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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Course Descriptions

ANS 301M • Intro To Politics In East Asia

30959 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WAG 101
(also listed as GOV 314)
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This lower-division survey course introduces students to the politics and political systems of Japan, China, Taiwan, 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 acquire insights into 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 not only to interpret current events in East Asia, but also to pursue more in-depth scholarly study of this critically important part of the world.


Grading Criteria:


1. Quizzes on readings (approximately 8):                        15%

            2. Two in-class midterm exams (20% + 25%)       45%

*Students may write a short research paper

 in lieu of the 2nd midterm

            3. Final exam:                                                     40%





            Tomohito Shinoda, Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts (Columbia University Press, 2013).


            Charles K. Armstrong, The Koreas, 2nd ed. (Routledge 2013).


            Kenneth Lieberthal, Governing China: From Revolution to Reform, 2nd ed. (W.W. Norton, 2003)


            Additional readings will be provided to students at the beginning of the semester via Canvas.

ANS 301M • Forbidn Romance Mod Chi Lit

30960 • Tsai, Chien-hsin
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm UTC 3.104
(also listed as C L 305)
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This course is an introduction to Chinese literature from the late Qing (the second half of the 19th century) to the present with a less-explored but nevertheless important dimension: romance and the legitimacy of its representation. We will engage in topics such as the literary construction of romantic subjects in response to socio-political and intellectual provocations, gender studies, and the proliferation of amorous engagements as they pertain to our understanding of modern Chinese literary and cultural studies. We will problematize the notion that literature is a reflection of reality, and call attention to how textual representations of intimacy, despair, loyalty, to name only a few, provide writers unlikely passages to traverse or fortify consensual, legal, and moral boundaries.

ANS 302C • Introduction To China

30965 • Li, Huaiyin
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GSB 2.126
(also listed as HIS 302C)
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This course introduces the study of Chinese history, society, and culture through an examination of the cultural unities and diversities, continuities and discontinuities that comprise the historical development of Chinese civilization. Topics include philosophy and religion; population and economy; power and authority; gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity.  This course provides a foundation for continued study of Chinese history and society for students who plan to go on to more specialized, upper-division courses including Chinese anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, economics, law, policy, international business, art history, architecture, environmental science, and philosophy.


J. K Fairbank & M. Goldman, China: A New History (Belknap, 2006)

P. J. Ivanhoe & B. W. Van Norden, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy (Hackett, 2006)

H. Li, Village China Under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-history (Stanford, 2009)


Mid-term exam (30%)

Final exam (30%)

Two short essays (15% each, 30% total)

Attendance and participation (10%)

ANS 302J • Introduction To Japan

30970 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 136
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This course offers an introduction to the culture, history, and society of Japan. The primary goal is to develop a broad understanding of Japanese cultural, political, and social identities. In addition to a variety of secondary sources that describe the historical period or topic we are discussing, we will focus on analyzing primary source materials (both non-fictional and fictional works, i.e. laws, memoirs, essays, fictional stories, films, art, theater, etc.) produced in the period to discover how intellectuals, citizens, lawmakers, and artists were negotiating the particular contexts in which they lived. The secondary goal of this course is to learn how to read these sources critically and analytically. The format of the course will include both lecture as well as small group and class discussions. This course provides an introductory foundation for students to go onto more specialized, upper-division courses in fields such as Japanese anthropology, art history, economics, film, history, international business, literature, political science, religion, and sociology.

ANS 307C • Intro To The History Of India

30980 • Vadlamudi, Sundara
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 307C)
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This course introduces students to the history of the Indian subcontinent from prehistoric times till the end of the twentieth century. We will explore a large span of history across time and space. Chronologically, we will discuss about 5000 years of history between 2500 BCE and 2000 CE. Geographically, we will survey the history of a vast region comprising the present day countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Our course will divide the subject in to three segments: ancient India, medieval India, and modern India. We will examine political, social, economic, and cultural themes within each period. Since this is an introductory survey course, we will cover important themes rather than specific details. At the end of the course, you will be able to,


  • Identify important historical personalities and key phases in Indian history
  • Comprehend changes in religious beliefs and emergence of new religions
  • Understand the relationship between economy, trade, and society
  • Situate India within developments in the larger world


The class will be in lecture format and will include some audio-visual aids.



The class will use a textbook and several articles and book chapters that will be posted on Blackboard. The book required for this course can be purchased from the University Coop or online.


Thomas R. Trautmann, India: Brief History of a Civilization. (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Barbara Metcalf and Thomas Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India (Cambridge University Press, 2012) Third Edition.



Attendance:                                                                                         10%

Three in-class non-cumulative exams, 20% each exam:                      60%

3-4 page book review on any one novel due on last day of class:      10%

(the list of novels will be available after the 12th day of class)

Fortnightly assignments on readings. 100-125 word answers:           20%


A (90-100); B (80-89): C (70-79); D (60-69); F (0-59)

ANS 321M • Politics In Japan

30984 • Maclachlan, Patricia
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 208
(also listed as GOV 321M)
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This upper division course surveys key themes in the domestic politics and political economy of postwar Japan.  After briefly exploring the politics and institutions of the pre-war era, we will examine the impact of the American Occupation (1945-52) on the Japanese political economy, the secrets of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) dominance in postwar elections, voting trends, legislative and policymaking processes, gender politics, and interest group and social movement politics. We will devote our final weeks to the analysis of developments in contemporary Japan, including the movement toward political-economic reform—particularly in the public sector, defense and agriculture.  These and related topics will be examined from a comparative perspective and with reference to political science theories, most notably historical institutionalism and rational choice.



Grading Criteria:


            1.  Quizzes on readings:                                           15%

            2.  Midterm examination:                                         25%

            3.  Short (5 pages) writing assignment:                    20%

            4.  Final examination:                                              40%





1. Robin LeBlanc, Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife. University of California Press, 1999.

2. Jacob M. Schlesinger, Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine. Sanford University Press, 1999.

            3. Tomohito Shinoda, Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts (Columbia University Press, 2013).


            4. Frances Rosenbluth and Michael Thies, Japan Transformed: Political Change and Economic Structuring (Princeton University Press, 2010)

            Additional readings will be provided to students at the beginning of the semester via Canvas.

ANS 340 • Jainism: Relig Of Non-Violence

30985 • Davis, Donald R
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm NOA 1.110
(also listed as R S 341)
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As one of the world’s oldest religions, Jainism has often been described as an atheistic soteriology, or method of personal salvation alone.  The intense religious, especially ascetic, discipline required of Jain monks and nuns is the most visible symbol of Jainism.  The cardinal virtue in this ascetic regimen is ahiṃsā, or non-violence, which characterizes every action performed by Jain monks and nuns and is held as an ideal for Jain laypeople as well.

Given the emphasis on ascetic practice in Jainism, one may not expect many lay Jains to be merchants who own thriving trading businesses in some of India’s largest cities.  The contrast, and seeming contradiction, between ascetic ideals and prosperous lives within the theological, ritual, and social frameworks of Jainism will be the principal subject of this course.  The early focus will be on Jain theology and philosophy, i.e. those concepts and world-views that Jain leaders have expounded and idealized since the founding of the tradition in the 5th century BC.  The second part of the course will shift attention away from the conceptual and theological to the practical and ritual aspects of Jain life in India.  In the end, you will have a solid working knowledge of the basic concepts of Jainism as well as a thorough understanding of everyday life in Jain communities.

ANS 340 • Natural Theology East And West

30989 • Phillips, Stephen
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm WAG 210
(also listed as PHL 348)
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This course surveys and at the same time evaluates arguments for and against the existence of God in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions, along with arguments for Brahman (Hinduism) and Emptiness (Buddhism), that is, considering religious philosophy worldwide.


The course takes a global point of view, comparing arguments proferred originally in Arabic, for example, with medieval arguments expressed in Latin and with a collection of arguments originally expressed in Sanskrit.


We will also examine the primary atheistic arguments in the West from Epicurus through Bertrand Russell and in India principally from a philosopher of the eighth century named Kumarila Bhatta.


We will also consider differing concepts of God. An important Buddhist argument purports to prove the Buddha's omniscience. But the Buddhist idea of omniscience differs from the mainstream view of God's omniscience in the West.


Our main focus throughout the course will be on the strengths and weaknesses of each argument.

ANS 340 • Tantric Ascetics Modern India

30995 • Shankar, Jishnu
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm MEZ 1.206
(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

31005 • Brereton, Joel
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm SZB 330
(also listed as ANT 324L, CTI 375, HIS 364G, R S 321)
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History of Hindu Religious Traditions

This course examines the principal themes of traditional Hinduism, the dominant religion of the Indian subcontinent. It gives special attention to the historical development of the tradition and its relation to social and cultural life in India. To the extent possible, the course will examine different forms of religious expression created within India. These include written texts that have been significant in the Hindu tradition, but they also comprise rituals that have been central to religious life, patterns of social action that embody Hindu values, and images and architecture that display the form and powers of the world.  

Written Requirements:
(1)  Nine microthemes (of the twelve or more posted). These microthemes are short (approximately one page), interpretive essays on assigned topics regarding the required reading or films.
(2)  Three quizzes.
(3)  Final essays due or written at the time of the final exam.

Microthemes  ………………………………………………   45%
Three quizzes………………………………………………   30%
Final essays   ………………………………………………   20%
Attendance…………………………………………………     5%

Required Texts:
Anantha Murthy, U.R., Samskara. tr. by A. K. Ramanujan.  
Dimmitt, C. and J.A.B. van Buitenen, Classical Hindu Mythology:  A Reader in the Sanskrit Purāṇas.
Hawley, John Stratton and Vasudha Narayanan, The Life of Hinduism. PCL Library e-book.
Miller, Barbara Stoler, tr.,  The  Bhagavad-Gita.
Narayan, R.K., tr.,  The Mahābhārata

Origins: The Vedic Tradition
The Way of Insight: Religious Knowledge
The Formation of the Tradition: The Great Epics
The Way of Devotion: Worship of the Deities in Classical Hinduism
The Way of Action: Village Life and Regional Hinduism
Hinduism in Contemporary Society

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ANS 340L • Post-Mao China: Chng/Transform

31010 • Li, Huaiyin
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 340L)
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This course examines Chinese economy, society, and politics during the reform era since the late 1970s in a historical context.  It covers the following topics: the transformation of China’s rural and urban economies and its social consequences; change and continuity in government systems, political ideologies, and popular values; and China’s integration into the global system and its impact on China’s role in world politics.  Using a comparative and historical perspective, this course aims to identify the characteristic “China model” of economic, social, and political changes and explore its implications for existing theories of development and globalization.

ANS 361 • Asian Mobilities

31020 • Hindman, Heather
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 210
(also listed as AAS 330)
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Flags: Global Cultures and Writing

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 • Asian Rgnlism/Multilat Coop

31024 • Liu, Xuecheng
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.216
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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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 • Global Hong Kong

31025 • 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 • Global Indian Literature

31030 • Shingavi, Snehal
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 208
(also listed as AAS 320, E 360L)
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E 360L  l  Global Indian Literature

Instructor:  Shingavi, S

Unique #:  34835

Semester:  Spring 2015

Cross-lists:  AAS 320, ANS 361

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Flags:  Global Cultures

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

Description: Two important historical trends have marked the development and recognition of “Indian literature” as a global (rather than a strictly national) phenomenon. First, the patterns of migration of South Asians since the beginning of the Raj moved Indians to various parts of the British Empire and created a network of ambassadors and webs of affiliation throughout the world for South Asian culture; the fact of colonial schools which produced English-speaking Indians is not incidental. Second, the celebrity of Rushdie as the premiere Indian writer helped to produce a niche market within the publishing world for books about and by South Asians (usually represented by the big, national novel). To this must also be added the contemporary rise of India as a leading world economy which has raised the demand for and curiosity about Indian culture within the global marketplace. This course will investigate the production of a “global Indian literature” – paradoxically cosmopolitan and national – as made up of the intersecting experiences of Indians outside of India and the demands of the literary market (international publishing houses and the big literary prizes). All of the writers that we will consider have won major national and international prizes (the Nobel, Man Booker, Commonwealth Writers, Pulitzer, etc.), and this will allow to think about what kinds of issues, what kinds of histories, and what kinds of forms tend to predominate in this body of writing.

Texts: Tagore, Home and the World; Rushdie, Satanic Verses; Roy, The God of Small Things; Mistry, A Fine Balance; Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies; Naipaul, A Bend in the River; Chatterjee, The Mammaries of the Welfare State; Ghosh, Sea of Poppies; Seth, Golden Gate; Desai, In Custody.

Requirements & Grading: Weekly blog posts, 250 words (20%); Midterm (20%); Final (30%); Paper, 6-7 pages (20%); Participation (10%).

ANS 361 • Governments/Politics Se Asia

31034 • Liu, Amy
Meets MWF 800am-900am GAR 3.116
(also listed as GOV 365L)
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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 • Pol Econ Devel Postwar Korea

31035 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm JES A209A
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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 • Self & Culture In North Korea

31040 • Oppenheim, Robert M
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CLA 0.104
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North Korea (officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) is often understood almost solely through the challenges it poses, its failings, and its horrors.  The story is unremittingly one of nuclear breakout, famine, refugees, and gulags.  Without disregarding such issues entirely, this course focuses on a variety of recent attempts—notably in anthropology, history, literature, art history, and cultural studies—to understand the public culture of North Korea and the constitution of self and everyday life within it.  Readings will be supplemented with both documentary and feature films.

ANS 361 • Slavery & South Asian History

31045 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets MW 300pm-430pm GAR 1.126
(also listed as HIS 364G)
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This course is organized in three parts: the first two span the period between the third century BCE and the late eighteenth century, the third covers the nineteenth-twentieth centuries. Students will learn about the ways in which a range of destitute people, orphans, debtors and criminals were incorporated into complex and variable social and political institutions in the subcontinent in the past. They will learn about key legal provisions about the treatment of slaves established by ancient governments. They will also read about military and political structures that used male and female slaves in different ways in the medieval period. These structures, associated with the coming of Islam in the subcontinent, enabled slaves to establish relationships with each other as well as with their masters and mistresses. In the third segment, students will understand the ways in which legal, political and commercial processes associated with global histories of European empires, contributed to the large-scale shift in slave-using structures, the meanings of slavery and the privileges and protections that slaves had earlier enjoyed.


1) I. Chatterjee and R.M. Eaton eds Slavery and South Asian History (Indiana University Press, 2006).

2) Arthashastra  Book III, Chapter XIII, Rules Regarding Slaves and Laborers, on

3) Amitava Ghosh, ‘The Slave of Ms. H6’, from Subaltern Studies, Vol. 5.

4) Sunil Kumar, ‘When Slaves Were Nobles’, Indian Economic and Social History Review , 1998.

5) Pushpa Prasad, ‘Female Slavery in Thirteenth Century Documents’, Indian Historical Quarterly, 1985.

6) Excerpts from Ex-Slave’s Memoir,Tahmasnama: The Autobiography of a Slave (Bombay 1967)

7) Marina Carter, ‘Slavery and Unfree labor in the Indian Ocean’ and ‘Indian Slaves in Mauritius’.

8) Legal Documents : Lariviere ed. Contested Ownership of a Slave; Mr. Hunter Stands Trial for Injuring his Slave Documents, Criminal Judicial Consultations of 1799 from the British Library and the U.N. Report on Trafficking and Prostitution from 1956.

9) 2 Visual Sources:, the film Mughal-e-Azam (with English subtitles) and a documentary on YouTube, ‘Sarah Harris Rescues Prostitutes’.


1) Posing Daily Question/Comment (on Blackboard): (40%)

2) Home-Written 5-page essay comparing historical readings with interpretation made in film (20%)

3) Home-Written 10-15 page discussion on a single theme (30%).

4) Final Essay in Class on media and politics in the representation of trafficking (10%).

ANS 361 • The Chinese In Diaspora

31050 • Hsu, Madeline Y.
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 1.134
(also listed as AAS 325, HIS 350L)
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Flags: Cultural Diversity in the U.S., Global Cultures, and Writing

In a self-proclaimed “nation of immigrants” such as the United States, our narratives of migration, race, and ethnicity emphasize themes of acculturation and assimilation symbolized by the metaphor of the “melting pot.”  In this class, we will explore experiences of migration, adaptation, and settlement from the perspective of a sending society--China--which possesses one of the longest and most diverse histories of sending merchants, workers, artisans, diplomats, missionaries, and so forth, overseas.  Over the last millennia, Chinese have migrated around the world and made homes under a great range of adversity and opportunity, producing many fascinating stories of encounters with difference and the building of common ground. Drawing upon this rich set of narratives, some questions that we will consider include the following.  As ethnic Chinese have moved and settled in so many places among such diverse societies, what is Chinese about the Chinese diaspora? What kinds of skills and attributes have helped Chinese to become arguably one of the most successful migrant groups? What do Chinese share in common with other migrant groups? How do Chinese adapt their identities and cultures to different circumstances?  What can Chinese experiences of migration contribute to contemporary debates and conceptions of migration?


Chirot, Daniel and Anthony Reid, ed. Essential Outsiders: Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1997.

Kuhn, Philip A. Chinese Among Others: Emigration in Modern Times. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

Louie, Vivian. Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity among Chinese Americans. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004

Lui, Mary. The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Roberts, J.A.G., China to Chinatown: Chinese Food in the West. London: Reaktion, 2002.

Wang Gungwu. The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000.


25 % Class participation and attendance

24 % Two 2-3 page book reviews

36 % 9-10 page research paper

10 % In-class presentation of research

5% peer review

ANS 361 • Biomedicine, Ethics, & Cul

31054 • Traphagan, John W.
Meets TTH 930am-1100am RLM 7.114
(also listed as ANT 324L, R S 373M)
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This course examines moral dilemmas that have been generated or intensified by recent advances in medical technology. We will explore ethical questions related to topics such as allocation of medical resources, stem cell research and cloning, organ transplantation, abortion, human experimentation, genetic screening, in vitro fertilization, pharmaceutical use and distribution, prolonging life and the right to die, suicide, euthanasia, and diagnosis and treatment of illnesses such as Alzheimer disease, AIDS, and mental disorders. These topics will be considered from a global perspective emphasizing how cultural values inform ethical decision-making and how different ethical/cultural systems address and define moral issues that arise in relation to medical care. We will consider ethical theories that have been used in the West to consider medical practice and compare these with approaches in non-Western cultures such as Japan. The course will emphasize use of case studies to explore issues in medical ethics and to develop the ability to apply ethical theories in ways sensitive to variations in cultural values.



Midterm One      30%Midterm Two     30%Final                   40%



Beauchamp, Tom L. and James F. Childress. Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 6th Edition. Oxford University Press.Martin, Emily.  The Woman in the Body.  Beacon Press.  Santorro, Michael A.  and Thomas M. Gorrie.  Ethics and the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Cambridge University Press.  Traphagan, John W.  Taming Oblivion: Aging Bodies and the Fear of Senility in Japan.  State University of New York Press.  Veatch, Robert M., Amy Haddad, Dan D. English.  Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics: Decision-Making, Principles, and Cases.  Oxford University Press.

ANS 361 • Hist Chinese Lang/Translatn

31055 • Lai, Chiu-Mi
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm MEZ 1.120
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Lost in Translation: History of Chinese Language and Translation

[This course is open to all students – no previous background in Chinese language, culture or linguistics is required.  All lectures, readings and discussion in English.]

  Against the backdrop of China’s prominent international status and increasing global interest in the Chinese language, this course will delve into an in-depth study of the Chinese language and culture, including discussion of Chinese regional cultures and dialects.  Course emphasis will be given to the study of the modern Chinese language, with consideration given to the language spoken in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.  Cultural and political contexts of these geopolitical entities will be explored in order to understand emerging differences of all that falls under the common nomenclature of “Chinese.”  Lectures and discussions will focus on the cultural, social, historical, and political background against which the Chinese language has evolved and continues to evolve.  Of significance will be assessment of the increasing influence of usage of the English language and the Internet in China and Taiwan. 

 Given China’s increased foreign interaction, this course will also include a discussion of the history of translation of the Chinese language into different languages, In this context, translation theories and approaches will be studied and discussed.  

 Students will engage in a final project that will apply translation theory to practice.  This final project will be:  1) a translation project from a foreign language into English; or 2) a comparison of different English-language translations of the same original language source.

NOTE:  This is not a course for training in translation or interpretation.

 Course Topic Sections:

  • Section I – The Chinese Language (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan), Dialects, Minority Languages of China
  • Section II – Language and Culture: Language Attitudes, Cultural Usage and Habits
  • Section III – Translation Theories and Approaches, Global Influence of English

 Course Grade based on:                              

  • There is a class attendance policy
  • There is no final exam in this course.

1.  15%     Class discussion, participation, and preparation, including informal in-class and online response writing

2.  50%     Reading and Discussion Questions (“response quizzes” on lectures, readings, discussion)

3.  10%     One Oral Presentation/Lead Discussant Work on Section I or II topics

4.  25%     Final Project Report on translation theory and practice (5-7 pages) and Oral Presentation on Final Project

Required Text:

S. Robert Ramsey, The Languages of China (Princeton 1987)                                             

 Reading Selections on Canvas include:

Peter W. Culicover and Elizabeth V. Hume, Basics of Language for Language Learners

John DeFrancis, The Chinese Language – Fact and Fantasy

Edwin Gentzler, Contemporary Translation Theories. Revised 2nd Ed. (Topics in Translation, 21)

Charles N. Li and Sandra A. Thompson, Mandarin Chinese – A Functional Reference Grammar

Lydia Liu, ed. Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Jerry Norman, Chinese                                               

Morry Sofer, The Translator’s Handbook, 7th Revised Edition (Translator's Handbook)

Lawrence Venuti, The Translator’s Invisibility: A History of Translation. 2nd Ed.


Doug Leshan, A Handbook of English-Chinese Translation (Commercial Press 2002)

Morry Sofer, The Global Translator's Handbook (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2013)

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

31065 • 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 • Globalizing E Asian Pop Cultr

31070 • Oh, Youjeong
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm JES A217A
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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 • Women & Wealth In South Asia

31073 • Chatterjee, Indrani
Meets T 330pm-630pm GAR 0.132
(also listed as HIS 350L, WGS 340)
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International aid agencies and modern humanitarians take for granted the poverty of all South Asian women. The question that is seldom asked is how did so many women become so poor? Have women always been poor in the subcontinent? How can we measure poverty and wealth across time and cultures? This course tries to discuss such questions by combining legal, political and social histories of the subcontinent over four centuries. The course will begin by locating women from governing Muslim households in the Mughal Empire who participated in the trading and commercial economies of early modern cities. It will then trace the effects of European commercial activities on women’s wealth through primary documents that students will decipher for themselves. It will enable students to track a variety of responses that poor, middling and governing women had to the legal reconstitutions of their wealth as ‘dowry’. The course will conclude with the attempts by the independent state of India to re-legislate women’s wealth into being, and the difficulties thereof. 


The goals of the course are to develop skills of critical reflection and expository writing while dealing with materials of global (non-American) societies and histories.  Students will be required to read all of the assigned materials carefully and critically before each seminar meeting. They will be asked to raise a question on a daily basis, either focusing on an author’s key arguments and how they relate to larger historical and methodological concerns: how does the author trying to change the way we think about women and wealth? How does the author marshall evidence to establish the argument? As the semester progresses, students will be rewarded for being able to better relate one set of readings to others.




1) Stephen P. Blake, ‘Contributors to the Urban Landscape: Women Builders in Safavid Isfahan and Mughal Shahjahanabad’ in Gavin G.R. Hambly ed. Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage and Piety, St. Martin’s Press, 1999, 407-428. (On Blackboard)

2) Gregory C. Kozlowski ‘Private Lives and Public Piety: Women and the Practice of Islam in Mughal India’, Ibid, 469-488. (On Blackboard)

3) Tilottama Mukherjee, ‘The Nature of Markets in Eighteenth Century Bengal’, IESHR (on Blackboard)

4) Richard Barnett, ‘Embattled Begams: Women Power Brokers in Eighteenth Century Awadh’ (On Blackboard)

5) Indrani Chatterjee, ‘ Monastic Governmentality, Colonial Misogyny and Postcolonial Amnesia’, History of the Present, 3, 2013. (on bLackboard)

Primary Documents from COLONIAL Period- 19th century.

: Parliamentary Papers of the British House of Commons on Sati, 1828 (on PCL web-page)

7) W. H. Macnaghten, Principles of Hindu and Muhammadan Law, 1862, E-Book, UT Libraries (PCL).

8) Henry S. Maine, The Early History of the Property of Married Women in Roman and Hindoo Law, 1873, E-Book, UT Libraries (PCL).

9) Neeta V. Prasad, ‘Defensive Widows, Litigious Widows, Imagined Widows: Disputes in Courts of the Raj 1875-1911’, UC Berkeley Dissertation, 2006, available on ProQuest, UT Library.

10) Law Reports: Indian Appeals Cases in the Privy Council on Appeal from Eastern India – Online at UT Austin, Law Library.

20th century Historiography on Women’s Wealth:

11) Rochona Majumdar, ‘Snehlata’s Death: Dowry and Women’s Agency in Colonial Bengal’, IESHR, 12/2004, 433-464.

12) Veena Oldenburg, Dowry Murder: The Imperial Origins of Cultural Crime, OUP, 2002.

13) Swapna Banerjee, Men, Women and Domestics, OUP, 2004.

14) Ursula Sharma, Women, Work and Property in Northwest India, OUP 1980.

15) J. Krishnamurthi ed. Women, Work and Property, 1989.

16) Srimati Basu, She Comes to Take Her Rights. 1999.

17) Srimati Basu ed. Dowry and Succession in South Asia. 2004.

18) Lamia Kareem, Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh .2011.

Submitted by (Prof) Indrani Chatterjee, History Dept.



1)         Students will earn 30 marks on a total of 10 submissions through the semester. Each of these submissions will be of 200 words each, and will be in response to either a primary document, or a secondary article. In each response, the student will be asked to summarise the argument of the author and end with one/two questions or critical comments that the student wishes to offer.

2)         They will earn another 10 marks on a first draft of 5 pages on the impact of colonial British policies of taxation on women. For revised second drafts of the same essay, complete with bibliography and other research conventions, they will earn another 20 marks. 

3)         For the remaining 40 marks, students will write a 10-15 page essay assessing the ways in which modern sociological and anthropological studies of women, property or work in the subcontinent, deal with or marginalize the histories they have learnt in the earlier part of the course. 

Grading Policies: LETTER GRADES OF A, B, C, D, F will be given in this course in the following fashion: total of 80-100= A; 60-79=B; 40-59=C; 20-39=D; Under 19 is a Fail or F.

1)         All discussion contributions and essays will be assessed on the basis of three criteria 1) How closely and carefully has the student read the material and understood it? 2) How well can the student analyze, compare and synthesize contradictory or comparative materials, both in speech and in writing? 3) How precisely, clearly and grammatically can the student express her/his thoughts in language, and how does s/he base this in evidence? [The components of an organized essay are a strong thesis statement in the introductory paragraph, clear and consistent paragraphs with clear opening statements in each, succinct conclusion. Good spelling will count as well. The assessment of oral discussion shifts in its emphasis from the beginning to the end of the semester. IN the beginning, a student’s ability to speak coherently will be sufficient; by the middle, a student’s ability to synthesise old and new readings, to remember the beginning and be able to refer to it in discussion will be favorably assessed; in the end, bringing all the older readings to bear upon the latest readings or viewing materials and being able to discuss these in a clear and mature fashion will be rewarded.]

ANS 372 • Yoga As Philosophy & Practice

31074 • Phillips, Stephen
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm WAG 302
(also listed as PHL 356, R S 341G)
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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 • Veiling In The Muslim World

31075 • Shirazi, Faegheh
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 303
(also listed as ANT 324L, ISL 372, MEL 321, R S 358, SOC 321K, WGS 340)
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This course will deal with the cultural significance and historical practices of veiling, “Hijab”, in the Muslim world. The issue of veiling as it relates to women has been subject to different interpretations and viewed from various perspectives, and with recent political developments and the resurgence of Islam, the debate over it and over women’s roles in Muslim countries has taken various shapes.  A number of Muslim countries are going back to their Islamic traditions and implementing a code of behavior that involves some form of veiling in Public /or segregation to various degrees for women. In some Muslim nations women are re-veiling on their own. In others, women resist the enforcement of such practices. We will examine the various perspectives, interpretations and practices relating to Hijab in the Muslim world with respect to politics, religion, feminism, culture, new wave of women converts and the phenomenon of “Islamic fashion” as a marketing tool.    

Prerequisites:  Upper Division Standing


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1- Faegheh Shirazi. The Veil Unveiled: Hijab in Modern Culture. University Press of Florida, 2001, 2003

2- Fatima Mernissi. The Veil And The Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation Of Women's Rights In Islam (Paperback)


Active participation (assigned article with discussion question) 10%, Regular Class Attendance 5%, 3 quizzes (Lowest grade will be dropped) 20%, Midterm Exam 30%, Final Research Paper 20%, and Oral Presentation %15

ANS 372 • Buddhist Art

31080 • Leoshko, Janice
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm DFA 2.204
(also listed as R S 341)
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This course will consider Buddhist art throughout the world, but the primary emphasis is upon South Asia. We will look at early traditions that emerged in India, including pilgrimage to sites associated with the Buddha's life such as Bodhgaya and Sarnath, and at particular issues that have emerged in the study of Buddhist art The class focus upon how Indian Buddhist art shaped the devotion of Buddhist practioners allows students to examine ways in which these artistic traditions were transformed as the religion spread to other parts of Asia. Sites outside of India that may be discussed include Borobudur in Indonesia, Dunhuang in China, Sokkuram in Korea, Kyoto in Japan and Lhasa in Tibet.


The textbook for the class is available for purchase at UT COOP: Denise Leidy, The Art of Buddhism, An Introduction to Its History and Meaning, 2008 (A copy will also be on reserve in the Fine Arts Library.) In addition, there are alsoarticles that students are expected to read which will be available on Blackboard.

Grades are based on the following (each worth 25%Exam IExam IIParticipation (including class debate)Short paper; analysis/discussion of article (list provided later)

ANS 372 • Pop Lit/Cul Modern China

31085 • Tsai, Chien-hsin
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BEN 1.122
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This course examines the changing definition of "the popoular" in China and other Sinophone communities. Throughout the semester we will study works by important Chinese literary figures and Chinese filmmakers. The course is designed to bring into dialogues literary and cinematic texts in conjunction with various thematic topics of adaptation, performance, music et cetera.  From writing to acting, from music to theatre, this course will probe “the popular” as it has manifested itself, and trace its sociopolitical, aesthetic, and affective impact on modern Chinese writers, filmmakers, and cultural brokers in general.

This course carries the Global Cultures flag. Global Cultures courses are designed to increase your familiarity with cultural groups outside the United States. You should therefore expect a substantial portion of your grade to come from assignments covering the practices, beliefs, and histories of at least one non-U.S. cultural group, past or present.

ANS 372 • South Indian Cultural Hist

31090 • Radhakrishnan, Sankaran
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 1.208
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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 • Self-Cultivation Trad China

31095 • Sena, David M
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm MEZ 2.124
(also listed as CTI 375, R S 352)
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Course Description
How does one transform oneself into a better person? This question lies at the heart of so many philosophical and religious traditions throughout the world. This was especially so in pre-modern China, where concern with self cultivation is fundamental to many intellectual and religious discourses, including Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. In this course we will examine ideas and practices in Chinese culture related to self cultivation as they are represented in writings drawn from a wide selection of philosophical, religious, and occult traditions. Far from providing a uniform understanding of this issue, these texts provide diverse examples of motivations, beliefs and techniques related to self cultivation. Whether the goal was to attain moral perfection, sagehood, immortality, buddhahood, or just tranquility, these beliefs and practices of self cultivation demonstrate a concern for human refinement that is deeply embedded within the culture of traditional China.

Final grades will be calculated according to the criteria below. Grades of plus/minus will be assigned as appropriate.

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

Textbooks and Readings
Philip J. Ivanhoe, Confucian Moral Self Cultivation, 2nd ed. (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2000), ISBN: 0-87220-508-8.

Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy, (Indianapolis: Hackett, 2006), ISBN: 0-87220-780-3.v

Additional required readings for the class will be distributed electronically.

ANS 372 • Living Epics Of India

31099 • Harzer, Edeltraud
Meets M 300pm-600pm MEZ 1.122
(also listed as C L 323, R S 341)
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This course explores Indian Epics as a living tradition, rather than a relic of antiquity.
The two epics, the Mahàbhàrata and the Ràmàyaõa, are an essential part of the living cultural tradition of the Indian subcontinent that has survived for more than two thousand years. There is no India

without these two works. Both have been preserved in oral as well
as textual tradition. They are brought alive in their performances,
whether by storytelling (katha) or annual staging of gigantic theater
productions. The course aims to show that performative arts and regional language versions of the epics support the textual Sanskritic heritage in keeping the tradition alive. These epics have been most influential in the formation of the values of the Indian peoples. The Bhagavadgãtà, imbedded in the Mahàbhàrata, inspires continuous religious and moral interpretations. Together with the Mahàbhàrata and Ràmàyaõa, they represent a foundational source for the Hindu culture. Since there are many "tellings" of each narrative, we will sample different ones and study them as sources of information on other areas, such as social and political ideas, and as a source book for mythology. We shall

view some of these performances on video or DVD as well as study the texts. 

ANS 372 • Contemporary Chinese Art

31100 • Sena, Yun-Chiahn
Meets MWF 900am-1000am DFA 2.204
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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 379 • South Asian Saints & Yogis

31115 • Mohammad, Afsar
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm WCH 4.118
(also listed as ANT 324L, 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.

ANS 379 • Art Of Autobiography In Jpn

31124 • Cather, Kirsten
Meets M 300pm-600pm MEZ 1.216
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This seminar examines autobiographies written by prominent artists and intellectuals in Japan from the tenth century to the present to consider how they negotiated their lives and their legacies through the act of self-portraiture. We will look at how these works are informed by both the historical and cultural contexts in which they were written and by the genre itself. Examples will include works by highborn ladies-in-waiting and imperial consorts in the premodern era; samurai men who found their class on the verge of extinction in the mid-late 19th century; and yakuza and avant-garde artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. To consider how cultural context and generic form inform self-writing, we will also look at classic autobiographies in the West, such as the 1660 Diary of Samuel Pepys, in other Asian nations, such as the first autobiography in Hindi, Banarasidas’ Ardha-Kathanak (1601), and also autobiographies written by Westerners living in Japan. In order to consider in depth how the form or medium guides the content of these self-portraits, our objects of study will encompass a wide variety of mediums that go beyond the traditional book form to include paintings, lyric verse, songs, films, and comic books.


Readings (subject to change);

**Mishima Yukio, Confessions of a Mask (1949)

**Jun’ichi Saga, Confessions of a Yakuza: A Life in Japan’s Underworld (1989)

**Kusama Yayoi, Infinity Net (2011)

**Lady Kagerō, The Gossamer Years: The Diary of a Noblewoman of Heian Japan (ca. 935)

**Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai (1843)

** Hara Kazuo (dir.), Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (1974)

** Kurosawa Akira, Something Like an Autobiography (1981) and Dreams (1990)


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