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Fall 2016 Course Offerings

ASIAN STUDIES
ASIA 399: Asian Studies Capstone
Dr. Sophia Geng, T, 6:15 pm, CSB
In this Asian Studies capstone, students will write a paper that showcases their understanding of the Asian Studies field by focusing in-depth on one topic selected in consultation with the course instructor and others. Students will research and prepare a paper suitable for presentation on Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day during the spring semester of the junior or senior year, depending on progression through the major and when the student studies abroad.

ART

ART 208 Non-Western  Art Survey (Fine Arts) 
Dr. Carol Brash, T/TH 9:35, SJU

Selected survey of great architecture, sculpture and painting of Asia and other non-Western cultures. A study of artworks in relation to religion, culture, philosophy and geography of the non-Western world.

ART 240F  Photography in China (Fine Arts)
Dr. Carol Brash, T/TH, 11:10, SJU
By the 1840s, the medium of photography had arrived in China. Nearly two centuries later, it is still a powerful and popular medium. This writing- and discussion- intensive course explores some of the major themes addressed by photographers in China over this long history: the photograph as art, science, document, propaganda, popular culture, memory, identity. It focuses on the history of photography in China, the visual analysis of images, and a discussion of how a viewer's context plays a role in understanding the works. Although the primary topic is the history of photography as art in China by Chinese artists, the course includes a brief history of photography as art in the west and also examines western photographers who focus on China as a subject. Students will investigate both primary texts (the photographs, writings by photographers and artists, etc.), and secondary texts (scholarly articles and books about the photographs, artists, etc.).

ENGLISH

ENGL 383 Post-Colonial Literature (Humanities)
Dr. Madhu Mitra, M/W/F, 9:30, CSB

A study of literature, partly in translation, from African, Asian and the Caribbean countries. The course examines the specific historical and cultural contexts in which these literatures arise.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

ENVR 312  Geography of Asia  (Gender, Intercultural)
Dr. Chris Thoms, MWF, 11:30

Asia is a complex and diverse part of the world that contains more than half of the world's population, some of the world's fastest growing economies, and countries and cultures that are fundamentally linked to our everyday lives in North America. In this upper-division, reading-intensive course, students will be introduced to the natural environments, political developments, demographic trends, gender issues, religious and cultural frameworks, and past and present relationships between the United States and Asian countries, The course will emphasize current events, problem, and trends across sub-regions and in individual countries, and will draw on diverse sources of information including books, academic and popular articles, films and novels.

GEOGRAPHY

GEOG 230 World Regional Geography
Luke Feierabend, W, 6:15-9:15pm, CSB

Themes in this course include location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions.  Asian regions such as Russia and Central Asia, Southwest Asia, South Asia, East Asia, South East Asia will be discussed.

GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERSHIP

GBUS 300 Global Enterprise
Dr. Sanford Moskowitz, T/TH 1245, SJU

This course covers the fundamental concepts, issues, and structure of 21st century global business.  It explores the historical, cultural, economic, and political underpinnings of the basic themes of, and critical actors operating within international business today.  The student learns about the nature of and relationships between the major components (or systems) that make up the international business system as a whole. (prereq GBUS 210, 220, 230, & 240)

GBUS 323 Consumer Behavior
Dr. Tony Yan, MWF, 8:20, CSB

This course examines the process of consumer decision making in the context of the psychological, social, and ethical environments with special regards to motivation, personality, lifestyle, attitudes, and cultural & social influences. This course emphasizes the use of research and theory in developing marketing strategies. Prerequisite GBUS 321 or permission of instructor.

HISTORY

HIST 115 Modern East Asia (Humanities designation)
Dr. Elisheva Perelman, MWF, 11:50, CSB

This introductory survey to East Asia examines the political, cultural, and social history of China (including the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), Japan, and Korea (including the DPRK and the ROK) from the 17th century to the present. Students will analyze primary texts, literary works, and documents to find issues of continuity and change over time and across borders.

HIST 319 Monsters and Modernity-Japanese History Through Horror (Humanities and Gender designations)
Dr. Elisheva Perelman, MWF, 9:30, CSB
This course examines horror in its myriad forms in the history and formation of modern Japan, from the Tokugawa period to the present.  By exploring the historical context in which literary works are produced and what the works represent, students will gain a broader understanding of what fears helped to shape modern Japanese culture, society, and history.

LANGUAGES AND CULTURES

CHIN 111 ELEM CHINESE I
Limei, Danzeisen, MWF 10:40, CSB
Introduction to the basic elements of the Chinese language. Practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including work with grammar, pronunciation, and culture.

CHIN 211 INTERMED CHINESE I
Limei Danzeisen, MWF 9:30, CSB
Review and continued study of grammar together with additional training in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 211 and 212 emphasize Chinese culture and civilization. Satisfactory completion of Chinese 211 fulfills the global language proficiency requirement.

CHIN 311 CHIN CONVERSATION & COMP I
Dr. Sophia Geng,  TR, 9:55, CSB
Designed to help students solidify and further their communicative and writing ability in Chinese through contact with various written styles of modern Chinese. Advanced Chinese also provides a basic introduction to contemporary Chinese literature and culture.

JAPN 111 Elementary Japanese I (2 sections)
Masami Limpert, MWF, 8:20 & 10:40, CSB

Introduction to the basic structure of the Japanese language. Practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with a focus on an accurate command of grammar and culturally appropriate communication skills.

JAPN 211 Intermediate Japanese I
Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, MWF, 9:30, CSB

Review and continued study of grammar together with additional training in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

JAPN 311 Advanced Japanese  Language I
Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, MWF, 10:40, CSB

Review and continued development of grammar together with development of skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

JAPN 330A Transnational Japan (Humanities)
Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, T/TH, 2:40, CSB

This course surveys a broad range of themes related to Japan's cultural history through analysis of literary and visual media from ancient to modern times. However, rather than seeking to discover an essence or key to understanding Japan, this course aims to complicate the picture of a unitary, internally consistent, and monolithic Japan. We take as premise that Japan is and has always been hybrid, fractured, and transnational. Hence, we interrogate how understanding of what is "Japan" often has much to do with transnational exchange, migration, negotiation, and acknowledge that this "Japan" is in constant flux. For example, we explore not only how Japanese thinkers represented Japan to people within Japan, but how thinkers attempted to project a certain image of Japan onto an international stage. We will work with both primary sources in translation and secondary sources, considering perspectives of the people of Japan--including ethnic minorities--and outsiders looking in.

PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 156 Asian Philosophy (Humanities)
Dr. Charles Wright, T/TH, 8:00, SJU
An introduction to the foundational texts of the South Asian and Chinese philosophical traditions. Texts originating in South Asia (i.e., the Indian subcontinent) will include selections from the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and early sutras from the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The Chinese traditions of Confucianism and Taoism will be approached through study of the Lao Tzu (a.k.a. the Tao Te Ching) and the Analects of Confucius.
POLITICAL SCIENCE
POLS 121 Intro to International Relations
Dr. John Friend, MWF, 12:40 & 3:00, SJU
Students learn about global issues through different theoretical lenses, including realism and liberalism. Using these lenses, students investigate international security, civil conflict, economic interactions, and the influence of globalization. They also examine the influence of important actors in the international arena, including states, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Students examine their understandings of culture and how it shapes understanding of concepts like human rights. This broad overview helps students have a better understanding of the world around them and how their worldview shapes their perceptions of international events.

POLS 352 Global Gender Issues
Dr. John Friend, T/TH, 12:45, SJU
Students learn about global issues through different theoretical lenses, including realism and liberalism. Using these lenses, students investigate international security, civil conflict, economic interactions, and the influence of globalization. They also examine the influence of important actors in the international arena, including states, intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Students examine their understandings of culture and how it shapes understanding of concepts like human rights. This broad overview helps students have a better understanding of the world around them and how their worldview shapes their perceptions of international events.

THEOLOGY
THEO 365 Islam (Theology Upper Division)
Dr. Jon Armajani, MWF, 1:05, CSB

This course explores the history of Islam and its interpretations, as well as doctrines and practices among Muslims in various parts of the world. It examines the Quran and Hadith, and topics related to women and gender, Islamic law, and Islam and politics, and it examines the relationship between Islam and the Judeo-Christian tradition.