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Undergraduate Asian Studies

2019 Spring Term

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3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS (GH)

Asian Studies 111

An introduction to the major religious traditions in the cultural areas of South, Southeast, and East Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.


3 Units

EAST ASIAN TRADITION (GH)

Asian Studies 130

An introduction to the intellectual, social, and political traditions of China and Japan up to about 1800. The course will analyze the Confucian tradition, Chinese administrative systems, and the dynastic cycle. Japanese cultural and political development will also be discussed.


3 Units

EAST ASIA SINCE 1800 (GH)

Asian Studies 131

A survey of China and Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries centering on the process of modernization in both of these countries.


3 Units

BUDDHISM: THE MIDDLE WAY (GH)

Asian Studies 232

This course introduces the wide range of Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed in Asia. It considers the social context in which Buddhism developed, the philosophical bases of all Buddhist schools, the development of the Mahayana, Buddhist Tantra, and Buddhist practices in South, Southeast and East Asia.


3 Units

ASIAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (GH)

Asian Studies 303

A study of selected texts and religious thought from India, China, and Japan in relation to their impact on personal spiritual development and cultural integration.


3 Units

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE SOCIETY

Asian Studies 350

This course examines contemporary Japanese society. It includes a study of social institutions, processes, and culture of Japan. the course examines following areas, (a) culture (beliefs, customs, social identity); (b) social institutions (family, religion, education, work, media); (c) societal processes (socialization, deviance, urbanization); (d) inequalities (gender, income, race-ethnic, region), and (e) the politics, economy, and international position of Japan.


3 Units

GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA (GS)

Asian Studies 364

A study of contemporary and historical interrelationships between the natural envirnoment and economic, political and cultural activities in East Asia. Countries studied include: China, Taiwan, Mongolia, Japan, and North and South Korea.


3 Units

MODERN JAPAN

Asian Studies 386

A discussion of Japan's emergence into the modern world centering on the Japanese transformation from a secluded feudal nation to a powerful industrialized state.

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