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AMES defines interregional courses as those whose syllabi cover two or more of the geographic regions that define AMES' three area concentrations: East Asia, South/Southeast Asia, and the Middle East (including Islamic countries of North Africa). Currently, only AMES 40, 40.01 and 40.02 satisfy the interregional requirement for AMES majors. However, if scheduling problems prevent AMES majors from taking one of these courses, they may substitute a course from the list of Pre-Approved Substitutes for AMES 40 (see below).

AMES 40/FILM 42.01 Asian Animation as Socio-Political Artifact
Because animated films have traditionally been targeted at children, animators in Asia have often been able to side-step much of the political control exercised by some of their more centralized governments to create sophisticated artistic works. Students will analyze works from China, Japan, Korea, India and Iran within a socio-political and cultural context. Faculty from AMES will provide guest lectures on Asian history and politics. Dist: INT or ART; WCult: NW (Ehrlich)

AMES 40.01 Magic and Supernaturalism in Asian Literature and Film
This course examines magical and supernatural elements in literature and films from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. It studies artistic, psychological and political implications and interregional traditions of folklore and fiction. Literary texts include Pu Song Lin's Strange Tales from a Studio, Catherine Lim's The Howling Silence, Batin Long bin Hok's Jah Hut Tales and Tunku Halim's Dark Demon Rising. Films may include Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan and contemporary works such as Chan Wook Park's Thirst. Dist: INT or LIT; WCult: NW (Chin)

AMES 40.02 Nomads from Central Asia to the Middle East: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
This course examines nomadic pastoralism as an economic system adapted to ecologically marginal environments and as a socio-political system adapted to the culturally heterogeneous regions of Central Asia and the Middle East. We will survey the changing roles of nomadic peoples to gain insight into the political and social dynamics of historical and contemporary societies in this region. Nomad society, its origins and development, the ecology of the pastoralism, gender, and identity issues as well as the relationship between nomad and sedentary societies and the role of pastoralism as a route of cultural transmission and economic exchange are examined. Dist: INT or SOC; WCult: NW (Bauer)


Pre-Approved Substitutes for AMES 40

AMES 15/REL 16: Modern Islam
In all the attention focused on Islam at present, a newspaper reader could be forgiven for supposing that between Muhammad and Usamah bin Laden, there has been no change in Islam. This course surveys developments in Islamic religious history, thought, and practice since 1800, with special emphasis on topics of current controversy, including the status of women, the nature of government, and the place of Islamic law. Readings will be mostly from primary texts written by contemporary Muslims, both modernists and Islamists. Dist: TMV; WCult: NW (Reinhart)

AMES 24/THEA 24 Asian Performance Traditions
This course studies the performance traditions of Asia, focusing on China, Japan, Indonesia and India. Classical forms studied include Noh, Bunraku, Beijing opera, Sanskrit drama, Balinese dance and Javanese puppet theater. Attention is paid to social, religious and aesthetic influences on these traditions, theories on which they are based, the history behind the theatrical practices, and training and dramatic techniques. Students gain an appreciation of the rich variety and scope of theatrical conventions of Asia. Dist: ART; WCult: NW (Chin)

AMES 30/MUS 4 Global Sounds
A survey of music and music-making whose origins are in the non-European world. Examples include Indian raga, Middle Eastern maqam, West African drumming, Javanese gamelan, and Tuvan throat-singing. Course work will include listening, reading and critical writing assignments. Where possible, visiting musicians will be invited to demonstrate and discuss the music under consideration. Dist: ART; WCult: NW (Levin)

AMES 45 Ethnomusicology
Ethnomusicology is the study of music-particularly that outside the Western classical tradition-in its social and cultural context. In winter 2012, the course will explore music in Asia. Course work includes reading and critical writing as well as listening and viewing assignments. Class sessions feature frequent visits by musicians. Active participation in music-making exercises is expected of all class members, including those with no prior musical experience. Dist: ART; WCult: NW (Levin)

AMELL 17: Discourse, Culture and Identity in Asia and the Middle East (Glinert)

AMELL 18: Language and Society in Asia and the Middle East (Glinert)

ANTH 19: Islam: An Anthropological Approach (Eickelman)

ANTH 45: Asian Medical Systems (Craig)

ARTH 66: The Camera in Nineteenth-Century Asia (Hockley)

ARTH 67: Contemporary Arts of Asia (Hockley)

GEOG 17: Geopolitics and Third World Development (Sneddon)

GEOG 26: Women, Gender, and Development (Fluri)

GEOG 41: Gender, Space, and Islam (Fluri)

GOVT 20: Development in the Emerging Economies (Vandewalle)

GOVT 25: Problems of Political Development: India, South Africa, and China (Sa'adah)

HIST 6: Introduction to Global History Methods (Crossley)

HIST 75: Colonialism, Development, and the Environment in Asia and Africa (Haynes)

HIST 95: The Mongols (Crossley)

JWST 27.4/COLT 64: Writing at the Extreme: Jewish and Japanese Responses to Crisis and Catastrophe (Glinert)

SOCI 22: The Sociology of International Development (Parsa)

SOCI 23: Social Movements (Parsa)

SOCI 25: Democracy and Democratization in Developing Countries (Parsa)


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Last Modified October 9, 2013