Asian Studies

ASIA 3765: Traditional East Asia (5)


Traces the making of Chinese and Japanese civilizations and the formation of political, social, and moral order in China and Japan from antiquity to the 19th century under the influence of both native and borrowed traditions, especially Confucianism and Buddhism.

Equivalents: HIS 3765 Attributes: Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Freshman students are excluded.

ASIA 3785: The Making of East Asian Modernities (5)


After 1800 the forcible inclusion of East Asia into the capitalist world-system brought momentous changes to the societies of China, Japan and Korea. The course explores the new ideologies that came into being as a result of East Asia's adaptations of the imported meta-narratives of race, nation, revolution, socialism, development, progress, technology, science, Christianity, and many others. The course also looks at the interactions within East Asia and relationship between globalization and rapid economic growth.

Equivalents: HIS 3785 Attributes: Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging, Writing "W" Course

ASIA 4765: Topics in East Asian History (3)


Capstone research seminar, stressing analysis of primary sources and advanced, integrative historical understanding. Students will read core texts and then complete an original research project, usually a term paper. Region and theme may vary year to year. Sample topics include: modern Japan, state building and nationalism, religion and culture, etc.

Equivalents: HIS 4765 Attributes: Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions: Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.