Spring 2013 Courses
Spring 2013 Courses and Course Descriptions
ANTH 100 – Globalizations and Local Cultures
MoWeFr 9:20AM-10:10AM -Thea Strand
MoWeFr 10:25-11:15AM -Thea Strand
TuTh 8:30-9:45AM -Deirdre Guthrie
TuTh 11:30AM-12:45PM -Deirdre Guthrie
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- Intro to Asian Studies
MoWeFr 1:40-2:30PM -Janet Fair
This course introduces the histories and cultures of East, Southeast, and South Asia from early modern times to the present.
CHIN 102 - Chinese II
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM Ying Peng
TuTh 11:30AM - 12:45PM-Ying Peng
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
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM-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.
HIST 208 - East Asia Since 1500
MoWeFr 8:15AM - 9:05AM -Mark Allee
MoWeFr 11:30AM - 12:20PM -Mark Allee
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 10:00-11:15AM –Leslie Dossey
TuTh 1:00-2:15PM –Leslie Dossey
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 300E - Topics in World History
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:15PM-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 342 – Traditional China from Antiquity to 1550
MoWeFr 9:20AM – 10:10AM -Mark Allee
This course will trace Chinese history from the origins of classical Chinese civilization in the Shang and Zhou periods to the evolution of an agrarian society under the imperial state.
Outcome: Students will gain an understanding of how domination by aristocratic lineage gave way to the Confucian state and society based on peasant farming; and how a bureaucratic and autocratic polity existed in symbiosis with a socioeconomic elite that maintained itself through the dominance of the agrarian economy as well as through increasing access to the sources of commerce and trade.
HNDI 102 - Hindi-Urdu II
MoWeFr 5:00PM – 6:15PM –Staff
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.
HNDI 250- Composition and Conversation I
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 12:35PM - 1:25PM –Staff
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.
SOCL 122 - Race and Ethnic Relations
TuTh 8:30AM - 9:45AM -Edward Flores
TuTh 11:30AM- 12:45 PM – Edward Flores
TuTh 2:30PM - 3:45PM –Edward Flores
ROME 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.
SOCL 250 - Inequality in Society
MoWeFr 11:30-12:20PM –Kasey Henricks
This course examines the manner in which contemporary society is divided by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and gender, and the impact of social institutions on these divisions. An emphasis will be placed on income/wealth differences, status differences, class conflict and social conflict over time.
Outcome: Students will acquire a better understanding of social inequality and what can be done to make society more just.
SOWK 370 - Cultural Diversity
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:15AM –Kimya Barden
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 - Intro to Hinduism
MoWeFr 11:30-12:20PM -Yarina Liston
MoWeFr 1:40-2:30 –Yarina Liston
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
Tu 4:15-6:45 -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 - Intro to Buddhism
Mo 4:15-6:45PM –Bret Lewis
Th 4:15-6:45PM -Bret Lewis
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.
THEO 351 – Topics in Hinduism
Mo 4:15-6:45 –Tracy Pintchman
A deeper and more focused study of significant aspects of Hinduism.
Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of Hinduism.
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