East Asian Languages and Cultures | East Asia: An Introduction
E100 | 1672 | Kasza

This course offers a basic introduction to the development of
contemporary social systems in Japan, the People's Republic of
China, and the Republic of Korea (South Korea).  No prior knowledge
of these countries is expected of students.  We will address four
subjects in regard to each country:  (1) the traits of its
traditional society just prior to Western penetration in the mid-
nineteenth century, (2) the impact of Western imperialism, which
threatened the independence of most Asian nations and prompted the
dramatic changes that have made them what they are today, (3) a
review of contemporary society, including its social structure,
cultural values, and political-economic system, and (4) a discussion
of the U.S. relationship with the country.  Assignments include
quizzes, exams, and short papers.  The course is designed for
students with no prior knowledge of these countries; students who
have studied or lived in these countries are urged to begin with a
200-level survey course in their area of interest.