Fall 2019

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHIN 101-01 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: CHIN STAFF, 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   STERN 12
CHIN 101-02 Elementary Chinese
Instructor: CHIN STAFF, 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   STERN 12
CHIN 201-01 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: CHIN STAFF, Shawn Bender
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   LIBRY ALDEN
CHIN 201-02 Intermediate Chinese
Instructor: CHIN STAFF, Shawn Bender
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   LIBRY ALDEN
CHIN 231-01 Advanced Chinese
Instructor: CHIN STAFF, Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Advanced reading, writing, speaking, and understanding of the Chinese language for students who have completed Chinese 202. This course aims to enhance the students' understanding of Chinese culture and introduce them to issues in contemporary China through reading and discussion. Prerequisite: 202 or the equivalent
1130:MWF   STERN 103
CHIN 361-01 Advanced Chinese II
Instructor: CHIN STAFF, Shawn Bender
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 103
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 108-01 Arts of East Asia
Instructor: Ward Davenny, Yanfei Yin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 108-01. This course introduces students 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. Loosely arranged in a chronological order, each week is devoted to in-depth examination of a different type of object, medium, and format. The diverse mediums (sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, lacquer, prints, painting, calligraphy, photography, performance, and architecture) and the long historical span 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. Major themes include the relationship between artistic production and sociopolitical and socioeconomic development, cultural exchange, aesthetics, impact of religion, power and authority, gender, and issues of modernity. Lectures are supplemented by viewing sessions in the Trout Gallery.This course is cross-listed as ARTH 108.
0930:MWF   WEISS 235
EASN 205-01 History and Cosmology: Buddhist Art in East Asia
Instructor: Ward Davenny, Yanfei Yin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-01.East Asian Buddhist art has its roots in the Buddhist art of India, the religions home country, but is distinguished from it. New types and styles of Buddhist art and architecture were developed in China, Korea, and Japan. This course traces the history of East Asian Buddhist art, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and ritual objects. We will focus on Buddhist iconography, artistic styles, Buddhist art and politics, and the transmission of Buddhist art among the three countries. Moreover, we will examine the concept of time and space developed in the East Asian Buddhist cosmology. Through the exploration of East Asian Buddhist art, this course sheds light on how East Asian Buddhists understood life and death, mapped paradise and hell, and visualized their perception of time and space in art forms. Lectures are supplemented by viewing sessions in the Trout Gallery.
1130:MWF   WEISS 221
EASN 205-02 Women and East Asian Art
Instructor: Ward Davenny, Yanfei Yin
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ARTH 205-02.Women appear in East Asian art as deities, court ladies, servant girls, mothers, courtesans, commoners, and so on. How were women represented in art? How was beauty and sexuality conceived during different periods in the art of China, Korea, and Japan? What were the purposes of the artworks featuring women? Beyond being an important subject of East Asian art, many talented women contributed to patronizing, inspiring, and creating art in China, Korea, and Japan. In this course, we will address the above questions and womens various roles in art through visual analysis and discussions on primary sources and scholarly writings. By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of East Asian art that involves women and become equipped with the knowledge and skills to analyze unknown artworks that represent women or were made by them.
0900:TR   WEISS 221
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 104
EASN 206-02 Digital Asia
Instructor: Shawn Bender
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 245-01. Ours is a digital age. Digital technologies and data systems increasingly pervade our lives. They keep us informed, connect us to others, shape our views of the world, and track our behaviors. The countries of Asia, especially East Asia, are no exception. There we find some of the most hyper-connected societies on the planet, where distinctions between offline and online are just as fuzzy as they are here. This course examines the social effects of digital technologies in the Asian region. It treats the digital expansively, placing mobile devices, social media platforms, and games alongside robotics, smart devices, and algorithmic systems of control. In the course, students will deepen their understanding of Asian digital culture by reading the work of established scholars. In addition, they will gain some experience using online tools to analyze relationships in Asian digital worlds.
1500:MR   DENNY 304
EASN 206-03 The Rise of Modern China
Instructor: Song Yeol Han
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 110
EASN 206-04 History of Modern Japan 1800 to the Present
Instructor: Song Yeol Han
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.
1030:TR   DENNY 21
EASN 206-05 The Politics of Parks
Instructor: David Strand
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 290-05.Whether located at the center of a city or in the midst of a wilderness, public parks comprise a uniquely modern public good, designed to meet competing and complementary needs for social recreation, open space, and the conservation of nature and preservation of biodiversity. Worldwide they host endangered animals like Bengal tigers and "urban animals" like pigeons, squirrels and household pets. They are home to cricket and softball leagues as well as history-changing protests and orations. We will examine public and national parks as public policy, objects of planning and design, expressions of political culture and social change, and opportunities to represent and rethink the relationship between humankind and the natural world.
0900:TR   STERN 103
EASN 259-01 Law, Politics, and Society in Asia
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 259-01 and LAWP 259-01. This course examines the interaction between law, legal institutions and citizens in China, Japan, and India. Covering history and the contemporary scene, course focuses on how law works in practice and is understood and used by ordinary people in Asia. It covers areas such as marriage and divorce, the legal profession, lost property, civil rights, the environment, sexuality, mediation, land development and property, among others. Comparisons between the United States and Asia, as well as between Asian countries, will be emphasized. This course is cross-listed as POSC 259 and LAWP 259.
1500:MR   STERN 103
EASN 306-01 Controversies in Chinese-American Relations
Instructor: Neil Diamant
Course Description:
Cross-listed with POSC 390-01. This seminar takes a close look at some of the most contentious political, legal, and ethical issues in Sino-American relations in the post-Mao period (1978-), ranging from Tibet, Taiwan, birth control, the South China Sea, crime, environmental protection, religious freedom, trade, and intellectual property rights. Drawing on translated primary and secondary sources, the course focuses on the historical, political, and cultural forces that have often driven a wedge between the United States and China, but which also provide opportunity for cooperation.
1330:W   DENNY 315
EASN 480-01 Critical Dialogues in East Asian Studies
Instructor: Peter Bates
Course Description:
To help prepare students for completing their senior research project, this course introduces current dialogues and research strategies in East Asian Studies. Students will study influential scholarly texts on and from the region and apply insights gleaned from them toward analysis of primary source data. Students will also learn to better identify and evaluate competing views presented by secondary sources. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, identified suitable sources, and developed a proposal for their senior project. The content and direction of the course will reflect the research interests of students and the instructor.Prerequisite: EASN, CHIN or JPNS major and 200-level EASN course. To help prepare students for completing their senior research project, this course introduces current dialogues and research strategies in East Asian Studies. Students will study influential scholarly texts on and from the region and apply insights gleaned from them toward analysis of primary source data. Students will also learn to better identify and evaluate competing views presented by secondary sources. By the end of the course, students will have chosen a research topic, identified suitable sources, and developed a proposal for their senior project. The content and direction of the course will reflect the research interests of students and the instructor.Prerequisite: EASN, CHIN or JPNS major and 200-level EASN course.
1330:TF   LIBRY E. ASIAN
Courses Offered in JPNS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
JPNS 101-01 Elementary Japanese
Instructor: Akiko Meguro, JPNS STAFF
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, JPNS STAFF
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 201-01 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: JPNS STAFF, 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   BOSLER 310
JPNS 201-02 Intermediate Japanese
Instructor: JPNS STAFF, 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   BOSLER 310
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: 202 or permission of the instructor.
1230:MWF   STERN 7
JPNS 361-01 Advanced Japanese II
Instructor: Peter Bates
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