Spring 2014 Courses
Spring 2014 Courses and Course Descriptions
ANTH 100 - Globalization and Local Cultures
MoWeFr 8:15AM - 9:05AM – Thea Strand
MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM – Thea Strand
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Noah Butler
TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM – Noah Butler
This course is a study of cultural diversity on a global scale, and provides a comparative perspective on the investigation of humans as cultural and social beings.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the historic and contemporary relationships between cultures and societies, and to understand how cultures change over time.
ASIA 101 - Explorations in Asian Studies
MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM – Janet Fair
This course introduces the histories and cultures of East, Southeast, and South Asia from early modern times to the present.
ASIA 297 - TP: Topics in Asia
*restricted to Beijing students
CHIN 102 - Chinese II
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Hong Chen
MoWeFr 11:30AM - 12:20PM – Hong Chen
CHIN 102 is a continuation of CHIN 101. Students will expand their knowledge of Chinese characters, vocabulary and grammar, improve their skills on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and learn more cultural knowledge.
Outcome: Students will be able to make appointments, talk about Chinese learning experience, school life, shopping, weather and transportation. Aside from dialogues, they will also read a short dairy and a letter. They will learn some 200 new characters.
CHIN 104 - Chinese IV
MoWeFr 1:40PM - 2:30PM – Hong Chen
Chinese 104 is the continuation of Chinese 103. This course further extends students¿ knowledge of Chinese vocabulary and grammar, and improves their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Outcome: Students will learn expressions in the contexts of renting an apartment, mailing a letter and traveling in both mainland China and Taiwan, talking about hometown and sports, and checking in at the airport.
CHIN 341 - Modern Chinese Literature in Chinese
This course is a survey of modern Chinese literature from 1918 to the present. It requires the close reading of famous Chinese writers and poets as well as some of the avant-garde writers. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own ideas of the aesthetic characteristics of the Chinese literature in the 20th century, as well as its historical and social background and learn about one of the important aspects of modern Chinese culture.
Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of principal, genres, themes and forms of modern Chinese literature through analytical oral and written arguments.
*restricted to Beijing students
COMM 269 - Observing China
This course is about street-level China, as it is seen and as it happens. This course is a practicum, in which students, through a mix of lectures, briefings and discussions, will delve into nature of observation and engagement with and in China.
Outcome: Students will have a deeper understanding of how journalists and documentarians observe and write (or film) China, and over the course of the semester will make some efforts of their own to do original journalism and essay writing.
*restricted to Beijing students
HIST 208 - East Asia Since 1500
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Mark Allee
MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM – Mark Allee
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Elena Valussi
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM – Elena Valussi
This course explores the roles and contributions of China, Japan, and Korea from the sixteenth century to the present tracing such themes as nationalism, capitalism, socialism, imperialism, war, peace, race, and gender struggles.
Outcome: Students will demonstrate an ability to evaluate and explain the forces of historical continuity and change; understand the relationships among historical events, cultures and social forces; analyze and discuss the significance of primary and secondary sources.
HIST 209 - Survey of Islamic History
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Kim Searcy
The course will introduce the historical development of Islamic civilization and the formation of Muslim social and political institutions from the 7th century to the present.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and diversity of Islamic beliefs, practices, and institutions in varied regional contexts and historical periods.
HIST 300-E: "Chinese History through film"
T: 2:30-3:45; Th: 2:30-4:30 Dr. Elena Valussi
Course Description: This course will present the topic of Chinese modern History through the lens of feature films and documentaries. The course will take a chronological approach, focusing on the period from the Opium Wars (mid-nineteenth century) to the present. We will discuss political struggles, economic shifts, the encounter with Western Imperialism, the birth and development of Communist China, and the shift to a market economy; throughout the course, we will also focus on issues of war, gender, society, rural versus urban, and the environment. Each week we will combine a historical lecture and pre-assigned reading materials with the critical discussion of a film or documentary that elucidates a particular historical period. This will hopefully provide the students with a sense of immediacy and vividness in their approach to the study of Modern China.
HIST 300E (W/I): Seminar in South Asian History
Th 2:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.—John Pincince
Special topics or new approaches of current interest to the instructor. This course may be used to fulfill the history major distribution requirement for a 300-level course in the history of Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East or may count as a 300-level history elective. Students may repeat the course for credit when the topic changes.
Outcome: Students will gain familiarity with the topic; the ability to make connections between
Asian Studies secondary and primary sources; and the capacity to think critically about the ways that historians have approached major issues.
HIST 344 - Early Modern China:1550-1800
MoWeFr 12:35PM - 1:25PM – Mark Allee
This course studies early modern Chinese society, economy, and the state from ca. 1550 to 1800, a period which marked the culmination of the development of the centralized, bureaucratic, imperial state and exhibited significant innovations in economic structure and activity.
Students will be able to describe the pressure of unprecedented demographic growth, and explain how the society began to experience many of the problems that continue. They will be able analyze China's failure to build on its earlier economic and technological successes by exploring intellectual life and its relation to scientific and technological innovation.
HIST 346A - Modern Chinese History
*restricted to Beijing students
HIST 389 - Vietnam War
TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM – Theodore Karamanski
This course offers a comprehensive examination of origin, execution, and failure of America's war in Vietnam.
Outcome: Students will understand the ancient origins of the Vietnamese nation, the rise and fall of the French colonial regime, the role of Vietnam in the Cold War, the peace movement, the political and cultural impact of the war on America, the success and failures of the United States military, the impact of the war on the Indo-China region, and the memory of the war in American culture.
HNDI 102 - Hindi-Urdu II
MoWe 5:30PM - 6:45PM – Vijay Shah
This course is for students who have a basic knowledge of either spoken Hindi or Urdu, but do not read or write in Hindi. The course emphasizes the ability to read and write the script and the acquisition of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Outcome: Students will be able to develop basic proficiency in the language and will be able to speak, read and write in simple sentences at the elementary level.
JAPN 102 - Japanese II
MoWeFr 9:20AM - 10:10AM – Janet Fair
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Janet Fair
Students will build on the skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing gained in JAPN 101.
Outcome: Students will be able to introduce themselves and others, discuss daily life, and read and write simple paragraph length compositions with the aid of vocabulary lists.
JAPN 104 - Japanese IV
MoWeFr 10:25AM - 11:15AM – Heather Bowen - Stuyck
This course extends students¿ knowledge of Japanese grammar, vocabulary, verbal routines, and cultural patterns. Students will read and respond in Japanese to short works of fiction and non-fiction.
Outcome: Students will converse in Japanese for extended periods, and be able to decode and create many written items from daily life such as application forms, catalogs, and recipes.
LITR 245 - Asian Masterpieces
Mo 2:45PM - 4:25PM – Hong Chen
We 2:45PM - 3:35PM – Hong Chen
Requirement: UCLR 100 for students admitted to Loyola University for Fall 2012 or later. No requirement for students admitted to Loyola prior to Fall 2012 or those with a declared major or minor in the Department of English, Department of Classical Studies, or Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
This course will study masterpieces of Asian literature in a variety of literary genres in their cultural context.
Outcomes: Students will gain a significant understanding of how Asian literary works reflect
SOCL 122 - Race and Ethnic Relations
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM – Edward Flores
TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM – Edward Flores
MoWe 10:00AM - 11:15AM – Sarah Maclaren
This course examines the development of cultural, society, and self-understanding by exploring the social construction of race in the United States. The course explores how social constructions of race affect interpersonal relations, laws, policies, and practices in various racial and ethnic communities.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the conditions which have worsened racial tensions as well as how social movements have been successful at eradicating racially oppressive laws and working towards a just society.
SOWK 370 - Ethnicity, Race and Culture
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM – Staff
Prerequisite: Junior Standing. This course examines economic, social, institutional and political forces that shape the experiences and life chances of persons within Asian, Latino, and Native American cultures. Social and economic justice in relation to diversity will be explored. Students will understand the relevance of diversity to social work values and interventions.
THEO 282 - Introduction to Hinduism
Tu 4:15PM - 6:45PM – Tracy Pintchman
Examination of Hinduism offering a range of topics.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Hindu scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Hinduism, the key Hindu concepts, terms, values, and religious practices, and the basic narratives and imagery associated with some of the most important Hindu deities.
THEO 295 - Introduction to Islam
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM – Marcia Hermansen
We 4:15PM - 6:45PM – Omer Mozaffar
We 7:00PM - 9:30PM – Omer Mozaffar
Examination of Islam through the study of major religious ideas, movements, and figures prominent in the development of the tradition.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the most important Muslim scriptures, the general outline of the historical evolution of Islam, and the diversity within Islam in terms of sectarian, regional, and historical developments.
THEO 297 - Introduction to Buddhism
Th 4:15PM - 6:45PM –Yarina Liston
Examination of Buddhism covering the life and teachings of the founder, the establishment of the Buddhist community, the rise of Buddhist monasticism, and the spread of Buddhist ideas.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of Buddhism, including its different major branches, and the key Buddhist concepts, terms, values, and religious practices.
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