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East Asian Studies Concentration (EAST)

Director: Associate Professor Noboru Tomonari

With the world's most populous nation and some of its largest economies, East Asia is a region of growing significance. It consists of areas encompassed by present day China, Japan, and Korea (and sometimes also Mongolia, Myanmar, Siberia, and Vietnam). The concentration consists of a program of study combining language training, off-campus study, required core courses in various disciplines, and supporting courses, including a designated capstone course. The underlying logic of the concentration seeks to highlight both the similarities and differences in the societies and cultures of East Asia and to generate increased understanding of a vital part of the modern world.

Requirements for the Concentration:

The East Asian Studies Concentration requires a total of 42 credits, with at least 6 credits drawn from each of the three Asian Studies distribution areas (Arts and Literature, Humanities, Social Sciences)

18 credits in core courses, drawn from at least two of the three Asian Studies distribution areas

24 credits from additional courses, drawn from at least two of the three Asian Studies distribution areas, and including a designated East Asia-related capstone course.

Courses taken on off-campus programs may be applied to the concentration.

Language courses below 228 may not be applied.

Normally, at least one term of off-campus study in East Asia

One year of study of an East Asian language, or its equivalent. For languages offered at Carleton, this will involve completion of a language through 103, or its equivalent. For languages not offered at Carleton, it will involve completion of the equivalent of 103.

Core Courses: 18 credits from among the following; courses must be from at least two distribution areas

ARTH 165 Japanese Art and Culture

ARTH 166 Chinese Art and Culture (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 282 Tianjin Program: Chinese Civilization (Not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 151 History of Modern Japan (Not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 152 History of Imperial China (Not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 153 History of Modern China

JAPN 237 Literature and Arts of Japan: 1333-1868 in Translation (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 240 Literature and Society of Modern Japan in Translation

RELG 151 Religions in Chinese Culture

RELG 152 Religions in Japanese Culture

SOAN 284 Anthropology of China (Not offered in 2009-2010)

SOAN 286 Anthropology of East Asia (Not offered in 2009-2010)

Supporting Courses: 24 credits from among the following; courses must be from at least two distribution areas.

ARTH 164 Buddhist Art (Not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 209 Chinese Painting (Not offered in 2009-2010)

ARTH 220 Gender and Genre in the Floating World: Japanese Prints

ASLN 111 Writing Systems (Not offered in 2009-2010)

ASLN 237 Tao of Wisdom in Asian Literature (Not offered in 2009-2010)

ASLN 260 Historical Linguistics

CHIN 115 The Taoist Way of Health and Longevity, Taichi and Other Forms

CHIN 212 Tianjin Program: Chinese Culture (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 235 Beauty, Good and Evil in Chinese Literature (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 240 Chinese Cinema (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 248 The Structure of Chinese (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Chinese Prose: Newspapers

CHIN 349 Advanced Chinese: Social Commentary (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 350 Advanced Chinese: Poems and Stories (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 356 Modern and Contemporary Women Writers (Not offered in 2009-2010)

CHIN 358 Chinese Idiom Stories

CHIN 360 Classical Chinese

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development

HIST 253 Bureaucracy, Law and Religion in East Asia (Not offered in 2009-2010)

HIST 254 Colonialism in East Asia

HIST 255 Press and Culture in East Asia

JAPN 230 Topics in Pre-Modern Literature in Translation (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 231 Japanese Cinema in Translation

JAPN 232 Autobiography in Modern Japan in Translation (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 234 Modern Japanese Novel in Translation: Mothers/Daughters Fathers/Sons (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 236 Classical Japanese Fiction: The Tale of Genji and Its World in Translation (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 242 Japanese Poetry in Translation (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 243 The Other in Modern Japanese Literature and Society in Translation (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 345 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 346 Advanced Readings in Modern Japanese Literature: Poetry and Drama (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Japanese Prose: Newspapers (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 348 Advanced Conversation and Composition

JAPN 349 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Japanese Prose

JAPN 351 Advanced Japanese through Documentary Film (Not offered in 2009-2010)

JAPN 352 Advanced Japanese Through Manga and Contemporary Materials (Not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 239 The Diplomat’s Craft: Three Case Studies

POSC 326 America’s China Policy (Not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 329 Vietnam, Iraq War and American Policy (Not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 345 Guerillas, Warlords and Bandits: The Art of Asymmetric War

POSC 378 Beijing Program: Chinese Social and Political Institutions (Not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 379 Beijing Program: Chinese Decision Making (Not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 381 Beijing Program: Political Economy of China (Not offered in 2009-2010)

POSC 382 Beijing Program: Chinese Economics in Transition (Not offered in 2009-2010)

RELG 255 Social Engagement in Asian Religions

RELG 258 Women and Buddhism

RELG 350 Emptiness (Not offered in 2009-2010)

RELG 358 Zen, Nationalism and Orientalism (Not offered in 2009-2010)

Capstone Course: For 2009-2010, the designated capstone course is: to be announced