Asian Studies Course Listing

Spring 2018 Course Listing
For Asian Studies courses requiring Department or Program Permission, please contact Dr. Kiri Lee at kjl2@lehigh.edu
 
ASIA, IR 066-010  Japan in a Changing World  4 credits 13996
Professor He T, R; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. 
 
ASIA, MLL 096-10  Ghosts, Monsters and J-Horror (HU) 4 credits 12975
Popular Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror films such as The Ring and The Grudge exposed the worldwide audience to Japanese ghost stories.  But Japan has a long tradition of horror stories of ghosts and monsters.  This course introduces students to various Japanese horror stories, ranging from the classical texts to “J-Horror,” and explores how contemporary forms of popular culture such as anime, manga, and films draw on, or depart from, the traditional images of supernatural beings.  Through close analysis of each work, we will consider the questions such as “What’s behind our fascination with the ghost stories?” “What are some of the social issues that the horror stories examine?”  “What makes us afraid?” Taught in English.  
Professor Taniguchi T, R; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. 
 
ASIA, THTR 098-10  Bollywood Dance (HU) 2 credits 14409
Bollywood is a term compounded from "Bombay" (now Mumbai) and "Hollywood," and is India's and the world's largest film industry. Bollywood dance is the movement form used in Indian films  --  a unique and energetic style inspired by Indian folk dance and Indian classical dance, Middle Eastern and modern dance. Explore how each of these unique styles combine to create modern Bollywood dance. Learn the fundamental movements, gestures, and expressions that create the Bollywood dance aesthetic, and how they are applied in choreographed sequences. Course Fee $270.
Professor Suresh M, W; 11:00 - 12:25 p.m. 
 
ASIA, PHIL 140-10  Eastern Philosophy (HU) CBE Global  4 credits 12839  
Professor Bliss T, R; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. 
 
ASIA, REL, GS 145-10  Islam And The Modern World (HU) 4 credits 13939  
Professor Hussain T, R; 1:10 - 2:25 p.m. 
 
ASIA, HIST 170-10  The Last Samurai (HU) CBE Global  4 credits 14319  
Professor Cooper M, W, F; 9:10 - 10:00 a.m. 
 
ASIA, MLL 197-10  Pottery and Porcelain: History, Culture, and Technology along the Silk Road (HU) CBE Global 4 credits 13426
The objective of this course is to examine one of ancient China's representative inventions, porcelain, in its cultural and historical context. Students will study and explore porcelain's international trade in East Asia, Central Asia, and Europe. After a preliminary introduction to the conceptual world of ancient China with its ideological system, students will engage with exemplary Chinese technological achievements in porcelain and its significant impact along the “Silk Road,” as well as other important commodities including tea and silk. In this course students will have a close-up opportunity to study the pottery and porcelain collections at Lehigh University and will write their own reflections.
Professor Wang T, R; 11:10 - 12:25 p.m.
 
ASIA, POLS, GS 201-10  Democracy and Dictatorship in South Asia (SS) CBE Global  4 credits 14277
Professor Deo M, W; 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. 
 
POLS, WGSS, ASIA 397-10  Women's Movement in China (SS)  CBE Global 4 credits 14261
This course will examine the state-sponsored, state-directed mass movement for the liberation of Chinese women. Beginning with Confucian notions of mother/daughterhood, to the end of the imperial system, to the role of women in the founding and establishment of the Communist Party of China, to the participation of women and girls in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, gender equality issues have been a central focus of the Party. Women in China have gone from being beasts of burden to being second-class citizens. As the Party has moved to construct and develop Chinese women's consciousness, this course will look at post-reform era women's status and ask, "did the Party liberate women?"
Professor Fennel M, W; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. 

Fall 2017 Course Listing

For Asian Studies courses requiring Department or Program Permission, please contact Dr. Kiri Lee at kjl2@lehigh.edu
 
ASIA, IR 061-10  East Asian International Relations  43083  4 credits  (SS) CBE Global  
Introduction to East Asian international relations, with emphasis on post-1945 period: historical background of Asian international system; Cold War conflicts; China's rise and regional responses; Japan's changing international role; the two Koreas; ASEAN and Asian regionalism; U.S. and Russian policies; current and future issues.  Professor He   W, F; 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. 
 
ASIA, REL, GS 095-10  Muslim Asia in the 21st Centruty: Religion, Culture, Politics  44016  4 credits  (HU)   
Despite an overwhelming focus on Islam in the Middle East, most Muslims in the World now live in South and Southeast Asia.  In this course, we will explore the ongoing evolution of these societies as the deal with the novel  opportunities and challenges of globalization in the 21st century.  We will also investigate how modern Muslim identities emerge from a complex interplay between religion, culture, and politics.  
Professor Hussain   T, R; 1:10 - 2:25 p.m. 
 
ASIA, MLL, HIST 096-10  Understanding Hong Kong  44204  4 credits  (HU)   
This course introduces Hong Kong, from its history as a vibrant British colony to its current status as a bustling territory mediating between China and the world. The learning objectives and outcomes consist not only of a knowledge of Hong Kong's significance for global commerce and culture but also of the ability to analyze primary and secondary sources as well as to conduct independent research. Course materials, which include wartime stories and autobiographical novellas, romantic comedies and martial arts films, are all available in English.  
Professor Chen   M, W; 11:10 - 12:25 p.m. 
 
ASIA, SOC 114-10  Social Issues in Contemporary China  43287  4 credits  (SS) CBE Global  
Dramatic economic, cultural and social changes are underway in China today and have aroused much debate among social scientists East and West.  The following social issues are critical for understanding China's development trajectory: in equality and poverty; rapid demographic shifts; provision of health care services; provision of education services; and becoming an "information society."  We will explore how these issues intersect with old hierarchies in China, urban-rural differences, and gender differences.  Professor Zhang   M, W; 2:35 - 3:50 p.m. 
 
ASIA, IR 364-10  Chinese Foreign Policy  43665  4 credits  (SS) CBE Global, WI (Writing Intensive)  
Research-oriented seminar focusing on the sources of Chinese foreign policy preferences and goals, foreign policy decision-making processes; international implications of the rise of China, and the pressing regional and global issues that China is facing now and in the future. Consent of department required. Department permission required. Professor He   F; 9:10 - 12:00 p.m. 
 
ASIA 371-10  Advanced Readings in Asian Studies  41806  1-4 credits  (HU, SS) CBE Global  
Directed course of reading and writing in advanced topic not covered in regular Asian Studies course offerings. May be repeated for credit. Program permission required. Instructor permission required. Professor Lee    
 
ASIA 381-10  Special Topics in Asian Studies  41808  1-4 credits  (HU, SS) CBE Global  
Advanced study of aspects of Asian studies not covered in regular course offerings. Individual faculty supervision. Research paper required. May be repeated for credit. Program permission required. Instructor permission required. Professor Lee    
 
ASIA 391-10  Senior Seminar in Asian Studies  41809  1-4 credits  (HU, SS) CBE Global  
Advanced seminar focusing on discussion and research on specialized subjects in Asian studies. Variable subject matter. Offered by faculty on rotating basis. May be repeated for credit. Program permission required. Instructor permission required. Professor Lee    
 
ASIA 399-11  Senior Thesis in Asian Studies  41374  1-4 credits  (HU, SS) CBE Global  
Advanced, individual research project on topic agreed between faculty and student. Research paper and oral defense required. May be repeated for credit. Open to Asian studies majors only. Program permission required. Instructor permission required. Professor Tannenbaum    
 
ASIA 399-10  Senior Thesis in Asian Studies  41810  1-4 credits  (HU, SS) CBE Global  
Advanced, individual research project on topic agreed between faculty and student. Research paper and oral defense required. May be repeated for credit. Open to Asian studies majors only. Program permission required. Instructor permission required. Professor Lee    
 
SUMMER 2017 COURSES
 
ASIA, SOC 197-10  Understanding China through Films (SS) CBE Global  4 credits CRN 21423
In order to really understand the social and cultural aspects of today’s Chinese society, it is of crucial importance to understand the drastic changes happened in China in the past 50 years. Using films to demonstrate how Chinese people experience and interpret the social and political events is one of the best ways to explain the often complicated causes and consequences of those dramatic social, political and economic changes.  The films used in this class are all closely related to some major social issues in China, and some of them were banned in China.  
Professor Zhang (SS 1) online
 
ASIA 361-10  Internship in Asian Studies (Lehigh in Shanghai Study Abroad - 3 credits) (HU, SS) CBE Global  1-4 credits CRN 20701
Internship in public or private agency involved in some aspect of Asian studies. Individual faculty mentor. Written report required. May be repeated for credit. Program permission required. Department permission required. Study Abroad.

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