South and Southeast Asian Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The major is a flexible, interdisciplinary program offering opportunities for both wide, comparative study of South and Southeast Asian cultures, literature, religion, and history. The department teaches the following 12 languages: Hindi, Sanskrit, Indonesian, Telugu, Urdu, Filipino, Khmer, Thai, Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, and Vietnamese.

Declaring the Major

There are prerequisites to declaring the major: one semester of language work with a grade of B or higher AND one completed lower division course with a grade of C or higher.

Honors Program

To be eligible for admission to the honors program, students must attain a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) or higher in courses completed in the major and a 3.3 GPA in all courses completed in the University. An honors thesis is required. Students who wish to participate must choose a thesis topic in consultation with their major adviser and apply for admission to the program through the departmental office no later than the first week of spring semester of the senior year.

Minor Program

The department offers a minor program in South and Southeast Asian Studies. For further information regarding how to declare the minor, please contact the department.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements below must be taken for graded credit, other than courses listed which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only. Other exceptions to this requirement are noted as applicable.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Major Requirements: South and Southeast Asian Studies

Four Semesters of Language Work
Choose from: Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Khmer, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu or Vietnamese.
Lower Division
Choose two of the following courses: 1
S ASIAN 1AIntroduction to the Civilization of Early India4
S ASIAN 1BIntroduction to the Civilization of Medieval and Modern India4
SEASIAN 10AIntroduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia4
SEASIAN 10BIntroduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia4
Upper Division
At least 26 units for a letter grade that include intermediate/second-year level of any supported language and additional courses from 110 and above that include at least one course from "Religion & History" and at least one course from "Literature" 2
1

It is possible to create a mixed South/Southeast Asian combination; please see an undergraduate faculty adviser to discuss this possibility.

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  2. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  4. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  5. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  6. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students who cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)

Requirements

Lower Division
Choose one course from the following:
S ASIAN 1AIntroduction to the Civilization of Early India4
S ASIAN 1BIntroduction to the Civilization of Medieval and Modern India4
SEASIAN 10AIntroduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia4
SEASIAN 10BIntroduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia4
Upper Division
Select five upper division courses from the offerings of the department.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students in the College of Letters & Science must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide.

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

American Cultures

American Cultures is the one requirement that all undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete a first-level reading and composition course by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units, including at least 60 L&S units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department

Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding EAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Student Learning Goals

Mission

The mission of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies is to enable students to learn about the cultures and civilizations of South and Southeast Asia. The department teaches 12 languages and is an indispensable resource for programs in many other departments and areas.

For undergraduate majors, the department stresses an interdisciplinary approach and expects students to specialize in one of three areas—literature, religion, or cultural history. To this end, there are two tracks for majors—one that emphasizes the study of civilization and does not require language and one that requires the students to do four semesters of language work in addition to more general studies. UC Berkeley has an extraordinary number of experts in many areas of South and Southeast Asian Studies, and students are encouraged to take advantage of relevant courses in departments such as history, music, political science, ethnic studies, art history, linguistics, gender and women’s studies and English. Qualified undergraduates are also encouraged to participate in graduate seminars.

Learning Goals for the Major

There are two tracks in the South and Southeast Asian Studies major—one that emphasizes the study of civilization and does not require language, and one that requires the students to do four semesters of language work in addition to more general studies. Within each track, students specialize in an area (South or Southeast Asia).

Goals for the Language Track

  1. Students should have mastered the grammar (included complex grammatical features) of at least one South and Southeast Asian language (Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu for South Asia and Indonesian, Thai, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Khmer for Southeast). They should be able to read stories, newspapers, and the like in the modern language in which they specialize.
  2. They should be able to speak and get about using the language (if relevant) and to write simple prose in the modern language.
  3. For classic languages such as Sanskrit, students should have basic facility in reading a variety of different genres in the original, and they should be comfortable using standard resource materials such as dictionaries, traditional grammars, and on-line resources. They are also expected to be able to engage critically with the pertinent secondary sources relevant to the texts being read.
  4. They should have a sound knowledge of one culture or area of South or Southeast Asia.
  5. They should have a broad general acquaintance with either South or Southeast Asia including a good knowledge of cultural history, literature, and/or religion.

Goals for the Civilization Track

  1. Students should have a thorough understanding of the histories and culture of either South or Southeast Asia.
  2. In lieu of acquiring detailed knowledge of one of the cultural/linguistic areas of South or Southeast Asia, they are expected to deepen their mastery of cultural history or religion of South or Southeast Asia.
  3. They should specialize in a particular national tradition and/or in a particular approach to the region (historical, literary, art, performative).

Courses

Languages and Culture:

Languages:

South and Southeast Asian Studies

S,SEASN 1A Elementary Telugu 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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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S,SEASN 1B Elementary Telugu 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
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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S,SEASN R5A Self, Representation, and Nation 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course is devoted to a study of selected literary texts set in various regions of Southeast Asia. The readings will include works by foreign authors who lived and traveled in Southeast Asia and translations of works by Southeast Asian writers. These texts will be used to make comparisons and observations with which to characterize coloniality, nationalism, and postcoloniality. This course satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition
requirement.
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S,SEASN R5B Under Western Eyes 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
In this course, the student will read selections from the large body of scholarly texts that have been written about Southeast Asia. Expository and argumentative essays by premier scholars such as Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Margaret Mead, Clifford Geertz, and Benedict Anderson will be examined. Discussions will cover a broad range of theoretical issues including power, gender, and space. This course satisfies the second half of the Reading
and Composition requirement.
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S,SEASN 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 freshmen.

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S,SEASN 39 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 18.

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S,SEASN 39C Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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S,SEASN 39G Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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S,SEASN 39H Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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S,SEASN 39I Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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S,SEASN 39J Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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S,SEASN 39L Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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S,SEASN C51 Introductory Topics in Religious Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Fall 2007
Selected introductory topics in the study of religion.

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S,SEASN N51 Introductory Topics in Religious Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2008 10 Week Session, Summer 2008 Second 6 Week Session
Selected introductory topics in the study of religion.

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S,SEASN C52 Introduction to the Study of Buddhism 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This introduction to the study of Buddhism will consider materials drawn from various Buddhist traditions of Asia, from ancient times down to the present day. However, the course is not intended to be a comprehensive or systematic survey; rather than aiming at breadth, the course is designed around key themes such as ritual, image veneration, mysticism, meditation, and death. The overarching emphasis throughout the course will be on the hermeneutic
difficulties attendant upon the study of religion in general, and Buddhism in particular.
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S,SEASN 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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S,SEASN 98A Directed Group Study for Lower Division Students: South Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 99A Supervised Independent Study and Research for Lower Division Students: South Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 100A Filipino 5 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007

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S,SEASN 100B Filipino 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007

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S,SEASN N113 Music of India 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2009 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2009 Second 6 Week Session
The course aims to give a comprehensive picture of many important areas of the Indian musical heritage, including a detailed exploration of the classical traditions of both North and South India (Hindustani and Carnatic musics).

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S,SEASN 120 Topics in South and Southeast Asian Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
Designed to permit regular faculty and visitors to explore special topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Focus and readings will change in response to current research interests of instructors and teaching needs of the department.

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S,SEASN C123 Religion in Medieval India 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course is designed to provide a chronological and thematic approach to the study of religion in medieval India. It will cover the period from 600 to 1600 A.D.--a time of significant developments in both Hinduism and Islam on the subcontinent. Besides witnessing tremendous religious ferment in the South and the emergence of popular devotional movements within Hinduism in the North, the period also observed new mystical and regional articulations of Islam.

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S,SEASN C135 Tantric Traditions of Asia 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2010
The emergence of the tantras in seventh and eighth-century India marked a watershed for religious practice throughout Asia. These esoteric scriptures introduced complex new ritual technologies that transformed the religious traditions of India, from Brahmanism to Jainism and Buddhism, as well as those of Southeast Asia, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan. This course provides an overview of tantric religion across these regions.

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S,SEASN C145 Buddhism in Contemporary Society 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A study of the Buddhist tradition as it is found today in Asia. The course will focus on specific living traditions of East, South, and/or Southeast Asia. Themes to be addressed may include contemporary Buddhist ritual practices; funerary and mortuary customs; the relationship between Buddhism and other local religious traditions; the relationship between Buddhist institutions and the state; Buddhist monasticism and its relationship to the
laity; Buddhist ethics; Buddhist "modernism," and so on.
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S,SEASN 148 Philippines: History, Literature, Performance 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
The course focuses on Philippine history through literature and performance. Among the texts to be discussed are: traditional forms (rituals, poetry, songs, dances) that give insights to belief systems and economic, political, and social life during the indigenous or precolonial period; performance and literary forms that were instruments both of colonial conquest and anti-colonial
movements; and theater and literature that participated in discourse on agrarian issues, labor, martial law and militarism, gender rights, academic freedom, and human rights.
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S,SEASN 149 Studies in South and Southeast Asian Languages 2 - 5 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Directed study of South and Southeast Asian Languages. This course will provide intensive language training in languages not regularly taught by the Department. Language may vary each semester based on instructor availability.

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S,SEASN 150 Southeast Asian Mythology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2015
An introduction to the mythologies of Southeast Asia, providing a comparative overview of key myths. We will focus on indigenous narrative traditions encompassing myths of creation and origin, agricultural and maritime myths and practices, the founding of kingdoms, and indigenous geographies. We will further explore the role of myth in the contemporary world.

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S,SEASN 160 Philippine Cultural Politics 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
Can a song inspire a revolution? The course focuses on literary, visual, and performance texts that participated in political discourses in the Philippines. What strategies did the writers and artists employ? How did writers and artists face issues of censorship and persecution? How did social movements influence these texts, and in turn, how did these texts contribute to these social movements?

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S,SEASN 190 Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Designed primarily to give majors sustained and intensive training in reading, writing, and analysis in the discipline. Independent research and a substantial essay required. Topics will vary in accord with faculty and student interests.

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S,SEASN H195 Senior Honors 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
To be eligible for admission for the honors program, students must have and maintain a minimum GPA 3.5 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, the student must enroll in the final semester of the senior year in H195, a course of supervised research to be guided by an instructor chosen in consultation with the major adviser. On the basis of this research the student will prepare and submit an honors thesis for evaluation.

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S,SEASN H195A Senior Honors: South Asian Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
To be eligible for admission for the honors program, students must have and maintain a minimum GPA 3.5 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, the student must enroll in the final semester of the senior year in H195, a course of supervised research to be guided by an instructor chosen in consultation with the major adviser. On the basis of this research the student will prepare and submit an honors thesis for evaluation.

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S,SEASN H195B Senior Honors: Tamil 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
To be eligible for admission for the honors program, students must have and maintain a minimum GPA 3.5 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, the student must enroll in the final semester of the senior year in H195, a course of supervised research to be guided by an instructor chosen in consultation with the major adviser. On the basis of this research the student will prepare and submit an honors thesis for evaluation.

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S,SEASN H195C Senior Honors: Hindi-Urdu 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
To be eligible for admission for the honors program, students must have and maintain a minimum GPA 3.5 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, the student must enroll in the final semester of the senior year in H195, a course of supervised research to be guided by an instructor chosen in consultation with the major adviser. On the basis of this research the student will prepare and submit an honors thesis for evaluation.

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S,SEASN H195E Senior Honors: Southeast Asian Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
To be eligible for admission for the honors program, students must have and maintain a minimum GPA 3.5 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, the student must enroll in the final semester of the senior year in H195, a course of supervised research to be guided by an instructor chosen in consultation with the major adviser. On the basis of this research the student will prepare and submit an honors thesis for evaluation.

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S,SEASN H195F Senior Honors: Sanskrit 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
To be eligible for admission for the honors program, students must have and maintain a minimum GPA 3.5 in all courses completed for the major. In addition, the student must enroll in the final semester of the senior year in H195, a course of supervised research to be guided by an instructor chosen in consultation with the major adviser. On the basis of this research the student will prepare and submit an honors thesis for evaluation.

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S,SEASN 198A Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students: South Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Tutorial instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 198B Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students: Tamil 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Tutorial instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 198C Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students: Hindi-Urdu 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Tutorial instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 198D Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students: Malay/Indonesian 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Tutorial instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 198E Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students: Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Tutorial instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 198F Directed Group Study for Upper Division Students: Sanskrit 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Tutorial instruction in areas not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199A Supervised Independent Study and Research: South Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199B Supervised Independent Study and Research: Tamil 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199C Supervised Independent Study and Research: Hindi-Urdu 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199D Supervised Independent Study and Research: Malay/Indonesian 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199E Supervised Independent Study and Research: Southeast Asian Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Four-unit limit per term.

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S,SEASN 199F Supervised Independent Study and Research: Sanskrit 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Four-unit limit per term.

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Southeast Asian

SEASIAN 10A Introduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
Readings, lectures, and discussion of the culture and civilization of Southeast Asia. Mainland Southeast Asia: Covers the modern-day nations of Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, etc., with special emphasis on the impact of Hinduism and Buddhism. (F,SP) Staff

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SEASIAN 10B Introduction to the Civilization of Southeast Asia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session
Readings, lectures, and discussion of the culture and civilization of Southeast Asia. Insular Southeast Asia: Covers the modern-day nations of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Special emphasis on the arts and their social and political context, with discussions on the impact of the colonial experience and the question of modernization vs. tradition.

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SEASIAN 128 Introduction to Modern Indonesian and Malaysian Literature in Translation 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2011
This course will examine the role of contemporary literature in Indonesian/Malaysian society. Emphasis on the socio-political aspects of this literature in historical context. Genres discussed will include poetry, the novel, the short story, and drama.

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SEASIAN 129 Mainland Southeast Asian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Readings and lectures focus on Thailand, Vietnam and Burma; Cambodian and Laotian materials as available. After brief attention to the influence of oral tradition, classical poetry, and dance drama, emphasis will be on modern novels, short stories, film, and television in their cultural/historical context.

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SEASIAN 130 Articulations of the Female in Indonesia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2014
This course examines the impact of the history of literacy and literature upon the ways in which perceptions and roles of women are constructed and reinforced in a developing non-Western society. Course material includes literature, oral and manuscript narratives, ritual performance.

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SEASIAN 137 Islam and Society in Southeast Asia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
This undergraduate seminar will be an investigation into key discourses on Islam in Southeast Asia, focusing on history, literature, and culture. We will trace the processes through which Islam entered the Malay world in the 13th century, and explore the European colonial encounters with Islam in Southeast Asia and the ways that Islam interacted with and resisted colonialism. We will discuss
the role of mysticism and of reformists and will also explore the struggles of Islam as a minority religion in the Philippines and Thailand. Readings will include primary sources in translation, literary texts, ethnographic works, and writings by colonial and local scholars.
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SEASIAN 138 Southeast Asian Cultures, Texts, and Politics 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2008, Summer 2008 Second 6 Week Session
This seminar will focus on the late colonial and national periods in Southeast Asia. Through literary and political texts as well as classical anthropological sources, we will explore different approaches to reading and analyzing Southeast Asian source material. There will be extensive readings of works of fiction and primary source material in translation, as well
as occasional screenings of films. We will tackle broader themes and theoretical approaches to Southeast Asian sources and literatures and will discuss different approaches to reading modern Southeast Asian texts. The course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students.
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SEASIAN C141B Modern Southeast Asia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2009
Major themes in modern Southeast Asian history with an emphasis on cross-country comparisons involving the region's largest and most populous countries: Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

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SEASIAN C164 The Indonesian Connection: Dutch Literature About the Indies in English Translation 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2010, Spring 2008
In postcolonial thought on European claims to cultural supremacy, the case of the "Dutch East-Indies" (the future Indonesia) still arouses questions like: What made the Dutch colonial policy different from that of other European powers? What were the main characteristics of the "Dutch East-Indies"? How did a small country like the Netherlands manage to rule a territory
that was fifty-two times its own in scale? And how can we explain that 350 years of Dutch domination left so few traces in contemporary Indonesia?
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South Asian

S ASIAN 1A Introduction to the Civilization of Early India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course offers a broad historical and cultural survey of the civilizations of the Indian subcontinent from the earliest period known to archaeology to the advent of Islam as a major cultural and political force around the 13th century CE. Attention will be paid to the geography and ethnography of the region, its political history, and to the religious, philosophical, literary, scientific
, and artistic movements that have shaped it and contributed to its development as a unique, diverse, and fascinating world civilization. Lectures, readings, and class discussions will center on salient texts, broadly defined, that have characterized major cultural, religious, and political formations from the earliest antiquity to the late medieval period. This course is open to all interested students and is required for those majoring or minoring in South Asian Studies.
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S ASIAN 1B Introduction to the Civilization of Medieval and Modern India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course offers a broad historical and cultural survey of the civilizations of the Indian subcontinent from the 12th century to partition of India in 1947. Attention will be paid to the geography and ethnography of the region, its political history, and the religious, philosophical, literary, and artistic movements that have shaped it and contributed to its development as a unique
, diverse, and fascinating world civilization. Lectures, readings, and class discussions will center on salient texts, broadly defined, that have characterized major cultural, religious, and political formations from the medieval period to the 20th century. This course is open to all interested students and is required for those majoring or minoring in South Asian Studies.
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S ASIAN R5A Great Books of India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Reading and composition based on 10 classic works of Indian literature ranging from the ancient Sanskrit epics to modern novels by Indian and western authors. Weekly composition on texts and topics read and discussed in class. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

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S ASIAN R5B India in the Writer's Eye 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session
Reading and composition in connection with eastern and western representations of India, and other Asian cultures, in great works of modern literature. Satisfies the second half of the reading and composition requirement.

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S ASIAN 110 Introduction to Hinduism 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The course will provide through lecture, discussion and course readings a comprehensive introduction to the major texts, doctrines, beliefs and practices of classical Hinduism from antiquity to modernity. Special emphasis will be placed on Vedic and Āgamic traditions and on the rise and development of the major Hindu saṃpradāyas, including those of Vaiṣṇavism, Śaivism, Śaktism and Tantrism. Attention
will be paid to Hinduism's relationships with non Hindu traditions of South Asia, the rise of political Hinduism and Hinduism in the Indian Diaspora.
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S ASIAN C113 Buddhist Thought in India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course is an advanced introduction to the major teachings of Indian Buddhism and their philosophical elaborations. We will cover the core tenets attributed to the Buddha, and the later doctrinal and scholastic developments that turned Buddhism into one of the principal philosophical traditions of India. For this we will read select primary sources—in principle, extracts of the scriptures and later
treatises—and academic articles and book chapters. Rather than offering a broad introductory survey of Buddhist traditions across space and time, this class is geared towards students who are already familiar with the basics of Buddhism and want to deepen their understanding of the principal teachings of Buddhism originating in India.
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S ASIAN C114 Tibetan Buddhism 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
This course is a broad introduction to the history, doctrine, and culture of the Buddhism of Tibet. We will begin with the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet in the eighth century and move on to the evolution of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhist literature, ritual and monastic practice, the place of Buddhism in Tibetan political history, and the contemporary situation
of Tibetan Buddhism both inside and outside of Tibet.
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S ASIAN 121 Classical Indian Literature in Translation 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2009
Literary works of ancient India are read in English translation and studied critically. The course aims at giving a comprehensive picture of many important areas of the Indian literary heritage.

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S ASIAN 122 The Novel in India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Lecture and discussion on the novel as it arose on the Indian subcontinent during the 19th and 20th centuries, using English translations and original works in English. Critical discussion of the novel as a modern genre adapted to local conditions and coexisting with older traditions of writing. Examines the novel as a window on Indian modernities. Interpretation of Indian society, culture, and history through
literature.
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S ASIAN 124 Modern Indian Literature 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2015 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Lectures and discussion of 19th and 20th century Indian literature through English translations and original works in English. Interpretation of Indian society and culture through literature.

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S ASIAN 127 Religion in Early India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2013 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2010 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2008 First 6 Week Session
This course is an introduction to the religions that have their origin on the India subcontinent--Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and tribal religions--as well as those that originated in other regions such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism. Organizing this material chronologically rather than teaching
it by separate religious traditions facilitates comparisons and promotes an understanding not only of the differences among these religions but also some of their commonalities in philosophy, theology, and praxis.
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S ASIAN C127 Religion in Early India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
Designed as a two-semester sequence, these courses are an introduction to the religions that have their origin on the Indian subcontinent--Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, and tribal religions--as well as those that originated in other regions such as Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism. Organizing this material chronologically rather than teaching it by separate religious
traditions facilitates comparisons and promotes an understanding not only of the differences among these religions but also some of their commonalities in philosophy, theology, and praxis.
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S ASIAN 128 Religion in Modern India 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 1997
This course considers the co-option, reinterpretation and dissemination of sacred texts and religious practices in various political and cultural projects in India during the colonial and post-colonial periods. Students will be introduced to religious “reform” movements, cross-cultural debates during the colonial period, and how the concept of a secular state in post-Independence India has
shaped and continues to shape religious practice and public policy. Important themes include transformations in the role of women, debates around caste and “untouchability”, and religious conversions. Although the emphasis is on Hindu traditions, attention will also be given to other Indian traditions such as Islam, Christianity and Buddhism.
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S ASIAN 140 Hindu Mythology 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Literary and religious aspects of Hindu myths. Reading of selected mythological texts in translation.

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S ASIAN C140 Hindu Mythology 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Literary and religious aspects of Hindu myths. Reading of selected mythological texts in translation.

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S ASIAN C141 Religion in South India 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
The development and practice of religion in South India. Emphasis will be on sources translated directly from Indian languages. Subjects covered include: the indigenous religion, the effect of Brahmanical religion, movements, and the practice of Hinduism in modern South India.

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S ASIAN 142 India's Great Epics 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 1997
The course entails substantial selected readings from the great Sanskirt epic poems--the Mahabharata and the Ramayana in translation, selected readings from the corpus of secondary literature on Indian epic studies as well as lectures on salient issues in both. Discussion will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical approaches to the study of the poems and their extraordinary influence on
Indian culture. Readings will be supplemented with selected showings of popular cinematic and television versions of the epics.
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S ASIAN 144 Islam in South Asia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
The aim of this course on the culture and history of Muslim communities and institutions in South Asia is to introduce students to the broad historical currents of the expansion of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, the nature of Muslim political authority, the interaction between religious communities, Islamic aesthetics and contributions to material culture, the varied engagements and
reactions of Muslims to colonial rule, and the contemporary concerns of South Asia's Muslims. While this is a lecture course, ample time will be set aside for discussion and the active engagement of participants will be expected. Lectures will be supplemented with visual material, music, and movies where possible.
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S ASIAN 146 Mughal India through Memoirs, Chronicles and other Texts 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2013, Fall 2008
This course is designed to provide a dual chronological and thematic approach to the study of one of the greatest empires in human civilization: the Mughal Empire. Although the bulk of this course will focus on the Mughal Empire during its heyday between the 1550s and the early 1700s, careful attention will be paid to the larger historical and geographical contexts that both enabled the emergence
and, ultimately, decentralization of Mughal power. In so doing, this course will not only study South Asia's complex history on its own terms but also examine the intricate web of political, economic, and social links that connected South Asia to the rest of the world. Simultaneously, this course will also pay particular attention to a series of common misconceptions that dog the study of pre-modern Islamic polities. Among them, the supposedly lesser role played by women in politics; the dogmatic and central role of Islam in "Muslim" states; and the economic and political superiority of Western Europe. Crucial to these questions also is an examination of the historiography and historiographical traditions that have come to define contemporary understanding of the Mughal Empire.
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S ASIAN 147 Pakistan: An Introduction 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2014
Whenever Pakistan comes up as a subject of sustained conversation in the US it usually is for all the wrong reasons: the worst nuclear proliferator in recent history, the refuge of Osama bin Laden, a major source of regional instability in South and Central Asia. Although Pakistan may be viewed with deep mistrust by US policy planners and the American public alike, this course seeks to remind us that it is also
a country of great political, economic, religious, and social complexity. This course will situate Pakistan in its historical, political, literary, religious, economic and social contexts with the hope that students will develop nuanced and deeply grounded perspectives on a country that in fact defies easy stereotypes.
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S ASIAN 148 Religious Nationalism in South Asia 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This course seeks to interrogate the highly contentious and controversial issue of Hindu and Muslim religious nationalism (otherwise known as "communalism") in South Asia. In so doing, we will interrogate the historical trajectory and development of religious nationalism from the colonial period through to the present. We will examine issues relating to the rise of (non-religious) nationalism
outside of South Asia; Hindu and Muslim relations in the pre-colonial period; colonial attempts to construct South Asia's past along religious lines; the dialectical interplay of early Hindu and Muslim religious nationalism; the interplay between secular and religious nationalism; different intellectual attempts to articulate notions of bounded religious communities; the success of religious nationalism in contemporary South Asia; and the implications of religious nationalism for the future of South Asia.
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S ASIAN 151 A History of Yoga: Origins, Innovations, and Modern Reinventions 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2010 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2009 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 1995
This course explores the history of yoga from the late Vedic period to its most recent formulation in American popular and consumer culture. It seeks to make students conversant in the key texts and philosophical innovations of yoga across time. But to better convey the complex nuances of yoga's historical development it approaches the subject
in three parts: it explores theories of origin leading up to the formation of yoga as a classical philosophical school; it focuses on specialists and medieval innovators as it examines sects, sadhus, and aberrant modes of practice; it explores the contemporary context as it investigates modern yoga's place in both popular imagination and the marketplace.
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S ASIAN C154 Death, Dreams, and Visions in Tibetan Buddhism 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2010
Tibetan Buddhists view the moment of death as a rare opportunity for transformation. This course examines how Tibetans have used death and dying in the path to enlightenment. Readings will address how Tibetan funerary rituals work to assist the dying toward this end, and how Buddhist practitioners prepare for this crucial moment through tantric meditation, imaginative rehearsals, and explorations
of the dream state.
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S ASIAN 160 Jainism and Other Heterodox Systems 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Prior to 2007
Unique among the heterodox religious traditions that were prominent on the Indian subcontinent prior to the common era, Jainism has maintained an unbroken presence of lay and mendicant communities for more than 2,500 years. Throughout this time nonviolence has remained the guiding principle of Jain ethics and practices. This course will examine the teachings and practices of Jainism through selected readings
from the Jain scriptures and commentaries (in translation) as well as secondary sources. The rise of later heterodoxies, particularly the Virasaivas in the South and the Nathas and Siddhas in the North, will also be discussed.
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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 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 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 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 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

Undergraduate Faculty Adviser

Jake Dalton, PhD

3114 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-643-5030

jakedalton@berkeley.edu

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