• 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 2019 · Kathleen Ryor
  • ASST 130: 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; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • 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; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • ASST 282: Art History in Kyoto Program: Religion, Politics and Architecture in Pre-Modern Japan

    This course will consist of a series of lectures focusing on topics such as Shintoism, Buddhism, architecture and environmental issues, etc. In addition to the lectures, there will be related field trips beyond those required for Art History 268.

    3 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; not offered 2019–2020
  • 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 2020 · 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 2019–2020
  • 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 8 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2019 · Arthur McKeown
  • ASST 391: Buddhist Studies India Program: Independent Study Project

    Students spend three weeks of the program engaged in independent study of a topic related to Buddhist Studies, utilizing the unique resources available in India and neighboring countries. At the completion of the Independent Study period, students return to the Burmese Vihar, where their work is reviewed by their advisor and presented to the group.

    Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Global Engagement Program required 8 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2019 · Arthur McKeown
  • ASST 400: Integrative Exercise

    6 credits; S/NC; offered Fall 2019 · Arnab Chakladar

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