Asian Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Elizabeth Wishnick

The Asian Studies Minor is designed for undergraduates and can complement any of the undergraduate majors of Montclair State University. This minor offers students the opportunity to focus a segment of their university training on Asia and to engage in this dynamic global and interdisciplinary field of study. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the cultural, social, political, economic, and global components of issues related to Asian nations and identities; they will learn to appreciate and analyze complex cultural objects (text, art, symbols, ceremonies, etc), as well as the traditions behind them. Through such a course of study, students can better understand the complexity of Asian nations and cultures and the diversity of Asian political and economic systems, while gaining insights into global cultural movements of people and ideas and into the global challenges posed by a dynamically changing region. This minor helps students see, through the lens of literature, religion, philosophy, culture, and politics, how worlds of diverse and interconnected meanings are formed. And by concentrating on  Asia in the context  of  multidisciplinary and inter-regional  courses  students will have the opportunity for a more solid, in depth, comparative understanding of Asia as a discrete yet complex reality and as a critical, dynamic global force.

Complete 18 hours from the courses listed below.  Additional elective courses may be taken with the approval of the Asian Studies Minor Coordinator. Please contact the coordinator for further details. 


ASIAN STUDIES MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following course:

    GNHU 217 Reading Asian Cultures (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. Complete 15 semester hours from the following. Courses must be selected from at least 2 different departments:

    1.  

      ANTH 130 Cultures of South Asia (3 hours lecture) 3
    2.  

      ARHT 280 Asian Art (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. CHINESE

      1.  

        CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese I (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHIN 112 Beginning Chinese II (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHIN 121 Intermediate Chinese I (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHIN 132 Intermediate Chinese II (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHIN 203 Introduction to Chinese Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHIN 215 Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. One of the following may be taken: .

        CHEN 210 Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society (3 hours lecture) 3
        CHIN 210 Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. One of the following may be taken: .

        CHEN 367 Selected Topics in Chinese (3 hour lecture) 3
        CHIN 367 Selected Topics in Chinese Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      4. One of the following may be taken: .

        CHEN 375 Study Abroad: China (3 - 9 hours lecture) 3-9
        CHIN 375 Chinese Study Abroad 3-9
    4.  

      ENGL 235 Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
    5.  

      HIST 128 Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 129 Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 131 Introduction to Indian Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 132 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 133 Modern Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 223 Communist Revolution in China (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 330 Chinese Social History Through Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 431 Development of Indian Character and Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 432 Development of Japanese Character and Culture (3 hours lecture) 3
    6.  

      JAPN 101 Beginning Japanese I (3 hours lecture) 3
      JAPN 112 Beginning Japanese II (3 hours lecture) 3
      JAPN 121 Intermediate Japanese I (3 hours lecture) 3
      JAPN 132 Intermediate Japanese II (3 hours lecture) 3
      JAPN 151 Advanced Japanese I (3 hours lecture) 3
      JAPN 152 Advanced Japanese II (3 hours lecture) 3
      JAPN 375 Japanese Study Abroad 3-9
    7.  

      PHIL 237 Asian Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
    8.  

      POLS 206 Government and Politics of China and Japan (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 340 Government and Politics of India and South Asia (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 362 International Relations in Asia (3 hours lecture) 3
    9.  

      RELG 213 Buddhism (3 hours lecture) 3
      RELG 214 Classical Texts of Asian Religions (3 hours lecture) 3
      RELG 215 Hinduism (3 hours lecture) 3
      RELG 217 Taoism (3 hours lecture) 3
      RELG 240 Asian Religions (3 hours lecture) 3
    10. Additional courses may be used with the approval of the Program Director. Contact Program Director for details.


Course Descriptions:

ANTH130: Cultures of South Asia (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide a broad overview of society, culture, and history of South Asia. The goal is to convey the tremendous diversity of cultural expression and social plurality found in the region by focusing on specific events and concepts at scales varying from local to national, such as the emergence of nationalism, formation of nation states, and caste. The course will introduce students to an important region, home to one-fifth of the population of the world, and also help them understand contemporary political, economic, and environmental change in the subcontinent. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

ARHT280: Asian Art (3 hours lecture)

The arts and material culture of China, Korea, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. How Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam commerce and migration shaped traditional Asian arts and societies. Specific focus defined by the professor. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits by permission of department. Fulfills the Special Topics requirement for majors. Previous course ARHS 327 effective through Spring 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

CHEN210: Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society (3 hours lecture)

"Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society" is an advanced language and cultural course on Chinese cinema and society since the 1980s. It introduces students to contemporary Chinese society in term of politics, economy, and art by focusing on representative works of both Chinese art films and mainstream popular films and the transformation of Chinese film industry in the age of globalization. Cross-listed with CHIN 210: students enrolling in CHIN 210 will do the written work in Chinese, and students enrolling in CHEN 210 will do the written work in English. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 132 or departmental approval.

CHEN367: Selected Topics in Chinese (3 hour lecture)

Selected topics related to Chinese literature and culture, to be studied in depth with emphasis on methods of inquiry. Topic announced each semester. Course conducted in English; for courses conducted in Chinese on topics related to Chinese culture, register under course number CHIN 367. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

CHEN375: Study Abroad: China (3 - 9 hours lecture)

This course is designed to give teachers and students the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the historical, social, economic, and cultural life of China. This aim will be achieved through visits to various representative sites, tours, and lectures. This course is for students studying in China, but undertaking coursework in English (register for CHIN375 for coursework completed in Chinese). 3 - 9 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

CHIN101: Beginning Chinese I (3 hours lecture)

The first semester of an introduction to the Chinese (Mandarin) language, focusing mainly on speaking and comprehension, with secondary emphasis on reading and writing. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

CHIN112: Beginning Chinese II (3 hours lecture)

The second semester of an introduction to the Chinese (Mandarin) language, focusing mainly on speaking and comprehension, with secondary emphasis on reading and writing. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course CHIN 102 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 101.

CHIN121: Intermediate Chinese I (3 hours lecture)

This is the first semester of a second year course in the Chinese (Mandarin) language. The course will continue to build the skills in spoken Chinese developed in Beginning Chinese I and II. However, the focus of this course will be reading and writing. The reading and writing components will be gradually increased to at least fifty percent of the course content. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course CHIN 201 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 112.

CHIN132: Intermediate Chinese II (3 hours lecture)

This course will complete the Intermediate Chinese (Mandarin) sequence. The increased emphasis on reading and writing, begun in Intermediate Chinese I, will continue. Reading and writing skills, along with vocabulary building, will be the focus of the course, although speaking will continue to be important. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course CHIN 202 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 121.

CHIN203: Introduction to Chinese Culture (3 hours lecture)

This is an advanced Chinese language course which combines language learning with understanding and interpretation of authentic Mandarin Chinese texts. Primarily drawing on historical documents, literature, and films of Chinese culture in the twentieth century, this course introduces students to key aspects of Chinese tradition, politics, society, and culture while bringing their experience of learning Chinese up to a new level. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 132.

CHIN210: Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society (3 hours lecture)

"Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Society" is an advanced language and cultural course on Chinese cinema and society since the 1980s. It introduces students to contemporary Chinese society in term of politics, economy, and art by focusing on representative works of both Chinese art films and mainstream popular films and the transformation of Chinese film industry in the age of globalization. Cross-listed with CHEN 210: students enrolling in CHIN 210 will do the written work in Chinese, and students enrolling in CHEN 210 will do the written work in English. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non Western Cultural Perspectives. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 132 or departmental approval.

CHIN215: Popular Music and Modern Chinese Culture (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on learning higher-intermediate/advanced Chinese language through popular music in the context of modern Chinese culture. Each song is associated with a cluster of tasks that compose the "cultural texts" of this course and are intended to enhance students' vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading, online research, and writing skills. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 132 or departmental approval.

CHIN367: Selected Topics in Chinese Culture (3 hours lecture)

Selected topics related to Chinese literature and culture, to be studied in depth with emphasis on methods of inquiry. Topic announced each semester. Course conducted in Chinese; for courses conducted in English on topics related to Chinese culture, register under course number CHEN 367. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHIN 203 or CHIN 210 or CHIN 215 or departmental approval.

CHIN375: Chinese Study Abroad

This course is designed to give teachers and students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the historical, social, economic, and cultural life of a Chinese-speaking country or region. This aim will be achieved through visits to various representative sites, tours, and lectures. 3 - 9 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

ENGL235: Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature (3 hours lecture)

Students of contemporary Chinese women's literature will analyze specific narrative techniques used in the representation of women in light of the literary inscriptions of place, family, history, gender, sexual politics, nationalism, and transnationalism. Students will examine how these narratives raise questions about Chinese origins, memories, desires and subjectivities in the age of globalization. Our primary focus will be on fiction written by women from mainland China, Taiwan, and Chinese diaspora. Previous course ENLT 235 effective through Winter 2014. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

GNHU217: Reading Asian Cultures (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to a wide range of cultural traditions across Asia as seen through a spectrum of cultural objects. Particular emphasis will be given to the cultural accomplishments of China, Japan, and India, and these will be read in their cultural and historical contexts. Students can expect to read poetry, drama, and prose, view a variety of art forms, and listen to musical styles from ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Students will learn to appreciate and analyze complex cultural objects as well as the traditions behind them. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: GNHU 115 or GNHU 151; or ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

HIST128: Pre-Modern Japan: A History of Japan to the Meiji Restoration (3 hours lecture)

This is an introductory survey course in Japanese history from earliest times to the Meiji (1868-1912). It is a first step in Japan studies designed to provide a broad, useful, working knowledge of key aspects of traditional Japan. Culture, politics, society and economy will be built into a chronological, historical structure. Japan's uniqueness will be outlined against a background of greater East Asian and world interactions. This course will stand on its own, but will also serve as a useful background to understanding modern and contemporary Japan. The course also aspires to sensitizing students to the inherent value of East Asian culture as a part of human richness and diversity. 3 sh.

HIST129: Modern Japan: A History of Japan From the Meiji Through the Showa (3 hours lecture)

This is an introductory survey course in Japanese history from the Meiji (1868-1912) through the Showa (1925-present). While it would be useful to study premodern Japan before taking this course, modern Japan does stand on its own. A review of traditional Japan will be followed by study of the dynamic interaction of Japan and the West during the 19th Century. Japan's expansionism, World War II and the postwar period will be important topics. Cultural, military, economic, political, and social developments will be discussed in historical settings. Students will be encouraged to appreciate the unique dynamics of Japan's development as a modern nation state and to explore the likely progress of Japan into the 21st Century. 3 sh.

HIST131: Introduction to Indian Civilization (3 hours lecture)

The early history of India, 3000 B.C. to 1000 A.D. Principal religions, political and literary works, and their insights into Indian social values and institutions. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST132: Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture)

The early history of China, 2000 B.C. to 1300 A.D. Principal social, political and metaphysical-philosophic works, corresponding values and institutions. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST133: Modern Chinese Civilization (3 hours lecture)

Modern China, 1600 to the present. Changes in values and mutual influence of East and West, studied through literary, philosophical, anthropological, historical and artistic works. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

HIST223: Communist Revolution in China (3 hours lecture)

Ideological and historical significance studied against the background of domestic and international events, personalities and ideologies. 3 sh.

HIST330: Chinese Social History Through Literature (3 hours lecture)

Masterpieces of the Chinese literary tradition from earliest times to the 20th century. Literary genre in historical perspective and as expression of social and cultural values. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HIST 100; AND HIST 117 OR HIST 118.

HIST431: Development of Indian Character and Culture (3 hours lecture)

The historical conditioning of Indian behavior. Culture change in the perspective of colonialism and modernization; contributions of religion to social and political values and modern literature. Cross listed with Anthropology, ANTH 431. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 OR HIST 100.

HIST432: Development of Japanese Character and Culture (3 hours lecture)

The historical conditioning of Japanese behavior. Cultural change in the perspective of traditional periodization of Japanese history. Contributions of religion and philosophy to defining social values. Cross listed with Anthropology, ANTH 432. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 100 OR HIST 100; and HIST 117 or HIST 118.

JAPN101: Beginning Japanese I (3 hours lecture)

A basic introduction to the Japanese language, with emphasis on speaking and understanding. The fundamentals of the Japanese writing system will also be introduced. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

JAPN112: Beginning Japanese II (3 hours lecture)

A continuation of Beginning Japanese I. Additional vocabulary and more complex grammatical forms will be introduced. The emphasis remains on speaking and understanding. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course JAPN 102 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAPN 101.

JAPN121: Intermediate Japanese I (3 hours lecture)

This course continues Beginning Japanese I and II and will build on the skills that students have developed in those courses. Students will learn to use a wider variety of more complex structures; they will acquire significantly increased vocabulary; they will improve their pronunciation; and they will gradually gain mastery of the two most difficult aspects of Japanese: its writing system and its system of honorifics. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course JAPN 201 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAPN 112.

JAPN132: Intermediate Japanese II (3 hours lecture)

This course builds on the skills that students have developed in JAPN 121 and will help the students refine their mastery of the spoken and written language, the vocabulary, the grammar, and the writing system. Meets World Languages Requirement. Previous course JAPN 202 effective through Winter 2012. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAPN 121.

JAPN151: Advanced Japanese I (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Intermediate Japanese II at Montclair State University (MSU) or students who have been placed at this level at MSU. The material for this course comes more from printed than from audiovisual media, although the latter is also included. The course incorporates substantially more vocabulary and Kanji characters than the previous two intermediate levels. Through the study of representative authentic works that highlight different aspects of Japanese culture, the accompanying tasks and activities emphasize reading and writing. However, since it is still a proficiency based course, listening and speaking are integrated, and activities are included which aim at improving these skills as well. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAPN 132.

JAPN152: Advanced Japanese II (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed for students who have completed Advanced Japanese I at Montclair State University (MSU) or students who have been placed at this level through a MSU official placement test. The course is a continuation of Advanced Japanese I in that the material comes from printed rather than audiovisual media and is characterized by longer lists of vocabulary, Kanji and authentic texts that highlight aspects of Japanese culture. Although there is more emphasis on the written skills, listening and speaking are still adequately integrated in a manner that accomplishes advanced language proficiency. Meets World Languages Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JAPN 151.

JAPN375: Japanese Study Abroad

This course is designed to give teachers and students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the historical, social, economic, and cultural life of Japan. This aim will be achieved through visits to various representative sites, tours, and lectures. 3 - 9 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PHIL237: Asian Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

This course introduces students to the major movements and thinkers in Asian philosophy. It acquaints students with Asian philosophical interpretations of experience and reality found in both classical and contemporary Confucianism, Mohism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Eastern cultures. Meets Gen Ed 2002-Social Science, Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Offered as PHIL 137 through Winter 2013. To become PHIL 237 effective Spring 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

POLS206: Government and Politics of China and Japan (3 hours lecture)

Governmental and political development, institutions, and practices in contemporary China-Japan. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

POLS340: Government and Politics of India and South Asia (3 hours lecture)

The political experiences and institutions of the Indian subcontinent since 1947: The Republic of India, Pakistan, Ceylon and Bangladesh. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 201 or departmental approval.

POLS362: International Relations in Asia (3 hours lecture)

This course explores and debates some of the key questions facing the U.S. and other countries in Asia, including Japan, China, the Koreas and Russia. Students will study the concepts, institutions and cooperative frameworks in Asia that enable the countries in the region to address their common economic and security concerns. The course addresses three current conflicts (Taiwan-China relations, North Korea's nuclear program, war in Afghanistan) and looks at the costs and benefits of globalization for Asia. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 202.

RELG213: Buddhism (3 hours lecture)

The exploration of Buddhist teachings, practices, history, and religious art in various Asian countries, notably India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Tibet (may vary). No prerequisites, but RELG 100, Religions of the World, is suggested. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106 or RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

RELG214: Classical Texts of Asian Religions (3 hours lecture)

This course emphasizes critical analysis and interpretation of primary textual sources. Students will read and examine primary documents from each of the Asian religions, their traditional interpretations and recent understandings and applications of these texts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

RELG215: Hinduism (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to Hindu religious traditions, including philosophy, yoga practice, ritual workshop, and sacred art. No prerequisites, but RELG 100 Religions of the World is suggested. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

RELG217: Taoism (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to Taoist religious texts and traditions, including Tao Te Ching and Chuang Tzu; Taoist connections with traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts; Taoist ritual traditions; and sacred art. No prerequisites, but RELG 100 Religions of the World is recommended. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

RELG240: Asian Religions (3 hours lecture)

The cultural and theological bases for the faith and practice of major Eastern religions--Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Taoism. Meets World Cultures Requirement. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Non-Western Cultural Perspectives. Previous course RELG 212 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102. Starting Winter 2016: ENWR 105 or HONP 100 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.