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Southeast Asia: Development Amid Diversity

ASTD 304 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Fulfills the general education requirement in the social sciences.) A broad examination of 20th century Southeast Asia. Topics include colonialism, nationalism, independence, factors of unity and disunity, the role of regional organizations (ASEAN), and contrasting developmental models.

Shamanism: Original Religion of East Asia

ASTD 398N | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Fulfills the general education requirement in the arts and humanities.) An examination of shamanism in East Asia. Emphasis is on Korean and Siberian shamanism and Chinese Taoism. Topics include the call to become a shaman, the initiation process, the rituals that shamans perform, and the relationship of shamanism to society in general. Rituals for both the prosperity of the living and the consolation of the dead in Korea are investigated. A visit to a shaman shrine where rituals are regularly performed is included. Assignments include advanced reading and research.

The Japanese: Adapting the Past, Building the Future

ASTD 301 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Fulfills the general education requirement in the arts and humanities.) A study of modern Japanese society as it attempts to find its place in the post-Cold War international system after a century of imperial expansion, ruinous defeat, and renewal.

The Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

ASTD 398O | 1 Credit

Course Desc: A study of the immediate postwar conditions of the defeated Japanese and the aims and objectives of the Allied Occupation of the country over the next six years. Various views on the value of the reforms and the affect on Japan as perceived by Japanese and American scholars are discussed. Assignments include advanced reading and research.

Workplace Learning in East Asian Studies

ASTD 486A | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisites: 9 credits in the discipline and prior program approval (requirements detailed online at The integration of discipline-specific knowledge with new experiences in the work environment. Tasks include completing a series of academic assignments that parallel work experiences.

Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture

ASTD 135 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Formerly JAPN 105. Not open to students with substantial prior experience with Japanese language or culture; assumes no prior knowledge of Japanese. Students with prior experience with the Japanese language should take a placement test to assess appropriate level.) A hands-on, project- based introduction to Japanese language and culture. The goal is to develop cultural competency and familiarity with the history, geography, and culture of Japan and to use basic language skills to function effectively and appropriately in everyday life in Japan. Students may receive credit for only one of the following: ASTD 135 or JAPN 105.

The Two Koreas: Problems and Prospects

ASTD 302 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: Any writing course. Recommended: ASTD 284 or ASTD 285. A thematic study of the two Koreas from historical, social, and foreign policy perspectives. The objective is to examine scholarly viewpoints on key issues of Korean history and division; articulate key factors that shape U.S. and regional policy toward North Korea; distinguish between different sources of information on the two Koreas; and interpret regional developments based on knowledge of Korean issues. Topics include the "hermit kingdom" myth; liberation, division, and war; the economic "miracle"; North Korean leadership; South and North Korean foreign relations; North Korea as a nuclear threat; and prospects for a unified Korea. Focus is on developing a stronger understanding of the two Koreas for practical and professional application. Assignments require research, analysis, and a written policy or strategy recommendation.

War in the Ryukyu Islands

ASTD 198A | 1 Credit

Course Desc: A study of the strategy and tactics envisioned by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Imperial Japanese High Command, to attack and defend the last barrier to the mainland during World War II. The organization of the 10th U.S. Army, gathering the Allied Force for Operation Iceberg, the IJA development of the tunnel-bunker-underground-defense-system, and the role of Commander in Chief Pacific Ocean Area are examined.

The Chinese: Adapting the Past, Building the Future

ASTD 300 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Fulfills the general education requirement in the arts and humanities.) An examination of contemporary Chinese society as it seeks modernization after a century of rapid change.

Issues in East Asian Studies

ASTD 485 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Intended as a final, capstone course to be taken in a student's last 15 credits.) Prerequisites: ASTD 284 (or ASTD 150) and ASTD 285 (or ASTD 160). A project-based interdisciplinary study of East Asia that integrates knowledge gained through previous coursework and experience and builds on that conceptual foundation through integrative analysis, practical application, and critical thinking. Discussion covers emerging issues and current scholarship in East Asian studies.

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