CHIN 207 Orientalism and Global China on Screen

This course explores both the evolving Chinese worldview represented in Chinese films and the western texts on China and the
Orient/East/Asia. While the course introduces the theoretical foundation of Chinese worldviews in response to Orientalism and
globalization, students will also survey the (mis-)representation of India and the Middle East in the western world for comparative
purposes. In addition to watching films and documentaries, students are required to read scholarly works, historical accounts, poems, and

ART 209 Art and Architecture of the Ancient Near East and Egypt

This course explores the art and architecture of the ancient Near East and Egypt. The chronological survey will examine the materials, techniques, categories of artifacts, and conventions (of both form and subject matter) of these cultures with a significant emphasis on the social, political, and religious contexts in which they were created.

CHIN 210 Chinese Literary Heritage

This course introduces one of the world’s richest literary heritages: traditional Chinese literature. It conducts a general survey of Chinese
literature from high antiquity up to modern times with the focus on some representative writers and their works. It consists of three major
sections: poetry and prose, drama, and fiction. All readings are in English. No prior knowledge of Chinese language and culture is

ANSO 211 Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar

We all come from Africa, yet most of us know little about our origins and little about subsequent cultural developments on the continent and surrounding islands.  Those developments include not only a wide-ranging variety of subsistence strategies, but also the origins of numerous and diverse independent complex states across the continent.  This course provides an introduction to the prehistory, culture history, and contemporary cultures of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.  It also includes the study of various cultural practices and theoretical issues that have continued to fascinate an

CHIN 214 Introduction to Chinese Culture

This course introduces students to Chinese civilization and culture from the multiple perspectives of geography, history, philosophy,
language, literature, religion, art, people, society, and general ways of life. Major concerns will include, but are not restricted to, forms of
material and spiritual culture that have developed and changed through China’s continuous traditions; individual and collective values
that underlie social life, political organization, economics systems, family structure, human relationships, and individual behavior; and

RUSS 215 Giants of Russia's Silver Age: Soloviev, Blok, and Rachmanioff

Study of the aesthetic, thematic, and personal connections among three of Russia’s towering figures: Vladimir Soloviev, Alexander Blok,
and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The course will examine in depth the creative works of the philosopher-poet Soloviev, the poet-dramatist
Blok, and the composer-pianist Rachmaninoff (for whom poetry was second only to music). Master themes and global concepts linking
the three creative artists include the yearning for harmony; exploration of Russian Orthodox religiosity; elevation of the –eternal

CHIN 215 Gender in Chinese Literature

This course looks into the changing constructions of gender, sexuality, and desire in Chinese literature and film over time. It seeks to examine the social, cultural and institutional norms of gender behaviors in Chinese society as well as how the fictional imagination conforms to, deviates from and subverts these norms. Other critical issues discussed include the complex relationships between identity and performance, the construction of female subjectivity and male fantasy, gender and genre. Students will be encouraged to conduct cross-genre and cross-cultural comparisons.

ANSO 215 The Final Frontier: Peopling and Peoples of the Pacific

The course will begin by examining why the Pacific Islands were the “final frontier” of the human occupation of the globe. The focus will then shift to the vast array of normal cultural strategies employed among Pacific Islanders regarding subsistence activities, social, political and economic organization, cosmological beliefs, and celebratory practices. Anthropologists also use the information they acquire to reflect upon theoretical arguments concerning cultural organization and human practices.

CHIN 216 Asian Urbanization through Cinema

Urbanization is one of the most prominent social-historical transformations that many Asian countries have experienced since the
beginning of the 20th century. Today, the huge wave of rural-urban internal migration in Asian countries represents one of the largest
population flows in the world. This course looks into ongoing urbanization as well as related demographic, economic and socio-cultural
changes occurring in a number of Asian cities and how the challenges associated with such transformations are portrayed in

CHIN 220 Contemporary Chinese Cinema

An introductory course on contemporary Chinese cinema that combines film viewing with readings of film theory and criticism. The aim is to provide a window for students to glimpse the complexity of contemporary Chinese culture. Students will view selected Chinese films produced in mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from the 1980’s to the present and be required to read essays of critical