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Asian Studies

113 New West, CB# 3267
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First Session, 2020

ASIA 124 Iranian Post-1979 Cinema (3)

ONLINE. We examine the ways the medium has been used to incorporate political and social perspectives, challenge the government, and document the lives and struggles of Iranian people. Among the topics explored are Iranian culture and society, gender politics, ethnicity, attitudes about religion, role of children, and various schools of realism. This is a completely asynchronous online course.

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). 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.

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 Wednesdays 3-5; the rest of the instruction will be asynchronous.

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. This class will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 11:30-2:45.

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ASIA 243 Asian Societies: Journalism and Society in India & Pakistan (3)

ONLINE. Explores modern social issues through the lens of print and broadcast journalism in South Asia.  We will cover five main themes: Gender and Sexuality, Politics and Corruption, Religion, Caste, and Nationality, topics which intersect with some of the more significant fault lines in modern Indian society.  We will analyze how these themes are interpreted by South Asian media.This hybrid course will meet online via Zoom on Thursdays 4:15-6:15; the rest of the instruction will be asynchronous.***Canceled***

ASIA 262 Nation, Film, and Novel in Modern India (3)

MAYMESTER. Focus on how modern Indian writers and filmmakers have represented the creation of an Indian national identity through such historical periods as British colonialism, the Rebellion of 1857, the Indian Independence Movement, the Partition, and the eras of national integration and globalization.This hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 11:30-12:30, and from 11:30-2:30 on May 28-29; the rest of the instruction will be asynchronous. ***Canceled***

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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.

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.

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. Writing Chinese characters is required. Students may not receive credit for both CHIN 101 or CHIN 102 and CHIN 111. Intensive course.  Three hours per day, five days per week. 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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CHIN 150 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)

ONLINE. 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.This is a completely asynchronous online course.

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. ****Canceled****

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

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.

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.****Canceled****

JAPN 101 Elementary Japanese I (4)

Introduction to modern Japanese with text and supplementary materials. Hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji are introduced. Weekly class hours devoted to basic sentence pattern exercises, speaking and writing practice, and creative application. Participation in relevant extracurricular activities encouraged. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per week. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9;45-11:45, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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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. Participation in relevant extracurricular activities encouraged. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9;45-11:45, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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Second Session 2020

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

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 1:15-2:45), but will also offer alternatives for asynchronous learning to students unable to participate at the scheduled time.

ASIA 106 Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music (3)

ONLINE. An introduction to Israeli popular culture, with a transnational and interdisciplinary frame. Focusing on Israeli music, exploring its different genres and the cultural richness developed since Zionism, reaching along the way a broad understanding of Israeli society. Students may not receive credit for both ASIA 53 and ASIA 106. This is a completely asynchronous online course.

CHIN 102 Elementary Chinese II (4)

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. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per week.  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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JAPN 102 Elementary Japanese II (4)

Prerequisite, JAPN 101. Continued beginning course of modern Japanese with text and supplementary materials. Approximately 150 additional kanji are introduced. Focus on basic sentence pattern exercises, speaking and writing practice, and creative application. Participation in relevant extracurricular activities encouraged. Intensive course. Three hours per day, five days per week. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9;45-11:45, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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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. Participation in relevant extracurricular activities encouraged. This intensive hybrid course will meet online via Zoom every day (MTWRF) from 9;45-11:45, and will have an hour’s worth of additional asynchronous learning activities every day.

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