Courses

Language courses are offered in Chinese, Japanese and Korean from begining to advanced levels.

The department also has several literature and culture courses that are taught in English for those unable to study the language but interested in the traditions.

FALL 2016 East Asian Literature and Culture Courses  

LLEA 13186 Literature University Seminar: "The Other in Modern Japanese Fiction"
 
TR 02:00-03:15                                                          Michael Brownstein
 
In this course, we will study five novels by modern Japanese writers (in translation) as a way of exploring the theme of “Otherness” — the sense of being an outsider, of being different, or at odds with a society that values conformity or “fitting in” above all. The novels are: Silence by Shusaku Endo, Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, Masks by Enchi Fumiko, A Personal Matter by Oe Kenzaburo, and All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe. By reading, discussing, and writing about these novels, you will also have the opportunity to explore how fictional narratives work to produce meaning, share your critical insights with others and improve your writing skills.


LLEA 13186  Literature University Seminar: Love in Traditional Chinese Literature

TR 11:00-12:15                                                         Liangyan Ge

The goal of this course is to introduce first-year students to the Chinese notion of love as fostered by traditional Chinese ideological systems, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. We will examine the different love relationships in thesocial and familial contexts, especially filial love, parental love, and sexual love, and discuss their literary expressions in poetry and prose from different historical periods. Love will be considered as both a perennial theme in Chinese literature and a major reflector of traditional Chinese culture. Readings are all in English translation, and no prior knowledge of Chinese language or culture is required for taking the course. Writing is a significant component of the course. There will be a number of writing projects, and issues concerning paper-writing will be discussed both in class and in private conferences. Students are also expected to read the assigned texts carefully before each session and participate actively in discussions and other class activities.

 
LLEA 20001  Introduction to Linguistics 
 
MW 12:30-1:45                                                          Hana Kang 
 
This course emphasizes language structure, including phonetics (the sounds of language), phonology (the sound systems of language), morphology and lexicon (structured meanings in words), morphemes (units of meaning), syntax, and semantics. 
 
LLEA 20304 Topics in Linguistics: Digital Literacy in Language Learning
 
MW 2:00-3:15                                                            Hana Kang
 
This course offers a comprehensive understanding of digital literacy in relation to teaching and researching language acquisition. Students will learn a variety of digital writing technologies and be trained to think critically about cultural and communicative consequences of digital media. Students will also gain the critical perspective and literacy tools needed to actively use digital technology in language teaching and researching.
 
LLEA 20847 Christianity and the Challenge of Buddhism
 
TR 2:00p - 3:15p                                                          Robert Gimello 
 
In 1997 Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) suggested that in the future Buddhism, rather than Marxism, might be the principal challenge to the Church. He has also, of course, fully endorsed the declaration of the Second Vatican Council that the Church "rejects nothing that is true and holy" in other religions, including Buddhism. Against the background of these two judgments - which may seem, but really are not, mutually contradictory - this course will consider: The fundamental differences between Christianity and Buddhism, both in matters of doctrine and in matters of spiritual and moral practice. The reasons why - despite, or perhaps because of, those differences - Buddhism today attracts increasing interest in cultures once shaped chiefly by Christianity The beliefs and values that both Buddhism and Christianity can legitimately be said to share and the ways in which they can reasonably be expected to collaborate with one another. Our overriding purpose will be to explore the ways in which Christians, especially Catholic Christians, can, should, or must view and relate to Buddhism. In the course of this exploration, the course will also provide a basic introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhism.
 
LLEA 30122 The Early Modern Climate 
 
MW 12:30p - 1:45p                                                          Julia Thomas 
 
This course sweeps the globe, focusing on the relationship between political upheaval and climate change especially during the seventeenth century “Little Ice Age.”  As average temperatures cooled 1C, famine, war, and chaos followed.  In his magisterial Global Crisis, Geoffrey Parker argues that  “perhaps one-third of the human population died.”  But not in Japan. Japan knew peace, prosperity, and even a growing population.  This course will consider three issues: (1) why has it taken so long for historians to include environmental factors in their analyses of political and social upheavals, (2) what allowed Japan to weather the dire conditions of the seventeenth century while the rest of the northern hemisphere was in crisis, and (3) are there any lessons to be learned from this earlier period as we consider our current, more radical climate change.  We will read Parker, his critics, and examine how his argument plays out in Europe, The Ottoman Empire, China, India, Indonesia, and, of course, Japan. 
 
LLEA 30147 Early Chinese Empires                                                                                                         

TR      2:00-3:15                                                     Liang Cai

Our understanding of early Chinese Empires is primarily determined by the available sources and our methodologies. This seminar will provide advanced undergraduates with a critical introduction to the most important sources and major themes, both textual and archaeological, for the study ofearly imperial China. We will consider materials from the earliest historical period, circa 1300 B.C., down to the consolidation of the empire in the first century B.C. We will focus on outstanding problems and controversies pertaining to this period, such as the relationship between archaeology and classical historiography, the nature of the Chinese writing system, myth and history, the textual history of the transmitted texts, Chinese empires and its rivals, and gender issues in ancient China. Finally, we will consider the basic methodological tools presently used by historians, textual critics, paleographers, and archaeologists.

 
LLEA 30110  Ancient Japan 
 
MW 03:30-04:45                                                           Julia Thomas
 
History is not a single "true story," but many competing narratives, each defined by values, interests, and political commitments. This course on ancient Japanese history provides an overview of three sets of competing narratives: first, the politically charged question of Japan's origins, when we explore archeological evidence and chronicles of the Sun Goddess; second, the question of whether culture (through continental imports of writing, religious forms, and statecraft) or nature (as disease and environmental degradation) defined the Yamato state from the sixth to the ninth century; and, third, whether Heian court power rested on economic, political, military, judicial, or aesthetic grounds and if its foundations were undermined internally or by the invasion of the Mongols. In examining these competing narratives, we aim to develop the disciplined imagination necessary to enter another culture and another time.
 
LLEA 30151  China's Long 20th Century
 
MW 12:30-1:45p                                                           Elisabeth Koll
 
The course examines China’s modern history from the last decade of the 19th century to the present. It explores the great political, economic, and social transformations with a particular focus on identifying continuities and discontinuities in China’s historical development across the 20th century. The course emphasize China’s global interconnections and develop a framework for assessing the role of nationalism, communism, and capitalism in the making of modern China.
 
LLEA 30403  Introduction to Chinese Civilization and Culture 
 
TR 02:00-03:15                                                           Xiaoshan Yang
 
This course surveys Chinese culture and civilization from the beginnings to the present time. Readings include traditional historical, philosophical, political, religious and literary texts as well as modern scholarship. Students are encouraged to bring in their experience, living or reading, of Western culture in order to form comparative and reflective perspectives.
 
LLEA 30416 Contemporary Japanese Fiction
 
TR 12:30-01:45                                                           David Humphrey
 
In this course, we will explore Japanese fiction from the 1980s to the present, with particular attention paid to the work of author Murakami Haruki. A bête noire of the Japanese cultural establishment, Murakami rose to prominence during Japan’s boom years of the 1980s, and continues to command a central position in the Japanese cultural landscape. Reading examples from Murakami’s oeuvre and contemporaries such as Ogawa Yōko and Medoruma Shun, we will consider how their fiction engages with or perhaps evades issues of the moment, including those of postmodernity, historical memory, and cultural crisis.
                                                         
 
LLEA 33102  Chinese Literary Traditions
 
TR 03:30-04:45                                                            Xiaoshan Yang
 
A survey course introducing students to the major themes and genres of Chinese literature through selected readings of representative texts.
 
LLEA 33316 Japanese Pop Culture in the Age of Young Media
 
MW 3:30p - 4:45p                                                             David Humphrey
 
In this course, we will examine how Japanese popular culture intersects with representations of and anxieties about youth in Japan. While it has over the past half-century played an increasingly powerful role in shaping widespread images of youth, popular culture’s targeting of young audiences often generates concerns about its influence. Course material will take a historical perspective, and draw upon examples, from early television anime and manga, to more recent television dramas and music.  Further, we will read essays on media theory and Japanese popular culture, including those of Azuma Hiroki, Marc Steinberg and Ian Condry.
 
LLEA 30492 Contention in China
 
MW 09:30a - 10:45a                                                Victoria Hui
 
Is China next for a "Jasmine Revolution?" Why have pro-democracy efforts repeatedly failed in China? Why is there no organized democracy movement despite the prevalence of sporadic protests about various kinds of social injustices? Is China immune to democratization because of a deeply rooted "Confucian culture?" This course examines a wide range of contentious politics in modern China, from the May Fourth Movement through the Communist Revolution, the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Democracy Movement to recent protests by workers, peasants, religious followers, and middle-class property owners. In addition to contention by Han Chinese, this course also examines resistance by Tibetans, Uighurs, Mongolians, and other minorities. 
 
LLEA 33319 Masterpieces of Japanese Lit
 
MW 2:00p - 3:15p                                                    Michael Brownstein
 

This course was designed as a survey of Japanese poetry, fiction, and drama from the earliest times through the mid-18th century. All texts are in English; no special knowledge of Japan or Japanese is required. The course is divided into three parts. In Part I we will begin with the development of court poetry (waka) as found in the Man-yoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves), the Kokinshu (the first Imperial Anthology of poetry), and the Tales of Ise. The centerpiece of this unit, however, is Murasaki Shikibu's epic of courtly love, The Tale of Genji (ca. 1000 A.D.); we will read an abridged version of the first 17 chapters. In addition to social and historical factors influencing the development of a courtly aesthetic, we will also consider the influential role played by Buddhism and Chinese literature. In Part II, we will look at how Japanese literature developed during the medieval period (13-16th centuries) of the samurai warrior-aristocracy with readings of plays from the No theater, linked verse (renga) and philosophical essays such as An Account of My Hut and Essays in Idleness. Of special interest here is the influence of Zen Buddhism on a wide range of aesthetic practices, including the tea ceremony, landscaping and painting. In Part III, we will study the "popular" literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, the products of a new merchant-class culture that flourished in Edo (now Tokyo), Kyoto and Osaka. The main topics will be haiku poetry by Matsuo Basho.

 
LLEA 40613 From Magazines to the Internet: Media and Culture in Modern China
 
TR 11:00a - 12:15p                                                Michel Hockx
 
Soon after modern printing technology was introduced by western missionaries in the 19th century,China developed an exciting new culture characterized by tremendous creativity and productivity, enthusiastic experimentation with media technologies, high­speed interaction between creators and users, and countless unique ways of mixing textual and visual material. Ranging from the pictorial magazines of the early twentieth century to the Internet sites of the early twenty­first century, China’s modern culture has expressed and engaged with massive historical, social, and political changes, captured in writing and in images. This course takes students on a whirlwind tour of modern Chinese cultural expression in newspapers, magazines, posters, films, TV shows, websites, and social media, using original visual materials in addition to readings in English translation. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main developments in modern Chinese culture, while training their ability to analyse different types of cultural products. At the end of the course, students will produce their own magazine issue or website, using visual and textual material to express their own critical opinions on the materials we studied.
 
LLEA 40959 What We Talk About When We Talk About China: Discourse, Philosophy, History
 
MW 2:00p - 3:15p                                                Lionel Jensen
 
This seminar­style course will explore the nature and purpose of comparative Chinese studies in humanities fields, what it means and what it has meant to “talk about China” in the humanities. We will read and discuss a variety of English­language texts written over the past 100 years that attempt to "explain" various aspects of Chinese history and culture in comparative terms, and others that hold the comparative project itself up to scrutiny. Our primary emphasis will be less the “facts” about China per se than the complex and shifting processes by which such "facts" are constructed, and how such constructions change both China and the West, as we examine the goals and implications of different approaches to comparative analysis within such fields of literature, cultural history, philosophy, linguistics, and art history. Students who have interests squarely in the history of East­West encounters and/or China studies will develop a maximally original vocabulary for their own projects, which we hope to see both as conference papers and possibly articles that will emerge from their coursework. Students whose interests are peripheral will be rigorously trained to read and apply theory from a range of intellectual traditions from pragmatism to translation studies, visual theory to post secularism.
 
LLEA 30501 Classical Chinese

MW 2:00-3:15                                                           TBA

This is an introductory course to classical Chinese for students who have completed at least 4th year Chinese or its equivalent. Students will learn a variety of texts ranging from idiom stories to canonical works such as Confucian Analects and Mencius. Classroom discussion emphasizes on sentence structures, the usage of grammatical particles, and Chinese culture. Upon successful completion of this course, students are expected to understand the main structures of classical Chinese, appreciate the differences between classical Chinese and modern Chinese, and be able to translate classical texts into modern Chinese. They will learn more about Chinese history and culture and acquire the basic skills of using classical Chinese in formal situations and writings. The course helps to lay a solid foundation for future advanced research on traditional Chinese culture or modern Chinese society. As the course is conducted exclusively in Chinese, students will also be able to solidify and enhance their proficiency in modern Chinese. Credits earned from this course may be used to fulfill Chinese major and minor requirements for upper-division courses in Chinese literature and culture.

LLEA 30426  Special Studies

TBA                                                            TBA

LLEA 46498 Directed Readings

TBA                                                            TBA

LLEA 58311 Honors Thesis, Chinese

TBA                                                           Dian H. Murray

LLEA 58311 Honors Thesis, Chinese

F 5:05-5:55                                              Lionel Jensen

LLEA 58311 Honors Thesis, Chinese

TBA                                                           Xiaoshan Yang

LLEA 58411 Honors Thesis, Japanese

TBA                                                           TBA

LLEA 20001 Introduction to Linguistics 
 
MW 3:30-4:45                                                            Hana Kang

This course provides a background in several core areas of the study of human language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and social aspects of language and language change

LLEA 20202 Sociolinguistics of Second Language Acquisition 
 
TR 3:30-4:45                                                            Hana Kang

In this course, you will learn sociolinguistic theories in relation to second/foreign language acquisition and teaching. You will also examine those places where language and culture come together to affect our interactions, concentrating on areas particularly important to language teaching, learning, and usage.

FALL 2016 Chinese Language Course Offerings

Course

Title

When

Instructor

EALC10002

Elementary Chinese II

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Congcong Ma

EALC10111

First-Year Chinese I 

T R - 9:30A - 10:20A

Chengxu Yin

EALC10111

First-Year Chinese I 

T R - 11:00P - 11:50P

Chengxu Yin

EALC10111

First-Year Chinese I

T R - 2:00P - 2:50P

Chengxu Yin

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 9:25A - 10:15A

Congcong Ma

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 10:30A - 11:20P

Congcong Ma

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Congcong Ma

EALC11111

First Year Chinese I Drill

M W F - 2:00P - 2:50P

Chengxu Yin

EALC10121

Hybrid First Year Chinese I

M W - 11:30A - 12:20A

T R - 11:00A - 11:50A

Chengxu Yin 

EALC20211

Second Year Chinese I

M W F - 10:30A - 11:20A

Weibing Ye

EALC20211

Second Year Chinese I

M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

Wei Wang

EALC20211

Second Year Chinese I

M W F - 2:00P - 2:50P

Weibing Ye 

EALC21211

Second Year Chinese I Lab

T R - 2:00P - 2:50P

Weibing Ye

EALC21211

Second Year Chinese I Lab

T R - 11:00A - 11:50A

Wei Wang

EALC21211

Second Year Chinese I Lab

T R - 12:30P - 1:20P

Wei Wang

EALC30311

Third Year Chinese I

M W F - 10:30A - 11:20A

STAFF

EALC30311

Third Year Chinese I

 M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

Chengxu Yin

EALC30311

Third Year Chinese I

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

STAFF

EALC31311

Third Year Chinese I Lab

R - 11:00 - 11:50

STAFF

EALC31311

Third Year Chinese I Lab

R - 2:00P - 2:50P

STAFF

EALC31311

Third Year Chinese I Lab

R - 12:30P - 1:20P

STAFF

EALC40411

Fourth Year Chinese I

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Wei Wang

EALC40411

Fourth Year Chinese I

M W F - 11:30A - 12:20P

STAFF

EALC41411

FOURTH YEAR BUSINESS CHINESE I

T - 2:00P - 2:50P

Wei Wang

EALC50511

ADVANCED CHINESE (3.0)

M W F - 12:50P - 1:40P

Weibing Ye

FALL 2016 Japanese Language Course Offerings

Course Title
       
When Instructor
EALJ10002 Elementary Japanese II M W F       03:30 - 04:20 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ10111 First Year Japanese I M W F       09:25 - 10:15 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ10111 First Year Japanese I M W F       02:00 - 02:50 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ11111 First Year Japanese I Lab T R            09:30 - 10:20 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ11111 First Year Japanese I Lab T R            02:00 - 02:50 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ20211 Second Year Japanese I M W F        11:30 - 12:20 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ20211 Second Year Japanese I M W F        02:00 - 2:50 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ21211 Second Year Japanese I Lab T R            11:00 - 11:50 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ21211 Second Year Japanese I Lab T R            02:00 - 02:50 Noriko Hanabusa/Naoki Fuse
EALJ30311 Third Year Japanese I M W F       12:50 - 01:40 STAFF
EALJ31311 Third Year Japanese I Lab R               12:30 - 01:20 STAFF
EALJ40411 Fourth Year Japanese I T R            11:00 - 12:15 STAFF
EALJ50511 Advanced Japanese I: Translation Studies TR             11:00 - 12:15 Heather Bowen-Struyk
EALJ10151 Extensive Reading in Japanese  T               03:30 - 4:20; 3:30-05:10 Noriko Hanabusa
EALJ20251 Extensive Reading in Japanese T               03:30 - 4:20; 3:30-05:10 Noriko Hanabusa
EALJ30351 Extensive Reading in Japanese R               03:30 - 4:20; 3:30-05:10 Noriko Hanabusa
EALJ40451 Extensive Reading in Japanese R               03:30 - 4:20; 3:30-05:10 Noriko Hanabusa
EALJ50551 Extensive Reading in Japanese R               03:30 - 4:20; 3:30-05:10 Noriko Hanabusa

FALL 2016 Korean Language Course Offerings

Course Title When Instructor
EALK10002 Elementary Korean II MWF   10:30-11:20 Hana Kang
EALK 10111 First Year Korean I TR       09:30-10:20 Yeonhee Yoon
EALK 11111 First Year Korean I Lab  MWF   09:25-10:15 Hana Kang
EALK 20211 Second Year Korean I  TR     11:00-11:50 Yeonhee Yoon
EALK 21211 Second Year Korean I Lab MWF  10:30-11:20 Yeonhee Yoon
EALK 30311 Third Year Korean I MTW     2:00-02:50 Yeonhee Yoon
EALK 31311 Third Year Korean I Lab R         02:00-02:50 Yeonhee Yoon
EALK40351 Fourth Year Readings in Korean I W         3:30-5:10 Yeonhee Yoon

FALL 2016 Honors Track Program

 
LLEA 58311 Chinese Honors Thesis
 
Majors in Chinese are strongly encouraged to pursue the honors track. Those who are interested must meet the following criteria: 
  • Fulfillment of all the requirements for a first major of 30 credit hours in Chinese;
  • Completion of fourth year Chinese;
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.7 in the major or permission from the Department Chair. 
Requirements:  In addition to the 30 hours required for a major, the honors track requires the completion of a senior honors thesis that demonstrates the student’s originality and ability to do research in the field of study.  
  • Students are admitted into the honors track in the spring semester of their junior year and will enroll in a year-long course of study in the fall semester of their senior year.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for summer research grants between their junior and senior year to prepare for writing their senior honors thesis.  Summer research grants for this purpose are available on a competitive basis from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), the Kellogg Institute, the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Excellence (CUSE), among others.
  • The senior honors thesis is a year-long, one on one experience with a faculty member that comprises two semester courses of 3 credit hours each.
  • The fall semester course may be a regularly scheduled upper division course or an individually designed course with the thesis advisor; these 3 credit hours may count toward the major.
  • The spring semester course is the senior thesis writing course; for completion of this course, the student receives 3 credits beyond the 30 credits required for the major.
  • The senior honors thesis must be submitted by the College deadline of late March or early April that is announced each year in the fall.
 
LLEA 58411 Japanese Honors Thesis
 
Majors in Japanese are strongly encouraged to pursue the honors track. Those who are interested must meet the following criteria: 
  • Fulfillment of all the requirements for a first major of 30 credit hours in Japanese; 
  •  Completion of fourth year Japanese; 
  •  A cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and a GPA of at least 3.7 in the major or permission from the Department Chair. 
Requirements:  In addition to the 30 hours required for a major, the honors track requires the completion of a senior honors thesis that demonstrates the student’s originality and ability to do research in the field of study.  
  • Students are admitted into the honors track in the spring semester of their junior year and will enroll in a year-long course of study in the fall semester of their senior year.
  • Students are encouraged to apply for summer research grants between their junior and senior year to prepare for writing their senior honors thesis. Summer research grants for this purpose are available on a competitive basis from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), the Kellogg Institute, the Office for Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Excellence (CUSE), among others.
  • The senior honors thesis is a year-long, one on one experience with a faculty member that comprises two semester courses of 3 credit hours each.
  • The fall semester course may be a regularly scheduled upper division course or an individually designed course with the thesis advisor; these 3 credit hours may count toward the major.
  • The spring semester course is the senior thesis writing course; for completion of this course, the student receives 3 credits beyond the 30 credits required for the major.
  • The senior honors thesis must be submitted by the College deadline of late March or early April that is announced each year in the fall.

Spring 2015 Culture and Literature Course Offerings

Course Title When Instructor
LLEA13186-01 Literature University Seminar T R         02:00 - 03:15 Michael Brownstein
LLEA13186-02 Literature University Seminar T R         03:30 - 04:45 Xiaoshan Yang
LLEA20001-01 Introduction to Linguistics M W        03:30 - 04:45 Hana Kang
LLEA30001-01 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition T R         03:30 - 04:45 Hana Kang
LLEA30101-01 Chinese Ways of Thought T R         11:00 - 12:15 Lionel Jensen
LLEA30109-01 Chinese Literature and Religion T R         02:00 - 03:15 Xiaoshan Yang
LLEA30340-01 Exploring Korean History and Culture T R          09:30 - 10:45 Yeonhee Yoon
LLEA33318-01 Cool Japan T R          12:30 - 01:45 Heather Bowen-Struyk
LLEA33319-01 Masterpieces of Japanese Literature M W         03:30 - 04:45 Michael Brownstein
LLEA33320-01 Modern Japanese Literature T R          11:00 - 12:15 Heather Bowen-Struyk
LLEA-40601-01 History of Chinese Medicine T R          09:30 - 10:45 Dina Murray