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 13 languages: Bengali, Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Khmer, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, 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/gateway course (S ASIAN 1A, S ASIAN 1B, SEASIAN 10A or SEASIAN 10B) with a grade of C or higher.

Honors Program

To be eligible for admission to the honors program, a student must attain a 3.5 grade- point average or higher in courses completed in the major, and a 3.3 grade-point average in all courses completed at the University. An honors thesis is required, as is registration in SSEASN H195 course based on student's area of study. 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 in their senior year.

Minor Program

Requirements:  One gateway course from, S ASIAN 1AS ASIAN 1BSEASIAN 10A or SEASIAN 10B

 AND five additional letter-graded upper-division courses (20 units) with 2.0 Min GPA

  • Only one course from outside the department will be accepted
  • No more than two upper division language courses will be accepted

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 residency 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, Burmese, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Khmer, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Lower Division
Choose two of the following courses: 1
S ASIAN 1ACourse Not Available4
S ASIAN 1BCourse Not Available4
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 1ACourse Not Available4
S ASIAN 1BCourse Not Available4
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 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. For College advising appointments, please visit the L&S Advising Pages. 

University of California Requirements

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.

Berkeley Campus Requirement

American Cultures

All undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass this course 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.

College of Letters & Science Essential Skills Requirements

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 parts A & B reading and composition courses by the end of their second semester and a second-level course by the end of their fourth semester.

College of Letters & Science 7 Course Breadth Requirements

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

  • 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), Berkeley Summer Abroad, 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 UCEAP 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 13 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 the 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 online 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

Course Descriptions

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

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

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

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

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

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session, Fall 2014
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session, Fall 2014
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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

Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2015 8 Week Session, Fall 2014
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Students may enroll in more than one section of 290, but the total number of units of Special Study in any one semester may not exceed 12.

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

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

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

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

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

Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2014
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Normally reserved for students directly engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study for the comprehensive or language requirements in consultation with the graduate adviser.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2014
Individual study in consultation with the major field adviser, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare themselves for the various examinations required for candidates for the Ph.D.

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South Asian

Course Descriptions

S ASIAN C214 Seminar in Tibetan Buddhism 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2012
This course provides a place for graduate-level seminars in Tibetan Buddhism that rely primarily on secondary sources and Tibetan texts in translation. Content will vary between semesters but will typically focus on a particular theme. Themes will be chosen according to student interests, with an eye toward introducing students to the breadth of available western scholarship on Tibet, from classics in the field to the latest publications.

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S ASIAN 215A Readings in Indian Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
This graduate seminar focuses on reading a wide spectrum of Indian Buddhist texts in the Sanskrit (or Pali) original introducing the students to different genres, and different aspects of Indian Buddhism. The students taking the course for 2 units (rather than 4) will be expected to prepare thoroughly every week for the reading of Buddhist texts in the original. They will also be expected to read all related secondary literature that is assigned to supplement the study of the primary source material. In contrast to the students taking the course for 4 units, they will not be expected to write a term paper or to prepare special presentations for class.

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S ASIAN C215 Readings in Indian Buddhist Texts 2 - 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
This graduate seminar focuses on reading a wide spectrum of Indian Buddhist texts in the Sanskrit (or Pali) original introducing the students to different genres, and different aspects of Indian Buddhism. The students taking the course for two units (rather than four) will be expected to prepare thoroughly every week for the reading of Buddhist texts in the original. They will also be expected to read all related secondary literature that is assigned to supplement the study of the primary source material. In contrast to the students taking the course for four units, they will not be expected to write a term paper or to prepare special presentations for class.

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S ASIAN C224 Readings in Tibetan Buddhist Texts 2 or 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
This seminar provides an introduction to a broad range of Tibetan Buddhist texts, including chronicles and histories, biographical literature, doctrinal treatises, canonical texts, ritual manuals, pilgrimage guides, and liturgical texts. It is intended for graduate students interested in premodern Tibet from any perspective. Students are required to do all of the readings in the original classical Tibetan. It will also serve as a tools and methods for the study of Tibetan Buddhist literature, including standard lexical and bibliographic references, digital resources, and secondary literature in modern languages. The content of the course will vary from semester to semester to account for the needs and interests of particular students.

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Bengali

Course Descriptions

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 2018, Spring 2016, 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 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2016
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

Course Descriptions

FILIPN 1A Introductory Filipino 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, 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 2012 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 2018 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 2018, Fall 2017, 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 100AB Intermediate Filipino AB 9 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2018 8 Week Session
This is an intermediate class with emphasis on four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The first part of the course involves a review and expansion of vocabulary and grammar learned in Introductory Filipino through dialogues, listening, reading and writing exercises. Then, students learn four necessary skills in the effective use of Filipino: describing a person, place, or feelings; narrating a story or an incident; defining and explaining; and reasoning.

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FILIPN 100B Intermediate Filipino 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Spring 2018, 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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2015
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 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
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 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
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

Course Descriptions

HIN-URD 104A Advanced Urdu 3 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 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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Khmer

Course Descriptions

KHMER 1A Introductory Khmer 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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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Indonesian

Course Descriptions

INDONES 1A Introductory Indonesian 5 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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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INDONES 1B Introductory Indonesian 5 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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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INDONES 100A Intermediate Indonesian 5 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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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INDONES 100B Intermediate Indonesian 5 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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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INDONES 210A Seminar in Malay Letters and Oral Traditions 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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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INDONES 210B Seminar in Malay Letters and Oral Traditions 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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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INDONES 232 Readings in Modern Indonesian and Malaysian Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
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

Course Descriptions

PUNJABI 1A Introductory Punjabi 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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

Course Descriptions

SANSKR 100A Elementary Sanskrit 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Spring 2015
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: Fall 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2015
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2009
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

Course Descriptions

TAMIL 1A Introductory Tamil 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, 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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Readings in advanced Tamil. Texts to be determined by the needs of the student.

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Telugu

Course Descriptions

TELUGU 1A Elementary Telugu 4 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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

Course Descriptions

THAI 1A Introduction to Thai 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
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

Course Descriptions

VIETNMS 1A Introductory Vietnamese 5 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
An introduction to modern spoken and written Vietnamese, including intensive drill on basic phonology and grammar. By the end of the second semester the student should be able to function successfully in ordinary Vietnamese conversation and read simple texts of moderate difficulty.

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VIETNMS 15 Intensive Introductory Vietnamese 10 Units

Offered through: South and Southeast Asian Studies
Terms offered: Summer 2016 8 Week Session, Summer 2012 10 Week Session, Summer 2012 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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
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 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
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.
Research Profile

Vasudha Paramasivan, Assistant Professor. Hindi Literature, Hinduism, South Asian Literature and Culture.
Research Profile

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.
Research Profile

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.
Research Profile

Alexander Von Rospatt, Professor. Ritual studies, Nepalese studies, Buddhist traditions of South Asia, doctrinal history, Newar Buddhism.
Research Profile

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

Amitabha Basu, Lecturer.

Gregory Bruce, Lecturer.

Cynthia Agnes C. Aban, 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.
Research Profile

Karen Llagas, Lecturer.

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

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.
Research Profile

Usha R. Jain, Senior Lecturer Emeritus.

Padmanabh S. Jaini, Professor Emeritus.

+ James A. Matisoff, Professor Emeritus. Linguistics, Japanese, Southeast Asian languages, Tibeto-Burman, Thai, Chinese, field linguistics, Yiddish studies, historical semantics, psychosemantics, language typology, areal linguistics.
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Bruce R. Pray, 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

Jacob Dalton

3114 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-3037

jakedalton@berkeley.edu

Student Advisor

Kristen Brooks

7307 Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-4219

kristenbrooks@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Faculty Advisor

Alexander von Rospatt

347B Dwinelle Hall

Phone: 510-642-1610

rospatt@berkeley.edu

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