Seminar in Asian Studies
Capstone experience for majors in the discipline. Varied topics.
Chinese Studies Thesis
Guided research, translation, and writing on a topic in a field of Chinese Studies in which the student has had previous course work. The student will propose a thesis project to a faculty member in the field of Chinese Studies who by approving it becomes the thesis advisor.
Teaching About Asia
The purpose of this course is to work with SC teachers to enhance instruction on Asia throughout the curriculum, especially in world history, social studies, and geography courses. Themes covered include geographical determinants shaping the culture, history, and economic development of East Asia; the nature of East Asian society, politics, and culture; interaction among East Asian societies; and East Asian history in the context of world history.
Social History of Technology
Examine the social life of modern technologies from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the present. Analyze and evaluate the historical interrelationships between technology, culture, and society, including the impacts and influences of technology from the telegraph to the bicycle and electricity to the internet. Engage in debates on the meaning of technology, the unintended consequences of social technology, the relationships between technology and the environment, and the links between race, class, gender, and technology.
Ancient and Imperial China
The history of Chinese civilization from its origins to 1600. Topics include: ideals of cultural unity and division, classical philosophy, religious beliefs and practices, formation of imperial institutions, economic and intellectual revolutions, conflict and accommodation with neighboring peoples, and epic transformations of state and society.
China in the modern world. Examining major political, social and cultural transformations of the period from the late Qing dynasty to recent dramatic reforms in mainland China and on Taiwan.
Twentieth Century China
Investigating, interpreting and debating China's turbulent twentieth century experience. Following an intensive introduction to Chinese history and approaches to historical analysis, students will embark upon an examination of the extraordinary political, social and cultural transformations of this century through a series of case studies structured largely around sets of primary source documents.
Wars, Rebellions & Revolutions
An in-depth exploration and historical analysis of the political, social, economic, cultural, and military background of a particular period of warfare, rebellion, or revolution in world history. Topics will vary.
In-depth historical analysis of cultural, economic, political, religious, technological, medical, & spatial factors intersecting at particular periods of urban development. Topics will vary.
The history of the Mongol Empire, the largest land empire in world history, from its ethnic origins in the 12th century, to its political and military expansion across Eurasia in the 13th and 14th centuries, to its political decline in the 15th century.
Interpreting the Past
The historian's craft and how history scholars think about and interpret the past. Exploration of topics, questions and methodologies used to write about history through reading historical works from a variety of times and places.