Fall Course Offerings

Fall 2015 AAAS Courses

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 AAAS 188F. 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 4:25-5:50

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 219 Structure of Japanese - Sode - T/R 1:15-2:40

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 250 Japanese Cinema - Stahl - M/W 5:50-7:50

This course examines important Japanese films produced between 1936 and 2000. The primary goals are to develop critical understanding and appreciation of Japanese cinema, aesthetics, history, culture, society, politics and human relations. The artistic styles and thematic concerns of representative directors—Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Kobayashi, Fukasaku, 'shima, Shinoda, Imamura, Morita—of the postwar "Humanist School," the 1960s Japanese "New Wave Movement" and contemporary times will be identified, analyzed, compared and contrasted. Works will be examined both in terms of the Japanese cinematic tradition and the values and conflicts characteristic of premodern, modern and present-day Japan. Special attention will be given to artistic representations of distinctive Japanese figures such as samurai and geisha, and the effects of Japanese social(izing) institutions such as the government, school and family on individuals. Students are encouraged to develop their own informed analyses and interpretations of the films, and make connections between issues treated in the Japanese cinematic texts and their own lives in social, political, historical and existential context.

AAAS 251 Classical Japanese Lit and Culture - Strippoli - T/R 8:30-9:55

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 273 Chinese Civilization - Chaffee - T/R 10:05-11:30

A survey of Chinese history from its neolithic agricultural origins ca. 7,000 BCE to the fall of the Yuan dynasty in 1368. The course will consider state formation and the nature of the long-lived Chinese imperium, economic developments and the tantalizing though unfulfilled promises of a Chinese industrial revolution, the history of Chinese thought and religion, and the varied aspects of Chinese society and culture through the ages. The course will stress translated readings from primary sources (both documentary and literary) to help get as direct and immediate a sense of the Chinese past as possible.

AAAS 280A Introduction to Asian American Studies - Cheng - T/R 1:15-2:40

This course is an introduction to the field of Asian American studies. Topics covered include the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans, including immigration; poltical, social, and economic contribution; class; gender; sexuality; and language. The course is transnational and diasporic in scope.

AAAS 280E History of Asian America - Marasigan - T/R 10:05-11:30

This course is an introduction to the field of Asian American studies. Topics covered include the historical and contemporary experiences of Asian Americans, including immigration; poltical, social, and economic contribution; class; gender; sexuality; and language. The course is transnational and diasporic in scope.

AAAS 280F Food, Race, Nation - Ku - T/R 8:30-9:55

What is American food? Is it simply "fast food" increasingly sold the world over? From the diverse foods of pre-Columbian Americans to the heterogeneous diets shaped by countless immigrant groups, American food resists easy definition. For better understanding we must consider a range of issues, including indigeneity, immigration, industrialization, modernization, race, ethnicity, class, and gender. We must also consider questions of nationhood, transnationalism, and the global flow of American culture to other nations. By examining the food and gastronomy of multiracial America, specifically that of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latina/os, and Native Americans, this course explores the limits and possibilities of the American foodscape.

AAAS 280Q Chinese Migration - Candela - T/R 11:40-1:05

The course surveys Chinese migrations from a global historical perspective and explores the major macro-historical dynamics that have shaped Chinese migrations across the world. Through lectures, course readings, and short writing assignments we will examine the macro-historical processes that shape Chinese migrations and the experiences of Chinese across the world. Some of the major topics examined include the role of Chinese migrants in European imperial and colonial processes, the role of Chinese migrants in facilitating the transition of world economies to the modern world system, Chinese migrations and their intersection with settler colonialism in the Americas, anti-Chinese violence and modern nation-state making, and the role of Chinese migrations in the so-called "rise of China." 

AAAS 282Q Migrations & Human Rights in Korea and Japan - Park - MWF - 4:40-5:40

This course offers a study on the situation of various migrant groups in Korea and Japan with focus on their human rights. Referring to the international structures of human rights protection, we investigate what problems migrants in these countries are facing and how their human rights are/should be protected. The course covers such issues as labor migration, marriage migration, refugees and asylum seekers, trafficking and smuggling, and ethnic minorities facing racial discrimination. Participants are expected to actively exchange their thoughts with others during the course.

AAAS 284B Modern India 1757-2000 - Dey - T/R 1:15-2:40

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 311 Language, Culture, Society in Korea - Cho - M 6:00-9:00

This course provides the opportunity to become acquainted with Korean culture and society, reflected in its language, since the linguistic system of Korean and its daily uses are inseparably interwoven with the ever-evolving culture and society of the Korean people. It aims at a general understanding of Korean language and people, with emphasis on the culture and society. Attempts will be made to highlight the uniqueness of Korean cultural tradition in the broad context of East Asian civilization (Japanese and Chinese), as well as Western influence, especially of English.

AAAS 313 Religions and Culture of Korea - Pettid - T/R 10:05-11:30

This course examines the practice of various religious worldviews and the relationship of these with cultural practices throughout Korean history. We will examine the major religions of pre-modern Korea, including shamanism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism along with the more recently introduced Christian worldviews. Along with these, we will also examine the cultures that surrounded these worldviews.

AAAS 317 The Economy of China in Chinese  Yang - T/R 1:15-2:40

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT IN CHINESE. Prerequisites - Grade of C or better in ECON 160 or ECON 162. Fluent in Chinese. This course analyzes the economic growth and social development of China since economic reform started in 1978. In addition to introducing the facts and policy issues behind economic "miracle" of China powered by economic reform, the course also examines broad implications of Chinese economic reform on society, the environment, as well as international relationship. Format: Grading: attendance and participation, 10 percent; 50-minutes test, 30 percent; term paper, 40 percent; presentation, debate, discussion of paper, 20 percent. There will be a test in multiple choice and simple question format on basic knowledge of China and the Chinese economy. The test will be held at the end of semester. The term paper is an independent paper in connection with a group of four students on both sides of some controversial issues, such as Sino-U.S. trade conflicts, intellectual property rights, China's role in world oil market, real growth rate of China, etc. Then each team presents its paper in the class, discusses (and debates) with the team on the other side of the issue. Optional activity: watching one or two movies banned by the Chinese government on post-reform Chinese society. Both instruction and discussions are conducted in Chinese. Reading materials are in Chinese and English. The test is in Chinese. The term paper is in English.

AAAS 352 20th C. Chinese Fiction in Translation - Kaldis - M/W - 1:15-2:40 

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.

AAAS 361 Korea in the Age of Empire - Kim - T/R 1:15-2:40

This course provides a historical overview of the cultural practices and political economy in Korean society from its forced "opening" in 1876 to "liberation" from Japanese colonial rule in 1945. Major themes include the transition from a Sino-centric world order, reform movements, nationalism, colonial rule, social and economic changes, and everyday life in the Japanese empire. The course will be highly interactive, preparing students for and demanding their participation in simulated reform councils or debates. No prior knowledge of Korean language or history is required.

AAAS 374 China in the 20th Century - Wang - T/R 1:15-2:40

This course surveys the history of China from the late 19th-century to the present. The purpose of the course is twofold. On the one hand, it provides an outline of the major historical events of 20th-century China. On the other hand, it examines the social conditions, political changes and cultural transformations of China during this often tumultuous period. The main themes include nationalism, modernization and international relations. Attention is also given to Chinese diaspora, popular culture and controversial political issues, such as those concerning Taiwan and Tibet.

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 - T 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 380Q Sport, Race, Gender - Ku - T/R 11:40-1:05

 What exactly makes an activity a sport? Why do people engage in sport, whether as practitioners or spectators? What value does sport have to the nation and the national consciousness? How do race, gender, and sexuality manifest in sport? And what happens when sport travels to different global locations and is taken up by a new community? By examining the sporting lives of multiracial America, specifically that of Asian Americans, African Americans, Latina/os, and Native Americans, this course explores these and other critical questions in an effort to better understand the cultural politics of sport in the United States.

AAAS 382Q Africa and Asia - Hussien - T/R 8:30-9:55

This course is about the complex relationship between the world's two largest continents of Africa and Asia and how they are discovering each other afresh in the 21st Century.

AAAS 383A Sociology of China - Candela - T/R 8:30-9:55

The course surveys the social transformations that have defined China's transition during the Mao era (1949-1978) to the contemporary Reform era (1978-present). Through intensive course reading, research, writing and presentations, we will examine a variety of aspects of contemporary Chinese society including economic development, rural transformation, urbanization, migrations, labor relations, gender relations, class structure, governance, ethnic relations and popular protest. The focus of the class is on the rising inequalities that have defined China's entry into global capitalism, and how those inequalities must be understood in relation to the social transformations that took place during the Mao era. This course is restricted to Juniors and Seniors.

AAAS 384B Race-ing Digital Culture - Cheng - T/R 4:25-5:50

Electronic computers, which used to be the size of rooms, are now small enough to carry or even wear and many times more powerful than their predecessors. Information processing devices like computers, however, have not only developed technologically, they have also overturned historically established industries, transformed the global economy, and as significantly, changed the patterns and practice of everyday life, including its racial dynamics. This course explores both technological and social developments in digital culture since the advent of modern computing and information technologies, asking what role racial formation and racial dynamics – including the category "Asian / American" – play in their potential and limitation

6AAAS 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 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 - Lei - M/W 2:20-3:45

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 - R 2:50-5:50

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 480B Asian Migration - TBA - T/R 2:50-4:15

AAAS 480G/580D Afro-Asian Histories - Marasigan -W 4:40/7:40

The histories of Africans and Asians have intersected for centuries. This course traces various encounters between people of African and Asian descent in the United States and around the world, focusing on transformative moments of (potential) solidarity, conflict, and negotiation in the last century and a half. The class will historically contextualize overlapping African and Asian diasporas, comparatively and relationally examine racial formations on a global scale, and investigate the political, economic, and cultural dynamics of AfroAsian interactions. Students will explore the stakes of alliance and violence between and among diverse Africans, Asians, African Americans, Asian Americans, and others. Topics include: African slaves and Chinese and Indian coolies; African Americans' views on the Philippine-American War, imperialist Japan, and communist China; American citizenship and the legal institutionalization of race; decolonization and the 1955 Bandung Conference; the Black Panthers, Red Guards, and civil rights in the 1960s; violence in multiethnic American urban spaces, including New York City and Los Angeles; and AfroAsian representations in popular culture, particularly in music and film.

AAAS 480I Social Justice - Sabir - T  1:40-4:40 & 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 Contemporary Ecologies - Allen - M 4:40-7:40

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 480N 21st Century Longings: In Translation -Allen - M 8:30-11:30

How can we engage rapidly expanding modes of communication and the potential for transdisciplinary tools to shape, translate, break through the surface of what we long for? In transit among blogospheres, street corners, and barren lands, cities and rural locations, the body's skin, the class will explore contemporary refigurations of our understanding of refuge and refugee, of intimate memory and the limits of knowledge. Recent African and Asian diasporic and feminist visual and sonic productions, literatures, theorizing, and digital habitations that enact hybrid spaces, will be our focus. In transit, drifting away from eurocentric strictures through remappings of power, identities and migrations, our points of departure include Sylvestre Amoussou's Africa Paradis, Edouard Glissant, Poetics of Relation, Dionne Brand, What We All Long For, Theresa Cha, Exilée, Arjun Appadurai, Fear of Small Numbers: An Essay on the Global Geography of Anger, Binyayanga Wainaina, Kwani?, Myung Mi Kim, Penury, Kiripi Siku, Mobile Phones, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive, and Ching-In-Chin, Heart's Traffic. Such works utilize imaginative and virtual linkages of aesthetics, economics, and politics, to forge languages that transmit the profusion of present day entanglements. Participants will keep a record, which may be in any medium, essay, creative writing, sound, film, multimedia, of their reflections and journeys during the course. Drawing from that record, participants will develop individually, or in small groups, one or two projects.

AAAS 480O/580L Korea: the Other Within - S. Kim - T/R 11:40-1:05

This course interrogates what it means to be of Korea historically and in time of heightening globalization. An estimated seven million ethnic Koreans live throughout the globe, and foreign communities have become a permanent part of the Korean landscape. We will explore the social, economic, political, and cultural contexts that inform population movements, citizenship, cultural belonging, and lived experiences of these communities primarily in North America, Europe, and other parts of Asia. We will also examine implications of these interactions for Korea and the countries in which Korean diaspora and products settle. Prior coursework in Korean Studies is not required.

AAAS 480U/583A Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language - Song - T/R 4:25-5:50

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 483A Ghandhi and India - Dey - T 2:50-5;50

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

Filipino boxers and pool sharks, Korean golfers and ice skaters, Chinese gymnasts and ping pong "playas," Japanese outfielders, Pakistani cricketers, and a certain "insanely" talented Taiwanese American point guard: Whether they hail from Asia or the United States (or elsewhere), whether male or female, whether gay or straight, and whether they engage professionally or recreationally, Asians can be and often are sports fanatics. All manner of sports are not only immensely popular among Asians but is vitally important to them. But what exactly makes an activity a sport? Why do people engage in sports? What value does sports have to the nation and the national consciousness? How does gender and sexuality manifest in sports? And what happens when sports travel to different locations or when a sport is taken up by a new community? Using Asians, Asian Americans, and Asians across the diaspora as case studies, and through multidisciplinary approaches and sources, this course examines these and other questions critical to better understanding the cultural politics of Asians in sports.  

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.

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Fall 2012 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.

JPN 380C Challenge Japanese Language Proficiency - Hashimoto - T/R 11:40-1:05

The goal of this course is preparing to take and pass the Level 3 Japanese Language Proficiency Test. The focus of the course will be on learning intermediate-level Kanji, and grammar, and improving reading comprehension skills. Students will be expected to develop and refine their speaking and listening comprehension skills. Prerequisite: JPN204 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 411 Korean for Professionals I

This course is designed for upper-level undergraduates who are interested in learning the correct usage of Korean language and more thorough knowledge of Korean grammar, spelling and orthography, correct spacing  as well as useful expressions in Sino-Korean and idiomatic expressions.  Students will learn how to write Korean in a more professional manner and expand their knowledge about Korean language in general.

KOR 415 Korean Translation: Literary - Cha - T/R 2:50-4:15

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