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FIRST SESSION, 2018

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.

ASIA 124 Iranian Post-1979 Cinema (3). MAYMESTER. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SECOND SESSION, 2018

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.

ASIA 333 The Mahabharata: Remembered and Reimagined (3). ONLINE. This course offers an introduction to the Sanskrit Mahabharata as well as modern retellings of the epic in contemporary literature, film, and theatre of India.

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.

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.