Spring 2005 Topical Courses

As St 0303 (801) / FMA 0292 (801) Postwar Japanese Historical Films: The Uses of the Past

This course will explore attitudes toward history as seen in postwar Japanese film and the uses to which different versions of history are put. The classes will include close analyses and reflections on the various purposes of producer, director, film company and government. Papers, ongoing journals and in-class conferencing will be required of all students.

As St 0303 (802) / Pol Sci 0316 (801) Japanese Politics Today

This course explores how Japan works. First, we will survey the structure of the policy making, resources that decision makers possess, and constraints that they face. Second, we will discuss political upheavals of the 1990s, their causes, and consequences. Finally, we will examine several areas of policy that have been at the center of debates. Topics include: political role of women; immigration; the media; and foreign relations.

As St 0304 (804) / Pol Sci 0310 (801) The West and Asia: Britain, the United States and the Region, 1894-2004

This course offers an introduction to the relations between the major Western powers and the Asia-Pacific from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. It will cover the geopolitical, economic and cultural impact of Britain and the U.S.A. on a diverse and vast region. We shall also examine how a more confident and stronger Asia has, in turn, influenced the West over the past generation.

As St 0304 (801) Japanese Music

An extensive introduction to hougaku, the traditional music and performing art of Japan. Apart from covering the basics of Japanese music history and its theory, the course concentrates on hougaku as a living tradition and includes frequent in-class live performances by some of Japan's best hougaku performers and much use of audiovisual materials.

Cr La 0223 (801) Japanese Communication and Culture II

This course will focus on cross-cultural and intra-cultural misunderstandings, the appropriate expressions/strategies of politeness (the way human beings handle their use of language in personal interactions) in the Japanese speaking community, and interlanguage pragmatics (nonnative speakers' comprehension and production of speech acts). The course will explore (a) a variety of sources (e.g., lack of sociocultural and pragmalinguistic knowledge, knowledge-transfer from L1, hyper-correction, overgeneralization, disregard, socio-psychological, psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic issues, and so on) that lead to misunderstandings in cross-cultural and/or intra-cultural communication, drawing students' attention to mismatches and inconsistencies in behavior, (b) different types of approaches accounting for the ways people deal with FTAs (face-threatening acts) such as the speech act of refusing as well as other speech acts, and (c) the appropriate ways of investigating issues on communication, culture and pragmatics. Note, the course is conducted in English and knowledge of Japanese is not required.

Cr La 0223 (802) Japanese Communication and Culture II

This course focuses on more Pragmatics (the use of language in the real world).

Engl 0150 (801) / Am St 0154 (801) Asian American Literature

This course surveys Asian American literature from its conception in the 19th century to its most recent developments. The course includes a close reading and critical analysis of prose, poetry, and plays from writers such as Sui Sin Far, Carlos Bulosan, Toshio Mori, Mary Paik Lee, Frank Chin, Bharati Mukherjee, Amy Tan, and Sara Suleri. Principally, the course identifies its subject matter as complex and eloquent cultural expressions reflecting unique, as well as ubiquitous, national experiences.

Engl 0213 (801) History of English Language

What do the English words hottie, fox, babe, bombshell, hunk, and stud muffin have in common? Which of these words are used only for females? For males? For both? Where do these and other English slang terms come from? Where did English itself come from? How has it changed over the centuries? How does English create new words and why does it contain words from dozens of other languages? Why is English spelling so peculiar and difficult? What are the main varieties of English today? Are any of them better than other varieties? Why or why not? What is the future of English? More generally, what was the first language? How was it invented? How and why do languages change? Are languages related to one another like members of a family? How do we know? How and where did writing systems develop? How do languages reflect the societies in which they are spoken? Can languages "be born" and "die"? What is a language, anyway? This course will offer ways of answering these and other questions about the basic human ability to communicate through the elaborate symbol system called language. The course will specifically look at the fascinating story of the English language and is intended for students who do not necessarily have specialist knowledge of historical linguistics, but who are interested in exploring the questions given above. Along the way, the course will aim to broaden students' knowledge and deepen their understanding of history, geography, literature, social groups, cultural values, and the creative use of contemporary English.

FMA 0390 (801) Theories of Visual Culture

Study of the social construction of visual experience drawing on the ideas of art historians, film scholars, optical technologists and theorists, phenomenologists, psychoanalysts, and anthropologists. We will examine the role of visual depiction, the practices of visual production and reproduction, and the history and conventions of visual reception.

FMA 0393 (801) NextFrame Production II

NextFrame Production II.

FMA 0396 (801) Neighborhood Narratives

Description to be announced.

GHRC 0111 (801) Gender in Antiquity

What can we learn about the lives of ancient Greek and Roman women from ancient literature- literature written primarily by men? Can we piece together the everyday lives of Greek or Roman women of any social class? Even if we believe in the equality of the sexes, would a word like "equality" have had any meaning to the ancients? In this class we will find answers to these questions by reading Greek and Latin sources in translation as well as the works of modern Classicists. While focusing on women`s lives, we will gain a greater understanding of what was expected of both genders in the ancient world.

Hist 0102 (801) / As St 0304 (802) Peace, Conflict, and Social Change

This course addresses the question of conflict/violence from domestic, local, national, and international perspectives using particular case studies. Introductory material includes a general discussion showing case studies of violence and conflict resolution at these various levels. The course also incorporates some discussion of human rights plus theoretical and pragmatic alternatives to violence. It also considers a number of key themes: the family, racial conflict, economic and political violence. In the final weeks of the semester, students are encouraged to consider options for the peaceful resolution of case studies discussed during the semester.

Hist 0176 (801) / Am St 0100 (801)/Econ 0235 (801) The History of Modern American Business

This course is intended to provide the student with a history of the development of the American economy with an emphasis on the part which business played in its development. Topics covered include the agricultural economy; the rise of manufacturing; the development of the corporation, the stock exchanges, finance capitalism, and the rise of banking; nineteenth century business cycles; the expansion of the American corporation in the years between the Civil War and the Great Depression; the overseas expansion of business and the development worker's capitalism in the 1920s; the changes produced by the Great Depression and the Second World War; and the rise of the modern economy with its trans-national connections, the movement towards deregulation, and the move from manufacturing to a service economy. Students will be introduced to a number of skills aimed at making them better able to understand the current American economy, to the use of historical data as a means of judging current trends in finance and business, and to some of the major web sites and journal literature on the subject. They will make written and oral presentations in which they defend their ideas, take a mid-term and a final exam, both of which will require students to answer essay questions, and write a short paper (10-15 pages) on a historical topic dealing with business or economic issues.

Hist 0194 (801) / As St 0303 (804) The History of Korea

The dynamics of contemporary North and South Korea cannot be fully appreciated without a basic knowledge of the peninsula's recent history. Our task in this class will be to gain this knowledge by surveying Korea's modern history (from 1850 to 1950). How did the interplay of domestic and foreign challenges over this period influence the present state of the Korean peninsula is the question that will focus our lectures, readings, discussions, and written requirements.

Hist 0249 (801) Rise of the European Dictators

By the late 1930s, dictatorships and democracies faced each other across increasingly hostile borders. Understanding how this situation developed and why dictatorship seemed a natural response to the challenges facing Europe at the time can help us explain some of the choices people make in our own time. Rise of the European Dictatorships will focus on the growing turmoil, which characterized the early part of the 20th century, including the First World War, the Bolshevik Revolution, the growth of Fascism and Nazism, and the outbreak of the Second World War. This course is the first semester of a year-long survey of the political, social, economic, and cultural history of 20th century Europe. Note, formerly History 0122.

Hist W388 (801) / As St W300 (801) The Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia

A focus on Japan's occupation of Southeast Asia between 1942 and 1945 and related topics. Designed primarily for history majors, this course emphasizes research and writing skills. Seminar presentations and a research paper are required.

Mktg 0250 (801) International Marketing

Problems of marketing and analysis of the internal marketing system of countries with various types of political-economic structures. The strategic impact of economic, cultural, political, and legal differences on marketing is emphasized. International product, price, promotion, and distribution issues are also considered.

Pol Sci 0316 (801) / As St 0303 (802) Japanese Politics Today

This course explores how Japan works. First, we will survey the structure of the policy making, resources that decision makers possess, and constraints that they face. Second, we will discuss political upheavals of the 1990s, their causes, and consequences. Finally, we will examine several areas of policy that have been at the center of debates. Topics include: political role of women; immigration; the media; and foreign relations.