EALC - East Asian Languages & Cultures

EALC Class Schedule

Courses

EALC 120   East Asian Civilizations   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 120. See HIST 120.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 122   History East Asian Religions   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to East Asian religious traditions; emphasizes the ideas of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism in China and their historical interactions. Same as REL 122.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 130   The Chinese Language   credit: 3 Hours.

An introduction to the scientific study of the Chinese language. We will explore where the Chinese language came from, its similarities to and differences from Japanese and Korean, and how the Chinese character writing system was invented, plus what is it like now. We will explore differences among Chinese dialects (e.g., Cantonese, Mandarin, Taiwanese and Shanghai) and learn where in China these are spoken, and also explore how the Chinese language operates in the brain. Finally, we will investigate how children in China learn to speak, read, and write, how adults learn to speak Chinese as a foreign language, and how Chinese can be used by different social groups in different settings in order to influence social power and distance. Approved for Letter and S/U grading. This course does not fulfill the campus foreign language requirement.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

EALC 132   Zen   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as REL 132. See REL 132.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 207   Classical Chinese Lit   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys Chinese literary works from the classical tradition (history, philosophy, poetry, literary criticism) with attention to intellectual and artistic values. Same as CWL 217. No knowledge of Chinese is required.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 208   Chinese Cinema   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the cinematic conventions and experiments employed by Chinese filmmakers over the past one hundred years. Unique Chinese film genres such as left-wing melodrama and martial arts, as well as three "new waves" in China’s recent avant-garde cinema, will be examined.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 212   East Asian Art History   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to East Asian art and architecture from prehistory to today. The major artistic and architectural traditions of China, Korea, and Japan are examined as are the basic tools of analysis with which one may learn why objects look the way they do. Attention will be given to placing the arts within their historical and cultural contexts and the interaction among arts, religions and other belief systems, and sociopolitical structures. Same as ARTH 212.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 214   Art in China   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ARTH 214. See ARTH 214.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 220   Traditional China   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 220. See HIST 220.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 221   Modern China   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 221. See HIST 221.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 222   Chinese Thought and Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Examination of China's principal philosophical, religious, and political schools of thought - such as Confucianism, Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Maoism - as ways of understanding one of the world's major civilizations; the period of the classical philosophers, the glory years of empire, and the troubled era of Western contact receive approximately equal attention. Same as HIST 222 and REL 224.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 225   Japanese Religions: Thought and Practice   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduces the history and development of the varieties of Japanese religious thought, practice and cultural expression. Focus is primarily on the major traditions of Japan: Shinto and Buddhism, with some attention to Confucianism, Christianity and New Religions. Read alongside secondary literature for context and interpretation, a number of primary materials in translation, such as historical documents, Shinto mythical narratives, Buddhist philosophical treatises, ritual manuals, Nō dramas, folk tales, a novel, political tracts, and several films will be examined. Same as REL 225.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 226   Premodern Japanese History   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 226. See HIST 226.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 227   Modern Japanese History   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 227. See HIST 227.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 230   Popular Cultures of Contemporary East Asia   credit: 3 Hours.

An introduction to the popular cultures and subcultures of China, Korea, and Japan through exposure to popular films, music, anime, games, and everyday practices. Already hugely popular in its home countries, East Asian popular culture has become familiar to American audiences through films, video games, food, toys, and comic books. The course explores the historical, social, cultural, and economic roots of this global appeal, while gauging popular culture's impact on national identity, gender, and lifestyle. No knowledge of East Asian languages is required. Same as CWL 230.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 240   Chinese Civilization   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to the historical development of Chinese civilization. Emphasis will be on broad themes and the connections among cultural values, women and gender, social institutions, political structures, and contacts with outsiders. Visual and literary evidence will be stressed.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 250   Intro to Japanese Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Topical introduction to Japanese cultural and aesthetic life with attention to cultural and aesthetic patterns as they are reflected in literature, language, and the arts.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

EALC 260   Topics in Korean Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Topical introduction to Korean history, philosophy, religion, economy, art, literature, and culture across pre-modern, modern and contemporary periods. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary.

EALC 275   Masterpieces of East Asian Lit   credit: 3 Hours.

Study of major works in the literary traditions of China and Japan, including haiku, noh, Tale of Genji, kabuki, Tang poetry, Ming theater, and the colloquial tale. Same as CWL 275. No knowledge of Chinese or Japanese language required.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 276   Asian Film Genres   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CWL 276 and ENGL 276. See ENGL 276.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 285   Intro to Korea Through Film   credit: 3 Hours.

Course uses film, literary, and ethnographic works to explore the impact of Post-Colonial (1945-present) socioeconomic and cultural transformation on the personal and collective South Korean experience. Same as ANTH 285.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 287   Introduction to Buddhism   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as REL 287. See REL 287.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 288   Contemporary East Asia   credit: 3 Hours.

Introduction to aspects of daily life in East Asia in relation to local and extra-local political and economic structures and transformations. Same as ANTH 287.

EALC 305   Japan Lit in Translation I   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of Japanese literature from earliest times to 1600; readings in prose, poetry, and drama in English translation. Same as CWL 311.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 306   Japan Lit in Translation II   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of Japanese literature from 1600 to recent times; readings in prose, poetry, and drama in English translation; and lectures and papers. Same as CWL 312.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Lit & Arts
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 308   Chinese Popular Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys Chinese popular literary works written in the vernacular language (short story, novel, and drama), with attention to cultural and artistic values. Same as CWL 308. No knowledge of Chinese is required.

EALC 320   Sacred Sites in Japan   credit: 3 Hours.

An interdisciplinary study of major sites in Japan that are deemed sacred, and of their visual culture. The art and architecture of sacred sites are examined and positioned within a variety of contexts, such as their cultural, religious, and socio-political significance. It will be explored how these art and architecture have been received and used, and how they and perceptions of the sites have shaped each other. Same as ARTH 320.

EALC 327   Tokyo: Then and Now   credit: 3 Hours.

Tokyo has been one of the world's largest and most dynamic cities for much of its history. In this course, you will learn about the city through maps and artwork, its literary and culinary creativity, its markets and marketplaces, its quaint neighborhoods and bustling city centers, and its place in film, manga, and anime. You will deepen your knowledge about specific issues through short individual assignments and explore with a small team of your classmates a topic of your choosing that is related to the fascinating history and culture of Edo-Tokyo. Same as HIST 327.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 360   Seminar in Korean Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Survey of Korean history, philosophy, religion, economy, art, literature, and culture across per-modern, modern and contemporary periods. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: Restricted to junior or senior standing.

EALC 361   Gender and Women in East Asia   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary inquiry into the cultural and social patterns that have shaped women's lives in China, Japan, and Korea. Same as GWS 361.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition

EALC 365   Contemporary Korean Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores contemporary Korean society through popular culture, including but not limited to advertisements, sports, tourism, film, television, music, internet & new media, fashion, and food.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Social & Beh Sci - Beh Sci
Cultural Studies - Non-West
Social & Beh Sci - Soc Sci

EALC 367   History of Korea   credit: 3 Hours.

Historical examination of the Korean experience, with introduction from the earliest times to the present day with a focus on modern Korea: basic political, social, economic patterns; examination of the cultural and intellectual tradition; Korea's historical role in Asia; the Korean colonial experience; Korea in the modern world. Same as HIST 325.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Humanities - Hist & Phil
Cultural Studies - Non-West

EALC 390   Individual Study   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Directed readings in the languages and literatures of East Asia. The area selected depends on the student's interest. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EALC 398   Colloquium in EALC   credit: 3 Hours.

See online schedule for current topics. May be repeated in the same or separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

EALC 411   The Chinese Novel   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Reading and analysis of representative pieces of Chinese fiction from the fourth century B.C. to 1900 with emphasis on the development of Chinese fiction, its place in the literary tradition, and its role in society. Same as CWL 411. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. No knowledge of Chinese is required.

EALC 412   Mod Chinese Lit in Translation   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Reading and analysis of representative selections from Chinese literature since the May 4 Movement (early 20th century), with special attention to the relationship between literature and ideology in twentieth-century China. Same as CWL 412. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. No knowledge of Chinese is required.

EALC 415   Mod Japan Lit in Translation   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Critical study of selected 20th century writers with an emphasis on cultural background, world view, human relationships, aesthetic theories, Japanese and Western traditions, and universal literary issues. Same as CWL 415. 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Requires no knowledge of Japanese; readings and films. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

EALC 425   Chinese Poetry and Translation   credit: 3 Hours.

A critical introduction to major Chinese poetic genres and an in depth examination of various translation strategies used in the translation of Chinese poetry. The poetry component acquaints students with essential aspects of Chinese language and poetry and thus enables them to evaluate the translated texts from the perspectives of both an insider and outsider. The translation component entails both the evaluation of existing translations and practice by the students. Same as TRST 430. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours.

EALC 476   Classical Chinese Thought   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Inquiry into the major schools of Chinese thought in the Classical Period through the Han (206 B.C. - A.D. 220): Confucianism, Taoism and Legalism. Topics such as the concept of history, military thought and logic will be covered. Readings are in English. Same as CWL 478 and HIST 425. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One 200 or 300-level course on Chinese culture or consent of instructor.

EALC 485   Karma of Words: Buddhism, Language and the Literary Arts of Japan   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

The relation between Buddhism, Language and the Literary Arts of Japan will be explored. After introducing the ideas, motifs, paradigms and images of the Buddhist tradition and reading Buddhist scriptural texts from a literary perspective, we will then analyze how Buddhism was re-expressed and reshaped in Japanese literature with additional focus on Buddhist theories of language and literature. Same as REL 485. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in either Buddhism or East Asian Literature is preferred but not required.

EALC 488   History of Chinese Buddhism   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Survey of the history of Chinese Buddhism since its introduction; analysis of Buddhological trends and styles; and the sociocultural milieu of Chinese Buddhism and its place in the total history of ideas and lifestyles. Same as REL 488. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 or 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: REL 287 or consent of instructor.

EALC 490   Individual Study   credit: 2 to 12 Hours.

Supervised individualized study of a topic not covered by regular course offerings. The topic must be approved by the instructor. 3 to 12 undergraduate hours. 2 to 12 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EALC 500   Proseminar in EALC   credit: 4 Hours.

Interdisciplinary introduction for first-term East Asian Languages and Cultures graduate students to western-language writings on East Asia that have been important to modern scholarship on the region. The proseminar will cover the three cultures of the region in an interdisciplinary fashion, focusing on the methods of various disciplines in their treatment of East Asia. Method refers both to the kinds of materials studies, and the theory and tools used in research.

EALC 521   Seminar in Chinese Literature   credit: 4 Hours.

Examination of Chinese literature from a variety of genres and historical periods intended to prepare students for independent work in literary criticism and analysis. Readings include both primary texts and important works of secondary scholarship. Students will produce a term paper based on independent research. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours with approval.

EALC 550   Seminar in EALC   credit: 4 Hours.

Seminar on selected topics. Topic varies with instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EALC 560   East Asian Language Pedagogy   credit: 4 Hours.

Course is for teachers of Japan, Chinese, or Korean language who wish to improve their teaching skills and learn more about second and foreign language acquisition specific to the East Asian Language context. Besides reviewing research on language teaching methodology and curriculum development, students will observe each other conduct practice classes and analyze videotapes of class sessions. Undergraduates may enroll with consent of instructor and the Graduate College. Prerequisite: Native or near-native fluency in Japan, Chinese, or Korean.

EALC 590   Individual Study and Research   credit: 2 to 12 Hours.

Supervised individual investigation or study of a topic not covered by regular course offerings. The topic selected by the student and the proposed plan of study must be approved by the adviser and the instructor. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

EALC 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 16 Hours.

Research and guidance in writing theses for advanced degrees. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 hours. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the preliminary examinations.