Fall Course Offerings

Fall 2017 AAAS Courses

AAAS 106A East Asian Civilization - Chaffee - M/W - 12:00-1:00

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 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 242 20th Century Korean Lit (in Translation) - I. Kim - MWF 1:00-2:10

This course introduces important Korean literature of the 20th century and reveals the social and cultural currents that helped shape these works. Given the many tumultuous events in the 20th century, such as the collapse of the 500-year-old Choson dynasty, colonization, war, division of the peninsula and the headfirst rush towards industrialization, we can rightly expect the literature of the period to illuminate a rich pastiche of themes, emotions and culturally significant landmarks. This class will be an exploration of such literary works.

AAAS 253 Cultures of Pre-Modern Japan - Strippoli - T/R 8:30-9:55

The course provides an overview of Japanese cultural history from the 6th century to 1800. It explores early myth-histories, the Tale of Genji and the refined court society that inspired it, warrior tales, the world of medieval Buddhism, and the vibrant culture of the Tokugawa period: kabuki and bunraku performances, haiku, the interaction of merchants and samurai, and the social playground of the pleasure quarters. Course materials are not limited to literary artifacts: they include visual art, historical documents in translation, works of criticism, films, and documentaries. Contemporary reception (in Japan and abroad) of some of the cultural artifacts will also be examined.

AAAS 259 Eastern Asia: Land and People - Yu - 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 6:00-7:45

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 280D Cultural Performances - Martineau - MWF - 1:10-2:10

What do Chinese opera, Sri Lankan lullabies, and American political debates have in common? In this course, we answer this question by studying diverse scholarly approaches to cultural performance, drawing on folklore, literary studies, theatre and dance studies, ethnomusicology, and anthropology. Emphasizing Asian cultural performances, we explore how identity, including gender and race, is embodied and reimagined through performance. Central topics of the course include cultural preservation, invented traditions, museums and the colonial history of display, nationalism, diasporic communities, and globalization. Students will conduct their own ethnography and analysis of a cultural performance of their choice.

AAAS 280E History of Asian America - Marasigan - T/R 2:50-4:15

This course presents the history of the U.S. as an empire, exploring U.S. interventions in the Pacific from the late 19th century to the present. Students will examine American colonization, militarization, and tourism in the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands; analyze native sovereignty movements and debates over self-determination; and assess the role of Asian Americans as they settled in and migrated from these islands. The class will investigate, on global and local scales, the political and cultural costs of U.S. interventions. For example, students will learn how the Philippines became a U.S. (neo)colony, Guam a U.S. territory, and Hawaii an American state, while considering how native peoples have struggled to sustain languages, cultural practices, land, and resources. The course also incorporates Asian American history by exploring Filipino migration to the U.S. in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War; Asian settler colonialism in Hawaii and Guam; and the effects of World War II in the Pacific on Asian American experiences.

AAAS 284A China in Contemporary World - Fan - MW 2:20-3:20

This course introduces students to the field of global migration studies. It explores both the theoretical debates animating the field and some of the significant historical instances of transnational/transcontinental migration that underpin the theoretical discussions.

AAAS 284B Modern India 1757-2000 - Dey - T/R 11:40-1:05

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. No pre-requisites.

AAAS 314 Morphology and Syntax - Cho - 7:00-10:00

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 352 20th C Chinese Fiction in Trans -  Kaldis - T/R  1:15-2:40

This course is intended to introduce students to major developments in Chinese cultural history from the modern era, with a specific focus on literary (and one cinematic) representations of key issues in the development of modern Chinese subjectivity. In this connection, we investigate numerous problems: We will survey major developments in the evolution of modern Chinese culture, such as the deracination of the classical language (文言文) and promotion of the colloquial language (白話文) as the new medium through which the voice of the modern self could be heard; the diverse expressions of a modern Chinese identity in the May 4th Era (@1917-1927), when intellectuals reacted against Chinese cultural traditional in toto; the Mao-dominated decades of cultural production in China (1942-1976), when all cultural production was forced to serve political goals; and through the reaction against the Mao-era dominant socialist realism (famously referred to by one writer as “Maospeak” = Mao wen2ti3 毛 文 體) that began in the late 1970s. As we trace this trajectory, we will witness the ways that 20th-century Chinese notions of identity, as represented in film and fiction, oscillated between highly subjective, personal, experimental, and creative models on the one hand, and politically-dictated forms that serve fairly narrow social and political agendas on the other. Students will learn about the ideological (subject matter) and stylistic (form) traditions Chinese authors have borrowed, invented, and explored or been burdened with and rebelled against for almost a century as they negotiated between the poles of subjective literary expression and politically-prescribed literary expression. Another part of our goal is to become more familiar with the methodologies of experts who study culture (often collectively labeled "theorists"), how they write and talk about cultural texts, society, identity, etc. For this, we will be using an excellent book that introduces important and influential theories for the analysis and discussion of literature: Critical Theory Today. Readings and lectures are designed to highlight how literary (and cinematic) texts provide unique insights into the development of modern Chinese identity. Course assignments include reading primary and secondary literature (entirely in English). Readings assigned are found in the Required Texts and on the course BlackBoard site.

AAAS 262 Divided Korea - S.Kim - T/R 10:05-11:30

This course provides a historical overview of the cultural practices and political economy in South Korean society starting with its “liberation” from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 to the contemporary present. Major themes include colonial legacies, geo-politics of the Cold War, national division, authoritarian politics and democratization, economic development and crises, nation-building and historical memory, migration of populations, and interactions with neighboring countries and the United States. No prior knowledge of Korean language or history is required.

AAAS 369 Sociology of Contemporary Asia - Deyo - W - 4:40-7:40

Contrasting patterns of socio-economic and political development in East and Southeast Asia during the post-WWII period: emphasis on economic change, the role of the state in development, implications of development for workers, peasants, and middle classes, social class transformations, recent experiences of economic reform and financial crisis. Major focus is on Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, China, and Taiwan. 

AAAS 380C Documenting History of Asian America - Cheng - T/R 11:40-1:05

We will examine key historical documents – legislation and court decisions – that shaped the circumstances for Asian migration to and exclusion from the United States. Students will then research and develop archival documentary projects that chronicle the lives and experiences of Asian American migrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, situating them within those conditions and within broader transnational developments in Asia and the Americas.

 

AAAS 380D Asian & Latin American Immigration - Yang - T/R - 4:25-5:50

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 - Gil - T - 5"50-8:5-

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 10:50-11:50

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 451/534 Fictions of the Samurai - Strippoli - W - 4:40-7:40

The samurai is one of the most appealing images of Japanese culture, both in and outside of Japan. It stirred the imagination of storytellers, philosophers, soldiers, and, more recently, filmmakers and manga and anime artists. Through the study of warrior-related literature and theater, “Topics in Premodern Japanese Literature: Fictions of the Samurai” examines the process through which this image has been constructed, received, and changed over the centuries. The course provides a chance to get acquainted with Japanese culture and intellectual history, to read military tales and other narratives in translation, to explore works of visual and performing arts such as nō and kabuki theater. Readings on gender and masculinity, invention of tradition, nihonjinron, and elaborations on Edward Said’s concept of Orientalism will provide a critical framework for the study of the many manifestations of the samurai in Japanese and Western culture.

AAAS 461 Li Bai and Du Fu - Zhu - M/W - 4:40-6:05 

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 480A/583C US Empire in the Pacific - Marasigan - W - 4:40-7:40

This course presents the history of the U.S. as an empire, exploring U.S. interventions in the Pacific from the late 19th century to the present. Students will examine American colonization, militarization, and tourism in the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands; analyze native sovereignty movements and debates over self-determination; and assess the role of Asian Americans as they settled in and migrated from these islands. The class will investigate, on global and local scales, the political and cultural costs of U.S. interventions. For example, students will learn how the Philippines became a U.S. (neo)colony, Guam a U.S. territory, and Hawaii an American state, while considering how native peoples have struggled to sustain languages, cultural practices, land, and resources. The course also incorporates Asian American history by exploring Filipino migration to the U.S. in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War; Asian settler colonialism in Hawaii and Guam; and the effects of World War II in the Pacific on Asian American experiences.

AAAS 480C Asian Migration - Yu - /?R 2:50-4:15

This course presents the history of the U.S. as an empire, exploring U.S. interventions in the Pacific from the late 19th century to the present. Students will examine American colonization, militarization, and tourism in the Philippines, Guam, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands; analyze native sovereignty movements and debates over self-determination; and assess the role of Asian Americans as they settled in and migrated from these islands. The class will investigate, on global and local scales, the political and cultural costs of U.S. interventions. For example, students will learn how the Philippines became a U.S. (neo)colony, Guam a U.S. territory, and Hawaii an American state, while considering how native peoples have struggled to sustain languages, cultural practices, land, and resources. The course also incorporates Asian American history by exploring Filipino migration to the U.S. in the aftermath of the Philippine-American War; Asian settler colonialism in Hawaii and Guam; and the effects of World War II in the Pacific on Asian American experiences.

AAAS 480H Haunting, Memory, Migrations - Allen - T - 1:15-4:15

How do contemporary global migrations haunt the cityscapes and bodyscapes, the landscapes and mindscapes, of our dreams? Fugitive, mutable geographies and murmurous genealogies shape a cultural somatics at the entangled intersections of memory and migrations. In 10,000 waves, cultures, languages, genders, sexualities, and generational divides prompt reflections that provoke multiple expressive platforms and collaborations. Our discussions will emphasize transdisciplinary practices and activism by drawing upon recent African and Asian diasporic and feminist literatures, visual productions, and theorizing. Moments in which change seemed possible, tales of lost souls and the Better Life, twitter and tweets, generate our points of departure, which include recent hybrid writing, film and installations, by Dionne Brand, Chika Unigwe, Jai Arun Ravine, Bhanu Kapil, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Isaac Julien, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Haruki Murakami, Edouard Glissant, and Lorna Goodison. In “Time Lag,” Noriko Ambe cuts pre-existing patterns and information in books as she collaborates with and alters them to understand their concepts and to find moments of intersection or conflict. Her aim is not to cut perfect lines, but to stay with the process. Similarly, participants will keep a record, which may be in any medium, essay, creative writing, film, multimedia, etc., of their reflections and journeys during the course. Drawing from that record, participants will develop one or two projects.

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 8:30-11:30

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 480L/582D Scholarly Methods in Translation - Martineau - M/W - 4:40-6:05

This course introduces first year graduate students to essential components of graduate level scholarly practice and production. Each unit will introduce students to a dominant methodological approach in the study of translation and provide an opportunity to try out different forms of evidence and explanation (literary, quantitative social science, linguistic, cultural analysis, history). Alongside the introduction to methods, students will practice the genres of writing essential to their graduate school success, such as abstracts, proposals, conference papers, translation introductions, and seminar papers.

AAAS 480O/580L Korea: The Other Within - S. Kim - M - 4:40-7:40

This course introduces first year graduate students to essential components of graduate level scholarly practice and production. Each unit will introduce students to a dominant methodological approach in the study of translation and provide an opportunity to try out different forms of evidence and explanation (literary, quantitative social science, linguistic, cultural analysis, history). Alongside the introduction to methods, students will practice the genres of writing essential to their graduate school success, such as abstracts, proposals, conference papers, translation introductions, and seminar papers.

AAAS 480U/583A Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language - Song - T/R - 10:05-11:30

This course is designed to introduce the theories, methodologies, and skills in teaching Chinese as a second language, aimed at both conceptual understanding and practical performance. General SLA and language pedagogy theories and mythologies will be discussed with their relevance to Chinese language teaching in particular. Mock teaching opportunities will be provided. Upon the completion of the course, students will:  Know the basics of SLA and its relation with second language teaching.  Know major theories and methodologies of second language teaching as well as their applications to Chinese.  Know how to select and evaluate teaching materials, including textbooks.  Know the national standards for teaching Chinese and the current standard tests for proficiency levels.  Know and acquire skills in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in a cultural and social context.  Be able to design curriculums and assessment procedures.  Be familiar with electronic sources available for SLA research and teaching Chinese to L2 learners. No previous knowledge of general linguistics or modern Chinese linguistics is required. This course’s goal is to train Chinese L2 teachers. Advanced level (or above) of modern Chinese language reading proficiency is necessary. The class is primarily conducted in English.

AAAS 482P/580B Buddhist Metaphysics - Goodman - T/R - 2:50-4:15

We will study philosophical theories about reality, and about our knowledge of reality, developed by Buddhists in India and Tibet. First, we will examine the ontology and metaphysics of early Buddhism and of Abhidharma texts, and compare their ideas with those of contemporary analytic philosophers. We will then use both primary and secondary sources to investigate Nāgārjuna’s radical critique of all philosophical views. In particular, we will give detailed examination to the interpretation of Nāgārjuna offered by the Tibetan philosopher Tsong kha pa. During class discussions, we will critically investigate Buddhist arguments and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. Among the issues we will discuss are time and change, causation, personal identity, and the nature of knowledge.

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 484E Modern China - Fan - R - 2:50-5:50

This seminar will explore how sexuality has been practiced, produced, and policed in modern European history from the mid-19th century to the present, and how desire and sexuality have shaped major historical processes. Specific topics include: the "invention" of homosexuality, heterosexuality, and intersexuality; sexology and the construction of “perversions”; prostitution, trafficking, and the question of coercion; race and (post)colonial sexualities; liberation and repression; the politics of AIDS; sexual revolutions and sexual conservatism.

AAAS 500 Proseminar - Cheng - T 4:40:7:40

This course presents an overview and introduction 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 readings with guest faculty lecturers from across these disciplines, first-semester MA students will acquire knowledge and familiarity of the diversity of Asian & Asian American Studies, begin to orient themselves toward their chosen sub-field (from within the various MA tracks offered within the program), develop critical skills and methods for the study of culture and society, and learn to formulate and construct a written research project. The AAAS 500 Proseminar will provide DAAAS graduate students with a firm grasp of where their chosen fields of study are situated vis-a-vis other areas of Asian and Asian American Studies, and familiarize them with how a wide array of academic disciplines (e.g., sociology, philosophy, history) overlap and interact with Asian and Asian American Studies.

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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 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.

AAAS Fourth Year Japanese I

This course trains students to read and understand authentic reading materials at the fourth year level. Discussion topics are drawn from contemporary sources, and students learn to discuss them using natural Japanese. The aim is for students to progress beyond textbook learning and develop greater proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. Students will gain the proficiency to use Japanese to communicate at a near‐native level. Pre/Co‐requisites: JPN306 or satisfactory performance on a placement test.

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.

 

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