Spring 2014 Courses
|Printable Spring 2014 Course Matrix|
|AS.010.353 - Key Moments in East Asian Politics and Visual Culture|
Th 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Examines key political moments in China, Japan, and Korea from 1850 to the present, focusing on the way visual imagery shapes these events. Includes: Japanese occupation of Korea, Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, 1989 Tiananmen square protests, North Korean propaganda.
Office Hours: By appointment
|AS.100.330 - National Identity in 20th Century China & Japan|
MW 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Using primary sources, including literature and film, we will explore the changing ways in which ideologues, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens defined national identity in 20th century China and Japan.
|AS.100.348 - 20th-Century China|
TTh 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
An introductory survey of Chinese history from 1900 to the present.
Office Hours: By appointment
AS.100.422 - Society and Social Change in 18th-Century China
AS.140.398 - Godzilla and Fukushima: Japanese Environment in History and Films
|AS.190.341 - Korean Politics|
MW 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
This course introduces students to the historical and institutional foundations of modern South Korean politics. Topics include nationalism, political economic development, civil society, globalization, and ROK-DPRK relations.
|AS.230.285 - Maritime East Asia|
TTh 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
This course examines the transnational connections among merchants and migrants in the waters of East and Southeast Asia from a historical and comparative perspective. In this class, we will explore how diplomatic ties, trade and migration between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries contribute to the making of cosmopolitan cities such as Quanzhou, Macau, Nagasaki, Fort Zeelandia (Formosa), Malacca, Singapore and Batavia. The course will also address the role that transnational trade and migration networks played in the incorporation of East and Southeast Asia into the Western-led capitalism in the nineteenth century. The course will close with an examination of how the legacies of the long-standing trasnantional maritime connections continue to shape contemporary inter-state competition and negotiation in the region. Key concepts to be introduced include tribute trade system, rice economy, pan-Asianism, and ASEAN free trade zone.
|AS.310.103 - Modern Japan - 1800 to the Present|
MWF 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
An introduction to the history of Japan from the 18th century to the present. In lectures and discussion we will draw upon a combination of primary source materials (political documents, memoirs, oral histories, journalism, fiction, film) and scholarly writings in order to gain insight into the complex and tumultuous process by which Japan became an industrialized society, a modern nation-state, and a world power.
|AS.310.116 - Romantic Love in Chinese Literature|
MW 1:30 - 2:45
This course aims to introduce students to a variety of literary texts featuring romantic love from the 9th to the mid-20th centuries in China. The target materials cover a wide range of literary products from Bo Juyi’s court poem to the modern Shanghai novella by the woman writer Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang). As we read romance in a variety of narrative forms such as fiction, drama, and poetry, we will examine changing ideas about marriage, love, sexuality, family, emotion, and morality within the literary discourse as well as in society. Thus, students are expected to connect various literary texts about romance to their socio-historical, literary, and political surroundings. At the same time, we will discuss the shifting significance of romance for writers and reading public and consider how literary texts formed ideas about romance in society. The course is organized chronologically and thematically. Reading assignments are all in English.
|AS.310.214 - Empire and Hierarchy in East Asia|
Karyn Jiamin Wang
MW 3:00 PM - 4:15PM
This course investigates the spectrum of unequal political authority in international politics. Empire, as one pole of hierarchical politics, persists in today's multilateral, rule-based order. We will examine the theoretical foundations of hierarchy and empire in the study of international politics in East Asia. In addition, we will look at why empires arose at particular junctures, and contemporary directions in the debate on empire.
|AS.310.303 - A World Upturned: Cultures of Catastrophe in Japan|
TTH 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Focusing on earthquake science and earthquake lore, radioactive mutation and nuclear decimation, this course will consider the relationship between technological culture and large-scale cataclysm. In addition to treating a broad array of written, graphic, and filmic representations of Japan's past and potential catastrophes, we will also be keeping a close and careful eye on present developments in Japan's 2011 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster.
|AS.310.304 - The Architectonics of Tokyo: The Anthropology of City Life in Japan and Abroad|
TH 2:00 - 4:30PM
In this advanced undergraduate seminar on urban life and the anthropology of aesthetics, we will develop tools with which to think and write about city life in Japan and abroad. 'Architectonic' is a philosophical term referring to the ability to pull otherwise autonomous ideas together into a single coherent whole. In this course we will employ methodologies culled from class readings, lectures,web-based resources, and class discussions to collectively construct a digital patchwork of writings and images that will serve as the classes' own quasi-coherent whole, or 'architectonic' of city life in Tokyo.
AS.310.306 - Domestic Politics of Contemporary China
|AS.310.316 - First Year Classical Chinese, Second Semester: Chinese Language and Literature of the Ancient Period|
TTH 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Readings in prose and poetic texts of the Zhou and Han Dynasties. Class emphasizes language acquisition, especially grammar and vocabulary memorization. In addition we will read and discuss works in western languages that treat the culture and writers of the Ancient period. Quizzes and Tests (Midterm and Final) will cover both language and cultural data. A short paper also required.
|AS.310.432 - Senior Thesis Seminar: East Asian Studies|
This course is the continuation of Senior Thesis Course 360.431 for students completing their thesis in the East Asian Studies program.