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Fall 2017-2018
* HUM 233 / EAS 233 / COM 233 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

East Asian Humanities I: The Classical Foundations

Anna M. Shields
Brian R. Steininger

An introduction to the literature, art, religion and philosophy of China, Japan and Korea from antiquity to ca. 1400. Readings focus on primary texts in translation, complemented by museum visits and supplementary materials on the course website. The course aims to allow students to explore the unique aspects of East Asian civilizations and the connections between them through an interactive web-based platform, in which assignments are integrated with the texts and media on the website. No prior knowledge of working with digital media is required.

Sample reading list:
Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian
Peter H. Lee (ed.), Anthology of Korean Literature
Stephen Owen (ed., transl.), The Great Age of Chinese Poetry
Tale of Genji
Tale of Heike
Anthology of Japanese Literature

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week. Written assignments consist of short articles, annotations of primary texts and images provided on the website, and a group project. All written assignments will be integrated with the course materials discussed in class and will be posted on the website (accessible only to those registered for the course). Oral presentations and class participation will also be assessed accordingly.

Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No knowledge of East Asian languages or history is required. No prior knowledge of working with digital media is required. Freshmen are welcome.

Other information:
Fulfills a requirement for the certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities. Other 30% = group projects on specific topics.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22261 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Robertson Hall   001   Enrolled:17 Limit:30