Autumn 2012 Area Studies Courses


Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics

  • 4597.01 – Problems and Policies in World Population, Food, and Environment U 3
    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

Management and Human Resources

  • 2000 – Introduction to International Business U 1.5
    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.
  • 7010 – Advanced Topics in Multinational Business G 1.5
    Examination of topics in international business, including the role of cultural and political systems, trade and FDI, and multinational enterprise. Includes lectures on China, textbook on China, The Chinese Century, and a field study project focused on China.
  • 7013 – China and Its Global Business Implications G 1.5
    Introduction to the historical, economic, cultural, social, and geopolitical circumstances of China's rise, and its global business repercussions.

Comparative Studies

  • 2321 – Introduction to Asian American Studies U 3
    Introduction to Asian American studies; history, experience, and cultural production of Americans of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South Asian, Filipino, and Southeast Asian ancestry.
  • 2370 – Introduction to Comparative Religion U 3
    Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities.
  • 3673 – The Buddhist Tradition U 3
    History and structure of Buddhism from founding to present in South, Southeast, and East Asia; emphasis on rituals, beliefs, and local and regional variations.
  • 7999 – Research in Comparative Studies: Thesis G 1-12
    Research for Master's thesis.
  • 8896 – Seminar in East Asian Philosophy G 3
    Seminar focusing on a particular thinker, school of philosophy, or set of texts from the East Asian philosophical tradition. Topics vary.
  • 8998 – Research in Comparative Studies: Candidacy Examination G 1-12
    Research in preparation for Ph.D exams.
  • 8999 – Research in Comparative Studies: Dissertation G 1-12
    Research for dissertation.

East Asian Languages and Literatures


  • 1231 – East Asian Humanities U 3
    Introduction to the contemporary and traditional cultures of China, Korea, and Japan taught through readings, films, and demonstrations.
  • 5475 – Women Writers, Cultures, and Society in East Asia U 3
    Close examination of representative works of major women writers from China, Japan, and Korea in the cultural and ideological context of each country. No knowledge of East Asian language is required. All reading materials are in English.
  • 6383 – Scripts of East Asia G 3
    A critical survey of writing systems that use Chinese characters, popular and scholarly myths about them, and their impact on the history of ideas.
  • 7701 – Pedagogical Syntax for East Asian Languages G 3
    Training in the presentation of grammar in East Asian language classes; special attention given to problems of translating linguistic studies into teachable units.
  • 8701 – Teaching East Asian Languages at the College Level G 3
    Techniques of teaching college-level East Asia languages; effective use of teaching, testing, and laboratory materials; observation of a variety of language classes.
  • 8870 – Research Presentations in East Asian Languages and Literatures G 3
  • 8896 – Seminar in East Asian Philosophy G 3
    Seminar focusing on a particular thinker, school of philosophy, or set of texts from the East Asian philosophical tradition. Topics vary.


  • 2231 – Traditional Chinese Culture U G 3
    Chinese institutions, philosophical trends, religion, literature, and visual and performing arts prior to the 20th century.
  • 2232 – Modern Chinese Culture U G 3
    Modern Chinese culture as reflected in family life, language, literature, art, and film viewed from the perspective of modern Chinese history. Taught in English.
  • 2451 – Chinese Literature in Translation U G 3
    Representative masterpieces of pre-modern Chinese literature in English translation, including poetry, prose, fiction, and/or drama.
  • 4383 – The Chinese Language and Its Script U G 3
    Examination of the Chinese script, covering its origin, classification, composition, and development, as well as such topics as standardization, script reform, Romanization, and internet language; taught in English.
  • 4405 – China in Chinese Film U G 3
    An overview of Chinese cinema, with a focus on how film represents issues of nationhood, national identity, and national trauma. Taught in English, no Chinese required.
  • 6380 – Introduction to Chinese Linguistics G 3
    Investigation of the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon, and writing system of the Chinese language; and exploration of some topics relating language to cognition, society, and gender.
  • 6381 – History of the Chinese Language G 3
    Investigation of the history of the Chinese language from its early stages to modern forms.
  • 8897 – Departmental Seminar G 1-3
    Seminar in Chinese literature, linguistics, or pedagogy; topic varies.


  • 2231 – Elements of Japanese Culture U G 3
    A survey of literature, art, religion, philosophy, film, and social institutions of the Japanese people from the earliest to the most recent times. Taught in English.
  • 2451 – Japanese Literature in Translation U G 3
    Representative masterpieces from Japan's literary tradition: fiction, poetry, drama, prose. Taught in English.
  • 5316 – Japanese Language: Structure, Culture, and Communication II U G 3
    Critical and comprehensive survey of structural, cultural, and communicative aspects of the Japanese language.
  • 5454 – Japanese Literature: Classical Period U G 3
    Survey of Japanese literature from the eighth to the twelfth century: myths, court poetry, tales, fiction, diaries, and miscellanies.
  • 5455 – Japanese Literature: Medieval and Edo Period U G 3
    Survey of Japanese literature from the thirteenth to the early nineteenth century: popular tales, poetry, drama, and the fiction of the merchant class.
  • 6380 – Japanese Linguistics G 3
    Examination of the phonology, syntax, and lexicon of the Japanese language.
  • 7387 – Japanese Language Processing G 3
    Discussion of various studies on and approaches to Japanese first and second language processing.
  • 8897 – Departmental Seminar G 3
    Seminar in Japanese literature, linguistics, or pedagogy; topic varies.


  • 2231 – Elements of Korean Culture U G 3
    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. Taught in English.
  • 6454 – Korean Literary Traditions G 3
    Analysis of the development of Korean literary traditions and their significance in the cultural and intellectual evolution of Korean society. All reading materials are in Korean. Economics
  • 4130 – World Economic Development in Historical Perspective U G 3
    A survey of economic development from the middle ages through the 20th century, emphasizing Europe, Asia, and Africa.
  • 5650 – International Commodity Flows: Theory and Policy U G 3
    Comparative advantage and the gains from trade; tariffs and other trade restrictions; economic effects of protective policies; U.S. commercial policies; regional economic integration.
  • 5660 – Financial Aspects of International Trade U G 3
    International payments and receipts; foreign exchange markets; balance-of-payments adjustment under different monetary systems; macroeconomic policy; international monetary reforms; foreign investments; multinational corporations.

Education: Physical Activity and Educational Services

  • 1169.01 – Martial Arts Forms: Aikido U 1
    An introduction to a harmonizing martial art, designed to increase physical and mental centeredness; to improve grace, balance, awareness, and general movement abilities; to aid in self defense.
  • 1169.02 – Martial Arts Forms: Judo I U 1
    Introductory skills and knowledge essential in throwing techniques and mat work of Judo.
  • 1169.03 – Martial Arts Forms: Judo II U 1
    Intermediate skills and techniques of Judo as well as an introduction to the skills involved in competitive Judo.
  • 1169.04 – Martial Arts Forms: Karate I U 1
    Introduction to the fundamental forms and techniques of Karate.
  • 1169.05 – Martial Arts Forms: Karate II U 1
    The refinement of basic forms and techniques and the introduction of advanced forms; more emphasis on free fighting.
  • 1169.06 – Martial Arts Forms: Shuai Chiao U 1
    Introduction to the various forms and techniquest of Shuai Chiao-Chinese wrestling, a combination of Karate and Judo.
  • 1169.07 – Martial Arts Forms: Tae Kwon Do I U 1
    Beginning course in the Korean martial art form; includes etiquette, basic blocking, thrusting and kicking techniques, and self defense.
  • 1169.08 – Martial Arts Forms: Tae Kwon Do II U 1
    Continuation of Tae Kwon Do I, refinement of technique and form; introduction of intermediate forms and skills and conditioning techniques.
  • 1169.09 – Martial Arts Forms: T'ai Chi Ch'uan I U 1
    An introduction to T'ai Chi Ch'uan with emphasis on an exploration of body/energy awareness.
  • 1169.10 – Martial Arts Forms: T'ai Chi Ch'uan II U 1
    Intermediate forms and techniques of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and experience in joint hands operation as well as in combat T'ai Chi Ch'uan.


  • 3597.01 – World Urbanization U 3
    An examination of geographic aspects of the urbanization process in the world's major regions; interrelationships between urbanization and economic development.
  • 3901H – Global Climate and Environmental Change U 3
    Examines both natural and social factors that force changes in our climate and environment and explores strategies for a sustainable environment in the future.
  • 5402 – Land Use Geography U G 3
    Causes and consequences of recent regional and national land-use changes; urban decentralization, suburbanization of jobs and people; changing relationships between economic activity and the environment.
  • 5602 – Urban Political Geography U G 3
    The changing politics of space in cities: class, neighborhood, and workplace in the industrial and the post-industrial city.
  • 8800 – Seminar in Environment and Society G 3
    The development of theory in environment and society and its application to selected problems.


  • 1681 – World History to 1500 U 3
    Comparative survey of the world's major civilizations and their interconnections from the beginnings of human civilization through 1500.
  • 1682 – World History, 1500 to Present U 3
    Survey of the human community, with an emphasis on its increasing global integration, from the first European voyages of exploration through the present.
  • 2401 – History of East Asia in the Pre-Modern Era U 3
    Introduction to societies and cultures of pre-modern China, Korea, and Japan; the East Asian geographical and cultural unit.
  • 3375 – Mongol World Empire: Central Eurasia, 1000-1500 U 3
    This course will address the social, cultural, and political history of medieval Central Eurasia, focusing on the Mongol Empire and its legacy.
  • 3404 – Modern China 1750-1949 U 3
    History of Modern China, circa 1750-1949; emphasis on state and society (politics, military affairs, economics, social structure, and culture).
  • 3411 – Gender and Sexuality in China U 3
    Introduction to gender and sexuality in China, including Confucian gender ideology, changes in marriage, family, sexual morality, and work from pre-modern to modern period.
  • 3436 – History of Modern Korea U 3
    Modern Korean History, with focus on the legacy of colonialism, the Korean War, the impact of the Cold War, divided Korea, the growth of competing national ideologies and economic systems, and the recent military crises.
  • 3580 – The Vietnam War U 3
    Study of the background, causes, conduct, and consequences of the Vietnam War, 1945-1975.
  • 4410 – Research Seminar in Chinese History U G 3
    Advanced research and writing on selected topics in Chinese History.
  • 7411 – Studies in Modern and/or Contemporary Chinese History G 1-6
    Intensive study, through reading and discussion, of major issues and recent scholarship in modern and/or contemporary Chinese History.

History of Art

  • 2003 – Asian Art U 3
    Art of Asian cultures from ancient through contemporary times.
  • 2901 – Introduction to World Cinema U 3
    Chronological survey of the most influential and recognized film artists and film movements of the world.
  • 3901 – World Cinema Today U 3
    An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content.
  • 4815 – Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art U 3
    Modern Chinese art (late 19th century to today) with emphasis on artists, artworks, and their social, artistic, institutional, and theoretical contexts.
  • 8811 – Studies in Chinese Art G 4
    Advanced study and specialized research in the history of Chinese art.

International Studies

  • 2050 – Introduction to China and Japan U 3
    Multidisciplinary survey of contemporary Asian civilizations: their geographical and racial backgrounds, historical and cultural heritages, social organizations, economic and political problems and international relations.
  • 2500 – Introduction to Development Studies U 3
    Examines theories of political economy and development, as well as the historical geography of global capitalism and contemporary issues in international economic development.
  • 3850 – Introduction to Globalization U 3
    Analysis of globalization in its various aspects, economic, political, environmental and technological, as well as its extend and desirability.
  • 4535 – International Economic Development U 3
    Study of the growth and diversification of developing economies and the causes of poverty and inequality. Analyze the impacts of human capital formation, markets and public policy on development.
  • 4597.01 – Problems & Policies in World Population, Food, and Environment U 3
    This course addresses population growth and the challenges it poses. In particular, the challenge of providing everyone with an adequate diet while simultaneously conserving the natural resources on which agriculture and other economic activities depend.
  • 4701 – The Development & Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction U 3
    Offers students an overview of the issues relating to atomic, biological, and chemical weapons, commonly referred to as weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
  • 5050 – Two Koreas: Political Economy of Regional Rivalry U 3
    Understanding the Korean peninsula. Course will focus on the nature of North and South Korean regional rivalry and its global impacts. Security issues include North Korean nuclear threat, military alliances, and reunification prospects.


  • 2250 – Music Cultures of the World U 3
    A survey including at least three of the following major philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism.


  • 2120 – Asian Philosophies U 3
    A survey including at least three of the following major philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
  • 5193 – Individual Studies G 1-6
    Individual studies. Students ordinarily earn from 1 to 3 credit hours, but honors students may earn up to 6 credit hours.
  • 8193 – Individual Studies G 1-9
    Doctoral students may register for individual study in areas not normally covered by courses.
  • 8999 – Dissertation Research in Philosophy G 1-9
    Research for dissertation purposes only.

Political Science

  • 1300 – Global Politics U 3
    Cooperation and conflict in world politics. Covers basic theories of international relations and key issues, including security, political economy, international organizations, and the environment.


  • 4998 – Undergraduate Research in Sociology U 1-9
    Undergraduate research or creative activities in variable topics.
  • 6193 – Individual Studies G 1-9
    Individual studies.
  • 6999 – Research for Thesis G 1-12
    Research for thesis purposes only.
  • 7735 – Sociology of Gender G 3
    An examination of current theory and research on the sociology of gender through extensive readings.
  • 7884.11 – Seminar: Labor Markets/Economy and Society G 3
    Topics in labor market and economy selected to give the advanced student opportunity to pursue special studies not otherwise offered.
  • 8999 – Research for Dissertation G 3
    Research for dissertation purposes only.


  • 3597 – Issues of the Contemporary World: Censorship and Performance U 3
    Exploration of censorship in live performance in both Western and Asian and the ways such practice links to governmental public policy or to pressure groups.