Asian Studies Program

The Asian Studies Program offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of Asia with courses and advising in anthropology, art history, economics, education, film, geography, history, language and literature, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology. It promotes a global understanding of Asia that recognizes interactions between Asian societies and relationships between Asia and the rest of the world that cross and permeate national boundaries. While majors focus on a particular region of Asia (e.g., East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, or West Asia) including language study, intermediate and advanced coursework, and a senior thesis in this area, they are also expected to be familiar with some other parts of Asia through the introductory courses and some coursework outside their area of specialty. The Program offers a correlate sequence in Asian Studies and a correlate sequence in Asian American Studies.

While majors take courses on Asia offered in a wide range of disciplines, they are also expected to choose one or two disciplines in which they develop a theoretical or methodological sophistication that they apply to their study of Asia, particularly in their thesis and senior seminar work.

A student’s program of study for the major or correlate is designed in close consultation with the director and an advisor. Students should obtain an application form, which includes a statement of interest, from the program office or the Asian Studies website prior to meeting with the program director. This should be done by the end of the first semester of the sophomore year if the student plans to apply for study abroad. The director and members of the program faculty review the application and make suggestions for modifications. Any changes to a plan of study should be discussed with the advisor in advance; significant changes are reviewed by the director.

Study Abroad: Study abroad in Asia greatly enhances a student’s learning experience and understanding of Asia and is highly recommended for program majors. Advice and information on different programs are available through the Office of the Dean of Studies (International Programs), Asian Studies, and the Department of Chinese and Japanese.

Asian Studies Courses: This catalogue has two lists of courses for the Asian Studies major and correlate. First, courses offered by the program and cross-listed courses are listed by level. Second, additional approved courses are listed by name and number (these are courses on Asia offered in other departments; see department listings for course descriptions). Both lists are courses that can fulfill major and correlate requirements. Courses not on the lists, which may be appropriate to an individual student’s plan of study, are considered for approval by the director and steering committee upon request by the student major or correlate, after consultation with the advisor. Each semester the Asian Studies website posts a list of upcoming courses for use during preregistration.

Programs

Major

Correlate Sequences in Asian Studies

Approved Courses

Courses

Asian Studies: I. Introductory

101a. Approaching Asia (1)

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

103a. Indo-Islamic Kingdoms/Cultures (1)

(Same as HIST 103) We study iconic events including Mahmud of Ghazni's raid on a famous Hindu temple in western India in 1026, the tumultuous rise and fall of the Delhi Sultanate, the establishment of the Mughal Empire in 1526, the coronation of the rebellious folk-hero Shivaji in 1674, and the death of his foe, the last of the Great Mughals, in 1707. We read courtly epics written for kings, devotional poetry, travelogues, the memoirs of Mughal emperors, and excerpts from select foundational texts of Islamic and Hindu civilization. Ms. Hughes.

Two 75-minute periods.

107a. Inner Paths: Religion and Contemplative Consciousness (1)

(Same as RELI 107) The academic study of religion spends a lot of time examining religion as a social and cultural phenomenon. This course takes a different approach. Instead of looking at religion extrinsically (through history, philosophy, sociology, scriptural study, etc.) "Inner Paths" looks at the religious experience itself, as seen through the eyes of saints and mystics from a variety of the world's religious traditions. By listening to and reflecting upon "mystic" and contemplative narratives from adepts of Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Daoist and other traditions we learn to appreciate the commonalities, differences, and nuances of various "inner paths." Readings include John of the Cross, Theresa of Avila, Rabbi Akiba, Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ramakrishna, and Mirabai. Mr. Jarow.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

110b. International Study Travel (1)

(Same as INTL 110) Normally the study trip takes place in the spring semester break. Enrollment for the trip is made early in the first semester. The course, which is taught in conjunction with the study trip, provides a systematic multidisciplinary introduction to the social cultural, religious, historical, geographic, political and economic aspects of the place of travel. The precise disciplinary focus of the trip varies depending on the faculty leading the trip and teaching the course. Language instruction is required when appropriate. TBA.

111b. Social Change in South Korea Through Film (1)

This course explores cultural consequences of the dramatic transformation of South Korea, in four decades, from a war-torn agrarian society to a major industrial and post-industrial society with dynamic urban centers. Despite its small territory (equivalent to the size of the state of Indiana) and relatively small population (50 million people), South Korea became one of the major economic powerhouses in the world. Such rapid economic change has been followed by its rise to a major center of the global popular cultural production. Using the medium of film, this course examines multifaceted meanings of social change, generated by the Korean War, industrialization, urbanization, and the recent process of democratization, for lives of ordinary men and women. Ms. Moon.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

122a. Encounters in Modern East Asia (1)

(Same as HIST 122) This course introduces the modern history of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) through various "encounters," not only with each other but also with the world beyond. Employing regional and global perspectives, we explore how East Asia entered a historical phase generally known as "modern" by examining topics such as inter-state relations, trade network, the Jesuit missionary, philosophical inquiries, science and technology, colonialism, imperialism and nationalism. The course begins in the seventeenth-century with challenges against the dynastic regime of each country, traces how modern East Asia emerges through war, commerce, cultural exchange, and imperial expansion and considers some global issues facing the region today. Mr. Song.

Two 75-minute periods.

152a and b. Religions of Asia (1)

(Same as RELI 152) This course is an introduction to the religions of Asia (Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Zen, Shinto, etc.) through a study of practices, sites, sensibilities, and doctrines. The focus is comparative as the course explores numerous themes, including creation (cosmology), myth, ritual, action, fate and destiny, human freedom, and ultimate values. Mr. Jarow and Mr. Walsh.

Open to all students except seniors.

Two 75-minute periods.

161a and b. Encounter China: Chinese Language and Culture for Visitors (0.5)

(Same as CHIN 161) This is an intensive 6 week course created specifically for the 2016 IS study trip. The goal is to enhance the participants' experience on the trip by introducing them to general cultural concepts and basic vocabulary and grammar, with an emphasis on listening and speaking in particular. The material selections focus on enabling the students to have a greater understanding of cultural differences and to conduct more meaningful communications with the natives as occasions present.  The course covers contemporary Chinese pop culture, etiquette, vocabulary/grammar patterns in common greetings, essential conversations skills, and a few expressions relating to environmental concerns. Student assessment is based upon class participation, frequent quizzes, and in-class oral exercises. Ms. Parries.

First six-week course.

Two 75-minute periods.

Asian Studies: II. Intermediate

204a and b. Independent India: 1947-1990s (1)

(Same as HIST 204) When India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru looked at the new nation in 1947, he saw "unity in diversity." When Nobel Prize winning author V. S. Naipal looked again in 1990, he saw "a million mutinies now." We investigate the major political, social, communal, and environmental struggles that South Asian peoples have engaged in since winning their independence from the British. The political integration of seventeen provinces and some five hundred princely states that began in 1947 continues today in movements demanding reorganization on linguistic, tribal, and economic grounds. Meanwhile, diplomatic, territorial, and resource-driven conflicts embroil India with its neighbors to the north and south, while nations farther afield apply pressure and deliver conditional aid. Dalits, women, LGBTQ communities, rural folk, and minorities take their struggles to the streets and the Supreme Court, while religious factions try to live in peace or to suppress one another. Foreign elites, educated urbanites, and rural folk forge tentative alliances to demand environmental justice. As we study India's struggles, we gain crucial insight into Indian secularism, communal violence, caste politics, gender norms, and the challenges of development and globalization. Ms. Hughes.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

212b. Western Esotericism (0.5)

(Same as RELI 212) Topic for 2014/15b: Spiritual Gifts of Modern India. Since Swami Vivekananda brought the message of "raja yoga" to the Parliament of World Religions on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1893, a number of spiritual teachers from India have achieved notoriety on the world stage and have had a major impact in the formulation of a world and secular "spirituality" in our time. Through phenomenologicval and historical studies, as well as through close readings and studhy of primary texts, this course considers the works of these major figures, including Sri Aurobindo, Ramana Maharshi, Ananda Mayi Ma, and Bhagavan Sri Osho Rajneesh. Mr. Jarow.

First 6-week course.One 2-hour period.

213b. The Experience of Freedom (0.5)

(Same as RELI 213) This six week course looks at the four paths of freedom that have emerged from Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian thought. Concepts and practices we will consider include: karma (the yoga of action), jnana, (the yoga of knowledge), bhakti, (the yoga of love) and tantra, (the yoga of imminent awareness). The focus of this course is on practice in a contemporary context. Mr. Jarow.

Prerequisite: RELI 152.

Not offered in 2015/16.

214a. The Tumultuous Century: Twentieth Century Chinese Literature (1)

(Same as CHIN 214) This is a survey/introduction to the literature of China from the late Qing Dynasty through the present day. Texts are arranged according to trends and schools as well as to their chronological order. Authors include Wu Jianren, Lu Xun, Zhang Ailing, Ding Ling, Mo Yan and Gao Xingjian. All major genres are covered but the focus is on fiction. A few feature films are also included in association with some of the literary works and movements. No knowledge of the Chinese language, Chinese history, or culture is required for taking the course. All readings and class discussions are in English. Mr. Liu.

Prerequisite: one course in language, literature, culture or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

216b. Food, Culture, and Globalization (1)

(Same as SOCI 216) This course focuses on the political economy and the cultural politics of transnational production, distribution, and consumption of food in the world to understand the complex nature of cultural globalization and its effects on the national, ethnic, and class identities of women and men. Approaching food as material cultural commodities moving across national boundaries, this course examines the following questions. How has food in routine diet been invested with a broad range of meanings and thereby served to define and maintain collective identities of people and social relationships linked to the consumption of food? In what ways and to what extent does eating food satisfy not only basic appetite and epicurean desire, but also social needs for status and belonging? How have powerful corporate interests shaped the health and well being of a large number of people across national boundaries? What roles do symbols and social values play in the public and corporate discourse of health, nutrition, and cultural identities. Ms. Moon.

218b. Advanced Topics in World Music (1)

(Same as DRAM 218    and MUSI 218)

Prerequisite: MUSI 136, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

222b. Narratives of Japan: Fiction and Film (1)

(Same as JAPA 222) This course examines the characteristics of Japanese narratives in written and cinematic forms. Through selected novels and films that are based on the literary works or related to them thematically, the course explores the different ways in which Japanese fiction and film tell a story and how each work interacts with the time and culture that produced it. While appreciating the aesthetic pursuit of each author or film director, attention is also given to the interplay of tradition and modernity in the cinematic representation of the literary masterpieces and themes. No previous knowledge of Japanese language is required. Ms. Qiu.

Prerequisite: one course in language, literature, culture, film or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

223b. The Gothic and the Supernatural in Japanese Literature (1)

(Same as JAPA 223) This course introduces students to Japanese supernatural stories. We interpret the hidden psyche of the Japanese people and culture that create such bizarre tales. We see not only to what extent the supernatural creatures - demons, vampires, and mountain witches - in these stories represent the "hysteria" of Japanese commoners resulting from social and cultural oppression, but also to what extent these supernatural motifs have been adopted and modified by writers of various literary periods. This course consists of four parts; female ghosts, master authors of ghost stories, Gothic fantasy and dark urban psyche. Ms. Dollase.

Prerequisite: one course in language, literature, culture or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

224b. Japanese Popular Culture and Literature (1)

(Same as JAPA 224) This course examines Japanese popular culture as seen through popular fiction. Works by such writers as Murakami Haruki, Yoshimoto Banana, Murakami Ryu, Yamada Eimi, etc. who emerged in the late 1980s to the early 1990s, are discussed. Literary works are compared with various popular media such as film, music, manga, and animation to see how popular youth culture is constructed and reflects young people's views on social conditions. Theoretical readings are assigned. This course emphasizes discussion and requires research presentations. Ms. Dollase.

Prerequisite: one course in Japanese language, literature, culture or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

This course is conducted in English.

231a. Hindu Traditions (1)

(Same as RELI 231) An introduction to the history, practices, myths, ideas and core values that inform Hindu traditions. This year's course focuses on the major systems of Indian philosophy and the spiritual disciplines that accompany them. Among topics examined are yoga, upanishadic monism and dualism, the paths of liberative action (karma), self realization (jnana), divine love (bhakti), and awakened immanence (tantra). Philosophical understandings of the worship of gods and goddesses will be discussed, along with issues of gender, caste, and ethnicity and post modern reinterpretations of the classical tradition. Mr. Jarow.

Prerequisite: 100-level course in Religion, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

233a. The Buddha in the World (1)

(Same as RELI 233) An introduction to Buddhist traditions, beginning with the major themes that emerged in the first centuries after the historical Buddha and tracing the development of Buddhist thought and practice throughout Asia. The course examines how Buddhist sensibilities have expressed themselves through culturally diverse societies, and how specific Buddhist ideas about human attainment have been (and continue to be) expressed through meditation, the arts, political engagement, and social relations. Various schools of Buddhist thought and practice are examined including Theravada, Mahayana, Tantra, Tibetan, East Asian, and Zen. Mr. Walsh.

Two 75-minute periods.

235a. Religion in China (1)

(Same as RELI 235) An exploration of Chinese religiosity within historical context. We study the seen and unseen worlds of Buddhists, Daoists, and literati, and encounter ghosts, ancestors, ancient oracle bones, gods, demons, buddhas, dragons, imperial politics, the social, and more, all entwined in what became the cultures of China. Some of the questions we will try to answer include: how was the universe imagined in traditional and modern China? What did it mean to be human in China? What is the relationship between religion and culture? What do we mean by 'Chinese religions'? How should Chinese culture be represented? Mr. Walsh.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

236a. The Making of Modern East Asia: Empires and Transnational Interactions (1)

(Same as GEOG 236) East Asia--the homeland of the oldest continuous civilization of the world--is now the most dynamic center in the world economy and an emerging power in global politics. Central to the global expansion of trade, production, and cultural exchange through the span of several millennia, the East Asian region provides a critical lens for us to understand the origin, transformation and future development of the global system. This course provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the common and contrasting experiences of East Asian countries as each struggled to come to terms with the western dominated expansion of global capitalism and the modernization process. The course incorporates a significant amount of visual imagery such as traditional painting and contemporary film, in addition to literature. Professors from Art History, Film, Chinese and Japanese literature and history will give guest lecture in the course, on special topics such as ancient Chinese and Japanese arts, East Asia intellectual history, Japanese war literature, post war American hegemony, and vampire films in Southeast Asia. Together, they illustrate the diverse and complex struggles of different parts of East Asia to construct their own modernities. Ms. Zhou.

Prerequisite: at least one 100-level course in Geography or Asian Studies.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

238b. Environmental China: Nature, Culture, and Development (1)

(Same as GEOG 238 and INTL 238) China is commonly seen in the West as a sad example, even the culprit, of global environmental ills. Besides surpassing the United States to be the world's largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, China also experiences widespread pollution of its air, soil and water--arguably among the worst in the world. Yet, few will dispute the fact that China holds the key for the future global environment as it emerges as the largest economy on earth. This course examines China's environments as created by and mediated through historical, cultural, political, economic and social forces both internal and external to the country. Moving away from prevailing caricatures of a "toxic" China, the course studies Chinese humanistic traditions, which offer rich and deep lessons on how the environment has shaped human activities and vice versa. We examine China's long-lasting intellectual traditions on human/environmental interactions; diversity of environmental practices rooted in its ecological diversity; environmental tensions resulting from rapid regional development and globalization in the contemporary era; and most recently, the social activism and innovation of green technology in China. Ms. Zhou.

Two 75-minute periods.

250b. Across Religious Boundaries: Understanding Differences (1)

(Same as RELI 250) Topic for 2014/15b: Yoga and the West: Asian Spiritual Traditions/Post-Modernity. This course begins by exploring the historical movement of Asian religious traditions into the West and goes on to focus on the encounter between Hindu and Buddhist ideas and practices with post-modern paradigms in the Sciences and Humanities. The following issues are considered: The guru in America, the adaptation of Hindu goddess worship by neo-pagans in America, Buddhism and the Beat Generation, the influence of Buddhist sensibilities upon issues of social and environmental justice, the interfacing of the "dharma" with the teachings of major Western religions and philosophies, the emergence of "Hindu rock" and other hybrid art forms, and the adaptation of Asian teachings and practices to Western societies. Mr. Jarow.

Prerequisites: RELI 231, RELI 233, RELI 235, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

252a. Imagining India, 1707-1947 (1)

(Same as HIST 252) In 1707 India was ruled by the Mughal Empire. In the 18th and 19th centuries, multiple successor states fought for dominance, economies thrived, cultures diversified, and the future was full of possibilities-and uncertainty. With coverage encompassing but not defined by the subcontinent's period as a British colony, we study the disintegration of the Mughal Empire and the resurgence of regional powers, the Rebels of 1857, the lives and experiences of "New Women" and Untouchables, and the traumatic Partition and Independence of 1947. Ms. Hughes.

Two 75-minute periods.

253a. The Jungle in Indian History (1)

(Same as HIST 253) When pre-modern Indians used the Sanskrit word for jungle (jangala), they didn't imagine trees or tigers; they pictured open savannah and antelope. When modern Indians speak of the jungle, they think of forests and wilderness. Why did the jungle change its identity and how does its transformation relate to developments in South Asian environments, politics, culture, and society? In this topical introduction to environmental history and its methodologies, we study classical Indian legal and religious texts alongside Mughal memoirs, natural histories, nineteenth century works of fiction, and early twentieth century hunting diaries; we mine colonial era gazetteers and forest reports for statistical data; and we consult the scholarship of historians, anthropologists, paleoclimatologists, and conservation biologists. Ms. Hughes.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

254a. Chinese Politics and Economy (1)

(Same as POLI 254) This course offers a historical and thematic survey of Chinese politics, with an emphasis on the patterns and dynamics of political development and reforms since the Communist takeover in 1949. In the historical segment, we examine major political events leading up to the reform era, including China's imperial political system, the collapse of dynasties, the civil war, the Communist Party's rise to power, the land reform, the Great Leap Forward, the Cultural Revolution, and the initiation of the reform. The thematic part deals with some general issues of governance, economic reform, democratization, globalization and China's relations with Hong Kong, Taiwan and the United States. This course is designed to help students understand China's contemporary issues from a historical perspective. For students who are interested in other regions of the world, China offers a rich comparative case on some important topics such as modernization, democratization, social movement, economic development, reform and rule of law. Mr. Su.

Two 75-minute periods.

255a. Subaltern Politics (1)

(Same as POLI 255) What does it mean to understand issues of governance and politics from the perspective of non-elite, or subaltern, groups? How do subalterns respond to, participate in, and/or resist the historically powerful forces of modernity, nationalism, religious mobilization, and politico-economic development in postcolonial spaces? What are the theoretical frameworks most appropriate for analyzing politics from the perspective of the subaltern? This course engages such questions by drawing on the flourishing field of subaltern studies in South Asia. While its primary focus is on materials from South Asia, particularly India, it also seeks to relate the findings from this area to broadly comparable issues in Latin America and Africa. Mr. Muppidi.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

256a. The Arts of China (1)

(Same as ART 256) This course offers a survey of art in China from prehistory to the present. The remarkable range of works to be studied includes archeological discoveries, imperial tombs, palace and temple architecture, Buddhist and Taoist sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, and experimental art in recent decades. We examine the visual and material features of objects for insight into how these works were crafted, and ask what made these works meaningful to artists and audiences. Readings in primary sources and secondary scholarship allow for deeper investigation of the diverse contexts in which the arts of China have evolved. Among the issues we confront are art's relationship to politics, ethics, gender, religion, cultural interaction, and to social, technological, and environmental change. Mr. Seiffert.

Prerequisite: ART 105-ART 106, one Asian Studies course, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

257a. Reorienting America: Asians in American History and Society (1)

(Same as AMST 257 and SOCI 257) Based on sociological theory of class, gender, race/ethnicity, this course examines complexities of historical, economic, political, and cultural positions of Asian Americans beyond the popular image of "model minorities." Topics include the global economy and Asian immigration, politics of ethnicity and pan-ethnicity, educational achievement and social mobility, affirmative action, and representation in mass media. Ms. Moon.

Not offered in 2015/16.

258b. The Art of Zen in Japan (1)

(Same as ART 258) This course surveys the arts of Japanese Buddhism, ranging from sculpture, painting, architecture, gardens, ceramics, and woodblock prints. We will consider various socioeconomic, political and religious circumstances that led monks, warriors, artists, and women of diverse social ranks to collectively foster an aesthetic that would, in turn, influence modern artists of Europe and North America. Ms. Hwang.

Prerequisite: ART 105-ART 106, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

259b. Art, Politics and Cultural Identity in East Asia (1)

(Same as ART 259) This course surveys East Asian art in a broad range of media, including ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy, painting, architecture, and woodblock prints. Particular attention is paid to the ways in which China, Korea, and Japan have negotiated a shared "East Asian" cultural experience. The works to be examined invite discussions about appropriation, reception, and inflection of images and concepts as they traversed East Asia. Ms. Hwang.

Prerequisite: ART 105-ART 106 or a 100-level Asian Studies course, or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

262a. India, China, and the State of Post-coloniality (1)

(Same as POLI 262) As India and China integrate themselves deeply into the global economy, they raise issues of crucial importance to international politics. As nation-states that were shaped by an historical struggle against colonialism, how do they see their re-insertion into an international system still dominated by the West? What understandings of the nation and economy, of power and purpose, of politics and sovereignty, shape their efforts to join the global order? How should we re-think the nature of the state in the context? Are there radical and significant differences between colonial states, capitalist states and postcolonial ones? What are some of the implications for international politics of these differences? Drawing on contemporary debates in the fields of international relations and postcolonial theory, this course explores some of the changes underway in India and China and the implications of these changes for our current understandings of the international system. Mr. Muppidi.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

263a. Critical International Relations (1)

(Same as POLI 263) The study of world politics is marked by a rich debate between rationalist and critical approaches. While rationalist approaches typically encompass realist/neo-realist and liberal/neo-liberal theories, critical approaches include social constructivist, historical materialist, post-structural and post-colonial theories of world politics. This course is a focused examination of some of the more prominent critical theories of international relations. It aims to a) familiarize students with the core concepts and conceptual relations implicit in these theories and b) acquaint them with the ways in which these theories can be applied to generate fresh insights into the traditional concerns, such as war, anarchy, nationalism, sovereignty, global order, economic integration, and security dilemmas of world politics. Mr. Muppidi.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

266a. Genre: Horror (1)

(Same as FILM 266) This course examines contemporary Asian horror. Using a variety of critical perspectives, we will deconstruct the pantheon of vampires, monsters, ghosts, and vampire ghosts inhabiting such diverse regions as Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines to explore constructions of national/cultural identity, gender, race, class, and sexuality. We will ground these observations within a discussion of the nature of horror and the implications of horror as a trans/national genre. Ms. Harvey.

Prerequisites: FILM 175 or FILM 210, and permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods, plus outside screenings.

267b. Religion, Culture and Society (1)

The study of the interaction among religion, culture and society.

May be taken more than once when the content changes.

Topic for 2015/16b: Imagining China. (Same as RELI 267) In this class we examine from a broad comparative perspective some of the many ways China has been imagined - cosmologically, imperially, monastically, textually, mythologically, architecturally, constitutionally - taking into account voices from within and without China, past and present. As we shift from some of the earliest imaginings from within ancient China toward more modern imaginings, colonial representations of China will become a priority as we move into modernity and the formation of the Chinese nation-state. Any imaginings of China must recognize political and cultural diversities as well as a sustained recognition of regionalisms that exist throughout Asia. One of our class objectives will be to better understand what impact acts of imagination have on social formations. Mr. Walsh.

Prerequisite: one course in Religion or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

274b. Political Ideology (1)

(Same as POLI 274) This course examines the insights and limits of an ideological orientation to political life. Various understandings of ideology are discussed, selected contemporary ideologies are studied (e.g., liberalism, conservatism, Marxism, fascism, Nazism, corporatism, Islamism), and the limits of ideology are explored in relation to other forms of political expression and understanding. Selected ideologies and contexts for consideration are drawn from sites of contemporary global political significance. Mr. Davison.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

275a. International and Comparative Education (1)

(Same as EDUC 275 and INTL 275) This course provides an overview of comparative education theory, practice, and research methodology. We examine educational issues and systems in a variety of cultural contexts. Particular attention is paid to educational practices in Asia and Europe, as compared to the United States. The course focuses on educational concerns that transcend national boundaries. Among the topics explored are international development, democratization, social stratification, the cultural transmission of knowledge, and the place of education in the global economy. These issues are examined from multiple disciplinary vantage points. Mr. Bjork.

Prerequisite: EDUC 235 or permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

276a. Experiencing the Other: Representation of China and the West (1)

(Same as CHIN 276) This course examines representation of China in Western Literature and the West in Chinese Literature from the end of the 17th Century. Through such an examination, issues such as identity, perceptions of the other, self-consciousness, exoticism, and aesthetic diversity are discussed. Readings include Defoe, Goldsmith, Voltaire, Twain, Kafka, Malraux, Sax Rohmer, Pearl Buck, Brecht, and Duras on the Western side as well as Cao Xueqin, Shen Fu, Lao She, and Wang Shuo on the Chinese side. Some feature films are also included. Mr. Liu.

Prerequisite: one course on Asia or one literature course.

All readings are in English or English translation, foreign films are subtitled.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

290a or b. Field Work (0.5to1)

Prerequisites: two units of Asian Studies Program or approved coursework and permission of the program director.

298a or b. Independent Study (0.5to1)

Prerequisites: two units of Asian Studies Program or approved coursework and permission of the program director.

Asian Studies: III. Advanced

Asian Studies Senior Seminar

The Senior Seminar addresses topics and questions that engage several areas of Asia and Asian Studies as a discipline. Topic may change yearly. The senior seminar is a required course for Asian Studies senior majors; ordinarily it may be taken by other students as well.

300a. Senior Thesis (0.5to1)

A 1-unit thesis written over two semesters.

Full year course 300-ASIA 301.

301b. Senior Thesis (0.5to1)

A 1-unit thesis written over two semesters.

Full year course ASIA 300-301.

302a or b. Senior Thesis (1)

A 1-unit thesis written in the fall or spring semester. Students may elect this option only in exceptional circumstances and by special permission of the program director.

304a or b. Approaching the Taj Mahal (1)

(Same as HIST 304) What lies behind the legendary beauty and romance of the Taj Mahal? To understand the monument from its 17th century construction through modern times, we look beyond the building to its wider historical and historiographical contexts. In addition to the key primary sources, we critique scholarly and popular literature inspired by the Taj. Throughout, we ask how these sources have influenced what people see when they look at the Taj Mahal. Ms. Hughes.

Not offered in 2015/16.

One 2-hour period.

305a or b. People and Other Animals in India (1)

(Same as ENST 305 and HIST 305) How have Indians defined the proper relationship between themselves and the animals around them? What challenges and opportunities have animals and people met with as a result? How have our ideas changed animals' lives and the environments we both live in, and how have animals affected human lives and histories? We read excerpts from foundational ancient and classical texts, alongside British and Indian texts on war horses and elephants. We delve into the primary sources on Cow Protection and royal sport. We read children's literature and make extensive use of non-textual sources including miniature paintings, photography, and taxidermy. To provide a framework for our studies, we consult scholarship in the emerging field of human-animal history. Ms. Hughes.

Not offered in 2015/16.

One 2-hour period.

306a or b. Women's Movements in Asia (1)

(Same as SOCI 306 and WMST 306) This interdisciplinary course examines the reemergence of women's movements in contemporary Asia by focusing on their cultural and historical contexts that go beyond the theory of "resource mobilization." Drawing upon case studies from Korea, Japan, India, and China, it traces the rise of feminist consciousness and women's movements at the turn of the twentieth century, and then analyzes the relationships between contemporary women's movements and the following topics: nationalism, political democratization, capitalist industrialization, ambivalence toward modernization, and postmodern conditions. Ms. Moon.

Not offered in 2015/16.

One 2-hour period.

330a. Religion, Critical Theory and Politics (1)

(Same as RELI 330) Advanced study in selected aspects of religion and contemporary philosophical and political theory. May be taken more than once for credit when content changes.

Topic for 2015/16a: States of Emergency: Religion, Empire, and Sovereignty. In this seminar we explore connections between ostensibly normative, modern, discursive, and universal categories, such as human rights, religion, and various protected freedoms, along with the language of nation-states (constitutional language, legal discourse, etc.), claims to sovereignty, territorialization and the sanctioned violence that goes along with all the above. Though this class is comparative and global in its coverage, we give special attention to China. Some questions we consider include the following: Why do so many nation-state constitutions claim to be secular but enshrine religion as an inalienable human right? Is there really a separation between church and state? Why is sovereignty inherently so violent? Is there a connection between religion and violence? Do human rights in fact do what they claim? Mr. Walsh.

One 2-hour period.

332a. Tantra Seminar (1)

(Same as RELI 332) Topic for 2015/16a: The Serpent Power: Tantric Esotericism. This seminar offers the opportunity to study one text, the Sat Cakra Nirupana, translated by Arthur Avalon as The Serpent Power. By going through this work line by line, and by looking at critical works on Tantra as well, we closely examine esoteric Indian theories of language and the power of mantra, visualization, the relationship of mind and body, yogic anatomy and energy dynamics, and the place and purpose of imagination in spiritual practice. Mr. Jarow.

Prerequisite: one 100-level course in Asian Studies or Religion.

One 2-hour period.

337a. Indian National Cinema (1)

(Same as FILM 337) This course is designed to introduce students to the dynamic and diverse film traditions of India. It examines how these texts imagine and image the Indian nation and problematizes the "national" through an engagement with regional cinemas within India as well as those produced within the Indian diaspora. Readings are drawn from contemporary film theory, post-colonial theory, and Indian cultural studies. Screenings may include Meghe Dhaka Tara / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960), Mother India (Mehboob Khan, 1957), Shatranj Ke Khilari / The Chess Players (Satyajit Ray, 1977), Sholay (Ramesh Sippy, 1975), Bombay (Mani Ratnam, 1995), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham/ Happiness and Tears (Karan Johar, 2001), Bride and Prejudice (Gurinder Chadha, 2004), and Mission Kashmir (Vidhu Vinod Chopra, 2000). Ms. Harvey.

Prerequisites: FILM 175 or FILM 210 and permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods plus outside screenings.

339a. Contemporary Southeast Asian Cinemas (1)

(Same as FILM 339) This survey course is designed to introduce students to the dynamic and diverse film texts emerging from and about Southeast Asia. It examines how these texts imagine and image Southeast Asia and/or particular nations within the region. More specifically, the course focuses on the themes of urban spaces and memory/trauma as they operate within texts about Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste. The course reading material is designed to provide (1) theoretical insights, (2) general socio-cultural and/or political overviews, and (3) more specific analyses of film texts and/or filmmakers. Ms. Harvey.

Prerequisites: FILM 175 or FILM 210 and permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods plus outside screenings.

341a. The Goddess Traditions of India, China and Tibet (1)

(Same as RELI 341) Beginning with a study of the Great Mother Goddess tradition of India and its branching out into China and Tibet, this course considers the history, myths and practices associated with the various goddess traditions in Hinduism and Buddhism. The relationship of the goddess and her worship to issues of gender, caste, and ethics, and spiritual practice are also considered. Mr. Jarow.

Not offered in 2015/16.

One 2-hour period.

345a. Violent Frontiers: Colonialism and Religion in the Nineteenth Century (1)

(Same as RELI 345) What is the relationship between religion and colonialism and how has this relationship shaped the contemporary world? During the nineteenth century the category of religion was imagined and applied in different ways around the globe. When colonialists undertook to 'civilize' a people, specific understandings of religion were at the core of their undertakings. By the mid-nineteenth century, Europe's territorial energy was focused on Asia and Africa. Themes for discussion include various nineteenth-century interpretations of religion, the relationship between empire and culture, the notion of frontier religion, and the imagination and production of society. Mr. Walsh.

Not offered in 2015/16.

350b. Comparative Studies in Religion (1)

(Same as RELI 350) Topic for 2015/16b: The Serpent Power: Tantric Esotericism. This seminar offers the opportunity to study one text, the Sat Cakra Nirupana, translated by Arthur Avalon as The Serpent Power. By going through this work line by line, and by looking at critical works on Tantra as well, we closely examine esoteric Indian theories of language and the power of mantra, visualization, the relationship of mind and body, yogic anatomy and energy dynamics, and the place and purpose of imagination in spiritual practice. Mr. Jarow.

Prerequisite: one 100-level course in Religion.

One 2-hour period.

351b. Special Topics in Chinese and Japanese Literature and Culture (1)

(Same as CHJA 351) Topics vary each year. Can be repeated for credit when a new topic is offered.

Topic for 2015/16b: Chinese Linguistics. This course offers a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the whole set of terminology of the general linguistics in connection to Chinese phonology, morphology and syntax. It examines the structure of Chinese words, sentences and discourse in terms of their pronunciation, formation and function in comparison with and in contrast to similar aspects of English. It also highlights the construction and evolution of Chinese characters and explores social dimensions of the language. Topics such as language planning and standardization, relations of Mandarin with the dialects, and interactions between Chinese and other minority languages are discussed. Classes are conducted and readings done in English. Students with background in Chinese can choose to do projects in Chinese at their appropriate level. Mr. Du.

Prerequisites: two courses in a combination of language, linguistics, literature, culture, or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.  

Two 75-minute periods.

358a. Seminar in Asian Art (1)

(Same as ART 358) Topics vary each year.

Topic for 2015/16a: Art in China from 1900 to Today: Vision, Politics, and Globalism. This seminar offers an in-depth investigation of art in China from the early twentieth century to the present. We discuss a vast array of artistic media, from painting, printmaking, and sculpture, to popular imagery, photography, film, fashion, architecture and urban space. The course emphasizes careful visual analysis, supplemented by readings that examine the evolving circumstances in which artists in modern China have created their works. Issues we confront in the seminar include art's role as an instrument of political authority, opposition, and subversion; artists' experiments with technology and new media; and the rise of Chinese art as a global phenomenon, with attention to the complex and divergent realities of today's China as envisioned by artists in the twenty-first century. Mr. Seiffert.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period.

360a. Problems in Cultural Analysis (1)

(Same as ANTH 360) Covers a variety of current issues in modern anthropology in terms of ongoing discussion among scholars of diverse opinions rather than a rigid body of fact and theory.

Not offered in 2015/16.

362a. Senior Seminar: Women in Japanese and Chinese Literature (1)

(Same as CHJA 362 and WMST 362) An intercultural examination of the images of women presented in Japanese and Chinese narrative, drama, and poetry from their early emergence to the modern period. While giving critical attention to aesthetic issues and the gendered voices in representative works, the course also provides a comparative view of the dynamic changes in women's roles in Japan and China. Ms. Qiu.

Prerequisite: one 200-level course in language, literature, culture or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

All selections are in English translation.

Not offered in 2015/16.

One 2-hour period.

363a. Decolonizing International Relations (1)

(Same as POLI 363) Colonial frameworks are deeply constitutive of mainstream international relations. Issues of global security, economy, and politics continue to be analyzed through perspectives that either silence or are impervious to the voices and agencies of global majorities. This seminar challenges students to enter into, reconstruct, and critically evaluate the differently imagined worlds of ordinary, subaltern peoples and political groups. We draw upon postcolonial theories to explore alternatives to the historically dominant explanations of international relations. Mr. Muppidi.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

One 2-hour period.

364b. The West in Japanese Literature since the Nineteenth Century (1)

(Same as JAPA 364) This course examines the influence of the West on Japanese literature after the nineteenth century and follows the process of the construction of modern Japanese identity. Authors may include: Natsume Sôseki, Akuagawa Ryûnosuke, Tanizaki Junichirô, Kojima Nobuo, Murakami Ryû and Yamada Amy. Translated Japanese literary works are closely read, and various theoretical readings are assigned. This course emphasizes discussion and requires research presentations. Ms. Dollase.

Prerequisite: one 200-level course in language, literature, culture or Asian Studies, or permission of the instructor.

This course is conducted in English.

Not offered in 2015/16.

365a. Imagining Asia and the Pacific (1)

(Same as ANTH 365) Does "the Orient" exist? Is the Pacific really a Paradise? On the other hand, does the "West" exist? If it does, is it the opposite of Paradise? Asia is often imagined as an ancient, complex challenger and the Pacific is often imagined as a simple, idyllic paradise. This course explores Western scholarly images of Asia (East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia) and of the island Pacific. It also traces the impact of Asian and Pacific ideas and institutions on the West. Each time offered, the seminar has at least three foci, on topics such as: Asia, the Pacific and capitalism; Asia, the Pacific and the concept of culture; Asia, the Pacific and the nation-state; Asia, the Pacific and feminism; Asia, the Pacific and knowledge. Ms. Kaplan.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Asian Studies/Anthropology or permission of the instructor.

One 2-hour period.

366a. Seminar in Transcending the Limit: Literary Theory in the East-West Context (1)

(Same as CHJA 366) This course examines various traditional and contemporary literary theories with a distinct Asianist---particularly East Asianist---perspective. At least since the eighteenth century, Western theoretical discourse often took into serious consideration East Asian literature, language and civilization in their construction of "universal" theoretical discourses. The comparative approach to literary theory becomes imperative in contemporary theoretical discourse as we move toward ever greater global integration. Selected theoretical texts from the I Ching, Hegel, Genette, Barthes, Derrida, Todorov, and Heidegger as well as some primary literary texts are among the required readings. Mr. Liu.

Prerequisite: one literature course or permission of the instructor.

All readings are in English.

Not offered in 2015/16.

368a. The Court, Consorts, and Courtesans (1)

(Same as CHIN 368) The course is designed to serve the increasing needs among students with very high or near native Chinese proficiency who want to read more sophisticated literary texts in the original and thereby to benefit their Chinese literary reading and writing as well as their knowledge of traditional Chinese literature and culture. The course chooses primary texts mainly from the Three Kingdoms, Six Dynasties and the Tang times in medieval China and frames them in historical and literary continuum. These texts include Cao Zhi, Xie Lingyun, Liu Yiqing, Gan Bao, Du Fu, Li Shangyin and Tang romances. Some relevant modern texts and criticisms such as Lu Xun, Chen Yinke, and Qian Zhongshu are also incorporated to make up such continuum. Students are required to submit a series of writing exercises in Chinese that analyse, discuss and rewrite the original texts. Students gain great familiarity with how meanings were generated in medieval Chinese poetry and fiction, acquire insights into more personal and intimate perspectives of historical events and social mores, and improve their own Chinese reading and writing. Mr. Liu.

Prerequisite: advanced Chinese or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Most of the readings are in Chinese.

Not offered in 2015/16.

Two 75-minute periods.

369b. Masculinities: Global Perspectives (1)

(Same as SOCI 369) From a sociological perspective, gender is not only an individual identity, but also a social structure of inequality (or stratification) that shapes the workings of major institutions in society as well as personal experiences. This seminar examines meanings, rituals, and quotidian experiences of masculinities in various societies in order to illuminate their normative making and remaking as a binary and hierarchical category of gender and explore alternatives to this construction of gender. Drawing upon cross-cultural and comparative case studies, this course focuses on the following institutional sites critical to the politics of masculinities: marriage and the family, the military, business corporations, popular culture and sexuality, medicine and the body, and religion. Ms. Moon.

Prerequisite: previous coursework in Sociology or permission of the instructor.

One 3-hour period.

372b. Topics in Human Geography (1)

This seminar focuses on advanced debates in the socio- spatial organization of the modern world. The specific topic of inquiry varies from year to year. Students may repeat the course for credit if the topic changes. Previous seminar themes include the urban-industrial transition, the urban frontier, urban poverty, cities of the Americas, segregation in the city, global migration, and reading globalization.

Not offered in 2015/16.

374b. The Origins of the Global Economy (1)

(Same as ECON 374) This course examines the long-run evolution of the global economy. For centuries the world has experienced a dramatic rise in international trade, migration, foreign capital flows and technology, culminating in what is today called "the global economy." How did it happen? Why did it happen to Europe first? In this course, we examine the process of economic development in pre-modern Europe and Asia, the economic determinants of state formation and market integration, the causes and consequences of West European overseas expansion, and the emergence and nature of today's global economy. 

Prerequisite: ECON 200 and ECON 209.

Not offered in 2015/16.

385b. Asian Healing Traditions (1)

(Same as RELI 385) This seminar offers a comprehensive view of the traditional medical systems and healing modalities of India and China and examines the cultural values they participate in and propound. It also includes a "laboratory" in which hands-on disciplines (such as yoga and qi-gong) are practiced and understood within their traditional contexts. From a study of classical Ayur Vedic texts, Daoist alchemical manuals, shamanic processes and their diverse structural systems, the seminar explores the relationship between healing systems, religious teachings, and social realities. It looks at ways in which the value and practices of traditional medical and healing systems continue in Asia and the West. Mr. Jarow.

Prerequisite: RELI 231 or permission of the instructor.

Not offered in 2015/16.

388b. The Spiritual Gifts of Modern India (1)

(Same as RELI 388   ) Since Swami Vivekananda brought the message of "raja yoga" to the Parliament of World Religions on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1893, a number of spiritual teachers from India have achieved notoriety on the world stage and have had a major impact in the formulation of a world and secular "spirituality" in our time. Through phenomenological and historical studies, as well as through close reading and study of primary texts, this course considers the works of these major figures, including Sri Aurobindo, Ramana Maharshi, Ananda Mayi Ma, and Bhagavan Sri Osho Rajneesh.

389b. Constructing China from Beyond (1)

(Same as HIST 389) This course examines China from the perspective of its engagement with the non-Chinese world, in both the pre-modern and modern period. Roughly in chronological order, the course will cover China's interactions with others in three geographical scales: the frontier regimes in Inner Asia, the land and maritime neighbors in East and Southeast Asia, and regional/global powers in a broader scope. The main questions of inquiry include (but are not limited to): how does one draw a boundary around the subject called "China" in terms of geography, ethnicity, nation, culture, and civilization? To what extent has China's views of the external world shifted in the modern period? Was/is there a general Chinese mode in dealing with outsiders? Though mainly a study of history, the course also introduces works from other disciplines like sociology and international relations. Many important issues in contemporary China studies, such as domestic challenges in ethnic frontier areas and diplomatic disputes with other countries, are no doubt embedded in our concerns from the very beginning. Mr. Song.

One 2-hour period.

399a or b. Senior Independent Study (0.5to1)

Prerequisites: two units of Asian Studies Program or approved coursework and permission of the program director.