This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, listening comprehension, and writing Chinese. Through the study of the language, the student will also gain an appreciation of Chinese culture and contemporary life.
A continuation of the study of Mandarin Chinese: grammar, writing, speaking, reading, and listening comprehension. Speaking proficiency will be developed through active class participation. The use of authentic materials (video, music, texts) will enhance language skills and cultural knowledge. Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent.
This course explores the importance of China in a rapidly globalized world from an intercultural perspective. Students are invited to examine how China interacts with the world, and vice versa, through a variety of issues.
Started with an interdisciplinary project, this course offers a gateway for students to explore the global presence of China. After a comparative study of origin myth and flood in China and the West, the course continues with an examination of cross-culture education, during which students will finish an interview project. Both Chinese cuisine and the topic of “made in China” will be essential parts of this course, but it also opens to topics that students want to explore together, such as Hollywood representation of Chinese culture, international adoption or Dalai Lama. With class discussion and student-led projects, this interdisciplinary course will provide a basic understanding of Chinese culture and tradition. Gen Ed: INTCL.
This course will introduce the religious and philosophical traditions of China, Korea, and Japan. Particularly, it will focus on the historical, textual, and doctrinal foundations of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism. It will analyze excerpts of their sacred scriptures, survey their beliefs, study their practices, and explore their ethical systems. Additional consideration will be given to contemporary issues facing these traditions. Prerequisites: one of 101, 111, or 112.
This course examines religious themes in and the religious function of various narrative forms in Japan. The narratives studied in this course assume a spiritual topography that includes demons, ghosts, and gods, probe the gender and sexual identities of their characters, and introduce self-cultivatio
This course explores traditional and new forms of pilgrimages in China and Japan. In particular, it examines two kinds of pilgrimages: traditional ones to sacred mountains, sanctuaries, and other religious pilgrimages sites, and pilgrimages to memorials that commemorate immense natural and human catastrophes in Sendai (3/11 earthquake and tsunami), Hiroshima (dropping of the atomic bomb), and Nanjing (1937/8 massacre). What connects these two kinds of pilgrimages is the importance attributed to memory, the desire for healing, and the need for reflection. The goal of this course is to investigate the religious and political dimensions of memory, self-cultivation, and contemplation. The course accomplishes this goal by examining questions such as "what is the social dimension of religious pilgrimages," "what is the moral dimension of memory," and "what is the spiritual dimension of healing and reconciliation."
M. K. Gandhi remains the Indian most indelibly associated with India, one of the most frequently-quoted thinkers of all time, and one of the most important figures in developing the theory and practice of non-violent resistance. However, Gandhi's ideas and philosophy have managed to become detached from the historical context in which they were created, and indeed from the human being who created them. This course examines Gandhi's life, political positions, and political legacies in India and globally, in an effort to re-evaluate his achievements and failures, to place his life within the broader historical context of India in the early twentieth century, and to consider the reasons why some people, since his death, have variously beatified and demonized the man and his ideas. Gen Ed: HIST, HB
This course offers an introduction to speaking, reading, listening to, and writing Chinese. Through the study of the language, the student will also gain an appreciation of Chinese culture and contemporary life.
A continuation of the study of Mandarin Chinese: grammar, writing, speaking, reading, and listening comprehension. Speaking proficiency will be developed through active class participation. The use of authentic materials (video, music, texts) will enhance language skills and cultural knowledge.
An introduction to the basic themes and content of South Asian history from the earliest times to the present. Students will explore the lives of both great and ordinary people who lived in what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Students will consider how empire, international trade, relations of production, and ideologies affected the construction and reproduction of social and cultural groups. Offered alternate years. Gen Ed: HB, HIST, INTCL.
This course will introduce the religious and philosophical traditions of South Asia. Particularly, it will focus on the historical, textual, and doctrinal foundations of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. It will analyze excerpts of their sacred scriptures, survey their beliefs, study their practices, and explore their ethical systems. Additional consideration will be given to contemporary issues facing these traditions. Prerequisite: one of REL 101, 111, or 112. Gen Ed: REL, HEPT, INTCL.
This course will explore Chinese art from the mid-19th century through the present, with particular emphasis on artists, works of art, and the institutional, social, artistic, and theoretical contexts from which they emerged. The course will focus on ways in which Chinese artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have defined modernity and their tradition against the complex background of China’s history. Gen Ed: HEPT; HIST.
Contemporary art is increasingly recognized as a transnational, global phenomenon. This course will briefly examine historical conditions that laid the foundation for what is recognized today as an international field of contemporary art and explore in depth some of the most critical issues in the field. This course will focus on a select body of artworks and texts produced by figures within the wide world of contemporary art in order to understand the positions they represent. Embedded within three thematic units will be examinations of specific geographical regions, artists, aesthetic and conceptual currents, as well as larger theoretical frameworks such as post-colonial, postmodern, gender, and diaspora studies. Gen Ed: HEPT, INTCL.
Contact Professor Gereon Kopf for more information.
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