ASIA 194 - Asia in the World
Semester Offered: Fall
This team-taught Intensive focuses on change and continuity within various regions of Asia, and this vast regions’ interrelationships with the rest of the world. As they explore topics such as the history, religion, literature, politics, and popular culture of Asia, students are challenged to think in critical and informed ways about Asia and its place in the world. Because the course is taught by three members of the Asian Studies Program on a rotating basis, its exact content varies depending on the instructors’ expertise. Comparative thinking across regions of Asia (East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) and the perspectives of multiple disciplines are brought to bear on the core topics that anchor each iteration of the course.
During the first section of the course, students are introduced to three compelling topics or issues currently attracting attention among scholars working in the field of Asian Studies. Each of the three co-instructors provide an overview of one of these topics, and facilitate discussion among students. Next, students select one of the topics to explore in greater depth. Under the guidance of one of the course instructors, they carry out independent research projects related to that topic. Finally, students present the findings of their work during a research symposium.
ASIA 194 offers an introduction to the region, and provides a foundation for students interested in taking more specialized courses in Asian Studies. Students from all departments and backgrounds are welcome to take this course. No prior knowledge of Asian language or culture is required. Christopher Bjork, Peipei Qiu, Wayne Soon.
Two 75-minute periods.
Course Format: INT
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