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Introduction to the Humanities of Asia

IHUM 240


$ 579.00

Instructor: Francesca Sborgi Lawson
Credits: 3.00

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Major arts of Asian cultures in their historical, religious, and philosophical settings.

Course Content:

    Unit 1: India
  1. Lesson #1: Introduction to India
  2. Lesson #2: From the Indus Valley Civilization to the Beginnings of Buddhism
  3. Lesson #3: Heyday of Indian Civilization: The Guptas
  4. Lesson #4: The Legacy of the Moguls
  5. Lesson #5: Hindustani Classical Music
  6. Lesson #6: Qawwali: Hindustani Music Meets Islam
  7. Lesson #7: Folk Traditions
  8. Lesson #8: “There’ll Always Be Stars in the Sky” Indian Film Industry
    1. Unit 2: China
    2. Lesson #9: Monuments of Material Culture: The Shang and Zhou: The Bronze Age of China
    3. Lesson #10: Belief Systems: Confucianism and Daoism
    4. Lesson #11: The Coming of Buddhism: Monuments in Architecture, Painting, Poetry, and Music
    5. Lesson #12: A Period of Introspection: Song Through Qing
    6. Lesson #13: Chinese Music and Opera
    7. Lesson #14: Chinese Storytelling: Between Music and Language
    8. Lesson #15: The Cultural Revolution and the Arts
    9. Lesson #16: Politics and the Arts in Modern China
      1. Unit 3: Japan:
      2. Lesson #17: Introduction to Japan
      3. Lesson #18: The Elegance of Heian to the Rise of the Samurai
      4. Lesson #19: Japan Under Military Rule
      5. Lesson #20: From Foreign Influences to a Closed Japan
      6. Lesson #21: Cultural Isolationism: The Tokugawa Period
      7. Lesson #22: Arts of the Floating World
      8. Lesson #23: Into the Modern World
      9. Lesson #24: Film: The Japanese Version
      10. Online Courses:

        Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.

   No Materials required for this course!