Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

ANS 301M • Big Power Polits In Se Asia

30730 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.216
(also listed as GOV 314)
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GOV 314 (Unique 37820) 


Spring Semester 2016

Instructor: LIU, Xuecheng

Bldg / Room: MEZ 1.216

Days & Time: TTh 9:30-11:00 am



Big Power Politics in Southeast Asia 

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, is a successful case of regional cooperation in Asia. It also has posed a puzzle for the study of regional integration in the volatile and fragmented Southeast Asia. Its member states signed the ASEAN Declaration in 1967and the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) in 1976, containing the guiding principles for dealing with their relations with one another. Starting in the new century, the ASEAN is committed to establishing an ASEAN Community by 2015. The ASEAN Charter entered into force in 2008, serving as a foundation in achieving the ASEAN Community by providing legal status and institutional framework for ASEAN. This lower division undergraduate course is designed to introduce some basic themes of ASEAN's theory and origins, achievements and challenges in its development, and the so-called the ASEAN Way, codifying norms and values of the ASEAN institutionalization. This course also explores the ASEAN’s contributions to peace and development in the region by creating the ASEAN-centric dialogue mechanisms such as ASEAN plus One, ASEAN plus Three, ASEAN Regional Forum, and East Asian Summit.



Since this is an introductory course, a background in Asian studies or Government is recommended but not required.


Grading Policy:

We will adopt UT's new "plus& minus" grading system in this course. The following is a list of letter grades, their corresponding GPA values, and the percentage values that I plan to use for your assignments. Note that these percentage grades will be recorded on Blackboard for our purposes only, not be noted on your transcript.


First midterm exam 30 %; Second midterm exam 30 %

Term paper on the ASEAN (6-7 pages) 30 %

(The first draft 15% and the second draft 15%)

Class attendance 10%



1. Alice D. Ba, (Re) Negotiating East and Southeast Asia (Stanford: Stanford University press, 2009) (Electronic Resource).

2. Amitav Acharya and Richard Stubbs, Theorizing Southeast Asian Relations: Emerging Debates (Dewey: Taylor and Francis, 2013) (Electronic Resource)

3. Cillian Ryan, EU-ASEAN: Facing Economic Globalisation (Dordrecht: Springer, 2008). (Electronic Resource)

4. Murray, P., Europe and Asia: Regions in Flux (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). (Electronic resource)

5. Ian Storey, The United States and ASEAN-China relations: All Quiet on the Southeast Asian Front (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2007). (Electronic Resource)

6. Selected Documents of the ASEAN (distributed by email)

ANS 301M • Intro To Politics In E Asia

30735 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WAG 420
(also listed as GOV 314)
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Introduction to Politics in East Asia

Global Cultures Flag

Spring 2016

GOV 314  (#37845) & ANS 301M (#30735)

TTH 12:30-2:00; WAG 420


Patricia L. Maclachlan



Course Description:

            This lower-division survey course introduces students to the politics and political systems of Japan, China, and North and South Korea.  For each country, we explore key political institutions and processes as well as relevant social and economic themes—all from historical and comparative perspectives. As the semester unfolds, students will address many of the issues and questions that have intrigued scholars of East Asian politics, including East Asian models of economic development, regional paths to democracy and the legacies of strong states, and the nature of state-society relations. By the end of the semester, students will have acquired the background knowledge to not only interpret current events in East Asia, but also to pursue more in-depth scholarly study of this critically important part of the world.           


            Introduction to Politics in East Asia, which carries the “Global Cultures Flag,” is designed to increase student familiarity with cultural groups outside the U.S. Over the course of the semester, we will pay close attention to the cultural and institutional foundations of East Asian politics, and with reference to comparable Western experiences.




            This course requires no prior coursework in either political science or East Asian Studies.





            All required readings will be made available to students via Canvas.



1. Quizzes on readings                                                                        15%

2. Midterm Exam #1                                                                           20%

3. Midterm Exam #2                                                                           20%

Students may choose to write a short (6-8 pp.) research

paper on a topic of their choice in lieu of this exam.

4. Midterm Exam #3                                                                           25%

            5. Take-Home Essay Exam                                                       20%

ANS 301M • Introduction To Buddhism

30740 • Freiberger, Oliver
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm UTC 4.134
(also listed as R S 312C)
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This course examines the history of Buddhism by tracing the development of its various schools, doctrines, and religious practices in Asia and beyond. We will explore the historical background against which it arose in India, and study traditional views of the life of the Buddha, the early teachings, and the structure of the Buddhist community of monastics and laypeople. We will examine the growth of Buddhism in India, the development of Theravāda Buddhism, and its spread into South East Asia. The emergence of Mahāyāna Buddhism in India and its spread into Central Asia and East Asia will be covered as well as the development of Vajrayāna Buddhism in Tibet. We will then examine the 19th century movement of Buddhist modernism in Sri Lanka and its relations to the Western world. This will be the basis for eventually exploring the various ways Buddhism came to Europe and America and examining the new forms and ideas it developed here.

C.S. Prebish, D. Keown. Introducing Buddhism.
J.S. Strong. The Experience of Buddhism.

Attendance/participation: 20%
Three quizzes: 30% (10% each)
Oral presentation: 20%
Final exam: 30%

ANS 301M • Forbidn Romance Mod Chi Lit

30745 • Tsai, Chien-hsin
Meets TTH 930am-1100am UTC 4.112
(also listed as C L 305)
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ANS 301M • Introduction To Islam

30746-30748 • Azam, Hina
Meets W 200pm-400pm
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ANS 301R • History Of Religions Of Asia

30750 • Brereton, Joel
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am UTC 3.102
(also listed as CTI 310, R S 302)
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This course surveys the central beliefs and patterns of life of living religious traditions of Asia. It will focus particularly on the basic texts or narratives of these traditions, on their essential histories, and on the concepts of humanity, the world, and the divine that are distinctive of each. In addition, the course will explore not only what people believe religiously but also what they do religiously. Part of the course, therefore, will consider the ways of life, forms of social action, and rituals practiced by different communities. Not all Asian traditions can be included in a one-semester survey. The traditions chosen have large numbers of adherents, possess particular historical significance, and represent different cultural areas. They include Hinduism, South and Southeast Asian Buddhism, South Asian Islam, Buddhism in Tibet, China, and Japan, Popular Chinese Religion, the Confucian and Daoist Traditions, and Shinto.

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ANS 302J • Introduction To Japan

30755 • Stalker, Nancy K.
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CLA 0.112
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This course is aimed at providing a broad-based introduction to Japanese history, society and culture, beginning with prehistoric times and continuing to present.  We will follow a chronological format, focusing on understanding how Japanese who lived in different historical periods created particular political, social and cultural systems to realize their beliefs and values.  In addition to the main textbook, course materials will include literature, historical documents, art, and film.




ANS 320 • Salman Rushdie

30759 • Shingavi, Snehal
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 304
(also listed as E 349S)
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E 349S  l  Salman Rushdie

Instructor:  Shingavi, S

Unique #:  34595

Semester:  Spring 2016

Cross-lists:  ANS 320

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This class will cover the long career of Salman Rushdie, arguably the best-known South Asian writer living today. We will be interested in tracking not only his rise as the darling of cosmopolitan reading publics but also as a lightning rod for the debates about civil liberties and religious belief, as well as his role in promoting the Indian Anglophone novel (usually, at the expense of imaginative literatures in the other modern South Asian languages). At the same time, we will also be interested in considering how his career has been highly generative of much of the critical thinking that comprises postcolonial literary criticism today. We will be reading Rushdie’s work carefully with an eye towards generic categories (magical realism, children’s literature), South Asian politics and history, postmodern philosophy, and the critical reception of his texts.

Texts: Shame; Midnight’s Children; Satanic Verses; Step Across this Line; East, West; Imaginary Homelands; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; Enchantress of Florence; The Cambridge Companion to Salman Rushdie.

Requirements & Grading: Critical Review Essays (4, 2 pages each) – 40%; Final paper (8-10 pages) – 25%; Course blog (250 words weekly) – 10%; Final cumulative exam – 15%; Participation – 10%.

ANS 320 • Genji/Godzilla: Adaptations

30760 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 303
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In this course, we will focus on “classics” of Japanese literature, film, and theater that have engendered countless adaptations over the years. Our texts will range from the eleventh-century The Tale of Genji to the 1954 B-movie Godzilla; from medieval Noh plays to contemporary manga (comic books) and anime (animated films). We will consider how and why modern artists repeatedly turned to the “classics" for creative inspiration. We will look at how the adaptation process has been influenced by a number of factors, including the cultural, political, and gendered identity of the artist, and how it has been shaped by differences in genre and medium. Our goal is to become familiar with a wide range of Japanese literary and cultural texts, including premodern, modern, and contemporary literature, film, and popular culture; and to learn to think, discuss, and write critically on the process of adaptation by considering not only content, but also form and socio-historical context. This class requires no background in Japanese language, film, or history; all literature will be read in translation and all films are subtitled in English.

ANS 322M • Politics In China

30765 • Lü, Xiaobo
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 101
(also listed as GOV 322M)
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Politics in Contemporary China

GOV 322M



Six semester hours of lower-division coursework in government.


Course Description:


This Course is designed as an introductory course in Chinese politics primarily for upper-level undergraduates with a good background in political/social science, but not necessarily any background on China. The aim of the course is to provide a foundation that will enable the

non-specialist to make informed use of China as a case in more general arguments and give the intended China specialist a solid footing from which to pursue more in-depth study of particular topics.


This course primarily focuses on domestic politics in post-1978 China. We start the course by introducing the key institutions and players in order to understand the distribution of political power in China. We then detail various forms of political participation by different individuals, which allow us to understand the political logic and consequences of policymaking and selective policy issues in China. We conclude the course by discussing the political reforms implemented in the last three decades and contemplating the potentials political development in the future. The course consists of lectures and in-class discussions in order to enhance students’ learning.


Course Requirement and Grading:


1.         Four (randomly scheduled) quizzes                                                                           15%

2.         First in-class midterm exam (Feb. 22):                                                                      20%

3.         Second in-class midterm exam on material covered since first midterm (Mar. 28):        25%

4.         Final (cumulative) exam (TBD):                                                                                40%


Course Materials:


The readings for this course are based on book chapters and articles. All the readings, except for the required textbook, can be accessed through the Canvas website for this class.


Required Textbook:

Lieberthal, Kenneth. 2004. Governing China: from revolution through reform. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton.


Optional Textbook:

Wasserstrom, Jeffrey. 2013. China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, 2nd edition. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

ANS 340 • Tantric Ascetics Modern India

30770 • Shankar, Jishnu
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GDC 2.402
(also listed as R S 341)
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The religious landscape of India is as intriguing as it is vast.  One theme within this ocean of religious diversity is the undercurrent of Tantra which is often misunderstood, and frequently understood quite differently in India and the West.  Regarded as a system of transgressive ascetic practices, this current has put forth practitioners through history who are variously termed as the Kapalikas, the Siddhas, the Aughars, the Naths and more recently, even members of the Sant tradition.

This course takes a broad view of the present day ascetics who incorporate tantra in their religio-spiritual practices.  While we cannot avoid considering the history of these traditions, it is important to take a closer look at how even these transgressive ascetics change with a changing world and align their practices according to the needs of the time and place.  Our course looks at Shaiva and Buddhist practitioners of this tradition as they exist in the modern times, paying special attention to continuity in change and the resilience as well as tenacity of religious traditions in contemporary India.

ANS 340 • Hist Of Hindu Relig Traditn

30775 • Davis, Donald R
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 112
(also listed as ANT 324L, CTI 375, HIS 364G, R S 321)
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ANS 340 • Goddesses World Relig/Cul

30777 • Selby, Martha
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 216
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 373, WGS 340)
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This course will provide a historical and cross-cultural overview of the relationship between feminine and religious cultural expressions through comparative examinations and analyses of various goddess figures in world religions.  We will begin our study in Asia; specifically in India, where goddess worship is a vital part of contemporary Hinduism in all parts of the subcontinent.  From the goddesses of the Hindu tradition (Kālī and Lakṣmī, for example), we will move on to female figures in the Buddhist Mahāyāna pantheon (such as Kuan-Yin, popular in China, Korea, and Japan), and then on to some of the goddesses of western antiquity (Inanna, Isis, Athena, Aphrodite, and Mary in her aspects as mother and intercessor).  We will end the course with a study of contemporary goddess worship in the United States as an important expression of Neo-Paganism.  Issues relating to gender, sexuality, power, and violence (domestic and political) will be emphasized as themes throughout the course.

ANS 340T • Taiwan: Colniz/Migratn/Ident

30780 • Hsu, Madeline Y.
Meets TTH 930am-1100am JGB 2.202
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 340T)
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Taiwan: Colonization, Migration, and Identity

Contemporary Taiwan’s claims of an ethnic identity distinct from the Chinese mainland reference a history of multiple colonizations and migrations to and from the island.  This course will explore questions of ethnicity, empire, and modernization in East Asia from the sixteenth century to the present through encounters between aborigines, Han Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, the imperial Qing, Fujianese, Japanese, mainlander KMT, and the United States on Taiwan. 


Shih-Shan Henry Tsai, Maritime Taiwan: Historical Encounters with the East and the West (M.E. Sharpe, 2009)

Denny Roy, Taiwan: A Political History (Cornell University Press, 2003)
Vivian S. Louie, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans (Stanford University Press, 2004)
Course Reader prepared by the instructor, available on Blackboard


Map quiz:  5%

Exam: 30% Short IDs and essay

Class participation and attendance: 15%

Writing assignments: 50% Three 5-6 page essays, with one rewrite required.

ANS 361 • Asian Bus/W Empire 1500-1940

30787 • Guha, Sumit
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm PAR 203
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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Asian business and Western empire c.1500-1940: Studies in global political economy

HIS 364G (38829)/ ANS 361 (30787)

Class meets MWF 11-12 AM, PAR 203

Instructor: Sumit Guha                                   Email:

Office: GAR 2.140.                Office Hours: Wed. 2-4 PM & by appointment


Description: Asia has for centuries been a region characterized by a complex division of labor, a vibrant commerce and sophisticated financial and fiscal structures. But its external commerce – and for a time, even much of its modern industry was governed by Western firms. Yet its businessmen adapted and survived, developing hybrid types of organization as they adopted modern techniques. The course studies these efforts, looking at both successes and failures.

Objectives: (a) introduce students to the business history of Asia, showing one way that its peoples responded to the powerful challenge mounted by Europeans from the sixteenth to the twentieth century

(b) Study how economic organizations shape and are shaped by their social and institutional settings and

(c) Introduce key ideas that have shaped modern economic life

Grading policy:

There will be a mid-term exam (20%), two map quizzes (10%) and four class discussions (5% each) and a final exam (40%). Attendance and participation will count for 10%. Discussion sessions are intended to review and reinforce material recently covered in the class and will be the basis of questions asked in the exams.


Faure, David China and Capitalism: A History of Business Enterprise in Modern China Hong Kong University Press, 2006. Hardback ISBN 978-962-209-783-4, eISBN 978-988-220-383-9 Paperback ISBN 978-962-209-784-1. Ebook available from the Press website for $12.99

Furber, Holden Rival Empires of Trade in the Orient. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1976. Available as e-book from UT library system. One copy held in PCL 2 hour reserve.


ANS 361 • Asian Rgnlism/Multilat Coop

30790 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.210
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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Spring Semester 2016

GOV 365L, unique 37995

Instructor: Xuecheng Liu

Bldg / Room: MEZ 1.210 

Days & Time: TTH 12:30-14:00





 Asian Regionalism and Multilateral Cooperation


Course Description:

Asia’s rise as a region will shape the future world order. Asian regionalism as a vitally important dimension of Asia’s rise has attracted critical attention of Asia experts and policy makers. This course first addresses the nature, functional principles, leadership, and policy-making process of contemporary Asian regionalism in comparison with the experiences of European integration. We also explore the linkage between the momentum of Asian integration and contemporary Asian nationalism. Then we will introduce and assess the origins and its developments of leading regional cooperation mechanisms: ASEAN, Six-Party Talks (Northeast Asian Security Cooperation Architecture), SAARC, and SCO. Finally, in terms of engaging with the Asian multilateral cooperation we will discuss polices and strategies of major powers, particularly, the United States and China.


This course contains four main parts:

1, Comparison between Asian Regionalism and European Experiences: Concept, principles, leadership, and policy-making process;

2. Asian Regionalism and Asian Nationalism: explore the linkage between the emerging Asian cooperation and contemporary Asian nationalism, focusing on Chinese nationalism, Indian nationalism, and Japanese nationalism;

3. Introduce four most important cooperation mechanisms: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Southeast Asia; Six-Party talks (Northeast Asian Security Cooperation Architecture) in Northeast Asia; South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in South Asia; and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central Asia;

4. Major Powers' Responses to Asian Cooperation: Focus on American and Chinese Strategies for engaging with Asian Integration and multilateral cooperation.


Grading Policy:


  1. Two take-home essays (6-7 pages) 40%
  2. One 12-page term paper, 50%

   Note: Writing of the term paper includes the paper proposal, the first draft (15 points), and the second (revised) draft (25 points), and the final draft (10 points).

  1. Class participation, 10%



1. Frost, Ellen L., Asia’s New Regionalism ANR

  (Boulder. Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publications, 2008)

  ISBN 978-1-58826-579-1 [Selected chapters distributed by email]

2. Shambaugh, David, Power Shift: China and Asia’s New DynamicsPS

  (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006) [electronic bk.]

3. Aggarwal, Vind K.,Asia’s New Institutional Architecture ANIA

Dordrecht: Springer, 2007. [electronic bk.]

  1. Saez, Lawrence, The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

(SAARC): An emerging collaboration Architecture, Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2012. [electronic resource]

5. Pempel, T. J., Regionalism, Economic Integration and Security in Asia (REISA),

  Northamptom, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2011. [Electronic Resource]

6. Mahbubani, Kishore, The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East (NAH),New York: PublicAffairs, 2009. [electronic resource]

7. Webber, Douglas, Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis Ltd., 2004. [electronic resource].

8. Ikenberry, G. John, Regional Integration and Institutionalization: Comparing Asia and Europe (RII), Shoukadoh: Research Institute, Aoyama Gakuin University, 2012. [Selected Chapters distributed by email]

9. Selected chapters of the recently published books and journal articles distributed by email.

ANS 361 • Big Asian Histories

30795 • Oppenheim, Robert M
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.120
(also listed as ANT 324L, HIS 364G)
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What makes histories “big”?  The focus of this course is on world histories centrally involving Asia from the medieval period to the present.  It examines ways in which Asia and other areas of the globe have had connected intellectual, artistic, and social developments, and how Asia figured in the “rise of the West” to industrial and imperial dominance by the end of the nineteenth century.  It looks also at global histories of political forms and actions, social spaces and dynamics, and scientific theories and practices that have been exemplified through Asia—of, for instance, the interaction of nomadic and sedentary modes of life, domestic spaces, and “growth” as a ruling idea of economic planning.  Throughout the course, historiographical issues are paramount: How does one conceive of and write “connected histories”?

ANS 361 • Global Economies: Asia & US

30801 • Mays, Susan
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 220
(also listed as AAS 325)
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FLAG: Global Cultures

COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis course introduces key trends in the economies of the US and Asia, with emphasis on the links between these two major trading blocs.  The class addresses the rise of China and India as well as the development of Japan, the “Tiger” economies, and Southeast Asia.  The course examines the connections between Asia and the US in trade, technology and knowledge transfer, and outsourcing, considering key sectors such as manufacturing, technology, finance, and infrastructure.  Importantly, the class addresses professional and labor migration between Asia and the US, including the growth of the Asian American population and a globalized professional class.  The approach is historical and comparative (quantitative analysis is not required), and the reading includes scholarly works and case studies as well as articles by business leaders, industry analysts, and journalists.

ANS 361 • Global Hong Kong

30805 • Hamilton, Peter
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 0.128
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 364G)
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FLAGS: Cultural Diversity in the U.S., Global Cultures, and Writing


This course examines the history of Hong Kong from a global perspective, stretching from the First Opium War (1839-42) to the present day. Through lectures, discussions, films, and readings, we will foreground Hong Kong’s place on the world stage—as a trading entrepôt, a migration hub, a political sanctuary, and an economic powerhouse. We will study the evolution of the British colonial regime, the lives of diverse Hong Kong residents, and the trades and industries that have sustained the territory. We will pay keen attention to the world migrations, economic developments, and catastrophes in which Hong Kong has played an important role, such as the opium trade, the Chinese diaspora, China’s political upheavals, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and mainland China’s post-1978 economic reform and takeoff. Finally, as the historic embarkation point and logistical nexus for Chinese migrants to the United States, Hong Kong holds a special significance for Asian American studies. Throughout the course, special attention will be paid to Hong Kong’s links with the United States.


ANS 361 • Indian Ocean Travel & Trade

30810 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets T 330pm-630pm GAR 0.132
(also listed as HIS 350L)
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This undergraduate seminar examines long-distance travel and trade in the Indian Ocean region from approximately 1000 to 1700 AD.  It looks both at the experiences of individual travelers as recorded in narratives about their journeys, and also at larger patterns of trade, migration, exploration, and conquest within this extensive region extending from the shores of East Africa to Japan.  Although the course explores the significance of travel narratives as a genre of literature, the emphasis is on the historical developments that led to growing travel from one world region to another and also on the cultural differences reflected in the accounts.  The greatest attention is paid to the Indian subcontinent, due to its focal point in the region, but other sectors of the Indian Ocean are also considered.  A comparative perspective is fostered through analysis of travel accounts written by people from the Middle East and China, in addition to the more abundant travel literature produced by Europeans.

Students will be exposed to a variety of traders and travelers in the first part of the course, as well as to recent ideas about travel literature as a whole.  Toward the end of the semester, students will engage in individual research on a topic of their own choice.  Possible topics for research include an in-depth analysis of a specific traveler, a comparison of writings on a particular region by different types of travelers such as traders and missionaries, an analysis of differing attitudes towards different regions by the same type of traveler, or a study of changes in trade routes to a region.


1) Michael Pearson, The Indian Ocean (Seas in History)

2) Louise Levathis, When China Ruled the Seas

3) Michael Fisher , Visions of Mughal India

4) Michael Cooper, They Came to Japan

5) Roxani E. Margariti, Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade

6) course pack



5 reading responses                                20%

2 drafts of analytical paper                     25%

research paper proposal                            5%

oral presentation of research                    5%

2 drafts of research paper                       30%

attendance & participation                     15%

ANS 361 • Pol Econ Devel Postwar Korea

30815 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.208
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Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Struggle For Asian Democrcy

30820 • Guha, Sumit
Meets M 300pm-600pm GAR 0.132
(also listed as HIS 350L)
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India: The struggle to build an Asian democracy, 1947-2008

HIS 350 L (38660); ANS 361 (30820). Meets Mondays 3-6 PM, GAR 0.132

Instructor: Sumit Guha

Office: GAR 2.140 Email:

Office hours: Wed. 2-4 PM & by appointment


The republic of India was the largest of the many Asian and African states that emerged from the retreat of Western empires after 1945. It emerged in unpropitious circumstances of bloodshed and acute poverty, but has uniquely avoided both civil war and dictatorship through the decades that followed. Students in this course will explore the dangers that beset the fledgling democracy and the many efforts needed to sustain and widen it.

            This course carries a Writing Flag. Such classes meet the Core Communications objectives of Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility as established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Writing Flag courses are designed to improve student expertise with writing in an academic discipline, in this case, History.  This course teaches students two distinct and graduated forms of analytic writing. One is the art of reviewing: it begins with learning to summarize (present the main points of another text concisely) and is completed by learning the skill of evaluating texts in comparison with other texts.


Ramachandra Guha India after Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. Paperback edition. ISBN: 9780060958589. Required

Mukulika Banerjee Why India Votes? London: Routledge 2014. ISBN 978-1-138-01971-3 Required

Other readings will be available free on Canvas, or online via the UT Library system.


Attendance and participation 33%

Précis of early reading 10%.

Book Review draft and final version 22%

Final essay draft and final 35%

Points will be converted to letter grades as follows:


86-100=       A

70-85=         B

55-69=          C

40-54=         D

Below 40=   F

ANS 361 • War/Peace: China/Japan/Taiwan

30825 • Wolford, Scott
Meets TTH 800am-930am WAG 214
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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GOV 365L: War/Peace: China/Japan/Taiwan





Course description:

This course will use the modern theory of war and diplomacy to learn about patterns of international war and peace in the East Asian region, with a particular focus on China, Taiwan, and Japan, since 1984.


Grading policy:

Students will be graded on three exams (60%) and a combination of quizzes and short writing assignments throughout the semester (40%).



Paine, S.C.M. 2012. The Wars for Asia 1911-1949 Cambridge University Press.

Stueck, William. 2004. Rethinking the Korean War Princeton University Press.

ANS 361 • Musics Of India

30830 • Slawek, Stephen
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MRH 2.634
(also listed as ANT 324L)
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Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Japanese Foreign Policy

30835 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 101
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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GOV 365L (#37990)/ ANS 361(#30835)

TTH 9:30-11:00, PAR 101


Patricia L. Maclachlan



Course Description:

            This course introduces upper level undergraduates to the foreign and domestic determinants of Japanese foreign policy-making and international relations from the beginning of the modern era (1868) to the present.  We will address a wide range of topics, including the causes and consequences of the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars, the expansion of Japan’s colonial empire and role in World War II, the U.S. Occupation (1945-52) and its impact on policymaking institutions and Japan’s subsequent position in the world, and the history and significance of the U.S.-Japan military alliance. We will also address issues affecting the contemporary balance-of-power in East Asia, such as the rise of Japanese nationalism, ongoing conflicts with China and North and South Korea, and Japan’s decision to participate in collective self-defense.



Course Requirements:

  1. Quizzes on Readings                                                                                  10%
  2. Midterm #1:                                                                                              25%
  3. Midterm #2:                                                                                              30%                              In lieu of this exam, students may write a short (6-8 pp.)                                                      research paper on a topic of their choice                            
  4. Final exam                                                                                                 35%




            Kenneth B. Pyle.  Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose

            (Public Affairs, 2008).              


All additional readings will be posted on the Canvas site for this course.

ANS 361 • Anthropology Of The Himalayas

30845 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.118
(also listed as AAS 330, ANT 324L)
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This course looks at the history and culture of the Himalayan region, including Northeast India, (briefly) sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Tibet but especially Nepal. Some understanding of Asian history, politics and religion will be helpful (but not necessary) as our attempt will not be a comprehensive survey of the region. The Himalayas have been the site of a great deal of anthropological attention and as such we will be simultaneously be exploring several key theoretical, historical and methodological issues within the discipline of anthropology as we learn about places and people in the region. Particular attention will be paid to the area as a site for negotiating identity (caste and indigeneity), development politics, the environment, tourism, diasporas as well as the current political tensions in the region. At the conclusion of the class, students should have a stronger idea of the important role this area has played in the political, religious and social imagination of the world and an appreciation of concepts such as ritual theory, social movements, modernity and gender studies

ANS 361 • Biomedicine, Ethics, & Cul

30850 • Traphagan, John W.
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 7.114
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 373M)
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Selected topics in south and east Asian anthropology, economics, history, geography, government, art, music, and philosophy.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Asian Studies 320 and 361 may not both be counted unless the topics vary.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 361 • Why Chinese Has No Alphabet

30855 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 0.118
(also listed as LIN 350)
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(Meets with LIN 350)

Required Texts:  (Available at University Co-op Bookstore)

William G. Boltz, The Origin and Early Development of the Chinese Writing System

 Recommended Texts:  (Available at University Co-op Bookstore)

(Selections available on Canvas/Files)

Jerry Norman, Chinese

Tsuen-hsuin Tsien, Written on Bamboo and Silk – The Beginnings of Chinese Books and Inscriptions, Second Edition, 2004.

Further Reading (selections available on Canvas/Files):

John DeFrancis, The Chinese Language: Fact and Fantasy

S. Robert Ramsey, The Languages of China

Michael Sullivan, The Three Perfections: Chinese Painting, Poetry and Calligraphy (Revised edition: George Braziller, 1999) [Out of print]

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to the history of the evolution of the Chinese writing system and language. This course is open to all students and while recommended, no background in Chinese language, culture or linguistics is required. Course emphasis will be given to the study of the writing system and the cultural contexts that have preserved such a unique orthography from ancient to modern times. In this context, the course will include some discussion of the history of the Chinese language, including Chinese dialects. Lectures and discussions will focus on the cultural, historical, social, and political background against which Chinese writing and language have evolved.

            Introduction – Chinese Language and Writing; What is writing?  What is an alphabet?

  1. The Beginnings – Ancient Writing Systems, Proto-Writing, the Shang Bronze Age
  2. The Han Dynasty Milestone – Old Text/New Text Debates, Invention of Paper, “radicals” and the influential role of the Shuowen jiezi
  3. The Song Dynasty Milestone – Calligraphy, Painting, Invention of Printing, and “handwriting”
  4. The Modern Milestone – Language Reform, Script transformation, Japanese/Western influence
  5. Contemporary Times – Chinese writing in the cyber age, influence of the English language/alphabet


This course will be graded on the Plus/Minus system.

There is a class attendance policy for this course.  After 2 absences (excused or unexcused), your class discussion grade will be deducted a full grade, and a half grade for each additional absence.  More than 8 absences will result in a failing grade for the course.  (Extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration in consultation with the Office of the Dean of Students.)

Your grade for this course will be based on the following (see below for details):

  • There is no written final exam.

I. 10% Class and online discussion, participation and “preparedness” (informal


II. 60% Reading and Discussion Questions "Quizzes"

III. 20% Two Oral Presentations (for Group Panels)

IV. 10% Final Roundtable Discussion of Group Project Presentations on language and digital media

ANS 362 • Research In Asian Studies

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Individual instruction for Asian studies majors and nonmajors. Discussion, research, and the writing of papers about various general and specialized Asian subjects.  Prerequisite: Six semester hours of coursework in Asian studies and
written consent of instructor on form obtained from the undergraduate adviser.

ANS 372 • Bollywood And Society

30865 • Shah, Gautami
Meets T 500pm-800pm BEN 1.126
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May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • Precolonial India, 1200-1750

30875 • Talbot, Cynthia
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 3.116
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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This course surveys the history of South Asia during the era prior to British colonial rule.  It begins ca. 1200 with the establishment of Muslim political power in North India and ends ca. 1750 with the emergence of British dominance in East India.  The large states which emerged in this period – the Delhi Sultanate, the Vijayanagara kingdom of South India, and the Mughal empire – incorporated  regions of South Asia that had previously been politically divided and stimulated the circulation of ideas, peoples, and goods throughout the subcontinent and beyond.  The increased scale of these political networks led to greater uniformity and communication in the society and economy of South Asia, as well as the growth of a pan-Indian elite culture.  At the same time, the diversity of South Asian culture and society increased during the timespan from 1200 to 1750, due to the influx of peoples and religions of foreign origin coming overland from Afghanistan and Persia and also overseas from Europe and elsewhere.   The roots of contemporary South Asia -– an area that is distinctly different from other parts of the world yet is also very diverse internally – thus lie in the precolonial era.


1) C. Asher & C. Talbot, India before Europe

2) Banarsidas, Ardhakathanak: A Half Story, trans. Rohini Chowdhury

3) excerpts from The Rehla of Ibn Battuta, Hasan Sizji's Morals of the Heart, 
    Baburnama, Humayunnama, Michael Fisher's Visions of Mughal India etc.


2 papers (4-6 pps each)= 40%

2 exams (ID & essay))= 50%

1 set of discussion questions=   5%

attendance & participation=   5%

ANS 372 • Confucianism

30890 • Sena, David M
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 2.124
(also listed as CTI 375, R S 352)
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Course Description
In this course we examine the philosophy and historical context of classical Confucianism.  Focusing on the translated writings of Confucius, Mencius, and Xunzi, as well as on recently discovered texts found in ancient tombs, this course examines the systems of thought in early Confucian writings.  In addition to discussing the history of ideas, we will also pay close attention to the cultural background of the period and to the social context in which these texts were written by considering such issues as literacy and the transmission of specialized knowledge in ancient China.  The focus of the course will be on the classical period (sixth through third centuries B.C.E.), but we will also consider the legacy of Confucian thought and institutions in the early empire and beyond.

Course Goals
The primary goal of this course is to help you develop your ability to read closely and understand seminal texts from the classical period of Chinese literature.  A fundamental principle in this course is that we cannot fully understand classical Confucian texts without considering the social, intellectual, and cultural milieu within which these texts were generated.  Therefore the second goal will be to learn how to use social and cultural history as a method for enhancing one's understanding of texts.  Third, in focusing on Confucian thinkers and texts, we aim to understand the philosophical content of this important tradition, to understand the how these ideas fit within the larger social and intellectual context of ancient China, and to assess their relevance to our own lives.

class participation: 20%
informal writing: 15%
short paper: 20%
midterm exam: 20%
final paper: 25%

The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation. Trans. Roger T. Ames and Henry Rosemont, Jr. New York: Ballantine, 1998 [PL 2478 L328].

The Essential Mengzi: Selected Passages with Traditional Commentary. Trans. Bryan W. Van Norden. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2009.

Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings. Trans. Burton Watson. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963 [B 128 H66 E55].

Additional readings available electronically.

ANS 372 • Gender/Art In Muslim World

30895 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm JES A209A
(also listed as ISL 373, MEL 321, MES 342, R S 358, WGS 340)
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This course is a survey of the development of Islamic art (inclusive of most expressive, and creative art forms) in the Muslim societies from the earliest to the present time with a focus on gender and contemporary artistic issues. Topics will include: gender and gender identities; art patronage, Orientalism, themes of power; and their influential roles in form and express formation, the dominant artistic traditions before and after 1900, the loss of traditional aesthetics due to Western influence, and the re-emergence of calligraphic art as an expression of “Universal Muslim Identity”, and themes of artistic expressions as it is related to current world events (war, occupation of land, and religious resurgence).

The Discussions incorporate analysis of historical, political, social & economical factors that gave rise to aesthetic changes in the regional cultures.  Selected biographical data on some of the most influential traditional and modern Muslim artists will be discussed, to provide a basis for the appreciation of the artistic works and the important roles played by the artists in regards to the theme of “Gender”, in both the traditional and the contemporary Muslim societies. 

Text: Reader Packets

Requirements: Upper Division Standing


Attendance:                              5%

Active Class participation        5%

Short quizzes                           20%

Class Presentation                   20%

First Exam                               25%

Second Exam                          25% 

ANS 379 • Cul Mem/Classic Chinese Nov

30905 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets M 400pm-700pm MEZ 1.206
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  • This course carries the Writing and Global Cultures Flags
  • All lectures and readings in English; no previous background in Chinese language, culture or literature is required.


CAO Xueqin, translated by David Hawkes, The Story of the Stone, Vols. I, II, III

(Penguin, 1973, 1977, 1980) [aka Honglou meng (Dream of the Red Chamber)]

CAO Xueqin and Gao E, translated by John Minford, The Story of the Stone, Vols. IV, V (Penguin, 1982, 1986)

Richard J. Smith, The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015) [QDTCC]

Other Required Readings on Canvas Course Site


Tang Xianzu, translated by Cyril Birch, The Peony PavilionMudan ting. 2nd ed (Indiana, 2002)

 Course Description

 2016 Novel:  The Story of the Stone (Honglou meng, or Dream of the Red Chamber)

 The focus of this course is on the masterpiece 18th c. Chinese novel, Dream of the Red Chamber (Honglou meng), with the alternate title of The Story of the Stone (Shitou ji).  Lectures and seminar-style discussion will examine the metaphors and mythology from Chinese cultural memory that are present in this classic novel.  In particular, the course will introduce American students to one of the most well-known of Chinese literary figures in Lin Daiyu, the novel’s female protagonist that holds a significant place in Chinese cultural memory. Lin Daiyu’s cultural significance is comparable to Juliet or Ophelia in Western cultural memory. This close study of the enduring appeal of the characterization of Lin Daiyu will include a perusal of antecedents for the Chinese “goddess” archetype in literary memory.  Lectures will provide literary and socio-historical contexts for the novel. A selection of primary and secondary source readings will introduce a cross-section of influential works from classical literature and the major founding schools of Chinese thought. Complementary study will include the viewing of modern-day visual and dramatic representations of this novel. 

 Course Grade Based On:

  • There is no final written exam in this course. 

  • There is a class attendance policy.

  • No late assignments are accepted; no make-up of missed assignments and presentations allowed

 I.        20%     Class and online discussion, participation and “preparedness” (including

in-class informal writing)

II.        50%     Reading and Discussion Questions –1-page Response Writings

III.       15%     One 5-6 page Research Inquiry Note

IV.       10%     One Oral Presentation (on selected QDTCC chapter)

V.         5%       One “Fan Fiction” scenario piece (2-3 pages)


ANS 379 • Indian Poetry And Religions

30910 • Mohammad, Afsar
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.102
(also listed as R S 341)
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May be repeated for credit when topics vary.  Asian Studies 378 and 379 may not both be counted.  Prerequisite: For Asian studies and Asian cultures and languages majors, twelve semester hours of upper-division coursework in Asian studies or Asian languages; for others, upper-division standing.