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Asian Studies

113 New West, CB# 3267
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First Session, 2022

ARAB 203 Intermediate Arabic I (4)

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. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per 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 150 Asia: An Introduction (3)

MAYMESTER. 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).

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.

ASIA 235 Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity (JWST 235) (PWAD 235) (3)

MAYMESTER. The course explores major periods and trends in Israeli cinema. Focus is given to issues pertaining to gender, ethnicity, and the construction of national identity.

AISA 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.

CHIN 111 Elementary Written Chinese (3)

For students who already understand and speak some Chinese; entry to this course is by placement only. The course focuses on reading and writing. Writing Chinese characters is required. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 101 or CHIN 102 and CHIN 111.

CHIN 203 Intermediate Chinese I (4)

Prerequisite, CHIN 102. Second-year level of modern standard Chinese. Writing Chinese characters is required. Intensive course. Two hours per day, five days per week.

CHIN 242 Chinese Qin Music (3)

This course offers students an opportunity to learn the aesthetics, culture, and history of qin, and study the music through learning the beginning levels of qin pieces.

CHIN 356 Chinese Environmental Literature (3)

MAYMESTER. Introduces students to Chinese and Taiwanese cultural understandings of human relations to the natural environment. Analyzes classical and modern environmental literature (poetry, essays, fiction, and philosophy) and evaluates how contemporary building practices, governmental policies, and green technologies may be influenced by diverse Chinese philosophical traditions.

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.

HEBR 101 Elementary Modern Hebrew I (3) ****Canceled****

Introduces the essential elements of modern Hebrew structure and vocabulary and aspects of modern Israeli culture. Aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are stressed. Intensive course. Two hours and fifteen minutes per day, five days per week.

KOR 101 Elementary Korean I (4)

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. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per week.

Second Session 2022

ARAB 204 Intermediate Arabic II (4)

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. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per week.

ASIA 59 First-Year Seminar: Media Masala: Popular Music, TV, and the Internet in Modern India and Pakistan (3)

Explores different examples of broadcast and digital media (music videos, soap operas and reality shows, radio, and the Internet) with respect to history, gender, sexuality, globalization, religion, regionalism, and activism.

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

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. Course flyer.

CHIN 204 Intermediate Chinese II (4)

Prerequisite, CHIN 203. Second-year level of modern standard Chinese. Writing Chinese characters is required. Four hours per week. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 204 and CHIN 212. Intensive course. Two hours per day, five days per week.

CHIN 212 Intermediate Written Chinese (3)

Prerequisite, CHIN 111. For students who already understand and speak some Chinese. The training course focuses on reading and writing. Writing Chinese characters is required. Three hours per week. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 204 and CHIN 212.

HEBR 102 Elementary Modern Hebrew II (3) ****Canceled****

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. Intensive course. Two hours and fifteen minutes per day, five days per week.

KOR 102 Elementary Korean II (4)

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. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per week.