Fall 2013 Courses
ANTH 100 - Globalization and Local Cultures
MWF 8:15-9:20 – Noah Butler
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM -Kathleen Adams
MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM -Noah Butler
TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM -Thea Strand
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM -Thea Strand
This course is a study of cultural diversity on a global scale, and provides a comparative perspective on the investigation of humans as cultural and social beings.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the historic and contemporary relationships between cultures and societies, and to understand how cultures change over time.
ANTH (Honors)- Encountering Asia
Wed 4:15-6:45- Kathleen Adams
Hailed as “the crossroads of Asia” or an “Asia in miniature,” Southeast Asia is one of the most culturally, religiously, aesthetically, and ecologically dynamic zones of the world. The region encompasses the nations of Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia (Kampucea), Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand and Timor L’Este (a list that includes one of the world’s most populous nations, a nation with one of the highest per capita GPD in the developing world, and one of the world’s newest nations). This course draws on films, literature and anthropological accounts to explore the various cultural, historical, artistic and contemporary political themes that unify yet also divide the region. A final module of the course addresses the Southeast Asian diaspora via film, local ethnographic explorations and museum representations. THIS COURSE IS OPEN ONLY TO STUDENTS IN THE HONORS PROGRAM (no exceptions).
ASIA 101 - Explorations in Asian Studies
MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM- Janet Fair
This course introduces the histories and cultures of East, Southeast, and South Asia from early modern times to the present.
CHIN 101 - Chinese I
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM-Staff
This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) for students with none or little prior experience in Chinese. This course introduces the four basic communicative skills in Chinese: listening, speaking, reading and writing, and emphasizes on conversation.
Outcome: Students will achieve active control of Chinese sound system and writing system. They will be able to understand and respond to greetings, as well as talk about family members, time, hobbies and friends. They will learn nearly 200 characters.
CHIN 103 - Chinese III
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM- Staff
CHIN103 builds on the knowledge and skills gained in CHIN 101-102. This course develops conversational skills by using fundamental grammatical patterns and vocabulary in functional contexts.
Outcome: Students will learn dialogues used in the contexts of dinning out, studying in library, asking directions, attending birthday party, seeing a doctor, and dating.
ENGL 292 - South Asian Literature and Civilizations
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM- Harveen Mann
An introduction to South Asian literatures and civilizations, from ancient to contemporary times, with attention to social institutions, religious practices, artistic achievements, literature, and modern challenges.
Outcome: Students will gain an understanding of the cultures and civilizations of South Asia.
HIST 101 –Hindi/Urdu
TBA- Vijay Shah
HIST 208 - East Asia Since 1500
TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM-Mark Allee
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15PM- Mark Allee
MoWeFr 8:15AM - 9:05AM-Elena Valussi
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM- Elena Valussi
MoWeFr 12:35PM - 1:25PM- Elena Valussi
This course explores the roles and contributions of China, Japan, and Korea from the sixteenth century to the present tracing such themes as nationalism, capitalism, socialism, imperialism, war, peace, race, and gender struggles.
Outcome: Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate and explain the forces of historical continuity and change; understand the relationships among historical events, cultures and social forces; analyze and discuss the significance of primary and secondary sources.
HIST 296 - Women in East Asia
MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM- Elena Valussi
This course studies the lives of Asian women in China, Japan, and Korea from early modern times to the present by examining changing roles of women and how these changes have come about.
Outcome: Students will be able to explain how life reflects law in the political, social, economic and cultural history of Asian women; how imperialism and war have affected women; how women have effected change.
HIST 300E- The African Diaspora: The African Presence in Asia and the Middle East
MWF 11:30-12:20PM –Kim Searcy
The course treats the migrations of African peoples to Asia and the Middle East, detailing the cultural, historical and societal impact these movements of Africans had on the Middle East and South Asia. The course will treat such seminal African/Middle Eastern personalities as Antara ibn Shadad, Malik , Kafur, and al Jahiz just to name a few. Furthermore, the course will examine issues concerning identity, community and migration. The course will begin with the Bantu migrations in the first millennium CE and end with the immigration of Africans in the early 20th century.
Outcome: Students will gain familiarity with the topic; the ability to make connections between secondary and primary sources; and the capacity to think critically about the ways that historians have approached major issues.
HIST 346 - China Sn 1949:Peoples Republic
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM- Mark Allee
This course examines the attempt to create and foster the growth of a socialist state and society in China under the Chinese Communist Party, with attention to the steady transformation of society, the economy, and political life since 1949.
Outcome: Students will be able to assess the major convulsive episodes such as land reform, the Great Leap Forward, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the Four Modernizations, and the impact and legacy of Mao Zedong.
JAPN 101 - Japanese I
MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM-Janet Fair
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM-Janet Fair
This course introduces the four basic communicative skills in Japanese: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students gain knowledge of Japanese culture and ways of thinking which provide the context for communicating in Japanese. No previous knowledge of Japanese is required.
Outcome: Students will be able to understand and respond to greetings, introductions, and basic question about time, location, and directions and will be able to read and write hiragana and katakana, the two phonetic Japanese scripts as well as about 25 ideographic characters.
JAPN 103 - Japanese III
MoWeFr 12:35PM - 1:25PM-Staff
Students will expand their knowledge of Japanese vocabulary, grammar, usage, and speech levels, using Japanese as a medium for learning Japanese
Outcome: Students will use written and spoken Japanese to ask for and express opinions, to ask for assistance, and to participate in a variety of written and verbal social routines.
SOCL 122 - Race and Ethnic Relations
TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM-Edward Flores
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM- Edward Flores
This course examines the development of cultural, society, and self-understanding by exploring the social construction of race in the United States. The course explores how social constructions of race affect interpersonal relations, laws, policies, and practices in various racial and ethnic communities.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the conditions which have worsened racial tensions as well as how social movements have been successful at eradicating racially oppressive laws and working towards a just society.
SOCL 250 - Inequality in Society
MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM- Staff
This course examines the manner in which contemporary society is divided by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender, and the impact of social institutions on these divisions. An emphasis will be placed on income/wealth differences, status differences, class conflict and social conflict over time.
Outcome: Students will acquire a better understanding of social inequality and what can be done to make society more just.
SOWK 370 - Cultural Diversity
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM- Staff
This course examines economic, social, institutional and political forces that shape the experiences and life chances of persons within Asian, Latino, and Native American cultures. Social and economic justice in relation to diversity will be explored.
Students will understand the relevance of diversity to social work values and interventions.
THEO 282 - Introduction to Hinduism
MoWeFr 12:35PM - 1:25PM- Yarina Liston
MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM- Yarina Liston
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Hindu scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Hinduism, the key Hindu concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the basic narratives and imagery of Hinduism.
THEO 295 - Introduction to Islam
Th 4:15PM - 6:45PM- Bret Lewis
Mo 4:15PM - 6:45PM- Bret Lewis
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Muslim scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Islam, the key Islamic concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the diversity within Islam.
THEO 297 - Introduction to Buddhism
Mo 4:15PM - 6:45PM- Hugh Nicholson
Tu 4:15PM - 6:45PM- Bret Lewis
We 4:15PM - 6:45PM- Bret Lewis
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Buddhist scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Buddhism, including its different major branches, and the key Buddhist concepts, terms, values, and religious practices.
THEO 352 - Topics in Buddhism
Th 4:15PM - 6:45PM- Yarina Liston
A deeper and more focused study of significant aspects of Buddhism.
For a complete list of BEIJ and VIET courses, please visit their websites at: http://www.thebeijingcenter.org/programs/semester-abroad/academics/courses/