|Asia 201||Gateway to Asia||Fall 2012|
|Ronald P. Loftus, http://www.willamette.edu/~rloftus/|
|Walton Hall 144, 6275|
This course is a survey of 2,000 years of East Asia's cultural and institutional history. The societies of East Asia, especially China, Korea and Japan have rich, complexand multifaceted historical experiences. It will be the purpose of this course to introduce students to the philosophy, religion, literature, art and everyday life of the peoples of this part of the world.
Student Learning Objectives:
1. To acquire a general knowledge of the scope, breadth and contours of East Asian History and Culture.
2. To develop interdisciplinary thinking and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of the societies and cultures of East Asia.
3. To be able to think critically and ask questions that can be answered from a multi-disiciplinary perspective.
1. Attendance and active participation. 15%
2. In-class group or solo presentations and/or assuming responsibility for leading the discussion for part of a chapter or other specified topic. 25%
3. Short reading reports and five analytical papers as assigned. 60% Please be aware that Willamette University has a strong plagiarism policy. It reads, in part:
Plagiarism and cheating are offenses against the integrity of the courses in which they occur and against the college community as a whole. Plagiarism usually consists of representing ideas that are not your own as your own so the simple solution is to attribute, i.e., provide clear indications of where you obtained your ideas or information.
Note: I will respect any accommodations authorized by the Office of Disabilities Services. Please tell me about these accommodations as soon as possible.
1. Ebrey, Walthall, Palais, East Asia: A Cultural Social and Political History 2nd Edition (Wadsworth, 2009)
see student resources at http://college.cengage.com/history/world/ebrey/east_asia/2e/student_home.html
2. Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji, translated and abridged by Edward Seidensticker
3. Selected readings in PDF format available on the WISE site for this course.
Useful Online Primary Materials:
Weeks 1-3: Early or Classical China: History, Philosophy, Culture
|August 28||First Class: Introduction to the Course: The Idea of Civilizations|
|30||Connections, Xia, Shang (1500-1045) BCE, and Zhou (1045-256 BCE) Dynasties; Life in Ancient China||East Asia, 2-19; Early writing system; oracle bones 1 and 2|
East Asia, 20-34,
Mote PDFs on WISE Chs 1-2; Book of Changes PDFs on WISE
|6||More on Confucius: the Analects; Key Confucian terms||Mote PDFs on WISE Ch. 3,|
|11||Hundred Schools of Thought: Mozi, Mengzi, Hunxi, Han Feizi (Legalism)||Fingarette PDFs Chs 1, 3, 4-5;|
|13||Daoism, Yin Yang||Mote Chs. 4-5; PDFs in Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy folder, WISE|
Discuss First Paper Topic
East Asia 35-54
Li Bo or Li Bai
|20||Connections: Silk Road; China's Disunity and the Spread of Buddhism||East Asia 55-73|
|25||Sui and Tang Empires in China||Chang' An East Asia 74-97|
|27||Pattern of Japan's Past Kojiki||Examination System|
|Oct. 2||Early Korea to 935||East Asia 98-113; See PDF on WISE on the "KirklandHorseriders.pdf"|
Myths and Monarchs
Map and Sueki Ware
Another Hangzhou site;
see Gernet reading on WISE.
Short writing assignment #1
|11||"City of Cathay" continued; Heian Japan Connections, the Mongols||Readings and Images from theTale of Genji|
Discussion,Tale of Genji
Genji Power Point
Paper #2 Prompt
Genji with Kashiwagi's son
East Asia 147-166;
|18||Visit with Career Center Staff||Tale of Genji Scroll|
|23||No Class; Continue reading||East Asia 167-179 (Koryo Korea)|
|25||Finish Genji Monogatari; begin to look at China under the Mongols: The Yuan Dynasty||East Asia 194-204; Mongol history|
|November 1||The Rise of the Warrior ClassMingJapan to 1600||East Asia 206-220|
|6||China: the Ming Dynasty; Choson Korea 1392-1800||Ming Era; East Asia 221-261|
|8||Manchu Empire 1600-1800||East Asia 262-278|
|13||Edo Japan||East Asia 279-303; Edo era Sustainability|
|15||China and Modernity1800-1900||East Asia 304-323|
|20||Japan and Modernity||East Asia 324-352|
|27||Rise of Modern Japan||East Asia 370-386|
Rise of Modern China
|East Asia 402-440|