Autumn 2011 Area Studies Courses

Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

  • 535 - Economic Development Processes in Developing Countries "U" 5
    Study of major Third World problems using principles of development economics. Examines poverty, inequality, unemployment, population growth, resource use and rural development.
  • 597.01 - Problems and Policies in World Population, Food, and Environment "U" 5
    Problems related to world-wide population increases, food production, and associated
    environmental stress; policy options for lessening these problems, especially in low-income
    countries.

Business Administration

  • 555 - Introduction to International Business "U" 4
    Basic coverage of world trade and investment problems, and introduction to multinational
    corporation strategies and the various types of environments in which they do business.

Management and Human Resources

  • 763 - Employment Relationships around the World "U" "G" 4
    Overview and comparison of employment practices and labor-management relations in other industrialized countries including Europe, East Asia, Central and South America, and Canada.

Comparative Studies

  • 270 - Introduction to Comparative Religion "U" 5
    Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities.
  • 693 - Individual Studies "U" "G" 1-10
    Designed to give able students an opportunity to pursue special studies not otherwise offered.

East Asian Languages and Literatures

EALL

  • 131 - East Asian Humanities "U" 5
    Introduction to the contemporary and traditional cultures of Chin, Japan and Korea taught through readings, films, demonstrations and discussions.

Chinese

  • 294 - Group Studies "U" 1-5
    Analysis of contemporary Chinese media, covering traditional forms of broadcasting and print media, as well as new forms of internet and mobile media. Taught in English.
  • 600 - Performance Traditions of China "U" 5
    Introduction to the panorama of oral and orally-related performance traditions of China; explores local traditions of professional storytelling, epic singing, folksongs, and local drama.
  • 674 - Chinese Opera "U" 5
    An introduction to Chinese opera as traditional culture, dramatic literature, and performing art; study of select plays and recorded stage performances; multimedia-based, illustrated discussions of various aspects of the theatre. 
  • 680 - Introduction to Chinese Linguistics "U" "G" 5
    Investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and writing system of the Chinese language.
  • 693 - Individual Studies "U" "G" 1-5
    Directed study to meet individual research needs of students in area studies and East Asian programs.
  • 783H - Honors Research "U" 3-5
    A program of reading arranged for each student, with individual conferences, reports, and honors thesis.
  • 784 - Chinese Syntax "U" 3
    An investigation of the syntactic structure of Mandarin Chinese.

Japanese

  • 231 - Elements of Japanese Culture "U" 5
    A survey of literature, art, religion, philosophy, and social institutions of the Japanese people from the earliest to the most recent times.
  • 654 - Japanese Literature: Classical Period "U" 5
    Survey of Japanese literature from the eighth to the mid-fourteenth century: myth, court poetry, tales, fiction, diaries, and miscellanies.
  • 693 - Individual Studies "U" "G" 1-5
    Requires the use of Japanese sources and the completion of a paper reflecting the student's research.
  • 783H - Honors Research "U" "G" 3-5
    A program of reading arranged for each student, with individual conferences, reports, and honor thesis.
  • 786 - Japanese Pragmatics "U" "G" 5
    Discussion of pragmatic aspects of the Japanese language.

Korean

  • 231 - Elements of Korean Culture "U" 5
    A survey of the religion, history, customs, performing arts, fine arts, literature, and social institutions of the Korean people from the earliest era to the present.

Economics

  • 515 - World Economic Development in Historical Perspective I "U" "G" 5
    First course in a survey of economic development from the middle ages through the 20th century.

Education

Physical Activity and Educational Services

  • 169.07 - Martial Arts Forms: Karate I "U" "G" 1
    Introduction to the fundamental forms and techniques of Karate.
  • 169.08 - Martial Arts Forms: Karate II "U" "G" 1
    The refinement of basic forms and techniques and the introduction of advanced forms; more emphasis on free fighting.
  • 169.13 - Martial Art Forms: Tae Kwon Do I "U" "G" 1
    Beginning course in the Korean martial art form; includes etiquette, basic blocking, thrusting and kicking techniques, and self defense.
  • 169.16 - Marital Art Forms: T'ai Chi Ch'uan I "U" "G" 1
    An introduction to T'ai Chi Ch'uan with emphasis on an exploration of body/energy awareness.

Geography

  • 200 - World Regional Geography "U" "G" 5
    An examination of the human and physical geographic structure of all world regions; defined primarily at the continental scale and classified by their level of development.
  • 597.01 - Issues of the Contemporary World: World Urbanization "U" "G" 5
    An examination of geographic aspects of the urbanization process in the world's major regions; interrelationships between urbanization and economic development.
  • 642 - Geography of Development "U" "G" 5
    Spatial aspects of economic development; spatial analysis of traditional economics, industrial regions, transport linkages, and migration patterns in developing countries.

History

  • 308 - The Vietnam War "U" 5
    An examination of the causes, conduct, and effects of the revolutionary war in Vietnam from 1945 to 1975.
  • 597 - Critical Issues of the 20th Century World "U" 5
    Contemporary global problems in historical perspectives; war and threat of war; intercontinental, racial, ideological, and economic conflicts; the search for a new world order.
  • 598.01 - Senior Seminar "U" 5
    The nature of historical judgment and interpretation; the roles of evidence, approach, and presuppositions.
  • 724.01 - East Asia and The Pre-Modern World: Focus on the History of East Asian Environment, Science and Technology "U" "G" 5
    This course explores developments in the ecological, scientific and technological history specifically in East Asia. Topics include using the environment, reading the environment, urbanization and the environment, knowledge networks, and transfer, and nationalism, war, science, and technology.

History of Art

  • 213 - Asian Art "U" 5
    A survey of Far Eastern Art: India, China, and Japan.
  • 260 - Introduction to World Cinema "U" 5
    Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.
  • 350 - World Cinema Today "U" 5
    An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content.
  • 570 - An Introduction to Buddhist Art and Iconography "U" "G" 5
    Examines how Buddhist art conveys the ideal of human perfection as the ultimate attainment of Buddhist practice.
  • 668 - The Buddhist Art of Gandhara and Kashmir "U" 5
    Explores the Buddhist art of greater Gandhara and Kashmir, examining in particular its influence on both East Asian and South Asian art.
  • 678.02 - Chinese Painting from 1368 to the Present "U" "G" 5
    A survey of Chinese painting from the Ming dynasty to the present, with emphasis on style, subject matter, and cultural context.
  • 776 - Studies in Chinese Art "U" "G" 3-5
    Introduction to research in Chinese art historical problems.

International Studies

  • 215 - Introduction to Development Studies "U" 5
    Introduction to the contemporary field of development studies through examination of the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
  • 356 - Introduction to Globalization "U" 5
    Analysis of globalization in all its aspects, economic, political, cultural, environmental and technological, as well as of its extent and desirability.
  • 501 - Selected Problems in International Studies "U" 5
    Class discussions, with several guest speakers, informal conferences, and a reading and research program arranged to meet the special needs of those enrolled.
  • 535 - Economic Development Processes in Developing Countries "U" "G" 5
    Study of major Third World problems using principles of development economics; examines poverty, inequality, unemployment, population growth, resource use and rural development.
  • 555 - The Development and Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction "U" "G" 5
    Offers students an overview of the issues relating to atomic, biological, and chemical weapons, commonly referred to as weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
  • 597.01 - Problems and Policies in World Population, Food, and Environment "U" 5
    Problems related to world-wide population increases, food production, and associated environmental stress; policy options for lessening these problems, especially in low-income countries.

Music

  • 351 - The World of Music "U" 5
    Introduction to music in non-Western cultures and societies and to the concepts, vocabulary, and methodology for dealing with this music.

Philosophy

  • 215 - Asian Philosophies "U" 5
    A survey including at least three of the following major philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

Political Science

  • 145 - Global Politics "U" 5
    Cooperation and conflict in world politics. Covers basic theories of international relations and key issues, including security, political economy, international organizations, and the environment.
  • 597.02 - Political Problems of the Contemporary World "U" 5
    Critical political problems of industrialized and Third World societies, including governmental legitimacy, conflict and violence, social welfare, equality, and economic development.
  • 783H - Honors Research "U" "G" 3-5
    Honors Research.

Sociology

  • 597.01 - Contemporary World Societies: Social Institutions and Social Change "U" 5
    Sociological analysis of contemporary world societies-non-industrialized, industrializing, and industrialized-with special attention to major social institutions and patterns of social change.
  • 597.02 - World Population Problems "U" 5
    General introduction to population studies, emphasizing how population growth and structure have caused or aggravated social problems in various countries.

Theatre

  • 597 - Issues of the Contemporary World: Censorship and Performance "U" "G" 5
    Exploration of issues of censorship of performance in both Western and Asian communities with particular attention to live performance.

Women's Studies

  • 305 - Gender, Culture, and Power in International Perspective "U" 5
    Investigates gender cross-culturally, especially in the non-Western world, in relation to traditional culture, colonialism, nationalism and global economy.
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