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Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses and Course Descriptions

ANTH  100 - Globalization and Local Cultures

MoWeFr 8:15AM - 9:05AM – Thea Strand

MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM – Thea Strand

TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Noah Butler

TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM – Noah Butler

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.


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.


ASIA  297 - TP: Topics in Asia


*restricted to Beijing students


CHIN  102 - Chinese II

MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Hong Chen

MoWeFr 11:30AM - 12:20PM – Hong Chen

CHIN 102 is a continuation of CHIN 101. Students will expand their knowledge of Chinese characters, vocabulary and grammar, improve their skills on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and learn more cultural knowledge.

Outcome: Students will be able to make appointments, talk about Chinese learning experience, school life, shopping, weather and transportation. Aside from dialogues, they will also read a short dairy and a letter. They will learn some 200 new characters.


CHIN  104 - Chinese IV

MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM – Hong Chen

Chinese 104 is the continuation of Chinese 103. This course further extends students¿ knowledge of Chinese vocabulary and grammar, and improves their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

Outcome: Students will learn expressions in the contexts of renting an apartment, mailing a letter and traveling in both mainland China and Taiwan, talking about hometown and sports, and checking in at the airport.


CHIN  341 - Modern Chinese Literature in Chinese


This course is a survey of modern Chinese literature from 1918 to the present. It requires the close reading of famous Chinese writers and poets as well as some of the avant-garde writers. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas of the aesthetic characteristics of the Chinese literature in the 20th century, as well as its historical and social background and learn about one of the important aspects of modern Chinese culture.

Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of principal, genres, themes and forms of modern Chinese literature through analytical oral and written arguments.

*restricted to Beijing students


COMM  269 - Observing China


This course is about street-level China, as it is seen and as it happens.  This course is a practicum, in which students, through a mix of lectures, briefings and discussions, will delve into nature of observation and engagement with and in China.
Outcome: Students will have a deeper understanding of how journalists and documentarians observe and write (or film) China, and over the course of the semester will make some efforts of their own to do original journalism and essay writing.

*restricted to Beijing students


HIST  208 - East Asia Since 1500

MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Mark Allee

MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM – Mark Allee

TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Elena Valussi

TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM – 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  209 - Survey of Islamic History

TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Kim Searcy

The course will introduce the historical development of Islamic civilization and the formation of Muslim social and political institutions from the 7th century to the present.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and diversity of Islamic beliefs, practices, and institutions in varied regional contexts and historical periods.


HIST 300-E: "Chinese History through film"

T: 2:30-3:45; Th: 2:30-4:30 Dr. Elena Valussi

Course Description: This course will present the topic of Chinese modern History through the lens of feature films and documentaries. The course will take a chronological approach, focusing on the period from the Opium Wars (mid-nineteenth century) to the present. We will discuss political struggles, economic shifts, the encounter with Western Imperialism, the birth and development of Communist China, and the shift to a market economy; throughout the course, we will also focus on issues of war, gender, society, rural versus urban, and the environment. Each week we will combine a historical lecture and pre-assigned reading materials with the critical discussion of a film or documentary that elucidates a particular historical period. This will hopefully provide the students with a sense of immediacy and vividness in their approach to the study of Modern China.


HIST 300E (W/I): Seminar in South Asian History

Th 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.—John Pincince

Special topics or new approaches of current interest to the instructor. This course may be used to fulfill the history major distribution requirement for a 300-level course in the history of Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East or may count as a 300-level history elective. Students may repeat the course for credit when the topic changes.

Outcome: Students will gain familiarity with the topic; the ability to make connections between

Asian Studies secondary and primary sources; and the capacity to think critically about the ways that historians have approached major issues.


HIST  344 - Early Modern China:1550-1800

MoWeFr 12:35PM - 1:25PM – Mark Allee

This course studies early modern Chinese society, economy, and the state from ca. 1550 to 1800, a period which marked the culmination of the development of the centralized, bureaucratic, imperial state and exhibited significant innovations in economic structure and activity.
Students will be able to describe the pressure of unprecedented demographic growth, and explain how the society began to experience many of the problems that continue. They will be able analyze China's failure to build on its earlier economic and technological successes by exploring intellectual life and its relation to scientific and technological innovation. 


HIST  346A - Modern Chinese History


*restricted to Beijing students


HIST  389 - Vietnam War

TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM – Theodore Karamanski

This course offers a comprehensive examination of origin, execution, and failure of America's war in Vietnam.

Outcome: Students will understand the ancient origins of the Vietnamese nation, the rise and fall of the French colonial regime, the role of Vietnam in the Cold War, the peace movement, the political and cultural impact of the war on America, the success and failures of the United States military, the impact of the war on the Indo-China region, and the memory of the war in American culture.


HNDI  102 - Hindi-Urdu II

MoWe 5:30PM - 6:45PM – Vijay Shah

This course is for students who have a basic knowledge of either spoken Hindi or Urdu, but do not read or write in Hindi. The course emphasizes the ability to read and write the script and the acquisition of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary.

Outcome: Students will be able to develop basic proficiency in the language and will be able to speak, read and write in simple sentences at the elementary level.


JAPN  102 - Japanese II

MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM – Janet Fair

MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Janet Fair

Students will build on the skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing gained in JAPN 101.

Outcome: Students will be able to introduce themselves and others, discuss daily life, and read and write simple paragraph length compositions with the aid of vocabulary lists.


JAPN  104 - Japanese IV

MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Heather Bowen - Stuyck

This course extends students¿ knowledge of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, verbal routines, and cultural patterns. Students will read and respond in Japanese to short works of fiction and non-fiction.

Outcome: Students will converse in Japanese for extended periods, and be able to decode and create many written items from daily life such as application forms, catalogs, and recipes.


LITR  245 - Asian Masterpieces

Mo 2:45PM - 4:25PM – Hong Chen

We 2:45PM - 3:35PM – Hong Chen

Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later.  No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

This course will study masterpieces of Asian literature in a variety of literary genres in their cultural context.

Outcomes: Students will gain a significant understanding of how Asian literary works reflect


SOCL  122 - Race and Ethnic Relations

TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM – Edward Flores

TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM – Edward Flores

MoWe 10:00AM - 11:15AM – Sarah Maclaren

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.


SOWK  370 - Ethnicity, Race and Culture

TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM – Staff

Prerequisite: Junior Standing. 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

Tu 4:15PM - 6:45PM – Tracy Pintchman

Examination of Hinduism offering a range of topics.

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 associated with some of the most important Hindu deities.


THEO  295 - Introduction to Islam

TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Marcia Hermansen

We 4:15PM - 6:45PM – Omer Mozaffar

We 7:00PM - 9:30PM – Omer Mozaffar

Examination of Islam through the study of major religious ideas, movements, and figures prominent in the development of the tradition.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Muslim scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Islam, and the diversity within Islam in terms of sectarian, regional, and historical developments.


THEO  297 - Introduction to Buddhism

Th 4:15PM - 6:45PM –Yarina Liston

Examination of Buddhism covering the life and teachings of the founder, the establishment of the Buddhist community, the rise of Buddhist monasticism, and the spread of Buddhist ideas.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of Buddhism, including its different major branches, and the key Buddhist concepts, terms, values, and religious practices.



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