Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Asian Studies - Courses

AS 101 Introduction to Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Are you interested in a career related to Asia, or considering studying abroad in Asia? Or maybe you just want to know more about its cultures and histories because your classmates, neighbors, and coworkers are from there? What is Asia, anyway, and who and what should we consider Asian? This class is designed to introduce students to the diversity of Asia and to the resources at UB and beyond for studying Asia and Asian diasporas. Students will develop critical thinking and writing skills while exploring the fields of Asian and Asian-American studies. The class will hear from distinguished UB professors who will discuss the latest research, trends, and resources in the field of Asian and Asian-American studies. Students also will start thinking about the impact of developments in Asia on their career goals and be encouraged to consider study abroad opportunities in Asia.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 110 The Asian American Experience
Asian Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 221 Survey of Asian Literature
Asian Studies

This course will introduce students to narratives of romance that span Asia's wide variety of 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 diverse range of cultures and historical periods. Texts include English translations of Sanskrit drama, a Hindi Sufi mystical work, an early Japanese novel, recent Bollywood cinema, Korean television melodramas, and the worldwide Harlequin Romance phenomenon. There are no prerequisites for this class. We will be covering a wide range of materials, and it is essential that students complete assigned readings before class and actively participate in class discussions. All are welcome in this class, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, ethnicity, or religion. I ask that you keep an open mind towards the course materials and be tolerant and respectful of the opinions expressed by your fellow classmates.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 229 Contemporary Asian Societies
Asian Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 270 Asian American Women Writers
Asian Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 323 Gender in South Asian Literature
Asian Studies

This course will examine the different ways in which gender is constructed through South Asian literature, theatre, and film. It is intended to introduce students to the literatures of South Asia, foregrounding the ways in which gender shapes different types, or genres, of text, and how different genres of text in turn shape notions of gender. Our task in this course will be to discover the cultural underpinnings of historical and contemporary conceptions of gender, sexuality, and love. Inasmuch as we ?play? out our gender roles our social life, this course will also serve to introduce students to the ways in which performance is imbedded in the public culture of South Asia. Throughout the semester, students will be required to apply the skills we acquire in our readings on theory to a broad set of materials, including authors from across the length and breadth of South Asia. There are no prerequisites for this class and all readings are in English.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 343 Indonesia: From Colonialism to Dictatorship
Asian Studies

The course examines Indonesian history from the beginnings of the nationalist movement in the early twentieth century, through the Japanese occupation during World War Two and the anti-colonial revolution that followed it. It then looks at the decline of constitutional democracy and the subsequent establishment of martial law, as well as the tragic killings in the mid-1960s that led to the rise of the 32-year long regime of President Suharto.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 348 Asian Americans and the Visual Media
Asian Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 383 Travel Writing in Asia
Asian Studies

The idea of India has long attracted the attention of people from afar. Whether in search of gold or enlightenment, the India carried in the traveler's imagination often conflicts with the India that is actually encountered. This course is intended to serve not just as an introduction to the motivations and experiences of travelers to India, but also to the forms of knowledge that are produced in the wake of such travels. We will begin by examining the accounts of early Greek ambassadors and sailors and Chinese pilgrims seeking wealth and knowledge. Both Muslim and Christian adventurers produced travelogues that describe the marvels of India in the medieval period. The Mughal court fascinated Europeans sojourners, while Indian travelers were in turn both delighted and disgusted by what they observed in Europe. Hippies more recently and in their own way reenact quests by colonial British officials for the sublime and picturesque. The diversity of perspectives that these works present challenges readers to consider what it means to be an outsider looking in on a culture, compelling us to consider arguments for and against treating certain geographic and political regions and temporal periods as coherent cultural zones. By reading and discussing a wide range of both primary and secondary source materials, students will develop a broad familiarity with the history, literatures, religions, and geography of South Asia. All of the readings are in English and no background in South Asian languages, history, or literature is expected.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 392 Asian Religions
Asian Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 393 Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 394 Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 395 Topics in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 396 Topics in Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 397 Topics in Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 398 Topics in Asian American Studies
Asian Studies

Varying topics in Asian American studies, chosen by the instructor.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 401 Buddhism
Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 431 Special Topics
Asian Studies

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 446 Islam and Literature
Asian Studies

The purpose of this course is to expose students to the wide variety of poetic and prose literary forms associated with Islam, including contemporary English-language novels and translations from Arabic, Bengali, Persian, Tamil, and Urdu originals. We will explore literature through a variety of themes and genres common to the literary traditions of these languages. This will serve to frame larger questions central to the study of Islamicate literatures including: * how notions of modernity and secularism have been formulated to exclude those outside Euro-American literary traditions; * the persistence of structuralist approaches to nonwestern literatures; * the literary antecedents of so-called magical realist depictions of Islamicate societies; * formalist and historicist approaches to pre-print literatures, and related debates regarding the origins of literary representations of selfhood outside the West; * issues of canonicity, core and periphery, heterodoxy, orality and literacy, print and manuscript cultures, and Sheldon Pollock's cosmopolitan and vernacular literatures; * what literary forms of ambiguity and irony reveal about genre, modes of education, and the critical apparatus available to readers; and * 20th-century modernist and Marxist reorientations of classical literary tropes. Theoretical readings will be paired each week with primary source literary materials. All readings are in English and will include early Sufi mystical works, pre-Islamic, medieval, and more recent 20th-century poetry, and such prose genres as commentaries, folktales, romances, short stories, and novels. All of the texts are in English and no background in other languages or Islam is expected.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



AS 498 Senior Research in Asian Studies
Asian Studies

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.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


AS 499 Independent Study
Asian Studies

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)




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