South and Southeast Asian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

This program offers emphases in the following languages and cultural traditions: Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Tamil, and Khmer. Literature is understood in the widest sense to include not only creative writing and cultural expression in the various genres but also sources concerning religion, philosophy, history, and the fine and performing arts. The analysis of cultural expression is also understood to include attention to social, anthropological, economic, and political contexts.

The program provides opportunities to explore the rich cultural, social, and religious histories of South and Southeast Asia as well as the living contemporary cultures of these areas. The curriculum covers cultural history, the classical literary canon, religious literature, folk and popular works, oral traditions, and performance media (including recitation, musical and dramatic performance, dance, and film), and modern literatures of the colonial and post-colonial periods.

Advanced proficiency in the language of emphasis is a central goal of study, as is the ability to undertake sophisticated textual study of a broad range of literary works in that language.

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary linkages by pursuing courses offered by the South and Southeast Asia faculty in other departments on the UCB campus. Students are also encouraged to pursue courses and independent reading that will familiarize them with pertinent methods in the various disciplines (such as contemporary literary theory, ethnographic theory, historiography, and cultural studies theory). Appropriate comparative work on Asian and non-Asian cultures is encouraged as well.

The PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies prepares students for academic careers in teaching and research not only in South and Southeast Asian Studies, but also in comparative literature, religious studies, history, asian studies, and cultural studies.

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Admissions

Admission to the University

Minimum Requirements for Admission

The following minimum requirements apply to all graduate programs and will be verified by the Graduate Division:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution;
  2. A grade point average of B or better (3.0);
  3. If the applicant comes from a country or political entity (e.g., Quebec) where English is not the official language, adequate proficiency in English to do graduate work, as evidenced by a TOEFL score of at least 90 on the iBT test, 570 on the paper-and-pencil test, or an IELTS Band score of at least 7 (note that individual programs may set higher levels for any of these); and
  4. Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the given field.

Applicants Who Already Hold a Graduate Degree

The Graduate Council views academic degrees not as vocational training certificates, but as evidence of broad training in research methods, independent study, and articulation of learning. Therefore, applicants who already have academic graduate degrees should be able to pursue new subject matter at an advanced level without need to enroll in a related or similar graduate program.

Programs may consider students for an additional academic master’s or professional master’s degree only if the additional degree is in a distinctly different field.

Applicants admitted to a doctoral program that requires a master’s degree to be earned at Berkeley as a prerequisite (even though the applicant already has a master’s degree from another institution in the same or a closely allied field of study) will be permitted to undertake the second master’s degree, despite the overlap in field.

The Graduate Division will admit students for a second doctoral degree only if they meet the following guidelines:

  1. Applicants with doctoral degrees may be admitted for an additional doctoral degree only if that degree program is in a general area of knowledge distinctly different from the field in which they earned their original degree. For example, a physics PhD could be admitted to a doctoral degree program in music or history; however, a student with a doctoral degree in mathematics would not be permitted to add a PhD in statistics.
  2. Applicants who hold the PhD degree may be admitted to a professional doctorate or professional master’s degree program if there is no duplication of training involved.

Applicants may apply only to one single degree program or one concurrent degree program per admission cycle.

Required Documents for Applications

  1. Transcripts: Applicants may upload unofficial transcripts with your application for the departmental initial review. If the applicant is admitted, then official transcripts of all college-level work will be required. Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) attended. If you have attended Berkeley, upload your unofficial transcript with your application for the departmental initial review. If you are admitted, an official transcript with evidence of degree conferral will not be required.
  2. Letters of recommendation: Applicants may request online letters of recommendation through the online application system. Hard copies of recommendation letters must be sent directly to the program, not the Graduate Division.
  3. Evidence of English language proficiency: All applicants from countries or political entities in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency. This applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and Quebec (Canada). However, applicants who, at the time of application, have already completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better at a US university may submit an official transcript from the US university to fulfill this requirement. The following courses will not fulfill this requirement:
    • courses in English as a Second Language,
    • courses conducted in a language other than English,
    • courses that will be completed after the application is submitted, and
    • courses of a non-academic nature.

If applicants have previously been denied admission to Berkeley on the basis of their English language proficiency, they must submit new test scores that meet the current minimum from one of the standardized tests.

Where to Apply

Visit the Berkeley Graduate Division application page

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Curriculum

Courses Required
S,SEASN 294Methods in South & Southeast Asian Studies4
S,SEASN Graduate Courses (10) per specialized study list, must include:
S,SEASN Graduate Seminars (4) in major language
Graduate Course in history of area
S,SEASN 375Methods and Problems in Teaching South and Southeast Asian Studies3

Master's Degree Requirements

Curriculum

Courses Required - All Language Concentrations (Hindi, Urdu, Indonesian, Sanskrit, Tamil and Khmer)
S,SEASN 294Methods in South & Southeast Asian Studies4
S,SEASN Graduate Course Electives/specialized study list, includes:16
Graduate (or Upper Division with approval) Seminars (2) in major language
Historical knowledge of major area
Courses Required - Sanskrit Additional Requirement
Linguistics Department Course
S,SEASN 375Methods and Problems in Teaching South and Southeast Asian Studies3

Courses

Languages and Culture:

Languages:

South and Southeast Asian Studies

S,SEASN C220 Seminar in Buddhism and Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Content varies with student interests. The course will normally focus on classical Buddhist texts that exist in multiple recensions and languages, including Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan.

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S,SEASN 250 Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Topics vary from semester to semester.

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S,SEASN 290A Special Studies: South Asian Studies 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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S,SEASN 290B Special Studies: Tamil 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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S,SEASN 290C Special Studies: Hindi-Urdu 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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S,SEASN 290D Special Studies: Malay/Indonesian 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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S,SEASN 290E Special Studies: Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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S,SEASN 290F Special Studies: Sanskrit 1 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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S,SEASN 294 Methods in South & Southeast Asian Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Introduction to the principal, historical, and contemporary methods for study of the literatures, languages, religions, cultures, and peoples of South and Southeast Asia. Discussion of the disciplinary formations of Orientalism, philology, anthropology, comparative religions, gender studies, and history. Topics and readings change year to year. Seminar work will culminate in a one day student symposium.

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S,SEASN 299A Dissertation Preparation and Related Research: South Asian Studies 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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S,SEASN 299B Dissertation Preparation and Related Research: Tamil 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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S,SEASN 299C Dissertation Preparation and Related Research: Hindi-Urdu 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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S,SEASN 299D Dissertation Preparation and Related Research: Malay-Indonesian 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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S,SEASN 299E Dissertation Preparation and Related Research: Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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S,SEASN 299F Dissertation Preparation and Related Research: Sanskrit 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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S,SEASN 375 Methods and Problems in Teaching South and Southeast Asian Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2014
Team-taught by a faculty member and an advanced graduate student instructor, this weekly seminar will expose GSIs to methods and potential problems in teaching. Building a syllabus, grading, teaching writing and reading comprehension, fairness in the classroom, maintaining enthusiasm, developing a professional teaching portfolio, and campus resources for special needs students will be covered. The seminar will include periodic videotaping and
feedback within each student's classroom.
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S,SEASN 601A Individual Study for Masters Students: South Asian Studies 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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S,SEASN 601B Individual Study for Masters Students: Tamil 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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S,SEASN 601C Individual Study for Masters Students: Hindi-Urdu 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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S,SEASN 601D Individual Study for Masters Students: Malay-Indonesian 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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S,SEASN 601E Individual Study for Masters Students: Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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S,SEASN 601F Individual Study for Masters Students: Sanskrit 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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S,SEASN 602A Individual Study for Doctoral Students: South Asian Studies 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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S,SEASN 602B Individual Study for Doctoral Students: Tamil 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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S,SEASN 602C Individual Study for Doctoral Students: Hindi-Urdu 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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S,SEASN 602D Individual Study for Doctoral Students: Malay-Indonesian 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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S,SEASN 602E Individual Study for Doctoral Students: Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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S,SEASN 602F Individual Study for Doctoral Students: Sanskrit 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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South Asian

S ASIAN C214 Seminar in Tibetan Buddhism 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2012
This course provides a place for graduate-level seminars in Tibetan Buddhism that rely primarily on secondary sources and Tibetan texts in translation. Content will vary between semesters but will typically focus on a particular theme. Themes will be chosen according to student interests, with an eye toward introducing students to the breadth of available western scholarship on Tibet, from classics in the field
to the latest publications.
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S ASIAN 215A Readings in Indian Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
This graduate seminar focuses on reading a wide spectrum of Indian Buddhist texts in the Sanskrit (or Pali) original introducing the students to different genres, and different aspects of Indian Buddhism. The students taking the course for 2 units (rather than 4) will be expected to prepare thoroughly every week for the reading of Buddhist texts in the original. They will also be expected
to read all related secondary literature that is assigned to supplement the study of the primary source material. In contrast to the students taking the course for 4 units, they will not be expected to write a term paper or to prepare special presentations for class.
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S ASIAN C215 Readings in Indian Buddhist Texts 2 - 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
This graduate seminar focuses on reading a wide spectrum of Indian Buddhist texts in the Sanskrit (or Pali) original introducing the students to different genres, and different aspects of Indian Buddhism. The students taking the course for two units (rather than four) will be expected to prepare thoroughly every week for the reading of Buddhist texts in the original. They will
also be expected to read all related secondary literature that is assigned to supplement the study of the primary source material. In contrast to the students taking the course for four units, they will not be expected to write a term paper or to prepare special presentations for class.
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S ASIAN C224 Readings in Tibetan Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This seminar provides an introduction to a broad range of Tibetan Buddhist texts, including chronicles and histories, biographical literature, doctrinal treatises, canonical texts, ritual manuals, pilgrimage guides, and liturgical texts. It is intended for graduate students interested in premodern Tibet from any perspective. Students are required to do all of the readings in the original
classical Tibetan. It will also serve as a tools and methods for the study of Tibetan Buddhist literature, including standard lexical and bibliographic references, digital resources, and secondary literature in modern languages. The content of the course will vary from semester to semester to account for the needs and interests of particular students.
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Bengali

BANGLA 1A Introductory Bengali 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of the basic grammar of Bengali, such that they learn to read simple graded texts and to speak at the "low intermediate" level by the end of the year.

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BANGLA 1B Introductory Bengali 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of the basic grammar of Bengali, such that they learn to read simple graded texts and to speak at the "low intermediate" level by the end of the year.

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BANGLA 101A Intermediate Bengali 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Students are expected to be able to read, with the aid of a dictionary, modern Bengali literature, and speak at a "high-intermediate" level by the end of the year. There will be viewing of Bengali videos at a mutually agreed upon time and in class from time to time.

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BANGLA 101B Intermediate Bengali 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
Students are expected to be able to read, with the aid of a dictionary, modern Bengali literature, and speak at a "high-intermediate" level by the end of the year. There will be viewing of Bengali videos at a mutually agreed upon time and in class from time to time.

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Filipino

FILIPN 1A Introductory Filipino 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A systematic introduction to the grammar, sentence patterns, and essential vocabulary of modern standard Filipino. Emphasis is placed on extensive practice in idiomatic Filipino conversation, with additional practice in reading and writing Filipino.

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FILIPN 1B Introductory Filipino 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A systematic introduction to the grammar, sentence patterns, and essential vocabulary of modern standard Filipino. Emphasis is placed on extensive practice in idiomatic Filipino conversation, with additional practice in reading and writing Filipino.

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FILIPN W1X Introductory Filipino for Heritage Learners Online 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course is an elementary Filipino class designed for heritage learners, and the first course in a sequence (Filipino W1X and W1Y). Using the functional-situational approach, the course builds on students’ passive vocabulary to harness four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students develop skills enabling them to: talk/write about the self, family
, and community; talk/write about activities and interactions such as going to the doctor or shopping; read simple texts; and write short paragraphs. Combines real-time meetings using Adobe Connect and online learning.
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FILIPN W1Y Introductory Filipino for Heritage Learners Online 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2016
This course is an elementary Filipino class designed for heritage learners, and the second course in a sequence (Filipino W1X and W1Y). Using the functional-situational approach, the course builds on students’ passive vocabulary to harness four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students develop skills enabling them to: talk/write about the self,
family, and community; talk/write about activities and interactions such as going to the doctor or shopping; read simple texts; and write short paragraphs. Combines real-time meetings using Adobe Connect and online learning.
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FILIPN 15 Intensive Introductory Filipino 10 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session, Summer 2014 8 Week Session
Provides the learner with essential vocabulary and study of sentence structures and grammar. Topics include: everyday life, the use of language in negotiations in the community, language and culture; and the history of Tagalog/Pilipino/Filipino. Students read simple texts and write short essays/creative pieces.

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FILIPN W15X Intensive Intro Filipino for Heritage Learners Online 10 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session
This course is an intensive elementary class designed for heritage learners. Using the functional-situational approach, the course builds on students’ passive vocabulary to harness four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students develop skills enabling them to: talk/write about the self, family, and community; talk/write about activities and interactions
such as going to the doctor or shopping; read simple texts; and write short paragraphs. Combines real-time meetings using Adobe Connect and online learning.
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FILIPN 100A Intermediate Filipino 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
The goal of this course is to enable students to increase their proficiency in Filipino to at least the intermediate-high level of the national ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. While speaking and listening comprehension will be stressed, training in reading and writing Filipino will be an integral part of instruction. Films and video/audio materials will supplement written
texts.
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FILIPN 100B Intermediate Filipino 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
The goal of this course is to enable students to increase their proficiency in Filipino to at least the intermediate-high level of the national ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. While speaking and listening comprehension will be stressed, training in reading and writing Filipino will be an integral part of instruction. Films and video/audio materials
will supplement written texts.
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FILIPN W100A Intermediate Filipino Online 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
First half of the intermediate class series with emphasis on four skills in the effective use of Filipino: describing people, places, and feelings; narrating a story or incident; defining and explaining; and reasoning. Vocabulary is expanded through dialogues and authentic texts. At the end of the class, students should have a firm grasp of grammatical structures, write short texts, and converse
with fluency. Combines real-time meetings using Adobe Connect and online learning.
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FILIPN W100B Intermediate Filipino Online 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Second half of the intermediate class series with emphasis on four skills in the effective use of Filipino: describing people, places, and feelings; narrating a story or incident; defining and explaining; and reasoning. Vocabulary is expanded through dialogues and authentic texts. At the end of the class, students should have a firm grasp of grammatical structures, write short texts, and
converse with fluency. Combines real-time meetings using Adobe Connect and online learning.
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FILIPN 101A Advanced Filipino 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Students read and discuss essays on language, literature, and Phillippine society, and literary texts. Topics include language and the nation; poetry and discourse; language and ideology; and "pananalinghaga" (tropes/metaphors) in understanding society. The students choose whether they would like to go on a creative (poetry, fiction) or a research track (essay).

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FILIPN 101B Advanced Filipino 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Students read and discuss essays on language, literature, and Phillippine society, and literary texts. Topics include language and the nation; poetry and discourse; language and ideology; and "pananalinghaga" (tropes/metaphors) in understanding society. The students choose whether they would like to go on a creative (poetry, fiction) or a research track (essay).

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FILIPN W101A Advanced Filipino Online 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
First half of the advanced class series. This online class focuses on: reading skills for texts (articles, opinion columns, literary texts, and academic essays) with abstract vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and complex sentences; listening skills for authentic texts; and writing skills in exposition and argumentation. We will work with examples of the Filipino language through texts written
in 19th-century Tagalog, Commonwealth-era Pilipino, and contemporary Filipino.
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FILIPN W101B Advanced Filipino Online 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Second half of the advanced class series. The class focuses on: reading skills for texts (articles, opinion columns, literary texts, and academic essays) with abstract vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and complex sentences; listening skills for authentic texts; and writing skills in exposition and argumentation. We will work with examples of the Filipino language through texts written in 19th-century
Tagalog, Commonwealth-era Pilipino, and contemporary Filipino.
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FILIPN W120A Filipino for Special Purposes: Medical Professions 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This is a language class designed for students planning to be in the medical professions. In the first course of this two-semester sequence (A/B), students learn basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Using a functional approach, the class focuses on conversational skills in the clinic/hospital setting; vocabulary on the body, illnesses, and medical histories; and giving simple instructions
and explanations. Combines real-time meetings (Adobe Connect) and online learning.
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FILIPN W120B Filipino for Special Purposes: Medical Professions 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Filipino 120B is the second course of a two-semester course sequence. Students develop language skills so that they can discuss: focus systems (i.e., ears, eyes, nose, throat; heart and blood pressure; infectious diseases) and special care (children, elderly, preventive health). Designed for those who have taken 120A or with basic knowledge of Filipino, the course seeks to develop the ability to: describe illnesses
in detail; provide explanations and instructions; and interpret and translate.
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Hindi-Urdu

HIN-URD 1A Introductory Hindi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course emphasizes development of the full range of Hindi language skills: reading, listening, comprehension, the use of grammatical structures, and oral and written communication—through a variety of learning themes. Individual and small group activities, interactive work and multimedia-based activities reinforce language skills and provide the platform for adapting the curriculum to
specific student learning goals. Use of graded exercises and readings drawn from Hindi literature, leads to the mastery of grammatical structures, essential vocabulary and achievement of basic reading and writing competence.
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HIN-URD 1B Introductory Hindi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Hindi writing systems. Survey of grammar. Graded exercises and readings drawn from Hindi literature, leading to mastery of grammatical structures and essential vocabulary and achievement of basic reading and writing competence.

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HIN-URD 2A Introductory Urdu 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations. Conventional teaching materials may be supplemented by popular songs and clips from contemporary Indian cinema.

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HIN-URD 2B Introductory Urdu 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations. Conventional teaching materials may be supplemented by popular songs and clips from contemporary Indian cinema.

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HIN-URD 15 Intensive Elementary Hindi-Urdu 10 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 10 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session
A comprehensive introduction to modern standard Hindi. The Hindi (Devanagari) writing system; pronunciation; acquisition of grammar and basic vocabulary through graded exercises and readings; special emphasis on the ability to speak and understand Hindi (and spoken Urdu).

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HIN-URD 100A Intermediate Hindi 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Intermediate language course will focus on expanding all language skills (reading, writing, speaking), mastering grammar patterns and new vocabulary through authentic readings from classical and contemporary Hindi literature, epics, mythology and current events. This course acquaints students with representative readings from Hindi texts on pivotal cultural issues from a wide variety of sources
, to enable them to acquire cultural competence in the language. Systematic training in advanced grammar and syntax, reinforced by exercises in composition, both oral and written will be integral part of the course. Special attention is given towards developing communication skills through audio/video, digital media and current events.
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HIN-URD 100B Intermediate Hindi 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course acquaints students with representative readings from Hindi texts on pivotal cultural issues from a wide variety of sources, to enable them to acquire cultural competence in the language. Systematic training in advanced grammar and syntax, reinforced by exercises in composition, both oral and written. Special attention to developing communication skills.

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HIN-URD 101A Readings in Modern Hindi 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed for students who have already achieved an intermediate level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. Its objective is to move students toward a greater level of fluency in each of these key areas. Students will be introduced to a variety of contemporary literary genres. Weekly readings and discussions will be on short stories, poems, and dramatic sketches
from representative authors. These readings focus on various social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of Indian society. Students are encouraged to explore these issues in their written assignments as well as in their class discussions. Written assignments on themes suggested by the reading will be required. We will also work on advanced grammar and special attention will be given to matters of style and idiom. The class will be conducted entirely in Hindi and students will acquire language skills sufficient to approach literary texts on their own.
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HIN-URD 101B Readings in Modern Hindi 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is designed for students who have already achieved an intermediate level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing Hindi. Its objective is to move students toward a greater level of fluency in each of these key areas. Students will be introduced to a variety of contemporary literary genres. Weekly readings and discussions will be on short stories, poems, and dramatic
sketches from representative authors. These readings focus on various social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of Indian society. Students are encouraged to explore these issues in their written assignments as well as in their class discussions. Written assignments on themes suggested by the reading will be required. We will also work on advanced grammar and special attention will be given to matters of style and idiom. The class will be conducted entirely in Hindi and students will acquire language skills sufficient to approach literary texts on their own.
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HIN-URD 103A Intermediate Urdu 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Introduces various types of written and spoken Urdu; vocabulary building, idioms, and problems of syntax; and conversation. Reading of selected fiction and nonfiction in modern Urdu, including fables, short stories, and poetry. Exercises in grammar, conversation, and composition.

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HIN-URD 103B Intermediate Urdu 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Introduces various types of written and spoken Urdu; vocabulary building, idioms, and problems of syntax; and conversation. Reading of selected fiction and nonfiction in modern Urdu, including fables, short stories, and poetry. Exercises in grammar, conversation, and composition.

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HIN-URD 104A Advanced Urdu 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Reading of Urdu prose and poetry in a variety of literary and scholarly styles; composition. Topics in advanced grammar; designed to improve proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be expected to converse in a clearly participatory fashion, initiate, sustain, and bring to closure a wide variety of communicative tasks using diverse language strategies.

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HIN-URD 104B Advanced Urdu 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Reading of Urdu prose and poetry in a variety of literary and scholarly styles; composition. Topics in advanced grammar; designed to improve proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be expected to converse in a clearly participatory fashion, initiate, sustain, and bring to closure a wide variety of communicative tasks using diverse language strategies.

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HIN-URD 221 Hindi Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The course will focus on Hindi literature from the pre-modern and the modern periods. Topics will vary from year to year. Students will be expected to write a 25-30 page research paper.

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Khmer

KHMER 1A Introductory Khmer 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Provides a command of the basic structures of standard spoken Cambodian and tools for reading and writing elementary texts. Through use of computer-based materials, a textbook, and communicative practice, students gain a foundation in "survival" spoken Khmer. This involves memorization of question and answer exchanges in Khmer which students are likely to encounter in modern Cambodia.
Topics include greetings, speaking to teachers and elders and discussing language learning, talking about family and personal history, and food. Students learn the Khmer alphabet and important sight-words and to read and write simple sentences on everyday topics. Intended for non-native speakers of Khmer with no oral or aural comprehension in the language. Students will also learn important basic behaviors and courtesies necessary for smooth interaction in Khmer society and culture.
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KHMER 1B Introductory Khmer 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students complete their study of everyday standard Khmer to a "survival" level. While the memorization of vocabulary and common personal exchanges practiced in 1A will make up the majority of material studied, students will have some opportunity to learn to improvise and talk about personal work and research interests in Khmer. Topics include transportation and directions,
the world of work, religion, health, and conducting daily life in Cambodia. Students learn to read simple authentic texts such as folk tales, personal letters, forms, and roadside signs. Students continue their study of culturally appropriate behavior in the context of Khmer culture, including notions of "saving face" and maintaining social harmony, and how these are expressed in both spoken language and in one's actions.
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KHMER 100A Intermediate Khmer 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Non-native speakers who have completed Beginning Khmer will build spoken proficiency with emphasis on everyday "storytelling" and the expression of emotions, feelings, and opinions. Students will gain experience reading progressively difficult authentic Khmer texts, including folk tales and newspaper articles. Native speakers with family exposure to Khmer will be introduced to the
writing system. They will quickly "catch up" with non-native classmates who have studied the writing system before. All students will study important patterns and structures in Khmer grammar and morphology, and gain a foundation in formal spoken Khmer, express opinions and positions, form arguments, and learn to discuss a variety of topics with educated Khmer speakers. These include Khmer religion, village culture, news, and advertising.
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KHMER 100B Intermediate Khmer 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students learn to read roadside signs, scholarly articles, and an entire Khmer novel. Topics include current events in Cambodia, Cambodian history and politics, and a basic overview of traditional Khmer literature. Much of this study will be accomplished by working on projects in groups with other students. One such project will involve the preparation and performance of a play based
on sections of the modern Khmer novel students read in this course. All students will design and carry out an independent research project on the topic of their choice (which will account for 30% of the final grade), and present their research at the end of the second semester to an audience of their peers, entirely in Khmer.
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KHMER 101A Advanced Khmer 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course continues the themes and goals of 100B. Students will focus on the same broad topics covered in Intermediate Khmer--religion, traditional culture, and the language of public information (news and advertising)--but they will learn more advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary for the discussion of these topics with educated native speakers, and read more advanced
texts dealing with these topics than the Intermediate students. Additional material beyond the Intermediate curriculum includes reading and analyzing historical folk tales, learning to discuss the rice-farming cycle, and acquiring the tools to discuss research and "development" work in Cambodia at a sophisticated level.
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KHMER 101B Advanced Khmer 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students will read advanced texts dealing with the topics of politics and history. They will also gain exposure to traditional verse texts, and read, discuss, and undertake group projects based on a variety of modern Khmer short stories. As in the case with Intermediate Khmer, students will also undertake substantial independent study, culminating in a final oral presentation. However
, the standard by which both written and oral material will be judged will be much higher for Advanced students. Special attention will be paid to formal speaking style and advanced grammatical structures in Khmer for all students, and colloquial spoken expression for non-native speakers.
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Malay/Indonesian

MALAY/I 1A Introductory Indonesian 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Survey of grammar, graded exercises, and readings drawn from Indonesian texts, leading to a mastery of basic language patterns, essential vocabulary, and to achievement of basic reading, writing, and conversational competence. Emphasis on developing communicative skills.

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MALAY/I 1B Introductory Indonesian 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Survey of grammar, graded exercises, and readings drawn from Indonesian texts, leading to a mastery of basic language patterns, essential vocabulary, and to achievement of basic reading, writing, and conversational competence. Emphasis on developing communicative skills.

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MALAY/I 100A Intermediate Indonesian 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Readings in Indonesian texts, including newspapers, journals, and literature exploring a variety of styles. Systematic study of grammatical and lexical problems arising from these readings. Advanced exercises in composition, oral and written communicative skills, and cultural competence.

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MALAY/I 100B Intermediate Indonesian 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Readings in Indonesian texts, including newspapers, journals, and literature exploring a variety of styles. Systematic study of grammatical and lexical problems arising from these readings. Advanced exercises in composition, oral and written communicative skills, and cultural competence.

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MALAY/I 210A Seminar in Malay Letters and Oral Traditions 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Various aspects of Indonesian and Malay language, history and development of the language, classical literature, drama, oral literature, modern literature of Indonesia and Malaysia, and dialect studies. Applies various theoretical approaches to the study of the language and literature.

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MALAY/I 210B Seminar in Malay Letters and Oral Traditions 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Various aspects of Malay language and literature, history and development of the language, classical literature, drama, oral literature, modern literature of Indonesia and Malaysia, and dialect studies. Applies various theoretical approaches to the study of the language and literature.

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MALAY/I 232 Readings in Modern Indonesian and Malaysian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2003, Spring 2002
This course will focus on the 20th century literatures of Indonesia and Malaysia. Emphasis will be on the socio-cultural matrix of such modern genres as the novel, the short story, and poetry. Lectures and most course work in Indonesian.

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Punjabi

PUNJABI 1A Introductory Punjabi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Gurmukhi script. Survey of grammar. Graded exercises, leading to a mastery of basic language patterns, essential vocabulary, and achievement of basic reading and writing skills.

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PUNJABI 1B Introductory Punjabi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Gurmukhi script. Survey of grammar. Graded exercises, leading to a mastery of basic language patterns, essential vocabulary, and achievement of basic reading and writing skills.

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PUNJABI 15 Intensive Elementary Punjabi 10 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2000 10 Week Session, Summer 1998 10 Week Session, Summer 1997 10 Week Session
A comprehensive introduction to modern standard Punjabi as spoken in India and Pakistan. The Gurmukhi writing system; pronunciation; asquisition of grammar and basic vocabulary through graded exercises and readings; special emphasis on the ability to speak and understand Punjabi.

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PUNJABI 100A Intermediate Punjabi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Focus on reading, writing and speaking Punjabi more fluently in formal and informal contexts. Selected readings vary every semester. These form the starting point to stimulate students' own writings which include a long interview with a Punjabi elder from the wider community. These may be recorded in the students' own voices and form a contribution to the ongoing "Punjabi Voices"
project. Review of grammar provided as needed in addition to the introduction of more complex grammatical structures. Grading based on performance in class and final presentation, weekly quizzes, two midterms, and a final.
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PUNJABI 100B Intermediate Punjabi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Focus on reading, writing and speaking Punjabi more fluently in formal and informal contexts. Selected readings vary every semester. These form the starting point to stimulate students' own writings which include a long interview with a Punjabi elder from the wider community. These may be recorded in the students' own voices and form a contribution to the ongoing "Punjabi Voices"
project. Review of grammar provided as needed in addition to the introduction of more complex grammatical structures. Grading based on performance in class and final presentation, weekly quizzes, two midterms, and a final.
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Sanskrit

SANSKR 100A Elementary Sanskrit 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Elements of Sanskrit grammar and practice in reading Sanskrit texts.

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SANSKR 100B Elementary Sanskrit 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Elements of Sanskrit grammar and practice in reading Sanskrit texts.

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SANSKR 101A Intermediate Sanskrit: Epic and Puracic Sanskrit 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2015, Fall 2013
Introduces students to the itihasa/puraic traditions and related commentarial style of Sanskrit. An extended passage from Valmiki's Ramayaada, Vyasa's Mahabharata, or one of the Mahapuradas is normally read with commentary, if available. The development of strong reading skills is the focus of the class. Additionally, students are introduced to the use of hard copy and web-based resources.
Grammar is reviewed and explained as needed. Students are also introduced to the current scholarship on epic literature. Students are expected to memorize at least one verse per class for recitation. Emphasis is placed on correct prosody and pronunciation. Submission of an annotated translation project, assigned in class, is required.
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SANSKR 101B Intermediate Sanskrit: Sastraic (Scientific) Sanskrit 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015, Spring 2014
Introduces students to Sanskrit sastra and related commentary. Reading selections are generally taken from either the grammatical (vyakaraada), literary critical )alakarasatra) or the philosophical (darsana) tradition, including such works as Mahabhaya, Tarkasagraha, Kavyadarsa, etc. Reading skills and familiarity with resources - hard copy and web-based - as well as current trends and
scholarship in the relevant areas are emphasized. Grammar is reviewed and explained as needed. Students are expected to memorize at least one verse per class. Emphasis is placed on correct prosody and pronunciation. Submission of an annotated translation or similar project, assigned in class, is required.
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SANSKR 101C Intermediate Sanskrit: Sahitya (Literary Sanskrit) 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
Introduces students to classical literary Sanskrit (sahitya) and commentary, where available. An extended passage of a kavya and/or an entire plat (naaka) is read, Works of Kalidasa, Bhasa, and the like are normally read. Developing strong reading skills is the focus of the class. Students develop skills to use hard copy and web-based resources. Grammar is reviewed and explained as needed.
Students are also introduced to current scholarship and trends in literary analysis. Students are expected to memorize at least one verse per class. Emphasis is placed on correct prosody and pronunciation. Submission of an annotated translation project, assigned in class, is required. Course content changes every semester and may be repeated for credit.
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SANSKR 200A Sanskrit Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Advanced readings in Sanskrit literature, including Sanskrit ornate poetry with emphasis on the canons of poetic analysis of the Indian aesthetic tradition.

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SANSKR 200B Sanskrit Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Advanced readings in Sanskrit literature, including Sanskrit ornate poetry with emphasis on the canons of poetic analysis of the Indian aesthetic tradition.

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SANSKR 203 Vedic Sanskrit 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2000, Spring 1999
Readings from the and other Vedic texts, including and . Knowledge of German and/or French is recommended.

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SANSKR 206 Middle Indic 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2008
Introduction to Middle Indic. An intensive study of texts in one or more of the Prakrit dialects, Pali, or Apabhramsa.

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SANSKR 207 Sanskrit Philosophical Texts 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
Reading of a Sanskrit philosophical, logical, or grammatical text, with attention to philosophical, logical, or grammatical features. Text to be chosen in consultation with students.

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Tamil

TAMIL 1A Introductory Tamil 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The grammar of modern Tamil will be covered followed by readings in simple texts. Practice will also be given in spoken Tamil.

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TAMIL 1B Introductory Tamil 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The grammar of modern Tamil will be covered followed by readings in simple texts. Practice will also be given in spoken Tamil.

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TAMIL 101A Readings in Tamil 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
These courses introduce students to a variety of literary styles. 101A will consist of weekly readings and discussions of short stories, poems, and dramatic sketches from representative authors. Short written assignments on themes suggested by the readings are required. Special attention is paid to matters of style and idiom. 101B is devoted to viewing films based on a variety of themes (social
, village, mythological, classical Tamil) and to reading scripts and oral written exercises. Students will acquire language skills sufficient to approach literary texts on their own.
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TAMIL 101B Readings in Tamil 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
These courses introduce students to a variety of literary styles. 101A will consist of weekly readings and discussions of short stories, poems, and dramatic sketches from representative authors. Short written assignments on themes suggested by the readings are required. Special attention is paid to matters of style and idiom. 101B is devoted to viewing films based on a variety of themes
(social, village, mythological, classical Tamil) and to reading scripts and oral written exercises. Students will acquire language skills sufficient to approach literary texts on their own.
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TAMIL 210A Seminar in Tamil Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Readings in advanced Tamil. Texts to be determined by the needs of the student.

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TAMIL 210B Seminar in Tamil Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
Readings in advanced Tamil. Texts to be determined by the needs of the student.

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Telugu

TELUGU 1A Elementary Telugu 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The focus of this course will be on systematic grammar, essential vocabulary, and conversations. The goal is to achieve basic reading, writing, and conversational competence as well as exposure to Telugu culture and traditions through language learning. Students will be able to read short stories by the end of this course with some facility.

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TELUGU 1B Elementary Telugu 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The focus of this course will be on systematic grammar, essential vocabulary, and conversations. The goal is to achieve basic reading, writing, and conversational competence as well as exposure to Telugu culture and traditions through language learning. Students will be able to read short stories by the end of this course with some facility.

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Thai

THAI 1A Introduction to Thai 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed for students who have little or no knowledge of the Thai language. The focus of Thai 1A is to build vocabulary and develop the ability to speak with correct pronunciation through basic conversation in day-to-day settings. Students will be introduced to the Thai alphabets and syllable construction rules. To prepare students for intensive literacy acquisition in the spring
semester, students are expected to read and write simple words and short sentences by the end of the semester. The class will study common facts about Thailand, etiquette, customs, and values in contemporary Thai culture, through discussion, proverbs, and participation in cultural activities.
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THAI 1B Introduction to Thai 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Continuing on from the fundamental knowledge of syllable construction learned in Thai 1A, this course is designed to rapidly elevate student's literacy, with the goal of completely abandoning transcription by mid-semester. By the end of the course, students should be reading and writing short descriptive and creative essays, equivalent to 2nd grade students in Thai school. Students continue
to learn new vocabulary, grammar and practical thematic conversation with the opportunity to practice with native speakers. Students will also be introduced to Thai customs, culture and value, through a variety of media and cultural activities. Thai is used as the language of instruction up to 20% of the time.
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THAI 100A Intermediate Thai 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course continues to integrate cultural awareness into language education. The emphasis shifts from the concrete to the abstract. Students will begin to read and write compound sentences, formal essays, and letters. Students will have the opportunity to practice conversation with native speakers. Students will also watch Thai films throughout the semester. Thai as the language of instruction
will gradually increase from 20% up to 50%. By the end of the semester, students should have acquired a level of literacy equivalent to 4th grade in Thai schools.
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THAI 100B Intermediate Thai 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
A continuation of Intermediate Thai 100A. Students will learn to read longer and more abstract writing, advertisements from newspapers, and articles from magazines and webpage. The class will cover expressions, figures of speech, higher level grammar, and hierarchical pronouns. Writing will move from descriptive to expository. To increase verbal skills and cultural education, students
will watch karaoke, TV advertisements, and films. Students will also have regular intensive conversation practice and in-class presentation. The language of instruction will be in Thai approximately 50% to 70% of the time. By the end of the semester, the average student should have acquired a level of literacy equivalent to 5th to 6th grade in Thai schools.
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THAI 101A Advanced Thai 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
In this third-year course, students further improve active literacy by reading and listening to authentic materials from a variety of contemporary sources including print, web, and broadcast media, and short stories. The class will learn the history of Thailand in the Ayuddhaya period and explore the Thai cultural psyche in order to gain a deeper understanding of cultural values and constructs
, their historical development, and the dialectical forces of the old and the new. Students will be required to employ the language in critical analysis and debate in both writing and speech.
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THAI 101B Advanced Thai 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is designed to enhance students’ competence in reading and writing Thai. Students will be reading texts from "The Thai Cultural Reader," newspapers, news from the internet, and selected short stories. The students will improve their listening skills and will discuss selected topics both orally and in writing. The language of instruction is Thai.

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Vietnamese

VIETNMS 1A Introductory Vietnamese 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to modern spoken and written Vietnamese, including intensive drill on basic phonology and grammar. By the end of the second semester the student should be able to function successfully in ordinary Vietnamese conversation and read simple texts of moderate difficulty.

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VIETNMS 1B Introductory Vietnamese 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An introduction to modern spoken and written Vietnamese, including intensive drill on basic phonology and grammar. By the end of the second semester the student should be able to function successfully in ordinary Vietnamese conversation and read simple texts of moderate difficulty.

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VIETNMS 15 Intensive Introductory Vietnamese 10 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session, Summer 2014 8 Week Session
Provides the learner with essential vocabulary, grammar, and literacy through intensive drills and written and oral exercises. By the end of the course, students should be able to function successfully in everyday Vietnamese conversation and read simple texts of moderate difficulty.

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VIETNMS 100A Intermediate Vietnamese 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A second-year course in Vietnamese vocabulary and syntax with intensive drills on short colloquial expressions and auditory recognition of speech patterns. First semester course stresses phraseology, sentence building, rules of composition and development of students' communicative skills. By the end of the second semester students will learn to speak and write simple compositions and will
have a cursory introduction to Vietnamese literature and sample readings from contemporary Vietnamese writers.
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VIETNMS 100B Intermediate Vietnamese 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A second-year course in Vietnamese vocabulary and syntax with intensive drills on short colloquial expressions and auditory recognition of speech patterns. First semester course stresses phraseology, sentence building, rules of composition and development of students' communicative skills. By the end of the second semester students will learn to speak and write simple compositions and
will have a cursory introduction to Vietnamese literature and sample readings from contemporary Vietnamese writers.
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VIETNMS 101A Advanced Vietnamese 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is designed for students who have already achieved an intermediate degree of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing modern Vietnamese. Objective: to move students toward a greater level of fluency in each of these key areas and provide an introduction to the literature and culture of Vietnam by reading Vietnamese language texts. Readings will vary from semester to semester
and will include novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from the classical, colonial, post-colonial, and contemporary periods. Topics to be addressed in class are the nature of the Sino-Vietnamese classical tradition; cultural legacies of French colonialism; the regional character of literary and cultural production; the emergence of a distinctive Vietnamese modernity, and the history of Vietnamese gender norms and relations. Regular attendance and participation in classroom activities is mandatory and no English will be spoken in class.
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VIETNMS 101B Advanced Vietnamese 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A continuation of 101A, with the goal of conversational fluency, advanced reading competence, and facility in writing. This course also provides an introduction to the literature and culture of Vietnam through a close reading of Vietnamese language texts. Readings will vary from semester to semester and will include novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from the classical, colonial
, and contemporary periods. Among the topics to be addressed in class are the nature of the Sino-Vietnamese classical tradition, the cultural legacies of French colonialism, the regional character of literary and cultural production, the emergence of a distinctive Vietnamese modernity, and the history of Vietnamese gender norms and relations. Regular attendance and participation in classroom activities is mandatory and no English will be spoken in class.
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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Janaki Bakhle, Associate Professor.

Lawrence Cohen, Professor. Social cultural anthropology, medical and psychiatric anthropology, critical gerontology, lesbian and gay studies, feminist and queer theory.
Research Profile

Jacob Dalton, Associate Professor. Religion, ritual, Tibet, Buddhism, Tantra, Dunhuang.
Research Profile

Penelope S. C. Edwards, Associate Professor.

+ Munis D. Faruqui, Associate Professor. Mughal India, Delhi Sultanate, Islam in South Asia/India, Urdu.
Research Profile

+ Robert P. Goldman, Professor. Literary theory, South and Southeast Asian studies, Sanskrit literature, Indian epic studies, and psychoanalytically oriented cultural studies.
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Jeffrey Hadler, Associate Professor. Islam, art, culture, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, history, literature, Minangkabau, Sumatra.
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Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor. Hindi Literature, Hinduism, South Asian Literature and Culture.
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Raka Ray, Professor. Feminist theory, gender, social movements, South and Southeast Asian studies, relations between dominant subaltern groups in India, women´_s movements in India.
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Sylvia C. Tiwon, Associate Professor. Indonesia, South and Southeast Asian studies, literature and gender, cultural studies of Southeast Asia, discourse oral, print, electronic, socio-cultural formations at the national and sub-nation level, non-governmental organizations.
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Alexander Von Rospatt, Professor. Ritual studies, Nepalese studies, Buddhist traditions of South Asia, doctrinal history, Newar Buddhism.
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Blake Wentworth, Assistant Professor.

Peter B. Zinoman, Associate Professor. Vietnam, Vietnam War, Vietnamese literature, Southeast Asian history, communism, nationalism, colonialism.
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Lecturers

Cynthia Agnes C. Aban, Lecturer.

Saeeda Akhtar, Lecturer.

Maria Barrios-Leblanc, Lecturer.

Supatra Chowchuvech, Lecturer.

+ Sally J. Goldman, Senior Lecturer. Women's studies, South and Southeast Asian studies, buddhist Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Sanskrit language, valmiki ramayana translation project, South Asian women, epic and classical Sanskrit literature, vyakarana or Sanskrit grammar, Veda.
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Qamar Jalil, Lecturer.

Karen Llagas, Lecturer.

Ninik Lunde, Lecturer. Linguistics, comparative literature, South and Southeast Asian studies, Indonesian language, Javanese, Balinese and Sumatranese dances.
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Cam Nguyen, Lecturer.

Bharathy Sankara Rajulu, Lecturer.

Pranjali Sirasao, Lecturer.

Francis J. Smith, Lecturer.

Hanh Tran, Lecturer.

Upkar K. Ubhi, Lecturer. Architecture, South and Southeast Asian studies, Punjabi, curriculum developments, marketing trends, building arts.
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Kenneth Wong, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Vasudha Dalmia, Professor Emeritus.

George L. Hart, Professor Emeritus. South and Southeast Asian studies, Tamil studies, classical Sanskrit, South Indian religion and culture, Indian civilization, Indian literature, Indian religion.
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Padmanabh S. Jaini, Professor Emeritus.

Bruce R. Pray, Professor Emeritus.

P. L. Amin Sweeney, Professor Emeritus.

Barend A. Van Nooten, Professor Emeritus.

Joanna Williams, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies

7233 Dwinelle Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-2540

Phone: 510-642-4564

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Department Chair

Jeffrey Hadler, PhD

350B Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-8538

hadler@berkeley.edu

Student Affairs Officer

Elodie Steffen

Phone: 510-642-4219

esteffen@berkeley.edu

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