Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

ANS 301M • Introduction To Islam

31775 • Aghaie, Kamran
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 3.104
(also listed as HIS 306N, ISL 310, R S 319)
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The objective of this course is to give students a foundational understanding of Islam and Muslims, in terms of beliefs, practices, and culture. In order to achieve this three-part objective, we will read materials from various perspectives and of different genres. We will devote some time to Islamic history, because even if a religion is conceived in terms of universals and ideals, its actual manifestation is always tempered by historical, cultural and social context. We will explore the meaning of Islam as a worldview and a moral system through examining its doctrinal, ritual, philosophical, ethical and spiritual dimensions. This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of Islam.

ANS 302C • Introduction To China

31785 • Lai, Chiu
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CLA 1.106
(also listed as HIS 302C)
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Introduction to Chinese Culture and Civilization

Course Description:

This course will provide an introduction to major concepts and ideas from Chinese cultural traditions to construct a course inquiry into understanding Chinese culture and society. A guiding principle in this course inquiry will be to investigate the past to help inform the present.   Lectures and discussion will examine key concepts from art, history, language, literature, and thought that greatly shaped, and continue to influence, “Chinese” cultural and geopolitical entities.  

Required Text:  (Available at University Co-op Bookstore)

Charles A. Desnoyers, Patterns of Modern Chinese History (Oxford, 2017)

[Additional readings on Canvas Course Site]


Rana Mitter, Modern China: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2016)

Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition – Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014)

Statement on Global Cultures Flag:  This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.


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ANS 302D • Intro To Korean Cul And Hist

31790 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM CLA 1.106
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This course is designed as an introductory overview of Korean history, culture, and society from ancient times to the present. It aims to encourage students to locate their knowledge about Korea in relation to perspectives from other disciplines, while thinking critically about how history, culture, and society are understood. Class lectures will be supplemented with films, slides, and other audio-­‐visual materials. This class has no prerequisites.  

This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-­‐U.S. cultural group, past or present.

ANS 302J • Introduction To Japan

31795 • Stalker, Nancy
Meets MWF 2:00PM-3:00PM WAG 201
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This course is aimed at providing a broad-based introduction to Japanese history, society and culture, beginning with prehistoric times and continuing to present.  We will follow a chronological format, focusing on understanding how Japanese who lived in different historical periods created particular political, social and cultural systems to realize their beliefs and values.  In addition to the main textbook, course materials will include literature, historical documents, art, and film.

ANS 302K • Introduction To South Asia

31797 • Dillon, Daniel
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GEA 127
(also listed as ANT 310L)
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This course is an introduction to South Asian cultures and histories, especially to areas of study pursued in the Department of Asian Studies and at UT-Austin. Students will be introduced to major thinkers, ideas, histories, issues, and movements of South Asia. While a clear set of factual information will be integral to the course, the equally important goal of the course is to learn how to engage South Asia on terms similar to other courses in the liberal arts. Stated plainly, we want to do more than learn about South Asia; we want to learn from it as well.  The institutional and traditional obstacle to this approach stems from the simple fact that most American students, whatever their ethnic origins, are taught that “our” intellectual heritage begins with the Greeks and ends with contemporary European and American thinkers. Who “we” are and what makes us a “we,” however, is not as clear as it seems. Most of us are simply not taught how and why to understand South Asian (or other area) literatures, art, religion, law, or other cultural expressions as sources for our own humanistic and ethical development. Thus, the primary goal of this course is to train students in how to “read” South Asia in such a way that it can mean something to them, rather than merely being what other people do—not to make South Asia “ours,” but to take the ideas, history, and people of South Asia seriously.

ANS 321M • Politics In Japan

31800 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ B0.306
(also listed as GOV 321M)
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Politics in Japan: GOV 321M/ANS 321M

Global Cultures Flag

TTH 9:30-11:00, MEZ B0.306

Patricia L. Maclachlan

Fall 2017


This upper division course surveys key themes in the domestic politics and political economy of postwar Japan.  After briefly exploring the politics and institutions of the pre-war era, we will examine the impact of the American Occupation (1945-52) on the Japanese political economy, the secrets of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominance in postwar elections, voting trends, legislative and policymaking processes, gender politics, and interest group and social movement politics. We will devote our final weeks to the analysis of developments in contemporary Japan, including the movement toward political-economic reform—particularly in the public sector, defense and agriculture.  These and related topics will be examined from a comparative perspective and with reference to relevant political science theories.



 6 semester hours of lower-division Government courses.  Graduate students may take this course for graduate credit.


Grading Criteria:

            1.  Quizzes on readings:                                                        15%

            2.  First midterm exam:                                                        20%

            3.  Second midterm exam or short research paper:                 25%

            4.  Final examination:                                                           40%



  1. Robin LeBlanc, Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife. University of California Press, 1999.
  2. David Pilling, Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival.  Penguin Books, 2015.
  3. Frances M. Rosenbluth and Michael Thies, Japan Transformed: Political Change and Economic Restructuring. Princeton University Press, 2010.
  4. Jacob M. Schlesinger, Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine. Sanford University Press, 1999.


            Additional readings will be provided to students at the beginning of the semester via Canvas.

ANS 322M • Politics In China

31805 • Lu, Xiaobo
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM SZB 370
(also listed as GOV 322M)
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GOV 322M/ANS 322M, Politics in Contemporary China


Course Description:

This Course is designed as an introductory course in Chinese politics primarily for upper-level undergraduates with a good background in political/social science, but not necessarily any background on China. The aim of the course is to provide a foundation that will enable the

non-specialist to make informed use of China as a case in more general arguments and give the intended China specialist a solid footing from which to pursue more in-depth study of particular topics.

This course primarily focuses on domestic politics in post-1978 China. We start the course by introducing the key institutions and players in order to understand the distribution of political power in China. We then detail various forms of political participation by different individuals, which allow us to understand the political logic and consequences of policymaking and selective policy issues in China. We conclude the course by discussing the political reforms implemented in the last three decades and contemplating the potentials political development in the future. The course consists of lectures and in-class discussions in order to enhance students’ learning.



Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.


Course Requirement and Grading:


1.         Four (randomly scheduled) quizzes                                                                            15%

2.         First in-class midterm exam:                                                                                     25%

3.         Second in-class midterm exam:                                                                                 25%

4.         Third in-class midterm:                                                                                             25%

5.         Attendance                                                                                                              10%


Course Materials:

The readings for this course are based on book chapters and articles. All the readings, except for the required textbook, can be accessed through the Canvas website for this class.


Required Textbook:

Lieberthal, Kenneth. 2004. Governing China: from revolution through reform. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton.

ANS 340S • Chinese In The United States

31815 • Hsu, Madeline
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM GAR 2.112
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 340S)
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This class examines U.S. history from the perspective of Chinese who were the first targets of racially defined immigration restrictions. As such, Chinese have played key roles in the evolution of U.S. immigration restrictions, their enforcement, limits regarding citizenship, permanent residency, and the underlying racial ideologies and conceptions of national belonging.

This course offers an overview of the history of Chinese in America with an emphasis on Chinese American identity and community formations under the shadow of the Yellow Peril. Using primary documents and secondary literature, we will examine structures of work, family, immigration law, racism, class, and gender in order to understand the changing roles and perceptions of Chinese Americans in the United States from 1847 to the present.

Partially fulfills legislative requirement for American history.

Iris Chang, The Chinese in America; excerpts from _Island_, _Chinese American Voices_, The Coming Man

Midterms on lectures and assigned texts. Research paper on Chinese American history.

ANS 346N • Indian Subcontinent, 1750-1950

31820 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM JES A305A
(also listed as HIS 346N)
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This course studies the processes that led to the carving out of the Indian subcontinent into various nation-states, the biggest of which were India and Pakistan in 1950. It will survey changes spanning the late eighteenth to the mid- twentieth century and survey the gradual consolidation of British colonialism through the redrawing of social, economic, religious, political boundaries and identities. The course outlines the growth of modern political forms and structures, like nation-state and political parties; the reshaping of social institutions of caste and family by colonial laws; the reorganization of consciousness and expression in terms of technologies of print, theater and cinema and the final cataclysms of Partition and the establishment of new nation-states, India and Pakistan in 1947-50.

The course has two aims: the first, to acquaint students with a basic chronology of events, their protagonists and the processes within which each of these events unfolded; the second, to familiarize students with key outlines of the debates among historians around each of the themes touched on above.

Texts: TBA

Grading is based on attendance and participation in the classroom (20%), a two-page report on a film (20%), one four-page book-review (20%) and a final exam (40%).Grading Policies: LETTER GRADES OF A, B+, B, C+, C, D, F will be given in this course in the following fashion: total of 90-100= A; 80-89= B+; 70-79=B; 60-69=C+; 50-59 C; 40-49=D; Under 40 is a Fail or F

ANS 361 • Anthropol Of The Himalayas

31850 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CLA 0.122
(also listed as AAS 330, ANT 324L)
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This course looks at the history and culture of the Himalayan region, including Northeast India, sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Tibet, but especially Nepal. Some understanding of Asian history, politics and religion will be helpful (but not necessary) as our attempt will not be a comprehensive survey of the region. The Himalayas have been the site of a great deal of anthropological attention and as such we will be simultaneously be exploring several key theoretical, historical and methodological issues within the discipline of anthropology as we learn about places and people in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the area as a site for negotiating identity (caste and indigeneity), development politics, the environment, tourism, diasporas as well as the current political tensions in the region. At the conclusion of the class, students should have a stronger idea of the important role this area has played in the political, religious and social imagination of the world and an appreciation of concepts such as ritual theory, social movements, modernity and gender studies.

ANS 361 • Big Asian Histories

31825 • Oppenheim, Robert
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 210
(also listed as ANT 324L, HIS 364G)
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What makes histories “big”? The focus of this course is on world histories centrally involving Asia from the medieval period to the present. It examines ways in which Asia and other areas of the globe have had connected intellectual, artistic, and social developments, and how Asia figured in the “rise of the West” to industrial and imperial dominance by the end of the nineteenth century. It looks also at global histories  of political forms and actions, social spaces and dynamics, and scientific theories and practices that have been exemplified through Asia—of, for instance, the interaction of nomadic and sedentary modes of life, domestic spaces, and “growth” as a ruling idea of economic planning. Throughout the course, historiographical issues are paramount: How does one conceive of and write “connected histories”?

This is a reading, discussion, and research based course. In order to foster discussion, I am implementing a NO (open) LAPTOPS (or tablets, or phones) POLICY for this course.  You are free to have printed materials, take notes on paper, etc.

ANS 361 • Biomedicine, Ethics, & Cul

31852 • Traphagan, John
Meets MWF 8:00AM-9:00AM BUR 216
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 373M)
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Health-care professionals, bio-medical researchers, patients, and families in all societies are increasingly faced with ethical issues that arise because of new medical technologies and because of alternative approaches to health and illness. This course focuses on ethical questions such as allocation of medical resources, stem cell research and cloning, organ transplantation, abortion, human experimentation, prolonging life and the right to die, suicide, euthanasia, and the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as Alzheimer disease, AIDS, and mental disorders.

This course explores these topics from a global perspective, emphasizing how cultural values and ethical systems define moral issues and inform decision-making about medical care. We will consider ethical theories that have been used in the West to consider medical practice, and compare these with approaches in non-Western cultures such as Japan and India. The course emphasizes the use of case studies to explore issues in medical ethics and to develop the ability to apply ethical theories in ways sensitive to variations in cultural values. 

Students in this course engage in discussion and debate about difficult moral issues and it is likely that members of the class will have different, and sometimes profoundly conflicting, ideas about what is right and wrong. You should feel free to express and support your position; this is an important component of the class. 


ANS 361 • Indian Republic 1947-Pres

31828 • Guha, Sumit
Meets TTH 5:00PM-6:30PM GAR 2.112
(also listed as HIS 346P)
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The republic of India was the largest of the many Asian and African states that emerged from the retreat of Western empires after 1945. It emerged in unpropitious circumstances of bloodshed and acute poverty, but has uniquely avoided both civil war and dictatorship through the decades that followed. Students in this course will explore the dangers that beset the fledgling democracy and the many efforts needed to sustain and widen it. They will also study efforts at economic development in a changing world.

This course will teach students two distinct and graduated forms of analytic writing. One is the art of reviewing: it begins with learning to summarize (present the main points of another text concisely) and is completed by learning the skill of evaluating texts in comparison with other texts.


Ramachandra Guha India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. Paperback edition. ISBN: 9780060958589. Required

Mukulika Banerjee Why India Votes? London: Routledge 2014. ISBN 978-1-138-01971-3 Required

Articles and documents from J-Stor and other sources will be available through Canvas.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of

* two short analytic papers (c. 1000 words, 15% + peer review 5% each)
* a book review (20%)
* a final essay peer review (10%) and final essay (20%).
* Attendance and participation 10%.  
* Peer reviewers will be graded on the basis of the knowledge, understanding and linguistic proficiency displayed in their review comments.
* Plus/minus grades may be used where appropriate.


ANS 361 • Intl Rels Of E/Stheast Asia

31845 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CLA 0.112
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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International Relations of East and Southeast Asia

GOV 365L-3/ANS 361

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Fall 2017


Prof. Patricia L. Maclachlan

TTH 2:00-3:30, CLA 0.112


Course Description:


This upper division undergraduate course introduces students to some of the major theories and themes in the post-Cold War—and particularly contemporary—international relations of East and Southeast Asia: “Great Power” (China, Japan, and the United States) contributions and challenges to the military and economic security of the region, the objectives and processes of economic globalization and institutional integration in the Asia-Pacific, the domestic political determinants of international relations, and the future of the liberal institutional order in the region.  Along the way, we will explore the ongoing North Korean nuclear threat, tensions between China and Taiwan, territorial disputes in the East and South China seas, and the fate of the United States’ so-called Asia Pivot.




6 semester hours of lower-division Government courses.  Graduate students may take this course for graduate credit.



Grading Policy:


         1.    Quizzes on readings: 15%

         2.    First mid-term exam: 20%

         3.    Second mid-term exam or short research paper:  25%

         4.    Final exam: 40%



 1.    Andrei Lankov, The Real North Korea: Life and Politics in the Failed Stalinist Utopia.  Oxford University Press, 2014.

 2.   Susan L. Shirk, China: Fragile SuperpowerOxford University Press, 2008.


 Additional readings will be provided to students via Canvas at the beginning of the semester.

ANS 361 • Music Of India

31840 • Slawek, Stephen
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MRH 2.604
(also listed as ANT 324L, MUS 342, MUS 380)
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This course will comprise a broad introduction to the musical traditions of India, with particular emphasis placed on the art music of North India, the system referred to as Hindustani sangita. We will study Hindustani sangita both as a system with its own principles of internal organization and as a tradition in interaction with other musical traditions in India, and with musics elsewhere in the world. In doing so, we will resort to models and theories drawn from the field of ethnomusicology to develop an understanding of Hindustani music as a constellation of culturally meaningful sounds.

Course Objectives: The major goals in this course are that students

  1. learn how sound is organized into musically meaningful structures in Indian culture,
  2. learn about the relationships that exist between Hindustānī saṅgīta and other types of musical expression in India,
  3. understand the history of Hindustānī saṅgīta, and how its development has been interconnected with political and religious events in South Asia.
  4. acquire a basic understanding of the place of music and musicians in Indian culture,
  5. acquire a basic aptitude for listening intelligently to performances of Indian art music. (By intelligent listening, it is implied that the listener knows what has happened and what will probably happen in any one performance. This will necessarily entail becoming familiar with a vocabulary of musical description [including indigenous theoretical terms, knowledge of musical instruments, genres, developmental processes within genres, stylistic schools et cetera].)
  6. acquire a basic knowledge of available resource materials for furthering their knowledge of Indian music after leaving the course.

Course Requirements:

This course is being offered in accordance with University guidelines for courses intended to satisfy the undergraduate "writing flag" and “global cultures” flag requirements. Thus, the course will include a variety of assigned writing projects that, together, meet or exceed the guidelines for such courses.

ANS 361 • Rights & The State: S Asia

31860 • Newberg, Paula
Meets T 3:30PM-6:30PM CBA 4.340
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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Global Cultures Flag // Writing Flag


Autumn 2017:  ANS 361, GOV 365-L.7

Cross-listing:  ANS 361

Tuesday:  3:30 -- 6:30 PM

CBA 4.340


PROFESSOR PAULA NEWBERG                               

BATTS 4.102



Office hours: to be announced, and by appointment


Course overview:  Politics in modern south Asia are shaped, often dramatically, by contests about the nature of rights, the ways that citizens claim their rights, and the ways that states respond to those claims.   Every state in the region contends with popular movements to assert rights, whether through war and insurgencies, experiments with constitutions and the rule of law, or efforts to secure the rights of excluded groups, minorities and the economically disadvantaged.  Each state has also tried variously to promote and protect rights – on their own, and with their neighbors and the international community -- and to limit them in order to consolidate power.


What do rights have to do with political change?  With contemporary cases as our guide, we will explore basic elements of political change in the region by asking how states and societies are meeting the challenges of creating rights-based political orders, and how and why they succeed or fail.   The range of potential topics is intriguingly varied and broad; after our introduction to the field and the region, we will focus on topics related to rights and conflict.


Using political writings, government documents, laws and regulations, social science analysis, local journalism and reporting from local and international organizations we will dissect the meanings of rights in the region, and strive to understand the different ways that these complex issues affect citizens, states, observers and advocates.  In the process, we will examine the tools that are employed to protect rights or limit them, and how reports on rights conditions are developed and used.


Neither prior experience with the region nor detailed knowledge of human rights is required for this course (although those who have studied either or both are very welcome).  We will use our readings and discussions to learn about the region through the lenses of rights and governance, and to refine our understanding of rights through the experiences of the people and states that comprise south Asia today.  By the end of the course, each student should have a working understanding of some of the many challenges involving fundamental rights in south Asia, a grasp of analysis and reporting related to rights, and the skills needed to write about rights and politics.


Prerequisites:  Minimum:  six hours of lower-division Government courses. 


Requirements:  A seminar succeeds when all of us are fully engaged.  Please use any electronic devices – including computers, tablets, and telephones -- in the classroom only when we are consulting documents or other media that are most easily available online and relevant to the immediate class discussion.  If you carry a cell phone with you, please silence it before/during class.


All seminar members are required to attend all classes punctually; complete all assignments (both written and oral); participate actively in class and as designated, lead class discussions on assigned readings and written projects.   Your class attendance and participation will be included in determining your final grade.


Grading:  Class participation and collegiality will be essential to the success of this seminar. Your oral and written products will be graded on the basis of their clarity, organization, structure and quality of argument, including your ability to marshal evidence to support your arguments.   Grading will be done on a 100-point scale, translated into plus and minus grades.  Your final grade will be based in part on improvement throughout the semester.


Participation:  Participation will count toward 50% of the term grade.  As part of class preparation and participation, I will assign weekly 1-2 page memos on topics related to readings and class discussion.  Specific assignments for class discussion will be indicated as we progress through the semester.   All class members are expected to participate in every class session.


Papers:  Each student will be expected to prepare two concise, 2000 - 2500 word essays.  Paper #1 (due October10th, 2017) will count toward 20% of your grade; paper #2 (due November 30th, 2017) will count toward 30% of your grade. 


Everyone is expected to come to talk with me during office hours or other arranged times to discuss paper topics.


Please provide your papers to me in hard copy (in person) as well as electronically.  Please take the time to revise, proofread, and follow accepted form for footnotes and references. 


Penalties for late paper submission will be ½ grade for each late day, unless you provide timely and appropriate documentation from health services or your personal physician. 


Intellectual integrity:  Be sure that your written submissions do not plagiarize the intellectual property of others:  do not copy, without attribution, a sequence of three or more words from a published text, an internet source, grey literature or another person’s work.  Plagiarizing is a form of cheating, and is grounds for a failing grade in this course.  Any incident of plagiarism will be reported to Student Judicial Services.


I expect all students to see me during office hours and other pre-arranged appointments to discuss classroom and written assignments.  Should office hours be inconvenient, please schedule an appointment with me for another time.


Course readings:  Two books are available for purchase:


Andrew Clapham:  Human Rights:  A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007). This volume is optional, but recommended.


Jack Donnelly:  Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition (Cornell University Press, 2003).  This volume is required.


For reference and background, you might want to refer to a compendium edited by Micheline Ishay entitled The Human Rights Reader:  Major Political Essays, 2nd. Edition.


Other materials (including videos):  I will post class assignments – including PDFs when URLs are not available -- and other notices on Canvas on a regular basis.   Class readings are generally available online; in some instances, I will distribute materials in class.  Should you miss a class session, please contact me (and perhaps a classmate) for further information. 


Global Cultures:  This course carries a Writing Flag and a Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.  The Writing Flag indicates that there will be substantial writing assignments, with provision made for re-drafting throughout the term. 

ANS 361 • State Build In China/Taiwan

31830 • Lu, Xiaobo
Meets MW 2:30PM-4:00PM SZB 370
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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State Building in China and Taiwan

GOV 365L (38540)

ANS 361 (31680)


Course Description:

This course aims to provide an overview of the political history of China and Taiwan since 1949. We will compare and contrast the state building process in mainland China and Taiwan from 1950 to today. While both regimes were under the authoritarian rule at the beginning of the 1950s, why did Taiwan democratize but not China? Meanwhile, does the democratic politics in Taiwan generate any implications for the democratic future of China? By comparing the state building process under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Kuomintang (KMT), students will gain a better understanding of the theories and implications of the interaction between political development and economic development. The objective of this course is providing students a deeper understanding of theories of state building with regional knowledge of greater China.


We will start the course by briefly going over the political history in China and Taiwan before 1949. We need spend two weeks to study some critical issues of regime consolidation during the early state building period after 1949 in both mainland China and Taiwan. For the remainder of the semester, we are going to compare and contrast different aspects of state building in China and Taiwan since 1950s. Due to the time limitation, we are only able to cover the following key aspects: party building, cultural policies, foreign influence, economic transformation, and political reforms.



Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.


Course Requirement and Grading:


1.         Course attendance:                                                                                         10%

2.         Three in-class Quizzes:                                                                                    15%

3.         First midterm exam:                                                                                        25%    

4.         Second midterm exam                                                                                     25%

5.         Third midterm exam                                                                                        25%


Course Materials:

The readings for this course are based on book chapters and articles. All the readings, can be accessed through the Canvas website for this class. Since many chapters are drawn from the following two books, I highly recommended you purchase them, if your budget allows.


Recommended books:

Rigger, Shelley. 1999. Politics in Taiwan: voting for democracy. London; New York: Routledge.

Roy, Denny. 2003. Taiwan: a political history. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

ANS 361 • Uprising In India-1857

31834 • Guha, Sumit
Meets W 3:00PM-6:00PM WAG 112
(also listed as HIS 350L)
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The Indian Rebellion of 1857: War of Independence or Sepoy Mutiny?

This course carries the Independent Inquiry and Writing flags. The instructor will deliver two introductory lectures so that the course will be accessible to students who have not studied the history of the Indian subcontinent before. It will require students to formulate research questions (Independent Inquiry) and work with primary sources such as those listed below.

The course will have two phases: in the first phase we will consider how historians have debated the characterization of historical events (‘historiography’). In the second phase, students will analyze English-language primary (usually contemporary) sources in order to construct an evidence-based historical narrative, supported by references to the primary sources.

Texts include primary sources such as:
1. John Wilson, The Indian Military Revolt viewed in its religious aspects. London, 1858
2. Sitaram From Sepoy to Subedar translated by J.T. Norgate. third printing. London 1911.
3. Anon. A Lady's Diary of the Siege of Lucknow. London, 1858.
4. Syed Ahmed Khan The Causes of the Indian Revolt.  Benaras, 1873.
5. British House of Commons. Parliamentary paper of 1859, No. 162. "Evidence Taken at the Trial of the King of Delhi."


Two short analyses of sources (10% x 2)
Four peer reviews (4x 5%)
Research prospectus 10%
Draft I 10%
Draft II 10%
Final paper 20%
Attendance & participation 10%

Plus/minus grades may be given, as appropriate.


ANS 361 • Urban Experiences In East Asia

31835 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.202
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Urbanization in East Asia has taken place in rapid, massive and turbulent ways. The purpose of this class lies in employing urbanization as an analytical category through which we can examine development, modernization, the politics of accumulation and distribution, state-­‐society relations, urban struggles and activism in East Asia. The class lectures are organized, therefore, around topics rather than by country and city. For more critical examinations, we will also learn and discuss key concepts in Geography and Urban Studies, such as modernity, uneven development, place-­‐making, gentrification, cultural agglomeration, global cities, and urban social movements. Reading various books and articles on urban issues, this course aims to advance the understanding of East Asia’s contemporary dynamics and East Asia in global context. We will supplement our readings by drawing various other materials including maps and illustrations, films, and video clips of TV programs. 

This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-­‐U.S. cultural group, past or present.

ANS 362 • Research In Asian Studies

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Individual instruction for Asian studies majors and nonmajors. Discussion, research, and the writing of papers about various general and specialized Asian subjects.  Prerequisite: Six semester hours of coursework in Asian studies and
written consent of instructor on form obtained from the undergraduate adviser.

ANS 372 • Chinese Film And Literature

31885 • Chang, Sung
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CAL 21
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Through analyzing selected literary and cinematic texts from China in the last century, this course explores how the Chinese people encounters modernity and copes with its consequences.

Forced onto the stage of the modern world by Western imperial powers in the second-half of the nineteenth century, China has since traveled along a convoluted course of modernization, punctuated by war, revolution, and drastic socioeconomic reforms.  During this process, Chinese cultural producers have constantly negotiated between artistic and political imperatives, between tradition and modernity, and between resistance and incorporation of foreign (read Western) influences. To study the outcome of their endeavors, therefore, is not only an exciting adventure in the aesthetic realm, but also an intellectual quest that leads us to comprehend some of the fundamental historical issues that the society has collectively sought to come to terms with in different stages of its modern history.

I.             Structure, Format, and Procedures 


The course is divided into four sections:

1). The Republican Period (1911-1949):  We will read literary writings by the canonized May Fourth intellectuals, 1930s writers of the liberal and leftist bent, and works produced in cosmopolitan Shanghai and the Communist base area during the 1940s. Most of the films we will watch for this period have attained the status of classics.  They are, at the same time, shot through with ideological and political imprints of the historical eras in which they were originally produced.

2). The Mao Era (1949-1976): We will discuss the state-monitored literary system that was operative during China’s Socialist period, i.e, the first three decades of the People’s Republic. Two lass periods will be devoted to an overview of the history and memory of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

3). The Reform Era (1977- mid-1990s):  This section began with China’s adoption of the open-door policy under Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  A special focus will be placed on literary and cinematic representations of the collective trauma of the Cultural Revolution.

4). The Contemporary Period (late-1990s - present): In the last two decades, powerful trends of commercialization and globalization have overtaken the Chinese society, and many of its existing cultural institutions have been transformed beyond recognition. Fiction and film of greater artistic sophistication have been produced, and they provide excellent lens for us to achieve a better understanding of what a “rising China” means to ordinary people living through, and in many cases bearing the brunt of, the unprecedented social changes.  

II.          Course Requirements

  • Students are expected to complete all required reading and film-viewing before coming to class. Everyone is asked to post on Canvas a short comment on the contents of the assignments no later than one hour before the class begins. The comment will serve as the basis for in-class discussions, as well as the evidence of one’s timely completion of assignments.
  • A mid-term paper of 4-5 pages will be due after we finish the Republican Period.
  • A short test on the background reading for literary system in the Mao Era will be given in the first class of the second section.  
  • A 2-3-page commentary on Reform Era literary or cinematic texts of the student’s own choice will be due before Thanksgiving.
  • A final paper, of 6-7 pages, that focuses on the works produced in the Contemporary Period, with mandatory references to materials covered in any previous section(s), will be due during the University’s Examination period. 


III.       Grading Policies

Class participation/posted comments: 20%

Mid-term paper on the Republican Period: 25%

Short test on literary system in the Mao Era: 5%

Commentary on selected work from the Reform Era: 15%

Final paper: 35%

*Plus/minus grades will be assigned for the final grade.

**You are allowed three unexcused absences in the entire semester.  Please plan ahead. Excessive absences would significantly lower your final grade.

IV.        Course Materials

a). Xeroxed course packet can be ordered through the link of Paradigm Books:

After you place the order the packet will be mailed to the address you provide.

b). Textbook available at the University Co-op:

Lau, Joseph S. M., C. T. Hsia, and Leo Ou-fan Lee eds., Modern Chinese Stories and Novellas 1919-1949.  

c). Additional reading materials will be posted on Canvas or ordered through the University Co-op.



ANS 372 • Decoding Cla Chinese Poetry

31890 • Lai, Chiu
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.204
(also listed as C L 323)
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Course Description:

Fall 2017 Focus:  Landscape Poetry and Painting

[Taught in English]

This course will provide an introduction to the classical Chinese poetic tradition and is open to all students.  No previous background in Chinese language, culture or literature is required. Lectures and discussions will focus on the literary, cultural, historical, social, political, philosophical, and religious background against which these representative works in poetry arose.  While background reading will be assigned, the focus of lectures and discussion will be on the primary works of poetry, and the relationship of poetry and painting in the Chinese tradition.

Lectures, readings and class discussion will examine these ideas and concepts in the context of landscape, known as “mountains and water” (shan shui 山水) in Chinese literary memory.  Through this methodical process, we will begin to decode the literary language of classical Chinese poetry and poetic craft.  

Global Cultures:  This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.


  • John Minford and Joseph S.M. Lau, eds. Classical Chinese Literature – An Anthology of Translations, Volume I: From Antiquity to the Tang Dynasty (Columbia, 2002)
  • David Hawkes, A Little Primer of Tu Fu (Rpt. Renditions, 1995; New York Review Books, 2016)

Other Required and Supplementary Reading and Translations:

Posted on the Canvas Course Site

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ANS 372 • Hindu Law

31870 • Davis, Donald
Meets W 2:00PM-5:00PM PAR 310
(also listed as R S 341)
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This seminar course examines the tradition known as Hindu law and its place in the legal, religious, social, and political history of India and South Asia.  The course will introduce students to the complex, but fascinating legal thought of classical and medieval India and reinterpret the methodologies and theoretical presuppositions of comparative religious and legal studies.  Broad questions concerning the relationship of religion and law, the nature of textual authority, jurisprudential commentary, and the role of customary law will be investigated against the background of India's history. Classic works on Hindu law will be reinterpreted in the light of recent scholarship.  A representative selection of Sanskrit legal texts, called Dharma??stras, will be read in translation.  The impact of colonialism on the law in India and the creation of Anglo-Hindu law will be examined for links and discontinuities with earlier legal traditions.  The course will conclude with a consideration of the development and role of modern Hindu law.



Derrett, J.D.M. Religion, Law, and the State in India. London: Faber, 1968.

Davis, Jr. Donald R. The Spirit of Hindu Law. Cambridge UP, 2010.

Galanter, Marc. Law and Society in Modern India. Oxford UP, 1993.

Lingat, Robert, The Classical Law of India. Berkeley, 1973.

Lubin, Timothy, et al (eds.) Hinduism and Law: An Introduction. Cambridge UP, 2010.



ANS 372 • Qing China: Hist/Fict/Fant

31875 • Eisenman, Iris
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM MEZ 1.120
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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Course Description:

This course will examine the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) in its historical manifestations, literary representations, and contemporary re-imaginings in various popular media. The course will introduce students to the fundamental issues pertaining to this last imperial dynasty of China, the scholarly interpretations of these issues, and the lasting fascination with the dynasty, particularly its emperors and empresses, in film and television entertainment in Mainland China since the 1990s till the present.

Expectations & Assignments:

The course is designed as an upper-division lecture/discussion class. Students will be responsible for weekly readings, participation in discussion (both in class and on Canvas), one presentation, two papers of 5-6 pages in length, several short in-class assignments, and a take-home final exam.

ANS 372 • Suicide In Japanese Fiction

31900 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 2.102
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Japan has been called "the suicide nation" by many commentators both inside and outside of Japan both because of its high suicide rate today and because of historical associations with seppuku and kamikaze. It is equally well known for its abundant representations of suicide in art, from highbrow literature, poetry, and theater dating back to the premodern period, to films, manga, and anime today. In this class, we will examine such representations of suicide to consider how and why artists grappled with themes of suicide in their works, and sometimes in their lives, in response to both personal and national tragedies. We will discuss the ethics and politics of artistic representations of suicide when it is precipitated by such diverse contexts as failed romances, military honor, and disillusionment and depression. We will also consider how these works provoke questions about the responsibilities of the artist and audience in society. This class requires no background in Japanese language or culture; all readings are in English translation.

This is a Writing Flag course, which is designed to give students experience with writing in an academic discipline. In this class, you can expect to write regularly during the semester, complete substantial writing projects, and receive feedback from your instructor to help you improve your writing. You will also have the opportunity to revise one or more assignments, and will be asked to read and discuss your peers’ work. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from your written work. 

Required Texts/Materials to Purchase:

**Chūshingura: The Treasury of Loyal Retainers (Takeda Izumo et al., 1748), 9780231035316

**Kokoro (Natsume Sōseki, 1914), 9780895267153

**Course Reader  

ANS 372 • Taiwan: Coloniality/Postcol

31905 • Tsai, Chien
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.210
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Taiwan was colonized by Japan for 50 years from 1895 to 1945. This 50-year period marks a decisive watershed in terms of social, cultural, and economic developments between Taiwan and China. To date, Taiwan remains a site of contestation between postcolonial and national discourses, and provides a contrastive entrance to further studies of the rise of China in the 21st  century.

In this class, we will study films, fictional writings, and other cultural products (e.g. music, art, etc.) from Taiwan and see how they help construct a unique historical consciousness and local identity. This class will also examine how such consciousness help the people of Taiwan project certain cultural imgainaries onto practices of everyday life. Throughout the semester, we will ponder the following questions with regard to Taiwan’s colonial experiences and postcolonial status in relation to its position, geographically, politically, and culturally speaking, on the global stage:

How do writers and filmmakers in Taiwan imagine various spaces that undergo rapid modernization? How do they document the transformation of landscapes, negotiate with political ideologies, and engage in certain identifications through films and texts? And how do we reflect on such a wide array of cultural products, political beliefs, and contradicting (hi)stories as objectively as possible, refraining from any cultural essentialism and ideological preoccupation?

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ANS 372 • Yoga As Philos And Practice

31880 • Phillips, Stephen
Meets MWF 3:00PM-4:00PM WAG 308
(also listed as PHL 356, R S 341G)
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This course surveys the origins of yogic practices in early Indian civilization and traces the development of Yoga philosophies through the Upanishads, BHAGAVAD GITA, YOGA-SUTRA, Buddhist, Jaina, and tantric texts, as well as works of neo-Vedanta. We shall try to identify a set of claims common to all classical advocates of yoga. We shall look at both classical and modern defenses and criticisms, especially of alleged metaphysical and psychological underpinnings of the practices. No previous background in Indian philosophy is necessary, but students with no previous course work in philosophy or in psychology should contact the instructor.

ANS 379 • Cuisine And Culture In Asia

31917 • Stalker, Nancy
Meets MW 4:00PM-5:30PM GAR 0.120
(also listed as AAS 325)
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This interdisciplinary senior seminar is a reading and writing intensive course that explores historical, cultural, economic, and geopolitical aspects of food in Asian culture. Food is common to all humankind, but different varieties of foods or cuisine also serve to identify nations, religious groups, classes/castes and other communities, marking boundaries between ourselves and “Others.” Topics for readings and discussions include: the relationships between food and national identity, imperialism/colonialism, gender and class; representative Asian foods; culinary travel, tourism and memoir; and globalization/glocalization of Asian foods. Readings include popular histories, food- related fiction, memoirs, and academic articles and book chapters offering historical, ethnographic, anthropological or sociological perspectives on food studies.

Course Requirements

Your final grade will be determined according to the following:

25% Participation and Attendance - Attendance at every class meeting is required. Participation in each class discussion of assigned readings is expected. If you must miss a class for a legitimate reason you may prepare a 2 - 3 page response to the assigned readings for that class and submit it no later than the next class meeting.

Your participation grade will also include evaluations of:

  • Reading Presentations - For each class session, one person will be assigned to give a 5 - 10 minute presentation of their analysis of the readings.
  • Final Paper Presentation - During the final two weeks of the course each class member will deliver an 8-10 minute presentation on their research project and findings.

15% Reading Quizzes - There will be ten unannounced reading quizzes on the contents of readings for that class.

30% Writing Assignments- There are three short writing assignments:

  • Cookbook Analysis -  3 - 4 pages

Select one type of Asian cuisine and examine TWO cookbooks on that type of cuisine, one that is contemporary and one that is pre-1980. Write a 1000 - 1250 word essay (excluding notes and bibliography) comparing these two. Questions to consider include: What are the differences or similarities between the two? What do we learn about the culture or nation through each? Who is the audience? Does the cookbook make accommodations for its audience?

  •  Personal Food Memoir or Essay  - 3 - 4 pages

Write an essay or memoir on an important aspect of your personal "food life." This can be analytical or creative. You might write about a specific food or meal that has been important to you, your family's food traditions, your culinary travels, etc.

  •  Abstract & Preliminary Bibliography for Final Research Paper

You will prepare a one-page abstract on your plans for your research paper and a preliminary biography of at least ten library sources. No websites are allowed, but you can use articles posted online in academic journals.

30% Final Paper - You will complete a research project and final paper of 10 - 12 pages related to food culture or food history in Asia or among Asian Americans. For additional details on the final paper, please see Canvas.