Courses

An historical introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Attention is given to the cultural background, art, literature, philosophy, and institutional development of each tradition. This course is offered as both AAS 102 and RLS 102.

An introduction to the basic elements of Indian classical music, such as 'raga' and 'tala', 'gharanas' (schools) and styles. Vocal and instrumental masterpieces are studied. Topics include: the roles of stringed and percussion instruments; the intimate relationship between music and religion, and music and ethnicity; and the influence of Indian classical music on contemporary art forms such as films and folk music. No previous musical training is required.

Work Load: There will be three quizzes/presentations. There will be one midterm and one final based on theory.

Provides students with information on subjects of common concern to people in both Asia and America, including education, health, religion and values, consumer issues, family and home, mobility (including immigration), children, careers and work, entertainment and leisure, etc. In this context, Asia as a cultured space includes India, Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan. Students will design their own maps and timelines to represent tongues, texts, and scripts, as well as ethnic identities. This course has been offered previously as a topic in AAS 211, AAS Topics in the Social Sciences and is not for credit in addition to the topic of the same name offered as AAS 211.

Key concepts in South Asian civilization in art, architecture, religion, philosophy, science, society, literature, and politics from the Indus Valley to the present. Topics include evolution of Hinduism, Buddhism, yoga, classical and modern languages, the caste system and reform movements, Asohka, Akbar and great emperors, impact of Islam and Western colonization, and Gandhi and the impact of South Asia on the world.

Introduction to the basics of Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance) technique. Includes primary postures and basic steps, or adavus. Class also covers the theory of Bharatanatyam including hand gestures, head, neck and eye movements, as delineated in Nandikeswara's Abhinaya Darpana. Students will gain a well-rounded knowledge of the dance by studying Bharatanatyam's form, content, basic history, music, and repertoire. By the end of the class, students will learn and present short dance pieces including a Jathi (string for adavus) and a Shlokam (poem).

Work Load: There is a practical midterm, written midterm, and practical final (performance). You will take quizzes, and complete 3-4 performance reviews/written assignments. Class participation counts as well as attending performances outside class.

Using the methodologies of the social sciences disciplines of history, political science, sociology, and economics, this course provides an introductory overview of important topics in Asian and Asian American studies. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Work Load: Attendance and participation are required. There will be 2 midterm exams, and your choice of either a final exam or an 8-10 double-spaced page paper option. You will complete a View Share project.

Using methodologies of the Humanities disciplines, such as literature, linguistics, classics, cultural studies, philosophy, religious studies, art history and criticism, this course provides an introductory overview of important topics in Asian and Asian American Studies. Topics may range from Women in Japanese fiction to Mahatma Gandhi's impact on politics and ethics. May be repeated as the topic changes.

Work Load: Attendance and participation are required. Each student will lead the discussion of an assigned reading. A written presentation (3-4 pages) will be completed. There will be a late term exam. Students must write a 6-8 page critique of selected topics.

An introduction to the stories, histories, and aesthetics of Indian classical performing arts. The course focuses on Bharatanatyam, the solo dance form from South India. Kathakali, Manipuri, Odissi, and Kathak will be introduced to compare and contrast dance-theatre forms of South Asia. Students will be introduced to each performance form by studying its ancient and modern history, practitioners, technique, stage presentation, and aesthetics. The course explores the commonalities of all these performing art forms including: mythology, the classic text: Natya Shastra, abhinaya (mime) and the theory of rasa. Lessons will be accompanied by suitable reading material and visual demonstrations either on video or by a practitioner of the art form.

Work Load: There will be short quizzes in most classes, one 5-7 page paper, one 6-8 page paper, 1 midterm exam, and 2-3 performance reviews. The midterm exam includes multiple choice, short essay and long essay questions.

An introduction to Japanese culture as a foundation for understanding Japan. The changing historical experiences of the Japanese people are examined, exposing students to the diversity of backgrounds, values, and opinions in Japan. Japanese history and culture are also explored in relation to other countries and peoples, especially Korea and China.

A general survey of Korean culture from the earliest recorded periods to the 20th century, including painting, music, dance, ceramic art, sculpture, architecture, literature, and folklore. These are discussed in relation to the intellectual, philosophical, and religious movements of their time. Previously offered as KRH 240. Not for credit in addition to KRH 240.

Work Load: Regular class attendance is mandatory. There will be 4 quizzes, and 15 reading responses. You will complete a visual file, an essay, a presentation, a final exam. There will be extra credit responses.

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