Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 101-01 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: Fangli Zhao, Rae Yang
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: Fangli Zhao, Rae Yang
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: Junjie Luo, Yan Wang
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: Junjie Luo, Yan Wang
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: Yan Wang
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   STERN 7
CHIN 361-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: Yan Wang
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   STERN 7
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 101-01 Introduction to East Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant, Shawn Bender
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.
1500:MR   ALTHSE 204
EASN 205-01 Chinese Approaches to the Environment, Traditional to Contemporary
Instructor: Rae Yang
Course Description:
Students who took FYSM 100-07 Chinese Attitudes towards the Environment with Prof. Yang in Fall 2012 may NOT register for this class due to content overlap.This course explores how the Chinese view the environment, from literature 3,000 years ago, Daosit philosophy, Neo-Confucianism, the works of Zen artists and theory of Chinese medicine to the modern era, serious ecological and environmental problems depicted by contemporary writers.
1230:MWF   STERN 103
EASN 206-01 Imperial China
Instructor: Noriaki Hoshino
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01. In this class, you will learn about change and continuity in imperial China, from the third century BC through 1911. Over the course of this more than two thousand years, what we refer to as China changed a great deal politically, economically, socially, and even ecologically. We will explore many of these changes, while at the same timekeeping an eye on the continuities that continued to characterize this amazing place and people over the long term. Among the topics you can expect to learn about in this course are:Who and what constituted China in different periodsHow the geography and climate of China differ from place to placeHow the imperial government was organized and how the ruling family established their legitimacyHow different forms of religionincluding Daoism, Buddhism, the state cult and popular practices such as ancestor worshipdeveloped and related to one anotherHow the Chinese empire interacted with the nomadic peoples and states on its bordersHow the role and treatment of women in Chinese society changed, and what has remained the same
0830:MWF   DENNY 104
EASN 206-02 Looking Across the Pacific: Japanese and American Environmental History
Instructor: Emily Pawley
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 211-02 and ENST 311-01. Cultural comparison can be a powerful tool to get us to question our assumptions and to make the familiar seem unfamiliar. With this in mind, this class juxtaposes the environmental histories of the United States and Japan, highlighting radical differences, unexpected similarities, and transpacific connections. Separate units will question each cultures definitions of nature, examine different relationships with indigenous cultures, compare energy strategies, with a particular focus on the Three Mile Island and Fukushima disasters, and finally examine how these cultures have influenced each other through the exchange of organisms and ideas.
1030:TR   DENNY 204
EASN 206-03 Modern Japan in the Transpacific World
Instructor: Noriaki Hoshino
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-02.Drawing on recent developments in postcolonial and transnational studies, this course explores various approaches to modern Japanese history from a transpacific perspective, in particular Japans relationship with the United States and other East Asian countries. Using a rich variety of materials such as novels, films, and essays, this course will examine the intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic history of Japan from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include Japanese migration to the United States, Japanese colonization of East Asia, African- American interest in racial issues within Asia, Japanese and Chinese intellectual discussions of modernity, American militarization in East Asia, and the circulation of Japanese subcultures abroad.
1330:MW   DENNY 203
EASN 305-01 Nature and the Environment in Japanese Literature and Film
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
This course explores the relationship between humanity and nature in Japanese literature and film. Though we will draw from earlier examples, the majority of the course will be focused on the modern era (post 1868). Some topics for exploration include: the role of animals in Japanese culture, nature as a reflection of the self, natural and industrial disasters, and nature in the imagination. As this is a seminar class, it will center on class discussions with evaluation based on participation, a final paper and a final presentation
1330:TF   ALTHSE 07
EASN 306-01 Consequences of China's Economic Reforms
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 390-03. This seminar will explore the wide-ranging impact of China's post-Mao economic reforms. Its main goal is to significantly deepen students understanding of certain facets of the current Chinese scene and develop and hone analytical and writing skills. We will be covering politics (both high and low ), economic and social changes, protest, law and private and family life, among other topics.
1330:W   STERN 12
Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 101-01 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Aiba Ibuki, Akiko Meguro
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: Aiba Ibuki, Akiko Meguro
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 211-01 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Aiba Ibuki, 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.
0930:MTWRF   EASTC 102
JPNS 211-02 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: Aiba Ibuki, 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   EASTC 102
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 11
JPNS 361-01 Advanced Japanese II
Instructor: Aiba Ibuki
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.
1500:MR   STERN 12