Asian Studies - ASST


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2014. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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109 East Asian Civilization: Ancient 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.

110 East Asian Civilization: Japan
3 hours. An overview of Japanese history from earliest times to the mid-twentieth century, including social structure, economic change, political institutions, religion, and culture. Same as HIST 110. Past, and World Cultures course.

125 Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Asia
3 hours. Using cross-cultural case studies, this course introduces students to some of the major artistic methods, monuments, and themes associated with Asian art and architecture. Same as AH 125. Field trip required at a nominal fee. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

209 Advanced Chinese Language and Culture
3 hours. Chinese culture as reflected in language, communication, daily life, and creative works. Intensive listening, speaking, reading and writing at the intermediate-advanced level. Same as CHIN 209. Taught in a mix of English and Mandarin Chinese, with more use of Mandarin Chinese over the semester. All assignments are to be completed in Chinese. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in CHIN 104; or placement test score or AP score equivalent to completion of CHIN 104; or instructor's approval. World Cultures course.

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.

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.

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.

229 Introduction to Asian Film
3 hours. A theoretical analysis of films by recognized masters of Asian cinema. Same as ENGL 229 and MOVI 229. Taught in English. Films contain English subtitles. One film per week will be screened outside of class. Students may choose to attend the official screenings or watch the films on their own. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. World Cultures course.

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.

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.

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. World Cultures course.

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. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Past, and World Cultures course.

272 China Since 1911
3 hours. Twentieth-century China from 1911 to the present, including warfare; areas of intellectual inquiry; changes in government, family, and the role of women. Same as HIST 272. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Past, and World Cultures course.

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.

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.

275 History of South Asia to 1857
3 hours. South Asian history from the earliest times to 1857, in regional and global contexts. Same as HIST 275. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Past, and World Cultures course.

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. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161; or consent of the instructor. Past, and World Cultures course.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

394 Special Topics in Asian Studies
3 hours. Special topics of study in Asian history and culture. May be repeated if topics vary; students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): At least one Asian Studies course at the 100 or 200 level; or consent of the instructor.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

494 Advanced Topics in Asian Studies
3 OR 4 hours. Study of selected topics in Asian history and culture. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated if topics vary. Students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

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.


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