Spring Term 2021

AST 100 Introduction to Asian Studies

Instructor: Robert Foster
Prerequisite: None
Offered: Typically every Spring Term

Through a series of regional case studies, this course introduces the geography, history, and major themes of Asian Studies. Students will learn about the development and interaction of the major cultures of Asia. By the end of the course, the student should be able to identify major regions, nations, and cities in Asia; be able to define key cultural themes within these various regions both historically and in the present; and demonstrate that they grasp basic skills required for research in a number of disciplines that contribute to Asian Studies. Fulfills International (Non-Western) Perspective requirement.
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AST 135 Religions of Japan

Instructor: J. L. Richey
Prerequisites: None
Offered: Typically every Fall Term

A study of the principal religious traditions of Japan: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shintō. The course includes readings in the classical primary texts of each tradition as well as attention to ritual and practice. Fulfills International (Non-Western) and Religion Perspective requirements.
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AST 206 Introduction to Asian Cinema

Instructor: Gordon Gray
Prerequisite: GSTR 110 or waiver
Offered: Typically alternate years

Asian cinematic traditions have produced some of the most famous and accomplished directors (such as Japan’s Kurosawa and Ozu or India’s Satyajit Ray), some of the largest audiences (Bollywood films have immense global audiences), as well as unique artistic visions and styles (the Chinese “Fifth Generation” of filmmakers). Beyond these issues, viewing cinema also tells us much about the cultures in which those cinematic products were produced. Therefore, the films viewed also tell us much about Japan, India, China, and the cultural, aesthetic, and dramaturgical traditions of those countries. To that end, students will critically view a series of Asian feature films and then provide analysis of these films via three term time 5-8 page reviews that include topics, themes, and subject matter relevant to the particular films and of relevance to their major.
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AST 229 Modern Imperialism (HIS)

Instructor: Rebecca Bates
Prerequisite: AST/HIS 102 or AST/HIS 122 or AST/HIS 123 or GSTR 210

This course is a selective exploration of imperialism using a comparative historical perspective. Beginning with a reflection on the meanings of “empire,” the course explores the rise of European empires during the “high colonialism” of the 19th and 20th centuries. This course then will explore the expansion of European colonialism and regional responses-including local resistance, national revolutions, and the development of the Soviet and Japanese Empires. After examining the dynamics of imperial decline between 1919 and 1945, the course will conclude by considering the status of empires in the post-World War II period. Fulfills Methods requirement for Asian Studies major/minor.  Fulfills International (Non-Western) Perspective.

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AST 324 Topics in Asian History: TBA (HIS)

Instructor: Robert Foster

Prerequisite: AST/HIS 229 or AST/SOC/WGS 240 or AST/HIS 243 or PSC 250 or permission of instructor
Offered: Typically alternate years

The goal of this course is two-fold. Through examining a key period in Asian history, students will develop both a deeper appreciation for an aspect of Asian culture and a better understanding for the various methodologies that historians employ in analyzing complex societies. By reading key primary documents and secondary material from important historians, students will develop a picture of the way social, economic, political, and cultural issues interact and shape the period. May be repeated for credit, provided the topic differs from those previously studied. Fulfills International (Non-Western) Perspective requirement.
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CHI 102 Introduction to Chinese II

Instructor: Jianfen Wang
Prerequisite: CHI 101 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor
Offered: Typically every Spring Term
Continued emphasis on Chinese oral/aural and written communication skills.
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CHI 210 Intermediate Chinese

Instructor: Jianfen Wang
prerequisite: CHI 103 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of instructor
Offered: Typically every Spring Term
Continued emphasis on Chinese oral/aural and written communication skills.
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JPN 102 Introduction to Japanese II

Instructor: Nathan Patton
Prerequisite: JPN 101 w/ C or higher or Permission of Instructor
Offered: Typically every Spring Term
Continued development of Japanese speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills along with a deeper understanding of Japanese culture.
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JPN 210 Intermediate Japanese

Instructor: Nathan Patton
Prerequisite: JPN 103 w/ C or higher or Permission of Instructor
Offered: Typically every Spring Term
Completion of the two-term intermediate level of Japanese language instruction; continued practice of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, fully integrated with culture.
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