Summer Course Offerings
Summer 2017 Term I - May 30 - June 30
AAAS 105/PHIL 105 – Introduction to Asian Philosopohy – Schultz
Students will learn the basic concepts and teachings of several Asian traditions. We will cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism. Throughout the course, we will consider the ways in which these philosophies approach questions about Ethics, Truth, and God.
AAAS 280E Introduction to Asian/Asian American Studies - Yang
This course will use a wide variety of concepts from the social sciences to unfold different histories and experiences of Asian Americans. It will be looking at: the concepts of intimacy, hybridity, and multiplicity; sociological analyses of exploitation, domination and oppression. It will be looking at how historical archives are constructed and used by historians and how they are placed under the influences of power relations and how they are reproducing power relations. At the same time, the course will look at the epistemological limits of these concepts and analyses and how they are put under academic institutional boundaries. The Asian American population is composed of immigrants whose histories are shaped by social, economic, political and cultural structures inside and outside of America. This introductory course to Asian and Asian American studies will thus have three components. First, we will examine the histories and cultures of Asia and America. Second, we will investigate different periods of worldwide political economic developments, the changing configurations of the international division of labor that Asian immigrant labor fall into; we will examine different forms of exploitation, dispossession, and consumption patterns in relationship to Asian immigration to the America. Third, we will examine how the Asian American diasporas have shaped America social, economically, politically and culturally, and vice versa.
AAAS 280V – Broken English – Lee
"Where are you from?" may be a question that comes to mind when we hear "broken English." For this course, we'll be looking at how language has been used to assess/gauge people's origins and belongings. What does it mean to be a Native speaker? What does speaking a particular dialect, vernacular, or with an accent suggest? We will examine the relationship between race, language acquisition—fluency vs. broken English, and its ramifications for a citizenship tied to a nation-state. Some of the questions we will explore include: Can speaking a particular language determine your racial/ethnic identity, and your terms of belonging, your citizenship? Can you be considered "truly" American if you don't speak native English? What do we do with non-native English? What does it mean to acquire another's language, what is involved? Can you speak for yourself/experience in a language not your own? What are we really asking for when we ask: "Where are you really from?" Specifically, we'll be looking at Asian American immigrants' use of English in the U.S. as it is portrayed in literature and poetry, and moments in history where language becomes a critical negotiating tool. Possible texts include works by: Chang-Rae Lee, Ishle Yi Park, and Myung Mi Kim. This is a distance learning course.
AAAS 380Q Introduction to Asian Theater - Bulsthsinghala
Theatre in Asian countries holds a significant reputation for inheriting the legacies of ancient cultures stretching back thousands of years. In this course students will be introduced to the many complex forms of Asian theatre by focusing on several distinct world regions in Asia. In order to expand students’ knowledge of the subject our major attention will be placed on Japanese, Chinese, and Indian theatre with a brief focus on Indonesian theatrical genres as well. The symbolic expressions lying behind dramatic performances, as well as mask and puppet theatres such as Japanese Noh and Bunraku and the Wayang Kulit shadow theatre of Java and Bali will expose students to various styles over the world that have similar and different aspects related within the cultural arts.
AAAS 480I Social Justice - Maimbert - M/W -4:00-8:15 - F - 9:00-11:30
This course will examine the multi-layered processes that create, perpetuate and challenge stratification, inequalities and multiple forms of violence within and across societies. A key intent is to examine conceptions of social justice that underpin efforts to address and redress disproportionalities and disparities resulting from contemporary and historical relations of domination and subjugation. The focus of the course moves between the global context and that of the United States, whereby students will analyze their own location within power and wealth structures. A special feature of this course is its emphasis on the interconnectedness of global, regional, national and local realities, as they affect the lives of people in everyday domains.
JPN 101 Elementary Japanese I - Hashimoto - MTWRF 9:15-12:00
This course provides the basics of Japanese language to students with no prior background in this language and introduces aspects of Japanese culture and society. It includes training in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Students learn basic grammar and expressions to communicate in simple Japanese, and learn the basic orthographical system.
Summer 2017 Term II - July 5 - August 8
AAAS 280B – History of Buddhism - Towers
An introduction to the whole scope of Buddhist history, investigating the transmission and development of the tradition and exploring diverse aspects of religious life in India, Tibet, China, Japan, and the contemporary West. Examines the cultural and historical contexts in which Buddhism developed in each of these regions and during various periods. Topics include the compassionate and nonviolent message of the Buddha, the origins of Zen in China, warrior monks and marathon monks in Japan, and Buddhism’s influence on beat poetry in the United States.
AAAS 380L Dance Drama Styles in India - Bulathsinghala
Various kinds of dance styles are widely practiced and celebrated as part of the cultural heritage of India, and have more recently expanded their identity into other countries all over the world. In this course, students will be introduced to the most important and distinct Indian classical dance styles, such as Bharatha Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, and Odissi, in order to develop their knowledge about these classical dance forms. The students will learn the theories behind these complex dance traditions that are associated with dance-drama features while considering the phases of growth, decay, and renewal of those classical art forms over time. This is an introductory-level course appropriate for students with no background in Indian culture and also for students familiar with the region who are seeking to better understand Asian cultural heritages.