Asian Studies (ASST)

Subject Number Title Hours Catalog Description General Education Category
ASST 109 East Asian Civilization: China 3 hours. An introduction to Chinese civilization, including history, philosophy, and religions from earliest times to c. 1500. Same as HIST 109.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 110 East Asian Civilization: Japan 3 hours. An overview of Japanese history from earliest times to the mid-twentieth century: social structure, economic change, political institutions, religion, and culture. Same as HIST 110.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 219 Art and Architecture of East Asia 3 hours. Survey of the historic and contemporary art and architecture of China, Korea and Japan, as well as the architecture and art of Asian Diasporas. Same as AH 219. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.
ASST 220 Buddhist Art and Architecture 3 hours. A chronologically and thematically organized survey of Buddhist art and architecture in Asia and beyond. Same as AH 220.
ASST 228 Sociology of Asia and Asian Americans 3 hours. Asian and Asian-American culture, institutions, and organization; immigration, population, settlement patterns; occupations and poverty; family and ethnic identification; inequality and politics; values, prejudice, discrimination. Same as ASAM 228 and SOC 228. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100. Individual and Society, and US Society course.
ASST 231 Politics in China 3 hours. The dynamics of the Chinese Communist revolution; post-Mao reforms; the structure and operation of key political institutions; relations with major powers. Same as POLS 231. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190; or consent of the instructor.  World Cultures course.
ASST 232 Politics in Japan and Korea 3 hours. Sources, dynamics, and patterns of politics in Japan and the two Koreas. Appraisal of the Japanese model. Comparison of Japan and Korea. Same as POLS 232. Prerequisite(s): POLS 130 or POLS 190; or consent of the instructor.  World Cultures course.
ASST 270 Topics in Asian Cultures and Societies 3 hours. An exploration of a specific theme that will introduce in comparative context the major countries in Asia. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite(s):Sophomore standing or above; or consent of the instructor.
ASST 271 Late Imperial China: 1500 to 1911 3 hours. A detailed survey of China's late imperial period, covering a broad range of issues from state institutions and elite power, to popular culture and peasant revolt. Same as HIST 271.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 272 China since 1911 3 hours. Twentieth-century China from 1911 to the present, including warfare; areas of intellectual inquiry; and changes in government, family, and the role of women. Same as HIST 272.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 273 Japan to 1600 3 hours. Topical survey from earliest times to 1600: Political and economic institutions, ideology, class structure, gender, culture, religions, and warfare. Same as HIST 273.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 274 Japan since 1600 3 hours. Topical overview of the development of modern Japan: political consolidation, economic growth, international relations, ideology, expansion and colonialism, American occupation, social movements, environment, and law. Same as HIST 274.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 275 History of South Asia 3 hours. An outline of South Asian history from the earliest times to the present, in regional and global contexts. Same as HIST 275.   Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 276 Modern South Asia, 1857 to the Present 3 hours. Examines anti-colonial resistance to British rule starting with the 1857 Revolt, Indian nationalism, and the formation of independent nation-states in South Asia. Same as HIST 276. Past, and World Cultures course.
ASST 278 Topics in the Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture of Asia 3 hours. Selected topics in the art, architecture, and visual cultures of Asia and Asian diasporas. Same as AH 278. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register in more than one section per term.
ASST 279 South Asian Cultures and Societies 3 hours. Survey of the people and cultures of South Asian Cultures; emphasis on social structure, religion, and recent cultural changes. Same as ANTH 279. Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
ASST 280 China and Japan: Society and Culture 3 hours. Survey of social and economic organization during the recent past of China and Japan: analysis of traditional family structure; impact of urbanization and industrialization. Same as ANTH 280.   Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
ASST 299 Independent Study 1 TO 4 hours. Supervised individual reading or research in Asian studies. Conducted under the direction of a faculty member in an Asia-related field. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours. A maximum of 3 hours of credit may be applied to the Minor in Asian Studies. Students may register in more than one section per term. Student will be required to meet with faculty supervisor on a regular basis. Prerequisite(s): Three hours of credit in Asian Studies coursework and consent of the instructor.
ASST 320 Asian Architecture 3 hours. Survey of the historic and contemporary architectures of West Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, China and Japan, as well as the architecture of Asian diasporas.  Same as AH 320.  Prerequisite(s):  Three hours of Art History at the 100-level or consent of the instructor.
ASST 370 Chinese Visual Culture 3 hours. Survey of Chinese art and architecture from the early Shang culture through artistic movements in contemporary Chinese art. Same as AH 370.  Prerequisite(s):  Three hours of Art History at the 100-level or consent of the instructor.
ASST 371 Japanese Art 3 hours. Survey of Japanese architecture, sculpture, painting, woodblock prints, and related arts from neolithic times to comtemporary developments. Same as AH 371.  Prerequisite(s):  Three hours of Art History at the 100-level or consent of the instructor.
ASST 438 Women in South Asian History 3 OR 4 hours. A study of the diversity of  women's experiences in South Asia in a range of social, cultural, and religious contexts from the ancient period to the present. Same as HIST 438 and GWS 438. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.  Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of History or consent of the instructor.
ASST 471 Topics in Asian Art and Architecture 3 OR 4 hours. Selected topics in the art and architecture of Asia. Same as AH 471. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of Asian art and/or architecture or consent of the instructor. 
ASST 472 Issues and Events in Twentieth-Century China 3 OR 4 hours. Covers the events, places, people, political movements, ideologies, and issues that shaped twentieth-century China, and considers different approaches to the writing of that history. Same as HIST 472. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Recommended background: Previous course work in Chinese history at the 100- or 200-level.
ASST 473 Topics in East Asian History 3 OR 4 hours. Specific topics are announced each term. Same as HIST 473. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of East Asian history or consent of the instructor. 
ASST 478 Women in Chinese History 3 OR 4 hours. Focuses on scholarship on women in Chinese society throughout history, dealing with topics such as marriage and family, literacy, career options, women in revolution and the historiography of the field. Same as GWS 478, and HIST 478. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Recommended background: Previous course work in Chinese history or women's studies. 
ASST 479 Culture and Colonialism in South Asia 3 OR 4 hours. Examines the emergence of colonial cultures of domination and resistance on the Indian subcontinent from the 18th century to 1947. Same as ANTH 479, and HIST 479. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.  
ASST 499 Independent Study 1 TO 4 hours. Supervised individual reading or research in Asian studies. Conducted under the direction of a faculty member in an Asia-related field. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 hours. A maximum of 3 hours of credit may be applied to the Minor in Asian Studies. Students may register in more than one section per term. Student will be required to meet with faculty supervisor on a regular basis. Prerequisite(s): Sophmore standing or above; and three hours of credit in Asian Studies coursework and approval of the program.