Spring 2014 Area Studies Courses

Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics

2580 – Feast of Famine: The Global Business of Food U 3Global and regional trends in food consumption and production are surveyed. Trade, technological change, and other responses to food scarcity are analyzed.
4539 – China’s Economic Reforms and Globalization U 3. An introductory survey course of economic reforms and globalization in China with emphasis on economic and social transformation, and its integration into the global economy.
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.
4597.01H – Honors Agricultural Systems Management
5786 – Environmental Issues in East Asia U G 3. STEM students will study emerging, interdisciplinary environmental issues in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, such as air and water pollution, waste management, habitat destruction, exotic species, and energy.

Agricultural Systems Management

5786 – Environmental Issues in East Asia U G 3. STEM students will study emerging, interdisciplinary environmental issues in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, such as air and water pollution, waste management, habitat destruction, exotic species, and energy.

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.
7242 – International Negotiations and Deal Making G 1.5. How to effectively negotiate and make deals in cross-cultural contexts.

 

East Asian Languages and Literatures

 
EALL
1231 – East Asian Humanities U 3
Introduction to the contemporary and traditional cultures of China, Korea, and Japan taught through readings, films, and demonstrations. 
3446 – Asian American Film U 3 
Introduction to Asian American cinema from the 1960s to the present, including documentaries, feature films, and experimental films.
3457 – East Asian Folklore U 3
Diverse folk traditions in China, Korea, and Japan; relevant theory; song, narrative, epic, dance, ritual, material culture, tourism; emphasis on local and ethnic cultures. Topics vary by instructor.
5383 – Scripts of East Asia U 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. 
5475 – Women Writers, Culture and Society in East Asia U G 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 languages is required. All reading materials are in English.
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. 
7702 – Materials Preparation for East Asian Languages G 3 
Preparation of materials for teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Emphasis on the special problems faced by English-speaking students in learning these languages.
7705 – Seminar in the Learning of East Asian Languages and Cultures G 3
Critical analysis of insights and theories from various disciplines relevant to the pedagogy of East Asian languages and cultures.
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
Research presentations and discussions of specific problems in East Asian languages and literatures.
 
Chinese
2231 – Traditional Chinese Culture U 3. 
Chinese institutions, philosophical trends, religion, literature, and visual and performing arts prior to the 20th century.
4193 – Individual Studies 1-3
Directed study to meet individual research needs of students in Chinese studies. Not a substitute for regular language courses. 
4401 – Chinese Poetry in Translation U 3
Major themes and genres in classical and/or modern Chinese poetry, time period decided by responsible instructor.
4402 – Traditional Chinese Fiction in Translation U 3
Novels and short stories from the Ming and Qing Dynasties 
4403 – Modern Chinese Literature in Translation U 3
Chinese fiction and/or drama from the late 19th century to the present.
4406 – China Pop: Contemporary Popular Culture and Media in Greater China U 3
Introduces students to contemporary popular culture and media from Greater China, encouraging independent research and critical discussion of topics covered.
6193 – Individual Studies G 1-3
Directed study to meet individual research needs of students in Chinese studies. Not a substitute for regular language courses. 
6998 – Research in Chinese Project G 1-3
Research leading to the completion of a project other than a conventional MA thesis. 
6999 – Research in Chinese: Thesis G 1-3
Research leading to the completion of an MA thesis. 
7384 – Chinese Syntax G 3
The syntactic structure of modern (Mandarin) Chinese; related topics such as syntax-semantics interface. 
8500 – Chinese Bibliography and Research Methods G 3
An introduction to bibliographies and reference works in Chinese Studies; general and specific problems for research.
8998 – Research in Chinese: Project G 1-3
Research leading to the completion of a project other than a conventional dissertation. 
8999 – Research in Chinese: Dissertation G 1-3
Research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
 
Japanese
2231 – Elements of Japanese Culture U 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 3
Representative masterpieces from Japan's literary tradition: fiction, poetry, drama, prose. Taught in English. 
2452 – Modern Japanese Literature in Translation U 3
Modern Japanese literature and media from late 19th century Western influences to contemporary writers; selected readings in English translation. 
4193 – Individual Studies U 1-3
Directed study to meet individual research needs of students in Japanese studies. 
4400 – Japanese Film and Visual Media U 3
An overview of Japanese cinema and visual media, with a focus on genre: canonical and popular works of anime, yakuza film, historical/samurai film, comedies, and documentaries. Taught in English.
4998 – Undergraduate Research Project U 3
Focused research toward completion of an original project. 
4999 – Undergraduate Research Thesis U 3
Focused research toward completion of an original thesis. 
5316 – Japanese Language: Structure, Culture, and Communication II U G 3
Continuation of 5315. 
5381 – History of the Japanese Language U G 3
A survey of the development of the Japanese language from earliest times to the present.
6193 – Individual Studies G 1-3
Requires the use of Japanese sources and the completion of a paper reflecting the student's research. Not a substitute for regular language courses.
6998 – Research in Japanese: Project G 1-3
Research leading to the completion of a project other than a conventional MA thesis.
6999 – Research in Japanese: Thesis G 1-3
Research leading to the completion of an MA thesis.
7388 – Japanese Language Acquisition G 3
Discussion of Japanese language acquisition studies.
7453 – Studies in Japanese Drama G 3
History and texts of Japan's dramatic literature; noh, kyogen, bunraku, kabuki, shingeki; topic varies.
8477 – Topics and Problems in Japanese Literature G 3
Readings in the major genres of Japanese literature with emphasis on analysis and critical evaluation. Varying topics. 
8889 – Interdepartmental Seminar G 3
Two or more departments present seminars on subjects of mutual interest; topics to be announced.
8897 – Seminar in Japanese Literature 1-3
Seminar in Chinese literature, linguistics, or pedagogy; topic varies. 
8998 – Research in Japanese: Project 1-3
Research leading to the completion of a project other than a conventional dissertation. 
8999 – Research in Japanese: Dissertation 1-3
Research leading to the completion of a dissertation.
 
Korean
2451 – Korean Literature in Translation U 3
A close examination of masterpieces in Korean literature across genres for students with no previous academic training in Korean literature. All readings and discussions in English; college-level English reading and writing required.
4194 – Group Studies U 1-3
Group investigation of issues in Korean studies. Varying topics.
5256 – Interdisciplinary Topics in Korean Politics and Society U G 3
Interdisciplinary Korean studies course in the areas of social science, bridging Korean history, politics, gender, religion, philosophy, education, intercultural communication and international relations, etc. Taught in English.
5400 – Performance Traditions in Korea U G 3
Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exploration of cultural expressiveness in the context of Korean performance traditions; includes guided research, field work, ethnography and performance workshop.
5453 – Readings in Korean Literary and Classical Texts U G 3
Advanced study of Korean language and literature in cross-cultural context, by introducing selected narrative, drama, poetry, and critical essays in Korean. Includes literary translation.
 

Economics

4130 – World Economic Development in Historical Perspective U 3
A survey of economic development from the middle ages through the 20th century, emphasizing Europe, Asia and Africa.
5150 – Economic Transitions in the 20th Century U G 4
General survey of economic aspects of developing economies. Transitions from central planning to markets and from underdevelopment to industrialization in the twentieth century are emphasized.
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.
5720 – Comparative Institutional Analysis of Firms and Markets U G 3
Applications of economic analysis to industrial organizations including the firm's internal incentive structure, labor markets, and financial institutions, of major market economies such as U.S., and Japan from comparative perspectives.
Geography
2750 – World Regional Geography U 3
An examination of the human and physical geographic structure of all world regions;defined primarily at the continental scale. Examines regions in global context. 
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.
4194 – Group Studies in Geography: Geography of East Asia U 1-3
This course focuses on economic and political events of China, North/South Koreas, and Japan. We will explore the ideas and forces that have produced East Asia as a region, locate major geographic features of the region and discuss their significance, examine major changes and debates taking place in East Asia today, and investigate the specificity of each country in East Asia and their interconnectivity. 
5193 – Individual Studies in Geography U G 1-9*
Special studies on topics directly related to Geography. 
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.
5601 – Geographies of Governmentalities U G 3
Governance and society from a geographic perspective using Foucault's governmentality framework.
5700 – Geography of Development U G 3
Political economy of development; development theory; the historical geography of capitalist development; and contemporary development practices and strategies. 
5802 – Globalization and Environment U G 3
Transnational dimensions of changes to the natural environment; ways that global economic activity, international institutions, and global environmentalism contribute to environmental problems and solutions.
7193 – Individual Studies in Geography G 1-9*
Independent studies on selected Geography related topics. 
8999 – Research in Geography: Dissertation 3
Research for dissertation purposes only.
 

History

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. 
3194 – Group Studies: Controversies in Contemporary Korea U 3
This course examines 4 contemporary controversies in Korea (South and North) in order to provide a broad understanding of its recent history: 1) comfort women, Japanese history textbook controversy, Dokdo, and collaboration; 2) globalization, economic growth, and the Korean Wave; 3) North Korea and the Axis of Evil; 4) education fever in South Korea. This course is being taught via video-conference by Dr. Juhn Ahn of the University of Michigan.
3403 – History of Early Modern China: 14th – 18th Century U 3
Introduction to political, social, cultural, and economic developments from 14th to 18th century, mainly the Ming and early Qing dynasty.
3405 – Contemporary China 1921-2000 U 3
History of Contemporary China from 1921 to 2000; emphasis on Communist Party, state and society (politics, military affairs, economics, social structure, and culture).
4194 – Group Studies: North Korea Beyond Images U 3
This class will explore various ways through which North Korea uses visual mediums to showcase its state power and ideology, to write history, and to represent memory to the people of North Korea and to the world. We will also examine the representation of North Korea from perspective of the defectors as well as the Western spectators and even tourists. This course is being offered via video-conference by Dr. Se-Mi Oh at the University of Wisconsin.
4400 – Readings in Chinese History U 3
Advanced readings on selected topics in Chinese History. 
7350 – Studies in Islamic History – The Ottoman Provinces G 3
Graduate reading seminar focusing on the provinces of the Ottoman period between roughly 1500 and 1850. Many topics will be examined, including provincial administration, the rise of local notables, trade, and social and religious life. The course includes an important comparative component: both comparison among provinces in different regions of the Ottoman Empire (notably the Balkans, Anatolia, and the Arab provinces) and comparison between the provinces of the Ottoman Empire and those of contemporary landed Eurasian empires (notably the Habsburg, Russia, and Ming/Qing Chinese empires).
7405 – Introduction to Graduate Level EA Studies G 3.
8999 – Dissertation Research G 1-12
Research for dissertation.
 

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. 
3605 – History of Photography, alternatively East-West Photography U3
A thematic overview and critical introduction to the main debates and achievements in the history of photography.
3901 – World Cinema Today U 3*
An introduction to the art of international cinema today, including its forms and varied content.
4701 – An Introduction to Buddhist Art and Iconography U 3
Examines how Buddhist art conveys the ideal of human perfection as the ultimate attainment of Buddhist practice.
5002 – Topics in Asian and Non-Western Art U G 3
Topics to be announced.
5815 – The Lyric Journey: Chinese Painting of the Tang and Song Periods U G 3
A survey of Chinese painting from the Tang and Song Periods (618-1279), with emphasis on style, subject matter, and cultural context.
8193 – Individual Studies G 1-3*
Advanced study for students in specialized programs.
8821 – Studies in Japanese Art G 4
Advanced study and specialized research in the history of Japanese 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. 
2500H – Honors
3850 – Introduction to Globalization U 3*
Analysis of globalization in its various aspects, economic, political, environmental and technological, as well as of its extent and desirability.
4535 – International Economic Development (25% EA) 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. 
4539 – China’s Economic Reforms and Globalization U 3
An introductory survey course of economic reforms and globalization in China with emphasis on the country's economic and social transformation, and its integration into the global economy.
4597.01 – Food, Population, and the Environment (25% EA) U 3
Issues related to world-wide population increases, food production, and associated environmental stress; policy options for lessening these concerns, especially in low-income countries.
4597.01H – Food, Population, and the Environment (25% EA) U 3
Issues related to world-wide population increases, food production, and associated environmental stress; policy options for lessening these concerns, especially in low-income countries.
4701 – The Development & Control of Weapons of Mass Destruction U 3 (25% EA)
Includes discussions on the historical development and use of WMDs in Japan in WWII, current proliferation efforts in North Korea and China, and security efforts to halt WMD development throughout the world. 
4850 – Understanding the Global Information Society (25% EA) 3
Invites students to think critically about the global networks that are shaping the new knowledge creation & sharing processes. To monitor news, investigate web resources & gather information for assignments, report & case study analysis.
5050 – The Two Koreas: Political Economy of Regional Rivalry U G 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, & reunification prospects.
5051 – East Asia in the Post Cold War Era: Issues in Regional Security & Economic Development U G 3
Become familiar with and to analyze East Asian regional security and economic issues in the post-Cold War era. Looking at the region as an international subsystem, the course focuses on the regional level and examines its global consequences.
 

Management Science

4237 – International Operations Management U 3
Current influences, practices and standards for structural and infrastructural decision making across national boundaries. Explores complexity of managing geographically dispersed operations with relationships between multiple entities.
Comparative Studies
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. 
7193 – Individual Studies G 1-9*
Designed to give able students an opportunity to pursue special studies not otherwise offered. 
7999 – Research in Comparative Studies: Thesis G 1-12
Research for Master's thesis. 
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.
 

Music

2250 – Music Cultures of the World U 3
A survey of musical cultures outside the Western European tradition of the fine arts.
Philosophy
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. 
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. 
4300 – Theories of International Relations U 3*
Various theories of world politics, such as realism, liberalism, long cycles, domestic and bureaucratic politics, and decision-making level theory..
4597.01 – International Cooperation and Conflict U 3*
An examination of the relationships industrialized countries have with each other and developing nations; focus on potential for cooperation and conflict. 
4597.02 – Political Problems of the Contemporary World U 3*
Critical political problems of industrialized and developing societies, including governmental legitimacy, conflict and violence, social welfare, equality, and economic development. 
4597.02H – Political Problems of the Contemporary World U 3*
Critical political problems of industrialized and developing societies, including governmental legitimacy, conflict and violence, social welfare, equality, and economic development.
8999 – Dissertation Research in Political Science G 1-12
Research for dissertation purposes only.
 

Sociology

3597.01 – World Problems in Global Context U 3*
Sociological analysis of contemporary world societies - non-industrialized, industrializing, and industrialized - with special attention to major social institutions and patterns of social change.
3597.02 – World Population Problems U 3*
General introduction to population studies, emphasizing how population growth and structure have caused or aggravated social problems in various countries.
6193 – Individual Studies G 1-9*
Individual studies 
6999 – Research for Thesis G 1-12
Research for thesis purposes only. 
8999 – Research for Dissertation G 3-16
Research for dissertation purposes only.
 

Theatre

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