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Spring 2009

ANS 378 • Senior Seminar in Asian Studies-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30585 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WCH 4.118
Sena, D

Course Description

The Family in Pre-modern Asia. This course examines the societies of pre-modern Asia from the perspective of the family. Relying on both translated literary sources and visual materials, this course examines such issues as marriage, child rearing and education, the social roles of men and women, as well as the importance of extended kin networks and lineage structures in Asian societies. While the focus would be on social history, this course would also consider the various religious, political, and economic roles that the family has played and how those roles have changed from the tenth century B.C. through the seventeenth century A.D. The readings for this course will focus primarily on East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), but students are welcome to write about South Asia for their research projects.

Grading Policy

Participation: 20% 3 short papers (approximately 5 pages in length): 30% Formal oral presentation on research paper in progress: 15% Final research paper (15 to 25 pages in length) 35%


Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Women and the Family in Chinese History. Susan B. Hanley and Arthur P. Wolf, eds., Family and Population in East Asian History. Anne Behnke Kinney, Representations of Childhood and Youth in Early China. Dorothy Ko, JaHyun Kim Haboush, and Joan R. Piggott, eds., Women and Confucian Cultures in Premodern China, Korea, and Japan. Mark Arlen Peterson, Korean Adoption and Inheritance: Case Studies in the Creation of a Classic Confucian Society. Walter H. Slote and George A. De Vos, eds. Confucianism and the Family. Ann Beth Waltner, Getting an Heir: Adoption and the Construction of Kinship in Late Imperial China.


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