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Fall 2014 Course Offerings

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ART HISTORY

ARTH-250 Art History of World Regions
001S Chinese Arts and Culture 

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program, this course gives students a better understanding of ancient and modern Chinese fine arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.), as well as folk and popular arts (crafts, opera, and film).

ARTH-350 Regional Studies in Art Hist
001S Chinese Architecture 

As the product of a unique culture and geographic environment, both the architectural form and the philosophy of space in China differed markedly from that of the world outside East Asia until the twentieth century. Rather than a chronological sequence of dynasties, this course offered through the AU Abroad program in in Beijing is delivered in a series of themes that are related to important aspects of Chinese civilization. Through critical readings, visual analysis, and field trips, students learn how cities, palaces, temples, residences, and gardens were designed in China and how their form and space were interpreted in literature. Moreover, the class looks into how form and space reflected Chinese social, ethical and religious values. In the end, special attention is given to controversies between the traditional and the modern China, such as the modernization of the cities and the heritage conservation issues.

ARTH-396 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring
001 Arts/Material Culture of China,
Bellow, J.
MTH    01:10PM 02:25PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

This course surveys arts and material culture of China from the Neolithic period to the contemporary era. Covering multiple media such as painting, calligraphy, decorative arts as well as archaeological objects, this course seeks to historicize the construction of "Chineseness" and to enhance students' understanding of Chinese art from a global perspective.

ARTH-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring
002 Women/E. Asian Visual Culture
MTH    04:00PM 05:15PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

This course explores women's contestation against Confucian patriarchy in the visual fields in China, Japan, and Korea in the twentieth century. Painting, photography, film, and illustrations in women's magazines are the main media examined. The class focuses on the representation and visual consumption of the female body to explore how artists, filmmakers, and designers constructed women's changing positions in modern East Asian societies. Meets with ARTH-696 002.

Economics

ECON-458 Economics of the World Regions
Prerequisite: ECON-100 and ECON-200, or permission of instructor.
001S Rural Economics in China 

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program. This course is designed to help students understand the rural dimension of China's economic transition. It examines the impacts of economic reforms on the life of rural Chinese, including the effects of globalization on income structure, labor mobility, ownership rights and other major aspects of the rural economy.

History

HIST-214 History of the World Regions

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics offered through various AU Abroad programs focus on sophisticated analyses of historical developments of a specific region and/or time period and an in-depth exploration of the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the region or time period discussed.

001S Beijing: History and Culture 

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program, this multidisciplinary course studies the history and urban culture of Beijing, one of the world's most fascinating capital cities. Topics include Confucian ecology and fengshui, native-place lodges and alley neighborhoods (hutong), court society in the Forbidden City, the Boxer Rebellion, high-modernist planning, and the New Beijing of the 2008 Olympics.

HIST-250 FA3 Empires & States in East Asia, Jacobs, J.
TF     01:10PM 02:25PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

This course examines the origins and history of multiple imperial traditions throughout East Asian history, including ancient China (origins to 221 B.C.); Chinese empires (221 B.C. to 1912); the Japanese empire (1895-1945); and modern East Asia (1600-present).

HIST-296 Selected Topics: Non-Recurring
001 Cultural History of China, Jacobs, J.

TF     04:00PM 05:15PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

This course examines the cultural, religious, intellectual, and artistic traditions of the East Asian heartland over the past two millennia. Emphasis is on the accretion of multiple religious traditions (Chinese, Buddhist, Daoist, Muslim, and Christian), visual and literary aesthetics, and the absorption of Western scientific thought.

HIST-314 History of the World Regions

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics offered through various AU Abroad programs focus on sophisticated analyses of historical developments of a specific region and/or time period and an in-depth exploration of the historical, cultural, and social contexts of the region or time period discussed.

001S China Transformation 1840-1960 

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program, this course focuses on China's transition from a traditional society to a modern nation by examining the historical forces since the mid-nineteenth century.

Literature

LIT-242 Chinese Literature and Society

Offered as part of the AU Abroad Beijing program. Born as part of an iconoclast revolt against traditional culture, modern Chinese literature has a dual mission of enlightenment and national salvation. Through reading literary works of major Chinese writers, students examine the ingenuity of modern Chinese literature, gain a view of modern Chinese history, and gain an understanding of the Chinese conception of the evolving relationship between literature, politics, and society.

Religion

RELG-210 FA3 Non-Western Religious Traditions

How non-Western religious traditions function as systems of symbols, how they interact with both indigenous religious traditions and external religious traditions such as Islam and Christianity, and how they respond to modernization and imperialism. Usually offered every term.

001, Park, J.
MTH    01:10PM 02:25PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

002, Oliver, M.
TF     11:45AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

003, Oliver, M.
TF     08:55AM 10:10AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

SISU 

SISU-212 FA3 China, Japan & the U.S.
001, Ashizawa, K.

MTH    11:45AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

A multidisciplinary introduction to China and Japan that explores the history, culture, social structure, literature, art, politics, economics, and foreign relations of these important countries. Particular attention is paid to the context of East Asian international relations. Usually offered every term. May be taken A-F only.

SISU-372 Human Rights in East Asia
Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-270.
001, Law, E.

TH     08:55AM 11:35AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

Course considers issues of human rights and culture in East Asia. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-270.

Language Courses

Chinese

CHIN-106 First Level Chinese I
CHIN-107 First Level Chinese II

001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course is designed for beginners to learn practical beginning Chinese. The course introduces basic Chinese characters, useful vocabulary, fundamental grammar, functional sentence patterns, practical dialogues, simple texts, and some relevant cultural information. Usually offered every term.

CHIN-112 Chinese, Elementary I

Prepares students to function in everyday situations in the Chinese-speaking world. Focuses on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in culturally authentic contexts through speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Usually offered every fall.

001
TF     08:55AM 10:10AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      08:55AM 10:35AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

002
TF     08:55AM 10:10AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      08:55AM 10:35AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

003
MTH    11:45AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      11:20AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
 

004
TF     11:45AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      11:20AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

005
MTH     10:20AM 11:35AM TBA TBA    08/25/14 12/15/14
W      10:20AM 12:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
 

CHIN-116 Introductory Chinese Immersion
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course establishes understanding of spoken and written Chinese in an intensive immersion environment for beginner students. The course introduces basic Chinese characters, useful vocabulary, fundamental grammar, functional sentence patterns, simple texts, and relevant culture tips, with special focus on listening and speaking skills. Usually offered every term.

CHIN-206 Second Level Chinese I
Prerequisite: CHIN-107 or CHIN-113 or CHIN-116 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course elevates competence in understanding spoken and written Chinese. The course reviews and increases grammatical background, focusing on accurate expression in daily communication and fundamental discussion skills. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-107 or CHIN-113 or CHIN-116 or equivalent.

CHIN-207 Second Level Chinese II
Prerequisite: CHIN-206 or CHIN-212 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course improves skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and further development of communication skills. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-206 or CHIN-212 or equivalent.

CHIN-212 Chinese, Intermediate I
Prerequisite: CHIN-107 or CHIN-113 or CHIN-116 or CHIN-118 or equivalent.
001

MTH    10:20AM 11:35AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      10:20AM 12:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

002
MTH    08:55AM 10:10AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      08:30AM 10:10AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

003
TF     01:10PM 02:25PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      01:10PM 02:50PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

Refinement of basic language skills in a cultural context. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and further development of communicative skills. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: CHIN-107 or CHIN-113 or CHIN-116 or CHIN-118 or equivalent.

CHIN-306 Third Level Chinese I
Prerequisite: CHIN-213 or CHIN-218 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course further develops ability to use Chinese at a more advanced level. Students continue to expand vocabulary, enrich knowledge on grammar and usage, and develop an ability to perform tasks of description, narration, and argumentation. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-213 or CHIN-218 or equivalent.

CHIN-307 Third Level Chinese II
Prerequisite: CHIN-306 or CHIN-313 or CHIN-318 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course perfects skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese. Students express more refined and sophisticated ideas, and process sentences with complex structures used mainly in formal speech and writing. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-306 or CHIN-313 or CHIN-318 or equivalent.

CHIN-308 Chinese Immersion: Folklore
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course teaches Chinese folklore topics in an immersive Chinese language classroom environment. Usually offered every term.

CHIN-309 Chinese Immersion: Popular Culture
001S Chinese Immersion: Pop Culture 

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course teaches Chinese popular culture topics in an immersive Chinese language classroom environment. Usually offered every term.

CHIN-310 Chinese Immersion: Social Issues
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course teaches Chinese social issues topics in an immersive Chinese language classroom environment. Usually offered every term.

CHIN-312 Advanced Chinese I
Prerequisite: CHIN-213 or CHIN-218 or equivalent.
001

MTH    01:10PM 02:25PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

002
MTH    02:35PM 03:50PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

This course promotes the active use of Chinese in culturally authentic contexts. Emphasis on the development of fluency and accuracy in oral and written communication. Includes social, economic, and political aspects of Chinese culture. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: CHIN-213 or CHIN-218 or equivalent. 

CHIN-316 Chinese Immersion I
Prerequisite: CHIN-206 or CHIN-212 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course perfects skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese in an intensive immersion environment. The course reviews and increases grammatical background, focusing on accurate expression in daily communication and discussion in both oral and written forms. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-206 or CHIN-212 or equivalent.

CHIN-317 Chinese Immersion II
Prerequisite: CHIN-207 or CHIN-213 or equivalent
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course further perfects skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese in an intensive immersion environment. The course reviews and increases grammatical background, focusing on accurate expression in daily communication and discussion in both oral and written forms. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-207 or CHIN-213 or equivalent.

CHIN-406 Fourth Level Chinese I
Prerequisite: CHIN-307 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course further perfects skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese. Students express more refined and sophisticated ideas, and process sentences with complex structures used mainly in formal speech and writing. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-307 or equivalent.

CHIN-407 Fourth Level Chinese II
Prerequisite: CHIN-406 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course further perfects skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese. Students express even more refined and sophisticated ideas, and process sentences with complex structures used mainly in formal speech and writing. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-406 or equivalent. 

CHIN-416 Chinese Immersion III
Prerequisite: CHIN-312 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course further perfects skills in understanding spoken and written Chinese, and in speaking and writing, in an intensive immersion environment. Students prepare for daily use of Chinese. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-312 or equivalent.

CHIN-417 Chinese Immersion IV
Prerequisite: CHIN-406 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course elevates language skills to a higher level in an intensive immersion environment. Students gain a deep working knowledge of Chinese language and use it both formally and informally on a daily basis. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-406 or equivalent.

CHIN-418 Chinese Immersion V
Prerequisite: CHIN-406 or equivalent.
001S

Offered as part of the AU Abroad program in Beijing, this course elevates language skills to an even higher level in an intensive immersion environment. Students gain a deep working knowledge of Chinese language and use it both formally and informally on a daily basis. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: CHIN-406 or equivalent.

JAPANESE

JAPN-114 Japanese, Elementary I
001

TF     08:55AM 10:10AM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      08:55AM 10:10AM TBA TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

002
MTH    11:45AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      11:20AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

Prepares students to function in everyday situations in the Japanese-speaking world. Focuses on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in culturally authentic contexts through speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Usually offered every fall.

JAPN-214 Japanese, Intermediate I
Prerequisite: JAPN-115 or equivalent.
001

TF     11:45AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14
W      11:20AM 01:00PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

Refinement of basic language skills in a cultural context. Expansion of vocabulary and grammatical structures and further development of communicative skills. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: JAPN-115 or equivalent.

JAPN-314 Advanced Japanese I
Prerequisite: JAPN-215 or equivalent.
001

MTH    04:00PM 05:15PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

Promotes the advanced active use of Japanese in culturally authentic contexts. Emphasis on the development of fluency and accuracy in oral and written communication. Includes social, economic, and political aspects of Japanese culture. Usually offered every fall. Prerequisite: JAPN-215 or equivalent.

KOREAN

KOR-102 Korean Elementary I
001
TTH    08:10PM 10:15PM TBA  TBA   08/25/14 12/15/14

Designed for students with no prior experience with Korean, this course focuses on the acquisition of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures in culturally authentic contexts through speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. Usually offered every fall.