Asian Studies (ASIAN)Arts and Sciences

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ASIAN 1108

Food on Film studies the politics and aesthetics of food production and presentation, nourishment, and consumption across a variety of Asian screen cultures and political-economic contexts. We will 'consume' ... view course details

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ASIAN 1110

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  • 3 Credits Graded

ASIAN 1174

This course explores the history of imperial China between the 3rd century b.c.e. and the 16th century c.e. with a focus on the following questions:  How did imperial Chinese states go about politically ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CAPS 1740HIST 1740MEDVL 1740

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2212

Interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese culture especially designed for students not majoring in Asian Studies. Explores literature, history, religion, and art, and other aspects of China's rich and ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CAPS 2212

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2218

This is an introductory course that approaches the history and culture of Korea from a broader East Asian perspective. While focusing on key aspects in shaping premodern and modern Korean identity, we ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2250

This course will explore religious traditions in South Asia (Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka) and East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) including Hinduism, Buddhism (South Asian and East Asian), Sikhism, ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: RELST 2250

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2254

This course offers an anthropological approach to the study of religious traditions and practices in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). The course begins with a short survey of the major ... view course details

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    Combined with: ANTHR 2546

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ASIAN 2259

This course explores the breadth of music found in present day China, Japan, and Korea--from indigenous musical traditions, through adaptations of Western art music, up to the latest popular styles--as ... view course details

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    Combined with: MUSIC 2330

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2266

Chinese political culture has long been characterized by authoritarianism, from the time of the old imperial order up until the present Communist era. Yet the twentieth century in China witnessed a profound ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 2465

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2267

This course offers a broad understanding of the active and dynamic cultural, economic, and social, and political roles played by Chinese women. By challenging the dominant stereotype of the passive and ... view course details

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    Combined with: CAPS 2267FGSS 2267

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2271

This is an introductory course designed for, though not limited to, non-majors with or without any knowledge of Chinese language, history, or culture. Its intent is to offer a "guided tour" through the ... view course details

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    Combined with: CAPS 2271

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2275

This introductory course is a broad survey of the history of the Indian subcontinent from remnants of the Mughal empire through the end of the British empire into the postcolonial present. Prominent themes ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 2750

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2277

This course probes the truths behind traditional claims of the priority of internal practice in Indian traditions. We will examine both practices themselves - techniques of meditation and contemplation ... view course details

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    Combined with: RELST 2277

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2286

The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented change in China as the country's ancient imperial system collapsed and a new modern order began to emerge. This course will explore the myriad transformations ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 2985

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 2289

In this course we will examine the modes of philosophical and spiritual inquiry, varieties of spiritual/bodily cultivation and practice, and religious organizations and movements in China that we know ... view course details

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ASIAN 3308

The course is attached to the Cornell Contemporary China Initiative lecture series, which brings high profile speakers on various aspects of contemporary China to Cornell most Mondays throughout the semester.  ... view course details

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ASIAN 3309

Buddhism is often thought of as a meditative and philosophical tradition, remote from the concerns and pleasures of everyday life, practical ethics, and politics. This course explores the unfolding of ... view course details

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    Combined with: RELST 3309

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 3316

This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China ... view course details

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ASIAN 3321

This course provides a broad overview of the evolution of Chinese politics from the early part of the 20th century to the present. It is roughly divided into two sections. The first traces the formation ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CAPS 3403GOVT 3403

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16498ASIAN 3321  LEC 001

  • This course will be offered in partnership with the Mandarin Language Program. Students enrolled in GOVT 3403 may enroll in an optional one credit Mandarin language discussion section, CHIN 3316. Interested students should contact the instructor.

ASIAN 3339

This course provides an introduction to selected key themes in cinema and the moving image from South Asia. The course investigates documentary, artistic, and commercial cinemas, focusing on concepts and ... view course details

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ASIAN 3344

This course will survey the rich and sophisticated tradition of Indian philosophical thought from its beginnings in the speculations of Upanishads, surveying debates between Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and ... view course details

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ASIAN 3361

The combination of seminar and international service-learning course provides a unique opportunity to connect classroom instruction with experiential learning while gaining a broad understanding of the ... view course details

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    Seven Week - First.  Choose one lecture and one field studies. Combined with: ALS 3601

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 16415ASIAN 3361  LEC 001

  • Students enrolling in ALS 3601/ASIAN 3361 are required to enroll in ALS 3600/ASIAN 3360 in the previous Fall semester. Students will receive an "R" grade for the Fall course and an official letter grade for the Spring course.

  • 16416ASIAN 3361  FLD 801

  • Taught in Vietnam. Students will be traveling on January 2, 2017 and on January 19, 2017..

ASIAN 3368

A modern country and an ancient civilization, India has been imagined through the ages in many different ways. This introductory course focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries, drawing on films (Bollywood ... view course details

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    Combined with: ENGL 3530

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 3371

This class examines the origins of Confucianism from the 6th century BCE through the life of Confucius and his most important disciples and down to the early Han dynasty, when the body of thought associated ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 3383

This course offers a survey of the art and culture of China, from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. We begin with an inquiry into the meaning of national boundaries and the controversy of the Han ... view course details

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    Combined with: ARKEO 3800ARTH 3800

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 3396

Surveys the modern history of Southeast Asia with special attention to colonialism, the Chinese diaspora, and socio-cultural institutions.  Considers global transformations that brought "the West" into ... view course details

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ASIAN 4400

This course is an exploration of the development of the Vajrayana tradition through a focus on the myths and stories about, and writings by central figures in what is known in the west as Tibetan Buddhism. ... view course details

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    Combined with: RELST 4400

  • 4 Credits Graded

ASIAN 4401

Supervised reading and research on the problem selected for honors work. view course details

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ASIAN 4402

The student, under faculty direction, prepares an honors essay. view course details

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  •  7900ASIAN 4402  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Blackburn, A

  • Prerequisite: Admissions to honors programs.

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  •  7650ASIAN 4402  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Boucher, D

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  •  7651ASIAN 4402  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Fuhrmann, A

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  •  8782ASIAN 4402  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Gold, D

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  •  7652ASIAN 4402  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Law, J

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  •  8783ASIAN 4402  IND 606

    • TBA
    • McCrea, L

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  •  7667ASIAN 4402  IND 607

    • TBA
    • McNeal, R

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  •  7653ASIAN 4402  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Son, S

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  •  8784ASIAN 4402  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Taylor, K

  • Prerequisite: Admissions to honors programs.

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  •  8785ASIAN 4402  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Warner, D

  • Prerequisite: Admissions to honors programs.

ASIAN 4404

Intensive reading under the direction of a member of the staff. view course details

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ASIAN 4415

Visions of bodily corruption have preoccupied ruler and ruled alike in Asia, and prompted campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar, designed ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 4127HIST 4127

  • 4 Credits Graded

ASIAN 4422

Religion and politics have had a complex relationship in Chinese history. While various systems of belief have been an integral part of state ideology or co-opted by the state to bolster its authority, ... view course details

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ASIAN 4423

This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack ... view course details

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ASIAN 4433

Public display of art objects and artifacts involves more than just artistic presentations. How is the title selected? What (whose) works are included? How are they displayed? How are they framed in the ... view course details

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ASIAN 4436

The course will treat various aspects of Indian film, with focal topics to vary from year to year.  These topics will include religion in Indian film, Indian art films, and the golden age of Indian film.  ... view course details

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    Combined with: VISST 4436

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 4437

This course is supported by the Cornell South Asia Program's Tamil Studies Initiative and Global Cornell funding.  Topics will change in relation to curricular needs in the South Asia Program and the Department ... view course details

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    Seven Week - Second. 

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Formations of Tamil Identity

  • 18309ASIAN 4437  SEM 001

    • WUris Hall 204
    • Mar 20 - May 10, 2017
    • Sivamohan, S

  • Description for SP 17: Students will be introduced to critical texts on the formation of the Tamil as nation in postcolonial Ceylon and Sri Lanka, and the pluralities and internal diversities of the Tamil nation, linguistically, culturally, territorially, ethnically, and in terms of gender and class. The central focus of the course is how ethnic conflict has shaped formations of the Tamil nation, with special attention to the ways in which gender plays a pivotal role in the formulations of the nation. Along with theoretical and scholarly material, students will study primary texts from 20th- and 21st-century Sri Lanka and diasporic locations, as well as other expressive forms of the nation such as poetry, theater pieces, fiction and film.

ASIAN 4440

Although the wounded, often feminine, body is the most powerful way of imagining border space in both the Indian subcontinent and the Americas, it is seldom coupled with the embodied practices and performances ... view course details

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ASIAN 4444

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ASIAN 4448

Seminar intended to examine the increasingly complex relationship that has evolved between China and the rest of the international system, with particular focus on the rise of Chinese nationalism and the ... view course details

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  • 16523ASIAN 4448  SEM 101

  • Government Seniors/Juniors given preference.

ASIAN 4449

This course provides advanced students in Religious Studies or the humanities a working familiarity with important methodological issues in the academic study of religion. Following a brief historical ... view course details

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    Combined with: RELST 4449

  • 4 Credits Graded

ASIAN 4492

This course focuses on the role of the oceans in human history, from earliest times to the present.  It does so by moving both chronologically and topically through oceanic history, so that a number of ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 4922

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ASIAN 4493

Consciousness of the world's diversity has historically been rooted to artistic endeavors and scientific exploration. Collecting, describing, narrating and ultimately creating of human, plant, and animal ... view course details

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ASIAN 5505

This course presents theories of language teaching and learning, and shows how they apply to Asian language course structure, classroom instruction, and assessment techniques.  Students will observe classes ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Graded

  •  6799ASIAN 5505  SEM 101

  • Priority given to graduate students in Asian Studies & Linguistics. Limited enrollment. Primarily intended for graduate students slated for TA-ship's in Asian languages but is open to other interested students too if space permits.

ASIAN 6610

Public display of art objects and artifacts involves more than just artistic presentations. How is the title selected? What (whose) works are included? How are they displayed? How are they framed in the ... view course details

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ASIAN 6613

Covers practical bibliographical skills and research methods necessary to accomplish quality research in the field of Southeast Asian Studies.  During the semester we will explore resources available at ... view course details

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  • 16578ASIAN 6613  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: reading knowledge of at least one SE Asian language or other Asian language and a major European language.

ASIAN 6616

This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China ... view course details

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ASIAN 6623

This course uses the lens of temporality to track transformations in notions of urban personhood and collective life engendered by recent trans-Asia economic shifts. We will develop tools that help unpack ... view course details

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ASIAN 6640

Although the wounded, often feminine, body is the most powerful way of imagining border space in both the Indian subcontinent and the Americas, it is seldom coupled with the embodied practices and performances ... view course details

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ASIAN 6642

This seminar will explore the development of and variety in the academic discipline of Religious Studies. We will consider the emergence of secular approaches to the study of religion arising out of the ... view course details

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ASIAN 6669

This course provides an introduction to selected key themes in cinema and the moving image from South Asia. The course investigates documentary, artistic, and commercial cinemas, focusing on concepts and ... view course details

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ASIAN 6693

Consciousness of the world's diversity has historically been rooted to artistic endeavors and scientific exploration. Collecting, describing, narrating and ultimately creating of human, plant, and animal ... view course details

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ASIAN 6696

Surveys the modern history of Southeast Asia with special attentions to colonialism, the Chinese diaspora, and socio-cultural institutions. Considers global transformations that brought "the West" into ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASIAN 3396HIST 3960HIST 6960

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

ASIAN 7704

Guided independent study for graduate students. view course details

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