policy making. The development of foreign policy. How political and administrative organizations respond to change. The substance of modern foreign policy questions.

 

PS 3470: The Politics of International Economic Relations

Description and analysis of the reciprocal and dynamic interaction in international relations of the pursuit of wealth and the pursuit of power. A discussion of the role of the United States in the management of post World War II international relations, the emergence of Japan as a superpower, and the developing world’s question for a new international economic order.

 

COMM 3530: Communication Across Cultures

Exploration of theories and methods of communication competence and communication effectiveness in intercultural situations.

 

MED 3545: Multicultural Programming

The study of broadcast media systems in the United States and the practices of network, cable, and local stations, to meet the needs of local diverse communities.

 

FL 3550: Chinese Literature in Translation I

Broad overview of the literature and civilization of traditional China.  Introduction to major work by Chinese writers and of the Chinese cultural context. Understanding of  literary theory in general. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Prerequisite: None

 

FL 3551: Chinese Literature in Translation II

Introduction to the history, themes and forms of Chinese literature from the sixteenth century to the late twentieth century. Inclusion of the most representative works and a number of different ways to approach literary texts critically. Knowledge of Chinese is not required. Prerequisite: None

 

FL3556: Chinese Popular Culture and Films

This course provides students with a broad overview of the development of cinemas from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong by introducing them to major works by Chinese directors and of the Chinese cultural context. Knowledge of Chinese not required.

 

MED 3610: International Comparative Media

A comparative study of broadcast media systems around the world. Students will learn about broadcasting in selected countries and how international media affect and are affected by the relationship between the media and local culture.

 

MED 3620: International News

The study of international news and international news organizations and services.

 

ENG 3725: Ethnic American Literature

Study of African, Asian/Pacific, Hispanic, Native American, and other ethnic American literature.

 

ENG 3750: Writers of the Asian Diaspora

Examination of Asian fiction (including cinematic literature) in the west, particularly in the U.S., with an emphasis on the concepts of diaspora, colonial histories, border identities, and cultural and ethnic representations.

 

AH 3750: The Arts of China

The art of China from Neolithic time to the Ch’ing Dynasty.

 

AH 3751: The Arts of Japan

The art of Japan from prehistoric times to the end of the Edo Period with emphasis on painting, sculpture and architecture.

 

AH 3720: The Arts of India

The art and culture of India including Buddhist art, Moslem art, Hindu art and art of Southeast Asia.

 

ID 4100: China During the Age of Confucius

Ancient China from late Neolithic early imperial times with special emphasis on the Eastern Chou period (770-221 B.C.) An interdisciplinary approach to the history, geography, art, written tradition and archeology of China in this early period of its development.


HIST 4000: Empires of the Nomads: The History of Central Asia (3)

An introductory study of the history and civilization of Central Asia and their impact on the neighboring areas, with special emphasis on the Mongol empire created by Genghis Khan.

Prerequisite: Six hours of history of Permission of instructor.


HIST 4410: The Rise of Modern Japan, 1600-Present (3)

Focus on Japan’s transition to modernity and its rise to world power status in the twentieth century.

Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

 

HIST 4430: Genocide in Asian History (3)

Exploration of the contested notion of genocide through selected examples of mass death in Asian history. Examination of the events and there impact of perpetrators, victims, and bystanders. Discussion of history and memory, commemoration, reparations and restitution, especially in the context of law and notions of universal rights. 

Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

 

FILM 4800: Chinese Film

The class will present an overview of media (particularly radio and television) in Chinese culture, which will prepare students for sampling and appreciating Chinese media while on tour in March. The focus of the course is the tour experience so assignments and meetings are designed to support the actual travel adventure. 

 

HIST 4842: The Asian Woman (3)

The history of women's involvement in politics, economics, and society in Asia. Special attention to women in China and India in the traditional and modern periods. The evolution of the female's position during the process of modernization.

Prerequisite: Six hours of history or Permission of instructor.

DIRECTOR: DR. XURONG KONG

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