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Asian Studies

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First Session, 2021

ARAB 203 Intermediate Arabic I (4)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, ARAB 102. Third semester of Arabic language instruction, comprising both Modern Standard Arabic and one spoken dialect. Coursework includes expanded grammar and vocabulary, and culturally relevant activities. This intensive class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:45. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 65 First-Year Seminar: Philosophy on Bamboo: Rethinking Early Chinese Thought (3)

ONLINE. This course will introduce students to the main works and themes in early Chinese thought from the earliest recorded writings down to the Qin unification in 221 BCE. This class will meet online via Zoom during its scheduled time (MTWRF 11:30-1), but will also offer alternatives for asynchronous learning to students unable to participate at the scheduled time. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 134 Modern East Asia (HIST 134) (PWAD 134) (3)

ONLINE. Comparative and interdisciplinary introduction to China and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on impact of the West, nation building, industrialization, and evolution of mass society.

ASIA 150 Asia: An Introduction (3)

MAYMESTER. ONLINE. The course introduces Asia’s historical, cultural, and political diversity by examining some of the global forces that have shaped Asian societies (e.g., colonialism, orientalism, and neoliberalism). This class will meet online via Zoom during its scheduled time (MTWRF 11:30-2:45), but will also offer alternatives for asynchronous learning to students unable to participate at the scheduled time. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 164 Music of South Asia (MUSC 164)(3)

ONLINE. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the music of South Asia, focusing on India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The entire spectrum of musical genres will be covered. This hybrid course will meet online via Zoom on Thursdays 6:00-8:35 pm; the rest of the instruction will be asynchronous. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 180 Introduction to Islamic Civilization (RELI 180)(3)

A broad, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary introduction to the traditional civilization of the Muslim world. Students may not receive credit for both RELI/ASIA 180 and HIST/ASIA 138. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

ASIA 277 The Conflict over Israel/Palestine (HIST 277) (PWAD 277) (3)

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. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 300 The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (RELI 283)(3)

ONLINE. Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture. REMOTE ONLY-ASYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Partnerships in Film, Literature, and Music (JWST 425)(PWAD 425)(3)

MAYMESTER. Focuses on the various collaborations, exchanges, and mutual enrichment between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture, particularly literature and cinema. These connections include language (Israeli Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), collaborating in filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives. IN-PERSON

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CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I (4)

ONLINE. Introduction to Mandarin Chinese, focusing on pronunciation, simple conversation, and basic grammar. Reading and writing Chinese characters are also taught. Writing Chinese characters is required. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 101 or CHIN 102 and CHIN 111. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 1:15-3:15, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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CHIN 203 Intermediate Chinese I (4)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, CHIN 102. Second-year level of modern standard Chinese. Writing Chinese characters is required. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 1:15-3:15, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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CHIN 255 Bandit or Hero: Outlawry in Chinese Literature and Films (3)

ONLINE. This course explores the idea of outlaws as hero in the 16th-century kung-fu novel Outlaws of the Marsh and its influence on modern kung-fu and gangster films. This is a completely asynchronous online course. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

CHIN 361 Chinese Traditional Theater (3)

ONLINE. This course introduces traditional Chinese theater from its earliest development to modern times by examining the interrelation of its elements–music, dance, poetry, and illustration–with performance footage, visual art, and dramatic texts. This is a completely asynchronous online course. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

HEBR 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew I (JWST 101)(3)

ONLINE. Introduces the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed. This intensive class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:00. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS

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JAPN 203 Intermediate Japanese I (4)

Prerequisite, JAPN 102. Emphasis on situational expressions, mastery of basic structures, and approximately 150 new kanji. Conversation practice, reading and writing of passages, and creative application expected. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:15, and will have a half hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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KOR 101 Elementary Korean I (4)

ONLINE. Introduction to the basics of modern Korean, including the pronunciation of spoken Korean, the writing system of Hangul, communication and reading skills in controlled contexts, and fundamentals of grammar. This intensive class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:45. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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Second Session 2021

ARAB 204 Intermediate Arabic II (4)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, ARAB 203. Fourth semester of Arabic language instruction, comprising both Modern Standard Arabic and one spoken dialect. Coursework includes expanded grammar and vocabulary, and culturally relevant activities. This intensive class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:45. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 228 Contested Souls: Literature, the Arts, and Religious Identity in Modern India (3)

ONLINE. An analysis of how historical interactions between Hinduism and Islam have inspired the creation of philosophies and great works of literature and art that continue to inform Indian society today. This hybrid course will meet online via Zoom on Mondays 3:15-5:50; the rest of the instruction will be asynchronous. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 240 Performance in Southeast Asia: Gongs, Punks, and Shadow Plays (MUSC 240) (3)

ONLINE. The study and comparison of contemporary Southeast Asian performance genres (music, theatre, dance, ritual) in historical and cultural contexts. This hybrid course will meet online via Zoom on Mondays 6:00-8:35 pm; the rest of the instruction will be asynchronous. REMOTE ONLY-MOSTLY ASYNCHRONOUS.

ASIA 300 The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (RELI 283)(3)

ONLINE. Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture. REMOTE ONLY-ALL ASYNCHRONOUS.

CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II (4)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, CHIN 101. Continued training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing on everyday topics. Writing Chinese characters is required. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 101 or CHIN 102 and CHIN 111. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 1:15-3:15, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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CHIN 204 Intermediate Chinese II (4)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, CHIN 203. Second-year level of modern standard Chinese. Writing Chinese characters is required. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 204 and CHIN 212. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 1:15-3:15, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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HEBR 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew II (JWST 102)(3)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, HEBR 101. Continued instruction in the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed. This intensive class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:00. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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JAPN 162 Japanese Popular Culture (4)

ONLINE. This course will examine how and why Tokyo emerged as a dominant locale in global mass culture. Students will be introduced to major figures and genres in Japanese pop culture. This class will meet online via Zoom during its scheduled time (MTR 6:00-8:35 pm), but will also offer alternatives for asynchronous learning to students unable to participate at the scheduled time. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

JAPN 204 Intermediate Japanese II (4)

Prerequisite, JAPN 203. Continued emphasis on situational expressions, mastery of basic structures, and approximately 150 to 200 new kanji. Conversation practice, reading and writing of passages, and creative application expected. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:15, and will have a half hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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KOR 102 Elementary Korean II (4)

ONLINE. Prerequisite, KOR 101. Develops speaking and listening skills for everyday communication, reading skills for simple narratives and descriptive texts, and understanding for core grammatical patterns. This intensive class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9:45-12:45. REMOTE ONLY-SYNCHRONOUS.

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