Asian Studies : Courses

AS 101 Introduction to Asian Studies

Credits: 1
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces the field of Asian studies and its relationship to selected disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Intended for students who have elected or who are considering the major in Asian Studies.

AS 110 The Asian American Experience

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The Asian American experience from the beginning of Asians' and Pacific Islanders' entry into North America in the eighteenth century to the present. Investigates this phenomenon in connection with national and transnational power relations, economic structures, and political realities. Also considers the construction of American identities in the United States and their impact on Asian American communities and individuals. Goals are to develop a historical and multi-cultural perspective on the Asian American experience, to enlarge students' capacities for analytical and critical thinking, and to achieve a better understanding of the diversity within Asian American communities and of Asian Americans' social status in North America.

AS 117 Asian American Authors

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Focuses on Asian American literature and the social contexts for the formation of Asian American literary traditions and genres. Introduces students to major Asian American literary texts and authors, including recurrent themes, new modes of narratives, and innovative techniques. Addresses the impact of Asian Pacific histories and cultures on specific writers, while locating Asian American literature within the historical and cultural contexts of North America, particularly the formation and effects of racial and national identities in the United States and Canada.

AS 190 Asian American History

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces major themes in Asian American history from the beginning of Asian immigration to the present. The course examines why Filipinos, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, South Asians, and Vietnamese came to North America and what happened to them in the contexts of ethnic identity, gender, community, and family.

AS 220 Culture & Arts of East Asia

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces traditional and contemporary aesthetics, thought, literature, and theatre of East Asia. The arts of China, Japan, and Korea had fascinated observers in the West for centuries, and reveal much about the rich cultures and vibrant societies of East Asia. Guest lectures by Asian specialists in the humanities from several UB departments.

AS 221 Romance Traditions in Asia

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces students to narratives of romance that span a wide variety of Asian religious, literary, theatrical, and cinematic traditions. Rather than defining romance by what it contains, we will instead consider what romance as a genre does. Through this approach, it becomes possible to examine why certain narratives were compelling enough to be transmitted across and preserved within a wide range of cultures and historical periods. Texts include English translations of Sansrit drama, Persian and Hindi Sufi mystical works, Japanese and Chinese novels depicting erotic love, recent Bollywood cinema, Korean television melodramas, and the Harlequin Romance phenomenon.

AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduces students to major features of societies in East, Southeast, and South Asia, and may incorporate material on Central and Southwest Asia depending on the instructor. Discusses the ways in which social scientists analyze contemporary societies and survey theories developed by social scientists to explain social phenomena in contemporary Asian societies.

AS 270 Asian American Women Writers

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines Asian American women's writings and the social, cultural, and historical contexts that shape their thematic concerns, narrative strategies, and poetic styles. Through Asian American women's prose and poetry, we seek to understand the formation of gender, racial, and sexual identities, and their effects on Asian American women's literary traditions and innovations. Examines the relations between gender and genre, between race and class, and between culture and sexuality.

AS 323 Gender in South Asian Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Examines the different ways in which gender is constructed through South Asian literature, theatre and film. Introduces students to the literatures of South Asia, foregrounding the ways in which gender shapes different types, or genres, of text and how different grenres of text in turn shape gender. Beginning with the premise that gender is a cultural construct, our task of this course will be to discover the cultural underpinnings of historical and contemporary conceptions of gender, sexuality and love. In as much as we play out our gender roles in our social life, this course will also serve to introduce students to the ways in which performace is embedded in the public culture of South Asia. Students will apply skills acquired through readings on theory to a broad set of materials, including authors from across the length and breadth of South Asia representing 2,000 years of history.

AS 348 Asian Americans and the Visual Media

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Investigates Hollywood representations of Asians and Asian Americans and Asian Americans' self-representations. Through a comparative analysis of Hollywood films and Asian American films and videos, we seek a better understanding of the tactics and specific historical contexts for constructing identities of 'race,' gender, ethnicity, and sexuality. This understanding provides a historical and critical perspective for examining both the content and technique of Asian Americans' films and videos.

AS 383 India in the Traveler's Eye

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Introduction to the motivations and experiences of travelers to India, and the forms of knowledge that are produced in the wake of such travels. Students will develop a broad familiarity with the history, literatures, religions, and geography of South Asia from reading and discussing a wide range of primary and secondary source material. The diversity of perspective in these works challenge readers to consider what it means to be an outsider looking in on a culture, and compels us to consider arguments for and against treating certain geographic and political regions and temporal periods as coherent cultural zones.

AS 392 Asian Religions

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Provides an overview of the major religions of Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam) in the light of their sacred texts, and focuses on the theological underpinnings, stories, and practices of each tradition. This course fosters a better understanding of religion in general, and familiarity with the spiritual values that shape everyday lives in many different locales worldwide.

AS 393 Topics in Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 394 Asian Religions

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 395 Topics in Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 396 Topics in Asian American Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 397 Topics in Asian American Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 398 Topics in Asian American Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: LEC
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

AS 401 Buddhism

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type:
Grading: Graded (A-F)

AS 431 Special Topics

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

AS 446 Islam and South Asian Literature

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: SEM
Grading: Graded (A-F)
Exposes students to the wide variety of poetic and prose literary forms associated with Islam in South Asia, incorporating examples in English translation from Arabic, Hindi, Pashto, Persian, Tamil, and Urdu originals. The five sections of the course include: 1. Theoretical Foundations, 2. Formal Poetry, 3. Narrative Poetic Forms, 4. Prose, and 5. Literary History. Students should demonstrate familiarity with the content of the readings and evaluate the efficacy of the various approaches through which the literature has been analyzed. All of the texts are in English and no background in South Asian languages or literature is expected.

AS 498 Senior Research in Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.
A capstone course required for all majors in Asian Studies. Research, writing, and oral presentation of project carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

AS 499 Independent Study

Credits: 1 - 6
Semester(s): (No information on typically offered semesters)
Type: TUT
Grading: Graded (A-F)
The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:25 EST