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

Spring 2008

ANS 378 • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31240 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WCH 4.118

Course Description

This seminar provides graduating majors in the Department of Asian Studies a chance to explore some of the histories, controversies, and contemporary issues shared by and relevant to all Asian nations and peoples. Particular focus will be paid to the role of contest and violence in regards to patrilineal and patriarchal cultures in Asia. Topics covered will include contest, violence, feuding, vexed family relations, brotherhoods and gangs.

In brief, the theoretical and methodological orientations of the seminar will provide students with tools for creating their own research agendas. To this end, we will devote time and energy towards developing a sustained writing project on a topic of the student's choice. Presentations of these research projects at the end of the semester will be an integral part of the seminar experience.

Grading Policy

Class participation and presentations: 15% Field reports: 20% Short paper: 15% Research paper : 50%


Boretz, Martial Gods and Magic Swords Gilmore, Aggression and Commnity Herzfeld, The Poetics and Manhood Course packet


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