Course List


Please consult with Professor Franziska Seraphim for your course of study.


Fall 2017 Asian Studies Courses

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ARTH221301 Islamic Architecture

TTh 12:00-1:15pm

Sheila Blair, Fine Arts


ARTH224601 Architecture in East Asia

TTh 10:30-11:45am

Aurelia Campbell, Fine Arts


ARTH421401 Art of the Silk Road

Th 3:00-5:30pm 

Sheila Blair (Co-taught with Prof. Aurelia Campbell), Fine Arts


EALC1121+1123 Elementary Chinese I + Practicum                                           

Fang Lu (EALC1121 Lecture, TTh 9:00-10:15am)

Richardson, Violet J (EALC112301 MWF 9:00- 9:50am; EALC112302 MWF 11:00-11:50am)

Huimin Li (EALC112303 MWF 9:00-9:50am; EALC112304 MWF 12:00-12:50pm)

Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC122101 Elementary Japanese I

Ritsuko Sullivan (EALC122101 MWF 12:00-12:50pm, W 11:00-11:50am)

Asako Miyaki Ashley (EALC122102 MWF 1:00-1:50pm, F 11:00-11:50am)

Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures


EALC131101 Introduction to Korean I

TTh 1:30-2:45pm

Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures


EALC2121+2123 Intermediate Chinese I + Practicum

Sing-chen Chiang (EALC212101 Lecture, TTh 9:00-10:15am)

Xiaoqing Yu (EALC212301 MWF 8:00-8:50am; EALC212303 MWF 9:00-9:50am)

Te Lai (EALC212302 MWF 9:00-9:50am)

Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC222101 Intermediate Japanese I

MWF 3:00-3:50pm, M 4:00-4:50pm

Jun Cheung, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC231101 Continuing Korean I

TTh 12:00-1:15pm

Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC322101 Third Year Japanese I

MWF 2:00-2:50pm, F 11:00-11:50am

Jun Cheung, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC326301 Japanese Pop Culture

MWF 1:00-1:50pm

Ritsuko Sullivan, Slavic and Eastern Languages & Literatures


EALC412101+412102 Advanced Chinese I  

TTh 10:30-11:45am &12:00-1:15pm [two sections]

Fang Lu, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC4151 Readings in Chinese Literature and Philosophy

TTh 12:00-1:15pm

Sing-chen Chiang, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC422101 Advanced Japanese I

MWF 2:00-2:50pm

Asako Miyaki Ashley, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


ENGL3383 Asian American Film

MWF 1:00-1:50pm; T 7:00-9:00pm -- film screening

Christina Klein, English


HIST202001 Japanese Cultural Icons through Modern Times

TTh 12-1:15pm

Franziska Seraphim, History


HIST204101 China from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

TTh 1:30-2:45pm

Ling Zhang, History


HIST409001 Modern South Asia

TTh 9:00-10:15am

Prasannan Parthasarathi, History


PHIL446801 Asian Philosophy

MWF 12:00-12:50pm

David Johnson, Philosophy


PHIL447701 Classical Chinese Philosophy

TTh 1:30-2:45pm

Fr. Youguo Jiang, Philosophy


POLI246901 Politics of Japan and Korea


Kenji Hayao, Political Science


POLI459001 East Asian Security

MW 3:00-4:15pm

Robert Ross, Political Science


THEO3507, PHIL3503, TMCE7124 Buddhist Philosophy and Psychology

T 2:00-4:20pm

John Makransky, Philosophy and Theology


THEO657801, PHIL657801 Daoism

TTh 3:00-4:15pm

David Mozina, Theology

Spring 2017 Asian Studies Courses

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ARTH 228001 Masterpieces of Islamic Art (Lecture)

TTh 12:00-1:15 p.m.

Sheila Blair, Fine Arts


ARTH 335001 Object in Islamic Art (Seminar) 

T 3:00-5:30 p.m.

Sheila Blair, Fine Arts


EALC 1312 Introduction to Korean II

TTh 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Choong Nam Yoon, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 2312 Continuing Korean II

TTh Noon-1:15 p.m.

Choong Nam Yoon, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 112201 Elementary Chinese II

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Fang Lu, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC1 12301 Elementary Chinese Practicum

MWF 8:00-8:50 a.m.

EALC 112302 Elementary Chinese Practicum

MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Violet Richardson, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 112303 Elementary Chinese Practicum

MWF Noon-12:50 p.m.

EALC 112304 Elementary Chinese Practicum

MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Huimin Li, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC 212201 Intermediate Chinese II (co-requisite EALC 2123)

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m. 

Sing-chen Lydia Chiang, Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 212301 Intermediate Chinese Practicum

MWF 8:00-8:50 a.m.

Xiaoqing Yu, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 212302 Intermediate Chinese Practicum

MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Te Lai, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 212303 Intermediate Chinese Practicum

MWF 9:00-9:50 a.m.

Xiaoqing Yu, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 3161(S: 3) Business Chinese

TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Fang Lu, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC 3165 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature  

TTh 12:00-1:15 p.m. 

Sing-chen Lydia Chiang, Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 4122 (S: 3) Advanced Chinese II

TTh 10:30-11:45 a.m. (section 1); Noon-1:15 p.m. (section 2)

Fang Lu, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC 419003 Advanced Tutorial: Chinese

By Appointment

Te Lai, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 122201 Elementary Japanese II

MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m., W 11:00-11:50 a.m. 

Ritsuko Sullilvan, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures  


EALC 222201 Intermediate Japanese II

MWF 3:00-3:50 p.m., M 4:00-4:50 p.m.

Jun Ono Cheung, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures 


EALC 222202 Intermediate Japanese II

MWF 1:00-1:50 p.m., F 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Ritsuko Sullivan, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


EALC 322201 Third Year Japanese II

MWF 2:00-2:50 p.m.

Jun Ono Cheung, Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures


HIST 204301 First Emperor and Rise of Imperial China 

TTh 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Ling Zhang, History


INTL 4941 "Rise of China: Development and Capital Accumulation in Contemporary China"

W 3:00-5:25 p.m. Place TBD

Julia Chuang, International Studies

PHIL 4468 Asian Philosophy

MWF 2:00-2:50 p.m.

David Johnson, Philosophy


PHIL 447701 Ethical Principles in Comparative Perspectives

TTh 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Fr. Youguo Jiang, S. J., Philosophy


THEO 352701 Meditation and Action: Interfaith Explorations                           

T 2:00-4:25 p.m.

John Makransky, Theology


THEO/PHIL 5387 Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m.

David Mozina, Theology

Fall 2016 Asian Studies Courses

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ARTH 2213

Islamic Architecture

Jonathan Bloom

TTh Noon

This class will survey religious and secular building traditions in the Islamic lands on three continents over 1400 years, i.e. from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (692 CE) to I.M. Pei’s recent Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar.  Stops along the way will include the Great Mosque of Cordoba in Spain; the Friday Mosque of Isfahan, Iran; the Alhambra in Granada, Spain; the Taj Mahal in Agra, India; and the Great Mosque of Xi’an, China. Topics to be considered will include the development of the mosque and its constituent parts, including the mihrab, minbar and minaret; regional variations; the development of the madrasa (theological college), the mausoleum, and the multi-functional complex; Islamic palaces; stucco, brick and tile decoration; muqarnas; and Islamic architecture today.  Enrollment is limited to 20.


ARTH 4417

Paper Trails

Jonathan Bloom

Th 3:00 p.m.

This seminar will trace the history of paper and papermaking, from its invention in China in the 1st millennium century BCE to the present, with a focus on 1) how paper and papermaking technology spread throughout east, central, and west Asia to Europe and the New World and 2) how artisans in different times and places learned to exploit it for for such uses as calligraphy, drawing, and design.  Students will be expected to research a project of their choice and give a class presentation.  Enrollment is limited to 12.


EALC 112101

Elementary Chinese I

Fang Lu

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Elementary Chinese (I ) is an integrated beginning course for students who have had no prior exposure to the language and culture. It trains students in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The first phase of this course features phonetic practice. The second phase is characterized by intense training in daily conversation and Chinese character writing. The course stresses vocabulary building, sentence patterns, and the skills to understand and speak in an everyday situation. Weekly class meetings include three hours of lectures (Tuesdays and Thursdays) focusing on grammatical explanations and reading & translation skills, plus three hours of small group practicum (as EALC112301 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) dedicated to the training of conversational skills. This course continues in the second semester as EALC112201. 


EALC 1123

Elementary Chinese I Practicum

Huimin Li & Richardson, Violet J

MWF: 8:00-8:50 a.m. and 9:00-9:50 a.m.


EALC 122101

Elementary Japanese I

Ritsuko Sullivan

MWF Noon / W 11:00

This is a beginning Japanese course for the students who have never studied Japanese before.  Basic writing characters of Hiragana, Katakana and some Kanji will be covered.  The focus is on cultural aspects and four language skills.


EALC 1311

Introduction to Korean I  

Choong-Nam Yoon

TTh 1:15-2:45 p.m.

This course is introduction to the study of the Korean language. The primary objective of this course is to develop the four fundamental skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension. Classroom exercises focus on pronunciation, grammar, reading and speaking. Special emphasis is on the expansion of vocabulary by the students. Some basic Chinese characters will be introduced for clear meaning of the words.


EALC 2121

Intermediate Chinese I

Sing-chen Chiang

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m.



EALC 2123

Intermediate Chinese Practicum

Te Lai; Xiaoqing Yu

MWF 8:00-8:50 a.m. and 9:00-9:50 a.m.

This course is the practicum of Intermediate Chinese designed for students who have completed Intermediate Chinese I at Boston College or the equivalent elsewhere. The course introduces students to more complex grammatical structures, trains them in conversing about daily activities in a more extended way, as well as writing scripts for stage performance. 


EALC 222102

Intermediate Japanese I

Ritsuko Sullivan

TTh Noon-1:15 p.m.

This is a second year Japanese course.  The goal of this course is for students to acquire a balanced competence in the four language skills.  Mastery of this course will allow students to reach the N4 level of the (international) Japanese Language Proficiency Test.


EALC 231 

Continuing Korean I

Choong-Nam Yoon

TTh Noon-1:15 p.m.

This course is for those who have completed elementary Korean (EALC1311 and EALC1312) or have basic skills in spoken and written Korean.  The primary objective of this course is to develop intermediate level fluency in speaking, reading, and writing Korean.  Special emphasis is placed on the expansion of vocabulary by learning more Chinese characters (hanja). In addition, students will be exposed to everyday life contexts (language, culture, etc.) likely to be encountered in contemporary Korean society.


EALC 3166

Classical Chinese Literature

Sing-Chen Chiang

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m.

This course introduces the history of classical Chinese literature from the earliest times to the end of the imperial period in 1911.  We will read English translations of major literary classics such as Book of Songs, “Encountering Sorrow,” Zhuangzi, Daodejing, Records of History, early and medieval records of anomalies, Tang dynasty poetry and short stories, Song dynasty song lyrics, Yuan drama, and Ming-Qing novels.  Special emphasis will be placed on acquiring analytical skills and critical perspectives in literary criticism through close reading of texts.  The philosophical, religious, and historical contexts will also be introduced.  Taught in English; no prerequisite.


EALC 412101 and 412102

Advanced Chinese

Fang Lu

TTh 10:30-11:45 a.m. (Lyons) and Noon-1:15 p.m. (Stokes)

Prerequisite: EALC 2122 or equivalent. This course is a continuation of the Intermediate Chinese and aims at further developing students' ability to use Chinese in a more advanced way. The priority of the course is given to in-depth reading of authentic writings in Chinese, with an emphasis on accurate comprehension, expansion of vocabulary for expressing more refined and sophisticated ideas, and development of ability to process sentences with complex structures used mainly in formal speech and writing. In addition, the course provides an introduction to important aspects of Chinese culture and society.


ENGL 4373, FILM 3320

Korean Cinema

Christina Klein

MWF 1:00-1:50 p.m.; T 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Required film screening)

South Korea today is home to one of the most vibrant film industries in the world. This course introduces students to a broad range of Korean films made between the 1950s and the present. Some of these films were made as popular entertainments, others as cerebral works of art, and still others refuse any simple categorization. As we watch these films we will explore Korean history and culture, think about Korean cinema’s relationship to Hollywood and European cinematic traditions, and grapple with questions of genre and auteurism. 


HIST 204401

Chinese Environmental History

Ling Zhang

MWF 11:00-11:50 a.m.

Environmental degradation in contemporary China has attracted widespread attention. To understand China's environmental dilemmas, this course investigates key topics in Chinese environmental history over the last two millennia. The course begins with a broad survey of environmental problems in contemporary China. It then explores Chinese ideas and thoughts about the relationship between nature and human beings. It finally journeys back to pre-modern China to look at the historical roots of many environmental problems. The course focuses on several regional cases, and examines how different parts of China developed different relations with their environments and different strategies in dealing with them.


HIST 204501

A Material and Cultural History of Food in China

Ling Zhang

MWF 2:00-2:50 p.m.

This course studies historical continuity and changes of dietary traditions and culinary practices in China. We will examine how certain foods gave possibilities to and conditioned China's cultural formation and, in return, how food and ways of eating are culturally, socially, and politically constructed. The course's themes include food and religion in early China, food and Chinese medicine in the early medieval, food exchanges with central Asia, food and urbanization during the "Medieval Economic Revolution," the New World food in late imperial China, regional culinary and cultural diversities, and eating in globalized, modern China.


HIST 400501

The Asia Pacific War

Yajun Mo & Franziska Seraphim

TTh Noon

Co-taught by a Japanese and Chinese historian, this course explores the Second World War in Asia from multiple historical and historiographical perspectives. The term "Asia-Pacific War" explicitly links the conflict between Japan and the United States known as the Pacific War (1941-45) to Japan's expansionist ventures in Korea, Taiwan, the Chinese mainland, and Southeast Asia, and considers the cultural and intellectual dimensions of the war (and the way it is remembered) along with the political and military ones.


HIST 407601

Tian'anmen Movement

Yajun Mo

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m.

This course explores the Tiananmen Movement as event, experience, and memory. It engages students to examine the rapid and often destabilizing shifts in China since the late 1970s - a period conventionally referred to as "the reform era." Using a variety of readings on the movement (including memoirs, official documents, propaganda, media coverage, and cultural productions in music and art), we will trace the effects of China?s earlier experiment with revolutionary socialism on the market-driven present, attending to ways in which the past shapes and haunts the contemporary situation.


LING 335801

The Linguistic Structure of Japanese

Margaret Thomas

TTh 1:30 p.m.

A linguistic outline of the Japanese language. The phonological and writing systems of Japanese and their origins, Japanese morphology, fundamentals of Japanese syntax, and characteristics of Japanese vocabulary.


PHIL 447601

Classical Chinese Philosophy

Fr. Joseph You Guo Jiang, S. J.

TTh 1:30-2:45 a.m.

This course is an introduction to Classical Chinese Philosophy and designed to introduce students to the major philosophical schools of classical China, including the Confucian, Mohist, Daoist, and Buddhist schools. Through lectures, discussions, and reading of select primary and secondary sources, we will explore the formulations and subsequent transformations of key beliefs, doctrines, practices, and institutions that characterized specific cultural, educational, spiritual and philosophical traditions.


POLI  246901

Politics of Japan and Korea

Kenji Hayao

MWF 11:00 a.m.

This course provides an overview to the politics of contemporary Japan and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). While most of the focus will mostly be on domestic politics, it will include some discussion of their respective foreign policies. The course begins with a brief historical account, and it then proceeds to discussions of culture and society, electoral politics, decision-making structures and processes, and public policy issues.


POLI 4590

East Asian Security

Robert Ross

TTh 1:30-2:45 p.m.

This class focuses on the strategic conditions of post-Cold War East Asia.  It examines the regional political structure, the strategic characteristics of the region’s great power relationship – U.S.-China relations – and the implications for the conflicts on the Korean peninsula, in the Taiwan Strait, and in the South China Sea, and the role of alliance relationships in regional diplomacy.  From these different perspectives, it considers the sources of state behavior and prospects for regional stability.


THEO 3001

Hinduism: Past and Present

Catherine Cornille

TTh 9:00 a.m.

One of the oldest, and one of the more complex religions, Hinduism continues to take on new and diverse expressions in the contemporary world. This course will focus on modern developments within Hinduism in light of its ancient history.  It will deal with questions of the status of women, caste, mega-gurus, nationalism, and internationalization in relation to the traditional texts, teachings and practices of Hinduism.  In so far as traditional texts and ritual practices continue to shape contemporary Hinduism, the study of these texts and teachings is as relevant today as it was in the past.  But the course will also will also focus on important changes which have taken place in the past two centuries.


THEO 4472, PHIL 4472, TMCE 4472

Buddhist Ethics

John Makransky

W 3:00-5:25 p.m.

This course focuses on ethical principles and practices of Buddhism in India, Southeast Asia and Tibet, how those principles have been applied for individual and social transformation in pre-modern Asia and, in the modern period, how they are being applied to current social issues, such as social and economic inequality, environmental degradation, ethnic and religious tension, and violence.  Students are encouraged to notice how their study of Buddhism informs their own ethical, philosophical, and theological understandings.  Mindfulness practices, which involve learning to pay fuller attention to one’s inner and outer worlds, are introduced in class to inform our studies.  Requirements: active class participation based on weekly writing, two graded homeworks, final paper.  This is a rigorous course for strong students who have a strong interest in the subject. 




David Mozina

TTh 9:00-10:15 a.m. *To Be Determined

Daoism (sometimes spelled Taoism) has been imagined in the West as an Eastern philosophy of blithe individuality and environmental consciousness. But what have Daoist thought and practice meant to Chinese practitioners? The answer might surprise. This course will examine major moments of thought and practice from the early, medieval, and modern periods of China’s most successful indigenous religious tradition. Close readings of texts and images will challenge Western assumptions about what this religious tradition has been all about, and by extension, how we imagine the general categories “theology” and “religion.”