Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Asian Studies - Courses

AS 101LEC Introduction to Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Are you interested in a career related to Asia, or considering studying abroad in Asia? Or maybe you just want to know more about its cultures and histories because your classmates, neighbors, and coworkers are from there? What is Asia, anyway, and who and what should we consider Asian? This class is designed to introduce students to the diversity of Asia and to the resources at UB and beyond for studying Asia and Asian diasporas. Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills while exploring the fields of Asian and Asian-American studies. The class will hear from distinguished UB professors who will discuss the latest research, trends, and resources in the field of Asian and Asian-American studies. Students also will start thinking about the impact of developments in Asia on their career goals and be encouraged to consider study abroad opportunities in Asia.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 110LEC The Asian American Experience
Asian Studies

The Asian American experience from the beginning of Asians' and Pacific Islanders' entry into North America in the eighteenth century to the present. Investigates this phenomenon in connection with national and transnational power relations, economic structures, and political realities. Also considers the construction of American identities in the United States and their impact on Asian American communities and individuals. Goals are to develop a historical and multi-cultural perspective on the Asian American experience, to enlarge students' capacities for analytical and critical thinking, and to achieve a better understanding of the diversity within Asian American communities and of Asian Americans' social status in North America.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 181LEC Asian Civilization 1
Asian Studies

Introduction to major themes and events in the histories of China, Korea, Japan, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia in early times. Considers the developments of ways of thought, the emergence of and interactions among states and empires, and artistic and literary movements. Our goal is to understand the historical forces and transformations shaping Asia before about 1600. AAL

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301145]}} semester.

AS 182LEC Asian Civilization II
Asian Studies

Introduction to major themes and events in the histories of China, Korea, Japan, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia in recent centuries. Considers the impacts of colonialism and imperialism, the emergence of nationalist and revolutionary movements, decolonization and the Cold War. Our goal is to understand the historical forces and transformations shaping contemporary Asia, the common experiences that different areas of Asia have shared in the recent past, and what distinguishes the histories of particular Asian nations within a comparative perspective. AAL

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301146]}} semester.


AS 221LEC Survey of Asian Literature
Asian Studies

This course will introduce students to narratives of romance that span Asia's wide variety of religious, literary, theatrical, and cinematic traditions. Rather than defining romance by what it contains, we will instead consider what romance as a genre does. Through this approach, it becomes possible to examine why certain narratives were compelling enough to be transmitted across and preserved within a diverse range of cultures and historical periods. Texts include English translations of Sanskrit drama, a Hindi Sufi mystical work, an early Japanese novel, recent Bollywood cinema, Korean television melodramas, and the worldwide Harlequin Romance phenomenon. There are no prerequisites for this class. We will be covering a wide range of materials, and it is essential that students complete assigned readings before class and actively participate in class discussions. All are welcome in this class, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, or religion. I ask that you keep an open mind towards the course materials and be tolerant and respectful of the opinions expressed by your fellow classmates.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[300481]}} semester.

AS 229LEC Contemporary Asian Societies
Asian Studies

Introduces students to major features of societies in East, Southeast, and South Asia, and may incorporate material on Central and Southwest Asia depending on the instructor. Discusses the ways in which social scientists analyze contemporary societies and survey theories developed by social scientists to explain social phenomena in contemporary Asian societies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[023928]}} semester.


AS 240SEM Women in Contemporary Asia
Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[017899]}} semester.

AS 252LEC Eastern Philosophy
Asian Studies

Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese, Japanese, Indian or Southeast Asian philosophies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301634]}} semester.


AS 323LEC Gender in South Asian Literature
Asian Studies

This course will examine the different ways in which gender is constructed through South Asian literature, theatre, and film. It is intended to introduce students to the literature of South Asia, foregrounding the ways in which gender shapes different types, or genres, of text, and how different genres of text in turn shape notions of gender. Our task in this course will be to discover the cultural underpinnings of historical and contemporary conceptions of gender, sexuality, and love. Inasmuch as we play out our gender roles our social life, this course will also serve to introduce students to the ways in which performance is embedded in the public culture of South Asia. Throughout the semester, students will be required to apply the skills we acquire in our readings on theory to a broad set of materials, including authors from across the length and breadth of South Asia. There are no prerequisites for this class and all readings are in English.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[300480]}} semester.

AS 343LEC Indonesia: From Colonialism to Dictatorship
Asian Studies

The course examines Indonesian history from the beginnings of the nationalist movement in the early twentieth century, through the Japanese occupation during World War Two and the anti-colonial revolution that followed it. It then looks at the decline of constitutional democracy and the subsequent establishment of martial law, as well as the tragic killings in the mid-1960s that led to the rise of the 32-year long regime of President Suharto.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301147]}} semester.


AS 347LEC The Fantastical World of Japanese Anime
Asian Studies

In the past three decades Japanese popular culture has surpassed the technology industry to become Japans largest export. In particular, anime (Japanese animation), the most profitable form of Japanese popular culture, has become increasingly visible all over the world. Although anime fandom in the U.S. is anchored by several works of mass appeal, it remains a subculture whose increasingly influential devotees occupy a cultural fringe. This course introduces students to this unique subculture and introduces an academic approach to viewing the anime art form. In addition to the focus on specific genres of anime, this course will pay special attention to four influential anime directors; Oshii Mamoru, Satoshi Kon, Hosoda Mamoru and Miyazaki Hayao. This course is designed to be interactive, while it builds a rigorous understanding of the anime medium through its history, its artists, and its institutions. Not only will the course focus on critical analysis of films, it will use anime as a medium by which to study Japanese culture at large, with some attention given to production. Taught in English.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301643]}} semester.

AS 368LEC Modern Japan Since 1600
Asian Studies

Japan's emergence as a modern state. AAL

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301902]}} semester.


AS 369LEC Korean History Up to 1800
Asian Studies

This course traces roughly two thousand years of Korean history, from tribal federations to the rise of early states that vied with one another for supremacy and the eventual establishment of political rule over the peninsula by a succession of dynastic states Silla, Kory, and Chos. The goal is to familiarize students with the major social, cultural, political, intellectual and religious developments in the Korean peninsula up to the start of the nineteenth century, while at the same time placing these historical developments within the wider regional context of Korean relations with China and Japan. For most of East Asian history, the people of Korea had more culturally extensive and historically significant contacts with its two neighbors than they had with each other. For this reason learning about Korean history provides a unique window onto pre-modern East Asia, and the history of these interconnections in turn reveals something important about the formation of a distinctive Korean identity. In addition to reading and being tested on primary and secondary sources on Korean history, students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to discuss and think critically about the material through written assignments.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301148]}} semester.

AS 374LEC History of the Spread of Christianity in Asia
Asian Studies

This course traces the introduction and spread of Christianity in Asian history, focusing primarily on East Asia and giving special attention to Korea. It begins with an examination of Jesuit missions to Japan and China, as well as the role that India played in the establishment and maintenance of these missions. The different Jesuit strategies for accommodating or rejecting indigenous religious beliefs and customs are compared and considered, as well as the Nestorians in China much earlier. Then we turn to the unique way in which Catholicism was subsequently established in Korea, where Christianity has enjoyed unparalleled success in East Asia. We will look closely at how Christianity has affected and been affected by socio-political developments, its interactions with and influence upon traditional Asian religions, its relationship to nationalism since the late 19th century, and its tensions and conflict with colonialism and Communism in the 20th century. It concludes by asking what factors might have enabled Christianity to have such success in Korea (and the Philippines) and compare these to the situation in China and Japan.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301235]}} semester.


AS 375LEC The U.S. and East Asia
Asian Studies

A survey of relations between the U.S. and East Asia from the eighteenth century to the present.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301903]}} semester.

AS 383LEC Travel Writing in Asia
Asian Studies

The idea of India has long attracted the attention of people from afar. Whether in search of gold or enlightenment, the India carried in the traveler's imagination often conflicts with the India that is actually encountered. This course is intended to serve not just as an introduction to the motivations and experiences of travelers to India, but also to the forms of knowledge that are produced in the wake of such travels. We will begin by examining the accounts of early Greek ambassadors and sailors and Chinese pilgrims seeking wealth and knowledge. Both Muslim and Christian adventurers produced travelogues that describe the marvels of India in the medieval period. The Mughal court fascinated Europeans sojourners, while Indian travelers were in turn both delighted and disgusted by what they observed in Europe. Hippies more recently and in their own way reenact quests by colonial British officials for the sublime and picturesque. The diversity of perspectives that these works present challenges readers to consider what it means to be an outsider looking in on a culture, compelling us to consider arguments for and against treating certain geographic and political regions and temporal periods as coherent cultural zones. By reading and discussing a wide range of both primary and secondary source materials, students will develop a broad familiarity with the history, literatures, religions, and geography of South Asia. All of the readings are in English and no background in South Asian languages, history, or literature is expected.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[300345]}} semester.


AS 389LEC Pirates, Drifters, Fishers: Maritime Southeast Asia
Asian Studies

This course examines key moments and longer-term dynamics of Southeast Asia's maritime history. We will consider how the sea affected state-building from its earliest days, its impact on pre-colonial international relations, its role as a conduit of the desire for conquest and for exotic goods, and the question of piracy, past and present.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[301149]}} semester.

AS 391LEC China and the World
Asian Studies

Opinions vary widely from those who believe that China will become the world's preeminent military power to those who think that China's entrance into the World Trade Organization will result in widespread unemployment and social misery that may precipitate the collapse of the People's Republic with unforeseeable consequences for all of us. Is China likely to follow the paths of Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union that challenged American preeminence in the twentieth century or will it pursue a vision of world order that might provide a more effective alternative to the American superpower? This course seeks to offer some perspective on such issues by surveying the history of China's relations with the rest of the world from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), that established most of the territorial and ethnic baselines of today's China, through the Republic (1911-), when the U.S. became deeply involved in China's domestic affairs, and into the People's Republic (1949-), that is widely presumed to be seeking to recover China's "rightful place in the world." AAL

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 392LEC Asian Religions
Asian Studies

Provides an overview of the major religions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam) in the light of their sacred texts, and focuses on the theological underpinnings, stories, and practices of each tradition. This course fosters a better understanding of religion in general, and familiarity with the spiritual values that shape everyday lives in many different locales worldwide.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 393LEC Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 394LEC Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 395LEC Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 396LEC Topics in Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 397LEC Topics in Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 398LEC Topics in Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[017906]}} semester.

AS 401LEC Buddhism
Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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No classes scheduled for this course during the {{rsC.scheduleErrors[300135]}} semester.


AS 410LEC Communication in Asia and Pacific Rim Countries
Asian Studies

Provides students with knowledge of communication and its related issues in East Asian and Pacific Rim countries, which are going to be the world's focal point for economy and politics in the next century.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 422LEC Japanese Language and Culture
Asian Studies

This course explores topics related to language and society, and intercultural communication, and provides students with opportunities to address questions concerning these topics. The primary goal of this course is to enhance students' knowledge of intercultural and sociolinguistic aspects that contribute to the property and use of the Japanese language. Although this course is appropriate for students of Japanese and/or linguistics, the course is appropriate for students who have a serious interest in issues of language, society, and communication, and their relationship. Prior knowledge of Japanese is not required and English translation is provided for Japanese language data used for discussions and analyses. Taught in English.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 423LEC Korean Language and Culture
Asian Studies

Introduces Korean culture and society, including readings and discussions of Korean history, politics, economy, art, literature, and language. Taught in English.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 431LEC Special Topics
Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 446SEM Islam and Literature
Asian Studies

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the wide variety of poetic and prose literary forms associated with Islam, including contemporary English-language novels and translations from Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Tamil, and Urdu originals. We will explore literature through a variety of themes and genres common to the literary traditions of these languages. This will serve to frame larger questions central to the study of Islamicate literatures including: * how notions of modernity and secularism have been formulated to exclude those outside Euro-American literary traditions; * the persistence of structuralist approaches to nonwestern literatures; * the literary antecedents of so-called magical realist depictions of Islamicate societies; * formalist and historicist approaches to pre-print literatures, and related debates regarding the origins of literary representations of selfhood outside the West; * issues of canonicity, core and periphery, heterodoxy, orality and literacy, print and manuscript cultures, and Sheldon Pollock's cosmopolitan and vernacular literatures; * what literary forms of ambiguity and irony reveal about genre, modes of education, and the critical apparatus available to readers; and * 20th-century modernist and Marxist reorientations of classical literary tropes. Theoretical readings will be paired each week with primary source literary materials. All readings are in English and will include early Sufi mystical works, pre-Islamic, medieval, and more recent 20th-century poetry, and such prose genres as commentaries, folktales, romances, short stories, and novels. All of the texts are in English and no background in other languages or Islam is expected.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 454LEC Chinese Philosophy
Asian Studies

Examines selected views, traditions or issues in Chinese philosophy.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 496TUT Asian Studies Internship
Asian Studies

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 498TUT Senior Research in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

A capstone course required for all majors in Asian Studies. Research, writing, and oral presentation of project carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 499TUT Independent Study
Asian Studies

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 575SEM Islam and Literature
Asian Studies

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the wide variety of poetic and prose literary forms associated with Islam in West, South, and Central Asia, incorporating examples in English translation from Arabic, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Sindhi, Tamil, Turkish, and Urdu originals. We will explore literature through a variety of themes and genres common to the literary traditions of these languages. As such, the course is organized in five sections: (1) Theoretical Foundations; (2) Formal Poetry; (3) Narrative Poetic Forms; (4) Prose; and (5) Literary History. Theoretical readings will be paired each week with primary source literary materials. Students are expected to demonstrate familiarity with the content of the readings and evaluate the efficacy of the various approaches through which the literature has been analyzed. The final project comprises a theoretical statement and research paper. This research will be presented as part of a student-organized and student-led conference held at the end of the term. All of the texts are English and no background in Asian languages or literature is expected.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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AS 599TUT Independent Study
Asian Studies

Credits: 1-3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


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