Art 140: ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF WORLD TRADITIONS: ASIA, AFRICA, AND THE AMERICAS  This course will introduce students to the major architectural and artistic traditions of Asia (China, Japan, and India), the Islamic World, Africa, and Pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica and South America. Using visual arts as a tool, students will investigate a wide range of social customs, gender roles, religions, and beliefs of peoples from these regions. INGRID FURNISS TTH 9:30-10:45am [GM1, GM2, H]

ASIA 101: INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN STUDIES This course introduces the traditions and modern development of Asia with special attention to theoretical and methodological issues. The approach is interdisciplinary, covering subject areas such as history, culture, art, literature, music, religion, economics, politics, and law. The course offers an introduction to the region and provides an important foundation for students interested in taking more specialized courses. IL HYUN CHO MW 8:00-9:15am [GM1, GM2]

ASIA/FAMS 270: INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY CHINESE CINEMA This course introduces the major developments and genres of Chinese cinema(s) since 1980 by screening and discussing representative films from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Films are approached both as a unique form of artistic expression and a powerful social and political discourse within the conceptual framework of globalization. Students will gain understanding of the rich film culture and vibrant industrial developments of Chinese cinema today. No knowledge of Chinese language necessary. LI YANG TTH 9:30-10:45am W 7:00-8:50pm (film screening)  [GM1, GM2, H]

Chinese 102: ELEMENTARY CHINESE  Prerequisites: CHN 101 or equivalent. Continued development of fundamental skills in the listening, speaking, reading, and writing of Mandarin Chinese. More emphasis on character writing. Developing linguistic and cultural competence to communicate in the contexts of school, shopping, and transportation.  HAN LUO  MWF10:00-10:50am

Chinese 112: INTERMEDIATE CHINESE Prerequisites: CHN 111 or equivalent. Completion of introducing essential grammar items. Review and expansion of vocabulary. Attention to developing reading and conversational skills and a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.  HAN LUO  MWF11:00-11:50am

Chinese 212: ADVANCED CHINESE II Prerequisites: CHN 211 Through a diversity of materials on various topics, students will concentrate on greatly expanding their skills in understanding and using modern Chinese in a broad variety of cultural contexts. The course is open to students who have successfully completed five semesters of Mandarin at Lafayette or who can demonstrate equivalent proficiency. As a continuation of Chinese 211 or its equivalent, students in Chinese 212 will receive advanced training in four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). HAN LUO MW 1:15-2:30

Chinese 312:  CONTEMPORARY CHINA II Through a delivery of authentic materials in various media such as newspapers and periodicals, this course greatly expands students’ Mandarin proficiency in all four skills while deepening their understanding of the social and cultural issues facing China today. Students’ language skills will be enhanced through intensive reading, discussion, presentation, debate, and essay writing. The course is open to students who have successfully completed six semesters of Mandarin at Lafayette or who can demonstrate equivalent proficiency.  JAMIN YE TTH 11:00am-12:15pm

Government & Law 238: EAST ASIAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Analytical perspectives on the sources of stability and conflict in East Asia since the “clash of civilizations” in the nineteenth century up to the current regional order. Topics for discussion include U.S. strategy in East Asia, the impact of the rise of China on regional security, nuclear proliferation, territorial disputes, nationalism, economic interdependence and regionalism.  SEO-HYUN PARK  TTH 9:30-10:45am [GM2]

History 121: PARTITION OF INDIAN SUBCONTINENT One of the most violent and disruptive events of the 20th century, the Partition of the Indian subcontinent into the nation-states of India and Pakistan in 1947 continues to play a staggering role in the postcolonial histories of both countries. This course will go into the high politics of the Partition, its human costs, and its continued impact on everyday life through oral history. The course will also examine the impact of Partition in literature and cinema.  HAFSA KANJWAL TTH 11:00-12:15am [W]

History 249: 20TH CENTURY EAST ASIA: IMPERIALISM AND ANTI-IMPERIALISM IN CHINA, JAPAN, KOREA AND TAIWAN  Comparisons and connections between Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan from the late 19th century to 1945. Of special concern will be the catastrophic but also generative interplay of Japan’s imperial ambitions and China’s, Korea’s and Taiwan’s anti-imperial aspirations. PAUL BARCLAY TTH 11:00-12:15am [GM2, SS]

History 266:  MODERN SOUTH ASIA This course provides an overview of the history of modern South Asia from the colonial to the post-colonial period. The course will explore the end of Mughal rule, British colonialism, Indian responses to colonial rule, and the impact of colonialism in the region. We will then cover the emergence of Indian nationalism, the Partition of the subcontinent, and the contemporary political dynamics of the three main countries (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh). Special attention will be given to issues of gender, religion, communalism, and economic underdevelopment. Readings will incorporate both scholarly articles, as well as sections from important memoirs, lectures, novels, short stories and other primary sources.  HAFSA KANJWAL TR 1:15-2:30 [GM2, SS]

Japanese 102: ELEMENTARY JAPANESE  Japanese 101 is the prerequisite for this course. Fundamentals of spoken and written language. Includes real-life situation contexts of greetings, counting, explaining daily activities, requesting, making plans, and shopping. NAOKO IKEGAMI  MWF 9:00-9:50am

Japanese 112: INTERMEDIATE JAPANESE  Japanese 111 is the prerequisite for this course. This course reviews and expands the basic structure patterns and vocabulary with increasing emphasis on reading. More elaborate social and ritual exchanges as well as casual speech are developed.
NAOKO IKEGAMI  MWF 10:00-10:50am

Japanese 291: INDEPENDENT STUDY  This course may be taken as a continuation after 290, or with the instructor’s permission.  NAOKO IKEGAMI  TBA

Religious Studies 207: THE QURAN  Over one billion Muslims believe that the Quran contains the literal words of God.  This course attempts to orient students to the most sacred scripture of Islam.  It will explore the Quran as an oral, visual, and fluid text.  The Quran swiftly traverses concepts such as love and justice, estrangement and community, war and peace, heaven and hell, good and evil.  Occasionally, comparisons will be drawn to other sacred scriptures as well.  YOUSHAA PATEL MW 12:45-2:00

Religious Studies 211: HINDUISM: UNITIES AND DIVERSITY This course is an introduction to the vast, complex religious tradition of India known as Hinduism. The course begins with a survey of the historical development of key Hindu concepts, texts, and practices, with special focus on Hinduism’s extensive mythological tradition. The issues of colonialism, caste, gender, and Hinduism outside India will inform our understanding of modern Hinduism. Course materials will range widely, from texts, to iconography, to modern novels, and to film. No prerequisite. The course will consist of mixed lecture and discussion. HERMAN TULL  TTH 2:45-4:00 [GM2, H,V]

Religious Studies 212: BUDDHISM: FROM INDIA TO ASIA AND BEYOND This course provides a comprehensive overview of Buddhism, from early to modern times. Our approach will be multi-faceted, employing a wide range of scholarly approaches (literary, historical, philosophical, etc.). Major topics to be explored will be: the nature of the Buddha, the development of the Buddhist schools, the chief doctrines of Buddhism, the spread of Buddhism and its relationship to the larger cultural contexts in which it has existed, and the nature of Buddhist practice. The use of primary texts will be emphasized. HERMAN TULL TTH 11:00-12:15 pm [GM1, GM2, H, V]

Religious Studies 260: GLOBAL MUSLIM LITERATURE AND FILM  This course introduces students to global Muslim culture and civilization through literature and film. Geographic regions include the Middle East, South Asia, Africa, North America and Europe; historical periods span both pre-modern and modern. Topics covered include but are not limited to: constructions of race, religion, and gender; diaspora and immigration; political Islam and Islamophobia in cultural contexts. Course materials focus on fictional storytelling although characters and plots may be rooted in actual historical events. YOUSHAA PATEL W 7:00-9:50pm