This introductory course examines the historical and cultural experiences of various peoples of Asia through a thematic approach. The course takes a comparative approach to a particular topic that reflects important forces that have had an impact throughout Asia. By examining a broad theme that has had resonance throughout Asia, the student will develop an appreciation for the complexity and diversity of Asian cultures while at the same time exploring common forces that have shaped those cultures. Such themes could include
the development of Buddhism in Asia, comparative approaches to Asian theatre, and the history of Asian societies’ experiences with Western political and economic expansionism.