Interdisciplinary introduction to the civilizations of Asia, particularly those of India, China, Japan, and Korea. Explores the religion, philosophy, literature, art, and social and political thought of these civilizations from ancient times to the 17th century.
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the major tenets of traditional cultures of Asia, particularly those of India, China, Japan and Korea. Readings, lectures, discussions and videos will explore the religion, philosophy, literature, art and social and political thought of these cultures from ancient times to the 17th century.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures will supplement and contextualize the readings. Active student participation and engagement in discussions of the material will be encouraged and expected.
Timely preparation of readings will maximize pedagogical effects of lectures. Willingness to reflect on thematic issues presented in class and an ability to articulate conclusions in written assignments will also lead to a successful class experience.
Class assignments and grading
The assignments will consist of reading, preparation for class discussion, three short papers and a final exam.
Grades will be based on class participation, written papers and final exam.