Courses

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  • Topics courses with content related to East Asian Studies are often available in the following departments and can be used to fulfill minor requirements: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.

Conversation & Composition Language Courses

Chinese 2160 Intermediate Chinese I Conversation & Composition

Prerequisites: C- or better in CHINSE 1200 or equivalent
Credit Hours: 3

Chinese 3160 Intermediate Chinese II

Continuation of CHINSE 2160. Introduces more complex grammatical constructions and extends ability to use those constructions for written and oral communication. Successful completion of course will enable students to communicate in Mandarin Chinese regarding everyday topics, with a vocabulary of just over 1900 words, and about 380 sentence patterns.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: C- or higher in CHINSE 2160, or instructor's consent

Chinese 3180 Advanced Chinese I

Improves vocabulary, listening, spoken and written Chinese Skills. Discusses basic cultural ideas. Graded on A-F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: C- or higher in CHINSE 3160, or equivalent

Japanese 2160 Japanese Conversation & Composition

Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: C- or better in JAPNSE 1200, or equivalent

Japanese 3160 Intermediate Japanese Conversation & Composition

Further develops oral command of Japanese as well as listening comprehension and further essay writing skills.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: C- or better in JAPNSE 2160

Japanese 3370 Intermediate Readings in Japanese

Develops reading and speaking skills and acquisition of more Kanji, vocabulary, and complex structures.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: C- or better in JAPNSE 3160, or equivalent, or instructor's consent

Japanese 3380 Intermediate Japanese II

Survey and analysis of selected Japanese films from the 1940s to present. Films will be viewed and discussed in terms of history, techniques, artistry, and social impact. English subtitles. No foreign language credit.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent

Japanese 4160 Advanced Japanese I

Continues development of reading, listening, speaking, writing skills, with attention to vocabulary acquisition, expansion of knowledge of kanji, and understanding of complex grammatical structures. Authentic readings in Japanese literature, exercises using authentic multi-media materials. Encourages development of student autonomy in language learning with introduction and use of appropriate reference materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: JAPNSE 3380 or equivalent, or instructor's consent

Japanese 4180 Advanced Japanese II

This course continues the development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills, with attention to vocabulary acquisition, expansion of knowledge of kanji, and understanding of complex grammatical structures. Authentic readings in Japanese literature and exercises using authentic multimedia materials also help students gain greater familiarity with Japanese culture. The course encourages the development of student autonomy in language learning with the introduction and use of appropriate reference materials.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: JAPNSE 4160

Korean 2160 Korean Language III

Korean III continues to build on the skills students acquired in the first-year series with increasing work in authentic materials and situations in conversation and reading that encourage students to understand the use of language in its social and cultural context.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: KOREAN 1200

Korean 3160 Intermediate Korean Language II

Continues to build on the skills students acquire in the third semester of Korean language with increasing work in authentic materials and situations in conversation and reading. Encourages students to understand the use of language in its social and cultural context.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: KOREAN 2160, or instructor's consent

Courses Taught in English

Chinese 2310 Chinese Civilization I

Survey of Chinese culture and arts. No knowledge of Chinese is required. No foreign language credit.
Credit Hours: 3

Chinese 2330 Chinese Language & Culture

Presents information about the development of Chinese language over time, the variety of dialects spoken in China, and around the world. Explores relationship between Chinese language and culture. Considers different genres of Chinese literature. Visits to sites significant to development of Chinese language and literature. Introduction to calligraphy and basic daily Chinese.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in MU China Study Abroad; sophomore standing required

Chinese 3400 Negotiating Chinese Culture

As political, business, religious, and personal encounters between Chinese and Americans increase, so also does the need for competence in negotiating these cross-cultural interactions. Whether hosting Chinese guests, visiting China for business or as a scholar, or simply trying to understand current events, a clear understanding of cultural differences and similarities can be quite valuable. Students will be introduced to multiple perspectives on American and Chinese cultural differences along with narratives of cross-cultural experiences. Course address issues related to American and Chinese cross-cultural communication in five spheres of interaction: political, religious, business, interpersonal, education. Through related readings, discussions, and structured conversations with Chinese, students will explore how this information and a deeper understanding of Chinese and American culture can be applied to more fruitful and positive cross-cultural interactions in multiple contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent               

Chinese 3300 Chinese Traditions & Global Integration

Focuses on developments in China's International relations that have led to prominence on world stage, and the impact of modernization and integration into world community on China's sense of national identity, shape of Chinese culture, and lives of the people. Visits to cultural and business sites, guest lectures, and conversations with Chinese people.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in MU China Study Abroad; sophomore standing required

Chinese 3320 Modern & Contemporary Chinese Fiction (in translation)

Studies Chinese fiction from 1920s to 1990s. Preceded by a brief historical survey of Chinese literature. Analyzes works by authors like Lu Xun, Ba Jin, Lao She, Wang Meng and many others of the younger generation. Readings and lectures in English.
Credit Hours: 3

Chinese 3880 Contemporary Chinese Film

(same as FILM_S 3880). Introduces development of 20th century Chinese film and popular genres, including review of earlier times. Explores how present day Chinese understand their own history, and issues they face in drive toward modernization in a global context. Films and readings in English or with English subtitles. No previous knowledge of the culture or language required.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

Geography 1200 Regions & Nations of the World II

Introductory analysis for general education. Regional character, spatial relationships, problems of environment and development of the former Soviet Union, Pacific World, South and East Asia, Africa and Middle East. Organized around basic concepts in the field of geography. May be taken independently of GEOG 1100.
Credit Hours: 3

Geography 2260 Geography of East Asia

Cultural, physical and economic geography of China, Japan, and Korea, with emphasis on China. Landscape analysis, determination of regional identities, and study of political forces evident in the development of the contemporary scene are stressed.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOG 1200

Geography 2270 Geography of Asia

(same as S_A_ST 2270). An introductory survey of the geography of Asia from India through Southeast Asia to China and Japan, emphasizing factors contributing to cultural similarities and variations, conflicts of interest, and current development.
Credit Hours: 3

Geography 4770 Migration & Immigration

Explores demographic, economic, and social issues surrounding immigration and migration. The course focuses on the global labor migration system, immigration to the United States, and internal migration within the US, as well as the linkages between these systems.
Credit Hours: 3

History 1830 Survey of East Asian History

Introductory survey of the history of East Asian countries (China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan) in the past two thousand years, focusing on their cultural, economic, and political traditions as well as their transformations in the modern era.
Credit Hours: 3

History 1870 Imperial China

This course offers a broad introduction to Chinese history and culture from antiquity up to the later imperial period (around 1600). It is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the historical development of China's culture, economic, political, and intellectual traditions.
Credit Hours: 3

History 1872 Mao’s China & Beyond

Through a series of readings, images, and film we will look at the dramatic cultural, economic, social and intellectual changes the People's Republic of China has experienced since 1949, and look at the interrelated, yet often contradictory, challenges facing Beijing in regards to the task of furthering economic prosperity while promoting policies of integrating with the international society.
Credit Hours: 3

History 1871 History of China in Modern Times

This is a lecture course designed to introduce to beginning level students the epic journey of China's historical transformation since c. 1600. This survey provides a basis for understanding the painstaking transition from "tradition" to "modernity" in China.
Credit Hours: 3

History 4870 South East Asia since the 18th Century

The general objective of this course is to introduce students to the fascinating world of Southeast Asia. We will look at the shared history of commodity, cultural, and religious exchanges that gave this region a collective character, as well as explore the historical conditions from which individual modern Southeast Asian state emerged.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: May be restricted to History majors only during preregistration

History 4800 Modern Japan & China: A Comparative Survey

A structured, comparative examination of the histories and cultures of Japan and China, from the mid-19th century to the present. Orientation towards broad social, intellectual and political developments.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: May be restricted to History majors only during preregistration

History 4880 Chinese Migrations in Modern Times

This course surveys Chines emigration in the global context over the span of five centuries. We will pay special attention to the changing relationships between China and Chinese migrants. Our emphasis will be on history as a process of negotiation and contestation of heterogeneous groups or individuals through creative and selective actives.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: May be restricted to History majors only during preregistration

Japanese 2310 Japanese Civilization I

Survey of Japanese culture and arts before 1868. May be taken independently of JAPNSE 2320. No knowledge of Japanese required. No foreign language credit.
Credit Hours: 3

Japanese 2320 Japanese Civilization II    

Survey of Japanese culture and arts after 1868. May be taken independently of JAPNSE 2310. No knowledge of Japanese required. No foreign language credit.
Credit Hours: 3

Japanese 2330 The World of Japanese Business

Designed to assist the student to achieve successful business contacts with Japanese counterparts by understanding the characteristics of Japanese business in cultural, economical, and practical contexts and by learning useful Japanese terms and expressions in business.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

Japanese 3320 Classical Japanese Literature (in translation)

This course studies Classical Japanese Literature preceded by a brief historical survey of Japanese literature. Analyzes such works as "The Tale of Genji", "Essays in Idleness", "The Pillow Book", "Hojoki" and NO drama. Readings and lectures in English.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

Japanese 3360 Modern Japanese Literature (in translation)

Surveys Japanese literature from 1868 to present. Analyzes works by such authors as Soseki, Tanizaki, Kawabata, Mishima, Oe, Murakami, and others. Readings and lectures in English.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

Japanese 3850 Traditional Japanese Theatre

Study of the history, scripts, and performance techniques of Japanese theatre from 14th century through late 19th century. Examines major plays (in English translations) and the culture that created them. Looks at staging and performance techniques of traditional puppet theatre. Course included stage performances and performances on campus and/or in the community.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent

Japanese 3880 Japan and Its Cinema

Survey and analysis of selected Japanese films from the 1940s to present. Films will be viewed and discussed in terms of history, techniques, artistry, and social impact. English subtitles. No foreign language credit.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent

Korean 2310 Korean Civilization I

Focuses on understanding traditional Korean people and culture through examining social, political, economic, and belief systems. Considers literature, art, folklore, and history up to the late 19th century. May be taken independently of KOREAN 2320.
Credit Hours: 3

Korean 2320 Korean Civilization II

Considers the situation and culture of Korea at the end of the Chosun Kingdom, and the period of modernization beginning about 1876. Investigates how modernization has changed Korea by looking at attitudes, behaviors, values, philosophies, and trends of Korea in the 20th and 21st centuries. May be taken independently of KOREAN 2310.
Credit Hours: 3

Korean 3800 Korean Economic Development & US-Korean Free Trade Agreement

Covers introductory theories of economic development and overviews Korean historical economic development plans. Aids with understanding how South Korean achieved high levels of economic development and what policies the South Korean Government implemented to spur growth. US -Korea Free Trade Agreement is a good example of how trade promotes the achievement of development goals.
Credit Hours: 3

Korean 3850 Religion & Culture in Modern Korea

Survey of religious traditions and culture in Korea within a broader context of world religions: Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity, as well as new religions that have sprouted since the late nineteenth century. Intended to help students understand how religious values, ideas and practices have been integrated into the modern contemporary Korean society and culture. Discussion of how religious traditions in Korea have interacted with each other and culture. No knowledge of Korean language or culture or history required.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent

Korean 3890 Korean Society through Cinema

(same as FILM_S 3895). Examines the way in which Korean film reveals the cultural, political, and ideological orientation of the society in which it is created and circulated. Compares films from North and South Korea, considering modernity, gender, nation-hood, and class. Graded on A/F basis only.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing        

Korean 4220 Korean Unification

Explores many different topics related to Korean Unification. Studies North Korean ideology, political system, economic system, military, and negotiating behavior. Examines Unification policies of Koreas as well as past efforts toward Unification. Considers various scenarios of unification. Studies unification attitudes and values of Korean people including anti-American values, and the roles of neighboring countries.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: junior standing required

Korean 4260 The Korean Diaspora in the US, Japan & China

Interdisciplinary course related to the phenomenon of migration and settlement from Korea. Course seeks to deepen understanding of the ways in which Korean immigrants have shaped and continue to shape social thought as well as institutions in the United States, Japan and China. Draws upon literature, history and cultural studies to examine experiences of Koreans living in the U.S., Japan and China. Through reading critical literatures, students address issues such as immigration history, race/ethnicity, racism and resistance, gender and sexuality, culture and identity, labor, migration and globalization, class, education, religion.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or instructor's consent required

Philosophy 2100 Philosophy of East & West

(same as S_A_ST 2100). Compares the interpretation and role of philosophical concepts such as experience, reason, permanence, change, immortality, soul, God, etc., in Indian, Chinese and European traditions.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing        

Philosophy 4800 Asian Philosophy

(same as S_A_ST 4800). This course traces the origins of Indian and Chinese philosophical world views. Included are the major ideas in Hindu, Jaina, and Buddhist thought in India, and Taoism and Confucianism in China. Emphasis is placed on the diverse, assimilative, and pragmatic nature of Indian thought and its impact on contemporary Asian philosophy.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing and one course in Philosophy; or instructor's consent

Religious Studies 2110 Religions of the World

This course introduces students to a variety of religious traditions through the study of their myths, rituals, beliefs, and practices, and explores approaches to the academic study of religion.
Credit Hours: 3

Religious Studies 2310 Religions of China & Japan

Introduction to the religions of East Asia, focusing on both popular beliefs and institutionalized religion. Topics include: Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist traditions of China; Buddhism and Shinto in Japan; self-cultivation practices; spirit mediumship; ritual; cosmology; religion and society; religion and the state.
Credit Hours: 3

Religious Studies 3200 Hinduism

(same as S_A_ST 3200). Origin and development of central themes of traditional Hinduism from earliest times to the modern period. Topics include: the Vedic tradition, rituals and practice, varieties of yoga, and meditation, Indian religious thought, and devotional Hinduism.
Credit Hours: 3

Religious Studies 3230 Buddhism & Environmental Ethics

(same as S_A_ST 3230). Global environmental crisis is associated with rapidly expanding human population. Buddhist teachings about the interdependent aspects of existence and interrelatedness of all life may provide critical insights for how humanity can achieve balance and reciprocity with nature.
Credit Hours: 3

Religious Studies 3250 Buddhism in East Asia

This course will trace the transmission of Buddhism from the Indian subcontinent to China, and from there to Korea and Japan. We will examine the historical development of East Asian forms of Buddhism, deal with key issues of Buddhist thought and practice, and look at the role of Buddhism in modern East Asian societies.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: REL_ST 2110, REL_ST 2300, REL_ST 2310 or REL_ST 3200, or instructor's consent

Religious Studies 3280 Chinese Popular Religion

Starting with a consideration of conceptual issues (what is 'popular religion'?), the course will give a survey of the beliefs and practices of Chinese popular religion, including ancestor worship, territorial cults, spirit-mediumism, divination, and popular sects.
Credit Hours: 3

Religious Studies 4310 The Confucian Tradition

Investigates Confucianism as the dominant religio-philosophical tradition of China and its impact on Korea and Japan. We will study basic Confucian canonical texts, follow its historical development, look at its interactions with other religions, and discuss the continuing relevance of the Confucian tradition in modern East Asia.
Credit Hours: 3

Religious Studies 4320 Introduction to Daoism

An introduction to the Daoist religious tradition, beginning with its background in earlier forms of philosophy, ritual, and belief. We will follow the development of the various Daoist schools and movements over the centuries and examine key aspects of their belief and practice, both historical and contemporary.
Credit Hours: 3

South Asian Studies 2100 Philosophy of East & West

(same as Philosophy 2100). Compares the interpretation and role of philosophical concepts such as experience, reason permanence, change, immortality, soul, God, etc., in Indian, Chinese and European traditions.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing

South Asian Studies 2270 Geography of Asia

(same as Geography 2700). An introductory survey of the geography of Asia from India through Southeast Asia to China and Japan, emphasizing factors contributing to cultural similarities and variations, conflicts of interest, and current development.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: sophomore standing or one Introductory Geography course

South Asian Studies 3200 Hinduism

(same as Religious Studies 3200). Origin and development of central themes of traditional Hinduism from earliest times to the modern period. Topics include: the Vedic tradition, rituals and practice, varieties of yoga and meditation, Indian religious thought and devotional Hinduism.
Credit Hours: 3

South Asian Studies 3230 Buddhism & Environmental Ethics

(same as Religious Studies 3230). Global environmental crisis is associated with rapidly expanding human population. Buddhist teachings about the interdependent aspects of existence and interrelatedness of all life may provide critical insights for how humanity can achieve balance and reciprocity with nature.
Credit Hours: 3

South Asian Studies 3240 Buddhism of South & Southeast Asia 

(same as Religious Studies 3240). Examines the origins of Buddhism in India, the narratives of the life of the Buddha, the development of early Buddhist schools, the extension of Buddhism into Central and Southeast Asia, and the current practice of Buddhism in south and Southeast Asia.
Credit Hours: 3

South Asian Studies 3260 Southeast Asia

(same as Geography 3260). Physical, cultural, historical and regional geography of Southeast Asia, with an introduction to East Asian geography. Emphasizes the problems of tradition and development.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisites: GEOG 2270 or junior standing