Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

EAST 140
Traditional East Asian Civilization

An introductory survey of East Asia from the dawn of indigenous civilization to the 16th century. Focus on the growth of a Sinitic center and its interaction with the sedentary and nomadic peoples on its Inner Asian and Pacific rims. Emphasis on the diverse peoples and societies of the area and the historical processes that bound them together through a common tradition. Units: 6.
Also listed as History 160, Ethnic Studies 121

EAST 150
Modern East Asian Civilization

An introductory survey of the modern history of East Asia, examining the efforts of traditional states, particularly China and Japan, to respond to Western intrusion into the region after 1600. Focus on social and cultural problems created by attempts to modernize yet defend tradition and on the differing results of Chinese and Japanese approaches. Units: 6.
Also listed as History 165

EAST 191
Directed Study in East Asian Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 216
Buddhism in China and Japan

An introductory survey of Buddhist thought and practice in China and Japan. The history of key Buddhist concepts and schools in East Asia is the primary focus. Readings include translations from East Asian Buddhist canonical works. Units: 6.
Also listed as Religious Studies 216

EAST 260
East Asian Classics in Translation

This introductory course explores encounters with nature in East Asian texts through close reading of primary texts in English translation—Taoist philosophy, lyric poetry, personal memoirs, fiction and film—from the traditional periods of China and Japan, ending with a contemporary Japanese novel set in 1980s suburban Tokyo. Particular attention is paid to literary form, voice, aesthetic concerns, and issues relating to humans’ relationship with nature. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; EAST 140 recommended
Also listed as Environmental Studies 206, Chinese and Japanese 260

EAST 265
Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture

A survey introducing major characteristics of Japanese language with reference to the structure of Japanese society. Topics include honorifics, use of pronouns, loan words, age and gender differences in the language. The course will also familiarize students with various aspects of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; CHJA 112 recommended
Also listed as Linguistics 265, Chinese and Japanese 265

EAST 310
Introduction to East Asian Linguistics

Survey of genetic, regional, and typological classification of East Asian languages; writing systems for Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan languages; descriptive and comparative analyses of phonological, morphological, and syntactic structures of East Asian languages. More than one language may be investigated in detail. Units: 6. Prerequisite: LING 150 and sophomore standing
Also listed as Linguistics 310, Chinese and Japanese 310

EAST 330
Survey of Premodern Japanese Literature and Culture (in English)

This course introduces students to seminal works of Japanese culture before 1868, and modern representations of premodern culture. Although the course will primarily focus on literature in translation, it will also look at works of art, film, and material culture. Taught in English. Units: 6.
Also listed as Chinese and Japanese 330

EAST 332
Survey of Modern Japanese Literature and Film (in English)

This course introduces students to seminal works of Japanese literature and film from 1868 to the present, as a way to think about the transformation of Japan from a traditional society to a modern nation state. Units: 6.
Also listed as Chinese and Japanese 332

EAST 350
Modern Chinese Literature and Cinema in Translation

A survey of 20th-century Chinese fiction and cinema. Iconoclastic works of modern Chinese vernacular fiction from 1919 through the post-Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) will be juxtaposed alongside films dealing with the same period, such as Red Sorghum (1987) and Farewell, My Concubine (1992) made by the so-called Fifth Generation of film directors (born after 1949, when the People’s Republic was founded). Class conducted in English. No knowledge of Chinese required. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; EAST 150 recommended
Also listed as Film Studies 350, Chinese and Japanese 350

EAST 358
Race and Ethnicity in East Asia

This course will explore the use of the concepts of race and ethnicity in China and Japan to show how identity is constructed and used in forging national identity. The course will also examine transnationalism and the formation and articulation of ethnicity in East Asia. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 334, History 358

EAST 359
Introduction to Tibetan Culture and History

This course seeks to provide an introduction to Tibetan civlization and its history from its earliest recorded origins to the present. The course examines what civilizational forces shaped Tibet; the religious/cultural life of Tibet will be central to our study. Thematic topics, such as the economy and material culture, structures of power and legal codes will be examined in each chronological period. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as History 359

EAST 360
Chinese Contemporary Film in English

Using feature films and documentaries from the so-called Fifth [1982-] and Sixth Generations [beginning in the 1990s] of film directors in China, this course provides a visual record of the immense political, economic, and social changes in China since the Reform and Opening up period at the end of the Cultural Revolution. Taught in English. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; EAST 150 or EAST 420 recommended
Also listed as Chinese and Japanese 360, Film Studies 360

EAST 364
Ethnography of East Asia

A critical and comparative examination of key areas of sociocultural change in present-day East Asia. What do we mean when we speak of "tradition" in the East Asian context? Does tradition refer to an imagined past, or to actual practices that have been discarded in response to demographic, economic or political forces? Using ethnographic studies, we will see how society shapes assumed realms of private experience in Japan, China, and South Korea such as gender, identity, work, and the family, and how these realms of private experience are undergoing marked change. We will then address new areas of research in East Asian anthropology such as the body politic, sexuality, pop culture, consumption and national cultural identities. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or consent of the instructor
Also listed as Anthropology 364

EAST 366
Ethnography of Japan

Critical examination of social and cultural (re)presentations of Japan from the postwar to the postmodern. Exploration of diversities of lived reality and social change in contemporary Japan. Topics include: nationalism and historical consciousness, family and gender ideologies, invisible and visible others, sexuality, pop culture, and the Heisei recession. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or sophomore standing
Also listed as Anthropology 366

EAST 378
East Asian Environmental History

This course will explore traditional East Asian ideas about the relationship between humans and their natural environments, as well the premodern and modern history of that interaction. We will also consider the relationship between these philosophies and practice, both for the societies we study and for our own. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Some background in East Asian Studies or Environmental Studies is recommended.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 378

EAST 380
Asian Women and Feminism

This course will focus on the history of women and feminism in Asia, with an emphasis on Indian and East Asian women's histories. Past and present religious, political, economic, and artistic thought and practices of women will be examined to analyse how they have responded to and resisted patriarchal cultures. This course can be counted as the equivalent of GEST 280. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GEST 100 or consent of instructor

EAST 390
Tutorial Studies in East Asian Studies

Individualized advanced study under regular staff direction on topics not covered in lower-level courses. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 391
Directed Study in East Asian Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required

EAST 399
Independent Study in East Asian Studies

Individualized advanced research under staff guidance to prepare a substantial paper. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 410
Chinese Government and Politics

This survey course examines the political development of China from the Communist revolution to the present. Among the issues addressed are the legacies of the Maoist era, China’s contemporary economic transformation and its social effects, political participation and protest in the contemporary era and the apparent perpetuation of authoritarianism. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing and one of EAST 150, GOVT 245, or HIST 360; or consent of the instructor
Also listed as Government 445

EAST 418
Korean Modern History through Literature and Film

Using fiction, feature films, and historical texts, this course provides an in-depth introduction to modern Korean history, from the end of the Chŏsun dynasty in 1910 to contemporary North and South Korea. Students will gain an understanding of Korea’s colonial experience, civil war, dictatorships, development, democratization, and gender politics. Units: 6. Prerequisite: EAST 150 or consent of instructor
Also listed as Film Studies 419

EAST 420
Contemporary China

A discussion course on selected issues in the social and cultural history of modern China. Literature, films, documents, and historical studies are examined to explore the intimate side of personal, family, and social life and the nature and impact of social and cultural changes in 20th-century China. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor; HIST 165 recommended
Also listed as History 360

EAST 491
Borderlands in Modern East and Inner Asia: History, Culture, and Identity

Seminar on Euro-Asian borderlands, with a focus on East Asia during the Modern Period. Adopting a transnational approach, the course examines the fluidity of the concept of the “frontier,” along with various understandings of what borderlands are, from the perspective of both indigenous peoples and those from afar. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 491

EAST 510
Seminar on Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism is perhaps the most widely known form of Buddhism in the West and also the most widely misunderstood. This course provides a detailed look at the history and doctrines of Zen Buddhism in China and Japan. Combining the use of original source materials (in translation) with an emphasis on intellectual history, the course covers specific doctrines that have differentiated the major schools of Zen. Units: 6. Prerequisite: RLST 220 or RLST 216
Also listed as Religious Studies 510

EAST 515
Sacred Mountains of Asia

This course explores Asian sacred mountains from a religious and cultural perspective, focusing on the connections between traditions, following these traditions from their earliest sources to the modern period where they begin to interact with nationalism and modern recreation. This course is designed for upper-level East Asian Studies majors, Environmental Studies majors, and Religious Studies majors who are interested in the intersection between geography, religion, culture, and conservation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; EAST 140, EAST 150, or RLST 216, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Religious Studies 515

EAST 520
Seminar in Chinese Literature

An introduction to some of China’s greatest literary texts of a single genre, period, author, or theme. Issues addressed include gender relations, responses to traditional roles, and the development of fiction in China. Knowledge of Chinese not required. Advanced students of Chinese language may take concurrently CHJA 391 or CHJA 591, for three units, and work with the instructor to read excerpts in the original Chinese. Topic for Fall 2011: Dream of the Red Chamber Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; EAST 140 recommended
Also listed as Chinese and Japanese 520

EAST 590
Tutorial Studies in East Asian Studies

Individualized advanced study under regular staff direction on topics not covered in lower-level courses. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 591
Directed Study in East Asian Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 599
Independent Study in East Asian Studies

Individualized advanced research under staff guidance to prepare a substantial paper. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 620
Senior Seminar in East Asian Studies

A senior level workshop culminating in the completion of a substantial paper or project derived from previous coursework in the discipline or related fields or field experience in consultation with department faculty. Students with sufficiently advanced Chinese or Japanese language skills are encouraged to use some target language sources in carrying out their research. Students must share the results of their work in a public forum prior to graduation. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Senior majors with advanced intermediate Chinese or Japanese language or the equivalent.

EAST 690
Tutorial Studies in East Asian Studies

Individualized advanced study under regular staff direction on topics not covered in lower-level courses. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 691
Directed Study in East Asian Studies

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

EAST 699
Independent Study in East Asian Studies

Individualized senior-level advanced research under staff guidance to prepare a substantial paper for the senior experience, or for submission for honors. Units: 1 TO 98. Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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