FALL 2013 Courses

FALL 2013 Chinese Language Courses

EALC 10111/11111 First Year Chinese I

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese using simplified characters with equal emphasis on the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  At the end of the first year, students may expect to comprehend and produce simple questions, statements, high-frequency commands, and courtesy formulas; to pronounce learned vocabulary and short phrases with correct tones; to read simple texts and standardized messages, phrases, or expressions; and to master the pinyin Romanization and write simple expressions and short sentences in simplified characters.  First Year Chinese I is a 5 credit course; students should enroll in one TR (EALC 10111) lecture section and one MWF (EALC 11111) drill section.


EALC 10111 01 First Year Chinese I             TR 9:30-10:20                            Yongping Zhu

EALC 10111 02 First Year Chinese I             TR 11:00-11:50                          Yongping Zhu

                EALC 10111 03 First Year Chinese I             TR 2:00-2:50                               Yongping Zhu


EALC 11111 01 First Year Chinese I Drill       MWF 9:25-10:15                       Staff   

EALC 11111 02 First Year Chinese I Drill       MWF 10:30-11:20                     Wei Wang

EALC 11111 03 First Year Chinese I Drill       MWF 11:35-12:25                     Congcong Ma

EALC 11111 04 First Year Chinese I Drill       MWF 12:50-1:40                       Congcong Ma

EALC 11111 05 First Year Chinese I Drill       MWF 2:00-2:50                         Wei Wang

EALC 11111 06 First Year Chinese I Drill       MWF 3:30-4:20                         Wei Wang


EALC 20211/21211 Second Year Chinese I

This course is for students who have completed one year of college-level Chinese.  Grammar review and training in the four basic skills to achieve higher levels of competence in speaking and listening for greater fluency in communication, reading for critical understanding, and the ability to accurately and appropriately convey basic ideas through written characters.  Second Year Chinese I is a 5 credit course; students enrolling in a MWF section (for example, EALC 20211-01) enroll in the corresponding TR lab (EALC 21211-01).


EALC 20211 01 Second Year Chinese I        MWF 9:25-10:15                       Chengxu Yin

EALC 20211 02 Second Year Chinese I       MWF 10:30-11:20                      Congcong Ma

EALC 20211 03 Second Year Chinese I       MWF 11:35-12:25                      Chengxu Yin

EALC 20211 04 Second Year Chinese I        MWF 2:00-2:50                          Jia Yang


EALC 21211 01 Second Year Chinese I Lab  TR 2:00-2:50                             Jia Yang        

EALC 21211 02 Second Year Chinese I Lab  TR 3:30-4:20                             Jia Yang

EALC 21211 03 Second Year Chinese I Lab  TR 11:00-11:50                         Chengxu Yin

EALC 21211 04 Second Year Chinese I Lab  TR 2:00-2:50                             Congcong Ma


EALC 30311/31311 Third Year Chinese I

This course is designed for students who have completed two years of college-level Chinese.  In addition to further consolidating and enhancing the skills that students have acquired in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, this course will prepare students to produce paragraph-level language (both spoken and written), using a wide range of quasi-authentic materials (slightly revised for language learners), including material from news media.  Third Year Chinese I is a 4 credit course; students enrolling in a MWF section (for example, EALC 30311-01) enroll in the corresponding R lab (EALC 31311-01).


EALC 30311 01 Third Year Chinese I             MWF 3:30-4:20                                      Jia Yang

EALC 30311 02 Third Year Chinese I             MWF 12:50-1:40                               Chengxu Yin

EALC 31311 01 Third Year Chinese I Lab       R 3:30-4:20                                     Chengxu Yin

                 EALC 31311 02 Third Year Chinese I Lab       R 12:30-1:20                                  Jia Yang


EALC 40411 01 Fourth Year Chinese I 3.0                MWF 11:35-12:25                                 Wei Wang

This course will incorporate authentic materials from a variety of sources, including newspaper articles, essays, short scenes from contemporary TV series, short fiction, and video clips that will expose students to different spoken and written styles of Chinese.  Students will further develop their abilities in three modes of communication – interpersonal, presentational, and interpretive – and in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Chinese.

EALC 50511 01 Advanced Chinese 3.0                     MWF 11:35-12:25                                Liangyan Ge

This course is appropriate for majors and students with language experience overseas.  The year-long sequence helps students become functional speakers, read­ers, and writers of modern Chinese through articles and essays from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals, as well as engagement with popular media and online communications. Prerequisite: successful completion of four years of Chinese language training, as determined by placement examination. The learning goals of the course are to introduce modern Chinese culture while developing advanced competence in reading, speaking, and writing standard modern Chinese.

FALL 2013 Literature and Culture Courses


LLEA 13186 01 Literature University Seminar                                                                 Michael Brownstein TR 2:00-3:15

In this course, we will study six novels by modern Japanese writers (in English 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, "fitting in", above all. The novels are: Silence by Shusaku Endo, Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, Masks by Enchi Fumiko, The Woman in the Dunes by Abe Kobo, A Personal Matter by Oe Kenzaburo, and "Kitchen" by Yoshimoto Banana. 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 30101 01 Chinese Ways of Thought                                                                      Lionel Jensen TR 9:30-10:45

This lecture and discussion course on the religion, philosophy, and intellectual history of China that introduces the student to the world view and life experience of Chinese as they have been drawn from local traditions, as well as worship and sacrifice to heroes, and the cult of the dead. Through a close reading of primary texts in translation, it also surveys China's grand philosophical legacy of Daoism, Buddhism, "Confucianism" and "Neo-Confucianism," and the later religious accommodation of Christianity and Islam.

LLEA 3041601 Contemporary Japanese Fiction                                                          TR 9:30-10:45

The aim of this course is to introduce students to major works of modern Japanese fiction published after World War II.  By examining key figures and the various literary movements that emerged in the half-century or more since Japan's defeat in 1945, students will gain a fundamental understanding of the different ways Japanese writers responded to the challenges of a new era of democratization, demilitarization, re-fashioning a national identity, and a new prominence in East Asia and on the world stage.  There are no prerequisites for this course and all readings will be in English translation.

LLEA 33101 01 Heroism and Eroticism                                                                          Liangyan Ge TR 11:00-12:15

In this course we will read works in Chinese fiction from the late imperial periods. We will discuss the aesthetic features of such works and their cultural underpinnings, especially the infusion of Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist meanings. Particularly, we will focus on heroism and eroticism as two major themes in Chinese fiction and their specific expressions in each work. We will consider the transition from heroism to eroticism as a shift of narrative paradigm, which coincided with a general trend of "domestication" in traditional Chinese fiction. Through the readings and discussions, the students are expected to become familiar with pre-modern Chinese narrative tradition and acquainted with some aspects of Chinese culture. All the readings are in English translation, and no prior knowledge of China or the Chinese language is required.

LLEA 33316 01 Intro to Japanese Popular Culture                                                         MW 3:30-4:45

This course will examine postwar Japanese popular culture across media, including novels, film, television, manga, and anime.  Our discussion will be framed by some key questions:  What was the role of popular culture in defining a national identity in the postwar?  What was the role of foreign influences, most importantly, American pop culture?  How have popular culture texts spoken to and defined specific audiences (for instance, teenagers, women, non-Japanese)?  The goals of this course are to gain familiarity with some key texts in postwar Japan and to learn various methods of analyzing those texts.  As we approach each medium, we will be using literary, film, television, and comics theories to analyze the texts.

LLEA 33317 01 The Samurai: Classical Japanese Literature                                      Michael Brownstein MW 2:00-3:15      

The sword-wielding samurai warrior is perhaps the most familiar icon of pre-modern Japan, one that continues to influence how the Japanese think of themselves and how others think of Japan even in modern times. Who were the samurai? How did they see themselves? How did other members of Japanese society see them in the past? How did the role and the image of the samurai change over time? To answer these questions, we will explore the depiction of samurai in various kinds of texts: episodes from quasi-historical chronicles, 14th-century Noh plays, 17th-century short stories, and 18th-century Kabuki and puppet plays. While some of these texts emphasize themes of loyalty, honor, and military prowess, others focus on the problems faced by samurai in their domestic lives during times of peace. The last part of the course will be devoted to the most famous of all stories, The Revenge of the 47 Samurai. Students will read eyewitness accounts of this vendetta, which occurred in 1702, and then explore how the well-known Kabuki/puppet play Chushingura (A Treasury of Loyal Retainers 1748) dramatizes the conflicting opinions surrounding it. All readings will be in English translation and no previous knowledge of Japan is required.

LLEA 40212 01 Suffering and World Religions                                                              Robert Gimello/Lionel Jensen TR 11:00-12:15

The instructors are specialists in Chinese and world religious traditions, who will bring an interdisciplinary dimension to this team-taught course. This content of the course will be diverse with readings drawn from anthropology, art, history, media, philosophy, sociology of religion, and theology. Suffering, the feeling of dis-ease, anguish, is a cardinal and enabling principle of major world religions and ideologies such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Marxism. As well, it is a definitive experience of the seeker of truth or religious insight that proved effective in the dissemination of religion in many parts of the globe. In the industrially developed world where suffering is identified with personal harm or abuse, it is essential to avoid it. The course aims to introduce the student to a horizon of counterintuitive considerations on the universality of suffering and its effects as human agency. The course readings will consist of original texts in translation along with theoretical works that will permit the students to acquire a language of interpretation necessary to an exploration of the experience of suffering in its many forms and a consideration of the many kinds of meaning that religions have assigned to it.

LLEA 30145 01 History of China                                                                                           Dian Murray  TR 11:00-12:15

This course explores Chinese history from the Shang dynasty to today in terms of the development of Confucianism and its repeated reformulations in response to Buddhism, western imperialism, Marxism, and the global capitalism of today.

LLEA 30170 01 Ancient & Medieval South Asia                                                                  Jayanta Sengupta TR 11:00-12:15

This course covers the history of the South Asian subcontinent from the beginning of the historical period to about 1700. During this period, the region witnessed the formation of regional states, the rise and fall of strong empires, the evolution of increasingly complex forms of caste and kinship ties, multiple religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, and the coexistence of different economic organizations ranging from hunting and food-gathering to sophisticated urban communities. Discussion will focus on the transformation of local kinship ties into regional kingdoms and empires, the evolution of religion and the legacy of the expansion of Islam and the consequent rise of Turkish, Afghan and Mughal empires in the area. The main purpose of the course is to introduce students to South Asian civilization in a global context, with special emphasis on the wider linkages of transnational and world history. Finally, there will be a discussion of how interpretations of the South Asian past resonate in the region's modern politics. Besides learning about India this course will provide transferable skills about analyzing primary resources, seminar presentation and effective ways of using internet resources.

LLEA 30492 01 Contention in China                                                                                       Victoria Hui TR 3:30-4:45

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.

FALL 2013 Honors Track Programs

LLEA 58312 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.