Asian Studies Courses
First Semester Filipino introduces students to the basic structure of the Philippine national language, its development, grammatical characteristics, and to learn basic "survival" Filipino vocabulary. It also exposes students to important Filipino non-verbal discourse and communication patterns.
Offered every Spring. Prerequisite: CHIN - 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. Continuation of CHIN 101.
This course provides an introduction to the field of international relations. Students will critically assess the competing conceptual/theoretical issues and debates in the field, analyze the origins and evolution of the post-war global order, the legacy of the cold war on the international system, and the challenges for global peace and security in the emerging new world order. Offered every year.
Introductory survey of the four East Asian civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, and the Asian area of Russia. The course offers a selective treatment of key issues and important achievements of these societies. Its methodology is historical, analyzing the political, economic, social, and cultural institutions as they have developed from antiquity to the present. The emphasis will be on the modern period, primarily after the middle of the nineteenth century. Junior or Senior standing advised. Offered every semester.
A broad survey of South and Southeast Asian history from antiquity to modern times. Beginning with the rise of the Indus valley civilization, the course considers topics like European colonialism and imperialism, nationalism, and the post-independence period. Offered intermittently.
This course introduces students to Asian American experiences through writings and films by Asians in America (including Chinese, Filipino/a, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islanders--both immigrants and U.S.-born), from the late nineteenth century to the present day. Students analyze the evolution of Asian American consciousness expressed through their writings, raising historical and political issues such as acculturation processes, intergroup relations, media representation, race, culture, gender, sexuality, identity and Third World politics.
This course explores musics of various Asian cultures and musics of Asian Americans. Students will attend concerts, develop listening skills, and investigate these musics' aesthetics, meanings, and sociological contexts.
This course helps students build an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts of China, Japan, and India. Lectures illustrated with slides and museum visits.
This course examines both the historical development and contemporary debates of the philosophical traditions of Asia. The topics include metaphysical, epistemological, and ethical questions raised in Indian, Chinese, Buddhist, and Japanese philosophies. References will also be made to the larger cultural and political issues that are relevant in these traditions today. Offered regularly.
This is a non-contact Philippine boxing course that introduces students to the history, art, and science of the Filipino/a boxer's workout, exercise, technique, and routines. It focuses primarily on the physical conditioning, protocols, rituals, and self-defense aspects of boxing as influenced by Philippine culture and Filipino traits, behavior, psyche, and antics. A physicians' certificate is required. All students are required to consult his/her physician before beginning this or any other USF fitness, sports, and exercise oriented course.
An introduction to the historical development and social structure of cities; their changing historical importance in the growth of social, economic, and political life; and their crucial role in the political economy of a global society. Offered in Fall.
Philippine Spirituality and Music investigates the numerous ways in which music is embedded in the world—particularly its influence on spirituality and society as a whole. The course delves into the intersections of music with the fields of philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. It also explores various musical traditions in the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora, while the class collaborates in rigorous discussion, analysis, and performance of these musical traditions and how they correlate with the course’s theories.
Filipino American and Philippine Literature is a unique Philippine literature survey course where students will read and discuss short works of fiction, essay, and poetry written by Filipina/o writers in English. They will also critically analyze literature as art and document, and the writers as cultural historians humanizing the supposedly objective details of academic texts. The course starts at the very beginning of the Filipino relationship with English. Moving through history into the present day, the course expands into writings by the Philippines and Filipinos in diaspora.
The course provides a general introduction to the social, economic, and political history of the Philippines from the early times (i.e. pre-Spanish period) to the Spanish colonial period(1565-1898). The lectures and readings highlight the various aspects of local-indigenous culture before the advent of Spanish colonization, and how the meshing of Spanish-Catholic culture with the local one help explain what is known today as "Philippine culture." The course also includes a discussion on some of the more recent themes in Philippine historical studies, such as gender, identity, and the role of nationalist discourse in shaping historical writing. In addition, a number of original documents, essays, and visual-arts materials, including the reading of Noli Me Tangere (a satirical novel written by Philippine national hero José Rizal) are included to provide the students with a more direct feel for earlier eras.
The course examines the legal history of Asian Americans in the United States, focusing on critical topics like immigration, citizenship and naturalization, and the movements against economic and social discrimination. The course also explores the role of dominant groups that utilize the U.S. judicial and legal system as a tool of oppression and the reactions and actions of subordinate groups which use the same system as an instrument towards achieving equality, social justice, and civil rights. Finally, the course looks at the relevance of popular attitudes in the shaping of law in the United States.
This course increases understanding of the similarities and differences among cultures through experimental evidence, group experience, and class discussion. Offered every year. Prerequisite: PSY - 101 or permission of instructor.
Philippine History from 1900 to Present focuses on the political and socio-economic history of the Philippines from the end of the colonial Spanish period (1898), right through the US colonial period and the "Americanization" of the Philippines, the Japanese occupation, the establishment of the Philippine Republic, the martial law years, and the EDSA revolutions. The course also includes in-depth discussions and analyses of important themes, such as colonialism, nationalism, poverty, Muslim-Christian conflicts, globalization, and the pursuit of democracy. Tours to museums/exhibits on Filipinos and the Philippines, as well as films complement the learning experiences in the classroom.
Knowledge Activism Iis an introductory course in activism focusing on Filipino and Asian American communities. The course explores issues that are paramount to the Filipino American community, as well as the Asian American community in general.
This combined studio and cultural history course offers a survey of Filipino American artistic production,looking at visual art, literature, music, and performance. The goal of the course is for students to develop their own artistic voice in response to histories of colonization, transnationalism, and globalization. Cross-listed with ART 316.
This course examines social, economic, political and cultural dimensions of globalization from a sociological perspective. Theoretical approaches to the globalization thesis, neo-liberalism, and the decline of the nation-state are analyzed along with case studies of transnational movements of resistance that include workers, students, women, indigenous peoples, and environmentalists. Offered intermittently.
A survey of the Filipino political and economic experiences and issues in and out of the Philippines. It examines classic and contemporary issues being discussed and engaged by Filipinos in the Philippines and in their diasporic communities found in Asia and all over the world. Discussion topics include: patronage, empowerment, ethnicity, land ownership, poverty and crime, church power, cronyism, corruption, and the historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of the Filipino diaspora.
This course is an introductory survey of the Filipino social and cultural experiences. It encompasses concepts and issues encountered by Filipinos in the Philippines and in their diasporic communities. Discussion topics include: class and kinship formation, values, behavior and psychology, languages, literature, religion, food, music, art, dance, ethnic minorities, education, gender and the Filipinazation of the United States.
East Asia is often mistakenly characterized as a culturally homogeneous region in popular discourse. However, this region has a long history of migration, which has been an important driving force in enriching their cultural diversity. This course examines the history and politics of internal and transnational migration in China, Korea and Japan from the 19th century to the 21st century. This course offers a comparative exploration of how migration impacts various aspects of each society, such as social inequality, ethno-racial identities, nationality and citizenship, gender and family, and political economy. This course investigates how the colonial past and globalization connect these regional powers and influence public attitudes and policies toward migration and diversity today.
Boxing and Social Justice is a unique combined recreational sports, cultural diversity, and service learning course. After the fundamentals of Filipino studies are reviewed and reinforced, students will be trained to teach boxing as a recreational and self-defense activity to at-risk new migrant populations in the San Francisco Bay Area. They will act as mentors, tutors, and service providers. Immersed at their service learning sites, students will reflect on the health, recreational, social, economic, and political issues new migrants to the United States face. Prerequisite: YPSP 222: Philippine Boxing and Culture or instructor’s permission.
Course is taught in China.
This course delves into laws, lawmaking, and the politico-legal systems of selected Asian countries. It examines a sampling of Asian states in the context of their historical and traditional heritage vis-a-vis the sweeping changes that are driven by globalization and democratization. The organization and administration of the courts and judicial system in each country will be discussed. Comparative analysis will be made with the United States and Asian American legal issues.
This course will introduce essential aspects of Japanese culture. It is taught in English and may be repeated for credit when different topics are treated. Offered every other Fall.
An introduction to significant examples of classical and modern literature, with emphasis on fiction, drama, and poetry (shi and ci).
This course will introduce the classics of Japanese literature as well as works by the Nobel laureates. The course is taught in English. Offered every Spring.
A survey of major religious traditions-- Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Christianity--that have helped shape the societies and cultural identities of Asian peoples.
Asia Advocacy and Activism is a unique USF service learning and cultural diversity fieldwork course that immerses the student in advocacy, action, and activism among San Francisco's Asia and Asian American social justice organizations. The first part of the course discusses critical issues concerning international and transnational relations of Asia and Asian Americans. The second part exposes students to the influence and consequences of the Asian diasporas through Asiatown ethnotours and fieldwork activities. The third part of the course requires the student to perform faculty supervised political action, community advocacy, or public service that relates directly to the social justice worlds of Asians in North America and elsewhere.
Introduction to the theory and policy of international trade and international economic relations. Course also covers areas of migration, international corporations, and investment. Offered every Fall.
This course will tour the centuries as we try to understand the traditions, people, teachings, rituals, cultures, and allure of diverse "Buddhisms" in the world today. Of particular concern will be local Buddhist institutions and their global links to Buddhist communities and traditions, near and far. Offered every other year.
A survey of Japan's history after 1868, emphasizing its rapid modernization and its rise to great power status. Offered every other year.
A comprehensive survey of the enormous changes, yet also important continuities, in China's domestic and foreign policy since 1978. Important themes include the transition to a market economy or "market Leninism"; environmental impacts and the sustainability of growth; population policy; military modernization and the "China threat" scenario; village democracy and human rights issues; changing attitudes to sex and sexuality; and the search for values both new and traditional. Offered every other year.
Students do interesting work six to ten hours per week in a federal, state, or municipal agency, giving them a chance to strengthen their skills, and network. They will prepare journal themes, read relevant assigned material, and meet every two weeks in a seminar. Permission of the instructor required. Offered every semester.
Analysis of structures and content of international media and role of culture in globalization. Prerequisite: Completion of 200-level requirements.
This course aims to develop linguistic knowledge about the Japanese language. The course will focus on understanding the Japanese language in terms of history, lexicon, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. Such linguistic training provides essential background for teaching Japanese. Offered every Spring.