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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.)

1013 c. Japan in the World. Fall 2014. Tristan Grunow. (Same as History 1033.)

1043 {23} c. East Asian Genre Cinema: Action, Anime, and Martial Arts. Fall 2014 and Fall 2016. Shu-chin Tsui. (Same as Film Studies 1043 {23}.)

1046 {20} b. Global Media and Politics. Fall 2014. Henry C. W. Laurence. (Same as Government 1026 {20}.)

Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses

1175 c - IP. China’s Path to Modernity: 1800 to Present. Spring 2015. 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 1420.)

[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. (Same as History 2780 {276}.)]

[2005 {273} c - IP. Science, Technology, and Society in China. (Same as History 2781 {260}.)]

[2010 {275} c - IP. The Emergence of Chinese Civilization. (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}.)

[2020 c - IP, VPA. Power and Politics in Pre-Modern Chinese Art. (Same as Art History 2710.)]

2060 {227} b - IP. Contemporary Chinese Politics. Spring 2015. Sarah Y. T. Mak.

Examines the history and politics of China in the context of a prolonged revolution. Begins by examining the end of imperial rule, the development of Modern China, socialist transformations, and the establishment of the PRC. 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. The adaptation by the Communist Party to these changes and the prospects of democratization are also examined. Topics include political participation and civil society, urban and rural China, gender in China, and the effects of post-Mao economic reform. (Same as Government 2440 {227}.)

2071 {252} c - IP. From Imperial Palace to Bird’s Nest: Visual Culture in Modern China. Spring 2016 and Spring 2018. Shu-chin Tsui.

Explores cultural trends in contemporary China with post-socialist conditions 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. Topics in Chinese Cinema. Fall 2015 and Fall 2017. 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 benefit most by bringing both an open mind toward non-Western cultural texts and a critical eye for visual art. Note: Fulfills the non-US cinema requirement for cinema studies minors. (Same as Cinema Studies 2254 {254}.)

2073 {266} c - IP. Chinese Women in Fiction and Film. Spring 2015 and Spring 2017. 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. Note: Fulfills the non-US cinema requirement for cinema studies minors. (Same as Cinema Studies 2266 {266} and Gender and Women’s Studies 2266 {266}.)

2075 c - IP, VPA. Ecocinema: China’s Ecological and Environmental Crisis. Spring 2015 and Spring 2017. Shu-chin Tsui.

Examines how China’s economic development has caused massive destruction to the natural world and how environmental degradation affects the lives of ordinary people. An ecological and environmental catastrophe unfolds through the camera lens in feature films and documentaries. Central topics include the interactions between urbanization and migration, humans and animals, eco-aesthetics and manufactured landscapes, local communities and globalization. Considers how cinema, as mass media and visual medium, provides ecocritical perspectives that influence ways of seeing the built environment. The connections between cinema and environmental studies will enable students to explore across disciplinary as well as national boundaries. Note: Fulfills the film theory requirement for cinema studies minors. (Same as Environmental Studies 2475 and Cinema Studies 2075.)

2200 {220} c - IP, VPA. Art and Revolution in Modern China. Fall 2014. Peggy Wang.

Examines the multitude of visual expressions adopted, re-fashioned, and rejected, from China’s last dynasty (1644-1911) through the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Major themes include the tension between identity and modernity, Westernization, the establishment of new institutions for art, and the relationship between cultural production and politics. Formats studied include ink painting, oil painting, woodcuts, advertisements, and propaganda. Compares other cultures to interrogate such questions as how art mobilizes revolution. (Same as Art History 2200 {220}.)

Prerequisite: Art History 1100 {100}, placement above Art History 1100, or permission of the instructor.

2201 c. From Mao to Now: Contemporary Chinese Art. Spring 2015. Peggy Wang.

Examines the history of contemporary Chinese art and cultural production from Mao’s Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) until today. Traces experiments in oil, ink, performance, installation, video, and photography and considers these mediums and formats as artistic responses to globalization, capitalist reform, urbanization, and commercialization. Tracks themes such as art and consumerism, national identity, global hierarchies, and political critique. Readings include primary sources such as artist’s statements, manifestoes, art criticism, and curatorial essays. Not open to students who have credit for Art History 320 (same as Asian Studies 311). (Same as Art History 2210.)

[2230 {230} c - ESD, IP. Imperialism, Nationalism, Human Rights. (Same as History 2344 {280}.)]

2270 {246} c - IP. The Fantastic and Demonic in Japanese Literature. Spring 2016. 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. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2236.)

2271 c - IP. Samurai in History, Literature, and Film. Spring 2015. Vyjayanthi Selinger.

An examination of representations of samurai in historical, literary, and filmic texts from the twelfth to the twentieth century. Topics include the changing understanding of “the way of the warrior,” the influence of warrior culture on the arts in medieval Japan and the modern appropriation of the martial arts. Analyzes the romanticization of samurai ethos in wartime writings and the nostalgic longing for a heroic past in contemporary films. Focus on the reimagining of the samurai as a cultural icon throughout Japanese history and the relationship of these discourses to gender, class, and nationalism. Readings include the Tale of the Heike, Legends of the Samurai, Hagakure and Bushido: The Soul of Japan. Films may include Genroku Chushingura, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, and the animation series Samurai 7.

2290 c. Japan: Past and Present. Fall 2014. Tristan Grunow.

Surveys Japan’s place in the world by exploring its historical evolution from the emergence of human civilization in the Japanese islands to today, emphasizing the fluid overseas contacts and interactions that have shaped Japanese culture. Topics include: the development of centralized government in the Heian Period; the rise and fall of warrior rule in Medieval Japan; the revolutionary political, and social changes accompanying the Meiji Restoration and Japan’s integration into the global system; imperialism, militarism, and war in the early twentieth century; reconstruction and rejuvenation in the postwar; and Japan’s recent re-emergence on the global stage. (Same as History 2290.)

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 2017. 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 2014 and Fall 2015. 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}.)

2400 c. Japan’s Pacific Wars. Spring 2015. Tristan Grunow.

Seminar. Examines the history, presentation, and memory of Japan’s twentieth-century wars in the Pacific in order to contemplate how Japan’s past and present has been shaped by war. Discussions focus on themes of state-formation and empire-building, tensions between tradition and modernity, cosmopolitanism and militarism, expansion and the quest for economic independence, battlefield conduct, race and propaganda, life on the home front, defeat and occupation, postwar economic revival, and contemporary diplomatic issues and accusations of resurgent militarism. Students produce a term paper on a topic of their choosing. (Same as History 2744.)

2401 c. Power and the Built Environment in Japanese History. Spring 2015. Tristan Grunow.

Examines how the built environment was deployed as an instrument of power throughout Japanese history. Focuses on four important historical urban settlements—Makimuku, Nara, Osaka, and Tokyo—to chart how cities and architecture were used to project power. Major emphasis on how Japanese urbanism and architecture was shaped by interactions with outside influences. Assigned literary readings and films draw on the urban experience, considering the various facets of city life in Japan. (Same as History 2291.)

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 2015. 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. (Same as Religion 2220 {220}.)]

2553 {241} c - IP. Hindu Cultures. Fall 2016. 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 2014. 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.]

2561 {247} b - ESD, IP. Bollywood and Beyond: Indian Cinemas and Society. Fall 2014. Sara Dickey.

Explores Indian films, film consumption, and film industries since 1947. Focuses on mainstream cinema in different regions of India, with some attention to the impact of popular film conventions on art cinema and documentary. Topics include the narrative and aesthetic conventions of Indian films, film magazines, fan clubs, cinema and electoral politics, stigmas on acting, filmmakers and filmmaking, rituals of film watching, and audience interpretations of movies. The production, consumption, and content of Indian cinema are examined in social, cultural, and political contexts, particularly with an eye to their relationships to class, gender, and nationalism. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required. Note: Fulfills the non-US cinema requirement for cinema studies minors. (Same as Anthropology 2601 {232} and Film Studies 2232 {232}.)

Prerequisite: One of the following: Anthropology 1101{101}, Sociology 1101{101}, Cinema Studies 1101 {101} or 2202 {202}, one course in Asian studies; or permission of the instructor.

[2562 {248} b. Activist Voices in India. (Same as Anthropology 2647 {248}, Cinema Studies 2248 {248}, and Gender and Women’s Studies 2250 {246}.)]

2582 {258} c - ESD, IP. Politics and Popular Culture in Modern India. Spring 2015. Rachel Sturman.

Examines the new forms of politics and of popular culture that have shaped modernity in India. Topics include the emergence of mass politics, urbanization, modern visual culture, new media technologies, and contemporary media and democracy. (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 social and political movements that have sought to redefine the relationship between religion and the state. Focusing on India and Pakistan, questions considered include: What is secularism? How have modern states sought to define their relationship with “religion?” Why and how have various political movements rejected the idea of secularism? What historical effects have these diverse movements had? Students write a research paper utilizing primary and secondary sources.

2650 Nation, Religion, and Gender in Indian Epics. Fall 2014. Sree Padma Holt.

Studies the Indian state-sponsored televised serials of two great Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and examines their overwhelming popularity among the general public. Explores issues surrounding the concept of Indian nationhood and its interrelation with the Hindu religion and the position of women in Indian society. Readings include scholarly translations and retellings of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata; viewings of selected episodes of the televised epics are followed by engagement with the public debate through published online media and other sources. One-half credit. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2203 and Religion 2285.)

2700 c - ESD, IP. Women in South Asia: Images and Experiences. Spring 2015. Carmen Wickramagamage.

South Asia undoubtedly presents a paradox with regard to women’s status with its veneration of Devi [Goddess] and ‘Mother’ and endorsement of strong political women, on the one hand, and spectacular, headline-grabbing violence against women on the other. What are the factors that give rise to this seeming paradox? Drawing on a variety of sources, literary and non-literary (from literary and analytical pieces to field reports, documentaries, interviews, personal narratives and oral testimonies), the course introduces students to the forces—cultural and material—that shape women’s life-experiences in South Asia. (Same as Gender and Women’s Studies 2198 and Religion 2277.)

2821 {234} b - IP. Politics in East Asia. Spring 2016. Henry C. W. Laurence.

A broad survey of political systems across East Asia, including China, Japan, and North and South Korea. Central topics include twentieth-century political development, democratization, human rights, and the political roles of women. Also examines current international relations in the region. (Same as Government 2545 {234}.)

2830 {231} b - IP. Topics on Asian Economies. 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. Spring 2016. Christopher Heurlin.

Examines 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}.)

2870 b. Asian Cities and Globalization. Spring 2015. Sarah Y. T. Mak.

Introduces the concept and phenomenon of globalization and its relationship to the global city. Examines how historical, social, cultural, and political change takes shape in Asian cities, along with their importance as spaces of global information and capital and technological linkages. Studies how cities are created and imagined in public and official discourse. Readings draw from political science, but also cover urban studies, global studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, and cultural studies. Topics include migration and immigration, development, gentrification, the environment, civil society and popular protests, and labor. (Same as Government 2441.)

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

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

3100 c. Revolutionary China. Spring 2015. Leah Zuo.

China’s twentieth-century destiny boils down to one word: revolution. Through analysis of historical and literary sources, provides insight into the turbulent course China has followed: from imperial monarchy to republic, from bureaucratic capitalism to command economy, from Communism to Socialism with “Chinese characteristics.” Focal topics vary from year to year and each time include one or two of the following revolutions: the Revolution of 1911 (the overthrow of the last imperial dynasty), the intellectual awakening of May Fourth, the Communist Revolution in 1949, the Cultural Revolution under Mao, and the most recent capitalist reforms. Each student writes an original research paper. (Same as History 3320.)

3300 {332} b. Advanced Seminar in Japanese Politics. Spring 2016. 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}).

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 2014. 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 2015. 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, or permission of the instructor.

1103 {103} c. Advanced Elementary Chinese I. Fall 2014. 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 2015. 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 2014. 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} or 1104 {104}, placement in Chinese 2203, or permission of the instructor.

2204 {204} c. Intermediate Chinese II. Spring 2015. 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 2014. 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’ ability of 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, or permission of the instructor.

2206 {206} c. Advanced-Intermediate Chinese II. Spring 2015. 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 2014 and Fall 2015. Shu-chin Tsui.

An advanced course in modern Chinese. Three hours of class per week. 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. Repeatable when content is different.

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

3308 {308} c. Advanced Chinese II. Spring 2015. Xiaoke Jia.

An advanced course in modern Chinese. Three hours of class per week. Study authentic materials, which may vary from semester to semester, depending on the instructor and students’ interest and need. Prepare students to make a successful transition linguistically and culturally from “textbook Chinese” to the “real world,” through independent reading, formal critique, and group discussion. Further enhances the accuracy, complexity, and fluency of students’ expressions. Repeatable when content is different.

Prerequisite: Chinese 2206 {206} 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 2014. 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, as well as reading and listening comprehension. Context-oriented conversation drills are complemented by audio materials. Basic cultural information also presented. The two kana syllabaries and sixty commonly used kanji are introduced. No prerequisite. Followed by Japanese 1102 {102}.

1102 {102} c. Elementary Japanese II. Spring 2015. 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 ninety kanji.

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

2203 {203} c. Intermediate Japanese I. Fall 2014. 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, or permission of the instructor.

2204 {204} c. Intermediate Japanese II. Spring 2015. 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 2014. Hiroo Aridome.

Building on the fundamentals of Elementary and Intermediate Japanese, students increase proficiency in both the spoken and written language. A variety of written and audiovisual Japanese language materials (essays, movies, manga, etc.) are used to consolidate and expand mastery of more advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary. Students read or watch relevant materials, discuss in class, and then write and/or present on selected Japan-related topics.

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

2206 {206} c. Advanced-Intermediate Japanese II. Spring 2015. 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 2014. Hiroo Aridome.

An advanced course in modern Japanese designed to develop mastery of the spoken and written language. A variety of written and audiovisual Japanese language materials (essays, movies, manga, etc.) are used. This is a project-oriented class and students learn to express complex thoughts and feelings as well as how to properly conduct themselves in a formal Japanese job interview situation.

Prerequisite: Japanese 2206 {206}, placement in Japanese 3307, 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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