ASTU 290 - Introduction to East Asia. This course is a basic introduction to the cultures of China, Japan, and to a limited extent, Korea. We will discuss the histories of these civilizations from their beginnings to the present, touching briefly upon the major cultural, political, and social developments of each region. Evaluations will be determined on the basis of short quizzes, exams, and a research project. Three hours. Munson.
ASTU 390 - Contemporary Issues in East Asia. This course will examine in depth the major issues facing contemporary East Asian politics, society, and culture. Through news articles and analysis, audio and video commentary, blogs, and other diverse media, students will explore such topics as China's economic rise, the influence of Japanese popular culture on Asia and the world, freedom of speech and internet censorship, China's one-child policy, the future of Tibet and Taiwan, and the success and failures of the "Asian Educational Model," among others. ASTU 290 or permission of instructor required. Munson.
ASTU 401 - Capstone. A culminating research project completed in conjunction with a regularly scheduled major course, as a special topics project or as a significant research project outside of a class. Prerequisite: Senior status. Offered annually. One hour.
ASTU 450 - Internship in Asian Studies. Qualified students may combine their classroom knowledge with practical experience in internship placements; placements in Asia will be considered. Students will complete a project mutually agreed upon by the student, a supervisor, and the instructor. Open to juniors and seniors with the permission of the Asian Studies Director. Application required; see the College Catalog for details. Three Hours.
CHIN 111-112 - Elementary Chinese. Introduction to Modern spoken Chinese (Mandarin). Its purpose is to provide students ample opportunity to practice speaking and listening. It includes language and cultural behavior appropriate to interactions between Americans and Chinese. Three hours. Wu/Staff.
CHIN 211-212 - Intermediate Chinese. Designed to prepare students to live and study abroad in a Chinese speaking environment. Thematic material includes everyday practical conversations: social etiquette, food, transportation, living arrangements and health. Prerequisites: Chin 112 or equivalent. Three hours. Wu/Staff.
CHIN 221 - Chinese Culture and Society. A travel course designed to explore Chinese history, customs and values. First hand experience helps students gain insight to the continuities between China's present and past, that are essential to understanding Chinese life, thought and behavior. Offered in January & Summer. Three hours. Wu.
CHIN 311-312 - Advanced Chinese. A third-year language course designed to consolidate language skills and to extend the student's mastery of Chinese. The course emphasis is on strengthening the student's grammatical skills through application to reading and writing. Offered as needed. Three hours. Wu/Staff.
JAPN 111 - Elementary Japanese I. Introduction of modern spoken Japanese with an emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Upon successful completion of JAPN 111, students should be able to comprehend and produce Japanese in a range of real-world activities, and to write and recognize both the hiragana and katakana syllabaries. Three hours. Munson/Tasaka.
JAPN 112 - Elementary Japanese II. A continuation of JAPN 111, with an increased focus on kanji characters. Prerequisite: JAPN 111 or permission of instructor. Three hours. Munson/Tasaka.
JAPN 211 - Intermediate Japanese I. Further study of Japanese grammar, with increased focus on speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Continued focus on kanji characters. Prerequisite: JAPN 112 or permission of instructor. Three hours. Tasaka.
JAPN 212 - Intermediate Japanese II. A continuation of JAPN 211. By the completion of JAPN 212 students should be introduced to approximately 150 kanji characters. Prerequisite: JAPN 211 or permission of instructor. Three hours. Tasaka.
JAPN 220 - Japanese Culture. A broad survey introduction to the culture of Japan, examining literature, film, fiction, and comics. No Japanese language skills required. Three hours. Tasaka.
JAPN 311 - Advanced Japanese. This third-year language course is designed to introduce a range of advanced grammar patterns, with a special focus on reading native texts. Offered as needed. Three hours. Munson
ASIAN STUDIES COURSES IN OTHER DISCIPLINES
ARTH 228 - Oriental Art. This course will explore the fascinating artistic production of China and Japan, two countries closely interconnected through cultural and religious ties. The arts of these countries show at once persistent thematic continuity, and impressive stylistic innovation throughout the centuries. We will examine expressions in painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, and architecture and their meaning and impact within their social, economic, political, and religious context. Three hours. Terrono.
FILM 292 - Japanese Film as History: The Works of Kurosawa Akira. A general introduction to postwar Japanese film through close examination of several films of Kurosawa Akira. Classic samurai drama such as Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, and other period films will be the focus of the course. Students will be introduced to basic theories and concepts in film studies, as well as topics in Japanese history relevant to both the settings and production of films. Close attention will also be paid to issues of nationalism, gender, war and cross-cultural adaptation. Japanese skills are not required. Offered alternate years. Munson.
FLET 231 - Chinese Literature. An introduction to Chinese literature with attention to translated classics as well as modern works of fiction and poetry. Three hours. Staff.
FLET 232 - Japanese Literature in Translation. This course will explore the literature of modern Japan in English translation. Topics to be discussed include the relationship between the individual and society; Japan's international relations; WWII and the occupation of postwar Japan; and the modern Japanese family, among others. Three hours. Tasaka.
FLET 233 - The Spirit of Samurai in Japanese Literature and Film. A course on the history, tradition, and ethics of samurai, the warriors of feudal Japan, and how samurai have inspired modern and contemporary Japanese culture as well as western literature and film. The class is discussion-oriented, and consists of four parts: the stereotype of samurai; the truth of samurai through history, tradition, and ethics; the place of samurai in modern and contemporary Japanese literature and film; and the influence of samurai on Western culture. Three hours. Tasaka.
HIST 221 - Japan Past and Present. A January travel course designed to explore the history and culture of Japan. Destinations will vary but will include Tokyo and Kyoto. Two weeks of instruction in Ashland and two weeks in Japan. Japanese language skills are not required, but Japanese language students will be given opportunities to practice their skills in various settings. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Offered in alternate years during January term; tentatively scheduled for 2015. Three Hours. Munson.
HIST 391 - Ancient, Mughal, and British India to 1857: The origins of Indian civilization and classical Hinduism; the Sultanate of Delhi; Akbar the Great, the Mughal Empire and its decline. European penetration; the Portuguese; Anglo-French rivalry and the dominion of the East India Company; British expansion; the nature of the Indian Mutiny and its aftermath. Problems of analysis and interpretation. Offered occasionally. Three hours. Watkinson.
HIST 392 - Modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The impact of European rule on the subcontinent: the nature of British imperial government; modernization and social change. The rise of Indian nationalism: the Indian National Congress and constitutional developments; the First World War and the Amritsar massacre; Mahatma Gandhi; Muslim separatism, the transfer of power and Partition. The problems of independent South Asian governments, contemporary developments and problems of historiography. Offered alternate years. Three hours. Watkinson.
HIST 394 - Japanese History to 1600. This course is a survey history of Japan, from its earliest beginnings of civilization through to the end of the sixteenth century. We will touch on the origins of human life on the Japanese archipelago, and focus on topics such as: the introduction of Chinese civilization, the origins Shinto and Japanese Buddhism, the development of traditional Japanese culture and literature, and the rise of the samurai class during the Heian, Kamakura, and Ashikaga periods. Three hours. Munson.
HIST 395 - Japanese History Since 1600. A seminar-style introduction to modern Japanese history. We will trace the development of Japan from an isolated, agrarian federation of feudatories to a modern, industrialized nation-state. In the course of our journey we will focus wherever possible on the international dimension to Japan's early modern and modern periods, specifically concentrating on the tumultuous events of the nineteenth century. At the completion of the course students should be versant in the basic themes of modern Japanese history, understanding how and why Japan occupies its current position in world affairs. Three hours. Munson
HIST 396 - Modern China, 1800 to 1949. A survey of the process of modernization. The course will discuss traditional Chinese society, the penetration of Western civilization, and the rise of Chinese nationalism which culminates in the founding of the People's Republic in 1949. Three hours. Zhang.
HIST 397- Modern China, 1949 to the Present. A close look at the goals, achievements, and problems of China since 1949. Conducted primarily as a seminar, this course examines topics such as education, political structure, the economy, population, and women. Although not a prerequisite, HIST 396 is strongly recommended. Offered alternate years. Three hours. Zhang.
PHIL 220 - Philosophy East and West. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the classic philosophic traditions of Greece, Rome, India, China, and Japan. This introduction might consist of a study of representative texts or a comparative analysis of central concepts and assumptions. Three hours. Huff.
PHIL 343 - Confucian Tradition. An in-depth study of the Confucian philosophical tradition, including both classical sources and neo-Confucian developments, guided by recent scholarship. We will explore debates within the tradition over questions such as the relationship between virtue and human nature and the authority of tradition versus individual insight. Prerequisite: two courses in philosophy or permission of instructor. PHIL 212 or 220 are recommended but not necessary. Three hours. Huff.
PSCI 335 - The Political System of China: Past and Present. A survey of the structure and operation of the Chinese political system. Consideration will be given to the development of the Chinese political system during the Imperial dynastic period, the Republican period, and the present period of Communist rule. Offered alternate years. Three hours. Turner.
RELS 221 - World Religions: Indian, Buddhist, Chinese, Japanese. An examination of the history, beliefs, and practices of living religions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, and Jainism. Consideration will be given to the variety of answers offered to life's questions, and to the present encounter of world religions. Both primary and secondary sources will be used in learning the basic vocabulary, critical problems, and current state of each of the religions studied. Area Two: The World's Religious Traditions. Three hours. Staff
RELS 223 - Hinduism: History, Teachings, Practice. This course provides a thorough introduction to the diverse worlds of Hinduism. Through an exploration of the many layers of religious ideas and practices and the historic circumstances from which they emerge, students will gain an appreciation of the rich and pluralistic Hindu tradition of India and beyond. To accomplish this, students will carry out an inquiry that will range from archaeological evidence of the oldest layers of the religious life in India, to the arrival of the Vedas, the composition of the Upanisads and the Epics, the emergence of the great devotional gods and goddesses, and to the everyday practices of Hindus today. Finally, the course will examine the Hindu diaspora, with a particular emphasis on Hindus in America and the continuing influence Hinduism exerts on the American religious imagination. Area Two: The World’s Religious Traditions. Three hours. Brown.
RELS 225 - Buddhism: History, Teachings, Practice. This course provides a thorough introduction to the diverse worlds of Buddhism. Through an exploration of the life and teachings of its founder, as well as the historic and religious context of India out of which the tradition emerges, students will gain an understanding of Buddhism’s fundamental claims and practices. By studying the spread of Buddhism into East and Southeast Asia and how these cultures shaped their own unique forms of the tradition, students will obtain an appreciation for the tremendous impact this religion has had in countries such as China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Finally, the course will examine the arrival of Buddhism in America and the growing influence it is exerting on the American religious imagination. Area Two: The World’s Religious Traditions. Three hours. Brown.
RELS 248 - Religions of Japan: Land of Kami, Land of Buddhas. This course travels to Japan and provides a historical and cultural exploration of Japanese religious ideas and practices. Though the main focus will be on the religious tradition of Shinto and the many forms of Buddhism in Japan, the course will also consider the influence and impact of folk religion, Confucianism, Daoism, Christianity, and the wide array of new religious movements that have emerged in recent history. A particular focus of the course will be on the manner in which religion has so profoundly shaped multiple aspects of Japanese life, including the arts, politics, popular culture, and views of the natural environment. Offered every two or three years. Three hours. Mr. Brown