Fall Course Offerings

Fall 2016 AAAS Courses

AAAS 106A East Asian Civilization - Wang - M/W - 1:10-2:10

An introduction to the geographies, cultures and historical experiences of the East Asian civilizations of China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam. The histories of these countries will be presented in relations to each other, since all created to the civilizational development of East Asia. The course will also focus on topics illustrating both the unity and diversity of East Asia: perceptions of each other, of the West and by the West; the religious/ philosophical traditions of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; the modern histories of the three countries since 1600; the growth of interconnections between East Asia and the rest of the world; the role of imperialism in East Asia; and the comparative development of East Asian countries since the Second World War.

AAAS 180V China in Africa - Adem - T/R 8:30-9:55

China-Africa relations have deepened recently. The discourse about this relationship has also proliferated, giving birth to two major schools of thought. One school maintains that China is like a huge vacuum cleaner which is socking up Africa’s resources in order to fuel its own rapid industrialization, destroying in the process the prospect for African renaissance. The other school sees China’s stepped-up activities in the continent as extremely beneficial to Africa. How can we make sense of these competing claims? Why are the perspectives about China-Africa relations so divergent? What is the driving force behind them? What are the costs and benefits of this relationship to Africa so far? Using the growing body of literature about China-Africa relations, this course will explore the concepts, theories and relevant evidence that can be assembled for answering these questions. 

AAAS 188F Chinese Music Ensemble - Cheng - M/W 1:10-2:10 (2 credits)

Prerequisites: None; suitable for freshmen; ability to read music is recommended. Also offered as MUS 181F. Beginning instruction on the Dizi, a transverse bamboo flute employed in many types of Chinese Folk Music as well as in various styles of Chinese Opera and in the modern Chinese Orchestra. The course will be taught by a guest artist from the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts. Students will work on proper sound production, finger technique, articulation, and learn repertoire appropriate to the instrument. Note: The Dizi is not really used with Beijing Opera, but with other music styles, particularly kunqu opera from southern China and Silk and Bamboo music from Shanghai.

AAAS 210 Introduction to Japanese Culture - Sode - T/R 1:15/2:40

This course examines key elements of Japanese culture. It helps students develop the equivalent of basic cultural literacy as of high school graduation in Japan. Topics include political and cultural history, geography, society, education, and language. Additional subjects may be identified as needed and added later in the semester. This course meets requirements for General Education "G" (Global Interdependencies) and "O" (Oral Communication). 

AAAS 218 Structure of Koean - Cho - M/W 4:40-6:05

This course will provide an overview of the structure of the Korean language and discuss the relevant analyses of a certain structure. Based on the readings of the text, we will discuss the adequacy of the analyses including the generalizations and consider expanded sets of data. This course touches on the general areas of Korean linguistics, from Korean language background to sociolinguistics. For each week, everyone is required to complete the assigned readings specified in the syllabus and is encouraged to read the related literature if possible. Each of you is strongly recommended to further investigate the issues before the class meetings and reach your own conclusions concerning the adequacy of the analyses presented in the books.  

AAAS 219 Structure of Japanese - Sode - T/R 4:25-5:50

In this course students gain an essential and comprehensive understanding of the characteristics of Japanese from a contemporary linguistics point of view and to learn the skills to further explore the language on your own. The four major areas of this survey are the sound system (phonetics/phonology), word structure (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), and writing system. We also discuss a few selected topics in sociolinguistics and multilingualism. Basic linguistic terms and concepts are explained in the textbook and supplemented in the lectures.  

AAAS 240 Korean Lit & Culture: Pre 20th C - Pettid - T/R 8:30-9:55

This course introduces pre-modern Korean society and culture through literary works of various genres, dramatic performances, music, rituals, and cultural practices. Overall, the course will enable students to have a better understanding of the cultural practices of pre-modern Korea (i.e., pre-1900). The primary materials used for the course will be literary works (in translation) and these will be supplemented with discussions on cultural practices, religious worldviews, popular culture, and daily life habits. Moreover, where possible recordings and film will be used to help students better understand this period. 

AAAS 259 Eastern Asia: Land and People - TBA - T/R 11:40-1:05

Broad introduction of geography of East Asia from a global interdependency perspective. Six topics examined in terms of interaction between East Asia and the West: U.S., the New World and the West place-name system; physical structure, climatic patterns, agricultural regions, Buddhism in China, formation of post-Columbian East Asia; religion, democracy, communism. Simultaneously taught: *Denotes primary course. *GEOG 259 MDVL 270J; Not open to seniors.

AAAS 272 Island Culture: Taiwan Film & Fiction - Kaldis T/R 1:15-2:40

This course presents an introduction to the film and fiction of modern Taiwan. We will carefully read, discuss, and interrogate a number of cinematic and literary works in which some of Taiwan’s key historical, social, and cultural issues have been addressed, and we will familiarize ourselves with some of the academic scholarship on these works. Possible topics include: Japanese colonialism; relations with mainland China (PRC); traditional family relations; sexuality; gender; race and identity; indigenous peoples; the impact of modernization and globalization; cinematic genres; literary genres; ideology; and other topics. Above all, we will endeavor to construct our own dialogue with and interpretation of each film, short story, or novel. No prior knowledge of Taiwan history and culture or of Chinese language is required. 

AAAS 280E Asian American History - Cheng - T/R 11:40-1:05

This course surveys the history of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. The class will contextualize Asian migration to the U.S. within global diasporas and transnational relationships, while exploring Asian American experiences in Hawaii, the East and West Coasts, Alaska, the Midwest, and the South. Students will also analyze interethnic relations between and among diverse Asian American groups, and interracial relations with African Americans, Native Americans, and white Americans, broadly defined. Topics include: early Asian laborers in the U.S.; Native Hawaiian sovereignty and Asian settler colonialism; citizenship debates; resistance to multiple forms of oppression; community organizing; Asian Americans and war (Philippine-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War); Southeast Asian refugees; post-1965 migration; the Asian American Movement; anti-Asian violence; the census, multi-racial Asian Americans, and Asian adoptees; and Asian Americans in a post-911 era. In addition to reading secondary sources, students will examine a variety of primary sources, including personal accounts, laws, court cases, films, photographs, and political cartoons. 

AAAS 281O Japan to 1800-  Ishikawa - T/R 4:25-5:50

This course introduces the history of the Japanese archipelago from ancient times to the late eighteenth century. By focusing on its diversity in terms of ethnicity, status, gender, locality, economic system, and religion, the course critically explores the received wisdom of an ethnically homogenous and mono-cultural Japan prior to its opening to the West in the nineteenth century. Primary sources and lectures are intended to help students find their own voices regarding Japan’s historical dynamism, especially in relation to East Asia and the West, while understanding its contexts. The course begins by exploring the origins of pre-historical “Japan” and the rise of the early imperial state up to the seventh century. Then it turns to the politics and culture of the nobilities and samurai from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries, and the consolidation and fragmentation of political power in the context of Japan’s regional and international relations in maritime East Asia. In the end, this course seeks to facilitate reconsideration of the timeless, monolithic image of “traditional Japan”. All readings are in English.

AAAS 284B Modern India 1757-2000 - Dey - M/W 9:40-10:40

History of Modern India, 1757-2000 This course is intended as an introductory survey of the history, culture and political life of Modern India (1757-present). Themes covered include colonization and British rule; anticolonial nationalism; M K Gandhi; civil society, caste and religion; education; gender; and environment. It provides a broad overview of the important topics and historical signposts in the life of Modern South Asia. Using textbooks, maps, films, discussions and lectures, this course hopes to help students understand the complexity of this important region in relation to contemporary issues and global politics.

AAAS 284C Global India - Martineau - MWF 1:20-2:20

From caste to call centers, globalization has reshaped much about life in South Asia. This course introduces students to India’s diverse cultures through a study of contemporary globalization in India. Topics will include hi-tech work, entertainment and media, youth cultures, and inequality. Course materials will draw on films, novels, and journalistic writing in addition to history and ethnography. Grades will be based on several short papers, an independent project, midterm and final exams. No previous knowledge of the region is presumed. 

AAAS 314 Morphology and Syntax - Cho - 6:15-7:40

This course introduces the fundamental goals and techniques of current syntactic theory and the empirical facts it is based on. What syntactic properties are shared by all natural languages? What syntactic properties distinguish them? What do we know when we know a language? What are syntactic properties? How do we construct a theory of syntax? This course aims to equip students with the ability to address these questions in a precise and informed way. The topics include those that are central to a proper understanding of syntax: phrase structure, movement, grammatical relations, case, complementation, anaphora, and long-distance movement, in particular, comparing data from English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. 

AAAS 341 China and the West - Zhao - MWF 2:20-3:20

 China and the West Course Description: A study of key junctures in the history of direct and indirect relations between China and Europe from antiquity to the mid-nineteenth century. Ancient trade and the origins of the Silk Route in antiquity; Ibn Battuta, Marco Polo, William of Rubruck and other traveler-authors of medieval times; the pre-European world trading order; the expansion of Europe and the role of the Jesuits as cultural intermediaries; opium and the coming of imperialism. Ample attention will be paid to political and economic patterns of interaction, but we will particularly focus upon cultural perceptions and (mis)understandings. Readings will consist of both primary accounts (Chinese and Western) and secondary studies. Format: The class will meet twice a week for lectures which will involve frequent discussions and which will occasionally be accompanied by slide presentations and visits to relevant web sites. Grades will be based upon mid-term and final examinations and a 5-7 page essay, as well as class participation.

AAAS 344 Budhist Ethics - Goodman - T/R 10:05- 11:30

To many Westerners, some of the most distinctive and appealing doctrines of the Buddhist religion are ethical: its emphasis on compassion, nonviolence, and tolerance, on moral concern for animals, and on self-cultivation. Through class discussions, we will explore the systematic structure of ethical thought in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. The course will emphasize comparisons between Buddhist and Western ethical theories. There will be some discussion of ethical beliefs and practices in actual Buddhist societies, but our primary task will be a critical examination of whether Buddhist ethical views can be philosophically justified, either on their own or in the context of Buddhist descriptive claims about the nature of reality. Prerequisites: Two philosophy courses. PHIL/AAAS 105 or one course in ethics is recommended.

AAAS 346 Introduction to Korean Cinema - I. Kim - T/R - 1:15-2:40

In light of the growing trends in Korean pop culture (hallyu or Korean Wave), this course will examine the political, historical, and social issues that lay on the basis of such contemporary popularity. Korean cinema reveals the ideological orientation of the society in which it is created and circulated. This course will observe these changes from the colonial period to present day through the medium of cinema. This course will help to provide a contextual foundation of the transforming society that is negotiating with the pain of national division. 

AAAS 350 Modern Japanese Literature in Translatin - Stahl - M/W 4:40-6:05

This course examines major works of Japanese prose fiction produced between the Meiji Restoration (1868) and the 50th anniversary of the end of the Asia Pacific War (1995). The primary aims are to use literary works to develop critical thinking about, and in-depth, nuanced understanding and appreciation of early modern, modern and contemporary Japanese worldviews, cultures, societies, values, experiences and interpersonal relationships. Through close reading, textual analysis and critical interpretation, the distinctive styles and thematic concerns of representative Japanese writers will be identified and discussed. Issues to be explored include: the experience and psychological effects of rapid modernization, the traumatic emergence of modern self-consciousness, ambivalence regarding tradition and modernity, crises in personal and collective identity, Asia Pacific War (1931-1945) experience, and the enduring legacies of this catastrophic international conflict. Students will be encouraged to develop their own informed analyses and interpretations of the artistic works under consideration, and articulate the relevance of the issues treated in Japanese literary texts to our own lives and times. 

AAAS 380D Asian & Latin American Immigration - Yang - M/W. 5:50-7:15

This interdisciplinary course draws primarily on methodologies, major concepts, and literature from diverse fields, mainly in the social sciences. It compares and contrasts the histories of, and motivations for, Asian and Latin American immigration to the U.S. It examines the impact of diverse laws on Asian and Latin American immigration. It looks at the conditions faced by Asian and Latin American immigrants in the U.S. as well as their responses to them. Lastly, it examines the overall impact of Asian and Latin American immigration on the U.S.

AAAS 380K Dances of South Asia - Bulathsinghala - T/R 10:05-11:30

This class will incorporate an exploration of the fundamentals of traditional South Asian dance with a comparative approach that enables students to develop an understanding of cultural differences between dance styles in South Asia and the West. Students will be introduced to various ways of presenting and performing South Asian dancing genres, including not only traditional formats, but also in modern settings, such as concerts, television, and film. The class format will be divided equally between active physical learning of dance movements and discussion of assigned readings relating to such topics as dance-related history of clothing and interior design; dancing-related vocabulary such as drum beats, costumes, artists, and art movements; dance as a marker of relationships within and among different cultures; and aspects of dance fusion between South Asia and the West. The course will also seek to understand what motivates changes in fashion and taste over time. Previous dance experience is helpful but not necessary.

AAAS 380M Global Migration Flows and Processses - Kang - W 5:50-8:50

This interdisciplinary course draws primarily on social science methodologies, major concepts, and literature from diverse fields. It compares and contrasts the histories of, and motivations for, Asian and Latin American immigration to the U.S. It examines the impact of diverse laws on Asian and Latin American immigration. It looks at the conditions faced by Asian and Latin American immigrants in the U.S. as well as their responses to them. Lastly, it measures the overall impact of Asian and Latin American immigration on the U.S.

AAAS 380P Migration, Citizenship & Human Rights - TBA - M 5:50-8:50

The course will examine the lives and experiences of migrant populations especially in relation to discourses of belonging and citizenship from a social justice perspective. A key aspect of the course will be an analysis of local, national, and transnational policies and their implementation strategies. A specific feature of this course is its emphasis on the interconnectedness of global, regional, national, and local realities, as they affect the lives of people in everyday domains. We will analyze, using a range of critical and feminist lenses, how social inequities and disparities have been historically created and maintained within and across geographical contexts.

AAAS 383B Language Politics - Martineau - MWF 12:00-1:00

This course examines the role of language in politics through global comparisons. We focus on the imposition of colonial languages, the creation of nation-states through linguistic nationalism, language endangerment, and revitalization movements. We consider the relationship between understandings of language and understandings of race in political movements. Through case studies of language politics, students learn major theoretical explanations of the relationship between language and power.

 AAAS 386B  Beijing Opera Face Painting - Tu -  T/R 3:35-5:45 - 2 credit course

One of the most distinctive aspects of Beijing Opera is its unique make-up style, which disguises actors with astonishing masks painted directly onto their skin. This class teaches the significance of symbolic patterns and colors used and techniques of pigment application. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre in Beijing, China. No prerequisites. Open to students from any major. Two credits.

AAAS 386C Beijing Opera Combat - Tu - T/R 3:35-5:45 - 2 credit course

This course concentrates on the symbolic fighting style of Beijing Opera, using special swords and spears. It is athletic and gymnastic and is clearly influenced by techniques of martial arts. Despite that, no previous training in any of the above is necessary for enrollment. Traditional weapons are furnished. Taught by professionals from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre in Beijing, China. No prerequisites. Open to students from any major. Two credits. Format: DIS - Discussion

AAAS 414 Economic Development - E. Asia - Joon - MWF 1:10-2:10

Prerequisites – Grades of C or better in ECON 360 _AND_ ECON 362; also grade of C or better in college level statistics. This course studies the fast growing economies of East Asia, especially Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. The course overviews the performance and history of East Asian economies and analyzes the factors underlying East Asian economic development.

AAAS 453/530  Trauma in Japanese Literature and Film - Stahl - T 6:00-9:00

Among other things, hierarchy, classism, patriarchy, modernity and war have been profoundly disruptive and damaging to Japanese (and others) both personally and collectively. A significant number of representative works of modern Japanese literature and film constitute and explore such overwhelming experiences and their enduring aftereffects in terms of psychological trauma, traumatic reenactment, transgenerational transmission and viable means of bringing about individual, group and national recovery. In this seminar, we use trauma theory to analyze and interpret novels by Natsume Sōseki, Kawabata Yasunari, Ōoka Shōhei, Ōe Kenzaburō and Okuizumi Hikaru and films by Takahata Isao and Imamura Shōhei. The aims of the course are to learn in depth and detail about the psychodynamics of trauma, repetition and recovery and determine the extent to which this knowledge contributes to our understanding and appreciation of important works of modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film in particular, and modern and contemporary Japanese history, society, politics and international relations in general.

AAAS 461 Li Bai and Du Fu - TBA - T/R 6:00-7:25

Students will read poems by Li Bai and Du Fu in the original Chinese version. Each poem is followed by a short essay of analysis and appreciation, which discusses the poem's linguistic, historical, literary, and philosophical aspects. Thus, this course combines Chinese language and literature, classical and modern Chinese, and poetry and prose. Prerequisite: three years of Chinese language or equivalent.

AAAS 473 Imperialism in Each Asia - Wang - T - 1:15-4:15

This seminar will involve a study of varieties of imperialism in East Asia in modern times. These include Western imperialism in China, Qing imperialism in central Asia, Japanese imperialism in Korea and China, and American imperialism in the Philippines. Although a great deal of historical terrain and literature will be covered, the seminar is not intended to serve as a survey of the history of East Asian imperialism. Rather we will be reading a number of works that go into depth on topics related to these forms of imperialism. Special attention will be placed upon the sociology and culture of imperialism – the social groups spawned among both imperialists and their subject populations, and their beliefs and perceptions and also to the historiographical context for the books and films that we use. The seminar will make use of films and novels in addition to historical studies in the coverage of these topics.

AAAS 480D/580R Race and Popular Culture - Cheng - T 4:25-7:25

Race and Popular Culture This course is a seminar on race and American popular culture. We will explore various aspects of what is understood as “popular culture” and their historical development: popular/folk cultural expression, popular entertainments/amusements, mass-produced and consumed cultural products, and media representation. At the same time, we will examine the centrality of racial ideas, explicit and implicit, to popular culture’s development within the United States and their relationship to its social order and in/equality. While we will focus on the history of the United States, we will also situate that history within trans/national contexts that speak to the broader reach and relevance of its cultural dynamics.

AAAS 480I Social Justice - Yull - W  5:50-8:50

This course will examine the multi-layered processes that create, perpetuate, and challenge stratification, inequalities, and multiple forms of violence within and across societies. A key intent is to examine conceptions of social justice that underpin efforts to address and redress disproportionalities and disparities resulting from contemporary and historical relations of domination and subjugation. The focus of the course moves between the global context and that of the US, whereby students will analyze their own location within power and wealth structures. A special feature of this course is its emphasis on the interconnectedness of global, regional, national, and local realities, as they affect the lives of people in everyday domains. Open only to juniors and seniors currently matriculated in HDEV.

AAAS 480J/580K The Korean/American Wave - Ku - M 4:40-7:40

Korean popular culture has gone global. Since the late 1990s, music (especially K-pop), TV dramas, films, video games, animation, fashion, food, and other cultural materials have found large audiences and consumers not only in nearby Asian countries (Japan, China, Vietnam, Philippines, etc.) but also in the the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas. This course is a seminar on the transnational circulation of Korean popular culture, with special attention paid to the relationship between Korea and the United States (and especially the role of Korean Americans) in the ongoing phenomenon of the so-called Korean Wave, also known as Hallyu. Some of the questions the course hopes to explore include: How did the Korean Wave originate? How has it changed over time? What societal, economic, cultural, and political impacts have it had on Korea? What impacts have it had on other countries, especially the United States? How has the Korean Wave affected Korean Americans in particular? In turn, how has Korean Americans uniquely influenced Hallyu?

AAAS 480K Contemporary Ecologies - Allen - M 8:30-11:00

Imagining Survival "Contemporary Ecologies" offers an introduction to, and a hands-on experience of, ecological aesthetics. Drawing from African and Asian diasporic literatures, theorizing, and art, and the feminist, queer, urban, and virtual ecological perspectives that they engender, the class will bring critical analysis and imagination to bear on recent events: earthquakes and floods, rising sea levels, tsunami; the coral reefs; green revolutions that seek alternate sources of energy and the production of 'natural' lingerie, yet render barren once verdant islands; rapidly expanding cityscapes such as Nairobi, Mumbai, Ujung Pandang, and Beijing. "There will be fish falling from the sky, just like rain," Haruki Murakami's tale of two thousand sardines and a few mackerel that plunged from the clouds to the road in front of the shopping mall, still with the smell of the sea about them, fuses art, science, and everyday observation with the unexpected . . .. The class will consider the 'unexpected' by working with proverbs, artworks, logics, and tales, song, marine science, and local wisdom, that inhabit openings between worlds.

AAAS 482D/582C Gender, Secuality & Japanese History - Ishikawa - W 6:00-9:00

This seminar examines the intersection of gender and sexuality with Japan’s key historical problems from the early modern era to the present. To help students build upon and reconsider assumptions regarding gender and sexuality in Japan, the seminar focuses on such issues as status, prostitution, household, colonial encounters, continuity and discontinuity in modernization, state- and nation-building, consumer culture, wartime mobilization, interracial marriage, and internationalization. The seminar begins by identifying the impact of gender and sexuality on politics and society in early-modern Japan and then turns to examine these issues in the age of Western and late Japanese imperialism, as well as that of the social transformations that followed this period. This seminar also pays attention to the voices negotiating gender and sexual norms throughout the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By engaging with a rich body of scholarly and theoretical work, as well as contemporary men’s and women’s writings, the course aims to facilitate understanding of how gender and sexuality have shaped Japanese history in local, regional, and international contexts. All readings are in English. 

AAAS 482E/580Q Asian American Literature and Culture - Yun - T/R 1 :15-2:40

Asian American Literature and Culture This course explores works of literature, film, and performance that have attained national or international acclaim, and in some cases, stirred controversy. With themes of resistance, subversion, and reinvention, such works provide ample grounds for examining the creative productions and critical responses that themselves become events of cultural or political significance. This course focuses on contemporary cultural works but will also account for the transnational and global contexts that inform the these works, beginning with migration in the nineteenth century to post-9/11. Class goals include 1) understanding the controversies and criticism of key cultural productions, including debates concerning gender, sexuality, race, and nationalism 2) understanding varied methods and approaches to the study of a multi-ethnic cultural body and its representations.  

AAAS 482S/583C North Korean Visual Media - I. Kim - W 4:40-7:40

Soldiers goose-stepping in a military parade, the news anchorwoman reading with a reverent cadence, and people starving in North Korea are visual images portrayed in foreign media. Are these images staged? Are the people performing for the sake of propaganda? This course examines the ideological, political, historical, and filmic development in North Korean cinema and visual media from 1948 to present day and explores the intricacies of propaganda. We will analyze primary North Korean sources such as film (drama, comedy, romance, mystery, etc.) along with other forms of media such as television programs, short films, documentaries, music videos, cartoons, and the news to extrapolate the diverse cultures within a seemingly monolithic political system. This course will provide the students with a wider scope of the nation through variegated images of the people, arts, and entertainment.

AAAS 483C/580P History of Chinese Literature - Chen - M/W 4:40-6:05

This course attempts to construct a systematic account of three thousand years of Chinese literature. Readings include not only poetry, drama, and fiction, but also historical, philosophical writings and other prose forms, all situated in their larger social and cultural contexts. Lectures and discussions chart the rise and fall of major dynasties and treat the development of genres, styles, and themes.

AAAS 500 Proseminar - Kaldis - T 4:25-7:25

Required course for all incoming graduate students. This course will expose students to the breadth and variety of approaches to Asian & Asian American Studies. Students will be introduced to multiple conceptualizations of the field of Asian & Asian American Studies, including a wide array of disciplinary approaches to the field. Through a combination of extensive readings in combination with guest faculty lecturers from across these disciplines, first-semester MA students will develop knowledge and familiarity of the diversity of Asian & Asian American Studies, and begin to orient themselves toward a particular sub-field (from within the various MA tracks offered within the program), disciplinary approach, and DAAAS faculty mentor.

AAAS 580S Chinese American Writers and Artists - Yun - M 11:40-2:40

Maxine Hong Kingston once wrote, “I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.” Acclaimed Chinese American writers and artists such as Kingston, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Wang Ping, David Henry Hwang, Gene Yang, Xu Bing, Maya Lin, and others, have reshaped the contours of American arts and criticism by inventively engaging the paradoxes of belonging in a polycultural society. This course will focus on creative works that innovate literary and artistic forms and open up debates on culture and identity politics. We will examine the challenges such works present to debates on gender and sexuality, language and representation, race and nation. Ultimately, we ask how such writers and artists complicate understandings of freedom in domestic and transnational contexts, and how they suggest new possibilities for belonging and citizenship. Students will write a long research paper, develop a class presentation, and explore/create digital resources on this topic. When possible, class will include discussion with guest speakers.

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Fall 2016 Language Courses

CHIN 101 Elementary Chinese I No Background

This is a foundation course for those who have no Chinese language background. Students should not have previous knowledge of Mandarin or any other Chinese dialects, such as Cantonese. Attention will be concentrated on the pronunciation, the core vocabulary, basic survival expressions, and the fundamentals of the grammar of Mandarin Chinese. Upon the completion of the course, students will be able to converse in Mandarin in the three communicative modes on most basic communication topics covered in the course, such as greetings, self-introduction, invitation and appointment making, asking for/giving direction, simple shopping. Students will also be able to read and write short dialogues in Chinese characters on the subject matters covered in the course.

CHIN 103 Elementary Chinese I - Heritage

Foundation course aimed at enabling students to communicate in Chinese for everyday purposes. Introduction to simplified Chinese characters. For students with no previous formal training in Chinese. Not for native speakers. Evaluation based on quizzes, examinations and class participation.

CHIN 111 Elementary Written Chinese I

An accelerated, concentrated beginning Chinese course designed for students with some background in conversational Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or other dialects) who require instruction in learning to write Chinese characters and in Chinese grammar. Students who have had no prior formal language instruction in Chinese are eligible for this course. Two hours per week; evaluation based on quizzes, examinations and class participation. Prerequisites: Knowledge of conversational Chinese and consent of instructor.

CHIN 202 Singing Chinese

Chinese 202, Singing Chinese Course Description This is a specially designed, interdisciplinary course, emphasizing both language acquisition and music appreciation and performance. The songs you will learn in this class are art songs, folk songs, and popular songs from the Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Song lyrics will serve as main texts, accompanied by vocabulary lists and exercises. You will learn new words and sentence patterns as in regular language classes, while the improvement of pronunciation, diction, voice projection, and language expression will be achieved through singing practice. You will go through a step-by-step learning progression, from "singing along" to "singing alone." In semester's end, although you are not expected to sing solo professionally, you will be able to sing with choral expertise and to actually please crowds at Karaoke sessions Prerequisites: CHIN 102 or equivalent.

CHIN 203 Intermediate Chinese I

This third-semester intermediate course in spoken and written Chinese builds upon vocabulary and grammar acquired in CHIN 101 and 102, or 111 and 112. While learning new vocabulary in culturally informative lessons, students will obtain mastery of increasingly complex sentence patterns and grammatical structures. The course stresses speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. At the end of the semester, students are able to communicate competently in Chinese on a limited range of important topics in everyday life and are able to read simple texts, and have a good foundational knowledge of Chinese culture, including a solid understanding of key aspects of the traditional Chinese writing system. Four hours per week; evaluation based on quizzes, examinations, written essays, weekly homework assignments, and class participation. Prerequisites: CHIN 102 or CHIN 112 or equivalent.

CHIN 305 Advanced Chinese I

This course is designed to help students solidify and further improve their communicative skills in Chinese through the study of authentic materials. Class will be conducted mainly in Chinese and will be active, intensive, and participatory. Stu dents will read authentic materials, expand their vocabularies, practice journal writing, and acquire knowledge of Chinese culture and modern society. Using dictionaries (Chinese, Chinese-English, hard copy, and online) will also be practiced.

JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I

Provides the basics of Japanese language to students with no prior background in this language and introduces aspects of Japanese culture and society. Includes training in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Students learn basic grammar and expressions to communicate in simple Japanese, and learn the basic orthographical system. For freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Not for native speakers. Prerequisites: Freshman, sophomore or junior standing. Students with any background in Japanese are required to take a placement test on the first day of class.

JPN 203 Intermediate Japanese I

A third-semester course in the Japanese language, including reading, writing, listening comprehension, conversation and grammar study. Emphasis on how the language is used in the context of Japanese culture and society. More complex sentence patterns and different styles of speech are introduced; 150 new kanji are introduced. Prerequisites: JPN 102 or equivalent

JPN 281A Japanese Through Translation - Ito - M/W 3:30-4:30 - 2 cr

This course focuses on pragmatic competence, the ability to use language appropriately in different social settings. Students will study a variety of daily conversations and written materials including passages from manga, anime, short stories, etc. The primary activities of this course will range from analyzing and translating the given texts to producing clear statements by utilizing learned skills and knowledge of spoken and written Japanese. This is a discussion-based, as opposed to lecture/drill-based, 2-credit course. (Prerequisite JPN 203).

JPN 305 Advanced Japanese I

Expansion and integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Close examination of short readings from various genres and acquisition of speech styles reflecting cultural context. Advanced kanji vocabulary through reading and writing exercises. Textbook is supplemented by authentic texts, audiotapes and video films. Prerequisites: JPN 204 or equivalent.

KOR 101 Elementary Korean I

Elementary course in spoken and written Korean that aims at equipping students with some basic sentence patterns of Korean using basic vocabulary. Speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension are all emphasized, with special attention to the spoken language. Students also develop the ability to exchange greetings, ask directions, tell time and carry on limited conversations in classrooms and stores.

KOR 102 Elementary Korean II

First-year Korean (four units) is a continuation of KOR 101 and the second part of the elementary course in spoken and written Korean, which aims at equipping students with some basic sentence patterns of Korean using basic vocabulary. Speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension are all emphasized, with special attention to the spoken language. Students also develop the ability to exchange greetings, ask directions, tell time and carry on limited conversations in classrooms and stores.

KOR 203 Intermediate Korean I

This is the intermediate course in spoken and written Korean, which provides students with more complex sentences in advanced grammatical patterns, assuming that students have acquired basic grammatical structures at an elementary level of Korean. Equal emphasis will be placed on speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. At the end of semester, students will be able to communicate competently in Korean on a range of topics in everyday life, and to read simple texts, and they will have good knowledge of Korean culture.

 KOR 305 Advanced Reading and Composition I

This is an advanced course in Korean language that aims to develop communicative competence in reading, writing, and listening.  Additionally, as classroom work is generally done in small groups, it is also designed to develop oral communication skills.  Through writing assignments and readings, students will learn more accurate syntactic, pragmatic ways of expression and logical ways of thinking in Korean, and through listening and taking dictation, students will learn more actuate orthography and correct commonly misused aspects of the language.  Prerequisite is KOR 204 or equal level of fluency.

KOR 380A Korean through Film and Drama - Cha - T/R 2:50-4:15

This course is designed for learning Korean through film and TV dramas for second language learners. The objective of this course is to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency in Korean and at the same time to broaden students knowledge of Korea, its social issues, culture and even history. Students will improve their Korean through oral presentations, group discussions, watching film and dramas and writing short papers. Prerequisite: Advanced Korean or equivalent (the course is conducted in Korean)

KOR 415 Korean Translation: Literary - Cha - T/R 4:25-5:50

This is an intensive translation workshop for Korean-English and English Korean (that is, students will work with both translating from English to Korean and Korean to English). Materials will for this course will be primarily literary, including poetry, fiction and essays. Fluency in Korean is required.


Last Updated: 8/30/16