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East Asian Studies Concentration (EAST)

Director: Assistant 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 2006-2007)

CHIN 282: Tianjin Program: Chinese Civilization

HIST 150: Ancient and Medieval Japan (Not offered in 2006-2007)

HIST 151: History of Modern Japan (Not offered in 2006-2007)

HIST 152: History of Imperial China (Not offered in 2006-2007)

HIST 153: History of Modern China

JAPN 237: Literature and Arts of Japan: 1333-1868 in Translation (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 240: Literature and Society of Modern Japan in Translation (Not offered in 2006-2007)

RELG 151: Chinese Religion and Culture (Not offered in 2006-2007)

RELG 152: Japanese Religion and Culture (Not offered in 2006-2007)

SOAN 282: Anthropology of Japan (Not offered in 2006-2007)

SOAN 284: Anthropology of China

SOAN 286: Anthropology of East Asia (Not offered in 2006-2007)

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

ARTH 208 Ritual and Rhetoric in Ancient Chinese Art (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ARTH 209 Chinese Painting (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ARTH 220 Gender and Genre in the Floating World: Japanese Prints (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ARTH 224 Twentieth Century Chinese Art: Identity and Modernity (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ASLN 111 Writing Systems (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ASLN 260 Historical Linguistics

CHIN 115 The Taoist Way of Health and Longevity, Taichi and Other Forms (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 212 Tianjin Program: Chinese Culture

CHIN 235 Beauty, Good and Evil in Chinese Literature (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 250 Contemporary Chinese Literature and Film in Translation (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 345 Advanced Reading in Chinese Literature: Selected Prose (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 346 Advanced Readings in Chinese Fiction (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Chinese Prose: Newspapers

CHIN 348 Advanced Chinese: Mass Media (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 349 Advanced Chinese: Social Commentary (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 350 Advanced Chinese: Poems and Stories

CHIN 356 Modern and Contemporary Women Writers (Not offered in 2006-2007)

CHIN 360 Classical Chinese (Not offered in 2006-2007)

ECON 240 Microeconomics of Development

HIST 253 Bureaucracy, Law and Religion in East Asia (Not offered in 2006-2007)

HIST 254 Colonialism in East Asia (Not offered in 2006-2007)

HIST 258 Foreign Relations of East Asia in Modern Times (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 230 Topics in Pre-Modern Literature in Translation (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 231 Japanese Cinema in Translation

JAPN 232 Autobiography in Modern Japan in Translation

JAPN 236 Classical Japanese Fiction: The Tale of Genji and Its World in Translation

JAPN 242 Japanese Poetry in Translation (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 345 Advanced Reading in Modern Japanese Literature: The Short Story

JAPN 347 Advanced Reading in Contemporary Japanese Prose: Newspapers (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 348 Advanced Conversation and Composition (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 349 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Japanese Prose

JAPN 350 Advanced Readings in Contemporary Culture (Not offered in 2006-2007)

JAPN 351 Advanced Japanese through Documentary Film

POSC 239 The Diplomat’s Craft: Three Case Studies

POSC 242 Hong Kong: A Relic of the Past or a Model for the Future

POSC 243 The Politics of Burma: Democratic Challenges Military Response (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 253 Communist Political Thought: Marx to Mao (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 326 America’s China Policy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 329 Vietnam War and American Policy (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 345 Guerillas, Warlords and Bandits: The Art of Asymmetric War (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 378 Beijing Program: Chinese Social and Political Institutions (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 379 Beijing Program: Chinese Decision Making (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 381 Beijing Program: Politics of Economic Development (Not offered in 2006-2007)

POSC 382 Beijing Program: Chinese Economics in Transition (Not offered in 2006-2007)

RELG 350 Emptiness (Not offered in 2006-2007)

Capstone Course: For 2006-2007, designated capstone courses are: Sociology/Anthropology 284 Anthropology of China and History 262 Post-Colonial South Asia, 1947 to Present