Fall 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 101-01 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Junlian Yao, Nan Ma
Course Description:
A study of the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including grammar, reading, and writing using both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin romanization, pronunciation, and conversational skills.
0930:MTWRF   BOSLER 308
CHIN 101-02 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Junlian Yao, Nan Ma
Course Description:
A study of the fundamentals of Mandarin Chinese, including grammar, reading, and writing using both traditional and simplified characters, pinyin romanization, pronunciation, and conversational skills.
1030:MTWRF   BOSLER 308
CHIN 211-01 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Rae Yang, Xiaoya Zhu
Course Description:
An enhancement of the oral and written skills of elementary language study. In addition, students will learn to use dictionaries to translate original literary works. Extra conversational work will be included, geared to understanding and participating in Chinese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.
0930:MTWRF   STERN 12
CHIN 211-02 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Rae Yang, Xiaoya Zhu
Course Description:
An enhancement of the oral and written skills of elementary language study. In addition, students will learn to use dictionaries to translate original literary works. Extra conversational work will be included, geared to understanding and participating in Chinese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.
1030:MTWRF   STERN 12
CHIN 231-01 Advanced Chinese
Instructor: Xiaoya Zhu
Course Description:
Advanced reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of the Chinese language for students who have completed Chinese 212. This course aims to enhance the students' understanding of Chinese culture and introduce them to issues in contemporary China through reading and discussion. Prerequisite: 212 or the equivalent
1130:MWF   BOSLER 211
CHIN 361-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: Xiaoya Zhu
Course Description:
Reading of selected literary works by modern Chinese writers and articles from Chinese newspapers and magazines. These courses involve more sophisticated conversation and composition on important social, political, and economics issues in China. Prerequisite: 232 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   BOSLER 211
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 101-01 Introduction to East Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant, Peter Bates
Course Description:
An interdisciplinary study of East Asian civilizations. The course provides a framework for understanding by introducing students to traditional social and cultural patterns in East Asia and to the variety of transformations that have taken place there. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.
1330:MR   STERN 7
EASN 205-01 Arts of East Asia
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 108-01.An introduction to a selection of objects and sites that elicit new modes of cultural perception and insight into the artistic cultures of China, Korea, and Japan. The diverse media (sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, prints, painting, calligraphy, photography, performance, and architecture) and the long historical span (300 BCE to contemporary) covered in class will chart how culture traveled within East Asia, and later, globally, as well as each cultures distinctive methods of adaptation over time. The course serves as an introduction to East Asia, East Asian Studies, and Art History.
1030:MWF   WEISS 235
EASN 205-02 Poetics and Politics of Ink Painting
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-02.An introduction to the unique ink-and-brush painting tradition in East Asia. Through a series of case studies from 10th century China to post-war America, the course will not only provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the most iconic works in Chinese and Japanese art, the concepts explored in the course also intend to facilitate broader discussions regarding how the history of East Asian art has been constructed by collecting and modern museum practices. At the end of the semester, the class will travel to the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C.to visit the exhibition Lineage of Elegance: Tawaraya Statsu.
1330:TF   WEISS 221
EASN 206-01 China's Foreign Relations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-03.This course examines China's relationship to the major world powers, regions and international roganizations. Beginning with a consideration of Chinese traditions of dealing with foreign countries, we will then examine the revolutionary legacy of Mao Zedong and the reorientation of foreign policy under Deng Xiaoping after 1978. The course will focus on the role of ideology, history, culture, interests, and leadership in China's foreign relations.
1030:TR   STERN 103
EASN 206-02 Babies and Boomers: Asian Societies in Transition
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01.The rapid economic growth of Asia in the past several decades has led to equally rapid social transformation. This course takes the family as a lens through which to understand this social change. It explores shifts and continuities in both conceptions of family life and the composition of families themselves. The causes and effects of lowered fertility and increased longevity in Asia, particularly in China and Japan, receive special emphasis. Course materials draw from social scientific and historical accounts. In addition to normal coursework, students will be required to write a research paper on a topic related to course themes.
1500:MR   STERN 103
EASN 206-03 The Rise of Modern China
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 275-01. The history of China from the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 to the rise of China as a global economic and political power in the twenty-first century. Topics include issues of cultural change and continuity, the growth of modern business, women's rights, urban and rural social crises, the rise of modern nationalism, Communist revolution, the political role of Mao Zedong, post-Mao economic reform and social transformation, human rights, and prospects for Chinese democracy.
0900:TR   DENNY 303
EASN 206-04 History of Modern Japan 1800 to the Present
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01.This course explores two centuries of successive transformations that have restructured Japanese society. Key topics include Japans transition from a feudal to a capitalist regime, the expansion of the Japanese empire, the Second World War, the post-war economic miracle, and recent political and economic anxieties as well as hope for the future. We will examine a range of engrossing primary sources and thought-provoking secondary scholarship to understand how geopolitical strategies and economic booms and busts have affected the daily lives of people in Japan, East Asia, and the rest of the modern world.
1500:TF   DENNY 303
EASN 206-05 Soap, Sparkle, and Pop: Contemporary Korea and Soft Power
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
This course investigates and evaluates contemporary Korean popular culture, and more specifically the 21st century South Korean cultural phenomenon called hallyu (Korean Wave)its promises and limitations as well as its popularity and backlash against it. We will study television, manhwa (comic books), and music and ask how they participate in the transnational production and circulation of culture, identity, modernity, tradition, ideology, and politics both regionally and globally. The course also aims to equip students with analytical tools to critically think about and understand popular culture.
1330:TF   STERN 103
EASN 306-01 Modern Girls and Marxist Boys: Gender and Modernity in East Asia
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
This course seeks to explore discourses of modern femininity and masculinity through the study of the two most iconic figures to emerge in the early 20th century: Modern Girls and Marxist Boys. We will explore who these Modern Girls and Marxist Boys were, what was so new or modern about them, and what can be said about the modern discourses accompanying them in East Asian (China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan). We will use these figures as a way to enrich our understanding of gendered politics, consumer culture, colonial modernity, and international relations. Also of concern is the important historical relationship between Modernity and Marxism in East Asia and whether or not these two ideologies were reconcilable just as Modern Girls and Marxist Boys were often brought together as scandalous but typically romantic bedfellows.
1330:R   EASTC 107
Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 101-01 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro, Ibuki Aiba
Course Description:
These courses establish the basic language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. These courses also provide students with a brief overview of Japanese culture.
0930:MTWRF   STERN 7
JPNS 101-02 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro, Ibuki Aiba
Course Description:
These courses establish the basic language skills including listening, speaking, reading and writing. These courses also provide students with a brief overview of Japanese culture.
1030:MTWRF   STERN 7
JPNS 211-02 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Ibuki Aiba, Peter Bates
Course Description:
The aim of this course is the mastery of the basic structure of Japanese language and communicative skills. The student will have an opportunity to get to know more of Japanese culture. Prerequisite: 102 or permission of the instructor.
1030:MTWRF   DENNY 21
JPNS 231-01 Advanced Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro
Course Description:
The emphasis in this course is placed on enhancing the students' fluency and acquiring increasingly creative skills through composition, oral presentation and discussion. Prerequisite: 212 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   STERN 7
JPNS 361-01 Advanced Japanese II
Instructor: Ibuki Aiba
Course Description:
The emphasis in this course is placed on polishing and refining the students' language skills. Emphasis is placed on covering more sophisticated materials such as newspapers, magazine articles, film and literature. Prerequisite: 232 or permission of the instructor.
1330:MR   STERN 12
JPNS 500-01 Advanced Japanese: Literature in the Original
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description: