Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 102-01 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.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent
0930:MTWRF   STERN 12
CHIN 102-02 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.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent
1030:MTWRF   STERN 12
CHIN 202-01 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Hua Qian, Rae Yang
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: 201 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
0930:MTWRF   BOSLER 308
CHIN 202-02 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: Hua Qian, Rae Yang
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: 201 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
1030:MTWRF   BOSLER 308
CHIN 232-01 Advanced Chinese
Instructor: Hua Qian
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: 231 or the equivalent
1130:MWF   STERN 12
CHIN 362-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: Hua Qian
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: 361 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   STERN 12
CHIN 380-01 Chinese Literature in the Original
Instructor: Rae Yang
Course Description:
The course covers a selected topic or selected topics, such as Chinese literature, culture, politics, economy, education, ethnicity, law, and history. It analyzes the readings with focuses on both the topic(s) and the language. It advances students' speaking, reading, and writing proficiency in specific subjects while broadening their background and native knowledge in these areas too. It can be taken more than once when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 362 or the equivalent.
1330:MR   STERN 12
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 203-01 Japanese Literature into Film
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01. This course introduces students to major figures in the cinematic and literary history of Japan while exploring the issue of film adaptation. Each week we will read a book, play or short story and watch a film made from that source. Rather than discuss questions of a film's fidelity, we will examine how different techniques are used in the source and the adaptation to explore similar or even diverging themes.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 109
EASN 204-01 Screening Korea: Film and Historical Understanding
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FLST 210-03 and HIST 215-04. Do national cinemas evolve with a countrys major transformations? How do historians analyze films and how do filmmakers represent history? In this course, we will investigate South Korean and North Korean films with the aim of gaining a rich and textured understanding of these nations past and present. Using films as our primary sources, we will learn about the politics, economy, and social relations of key time periods in the past. Through films, we will also chart changes in society and examine salient aspects of collective memories about the colonial era (1910-1945), national division (1945-present), and postcolonial economic development (1961-1987). In addition to the films, we will read scholarly texts about North and South Korean histories and societies.
1030:MWF   EASTC 301
EASN 205-01 North Korea: Beyond the Visible
Instructor: Jina Kim
Course Description:
Images of North Korea as a poverty stricken, highly regimented, hermit kingdom led by the Kim dictatorial dynasty abound on one hand, while on the other hand, images of technologically advanced, egalitarian society filled with satiated citizens also abound. How are we to understand these conflicting images? In this course, we will study the ways in which literature, film, and media produced within and about North Korea (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) construct North Korea in various ways. Through our study of North Koreas history, literature, and visual culture, since its establishment in 1948, this course will attempt to understand North Korea beyond the immediately visible. The course will also include, in particular, South Korean and U.S. depictions of North Korea.
1030:TR   BOSLER 313
EASN 205-02 Soap, Sparkle, and Pop: Contemporary Korea
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:MR   EASTC 301
EASN 205-03 Modern Chinese Performance Culture
Instructor: Nan Ma
Course Description:
Cross-listed with THDA 302-01. This course examines twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese culture through the lens of performance. It uses significant works as case studies to examine a range of genres in modern Chinese performance history: global mass mediated performances, avant-garde theater, modern Chinese dance, music, and intercultural Chinese opera and film. Students will learn to examine these works critically and creatively from the historical and theoretical perspectives. They will become familiar with the performance culture in modern China, including major artists, organizations, works, ideas, and producing and viewing environment. They will also learn the analytical methods to think and write about performances.
1500:MR   STERN 12
EASN 205-04 The Visual Culture of East Asian Buddhism
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-01. This course introduces students to the study of the history of the visual culture of Buddhism in East Asia, and to the study of pre-modern visual culture more generally. Each week will be devoted to the discussion of a particular keyword in Buddhist art, beginning with the basics such as "Buddha," and "Bodhisattva," toward more specialized topics, including "transformation tableau," and "pagoda." In conjunction with the investigation of keywords in Buddhist art, we will also address theories of iconography/iconology, space, spectatorship, etc. Class discussions will be supplemented by viewing sessions of Buddhist art in the Trout Gallery.
0900:TR   WEISS 235
EASN 205-05 The Japanese Woodblock Print
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-02. This course provides a thorough introduction to the woodblock print -- Japan's most celebrated artistic medium -- from its emergence in the mid-17th century to the modern era. Technical developments, major genres, and master designers are explored within the context of the print's relationship to the urban culture of early modern and modern Japan. Topics including censorship, theatricality, the representation of war, nationalism, and Japonisme. Special emphasis is placed on an examination of habits of pictorial representation and protocols of viewing unique to the Japanese print medium.
0930:MWF   WEISS 235
EASN 205-06 Topics in Asian Philosophy
Instructor: Crispin Sartwell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 205-01.
1330:R   EASTC 107
EASN 206-01 Chinese Politics
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 255-01. An introduction to the contours of contemporary politics as shaped by traditional and revolutionary legacies, the institutions of state socialism, China's underdevelopment and struggles over power and policy.
1330:TR   STERN 103
EASN 206-02 Modern China and Its Diaspora Communities
Instructor: Ann Hill
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 232-01. This is a comparative course that examines contemporary Chinese communities in the PRC, as well as Chinese immigrant cultures located in Southeast Asia and the U.S. The focus is on both the structure of these communities and the processes of identity formation and re-imagining the "home" country or "native place" in the midst of considerable flux. The course explicitly uses comparison to destruct staid truths about "the Chinese" and monolithic "chinese culture." Offered every other year.
1030:TR   DENNY 204
EASN 206-04 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-03. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state.
1500:TF   DENNY 212
EASN 305-01 Topics on Modern Design in East Asia
Instructor: Wei Ren
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 391-01. Traditional Chinese and Japanese art and design served as an important source of inspiration for European modernism. But what happened to art and design within China and Japan during the modern period? Despite China's traditional stronghold in modular design and Japan's current prestige in design culture, the two countries faced incredible challenges during the late 19th and early 20th century as they struggled with their own cultures' pasts and the modern concept of design. The class offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of modern East Asian art and examines how the concept of design emerged and developed in Japan and China in relation to both fine arts and industry in a broad cross-cultural nexus. While design connected modern China and Japan in ways unprecedented, the two cultures also adopted different design strategies defined by their respective cultural and historical conditions.
1330:TF   WEISS 221
EASN 306-01 Women and Society in Modern Japanese History
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 315-01 and WGST 300-02. This course is an exploration of women's lives and livelihoods in modern Japanese history. We will analyze the changes Japanese society underwent from the 19th century to the present, paying particular attention to transformations as well as continuities in family structure and gender roles. A key theme of the course is the socially-constructed nature of gender norms and feminine ideals and how women frequently transgressed such norms, a theme that we will explore through both primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship. Building upon in-class workshops and a series of short-essay assignments, the final goal of the course will be to produce an original research paper.
1330:W   STERN 12
EASN 490-01 Senior Research
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Leading to a senior thesis and jointly supervised by at least two faculty in the program.
1330:W   LIBRY E. ASIAN
Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 102-01 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.Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor
0930:MTWRF   EASTC 102
JPNS 102-02 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.Prerequisite: 101 or permission of instructor
1030:MTWRF   EASTC 102
JPNS 202-01 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: 201 or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
0930:MTWRF   BOSLER 306
JPNS 232-01 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: 231 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   STERN 7
JPNS 362-01 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: 361 or permission of the instructor.
1500:MR   STERN 7
JPNS 500-01 Japanese Literaure in the Original
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
 
JPNS 500-02 Advanced Business Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro
Course Description: