Spring Courses 2014

ASIA 300-01 Changing Power Configurations in the 21st century: the struggle for hegemony between Asia, the European Union and the United States
POLI 489-01
M-W 1-2:15
Instructor: Dr. Rien T. Segers

The power configurations in the world are changing rapidly in our century. The sole leadership of the USA is no longer self-evident; the EU faces its worst crisis ever; at the same time the rise of a number of Asian countries is staggering. The major aim of this course is to answer the question which of these three regions will be the dominating power in the 21st century. The participants of this course will develop a new perspective on the intriguing and important question where the new gravity center(s) of the world will be found and what the implications for the US and Europe will be.

ASIA 300-02 The Tao of Intermedia
ART 465–01 Intermedia Studio: The Tao of Intermedia
MW 2:00-3:50, FA208,  Irene Chan
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
Lab fee: $15

Seminar/studio course. Students study and experience the relationship of the Asian philosophy Taoism to culture/art/craft. Includes creativity exercises while learning beginning brushpainting and other Asian arts. More info ichan@umbc.edu

ASIA 300-03, Everyday Lives in a Changing South Asia
ANTH 397 – Everyday Lives in a Changing South Asia
MW 4:00-5:15
Instructor: Dr. Bambi Chapin

This course will examine how people are making and making sense of their lives in a changing South Asia.  Students will read recent ethnographic accounts from different parts of South Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, each with their own particular histories, languages, religious practices, and ethnic identities.  We will use these readings to examine how people in these different places are drawing on deeply help cultural beliefs and practices in the context of social change and globalization.  These examinations will focus on people at different points along a life course – be they children, young people, parents, or elders.  These accounts will allow us to investigate key concepts in anthropology, including the concept of “culture,” processes of culture change and continuity, kinship and identity, gender and life course, and the active ways that people negotiate, transform, and produce their own lives.  They will also prompt discussion of the methods used in these studies.

ASIA 300-04, Victorian India (Culture)
ENGL 348, Victorian India
TTH 11:30
Instructor:  Jean Fernandez

This course explores how Victorian literature responded to cultural and political interactions between Britain and India in contexts of colonization, empire and global capitalism. Hence, it examines how traditional genres enable and problematize imperial constructions of India as a region. Possible texts include Wilkie Collins’s detective novel, “The Moonstone, “Kipling’s Imperial GOthic short fiction, “Barrack Room Ballards,” and “Kim,” Flora Annie Steele’s Mutiny novel, “On the Face of the Waters,” Tennyson’s “The Defence of Lucknow,” Edwin Arnolds “Light of Asia, “a poem on the discovery of Buddhism, and Frances Compton Burnett’s children’s classic, “The Little Princess.”
ASIA 329 – Medieval Chinese Literature (Culture)
TuTh 10:00-11:15
Instructor: Dr. Anna Shields

This course will introduce students to the founding poetic and prose texts of the Chinese literary tradition and will focus on the influence of elite political and social life in the development of Chinese literature. We will begin with the great Classics of the Zhou dynasty, read early historical texts of the Han dynasty, and spend the bulk of the semester studying the poetry and prose of the Chinese medieval era (from the late 3rd c. through the end of the Tang dynasty in the early 10th c.). We will conclude with a brief look at Northern Song literature. Among other topics, we will examine the evolving relationsihjp between literay writing and the life of the Chinese official; the emergence of “reclusion” as an alternative to political services in the early medieval era; and the new importance of poetry as a vehicle for self-expression in the Tang dynasty. We will read primary texts, a textbook of Chinese history, and secondary scholarship on Chinese literature. No previous background in Chinese language will be assumed; however, some preparation for this course from ASIA 100 or HIST 103 or another course in Chinese history is strongly recommended. All readings wwll be in English, and there will be one midterm, 3 short papers, and one longer final research paper.

ASIA 399 – Internship in Asian Studies
Contact: Dr. Constantine Vaporis, vaporis@umbc.edu

ASIA 400 – Special Topics in Asian Studies
Contact: Dr. Constantine Vaporis, vaporis@umbc.edu

Languages

CHIN 102-03 – Elementary Chinese II (Discussion)
Th 10:00-10:50
Contact: Yu Hao

CHIN 102-01 Elementary Chinese II (Lecture)
TuTH 8:30-9:45
Contact: Yu Hao

CHIN 102-04 Elementary Chinese II (Discussion)
Th 2:30-3:20
Contact: Chengcheng Zhou

CHIN 102-02 Elementary Chinese II (Lecture)
MW 4:00-5:15
Contact: Chengcheng Zhou

CHIN 202-01 Intermediate Chinese II (Lecture)
TuTh 4:000-5:15
Contact: Yu Hao

CHIN 302-01 Advanced Chinese II (Lecture)
TuTh 11:30-12:45
Contact Dr. William Brown

CHIN 319 – Chinese Translation (Lecture)
TuTh 1:00-2:15
Contact: Dr. William Brown

JPNS 102-01 Elementary Japanese II (Lecture)
MWF 9:00-9:50
Contact: Tomoko Hoogenboom

JPNS 102-03 Elementary Japanese II (Lecture)
MWF 10:00-10:50
Contact: Tomoko Hoogenboom

JPNS 102-02 Elementary Japanese II (Discussion)
Th 9:00-9:50
Contact: Tomoko Hoogenboom

JPNS 102-04 Elementary Japanese II (Discussion)
Th 10:00-10:50
Contact: Tomoko Hoogenboom

JPNS 202-01 Intermediae Japanese I (Lecture)
MWF 2:00-2:50
Contact: Tomoko Hoogenboom

JPNS 202-02 Internediate Japanese (Discussion)
Th 1:00-1:50
Contact: Tomoko Hoogenboom

JPNS 302-021 (Lecture)
MW 5:30-6:45
Contact: Tetsuo Ogawa

KORE 102-01 Elementary Korean II (Lecture)
MWF 9:00-9:50
Contact: Yeon Krippes

KORE 102-02 Elementary Korean II (Lecture)
MWF 11:00-11:50
Contact: Yeon Krippes

KORE 102-03 Elementary Korean II (Discussion)
M 10 10:00-10:50
Contact: Yongla Kim

KORE 102-04 Elementry Korean II (Discussion)
W 1:00-1:50
Contact: Youngja Kim

KORE 202-01 Intermediate Korean II (Lecture)
MWF 10:00-10:50
Contact: Yeon Krippes

KORE 202-02 Intermediate Korean II (Discussion)
M 9:00-9:50
Contact: Youngja Kim

KORE 302-02 Advanced Korean II (Discussion)
MWF 11:00-11:50
Contact: Kyung-Eun Yoon

KORE 310-01 Korean in Social/Cultural Context (Lecture)
MW 2:30-3:45
Contact: Kyung-Eun Yoon

Other Asia-Related Courses

AMST 375 Studies in Asian American Cultures (2 sections), Credits 3.0
MWF 1:00-2:15
Contact:  Dr. Theo Gonzalves

HIST 103 East Asian Civilization, Credits 3.0
MWF 9:00-9:50
Contact: Dr. Julie Oakes

HIST 380/GWST 380 Women and Gender in East Asia, Credits 3.0 (Culture)
MWF 11:00-11:50
Contact:  Dr. Julie Oakes

HIST 459 Japan Since 1800, Credits 3.0
TuTh 4:00-5:15
Contact:  Dr. Constantine Vaporis

HIST 479 China 1911-1949 at Shady Grove, Credit 3.0
TuTh 11:00-12:15
Contact:  Dr. Julie Oakes

MLL 220-01 Film & Society in China (Culture)
TuTh 2:30-3:45
Contact: William Brown

MLL 315-01 Contemporary Korean Films (Culture)
W 4:30-7:00
Contact: Kyung-Eun Yoon