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The Academic Program
       

Spring 2015 East Asian Courses

Note: Always consult your advisor to be sure a specific course meets program requirments.

Areas of Study:

Anthropology / History of Art and Architecture / History of Art / Chinese / Chinese Literature in Translation / Commerce / East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures / East Asian Studies / Education / Environmental Sciences / History / Japanese / Japanese Literature in Translation / Korean / Korean in Translation/ Politics- Comparative Politics / Religion - Buddhism / Tibetan

Anthropology

ANTH 3630 / 7630 Chinese Family and Religion
3 Credits, Staff
TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Analyzes various features of traditional Chinese social organization as it existed in the late imperial period. Includes the late imperial state; Chinese family and marriage; lineages, ancestor worship; popular religion; village social structure; regional systems; and rebellion.

Anthropology 5510-2     CHINA ETHNOGRAPHY: Gender and the Chinese Culture of Social Relations

3 Credits, John Shepherd
This is a seminar for graduate students and upper level undergraduates with background in Chinese studies and/or  Anthropology.        This course will critically review the numerous characterizations of female and male gender in modern Chinese cultures. The adequacy of these characterizations will be tested against ethnographic descriptions and literary accounts of Chinese families, gender roles, friendships, business and  religious communities. Examples will be drawn from the People's Republic, Taiwan, and overseas communities.  The course will conducted as a seminar based on student participation and discussion focusing on critical responses to the readings. 

History of Art and Architecture

ARAH 7580 Research Problems in the Architecture of East, South, and Southeast Asia

3 credits, Staff

Time TBA

Reading and reseasrch problems in the architecture of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

ARAH 9585 Seminar int he Art of East, South, and Southeast Asia: Buddhist Cults Images & Relics

3 credits, Dorothy Wong

Tu 6-8:30pm

Investigates problems in art of East, South, and Southeast Asia.

Architectural History

ARH 3601/7601 East Meets West
3 credits, Yunsheng Huang

Mo 9-11:30am

Studies cultural exchanges in architecture between East and West, emphasizing master architects such as F.L. Wright and L. Khan.

History of Art

ARTH 2861 East Asian Art
3 Credits, Dorothy Wong
TuTh 2-3:15pm
Introduces the artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan, from prehistoric times to the modern era. Surveys major monuments and the fundamental concepts behind their creation, and examines artistic form in relation to society, individuals, technology, and ideas.

Chinese

CHIN 1010 Elementary Chinese
4 Credits, Instructors: Ran Zhao, Staff
MoTuWThFr 10:00am-10:50am, 11:00am-11:50am, 12:00pm-12:50pm, 1:00pm-1:50pm, 2:00pm-2:50pm
Introduction to the fundamentals of modern Chinese. No prerequisites. This course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Prerequisite: none.

CHIN 1060 Acclerated Elementary Chinese

4 credits, Staff

MoTuWeFr 12-12:50pm

Specifically intended for students with native or near native speaking ability in Mandarin Chinese, but little or no reading and writing ability. The course focuses on reading and writing Chinese. The goals of this course are to help students: 1) achieve control of the Chinese sound system (the 4 tones and Pinyin) and basic components of Chinese characters; 2) be able tow rite 400-500 characters, 3) express themselves clearly in written form on a variety of covered topics using learned grammar patterns and vocabulary, 4) improve their basic reading skills (including learning to use a Chinese dictionary).

CHIN 2020 Intermediate Chinese
4 Credits, MoTuWThFr 10:00am-10:50am, 11:00am-11:50am, 12:00pm-12:50pm, 1:00pm-1:50pm
Instructors: Shu-Chen Chen, Miao-Fen Tseng
Builds on the foundations acquired in CHIN 1010-1020 with further refinement of all four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Course is not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN1020 or equivalent background (as demonstrated in department's placement test).

CHIN 3010/5010 Readings in Modern Chinese
3 Credits, MoTuWeFr 12-12:50PM
Ran Zhao

These courses are the continuation of Intermediate Chinese (CHIN 2020). They are not intended for native or near-native speakers of Chinese. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed. Reading and discussions are related to various aspects of modern China. the class is conducted mainly in Mandarin Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 2020 or equivalent (as demonstrated in the placement test.)

CHIN 3015: Language House Conversation
1 Credits, Ran Zhao
For students residing in the Chinese group in Shea House. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

CHIN 3050 Accelerated Readings in Modern Chinese Literature
3 credits, staff
Part of the series of courses designed for students who already speak Chinese, but have limited familiarity with reading or writing. CHIN 3050 focuses on reading and writing skills at the advanced level, with substantial cultural content. Prerequisite: CHIN 2060 or permission of instructor.

CHIN 4010 / 7010 Advanced Readings in Modern Chinese
3 Credits, MWTh 10-10:50am, 11-11:50am
Hsin-Hsin Liang
The goal of these courses is to help students understand journalistic essays and some literature pieces through systematic study of sentence patterns and formal writing styles. In addition, students are introduced to the culture of contemporary China in CHIN 4010 and the changes in Chinese thought during the past 90 days in CHIN 4020, 7020. By the end of the course students should be able to read authentic materials with the help of a dictionary and be able to write essays of 500 words in length on assigned topic. Prerequisite: CHIN 3020 5020 or equivalent (as demonstrated in the placement test.)

CHIN 4830 Introduction to Classical Chinese Prose
3 Credits, Anne Kinney
TuTh 2-3:15pm
Introduces the grammar and structure of classical Chinese prose. Requisite: Consent of instructor.

CHIN 4993/8993: Independent Study in Chinese
1-3 credits

CHIN 5810 Media Chinese I

3 credits, Hsin-hsin liang

MoWeFr 1-1:50pm

Studies electronic and print media in Chinese, emphasizing current events as reported in the Chinese speaking world, to further develop oral and written proficiency. Prerequisite: CHIN 5020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.

CHIN 5830 Introduction to Classical Chinese

3 credits, Anne Kinney

TuTh 2-3:15pm

Introduction to the grammar and structure of classical Chinese.

 

Chinese in Translation:

CHTR 2800 Chinese Calligraphy
3 credits, We 3-3:50pm
Staff
Introduction to the history, masters, styles and techniques of Chinese brush calligraphy. Enhances familiarity with use of brush and ink; active and passive differentiation of styles and techniques; and appreciation of Chinese Calligraphy as an art form.

CHTR 3020/5020: Survey of Traditional Chinese Literature
3 credits, TuTh 9:30am-10:45am
Charles A. Laughlin

Introductory survey of Chinese literature from earliest times (first millenium BCE) to the Qing Dynasty (ended 1911) in English translation, including major works from the genres of poetry, essays, drama, and fiction. There will be a midterm examination, three 3-pages short papers and a 10-page term paper. In addition to familiarizing students with the Chinese literary canon, the course will focus on literary analysis and interpretation.

CHTR 3850/5850 Documentary Writing and Film in China
3 Credits, We 3:30-6pm

Charles A. Laughlin

A seminar exploring the role of the documentary impulse in modern Chinese writing and film. Beginning with reportage literature and foreign documentaries about China from the early 20th century, the course follows the development of documentary art forms in the PRC (with some attention to Taiwan as well), culminating in the recent trend of independent documentary film making and its influence on narrative film.

Commerce

COMM 4821 Managing Sustainable Development

3 Credits, MoWe 11am-12:15pm, 2-3:15pm

Robert Brown

The course will focus on global environmental and social sustainability. Although many of the case examples we use are in emerging economies, many lessons are also drawn from American corporations and non-governmental organizations. We will study successful leadership strategies within corporations and by social entrepreneurs in effecting societal changes. Prerequisites: Fourth-year Commerce standing or instructor permissions.

East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

EALC 4998 Distinguished Majors Senior Thesis I

3 Credits, Michiko Wilson

East Asian Studies

EAST 1010 East Asian Canons and Cultures
3 Credits, TuTh 2:00pm-3:15pm
Benedetta Lomi
An introduction to conceptions of self, society, and the universe as they have been expressed in canonical literacy, philosophical, and religious texts in East Asia from earlier times up through modern times. Readings will be in English translation, supplemented by references.

EAST 4993 Independent Study

EAST 4999 Distinguished Majors Senior Thesis

3 Credits, Time TBA

Michiko Wilson
The first part of a two-semester sequence of tutorial work for students completing a Senior Thesis as part of the Distinguished Majors Program in East Asian Studies or East Asian Languages and Literatures. Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled in the Distinguished Majors Program in East Asian Languages and Literatures.

EAST 8999 Non-Topical Research

Education - Leadership, Foundations, and Policy

EDLF 7605 Anthropology of Education

3 Credits, Th 5-9:15pm, Nothern Virginia Center

Nga Trang Staff,

Anthropology's unique contribution to the study of human life centers around the concept of culture and the methodology of ethnography. In the course of the semester, we will examine the relationship between culture and education and the ways in which the study and understanding of education can be enhanced by attention to culture. Using cases drawn from studies of learning and schooling in cultures around the world as well as among minority cultures and societies in the United States , students will be challenged to begin to see education through cultural comparative frames of reference.

Environmental Sciences

EVSC 4100 Management of Forest Ecosystems

4 Credits, Tu-Th 12:30-1:45pm, Lab session required

Herman Shugart

An ecosystem course which treats the ecology of forests and consequences of forest processes in natural and managed systems. The class emphasizes the "pattern and process" concept that is central theme in modern vegetation sciences at increasing scales: from form and function of leaves and other parts of tress through population, community, and landscape ecology to the role of forests in the global climate and carbon-cycling. Pre-requisites: EVSC 3200, 3400, OR 3500 recommended.

History - East Asian History

HIEA 1501 - 001 (Seminar): Introductory Seminar in East Asian History: Thought and Religion in Imperial China
3 credits, Th 1-3:30pm
Cong Zhang
Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history. Fulfills the Historical Studies / Non-Western Perspectives / SWR requirements.

HIEA 1501 - 002 (Seminar): Introductory Seminar in East Asian History: War and Memory in Japan
3 credits, Mo 3:30-6pm
Robert Stolz
Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history. Fulfills the Historical Studies / Non-Western Perspectives / SWR requirements.

HIEA 2031 Modern China
3 credits, MoWe 10-10:50am, discussion section required
Bradly Reed
Studies the transformation of Chinese politics, society, institutions, culture and foreign relations from the Opium War though the post-Mao reform era. Emphasizes the fluid relationship between tradition and transformation and the ways in which this relationship continues to shape the lives of the Chinese people.

HIEA 2101 Korea: Late Nineteenth through Early Twenty First Centuries

3 credits, Tu 3:30pm-6:00pm

Ronald Dimberg

History of Korea from 1876 into the first decade of the 21st century.


HIEA 3111 China to the Tenth Century

3 credits, TuTh 9:30-10:45am

Cong Zhang

Surveys the social, political, and economic organizations of traditional Chinese society, traditional Chinese foreign policy, and major literacy, artistic, and intellectual movements.

HIEA 3171 Meiji Japan
3 credits, MoWe 2-3:15pm
Robert Stolz
The course will examine the rise of the nation-state form in Japan as a new form of historical subjectivity. It will explore in depth the political, economic, social, and cultural changes in the wake of the collapse of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868 to the start of the Tasiho preiod in 1912.

HIEA 3321 China and the Cold War

3 credits, TuTh 2-3:15pm

Xiaoyuan Liu

The class examines China's entanglement with the Cold War from 1945 to the early 1990s. The course raises China-centered questions because it is curious in retrospect that China, a quintessential Eastern state, became so deeply involved in the Cold War, a confrontation rooted in Western history. In exploring such questions, this course does not treat China as part of the Cold War but the Cold War as a period of Chinese history.

HIEA 4501 Seminar in East Asian History: Late imperial Chinese Law

A small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for historymajors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.


HIEA 4993: Independent Study in East Asia
1-3 credits

HIEA 5559 New Course in East Asian History: International History East Asia

3 Credits, 1-3:30pm

Xiaoyuan Liu

Japanese

JAPN 1010 First Year Japanese
4 Credits, MoTuWeThFr 10:00am-10:50am, 11:00am-11:50am, 12:00pm-12:50pm, 2:00pm-2:50pm
Instructors: Mieko Kawai, Tomomi Sato
Introduces the basic speech patterns and grammatical units, including casual, daily spoken style, and the polite speech used in formal occasions. Emphasizes speaking, listening, and reading. Writing hiragana, katakana, and 200 kanji are also introduced.

JAPN 2010 Second Year Japanese
4 Credits, MoTuWeThFr 10-10:50am, 11-11:50am, 12-12:50pm
Tomoko Marshall
Continuation of Elementary Japanese introducing more complex sentence patterns, idioms, and vocabulary to prepare students for an intermediate-level communication. Reinforces spoken Japanese skills with writing and reading exercises, and 250 kanji are introduced. Prerequisite: JAPN 1020 or equivalent.

JAPN 3010/5010 Third Year Japanese I
3 Credits, TuTh 9:30AM - 10:45AM, 11:00AM - 12:15PM
Tomomi Sato
Continuation of Third-Year Japanese, emphasizing comprehension and active reproduction of modern Japanese beyond the basic patterns of speech and writing. Continued introduction of topics on current Japanese culture and society. Prerequisite: JAPN 2020 or equivalent, or instructor permission.

JAPN 3015 (Lecture): Language House Conversation
1 credit
Tomomi Marshall
For students residing in the Japanese group in Shea House. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

JAPN 4840: Japan's Two Nobel Laureates: Kawabate and Oe
3 Credits, TuTh 2-3:15pm
Michiko Wilson
An advanced Japanese language course focused on Japan's two Nobel Laureates through bilingual texts. This course is partly reading, partly comprehension, partly discussion in Japanese. Prerequisite: JAPN 3020 or permission of instructor.

Japanese in Translation:

JPTR 3010: Survey of Traditional Japanese Literature
3 credits, TuTh 4-5:15pm
Benedetta Lomi
This course provides an introduction to Japanese literature from earlier times through to the nineteenth century. We will read selections from representative texts and genres, including myth, poetry, prose friction, memoir literature, drama, and works of criticism. No knowledge of Japanese culture or language is required.

JPTR 3300/5300: Love in Modern Japanese Fiction

3 credits, We 3:30-6pm

Michiko Wilson

This seminar examines how modern male writers of Japanese prose fiction have approached the western concepts of love and sexual equality, first introduced to Japan in the late 1800s (Meiji, 1868-1912).

Korean:

KOR 1010 Elementary Korean II
4 Credits,MTuWThF 10-10:50am, 11-11:50am
Yoon Hwa Choi
Introduction to the fundamentals of modern Korean. All four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) are equally stressed.

KOR 2010 Intermediate Korean I
4 Credits, MTuWThF 10:00-10:50 AM, 11:00-11:50 AM
JungHee Kim
Builds on the foundations acquired in KOR 1010-1020 with further refinement of all four basic skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Prerequisite: KOR 1020 or equivalent background (as demonstrated in the department's placement test).

KOR 3015 Language House Conversation
1 credit, Junghee Kim
For students residing in the Korean group in Shea House. Prerequisite: instructor permission.

KOR 3020 Advanced Korean II
3 Credits, TuTh 12:30am-1:45am
Junghee Kim, MoWeFr 1-1:50pm
This course will offer the students the opportunities to develop advanced reading proficiency in modern Korean language. The course will deal with advanced reading material, mostly from authentic writings in various genres and styles, such as newspaper editorials, columns, essays, TV news clips, short stories, and other expository and literacy writings. Prerequisites: KOR 3010 or instructor permission.

KOR 4993: Independent Study in Korean
1-3 credits

Korean in Translation:

KRTR 3020 / 5020 Survey of Modern Korean Literature
3 Credits, Tu 3:30-6pm
Susie Kim
A general introduction to modern Korean literature. Examines the major texts through selected readings of representative writers. Taught in English. Fulfills the non-Western perspectives and Second Writing requirement.

KRTR 3030 / 5030 Survey of Korean Cinema

3 Credits, Mo 3:30-6:00pm
Susie Kim

A general introduction to Korean cinema. Examine the major films through selections by representative directors. Taught in English. Fulfills the non-Western perspective requirement.

Politics - Comparative Politics

PLCP 3610 Chinese Politics

3 Credits, MoWe 11-11:50am, Discussion section required
Brantly Womack

General introduction to Chinese politics in its societal context. Conveys a concrete appreciation of China's societal reality and how it interacts with the political system. Covers China's changing role in Asia and the world. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and / or the history of China.

PLCP 5610 Politics of China

3 Credits, Tu 7-9:30pm
Brantly Womack

Studies the structure and process of the Chinese political system, emphasizing political culture, socio-economic development, and political socialization. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and / or history of China.

Religion - Buddhism

RELB 2054 Tibetan Buddhism Introduction
3 Credits, TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
Staff
Provides a systematic introduction to Tibetan Buddhism with a strong emphasis on tantric traditions of Buddhism - philosophy, contemplation, ritual, monastic life, pilgrimage, deities & demons, ethics, society, history, and art. The course aims to understand how these various aspects of Tibetan religious life mutually shape each other to form the unique religious traditions that have pertained on the Tibetan plateau for over a thousand years.

RELB 2100 Buddhism

3 credits, TuTh 9:30-10:45am, discussion section required

Staff

Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantrayana Buddhist development in India.

RELB 2165 Bddhist Meditation and the Modern World
3 credits, TuTh 11am-12:15pm, discussion section required

William Hudson
This course offers a survey of Buddhist meditation traditions in India and Tibet, an introduction to the ways that meditation is adapted and used today throughout many areas of life, and a chance to practice secular meditation techniques in a contemplative lab. in class meetings are experimentally based.

RELB 3408 Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy
3 Credits, MoWe 2-3:15pm
John Campbell
Tibet possesses one of the great Buddhist philosophical traditions in the world. Tibetan Buddhist thinkers composed comprehensive and philosophically rigorous works on human growth according to classical Buddhism, works that surveyed ethics, meditation practice, the nature of personal identity, and enlightenment itself. In this seminar we will read discuss famous Tibetan overviews of Buddhist philosophy. Pre-requisites: one prior course in religion or philosophy recommended.

RELB 5250 Seminar in Japanese Buddhism

3 Credits, Mo 3:30-6pm

Staff

Examines selected topics in the major schools of Japanese Buddhism, Tendai, Shingon, Pure Land, Nichiren, and Zen. Prerequisite: RELB 2130 or 3160, or instructor premission.

RELB 5470 Literary Tibetan V

3 Credits, TuTh 2-3:15pm
Staff

Advanced study in the philosophical and spiritual language of Tibet, past and present. Prerequisite: RELB 5000, 5010, 5350, 5360, or equivalent.


RELB 5490 Religious History of Tibet

3 Credits, Tu 3:30pm-6:00pm

David Germano

Surveys political, social, religious, and intellectual issues in Tibetan history from the fifth to fifteenth centuries, emphasizing the formation of the classical categories, practices, and ideals of Tibetan Buddhism.

RELB 5520 Seminar in Daoism

3 Credits,Th 2-4:30pm

Staff

Topics on the history, scripture, thought, and practices of religious Daoism, with an emphasis on the formative period (2nd-10th c.).

RELB 5810 Literary Tibetan VII

3 Credits, TuTh 2-3:15PM

Staff

Examines the Yogachara-Svatantrika system as presented in Jang-kya's presentation of Tenents, oral debates, and exercises in spoken Tibetan. Prerequisite: RELB 5000, 5010, 5350, 5360, 5470, 5480, or equivalent.

RELB 8230 Advanced Literary and Spoken Tibetan

TBA

David Germano

Examines selected topics and techniques of Tibetan education.

Tibetan:

TBTN 1010/8010: Elementary Tibetan I
4 Credits, Tsetan Nepali, MoWe 10-10:50am, TuTh 10-11:15am
An introduction to the grammar and syntax of spoken and written Tibetan for beginners with the intention of developing proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Examples are drawn from Tibetan short stories and proverbs, among other sources. Students gain knowledge of Tibetan culture to improve communication skills using a dynamic, interactive format.

TBTN 2010/8011: Intermediate Tibetan II
4 Credits, Tsetan Nepali, MoWe 12-12:50om, TuTh12-1:15pm
Intermediate skill-building in the grammar and syntax of spoken and written Tibetan, along with development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing through the integrated use of spoken and literary forms. Students will also enhance their knowledge of Tibetan culture in order to improve their communication skills. Pre-Requisites: TBTN 1020 Elementary Tibetan II.

TBTN 3030/8012 Advanced Modern Tibetan I
3 Credits, Tsetan Nepali
MoWeFr 3-3:50PM, fR 4:30-5:30PM
Pre-Requisites: TBTN 3030 Advanced Modern Tibetan III.
A continuation of the Intermediate Tibetan language sequence, focusing on advanced grammar, syntax, and structures. Emphasis is laid on mastering comprehension and communication in colloquial Tibetan, writing skills in the various scripts of literary Tibetan, and integrating comprehension of colloquial and literary forms. Pre-Requisites: TBTN 2020 Intermediate Tibetan II.