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Spring 2015 Courses

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AS.010.305 - Global Modern Art: Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas – Rebecca Brown

Artists around the world grappled with the modern, working through local concerns and struggles but continually engaged with counterparts in Europe, North America, and across the “global South.” This course will introduce art, artists, movements, and institutions of modernism from approximately 1880 to the present and from outside of the northern Atlantic while critically examining the very notion of “global modernism.” 

MW 12:00 – 1:15PM

Writing Intensive


AS.100.424 - Women & Modern Chinese History – Tobie Meyer-Fong

This course examines the experience of Chinese women, and also how writers, scholars, and politicians (often male, sometimes foreign) have represented women’s experiences for their own political and social agendas.

W 1:30PM - 3:50PM

Writing Intensive


AS.140.305 – From the Compass to Androids: History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Asia – Yulia Frumer

The course explores the history and cultural context of science, medicine, and technology in East Asia, from the ancient Chinese science to the latest scientific and technological developments in Japan. 

MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM


AS.140.398 – Godzilla and Fukushima: Japanese Environment in History and Films – Yulia Frumer

Juxtaposing Japanese environmental history and its reflection in popular media, the course will explore the intersection between technology, environment, and culture. The course will be accompanied by relevant movie screenings. W 3:00PM - 5:20PM

Writing Intensive


AS.190.320 - Politics Of East Asia – Erin Chung

Examines some of the central ideas and institutions that have transformed politics in the contemporary world through the lens of East Asia, focusing on Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and China. Topics include state-society relations, late development, nationalism, democratization, political culture, social movements, and globalization.

MW 1:30PM - 2:20PM, W 3:00PM - 3:50PM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM


AS.191.359 - Size Matters: Small, Medium, and Large States in Global Politics- Karyn Wang

Do large states dictate the terms in global politics? Are small states doomed to vulnerability in an anarchic world? And are medium states stuck in-between, incapable of exerting any real influence? This course explores whether size is a determinant of foreign policy, security calculus, democratic or authoritarian proclivity, and success in global political economy.

TTh 3:00PM- 4:15PM



AS.230.275 – Revolution, Reform and Social Inequality in China – Joel Andreas

This course explores various aspects of social inequality in China during the Mao Zedong and the post-Mao reform eras. We will examine inequality within villages, the rural/urban divide, urban inequality, education and health policies, and gender and ethnic inequality. Each of these issue areas will be tackled analytically, but the aim is also to understand what it was/is like to live in China during and after the Mao era.

TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Writing Intensive


AS.230.285 – Maritime East Asia – Huei-Ying Kuo

This course examines the transnational connections among merchants and migrants in the waters of East and Southeast Asia from a historical and comparative perspective. We will explore how diplomatic ties, long-distance trade and migration contributed to the making of cosmopolitan cities such as Quanzhou (Zayton), Malacca, Fort Zeelandia (Formosa), Batavia, Manila, Singapore and Hong Kong in the region from the tenth century onwards. The course will close with an examination of how the transnational connections are relevant to understand inter-state competition in Asia’s long twentieth century. Key subjects to be introduced include tribute trade system, trading diasporas, Euro-Chinese co-colonialism, pan-Asianism, as well as history and historiography of maritime silk road.

TTh 1:30PM - 2:45PM

Writing Intensive


AS.230.435  – The China Boom  – Ho-Fung Hung

This course addresses the origins, global impacts, and demise of China’s economic ascendancy as a world economic and political powerhouse at the turn of the twenty-first century. The course will cover the historical origins of the China boom and impacts of the boom on global political economic order. It will also address the social-political imbalances within China that contribute to the global financial crisis and recent slowdown of the Chinese economy. Particular topics include late imperial and Maoist legacies’ relation to contemporary economic growth, stages of China’s capitalist development, China’s outward investment in the developing world, formation and limits of US-China economic symbiosis, and China’s participation in global governance, among others. Fulfills Economics (ECON) requirement for IS GSCD students only.

MW 4:30PM - 5:45PM

Writing Intensive


AS.310.108 – Introduction to Chinese Fiction and Drama – Fumiko Joo

This course will introduce Chinese fiction and drama from the Tang dynasty (618-906) to the early Republican period (1911-1949), such as the romantic dramas of Tang Xianzu and the uncanny tales of Pu Songling. Students will draw connection between these vibrant literary genres and the cultural and socio-historical events that shaped imperial China. Key topics include story-telling, romance, urban culture, gender, reincarnation, and many more. Students will acquire skills in how to read, analyze and discuss the rich legacy of Chinese fiction and drama in translation and to think critically about these writings. Reading materials are all in English. 

MW 3:00PM - 4:15PM


AS.310.117 – Love and Illusion in Japanese Literature – Fumiko Joo

This course aims to introduce students to a variety of literary texts featuring love and illusion from the 12th to the 21st century Japan. We will explore how enchantment and disenchantment play in the literary imagination of romantic love within Japanese literary history. The target texts cover a wide range of literary products from medieval noh drama to the modern novelist Izumi Kyoka’s gothic tales and further to a contemporary Murakami Haruki’s novella. By reading a variety of narrative forms such as diary literature, drama, epic, poetry, and modern fiction, we will examine changing ideas about marriage, love, sexuality, religion, and modernity within the literary discourse. 

MW 12:00PM - 1:15PM


AS.310.306 – Domestic Politics of Contemporary China – Edward Yang

This course introduces students to China's contemporary political history and current political system. It helps students develop a critical understanding of China's governance institutions and processes, political economy, and state-society relations. The course focuses primarily on China's domestic politics but also covers China's changing role in Asia and the world. 

T 1:30PM - 4:00PM

Writing Intensive


AS.310.308 – The Frontier in Late Imperial China – John Bandy

The tremendous expansion of Chinese frontiers during the late imperial period forced the state and those who lived within it to grapple with complex problems of governance, ethnicity, and the geographic extent of "China". Issues and concerns associated with the massive Chinese frontiers have extended into the present; hence, no one can appreciate the current problems plaguing China's northwestern, southwestern, or coastal regions without an understanding of its historical antecedents. This seminar is designed to introduce major scholarly works and theoretical frameworks on the Chinese frontier. 

Th 3:00PM - 5:30PM

Writing Intensive