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Spring 2013 Courses

Spring 2013 Courses and Course Descriptions

ANTH 100 – Globalizations and Local Cultures

MoWeFr 9:20AM-10:10AM -Thea Strand

MoWeFr 10:25-11:15AM -Thea Strand

TuTh 8:30-9:45AM -Deirdre Guthrie

TuTh 11:30AM-12:45PM -Deirdre Guthrie

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- Intro to Asian Studies

MoWeFr 1:40-2:30PM -Janet Fair

This course introduces the histories and cultures of East, Southeast, and South Asia from early modern times to the present.

CHIN 102 - Chinese II

TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM Ying Peng

TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM-Ying Peng

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

TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM-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.

HIST 208 - East Asia Since 1500

MoWeFr 8:15AM - 9:05AM -Mark Allee

MoWeFr 11:30AM - 12:20PM -Mark Allee

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 10:00-11:15AM –Leslie Dossey

TuTh 1:00-2:15PM –Leslie Dossey

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 300E - Topics in World History

TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM-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 342 – Traditional China from Antiquity to 1550

MoWeFr 9:20AM – 10:10AM -Mark Allee

This course will trace Chinese history from the origins of classical Chinese civilization in the Shang and Zhou periods to the evolution of an agrarian society under the imperial state.

Outcome: Students will gain an understanding of how domination by aristocratic lineage gave way to the Confucian state and society based on peasant farming; and how a bureaucratic and autocratic polity existed in symbiosis with a socioeconomic elite that maintained itself through the dominance of the agrarian economy as well as through increasing access to the sources of commerce and trade.

HNDI 102 - Hindi-Urdu II

MoWeFr 5:00PM – 6:15PM –Staff

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.

HNDI 250- Composition and Conversation I


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 12:35PM - 1:25PM –Staff

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.

SOCL 122 - Race and Ethnic Relations

TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM -Edward Flores

TuTh 11:30AM- 12:45 PM – Edward Flores

TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM –Edward Flores

ROME 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.

SOCL 250 - Inequality in Society

MoWeFr 11:30-12:20PM –Kasey Henricks

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 –Kimya Barden

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 - Intro to Hinduism

MoWeFr 11:30-12:20PM -Yarina Liston

MoWeFr 1:40-2:30 –Yarina Liston

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

Tu 4:15-6:45 -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 - Intro to Buddhism

Mo 4:15-6:45PM –Bret Lewis

Th 4:15-6:45PM -Bret Lewis

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.

THEO 351 – Topics in Hinduism

Mo 4:15-6:45 –Tracy Pintchman

A deeper and more focused study of significant aspects of Hinduism.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of Hinduism.

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