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2012-13 Course Catalog

Humanities: East Asian Studies, 2012-2013

DescriptionFacultyMajor RequirementsMinor RequirementsRequirements for HonorsLanguage Placement TestsStudy AbroadCoursesEast Asian LanguagesDepartment Homepage

Description

Students may complete a major in East Asian Studies, a minor in Chinese language or Japanese language, or a (non-language) minor in East Asian Studies.

The Bi-College Department of East Asian Studies (EAS) links rigorous language training to the study of East Asian culture and society. In addition to our intensive programs in Chinese and Japanese languages, the departmental faculty offers courses in East Asian philosophy, linguistics, literature, religion, social and intellectual history. The East Asian Studies program also incorporates courses by affiliated Bi-Co faculty on East Asian anthropology, cities, economics, philosophy and sociology, as well as additional courses on East Asian culture and society by faculty at Swarthmore.

The intellectual orientation of the East Asian Studies department is primarily historical and text-based; that is, we focus on East Asia's rich cultural traditions as a way to understand its present, through the study of primary sources (in translation and in the vernacular) and scholarly books and articles. We encourage all students wishing to specialize in this humanistic approach to the study of China, Japan and (with special approval) Korea to consider the East Asian Studies major. We also work closely with affiliated faculty in the Bi-Co and Tri-Co community who approach East Asia from the perspective of such social science disciplines as anthropology, economics, political science, sociology and the growth and structure of cities, as well as with faculty in history, music, religion, and philosophy. We also encourage EAS majors to take advantage of these programs to supplement their EAS coursework. Please consult this course guide, online or in print, for details on this year’s offerings in those departments.

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Faculty

Professor Robert Dostal, Co-Chair at Bryn Mawr College
John R. Coleman Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of History and East Asian Studies Paul Jakov Smith, Co-Chair at Haverford College

At Bryn Mawr College:
Associate Professor Yonglin Jiang (on leave 2012-2013)
Visiting Assistant Professor Shiamin Kwa
Senior Lecturer Tz'u Chiang
Instructor Changchun Zhang

At Haverford College:
Associate Professor Hank Glassman
Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang, C. V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies
Associate Professor Hank Glassman
Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Culture Erin Kelley
Senior Lecturer Yoko Koike
Visiting Instructors Kimiko Suzuki, Tomoko Hanawa
Drill Instructor Minako Kobayashi

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Major Requirements

  1. Completion of at least the third-year level of (Mandarin) Chinese or Japanese (i.e., 101–102). Students who entered college with native fluency in one East Asian language (including Korean) must complete this requirement with another East Asian language.
  2. EAST 200B (Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches to East Asian Studies), which highlights the emergence of East Asia as a coherent cultural region and introduces students to basic bibliographic skills and research approaches.
  3. Five additional courses in East Asian cultures: one 100–level introduction (from among EAST 120, 129, 131, or 132), two 200 level courses and two 300–level seminars.
  4. A senior seminar (EAST 398 or 399, culminating in the completion of a senior thesis early in the spring semester).

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Minor Requirements

The Department of East Asian Studies offers minors in both Chinese and Japanese. The requirement is six courses in either language, through at least the third–year level and with at least a 3.0 course grade in each semester. The department also offers a minor in East Asian Studies, requiring any six courses in EAS exclusive of languages but including cross-listed courses taught in other departments. Of the six courses students take to fulfill the EAS non-language minor, at least two must be at the 200 level and at least one must be at the 300 level.

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Language Placement Tests

Placement tests for first-time students at all levels are conducted in the week before classes start in the fall semester. To qualify for third-year language courses, students need to finish second-year courses with a score of 3.0 or above in all four areas of training: listening, speaking, reading and writing. In the event that students do not meet the minimum grade at the conclusion of second-year language study, they must consult with the director of the respective language program and work out a summer study plan that may include taking summer courses or studying on their own under supervision. They must take a placement test before starting third-year language study in the fall. (Similarly, students who do not finish third-year with a score of less than 3.0 in any of the four areas must also take a placement exam before entering fourth-year.)

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Requirements for Honors

Honors in East Asian studies are awarded by the departmental faculty on the basis of superior performance in two areas: coursework in major-related courses (including language classes), and the senior thesis. A 3.7 average in major-related coursework is the minimum necessary for consideration for honors.

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Study Abroad

The East Asian Studies Department strongly recommends study abroad to maximize language proficiency and cultural familiarity. Formal approval is required by the study abroad advisor prior to the student's travel. Without this approval, the East Asian Studies department does not accept credit for courses students take abroad Also, since procedures for study abroad are different for Bryn Mawr and Haverford, students should contact the relevant deans at their own college. We discourage students majoring in EAS from studying abroad during the spring of their junior year, since EAST 200 (Methods and Approaches Seminar) meets then and it is best to take it as a junior. Minors and other students may go abroad fall or spring semester or for the whole year.

If studying abroad is not practical, students may consider attending certain intensive summer schools approved by the East Asian Studies Department. These plans must be worked out in concert with the program's study abroad advisor and the student's dean.

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Courses

For additional courses and descriptions, including cross-listed departments, see the Tri–Co course guide.

H120 Chinese Perspectives on the Individual and Society

P.Smith

B131 Chinese Civilization

S.Kwa

H132 Japanese Civilization

E.Kelley

B200 Major Seminar: Methods and Approaches in East Asian Studies

P.Smith
This course introduces current and prospective majors to the scope and methods of East Asian Studies. It employs readings on East Asian history and culture as a platform for exercises in critical analysis, bibliography, cartography and the formulation of research topics and approaches. It culminates in a substantial research essay. Required of East Asian Studies majors, but open to others by permission, the course should be taken before the senior year. Prerequisite: One year of Chinese or Japanese. Emphasizes visual resources.

H299 Modern Japanese Literature and Film

E.Kelley

H201 Introduction to Buddhism

H.Glassman

B206 Modern Chinese Literature and Film

S.Kwa

B210 Topics in Chinese Cult History: The Chinese Visual Imagination

V.Bowers

B212 Introduction to Chinese Literature: The Literary Heroine

V.Bowers

H256 Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History

H.Glassman

H310 Sex and Gender in Japanese Buddhism (Cross-listed in Religion)

H.Glassman

H347 Topics in East Asian History: The Mongol Empire

P.Smith

H370 Topics in Buddhist Studies: Buddhist Visual Culture (Cross-listed in Religion)

H.Glassman

B/H398-399 Senior Seminar

P.Smith/H.Glassman

B403 Supervised Work

Staff

H480 Independent Study SO

H.Glassman

EAST H247 Death and the Afterlife in East Asia (Cross-listed in Religion)

H.Glassman
This course engages the rich textual and visual traditions of China, Korea and Japan to illuminate funerary and memorial practices and explore the terrain of the next world. Students will learn about the culturally constructed nature of religious belief and come to see the complexity and diversity of the influences on understandings of life and death. The course is not a chronological survey, but rather alternates between modern and ancient narratives and practices to draw a picture of the relationship between the living and the dead as conceived in East Asian religions. Prerequisite: One 100 level course in Religion, History, Anthropology or East Asian Studies.

EAST H256 Zen Thought, Zen Culture, Zen History

H.Glassman
What are we talking about when we talk about Zen? This course is an introduction to the intellectual and cultural history of the style of Buddhism known as Zen in Japanese. We will examine the development and expression of this religious movement in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.

EAST H260 Mid-Imperial China HU (Cross-listed in History)

H.Glassman
While Buddhist meditation is often seen as a neutral technology, free of ties to any one spiritual path or worldview, we will examine the practice through the cosmological and soteriological contexts that gave rise to it. This course examines a great variety of discourses surrounding meditation in traditional Buddhist texts.

EAST H261 Late Imperial China, 1600-1900 (Cross-listed in History)

P.Smith
Surveys Chinese culture and society at the height of the imperial era through the 18th century and the ensuing political and cultural crises catalyzed by institutional decline and Western imperialism in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above and at least one prior course in History or East Asian Studies.

EAST B263 The Chinese Revolution

P.Smith
Places the causes and consequences of the Communist Revolution of 1949 in historical perspective, by examining its late-imperial antecedents and tracing how the revolution has (and has not) transformed China, including the lives of such key revolutionary supporters as the peasantry, women and intellectuals.

EAST B264 Human Rights in China (Cross-listed as Hist B260)

Staff
This course will examine China's human rights issues from a historical perspective. The topics include diverse perspectives on human rights, historical background, civil rights, religious practice, justice system and education, as well as the problems concerning some social groups such as migrant laborers, women, ethnic minorities and peasants.

EAST H265 Modern Japan (Cross-listed in History)

P.Smith
Explores selected topics in the rise of modern Japan from the late 16th century to the Pacific War, including the creation of the centralized Tokugawa state, the urban culture of the 17th and 18th centuries, the Meiji Restoration and modernization in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the sources and consequences of Japanese imperialism.

EAST H267 The Medieval Transformation of Eurasia, ca. 1000-1400 (Cross-listed in History)

P.Smith
Historians now agree that the 10th through the 14th centuries witnessed transformations across Eurasia that had long-term consequences for subsequent developments throughout the Old World. This course surveys the nature of and linkages between those changes in Europe, the Islamic world, China and Japan, with a primary focus on travelers' accounts and such literary sources as The Canterbury Tales (Europe), The Arabian Nights (Middle East), Tale of the Heike (Japan) and The Story of the Western Wing (China). Prerequisite: One 100 level introductory course in History or East Asian Studies.

EAST B270 Japanese Architecture and Planning (Cross-listed as CITY B270 and HART B270)

C.Hein

EAST B272 Topics in Early and Medieval China: Chinese Cities & City Culture (Cross-listed as CITY B273 and HART B272)

P.Lin
Cities are the political, cultural and economic centers of a time and space; each is distinguished by geographic locale, architectural details, inhabitants and its literary, artistic and historical milieu. We investigate the literary and cultural artifacts: beginning with magnificent Chang'an and Luoyang, on to medieval Ye and Luoyang, the cosmopolitan eighth century Chang'an, and concluding with bustling 11th century Bianjing. Extensive use of visual materials, such as city plans and descriptions, architecture and gardens, works by notable writers and painters.

EAST H282 Structure of Chinese (Cross-listed in Linguistics)

S.Huang
This course is designed to provide an overview of the historical development of the Chinese language and its structures in terms of phonetics/phonology, syntax and semantics. The goal is to help students look at Chinese from both a historical and a theoretical perspective. Students from Linguistics will have an opportunity to enrich and broaden their understanding of linguistic theories and methodologies, and to develop skills in analyzing a non-Indo-European language, while students who have completed at least second-year Chinese will be exposed to systematic analyses of the language to learn the general patterns. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

EAST H310 Sex and Gender in Japanese Buddhism (Cross-listed in Religion)

H.Glassman
In this seminar we will examine the intersection of religion and gender in Japanese literature from the 11th to the 16th centuries. The course assumes no prior academic experience in gender, literature, religion or Japanese culture. While all materials read in the course are in English translation, as students will see, linguistic translation is only the first step. We will undertake this enterprise of cultural translation together as we read primary and secondary sources to gain insight to the meaning of being a man or being a woman in medieval Japan.

EAST B325 Topics in Chinese History and Culture: China's Environment: History, Policy, and Rights (Cross-listed as HIST326)

Staff

EAST H342 Topics in Asian Philosophy: Japanese Zen in Global Context (Cross-listed in Philosophy)

A.Gangadean

EAST H347 Topics in East Asian History: War and Warriors in Chinese History (Cross-listed in History)

P.Smith

EAST H349 Topics in Comparative History: The Medieval Transformation of Eurasia, circa 1000-1400

P.Smith

EAST B352 China's Environment SO (Cross-listed as HIST B252)

Y.Jiang
This seminar explores China's environmental issues from a historical perspective. It begins by considering a range of analytical approaches, and then explores three general periods in China's environmental changes, imperial times, Mao's socialist experiments during the first 30 years of the People's Republic and the post-Mao reforms. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

EAST H370 Topics in Buddhist Studies: The Lotus Sutra (Cross-listed in Religion)

H.Glassman

EAST H382 Topics in Chinese Syntax and Semantics (Cross-listed in Linguistics)

S.Huang

EAST B/H398-399 Senior Seminar

Y.Jiang, H.Glassman
A research workshop culminating in the writing and presentation of a senior thesis. Required of all majors; open to concentrators and others by permission.

EAST B403 Supervised Work

Staff

EAST H 480 Independent Study SO

H.Glassman

East Asian Languages

The East Asian Studies Program welcomes students who wish to combine their interests in East Asian languages with the study of an East Asian culture. These students are urged to consult the Co-Chair of East Asian studies on either campus, who advises them on creating individual plans of study in appropriate departments.

Chinese Language

Faculty:

Senior Lecturer Tz'u Chiang
Associate Professor of Chinese and Linguistics Shizhe Huang, C. V. Starr Professorship in Asian Studies
Instructor Changchun Zhang

001,002 Intensive First-Year Chinese HU

C.Zhang
This is an intensive introductory course in modern spoken and written Chinese. It integrates the development of oral-aural skills through grammar explanations and drill sessions designed to reinforce new material through active practice. It includes six hours a week of lecture and oral practice, plus individual conferences. This is a year-long course; both semesters (CNSE 001 and 002) are required for credit.

003,004 Second-Year Chinese HU

T.Chiang
Second-year Chinese aims to further the student's development of language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It requires five hours of class plus individual conferences. This is a year-long course; both semesters (CNSE 003 and 004) are required for credit. Prerequisite: First-year Chinese or consent of the instructor.

007 First Year Chinese I HU

T.Chiang
This course is for students who have some facility in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese but have not yet achieved sufficient proficiency to take Second–Year Chinese. It is a year-long course that covers the same lessons as the intensive First–Year Chinese, but the class meets only three hours a week. Prerequisite: Chinese Language Placement exam. Lang 1. Non-intensive, first year for heritage speakers or others with experience in the Chinese language.

008 First Year Chinese II HU

T.Chiang
This course is for students who have some facility in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese but have not yet achieved sufficient proficiency to take Second–Year Chinese. Prerequisite: CNSE B007 Lang 1. Non–intensive, first year for heritage speakers or others with experience in the Chinese language.

101,102 Third-Year Chinese: Readings in the Modern Chinese Short Story and Theater HU

S.Huang/C.Zhang
This is a focus on overall language skills through reading and discussion of modern short stories, as well as on students facility in written and oral expression through readings in modern drama and screenplays. Readings include representative works from the May Fourth Period (1919-27) to the present.The class uses audio and videotapes of drama and films as study aids. Prerequisite: Second-Year Chinese or consent of the instructor.

201,202 Advanced Chinese: Language in Chinese Culture HU

S.Huang
This class supports development of language ability by readings in modern Chinese literature, history and/or philosophy. It emphasizes speaking and reading skills equally through a consideration of the intellectual, historical and social significance of representative works. Students may repeat as topics vary. Prerequisite: Third-year Chinese or permission of instructor.

204 Advanced Chinese: Chinese Language in Culture and Society HU

S.Huang

480 Independent Study HU

S.Huang

Japanese Language

Associate Professor Hank Glassman
Senior Lecturer Yoko Koike
Visiting Instructor Kimiko Suzuki

001,002 First-Year Japanese (Intensive) HU

Y.Kioke
This is an intensive introduction to the four basic skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), with special emphasis on the development of conversational fluency in socio-cultural contexts. It requires six hours per week of class and oral practice. This is a year-long course; both semesters (JNSE 001 and 002) are required for credit. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

003,004 Second-Year Japanese HU

K.Suzuki
This is a continuation of first-year Japanese, with a focus on the further development of oral proficiency, along with reading and writing skills. It requires five hours per week of lecture and oral practice. This is not a year-long course. Enrollment limited to 18 students. Prerequisite: First-Year Japanese or the equivalent.

101 Third-Year Japanese HU

K.Suzuki
A continuation of language study with further development of oral proficiency. Emphasis is on reading and discussing simple texts. The class includes advanced study of grammar and kanji as well as an introduction to composition writing. It requires three hours of class and one hour of oral practice. Prerequisite: Second-Year Japanese or the equivalent.

201 Fourth-Year Japanese HU

T.Hanawa
This course explores the texts and contexts in contemporary Japan. Prerequisite: Third-Year Japanese or the equivalent and consent of the instructor.

202 Fourth-Year Japanese HU

K.Suzuki
This course explores texts and contexts in Contemporary Japan. Prerequisite: JNSE 201 or the equivalent, and consent of the instructor.

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