History | Traditional East Asian Civilization
H237 | 2806 | Struve

Above section carries culture studies credit

This course treats the cultural histories of China, Japan, and Korea
from the prehistoric times through the seventeenth century.  We
examine how the cultures of these three regions remained distinct in
many ways, while also participating in a single East Asian
civilization.  Attention especially is drawn to political
institutions, social values, philosophical and religious thought,
and aesthetic sensibilities in the arts and literature.  We read
from a basic textbook (Schirokauer, "A Brief History of Chinese and
Japanese Civilizations"), from a course-packet supplement on Korea,
and from translated literature (principally, Birch "Anthology of
Chinese Literature, Vol. 1", and Keene, "Anthology of Japanese
Literature") to see how certain concepts and values are expressed in
the original writings of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean authors.
Numerous slides are used to pursue these matters in the visual
arts.  Grades are based on three essay examinations, a map quiz, and
class participation.