Anand A Yang
Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.
This course will focus on historical and contemporary connections and comparisons between China and India from the ancient to the modern period. It will begin by examining the cultural, economic, and religious ties that bound these two great Asian civilizations dating back to the first millennium of the Common Era and will conclude with an extensive focus on their relations in the contemporary world. Emphasis will be on their exchanges with one another as well as with other world areas. The class will also cover their recent emergence as major regional and world power and their possibilities for cooperation, competition, and conflict. In addition to reading historical, social science, and policy texts, students will be expected to delve into other kinds of materials that report on contemporary China-India relations, such as newspapers, periodicals, and blogs.
Student learning goals
Develop reading, writing and analytical skills
Learn how to assess the value and insights of different kinds of source materials
Acquire information and knowledge about historical and contemporary China and India, especially their relations with one another
Gain understanding of policy issues relating to the emergence of China and India
General method of instruction
Mix of lecture and discussion. Students will be expected to write weekly papers and make class presentations on a regular basis.
Recommended: begin readings in advance of the class.
Class assignments and grading
Grading will be based on an assessment of student essays and class presentations: The ability of students to do close readings of texts, to write coherent and compelling essays based on readings, and to make effective classroom presentations