• ASST 100: The Cultural Life of Plants in China

    This seminar will examine the role of plants have played in China from ancient times through the end of the imperial era. It will investigate the uses of different types of plants (fruits, vegetables, flowers, grasses, etc.) in such areas as medicine, food, literature, art, and landscape management. We will seek to understand the ways in which plants function across and make connection between various aspects of human activities. In addition, the course will emphasize how plants have actively helped form Chinese cultural practices and systems of meaning throughout various historical periods.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Kathleen Ryor
  • ASST 130: Globalization & Local Responses in India Program: Tourism and Development in India

    This course will examine concepts and practices regarding socio-economic development in India, with a special focus on the role of tourism as part of the process of globalization. We will study the scholarly writings and debates around the varied agendas and ideologies concerning development, and analyze the different approaches to economic growth that have historically been dominant in India. As part of our learning process, we will visit numerous sites wherein economic development is being undertaken, including urban and rural locales as well as tourist and pilgrimage sites. This course will include scholarly readings, instructor and guest lectures, and require student presentations of their work.

    3 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2022 · Brendan LaRocque
  • ASST 135: Exploring India: Orientation/Orientalism

    Images of India are ever-present in American media and pop culture. The land of Gandhi, call-centers, a multitude of religious faiths, the Taj Mahal, oppressed women, vast poverty and wealth. Come and learn about India, a region of immense contrasts and diversities, home to more than one billion people. We will explore Indian history and geography, cuisine and traditions, people and their languages, art, architecture and music, while being introduced to the Hindi and Urdu languages. Our class materials will include scholarly writings, guest speakers, popular cinema, documentary films, poetry, music, and food.

    3 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Meera Sehgal
  • ASST 255: Buddhist Studies in India Program: Introduction to Field Methods and Ethics

    This course introduces students to the skills and ethics needed to conduct fieldwork for their independent study project in South Asia. In consultation with their adviser, students generate an independent study proposal (ISP) concerned with some aspect of Buddhist Studies (philosophy, ritual, meditation, the arts, culture, etc.) utilizing the unique resources available in India and neighboring countries. The ISP proposal outlines the topic, research methods, and resources located/developed by the student. Topics covered in the course include: introduction to research ethics; conducting a literature review; design and implementation of data collection protocols, interviewing, and survey questionnaires; summary, analysis and presentation data.

    Prerequisites: Participation in Buddhist Studies in India Program 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2021 · Arthur McKeown
  • ASST 283: Japanese History and Culture

    In this seminar we will explore various aspects of Japan, including, but not limited to history, religion, literature (including poetry), music, anime and manga, film, food, political structures, and aspects of popular culture.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • ASST 284: Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: History and Culture of Japan

    This course is an introduction to several aspects of Japanese society, taking advantage of the location of the Linguistics OCS seminar in Kyoto. It consists of readings and lectures about important events in historical and contemporary Japan, and will include visits to sites that illuminate those events in important ways. In addition to Kyoto and nearby places, there will be excursions to Tokyo and Hiroshima. 

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Spring 2022 · Mike Flynn
  • ASST 286: Pilgrimage and Sacred Space in Japan Program: Topics in Japanese Religion and Culture

    This course will consist of a series of lectures on topics such as religious architecture and Buddhist meditation. In addition to the lectures, there will be related field trips.

    Prerequisites: Participation in OCS Program 3 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2021–2022
  • ASST 319: Buddhist Studies India Program: History of South Asian Buddhism

    This course provides students with an introduction to the history of South Asian Buddhism. Using primary and secondary sources and resources available to us in Bodh Gaya, we evaluate competing perspectives on the history of Buddhism and debate significant historical and ethical questions. How did Buddhism relate to other ancient Indian religions? What was the relationship between Buddhism and ancient Indian political, social, and economic structures? How did Buddhism change during its 2000 years in India? What impact did South Asian Buddhism have on the ancient and medieval world? What is the relationship between modern Buddhism and ancient Buddhism?

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Buddhist Studies India Program required 7 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2021 · Arthur McKeown
  • ASST 391: Buddhist Studies India Program: Independent Study Project

    Students spend three weeks of the program conducting field work for the self-designed independent study project proposed in ASST 255: Introduction to Field Methods and Ethics. Students demonstrate ability to carry out an independent study project that successfully incorporates appropriate field research methods and responsible approaches to interpretation of data, and effectively demonstrates what they have learned about their research topic. The progress of each research project is evaluated at regular intervals in relation to parameters established in conjunction with the Faculty Director and faculty adviser. Students present their research at the end of the ISP.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Global Engagement Program required 3 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2021 · Arthur McKeown
  • ASST 400: Integrative Exercise

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 · Asuka Sango

For a list of Asian-related courses by regional focus, subdivided by distribution area, please see the Asian Studies Major Requirements.