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113 New West, CB# 3267

 

FIRST SESSION, 2013

ARAB 101 Elementary Arabic I (4). Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, including the Arabic script, basic grammar, and vocabulary, and developing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Intensive course.  Five days a week. Includes required recitation section.  Offered as part of the Arabic immersion program

ARAB 150 Introduction to Arab Cultures (3). Introduction to the cultures of the Arab world and of the Arabs in diasporas: art, literature, film, music, dance, food, history, religion, folklore, etc. Can be taken alone or as part of the Arabic immersion program

ARAB 203 Intermediate Arabic I (4). Prerequisite, ARAB 102 or departmental placement. A proficiency-based course centered on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Modern Standard Arabic with an emphasis on understanding the application of grammatical structures and vocabulary development.  Intensive course.  Five days a week. Includes required recitation section.  Offered as part of the Arabic immersion program

ASIA 277 The conflict over Israel/Palestine (HIST 277, PWAD 277) (3). MAYMESTER.  Explores the conflict over Palestine during the last 100 years. Surveys the development of competing nationalisms, the contest for resources and political control that led to the partition of the region, the war that established a Jewish state, and the subsequent struggles between conflicting groups for land and independence.

ASIA 300 The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (RELI 283) (3). MAYMESTER. Historical inquiry into the development of Buddhism.

ASIA 333 The Mahabharata: Remembered, Reimagined, Performed (3). This course offers an introduction to the Sanskrit Mahabharata as well as modern retelling recasting of the epic in contemporary literature, film, and folk productions of India. Online course

CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I (4). Introduction to Mandarin Chinese, focusing on pronunciation, simple conversation, and basic grammar. Reading and writing Chinese characters are also taught. Intensive course.  Five days a week; two hours of lecture and one hour of recitation each day.  Offered as part of the Chinese immersion program

CHIN 150 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3). A course designed to introduce students to the Chinese world of past and present. Chinese civilization is explored from a variety of perspectives: political, social, cultural, intellectual, and economic.  Can be taken alone or as part of the Chinese immersion program

CHIN 464 The City in Modern Chinese Literature and Film (3). MAYMESTER. This course analyzes historical changes of the city through examining the individual, national, and global identity of Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong as reflected in their histories, politics, built environment, ethos, language, and culture.

 

SECOND SESSION, 2013

ARAB 102 Elementary Arabic II (4). Prerequisite, ARAB 101 or departmental placement. Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, including the Arabic script, basic grammar, and vocabulary, and developing skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Intensive course.  Three hours per day, five days a week.

ARAB 204 Intermediate Arabic II (4). Prerequisite, ARAB 203 or departmental placement. A proficiency based course centered on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Modern Standard Arabic with an emphasis on understanding the application of grammatical structures and vocabulary development. Intensive course.  Three hours per day, five days a week.

ASIA 133 Introduction to Chinese History (HIST 133) (3). Chinese history from its beginnings to the present, organized around the central theme of how the identity of China and “Chineseness” was created.

ASIA 331 Cracking India: Partition and Its Legacy in South Asia (3). What happened when the British carved Pakistan out of the Muslim-dominated corners of India? Readings and films focus on the causes and consequences of this event, the Partition of India. Late afternoon.

CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II (4). Prerequisite, CHIN 101 or departmental placement. Continued training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing on everyday topics. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days a week.