|Asia 201||Gateway to Asia||Fall 2014|
|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, complex and multifaceted historical experiences. It will be the purpose of this course to introduce students to the philosophy, religion, literature, art, envrionmental concerns and everyday life of the peoples of this part of the world from the dawn of history to the beginning of the modern era.
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, espeically those concerning the environment and sustainability.
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 Royall Tyler
3. Selected readings in PDF format available on the WISE site for this course.
Useful Online Primary Materials:
Weeks 1-4: Early or Classical China: History, Philosophy, Culture
Sept. 1 Labor Day No Class
|First Class: Introduction to the Course: The Idea of Civilizations|
Life in Ancient China
East Asia, 20-34,
See Mote PDFs on WISE Chs 1-2; And I Ching PDFs on WISE
Introduction to Confucius: the Analects;
Some Key Confucian terms
|Read "Confucius, Analects" PDF on WISE, in "Readings in Classical Chinese Philosphy," approx. 10 pages per student|
Discuss Confucian Thought
|See Mengzi, Xunzi, Han Feizi, Mozi, PDFs on WISE|
|17||Daoism, Yin Yang||Read Laoxi, and Zhuangxi in "Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy" folder, WISE|
Discuss First Paper Topic
East Asia 35-54
|24||Connections: Silk Road; China's Disunity and the Spread of Buddhism||East Asia 55-73|
|29||Sui and Tang Empires in China; Thinking about the Envrionment||
Prepare Elvin Unsustainability and RobertMarksPDFs on WISE
See short videos on T'ang Poets
Li Bo or Li BaiChang' An East Asia 74-97; the Examination System
|October 1||Environment and Sustainability in Ancient China: Discuss Elvin and Marks PDFs on WISE||For Tuesday, readEast Asia94-127 and links on Jomon, Creation Myths and Horseriders.|
Notes on the Horserider theory on the origins of Japanese City State
Early Japanese Monarchs
Three Kingdoms in Korea
Myths and Monarchs
Map and Sueki Ware
Another Hangzhou site;
see Gernet reading on WISE.
Short writing assignment #1
|15||"City of Cathay" continued; Heian Japan Connections, the Mongols; more on the Envrionment||Images from theTale of Genji|
Discussion,Tale of Genji
Paper #2 Prompt
East Asia 147-166;
|22||Finish Genji Monogatari; begin to look at China under the Mongols: The Yuan Dynasty||Tale of Genji Scroll;|
|27||Environment and Sustainability in Japan: "The Ancient Predation, 600-850"(TotmanAncient.pdf)||
Read Contrad Totman, Ch. 1; The AncientPredation, 600-85; pdf on WISE
East Asia 167-179 (Koryo Korea)
|29||Continue Sustainability in Japan||East Asia 194-204; Mongol history|
|Nov. 5||The Rise of the Warrior ClassMing Japan to 1600||East Asia 206-220|
|10||China: the Ming Dynasty; Choson Korea 1392-1800||Ming Era; East Asia 221-261|
|12||Manchu Empire 1600-1800||East Asia 262-278|
|17||Edo Japan||East Asia 279-303;|
|19||Edo era and Sustainability|
|24||China and Modernity1800-1900||East Asia 304-323|
|26||Japan and Modernity||East Asia 324-352|
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 27-30
|Dec. 1||Review/Reflections||East Asia 370-386|
|East Asia 402-440|
Final Paper Due Saturday Dec. 13 3:00 pm