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First-Year Seminars

For a full description of first-year seminars, see the First-Year Seminar section.

1006 c. China Encounters the West. Fall 2014. Leah Zuo. (Same as History 1036.)

1043 {23} c. East Asian Genre Cinema: Action, Anime, and Martial Arts. Fall 2013. Shu-chin Tsui. (Same as Film Studies 1043 {23}.)

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

[1625 {138} b - ESD, IP. Everyday Life in India and Pakistan. (Same as Anthropology 1138 {138}.)]

2002 {276} c - ESD, IP. The Foundations of Chinese Thought. Fall 2013. Leah Zuo.

Seminar. Addresses Chinese thought from the time of Confucius, ca. sixth century BCE, up to the beginning of the Common Era. The first half of the time period nurtured many renowned thinkers, who devoted themselves to the task of defining and disseminating ideas. The latter half witnessed the canonization of a number of significant traditions, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism. Major problems that preoccupied the thinkers include order and chaos, human nature, the relationship between man and nature, among others. Students instructed to interrogate philosophical ideas in historical contexts. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as History 2780 {276}.)

2005 {273} c - IP. Science, Technology, and Society in China. Spring 2014. Leah Zuo.

Seminar. Examines Chinese science, technology, and medicine in the cultural, intellectual, and social circumstances. The first part surveys a selection of main fields of study in traditional Chinese science and technology, nodal points of invention and discovery, and important conceptual themes. The second part tackles the clash between traditional Chinese natural studies and modern science from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Prominent themes include astronomy and court politics, printing technology and books, and the dissemination of Western natural science, among others. Reading materials reflect the interdisciplinary approach of this course and include secondary literature on cultural, intellectual history, ethnography, and the sociology of scientific knowledge. (Same as History 2781 {260}.)

2010 {275} c. The Emergence of Chinese Civilization. Spring 2014. Leah Zuo.

Introduction to ancient Chinese history (2000 BCE to 800 CE). Explores the origins and foundations of Chinese civilization. Prominent themes include the inception of the imperial system, the intellectual fluorescence in classical China, the introduction and assimilation of Buddhism, the development of Chinese cosmology, and the interactions between early China and neighboring regions. Class discussion of historical writings complemented with literary works and selected pieces of the visual arts. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as History 2320 {275}.)

2011 {271} c - ESD, IP. Late Imperial China. Fall 2014. Leah Zuo.

Introduction to late imperial China (800 to 1800) as the historical background to the modern age. Begins with the conditions shortly before the Golden Age (Tang Dynasty) collapses, and ends with the heyday of the last imperial dynasty (Qing Dynasty). Major topics include the burgeoning of “modernity” in economic and political patterns, the relation between state and society, the voice and presence of new social elites, ethnic identities, and the cultural, economic, and political encounters between China and the West. Note: This course fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors. (Same as History 2321 {273}.)

2012 {277} c - IP. China’s Path to Modernity: 1800 to Present. Fall 2013. Leah Zuo.

Introduction to modern and contemporary Chinese history. Covers the period from the nineteenth century, when imperial China encountered the greatest national crisis in its contact with the industrial West, to the present People’s Republic of China. Provides historical depth to an understanding of the multiple meanings of Chinese modernity. Major topics include: democratic and socialist revolutions; assimilation of Western knowledge and thought; war; imperialism; and the origin, development, and unraveling of Communist rule. (Same as History 2322 {214}.)

2020 c. Power and Politics in Pre-Modern Chinese Art. Spring 2014. Peggy Wang.

Introduces students to Chinese art from the First Emperor’s terracotta warriors in the third century BCE to the waning of the country’s dynastic history in the nineteenth century CE. Following a chronological sequence, explores key mortuary spaces, religious objects, court art, and landscape painting with emphasis on themes of power and politics. Emphasis is placed on understanding changing art formats and functions in relation to socio-cultural contexts, such as shifts in belief systems, foreign imperial patronage, and the rise of literati expression. Readings include primary sources such as ancestral rites, Buddhist doctrines, imperial proclamations, and Chinese painting treatises. (Same as Art History 2710.)

2060 {227} b - IP. Contemporary Chinese Politics. Spring 2014. Christopher Heurlin.

Examines Chinese politics in the context of a prolonged revolution. After a survey of the political system as established in the 1950s and patterns of politics emerging from it, the analytic focus turns to political change in the reform era (since 1979) and the forces driving it. Topics include the political impact of decentralization and marketization, the reintegration into the capitalist world economy, and the development of the legal system. The adaptation by the Communist Party to these changes and the prospects of democratization are also examined. (Same as Government 2440 {227}.)

2071 {252} c - IP. Cultural Topics in Contemporary China. Spring 2014. Shu-chin Tsui.

Explores cultural trends in contemporary China with post-socialist condition as the contextual setting and cultural studies as the theoretical framework. Discussion topics include rural-urban transformations, experimental art, alternative literature, documentary cinema, fashion codes, and gender issues. Examines how cultural trends reflect and react to China’s social-economic transitions, and how the state apparatus and the people participate in cultural production and consumption.

2072 {254} c - IP, VPA. Transnational Chinese Cinema. Fall 2014. Shu-chin Tsui.

Introduces students to films produced in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Places national cinema in a transnational framework and explores how cinema as a sign system constructs sociocultural and aesthetic meanings. Students will benefit most by bringing both an open mind toward non-Western cultural texts, and a critical eye for visual art. (Same as Film Studies 2254 {254}.)

2073 {266} c - IP. Chinese Women in Fiction and Film. Spring 2015. Shu-chin Tsui.

Approaches the subject of women and writing in twentieth- and early twenty-first-century China from perspectives of gender studies, literary analysis, and visual representations. Considers women writers, filmmakers, and their works in the context of China’s social-political history as well as its literary and visual traditions. Focuses on how women writers and directors negotiate gender identity against social-cultural norms. Also constructs a dialogue between Chinese women’s works and Western feminist assumptions. (Same as Film Studies 2266 {266} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2266 {266}.)

2090 {269} - MCSR. Applied Research Practicum: Chinese Rural to Urban Migration. Spring 2014. Rachel Connelly.

Highlights applied research methods in microeconomics. Students work throughout the semester in research teams to analyze data from Chinese rural women on their migration and/or the migration of their husbands. While topics of Chinese economic life and economic models of migration are studied, primarily focuses on methods: how applied researchers work with data to analyze a set of questions. Elementary statistics is a prerequisite. Statistical techniques beyond the elementary level are taught. (Same as Economics 2277 {277} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2277 {277}.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1101 {101} and one of the following statistics courses: Economics 2557 {257}, Mathematics 1200 {155} or 2606 {265}, Psychology 2520 {252}, or Sociology 2010 {201}; or permission of the instructor.

[2101 {264} b. Gender and Family in East Asia. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2265 {265} and Sociology 2265 {265}.)]

2230 {230} c - ESD, IP. Imperialism, Nationalism, Human Rights. Spring 2015. Rachel Sturman.

Examines the history of modern global imperialism and colonialism from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. Focuses on the parallel emergence of European nationalism, imperialism, and ideas of universal humanity, on the historical development of anti-colonial nationalisms in the regions ruled by European empires, and on the often-contentious nature of demands for human rights. Regions examined include South Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (Same as History 2344 {280}.)

2270 {246} c - IP. The Fantastic and Demonic in Japanese Literature. Spring 2014. Vyjayanthi Selinger.

From possessing spirits and serpentine creatures to hungry ghosts and spectral visions, Japanese literary history is alive with supernatural beings. The focus of study ranges from the earliest times to modernity, examining these motifs in both historical and theoretical contexts. Readings pose the following broad questions: How do representations of the supernatural function in both creation myths of the ancient past and the rational narratives of the modern nation? What is the relationship between liminal beings and a society’s notion of purity? How may we understand the uncanny return of dead spirits in medieval Japanese drama? How does the construction of demonic female sexuality vary between medieval and modern Japan? Draws on various genres of representation, from legends and novels to drama, paintings, and cinema. Students develop an appreciation of the hold that creatures from the “other” side maintain over our cultural and social imagination.

[2281 {209} c - IP, VPA. The Arts of Japan. (Same as Art History 2720 {272}.)]

2300 {201} c - ESD, IP. Literature of World War II and the Atomic Bomb in Japan: History, Memory, and Empire. Fall 2014. Vyjayanthi Selinger.

A study of Japan’s coming to terms with its imperialist past. Literary representations of Japan’s war in East Asia are particularly interesting because of the curious mixture of remembering and forgetting that mark its pages. Postwar fiction delves deep into what it meant for the Japanese people to fight a losing war, to be bombed by a nuclear weapon, to face surrender, and to experience Occupation. Sheds light on the pacifist discourse that emerges in atomic bomb literature and the simultaneous critique directed toward the emperor system and wartime military leadership. Also examines what is missing in these narratives—Japan’s history of colonialism and sexual slavery—by analyzing writings from the colonies (China, Korea, and Taiwan). Tackles the highly political nature of remembering in Japan. Writers include the Nobel prize-winning author Ôe Kenzaburô, Ôoka Shôhei, Kojima Nobuo, Shimao Toshio, Hayashi Kyoko, and East Asian literati like Yu Dafu, Lu Heruo, Ding Ling, and Wu Zhou Liu.

2301 {244} c - IP. Modern Japanese Literature. Fall 2013. Vyjayanthi Selinger.

As a latecomer to industrial modernity, Japan underwent rapid changes in the early part of the twentieth century. Examines how the creative minds of this period responded to the debates surrounding these sweeping technological and social changes, pondering, among other things, the place of the West in modern Japan, the changing status of women, and the place of minorities. Many of the writers from this period chose to write “I-novels” or first-person fiction. How is the inward turn in narrative tied to modern ideas of the self and its relationship to society? What sorts of quests does this self embark on and how is the end of the journey conceptualized? How do the romantic objects of this (male) self help express notions of stability/instability in a changing world? No prior knowledge of Japanese language, history, or culture is required. All readings in English.

2320 {282} b - ESD, IP. Japanese Politics and Society. Fall 2013. Henry C. W. Laurence.

Comprehensive overview of modern Japanese politics in historical, social, and cultural context. Analyzes the electoral dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party, the nature of democratic politics, and the rise and fall of the economy. Other topics include the status of women and ethnic minorities, education, war guilt, nationalism, and the role of the media. (Same as Government 2450 {232}.)

2550 {219} c. Religion and Fiction in Modern South Asia. Spring 2015. John Holt.

A study of the Hindu and Buddhist religious cultures of modern South Asia as they have been imagined, represented, interpreted, and critiqued in the literary works of contemporary and modern South Asian writers of fiction and historical novels. (Same as Religion 2219 {219}.)

2551 {223} c - IP. Mahayana Buddhism. Fall 2014. John Holt.

Studies the emergence of Mahayana Buddhist worldviews as reflected in primary sources of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese origins. Buddhist texts include the Buddhacarita (“Life of Buddha”), the Sukhavati Vyuha (“Discourse on the ‘Pure Land’”), the Vajraccedika Sutra (the “Diamond-Cutter”), the Prajnaparamitra-hrdaya Sutra (“Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom”), the Saddharmapundarika Sutra (the “Lotus Sutra”), and the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, among others. (Same as Religion 2223 {223}.)

2552 {240} c - IP. Hindu Literatures. Spring 2014. John Holt and Sree Padma Holt.

A reading and discussion of translated classical Hindu literature, including the Rg Veda, Upanishads, Yoga Sutra, the epics Ramayana, Mahabharata (including the Bhagavad Gita), Devi Mahatmya and the Cilapatikaram, etc. Focuses on development of various types of religious worldviews and religious experiences as reflected in classical Sanskrit and vernacular literature of India. (Same as Religion 2220 {220}.)

2553 {241} c - IP. Hindu Cultures. Spring 2015. John Holt.

A consideration of various types of individual and communal religious practice and religious expression in Hindu tradition, including ancient ritual sacrifice, mysticism and yoga (meditation), dharma and karma (ethical and political significance), pilgrimage (as inward spiritual journey and outward ritual behavior), puja (worship of deities through seeing, hearing, chanting), rites of passage (birth, adolescence, marriage, and death), etc. Focuses on the nature of symbolic expression and behavior as these can be understood from indigenous theories of religious practice. Religion 2220 {220} is recommended as a previous course. (Same as Religion 2221 {221}.)

2554 {242} c - ESD, IP. Theravada Buddhism. Fall 2013. John Holt.

An examination of the major trajectories of Buddhist religious thought and practice as understood from a reading of primary and secondary texts drawn from the Theravada traditions of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma. (Same as Religion 2222 {222}.)

2555 c - IP. Religious Culture and Political Change in Southeast Asia. Spring 2014. John Holt.

An examination of the ways in which changes in political economies and societies of Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia have fostered changes in the predominantly Theravada Buddhist religious cultures of modern Southeast Asia. Focuses include how civil wars in Sri Lanka and Burma, revolutions in Laos and Cambodia, and the ideology of kingship in Thailand have elicited changes in the public practice and understanding of religion. Previous credit in Religion 2222 {222} (same as Asian Studies 2554 {242}) is highly recommended. (Same as Religion 2288.)

[2561 {247} b - ESD, IP. Bollywood, Kollywood, and Beyond: Indian Cinema and Society. (Same as Anthropology 2601 {232} and Film Studies 2232 {232}.)]

2562 {248} b. Activist Voices in India. Fall 2013. Sara Dickey.

Examines contemporary social and political activism in India. Focuses on film, essays, and fiction to investigate the ways that political messages are constructed through different media and for specific audiences. Case studies include activism concerning religious conflict, gender inequalities, gay and lesbian identities, and environmental issues. (Same as Anthropology 2647 {248}, Film Studies 2248 {248}, and Gender and Women’s Studies 2250 {246}.)

Prerequisite: Anthropology 1101 {101} or Sociology 1101 {101}, and one previous course on contemporary South Asian societies from the following: Anthropology 1138 {138} (same as Asian Studies 1625 {138}); Anthropology 2601 {232} (same as Asian Studies 2561 {247}); Anthropology 2643 {243} (same as Asian Studies 2560 {232}); Asian Studies 2501 {289} (same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2289 {289} and Religion 2289 {289}); History 1038 {26} (same as Asian Studies 1035 {26}); History 2341 {282} (same as Asian Studies 2580 {236}); History 2342 {261} (same as Asian Studies 2581 {256}); History 2343 {263} (same as Asian Studies 2582 {258}); History 2344 {280} (same as Asian Studies 2230 {230}); History 2801 {259} (same as Asian Studies 2583 {237} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2259 {259}); History 2809 {241} (same as Asian Studies 2239 {239}); Religion 2219 {219} (same as Asian Studies 2550 {219}); Religion 2221 {221} (same as Asian Studies 2553 {241}); Religion 2222 {222} (same as Asian Studies 2554 {242}); Sociology 2227 {227} (same as Africana Studies 2227 {227} and Asian Studies 2840 {263}); Sociology 2236 {236} (same as Asian Studies 2570 {233}); or permission of the instructor.

2581 {256} c - ESD, IP. The Making of Modern India. Fall 2013. Nishtha Singh.

Traces the history of India from the rise of British imperial power in the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Topics include the formation of a colonial economy and society; religious and social reform; the emergence of anti-colonial nationalism; the road to independence and partition; and issues of secularism, democracy, and inequality that have shaped post-colonial Indian society. (Same as History 2342 {261}.)

[2582 {258} c - ESD, IP. Politics and Popular Culture in Twentieth-Century India. (Same as History 2343 {263}.)]

[2583 {237} c - ESD, IP. Sex and the Politics of the Body in Modern India. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2259 {259} and History 2801 {259}.)]

2584 {239} c - ESD, IP. From Gandhi to the Taliban: Secularism and Its Critics in Modern South Asia. Spring 2015. Rachel Sturman.

Seminar. Explores modern sociopolitical movements in India and Pakistan that have sought to redefine the relationship between religion and the state. Issues considered include the meanings of secularism, the ethical claims of modern states, the development of violence and non-violence as political programs, and the historical impacts of these diverse movements. (Same as History 2800 {241}.)]

2590 c. Islam in South Asia c. 700 to the Present. Spring 2014. Nishtha Singh.

Seminar: Focuses on Islam in South Asia—which is home to the largest number of Muslims anywhere in the world, and whose large Muslim population has always co-habited with a much larger non-Muslim population. Questions and themes include: the manner and extent of the expansion of Islam over the subcontinent (religion of conquest? mass conversions?); how “Islamic” was Muslim rule on the sub-continent; Islamic aesthetics and contributions to material culture; the multiple engagements and reactions of Muslims to British colonial rule; the politicization of religious identity under colonialism; the partition of British India into the nation states of India and Pakistan on grounds of religion; and the contemporary concerns and challenges of South Asia’s Muslims. (Same as History 2743.)

2591 c. Gandhi and Non-Violent Politics. Spring 2014. Nishtha Singh.

Politics, almost by definition, is oppositional. It promotes an “us vs. them” mindset. However, Gandhi introduced a form of politics that was non-adversarial and based in dialogue. His non-violent form of politics was able to bring the masses into the political arena for the first time in South Asia, and to create one of the largest anti-colonial movements in the world. Analyzes Gandhian politics through questions such as: How did Gandhi’s deeply held personal views on non-violence impact his politics? What were the Gandhian techniques of mass mobilization? Can Gandhi’s own initiatives—what he himself said and did—adequately explain his vast popularity amongst the masses? What were the pitfalls of Gandhian politics? What groups felt alienated from them? How did people such as Martin Luther King Jr. adapt Gandhian ideas outside South Asia? Do Gandhian ideas have a place in our contemporary world? (Same as History 2289.)

2805 {251} - ESD. Asian America: History, Society, Literature. Fall 2013. Connie Chiang, Belinda Kong, and Nancy Riley.

Focuses on Asian American experiences from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history, English, Asian studies, and sociology. Examines major issues in the experience of Asian Americans including immigration, the politics of racial/ethnic formation and identity, the political and economic forces that have shaped the lives of Asians in the U.S., historical experiences and influences on today’s situation, and ways that Asian Americans have resisted and accommodated these influences. Uses a variety of lenses to gain critical perspective, including history, social relations and practices, and cultural production. (Same as English 2757 {275}, History 2162 {268}, and Sociology 2266 {266}.)

2806 c - ESD. New Fictions of Asian America. Spring 2014. Belinda Kong.

Surveys developments in Asian American literature since 2000, and asks how post-millennial fictions revise and extend the core concerns of earlier writing. If Asian American writers have long been preoccupied with questions of ethnic identity and national belonging, recent works tackle these themes within new contexts of transnationalism, the post-9/11 security state, and the global financial crisis. Considers the diverse functions of the contemporary Asian American novel—as autobiography and narrative of racial passing, as social satire and tragicomedy, and as cultural memory and multiracial national history. (Same as English 2758.)

Prerequisite: One first-year seminar or course numbered 1100–1999 {100–199} in English or one course in Asian studies.

[2821 {234} b - IP. Politics in East Asia. (Same as Government 2545 {234}.)]

2830 {231} b - IP. Topics on Asian Economies. Fall 2014 or Spring 2015. Yao Tang.

A study of the similarities and differences in growth experience and the level of economic output per person in Asian countries. Explores possible causes of differences in economic paths, with a focus on several important economies, including China and Japan. Also discusses the relationship between the Asian economies and the United States economy. (Same as Economics 2239 {239}.)

Prerequisite: Economics 1101 {101} and 1102 {102}, or placement above Economics 1102 {102}.

2860 {280} b - IP. Asian Communism: The Politics of China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Mongolia. Fall 2013. Christopher Heurlin.

Examines the Asian communism in China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Mongolia. Asian communism presents a series of fascinating questions. Why did communist revolutions occur in some Asian states but not others? Why were relations between some Asian communist states peaceful while others were hostile? Why did some adopt significant economic reforms while others maintained command economies? Why did communist regimes persist in most Asian states, while Communism fell in Mongolia and all of Europe? The approach of the course is explicitly comparative and structured around thematic comparisons between the four states. (Same as Government 2445 {286}.)

2970–2973 {291–294} c. Intermediate Independent Study in Asian Studies. The Program.

2999 {299} c. Intermediate Collaborative Study in Asian Studies. The Program.

3051 c. Totalitarianism and Dissidence in Contemporary Chinese Literature. Spring 2014. Belinda Kong.

Seminar. Can “literature” be produced within a totalitarian regime where public expression is tightly controlled by the state? Or does political repression ironically foster creative means of literary circumvention? These are some central questions raised by the controversial awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Mo Yan. Focusing on contemporary China as a case study, explores the relation between aesthetics and politics via a range of writers, from establishment novelists to dissidents in exile to Internet activists. Authors may include Mo Yan, Su Tong, Yu Hua, Liu Xiaobo, Liao Yiwu, Yan Lianke, Ai Weiwei, and Han Han. Theoretical reference points may include Lukacs, Arendt, Mao, Boym, Barme, and Evasdottir. (Same as English 3021.)

Prerequisite: One course numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} in English or Asian studies, or permission of the instructor.

[3070 {311} c. Historicizing Contemporary Chinese Art. (Same as Art History 3200 {320}.)]

3300 {332} b. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics. Spring 2014. Henry C. W. Laurence.

Analyzes the political, social, and cultural underpinnings of modern politics, and asks how democracy works in Japan compared with other countries. Explores how Japan has achieved stunning material prosperity while maintaining among the best health care and education systems in the world, high levels of income equality, and low levels of crime. Students are also instructed in conducting independent research on topics of their own choosing. (Same as Government 3400 {332}.)

Prerequisite: Asian Studies 2320 {282} (same as Government 2450 {232}).

[3550 {344} c. Religious Culture and Politics in Southeast Asia. (Same as Government 3900 {393} and Religion 3344 {344}.)]

4000–4003 {401–404} c. Advanced Independent Study in Asian Studies. The Program.

4029 {405} c. Advanced Collaborative Study in Asian Studies. The Program.

4050–4051 c. Honors Project in Asian Studies. The Program.

Chinese

1101 {101} c. Elementary Chinese I. Fall 2013. Songren Cui.

A foundation course for communicative skills in modern Chinese (Mandarin). Five hours of class per week. Introduction to the sound system, essential grammar, basic vocabulary, and approximately 350 characters (simplified version). Develops rudimentary communicative skills. No prerequisite. Followed by Chinese 1102 {102}.

1102 {102} c. Elementary Chinese II. Spring 2014. Songren Cui.

A continuation of Chinese 1101 {101}. Five hours of class per week. Covers most of the essential grammatical structures and vocabulary for basic survival needs and simple daily routine conversations. Introduction to the next 350 characters (simplified version), use of Chinese-English dictionary. Followed by Chinese 2203 {203}.

Prerequisite: Chinese 1101 {101}, placement in Chinese 1102 {102}, or permission of the instructor.

1103 {103} c. Advanced Elementary Chinese I. Fall 2013. Xiaoke Jia.

An accelerated course for elementary Chinese designed for heritage speakers and for students who have had some background in Chinese language. Emphasis on improvement of pronunciation, consolidation of basic Chinese grammar, enrichment of vocabulary, and development of reading and writing skills. Five hours of class per week and individual tutorials. Followed by Chinese 1104 {104}. Students should consult with the program about appropriate placement.

1104 {104} c. Advanced Elementary Chinese II. Spring 2014. Xiaoke Jia.

A continuation of Chinese 1103 {103}. Five hours of class per week. An all-around upgrade of communicative skills with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. Covers more than 1,000 Chinese characters together with Chinese 1103 {103}. Propels those with sufficient competence directly to Advanced-Intermediate Chinese (2205 {205} and 2206 {206}) after a year of intensive training while prepares others to move up to Intermediate (second-year) Chinese language course. Followed by Chinese 2203 {203} or 2205 {205} with instructor’s approval.

2203 {203} c. Intermediate Chinese I. Fall 2013. Xiaoke Jia.

An intermediate course in modern Chinese. Five hours of class per week. Consolidates and expands the knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, with 400 additional characters. Further improves students’ Chinese proficiency with a focus on accuracy, fluency, and complexity. Followed by Chinese 2204 {204}.

Prerequisite: Chinese 1102 {102}, placement in Chinese 2203 {203}, or permission of the instructor.

2204 {204} c. Intermediate Chinese II. Spring 2014. Xiaoke Jia.

A continuation of Chinese 2203 {203}. Five hours of class per week. Further develops students’ communicative competence and strives to achieve a balance between the receptive and productive skills. Students learn another 400 characters; read longer, more complex texts; and write short compositions with increasing discourse cohesion. Followed by Chinese 2205 {205}.

Prerequisite: Chinese 2203 {203} or permission of the instructor.

2205 {205} c. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese I. Fall 2013. Songren Cui.

A pre-advanced course in modern Chinese. Three hours of class per week. Upgrades students’ linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to explore edited or semi-authentic materials particularly enhancing students’ Chinese language control. In addition to accuracy, fluency, and complexity, emphasizes the development of self-managed study skills. Followed by Chinese 2206 {206}.

Prerequisite: Chinese 2204 {204}, placement in Chinese 2205 {205}, or permission of the instructor.

2206 {206} c. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese II. Spring 2014. Songren Cui.

A continuation of Chinese 2205 {205}. Three hours of class per week. Further enhances students’ ability in the three modes of communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and presentative. Focuses on the improvement of reading comprehension and speed, and essay writing skills of expositive and argumentative essays. Deals particularly with edited and/or authentic materials from Chinese mass media such as newspapers and the Internet. Followed by Chinese 3307 {307}.

Prerequisite: Chinese 2205 {205} or permission of the instructor.

3307 {307} c. Advanced Chinese I. Fall 2013. Shu-chin Tsui.

Designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. Emphasis given to reading and writing, with focus on accuracy, complexity, and fluency in oral as well as written expression. Assigned work includes written composition and oral presentations.

Prerequisite: Chinese 2206 {206}, placement in Chinese 3307 {307}, or permission of the instructor.

3308 {308} c. Advanced Chinese II. Spring 2014. Shu-chin Tsui.

Continuation of Chinese 3307 {307}.

Prerequisite: Chinese 3307 {307} or permission of the instructor.

4000–4003 {401–404} c. Independent Study in Chinese. The Program.

4029 {405} c. Collaborative Study in Chinese. The Program.

Japanese

1101 {101} c. Elementary Japanese I. Fall 2013. Hiroo Aridome.

An introductory course in modern Japanese language. In addition to mastering the basics of grammar, emphasis is placed on active functional communication in the language, reading, and listening comprehension. Context-oriented conversation drills are complemented by audio materials. The two kana syllabaries and 60 commonly used kanji are introduced. No prerequisite. Followed by Japanese 1102 {102}.

1102 {102} c. Elementary Japanese II. Spring 2014. Hiroo Aridome.

A continuation of the fundamentals of Japanese grammar structures and further acquisition of spoken communication skills, listening comprehension, and proficiency in reading and writing. Introduces an additional 90 kanji.

Prerequisite: Japanese 1101 {101}, placement in Japanese 1102 {102}, or permission of the instructor.

2203 {203} c. Intermediate Japanese I. Fall 2013. Vyjayanthi Selinger.

An intermediate course in modern Japanese language, with introduction of advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters. Continuing emphasis on acquisition of well-balanced language skills based on an understanding of the actual use of the language in the Japanese sociocultural context. Introduces an additional 100 kanji.

Prerequisite: Japanese 1102 {102}, placement in Japanese 2203 {203}, or permission of the instructor.

2204 {204} c. Intermediate Japanese II. Spring 2014. Vyjayanthi Selinger.

A continuation of Japanese 2203 {203} with the introduction of more advanced grammatical structures, vocabulary, and characters.

Prerequisite: Japanese 2203 {203} or permission of the instructor.

2205 {205} c. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese I. Fall 2013. Hiroo Aridome.

Increases students’ proficiency in both spoken and written modern Japanese. A variety of written and audiovisual materials are used to consolidate and expand mastery of more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. Includes oral presentation, discussion, and composition in Japanese.

Prerequisite: Japanese 2204 {204}, placement in Japanese 2205 {205}, or permission of the instructor.

2206 {206} c. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II. Spring 2014. Hiroo Aridome.

A continuation and progression of materials used in Japanese 2205 {205}.

Prerequisite: Japanese 2205 {205} or permission of the instructor.

3307 {307} c. Advanced Japanese I. Fall 2013. Hiroo Aridome.

Designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. Materials from various sources such as literature, newspapers, and cultural journals as well as TV programs and films are used. Assigned work includes written compositions and oral presentations.

Prerequisite: Japanese 2206 {206}, placement in Japanese 3307 {307}, or permission of the instructor.

3308 {308} c. Advanced Japanese II. Spring 2014. Hiroo Aridome.

A continuation of Japanese 307. Continues to develop oral and written fluency in informal and formal situations. Reading of contemporary texts of literature, business, and local topics.

Prerequisite: Japanese 3307 {307} or permission of the instructor.

4000–4003 {401–404} c. Independent Study in Japanese. The Program.

4029 {405} c. Collaborative Study in Japanese. The Program.

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