South Asia Courses | Fall 2019
June 10, 2019
JACKSON SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
RELIG 202 (I&S)
This course aims to increase religious literacy and deepen cross-cultural understanding by introducing students to the beliefs and practices of the religions of South, Southeast, and East Asia. The course will emphasize Hindu and Buddhist traditions, but will also include discussion of Jain, Sikh, Islamic, Confucian, Taoist, and Shinto traditions. Students will learn the worldviews associated with these religions and how society and individuals play meaningful roles within them, including how each religion understands the goal of human existence. The course will include analysis of sacred narratives, philosophical literature, art & architecture, & ritual performance (among others). Emphasis will be given to understanding how these traditions interact, co-exist, and compete in dynamic cultural contexts.
ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
THIS COURSE INTRODUCES ISSUES RELATED TO THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN SOUTH ASIA. TOPICS COVERED: MANUSCRIPT AND PRE-MODERN PRINT CULTURES; TECHNOLOGIES WOODBLOCK AND LITHOGRAPHY; CAPITALISM; SERIALIZED FICTION AND LITERATURE; PUBLISHING HOUSES; PERIODICALS; AND THE DIGITAL PRESENT. INTENDED FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN TEXTUAL STUDIES, THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK, AND PRINT TECHNOLOGIES AND CULTURES. NO BACKGROUND IN SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES IS REQUIRED, BUT STUDENTS WITH PROFICIENCY IN A SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGE WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE A FINAL PROJECT USING THE LANGUAGE OF SPECIALTY. ASSIGNMENTS WILL INCLUDE HANDS-ON WORK WITH PRINT TEXTS FROM SOUTH ASIA; SHORT WRITING ASSIGNMENTS; LEADING A DISCUSSION; AND A FINAL PROJECT USING PRIMARY SOURCES. LINK TO SYLLABUS: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/Y62VJNDB
COMPARATIVE LITERATURE, CINEMA AND MEDIA
GENDER, WOMEN, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES
THIS COURSE EXAMINES CENTRAL THEMES AND QUESTIONS IN FEMINIST POSTCOLONIAL AND DECOLONIAL THEORY AND POLITICS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN COLONIALISM, IMPERIALISM, AND OCCUPATION (BOTH HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY) TO RACIAL, GENDER, AN SEXUAL HIERARCHIES? HOW HAVE STRUGGLES FOR GENDER, RACIAL, INDIGENOUS, CASTE, AND SEXUAL JUSTICE CHALLENGED THESE HIERARCHIES? WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN POSTCOLONIAL AND DECOLONIAL THEORY AND PRACTICE? WHAT ARE DECOLONIAL FEMINIST APPROACHES TO METHODOLOGY AND EPISTEMOLOGY? WHAT ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF STATE, FAMILY, AND ECONOMICS HAVE EMERGED IN DECOLONIAL STRUGGLES? THROUGHOUT THE COURSE, WE WILL EXAMINE THE INTERPLAY OF GENDER, RACE, CLASS, SEXUALITY, AND NATIONALITY IN RELATION TO THESE QUESTIONS.
NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATION
NEAR E 268 INTRO TO SILK ROAD (I&S)
SOC 218 (I&S)
TuTh 1:30-2:50 CMU 120 Williams, Nathalie
NOTES: This course also includes quiz sections at other times. See time schedule entry for Sociology, SOC 218.
Explores war, peace, and how people live in situations of war. Focuses on conversations at the macro-level, addressing politics and security, and the micro-level, how civilians survive in the context of war.