East Asian Languages and Cultures | East Asia: An Introduction
E100 | 2039 | Boyd, D.


EALC-E 100: East Asia: An Introduction (Summer I) - 3 credits

This is a broad survey course intended to provide students with a
general understanding of the traditional and contemporary cultures
that comprise East Asia.  This course augments history with art,
archaeology, literature, and religion in traditional and multimedia
formats to present an integrated overview of East Asia.  Rather than
timeless and unchanging civilizations, this course examines the
dynamic forces of change and development operative in East Asian
cultures that has made them world powers.  E 100 further addresses
the role that storied history continues to play in the shaping of a
bright future for East Asian countries.  Both regionally and
nationally, East Asian countries are among the top business,
trading, and investment partners of the U.S. and economic relations
continue to grow at an extremely high rate.  Given the recent
history of controversy and military confrontation with Japan, Korea,
and Vietnam during the 20th century, and the rise of East Asian
countries, and particularly China, as economic powers in the 21st
century, E 100 is an invaluable introduction designed to a provide a
foundation for greater understanding and an appreciation of the
importance of East Asia in the modern world.  It also serves as a
primer for students entering a business world were companies and
goods are increasingly flowing to and from East Asia.  This course
will provide students with:
1. A perspective on basic social ideas central to East Asian
cultures.
2. Orientation in the cultural histories of China, Japan, and Korea.
3. An understanding of difficult and often violent processes of
transformation East Asian cultures experienced in the 20th century.
4. A basis for understanding contemporary events in China, Japan,
and Korea, as well as Taiwan, Tibet, Vietnam, and Manchuria.
5. A foundation for further coursework in East Asian studies.
6. Useful background for engaging in business or professional work
increasingly involving interaction with East Asian countries and
people.

E100 requires no prior background in the study of East Asia and
previous knowledge of East Asian languages is not expected. There
are no course prerequisites.  E100 is a popular way for students to
meet "culture studies" or "international dimension" degree
requirements.
Students are encouraged to apply their own skills and interests to
the topic of East Asia and assignments provide multifaceted
opportunities for students to develop writing, research, and
critical thinking skills through essays, presentations, and web
projects.