Courses

See current UNCW Catalogue for up to date information.

What's happening:

Currently we do not offer PLS courses on Asia. Please e-mail the Asian Studies Coordinator (Yoko Kano) to substitute the course.

The Substitution form need to be completed by the Asian Studies Coordinator (Yoko Kano) for INT 484-001, JPN294, FST 380, PLS 377, ENG 340, and HON 201-302 to be counted for the Minor. Please e-mail the coordinator upon completion of the course.

Fall 2014

New INT 484-001: Modern China through Film (3)
This course explores how modern China has been constructed in feature films produced inside the country and the West, and before and after the communists came to power. In addition to focusing on the social, cultural, economic and political issues confronting modern China,it will require students to carefully consider how to view films as historical texts, how historical context influences historical interpretation, and how cinema has served as a political tool for the ruling regime as well as a vehicle for criticizing China’s rulers. We will look at representations of modern China presented in films, at the historical context in which the films were made, and at the ways films may give us insight into the past and present of the world’s most populous nation.
Contact the instructor Dr. Gao Bei at Gaob@uncw.edu for questions or request of the prerequisite waiver (INT 105)

New FST 380: Introduction to Bollywood Cinema (3) * (To be included in the minor from the academic year 2014)
This course offers an introduction to the thriving Bombay film industry in India. Popularly known as ‘Bollywood,’ it is a distinctive commercial cinema that is produced in the Hindi language. For more information, contact Dr.Bose, Nandana at bosen@uncw.edu
If you need a waiver of pre-requisite (FST 205) in registering the course, please contact Dr.Bose.

CRN #14359
Screening & Lecture M 4:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. (KI 101) N. Bose/ 20 students
Discussion W 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. (KI 104)

ENG 340-001 Multiculturalism and Literature: Chinese American Writing
MW 2:00-3:15 MO 101
For more information, contact Dr. Paula Kamenish at Kamenishp@uncw.edu

Spring 2015

HON 210-302 Honors program on romantic/sentimental literature in China and Japan.  The official title is "Forbidden Romance, Love Suicide, and Star-Crossed Passion in East Asian Literature"
For more information, contact Dr. William Hedberg at hedbergw@uncw.edu

JPN 211
Perspectives on Contemporary Japanese Culture (3)
(to be offered every spring). For more information, contact Dr. William Hedberg at hedbergw@uncw.edu

Summer 2015
JPN294 Japanese Study Abroad (6)*
will be offered.
Fore more information,go to http://people.uncw.edu/kanoy/StudyAbroad/index.html or contact Yoko Kano at kanoy@uncw.edu

FORMAT BELOW:  Course Number. Course title (# of credits)  prerequisite,  description of the course.

Core Courses:

Asian languages: JPN 101 (3), CHN 101 (3), or transfer credit of study of another Asian language. See below for description of the course.

HST 103 or 104.  Introduction to Global History (3) See below for description of the course.

PAR 232.   Asian Religions (3) A survey of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism; historical aspects, basic insights, contemporary relevance. 

PLS 317 or PLS 339   Political Thought of Asia (3) or Asian Politics (3) See below for description of the course.

 Electives:

CHN 101 and 102  Introductory Chinese I (3 each) Prerequisite for CHN102: CHN 101 or equivalent. .Emphasis on achievement of an active command of the language. Aural-oral practice; intensive study of the basic pattern of spoken Mandarin; reading, writing, and basic conversation.

FST 385 Japanese Cinema (3)
Prerequisite: FST 203 (ENG 270) (THR 270) or permission of instructor.
Explores Japanese cinema from the classical period through to the present day.  Emphasizes critical and historical approaches to Japanese cinema, as well as studies of key Japanese filmmakers, including Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ozu, Suzuki, and Kitano.

GGY 181 World Geography II (3) Regional survey of historical, physical, economic, and cultural geography of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Fundamental locational geography as the foundation for a clear world view and an understanding of global interdependence.

GGY 388 Russia (3) Prerequisite: GGY 180 or GGY 181 or consent of instructor. Physical geography, historical-geographical context, and current geographical and ecological issues of the Russian Federation.

HST 103 - Introduction to Global History 1500-1848 (3) An introduction to the global effects of exploration, immigration, colonialism, imperialism and industrialization, with special emphasis on the Atlantic World, Asia, and the Middle East to 1848.

HST 104 - Introduction to Global History Since 1848 (3) An introduction to the global effects of imperialism, industrialization and nationalism from 1848 through the present with special emphasis on Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

HST 203 The Sea in History

HST 360 History of Modern China (3) Prerequisite: HST 103 or consent of instructor. Historical survey of China from 1840. Topics include China’s response to Western challenge since the Opium War, the impact of foreign imperialism and communism, China’s revolutions, China under Mao Zedong, and China’s economic and social transformation since 1970’s.

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HST 361 History of Modern Japan (3) Prerequisite:HST 103 or consent of instructor. Historical survey of Japan from 1853. Topics include Japan’s response to Western challenge since the arrival of Commodore Perry, Japan’s emergence to an imperialist power, and Japan’s rise to a leading economic power after World War II.

HST 362.  The Pacific Region (3) Prerequisite: HST 103.  Survey of the history of the Pacific Ocean and Pacific rim.  Covers early civilizations, Western incursion, colonial and modern periods. 

HST 363 History of Premodern East Asia (3) Prerequisite: HST 101 or 103  or consent of instructor. Survey of East Asian history from ancient times to the mid-nineteenth century, with emphasis on China and Japan and secondary attention to Korea and Vietnam.

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HST 365 India and Pakistan after 1947 (3) Prerequisite: HST 104. The nature and ‘postcolonialism’ in these two states and the themes of democracy and dictatorship, economic and social development, religious nationalism, caste politics and the arms race.

HST 366 History of Southeast Asia (3) Prerequisite: HST 104 or consent of instructor. Survey of Southeast Asian history from the period of its cultural emergence through the modern era. Early temple, commercial and agricultural societies, maritime trade, European incursion, peak of commercial and cultural influence, colonial-era languor, post-colonialism and modern revival. Secondary attention to Pacific context and societies and to Australia.

HST 378  Gandhi and Gandhism (3) Prerequisite: HST 104. The ideas of Mahatma Gandhi who led India’s struggle for independence from British rule. Topics include the evolution and application of his ideas of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience, his thinking on economy, society and state, their impact on the civil rights movement in the United States and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

HST 487 Topics in Global History (3) Prerequisite: HST 103 or HST 290. Intensive study of a selected theme in global history. Examples of topics: colonialism, imperialism, industrialization, slavery, revolutionary movements. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

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HST 497 (HST 597) Topics in Asian History (3) Prerequisite: HST 103 or HST 290. Intensive study of selected themes and events in Asian history not regularly covered in other courses. Examples of topics include: The Chinese Revolution, Meiji Japan, Gandhian thought, nationalist movements. May be repeated under a different subtitle.

JPN 101 and 102.  Introductory Japanese (3 each)Prerequisite for JPN102: JPN 101 or equivalent.  Emphasis on achievement of an active command of the language.  Aural-oral practice; intensive study of the basic pattern of spoken Japanese; reading, writing, and basic conversation.

JPN 201 and 202  Intermediate Japanese (3 each)
Prerequisite for JPN201: JPN 102 or equivalent.  A review of the structure of the language.  Application in composition, conversation, and readings.

JPN 211 Perspectives on Contemporary Japanese Culture (3) Introduction to the study of Japanese society, culture, and human relationships through a variety of written and visual media. May be repeated under a different subtitle. Reading and class discussion are conducted in English. May not be taken for foreign language credit.

PAR 370 Tibetan Buddhism (3) Prerequisite: PAR 232 or consent of instructor. Examination of the Buddhism of Tibet as seen in ethical and social thought, ritual and meditation practice, philosophy, and art.

PAR 371 Buddhism (3) Survey of the essentials of Buddhism as seen in ethical and social thought, mediation practices, philosophies, rituals and art.

PAR 372 Religions of India (3) Examination of the religions of India as seen in ethical and social thought, ritual and mediation practice, philosophy, and art. Includes Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism

PAR 373 Chinese Religions (3) Examination of the history, philosophies, practices, and institutions of Chinese religions through both primary texts and secondary scholarship. Focus mainly on the indigenous religions of China - Confucianism, Daoism, and 'popular' or 'folk' traditions. Course will make use of texts, films, on-line resources, and images. Partially satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Writing Intensive.

PAR 374 Japanese Religions (3) Examination of of Japanese religions and their roles in Japanese culture and society. Course will make use of texts, films, anime, manga, and other media. Partially satisfies University Studies IV: Building Competencies/Writing Intensive.

PAR 375 Islam (3) Introduction to religious beliefs, rituals and traditions of Islam. Examination of its historical background and contemporary significance.

PLS 317 Political Thought of Asia (3) Recommended:PLS 212. Critical assessment of philosophical responses to the political, economic, and social challenges faced by the Asian Region. Considers Asian political thought comparatively, addressing recurring issues of politics and community life.

PLS 339. Asian Politics (3) Recommended: PLS 230. Political systems of selected Asian countries. Special emphasis on the challenges of development, democracy, and nation-building in the post-World War II period.

 


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