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Fall 2021 Featured Classes


Featured Class Fall 2021: Peace and Conflict

Peace and Conflict in Asia

POLS 3530-090

Instructor: Eunbin Chung
Location: Online (Asynchronous)
This course seeks to provide an overview of regional cooperation and competition among Asian states. As Asian economies become increasingly integrated, the linkages between these societies are deepening and broadening. However, this region faces considerable challenges as well. Security issues are dominant, examples being North Korean nuclear weapons and territorial disputes in Southern and Western Asia and the seas. Issues concerning nationalism and unresolved historical debates provide other key challenges. How can we understand these challenges and how do we evaluate the responses of Asian countries? This course will combine prominent work from comparative politics and international relations, which will then become the tools we use to analyze the important issues and challenges facing Asian countries and the U.S. We will select from a number of case studies in contemporary Asia. Students are expected to become familiar with historical and current affairs in the Asian region and to exercise their understanding of basic theories of international relations for the analysis of events occurring there.

Feature Class Fall 2021: The Japanese Empire

The Japanese Empire

HIST 3540

Instructor: Ryan Moran
Days: Monday/Wednesday
Time: 11:50 am- 1:10 pm
Location: GC 5680

This course focuses on the Japanese empire, which formally began in 1895 and ended in 1945. The Japanese empire has had profound implications for the diplomatic relations amongst nations on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. While this course spends the most amount of time dealing with the Japanese empire, it will also consider how this empire overlapped with and intersected the expansion of the US empire. While historians and scholars have often seen these two powers as diametrically opposed - with the US supporting racial progress and freedom and the Japanese focuses on blood purity and exclusion - we will witness some remarkable similarities in how the two powers dealt with minority populations amidst the buildup to war. This course will also ask you to consider the ways in which minority discourses either shifted and/or remained the same in the postwar period. In other words, how might have the legacies of Japanese imperialism continued into the postwar period. Finally, the course will end by asking us how we as citizens and scholars should attempt to remember war and empire.

Featured Class Fall 2021: Literatures of Global Asias

Literatures of Global Asias

ENGL 3780

Instructor: David Roh
Days: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 10:45 am- 12:05 pm
Location: Canvas

If the nineteenth century was marked by a cultural and political focus on the United Kingdom, and the twentieth century by the United States, then what does the twenty-first bring? In the fall of 2011, the Obama administration introduced a new direction in foreign policy—the “pivot” toward the Pacific as the United States shifted its gaze to the Asia Pacific. The administration’s declaration was the culmination of a series of maneuvers that long preceded it, but it would mark the beginning of the twenty-first century’s focus on the rise of global Asias. However, there are nuances that can only be captured through a cultural and literary lens; the Asia Pacific is not a monolith, but many different countries with a wide array of cultures and histories. This course focuses on Asian and Asian American literatures that are global in scope, scale, and imagination; it interrogates the transnational flow of Asian and Asian American labor, capital, bodies, and culture.

Featured Class Fall 2021: Classical Chinese Philosophy

Classical Chinese Philosophy

PHIL 4140/5193/6140

Instructor: Eric Hutton
Days: Monday/Wednesday
Time: 1:20-2:45 pm
Location: CRCC 215

This course will survey seven main thinkers of the “classical” period of Chinese philosophy (approx. 550-221 BCE): Kongzi (Confucius), Mozi, Mengzi (Mencius), Laozi, Zhuangzi, Xunzi, and Han Feizi. These thinkers developed a complex and rich debate about ethics, human nature, moral psychology, and self-cultivation. The positions they established greatly influenced later Chinese history, including the development of Buddhism, and they influenced philosophical discourse in Japan, Korea, and Vietnam as well. Thus, understanding these early debates is an important stepping-stone for understanding East Asian thought generally. Readings will consist mainly of primary texts in translation, with some secondary literature. No previous knowledge of Chinese language or history is necessary.

Last Updated: 5/10/21