The historical process of political and social modernization in China, Japan, and Korea. Emphasis is on the evolution of traditional societies in the classical and medieval periods, and their trans-formation in the modern era.
This seminar explores challenges to human security in the Asia-Pacific region, and draws on insights from both academic texts and accomplished practitioners to help students create innovative solutions to such challenges.
This history seminar and methodology course in Global History explores the creative encounters as well as turbulent clashes that took place between explorers, merchants, and missionaries of the European maritime Empires (Portugal, Spain, England, France, and the Netherlands) and the peoples and the indigenous cultures and civilizations of the Asian “Pacific Rim”. This period marked the rapid expansion of Europe in Asia, which intersected with major historical shifts in Warring States and Tokugawa Japan, late Ming and early Qing China – the main but not exclusive focus of our enquiries. We will also examine other key developments in the European presence in India and the Philippines, from the late-15th to the mid-18th centuries. The history of this period and of these encounters can rightly be called the First Era of Globalization. In view of the enormity of the subject matter, rather than a comprehensive survey, the course presents an in-depth analysis of a number of significant “case studies” from the period. We will endeavor to place each topic within the larger context of European expansion and local Asian history and historiography. An examination of these case studies should help students to begin to trace many contemporary issues in globalization back to their origins in early modern European expansion, exploration, and colonization.
The religious and philosophical traditions of China, Japan, and Korea, especially as they affect the lives of contemporary East Asians. Emphasis is on the development of Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist and other schools of thought, and the story of how they shaped and were in turn shaped by the cultures of the region.
Intended to lay a firm foundation for further learning in the target language, or to solidify language competency previously acquired. Students who come to the program with some Asian language competence will be accommodated in a class at the appropriate level wherever possible.
Intended to build on the language competence developed in the first semester.
Free of the demands of a seminar class, students concentrate on improving basic skills in their target language in two weekly evening sessions over eight weeks.
Comparative analysis of the modern international politics of Japan, Korea, 'Greater' China, Southeast and South Asia. Emphasis is on regional and international political developments, examining national policies and strategies used to compete and cooperate while assuring security.
Intended to lay a firm foundation for further learning in the target language, or to solidify language competency previously acquired. Students who come to the program with some language competence will be accommodated in a class at the appropriate level.
Survey of influential traditional and modern literary works from China, Japan and Korea. Emphasis is on utilizing the lens of literature to examine the society it reproduces and on gaining an understanding of the role literary arts play in the cultural life of each country.
Comparative study of the social and cultural aspects of contemporary China, Japan and Korea. Emphasis is on the impact industrialization, modernization and democratization has had on cultural, social, and business practices.
Comparative study of the economic systems of East Asia with a focus on Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Emphasis is on East Asian economic developments in the 20th century.
Students may elect to undertake an internship in an approved Pacific Rim-related company or nonprofit organization. This practicum will enable participants to gain in-depth experience and expertise in a particular profession through application of their knowledge of the Asia Pacific region and related language and research skills. The internship requires 20-25 hours of internship work for each unit of semester credit granted and the completion of a short paper on the significance and value of the internship in relation to the student's educational goals.