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Spring 2017 Course Offerings


ASIA 200:   Introduction to Asian Studies
Dr. Sophia Geng, Joseph Rogers, Dr. Debra Pembleton, Diana Symons, T/R, 9:55, CSB
This colloquium course introduces the academic discipline of Asian Studies.  Through modules from across the multidisciplinary spectrum, students will acquire an interdisciplinary understanding of Asia's enduring traditions, modern transformations, and recent emergence as a central player in global affairs. 

Mod A: Joseph Rogers
Welcome to Asian Studies!
This mod will focus on the history of the field of Asian Studies in the United States as it has evolved over the past several decades.  Students will be challenged to view this evolution from different cultural and theoretical perspectives.  For example, students will read excerpts from Orientalism by Edward Said, and will reflect on their own motivation and interest in studying Asia.  We will attempt to articulate our own values, motivations and perspectives that have brought us to the field and will guide us on our journey as students of Asian societies, cultures and people.

B Mod:  Diana Symons
In this mod, we will explore both historic and present-day interactions between "the West" and Asia through readings, films, discussion, and individual and group presentations. Using Jonathan Spence's "The Chan's Great Continent: China in Western Minds" as a jumping-off point, students will examine changes in identity, stereotyping, and media representations of Asians and Asian Americans over time. This mod will also introduce students to various scholarly resources and library databases that Asian Studies researchers - including students in the CSB/SJU Asian Studies program - can use today, and give students an opportunity to reflect on future directions for Asian Studies as a field. 

C Mod:  Dr. Deborah Pembleton
Minnesota has the largest population of Hmong people in the U.S How did this come to be and why is this valuable to know? In this mod, students will learn about Hmong history and culture particularly with respect to Hmong people residing in Minnesota.  Through readings, guest lectures, videos, and meal sharing, students will gain an understanding and develop an appreciation for the essence of culture and sense of history of the Hmong in Minnesota in contexts that pertain to daily life.

D Mod: Dr. Sophia Geng
In this mod, we will read and talk about canonized authors in modern Asia, both male and female, through the lens of internationally and nationally recognized literary masters. Besides appreciating their representative works that are translated into English, we will also discuss the class, race, gender and sexuality issues reflected in these literary creations.  These works echo the aspirations and struggles of different Asian societies and shed light on the bigger forces impacting modern Asian societies, such as modernization, neo-colonialism, immigration, urbanization and globalization.


ART 200/ENVR 240:  Environmental Art and Architecture (FA)
Richard Bresnahan, T/R, 9:35, SJU & R 12:45-3:45
This course focuses on a range of issues addressing art, architecture and their relationship to a sustainable environment. Through an analysis of critical theory, students will gain an understanding of the language and critical issues of art, architecture and their impact upon the environment. Through a hands-on approach, students will apply these concepts to make ceramic artwork in the SJU Pottery Studio. By using all native materials, designing through a programmatic structure of indigenous systems, in a sustainable framework the student will parallel architectural and design schematics presented in theory and research to an applied reality. Students will critically analyze readings, will discuss examples of art and architecture and will meet with artists in order to expand their understanding of the relationship between art, architecture and the environment. Spring. Course is offered for A-F grading only.

ART 208: Non-Western Art Survey (FA/IC)
Dr. Carol Brash, T/R, 12:45, 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 309: East Asian Gardens (FA)
Dr. Carol Brash, T/R, 11:10, SJU
In the areas now called China and Japan, people have been creating gardens for thousands of years. Each generation links itself to the past through visual and literary (as well as the edible) fruits of their gardens. Today reinterpretations of some of these early ideas appear in diverse sites ranging from the reconstructed garden at the Minneapolis Institute of Art to the Lucky Bamboo sold at Home Depot. Some of the topics we will investigate include the shift from the garden as a site of agricultural production to a site of aesthetic/cultural production, the complicated relationship of nature and artifice, gardens as repositories of memory, and the relationship of gardens to the other arts. We will read recent scholarship and examine example paintings, poems, prose, plans, maps, and garden reconstructions. Chinese gardens that we may consider include painted versions of the Garden of Solitary Delight and the Garden of the Artless Administrator: reconstructions of the Garden of the Artless Administrator and The Garden of the Master Fishing Nets; and contemporary constructions based on historic models such as the Garden of Awakening Orchids in Portland, Oregon. Japanese gardens that we may consider include Temple of the Gold Pavilion, Temple of the Silver Pavilion, Temple of the Peaceful Dragon, tea gardens, and the painted gardens of the Tales of the Genji. Our exploration will include a field trip to one Chinese and one Japanese garden in the Twin Cities area (an additional fee will be charged to your student account for this).


CHIN 112:  Elementary Chinese II
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 212: Intermediate Chinese II
Dr. Sophia Geng, T/R, 1:05, 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 CHIN 212 fulfills the global language proficiency requirement.

CHIN 312: Chinese Conversation & Composition II
Dr. Sophia Geng, T/R, 2:40, 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. 311 and 312 may be taken in either order.

CHIN 321B: Chinese Folklore: Myths and Legends (HM, GE, IC)
Dr. Sophia Geng, T/R 6:15pm, CSB
In this class, we read the English translations of popular Chinese folklore. These include the tale of Mulan, the story of the Cowherd and the Weaver Goddess, and the legend of Caiji. We analyze how the stories evolved throughout history and how they were told differently in mainstream and vernacular cultures. We also examine a number of adaptations of these stories in film, story-telling and writings by Chinese American authors, and compare the differences in terms of language, theme and function. Taught in English.


GEND 381:  Sex and Gender in a Global Perspective (GE/IC)
Dr. Madhu Mitra, MWF, 1:00, CSB
Examines issues of sex and gender from cross-cultural perspectives. Themes vary but may include: international sex trade, global women's movements, gender and economic development, GLBT human rights movements, health and environmental issues, or cross-cultural conceptions of masculinity. Course will vary according to the particular instructor's design. Prerequisite: GEND 101 for GEND majors.


GEOG 230:  World Geography
Luke Feierabend, W, 6:15pm, CSB
A spatial frame of reference for the changing patterns of world events. Study of the relationships between physical and cultural environments and major, global issues such as population, pollution and economic change. Social Science and ELED majors given preference.


GBUS 300: Global Enterprise
Dr. Sanford Moskowitz, T/R, 12:45 & 2:20, 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. Prerequisite GBUS 210, 220, 230, 240 or permission of instructor.

GBUS 321: Global Marketing
Dr. Tony Yan, MWF, 8:20, CSB
An introduction to the activities, sets of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. This course will focus on global implications and strategies resulting from the examination of the marketing environment, marketing practices, and ethical issues in the marketing field. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, 220, 230 & 240 or permission of instructor.

GBUS 330: International Organizational Behavior
Dr. Debra Pembleton, MWF, 3:00, SJU
An introduction to the activities, sets of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. This course will focus on global implications and strategies resulting from the examination of the marketing environment, marketing practices, and ethical issues in the marketing field. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, 220, 230 & 240 or permission of instructor.

GBUS 337:  Doing Business in Asia

Dr. Rui Oliveira, T/TH, 9:35, SJU
This course will focus on South and East Asia. Students will learn about the cultural milieu in a variety of Asian countries, and the impact of that milieu on business practice. We will study the strategic environment of doing business in Asia, learn about major Asian businesses, and immerse ourselves in Asian business practices. Prerequisite: GBUS 210, 220, 230 & 240 or permission of instructor. 


HIST 114:  Introduction to pre-Modern East Asia (HM)
Dr. Ellie Perelman, MWF, 10:40, CSB
A survey of East Asia-including China, Korea, And Japan-from ancient times to the dawn of the modern era. Explores the origin and building blocks of East Asian civilization and analyzes thechanges prior to 1600.

HIST 317:  Revolution in Modern China (HM)
Dr. Ellie Perelman, MWF, 2:10, CSB
This course looks at China in the 20th century and the intellectuals who attempted consciously to direct or deflect its agonizing transformation and incorporation into the "modern" world then dominated by Euro-America and the Soviet Union.


JAPN 112: Elementary Japanese II
Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, MWF, 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 212: Intermediate Japanese II
Masami Limpert, MWF, 9:30, CSB
Review and continued study of grammar together with additional training in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Satisfactory completion of JAPN 212 fulfills the global language proficiency requirement.

JAPN 312: Advanced Japanese Language II
Masami Limpert, MWF 10:40, CSB
Review and continued development of grammar together with development of skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Prerequisite: JAPN 311 or 315

JAPN 321B: Love in Japanese Literature and Film (GE)
Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, T/TH, 2:40, CSB
Through Japanese texts and visual media (film, print), this course explores a diversity of representations of love in modern Japanese culture, with a brief introduction to classical representations of love in order to set the framework for their modern legacy. We ask how love in Japan can be understood in relation to sexuality, gender, and family with reference to theories from gender and queer studies. We will move through themes such as double-suicide, modern love, feminism, homosexuality, prostitution, sex and war, castration, and more, pairing great literary works with their equally influential filmic adaptations. Taught in English.

JAPN 330B: Japanese Folklore
Dr. Jeffrey Dubois, MWF, 1:00, CSB
This course looks at the development of Japanese folklore, exploring the narrative origins of Japanese folk beliefs and myths as well as their transmission and adaptation to the present. With an introduction to theories of folklore, we delve into supernatural tales involving ghosts and shape-shifting creatures as well as moralistic teachings that inform Japanese religious traditions. Class material ranges from The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (10th century) to collections of folklore by 20th century scholar Yanagita Kunio to the contemporary anime of Ghibli Studios. Taught in English.


PHIL 339: Chinese Philosophy (HM/IC)
Dr. Charles Wright, T/TH, 8:20, SJU
An introduction to the Chinese philosophical tradition through selected foundational texts like the Tao Te Ching, the Chuang Tzu, the Analects of Confucius, the Mencius, the Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch and selections from the writings of Chu Hsi. Students will also study early Chinese philosophical teachings concerning the nature of male and female and their appropriate social roles, contemporary analyses of the role Confucian teachings played in constructing these gender categories and institutions, and philosophical discussions of the compatibility of Confucian teachings with contemporary (Western) egalitarian gender sensibilities.


POLS 121: Introduction to International Relations (SS/IC)
Dr. John Friend, MWF, 9:10 & 1:50, 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 223: Comparative Politics (SS)
Dr. John Friend, MWF 12:40, SJU
In this course students learn about different political and economic systems throughout the world. They also learn about the field of Comparative Politics, which examines the institutional structures and cultural influences that lead to different approaches to similar problems. Finally, students are also introduced to advanced research skills and produce a research design which presents a plan for conducting original data collection.


THEO 345: Theologies of Violence/Non Violence (TU)
Dr. Jon Armajani, T/TH, 9:55, CSB
This course examines theological perspectives on violence and nonviolence ranging from absolute pacifism to just war theory to the celebration of "redemptive violence." Prerequisite: THEO 111 or HONR 240A

THEO 369B: Modern Islamic Political Movements (TU)
Dr. Jon Armajani, T/TH, 8:20, CSB
After providing an introduction to the beliefs, practices, and history of Islam, this course will analyze some of the relationships between Islam and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries among Islamist (or "fundamentalist Islamic groups") in the Middle East, South Asia, and other parts of the world. Specifically, the course will examine the histories, ideologies, and structures of groups. This course will examine the religious, theological, and political, foundations of these groups while analyzing their work in education, literacy, social service to people in many sectors of societies (including the underprivileged), religious and political instruction, and community-building. The course will also explore the various perspectives of members of these groups and movements toward peace and violence as well as their religiously- and politically-based reasons for attacking various targets. Finally, the course will compare and contrast those Islamist trends with those represented by some liberal Muslims. Prerequisite THEO 111 or HONR 240A

THEO 369C: Islam and Gender (TU)
Dr. Jon Armajani, T/TH, 2:40, CSB
This course will focus on the various ways in which relations between Muslim women and men have been appropriated, interpreted, and concretized in a variety of real-life situations throughout the early, medieval, and modern periods in Islam with a regional focus on Islam and gender in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Europe, and/or North America. This course will use gender as a primary lens of analysis for examining course content by examining the, at times static and at other times dynamic, roles of women and men in societies where Muslims are in the majority and others where they are the minority in order to gain an understanding of the relationship between appropriations of gender with respect to Islam and its corresponding cultural contexts. The course will also give serious consideration to scholarly literature on Islam and its relationship to lesbians, gays, bigendered (i.e., bisexual), and transgendered (i.e., transexual) persons. Prerequisite: THEO 111 or HONR 240A