LCA 100 — INTRODUCTION TO CULTURES OF ASIA

3 credits.

Introduction to the cultures of Central, Southwest, South, and Southeast Asia. Required core course for undergraduate majors in languages and cultures of Asia.

LCA 101 — INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURES OF ASIA

3 credits.

An introduction to the study of Asian literatures and their cultural contexts, with a focus on the analysis of literary texts in a variety of genres.

LCA/​E ASIAN/​ENVIR ST  115 — ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES: ASIAN/PACIFIC PERSPECTIVES

3-4 credits.

Course offers a case-based approach to environmental studies from a humanistic perspective, taking into account diverse and connected transnational systems of Asia; materials draw on themes like forests, water, disaster, war, and conservation and wildlife. Course introduces disciplines in the Environmental Humanities (literature, religion, music, etc.) through studies in tradition, theory and practice across South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and ocean and Pasifik regions including Aotearoa, New Zealand. Throughout the course we ask, how are environmental worldviews cast as the basis for action and understanding in the present?

LCA/​HISTORY  144 — TRAVELING THE WORLD: SOUTH ASIANS IN DIASPORA

4 credits.

Millions of South Asians left their home in the Indian subcontinent to travel the world across the Indian Ocean to Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia; across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and Britain; and across the Pacific Ocean to Fiji and California. This course follows these Indian traders, political leaders, workers and pilgrims as they discovered the world beyond India. The cultural, social, economic and political experiences of these sojourners and settlers reveals an exciting transnational perspective on the history of migration, diaspora, nationalism and colonialism in India, Africa, Asia, America and Britain.

LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  205 — THE MAKING OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD: THE MIDDLE EAST, 500-1500

3-4 credits.

Development of society and culture in the Middle East and North Africa from the emergence of Islam (7th century) to early modern times.

LCA/​RELIG ST  206 — INTRODUCTION TO THE QUR'AN

4 credits.

An introduction to the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of the Islamic religious tradition, focused on Muslim approaches to reading the text, its themes and history, and its use as a source of law, theology, aesthetics, politics, and practices of piety.

LCA/​E ASIAN/​RELIG ST  235 — GENRES OF ASIAN RELIGIOUS WRITING

3 credits.

Writing intensive course based on the conventions in which Asian writers have expressed religious ideas. Readings introduce major Asian religious traditions and expressive genres. Open to Fr

LCA 236 — BASCOM COURSE

3 credits.

A low-enrollment course developing skills in critical reading, logical thinking, use of evidence, and use of library resources. Emphasis on writing in the conventions of specific fields. Open to Fr

LCA/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  244 — INTRODUCTION TO SOUTHEAST ASIA: VIETNAM TO THE PHILIPPINES

4 credits.

Southeast Asian history, religion, folklore and literatures, educational systems, and politics from the early classical states to contemporary social, literary, and political developments.

LCA/​ASIAN AM/​HISTORY  246 — SOUTHEAST ASIAN REFUGEES OF THE "COLD" WAR

4 credits.

In-depth study of the peoples, conflicts, and wars in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, with emphasis on the Cold War ear (1945-1990) and on the resulting migration and resettlement of over one million Hmong, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese in the United States.

LCA/​GEOG/​HISTORY/​POLI SCI/​SOC  252 — THE CIVILIZATIONS OF INDIA-MODERN PERIOD

4 credits.

Contemporary India society as a joint product of the classical heritage and world-wide movements toward nationalism; social and economic development.

LCA/​HISTORY  265 — AN INTRODUCTION TO CENTRAL ASIA: FROM THE SILK ROUTE TO AFGHANISTAN

3 credits.

Examination of human geography, ethnicity, nomadism and pastoralism, oases cultures, religion and international politics of the silk routes of central Asia.

LCA 266 — INTRODUCTION TO THE MIDDLE EAST

3 credits.

An interdisciplinary introduction to the diverse cultures, geography, history, modern states, politics, societies, and economies of the Middle East. Since the Middle East is predominantly Muslim, there will be a special emphasis on Islam as a religion and Muslim peoples.

LCA/​RELIG ST  274 — RELIGION IN SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Introductory survey of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, etc., and an examination of the cultural, historical, ritual, and philosophical foundations of South Asian religion.

LCA/​FOLKLORE  279 — INTRODUCTION TO TURKISH FOLK LITERATURE

3 credits.

Survey of major genres of Turkish folk literature including oral epic, heroic and romance tales of minstrels, mystical love poetry, fairy tales, dervish tales, legends, riddles, proverbs, and jokes with emphasis on performance contexts and cross-cultural perspectives. Open to Fr

LCA 300 — TOPICS IN LANGUAGES AND CULTURES OF ASIA

3 credits.

Selected topics in the study of the languages and cultures of Asia.

LCA/​E ASIAN/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  308 — INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM

3-4 credits.

The basic thought, practices and history of Buddhism, including selflessness and relativity, practices of meditation, merit-making and compassion from both local and translocal perspectives. Includes a discussion of Buddhism as a contemporary, North American religion.

LCA 311 — MODERN INDIAN LITERATURES

3 credits.

Introduction to advanced study of modern literatures of India in translation from several languages. Emphasizes literary and critical analysis of short story, novel, poetry, and drama; historical and cultural contexts of literature; and relations and dynamics of multiple literary cultures.

LCA 314 — LITERATURES OF CENTRAL ASIA

3 credits.

Critical survey of the development of medieval and modern literatures of the peoples of Central Asia from pre-Islamic times to the present with selected readings in English translation.

LCA/​POLI SCI  326 — POLITICS OF SOUTH ASIA

3-4 credits.

Introduces students to the history and politics of the region with a special focus on India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka and the regional and international contexts of South Asia. Students who have taken POLI SCI 651 prior to Fall 2017 may not enroll in this course. Not open to students with credit for POLI SCI 651 prior to fall 2017

LCA/​LITTRANS/​THEATRE  348 — IN TRANSLATION: MODERN INDIAN THEATRE

3 credits.

Study of drama, dramatic theory, and performance in modern India. Course considers interpenetration of Indian and Western systems of dramaturgy, relation between colonial and postcolonial institutions, socio-cultural and political contexts, and major modern dramatic genres.

LCA/​RELIG ST  355 — HINDUISM

4 credits.

An historical survey of Hindu scriptures, rituals, philosophies, and ethics from the ancient to the contemporary world. Concepts such as karma, yoga, and reincarnation will be put in the broader contexts of Hindu theism, worship, and law.

LCA/​ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​RELIG ST  356 — ISLAM, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3-4 credits.

Survey of Muslim religious understandings of science, technology, nature and environment. Lectures and readings present a global perspective through case studies, covering sources such as the Qur'an, theology and law, and traditions of esoteric piety (mysticism), and historical and contemporary issues like medical ethics, virtual realities, and environmental change, challenge and crisis.

LCA/​RELIG ST  357 — LITERATURES OF MUSLIM SOCIETIES

3 credits.

Survey in English of the literatures of the Islamic Middle East and South West Asia in Turkish, Persian and Arabic. Emphasis on comparative approaches within an Islamic cultural continuum and reactions to this heritage in the moden and post-modern periods.

LCA 361 — SURVEY OF INDONESIAN CULTURES

3 credits.

LCA/​RELIG ST  367 — JAINISM: RELIGION OF NON-VIOLENCE

3 credits.

An examination of the theological, ritual, and social frameworks of the Jain tradition; explores the moral and physical implications of asceticism and non-violence from a Jain perspective through a study of sacred texts and contemporary practice.

LCA/​AFRICAN/​RELIG ST  370 — ISLAM: RELIGION AND CULTURE

3-4 credits.

The emergence and development of Islam; schism; theology; asceticism; speculative and popular mysticism; literatures in diverse Islamic languages.

LCA 373 — URDU PROSE FICTION IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN

3 credits.

Major trends in Urdu fiction since 1880 in Urdu and secondarily in English. Other undergrads register for LITTRANS 273

LCA/​FOLKLORE  374 — INDIAN FOLKLORE

3 credits.

An introduction to Indian folklore; with all its traditions and genres; folktales, folksongs, myths, rituals, as well as literary sources like the epics.

LCA/​ART HIST  379 — CITIES OF ASIA

3 credits.

Historical overview of the built environment of cities of Asia from antiquity to the present; architectural and urban legacy in its social and historical context; exploration of common themes that thread through the diverse geographical regions and cultures of Asia.

LCA 401 — MODERN INDONESIAN LITERATURE

3 credits.

Representative novels, short stories and essays from early 20th century to the present are placed in the literary and cultural context of Indonesia. Other undergrads register for LITTRANS 301

LCA/​RELIG ST  402 — THOUGHT OF GANDHI

3 credits.

Critical analysis of Gandhi's social, political, and religious thought, tracing his experiences in South Africa and India, noting links between his concepts and classical Hinduism, examining criticisms raised against Gandhi's thought, and identifying contemporary continuities of Gandhi's thought in India, Europe, and the U.S.

LCA 403 — SOUTHEAST ASIAN LITERATURE

3 credits.

An introduction to the cultures and societies of Southeast Asia through modern prose literature. The first semester focuses on the mainland, the second semester focuses on the islands. The two semesters may be taken independently.

LCA 404 — SOUTHEAST ASIAN LITERATURE

3 credits.

An introduction to the cultures and societies of Southeast Asia through modern prose literature. The first semester focuses on the mainland, the second semester focuses on the islands. The two semesters may be taken independently.

LCA/​RELIG ST  421 — A SURVEY OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM

3 credits.

By studying the distinctively Tibetan forms of Buddhism, we also examine more general issues, such as the relationship between theory and practice, the politics of "world-makinhg", and the connection between identity and experience.

LCA/​ART HIST  428 — VISUAL CULTURES OF SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Concentrates on image complexes (art, photography, and cinema) and visual environments (architecture, urban planning, and public rituals) of South Asia; examination of visual culture through thematic issues such as, sexuality, patronage, cultural encounter, transculturation, ways of viewing, modernism, and nationalism.

LCA/​ANTHRO/​LINGUIS  430 — LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

3-4 credits.

The relationship of language as a communication system to the culture transmitted by it. Principle problems in the interrelations of language and nonlinguistic human behavior.

LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  438 — BUDDHISM AND SOCIETY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

3-4 credits.

Therevada Buddhism in Southeast Asia; ideas and basic tenets; history and its impact on social and political institutions; the monastic order and relations with the states; roles in the early history up to the present; focus on Thailand and Burma.

LCA 441 — LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

3 credits.

Languages of Southeast Asia are explored from historical, linguistic, anthropological and literary perspectives. The roles of majority and minority languages as well as national and international languages are investigated.

LCA/​RELIG ST  444 — INTRODUCTION TO SUFISM (ISLAMIC MYSTICISM)

3 credits.

The rise and development of mysticism in Islam; basic Sufi doctrines, values and practices; life and works of important speculative and popular Sufi saints; Sufi brotherhoods in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.

LCA/​HISTORY  450 — MAKING OF MODERN SOUTH ASIA

3-4 credits.

Everything you ever hear about South Asia is true. But the exact opposite is also true. Tradition and modernity, development and stagnation, the past and the future all exist simultaneously, at times in harmony and at other times in conflict with one another. Through an exploration of the political, social and economic history of this region from the 18th century to the present day, students will learn about the making of modern South Asia and attempt to understand this paradox.

LCA/​HISTORY  457 — HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA TO 1800

3-4 credits.

Formation and development of classical Indian and Chinese influenced societies in the area comprising present-day Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and their meeting with Islam and the early Europeans.

LCA/​HISTORY  458 — HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST ASIA SINCE 1800

3-4 credits.

Effects of the modern Western revolution on the established societies of Southeast Asia through colonial rule and economic and cultural change.

LCA/​ANTHRO  462 — ANTHROPOLOGY OF SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Examines dominant intellectual paradigms informing anthropology of South Asia. Topics include debates on caste, kinship, socialization, religions, applied anthropology. Primary focus India but students may write research paper on any South Asian country.

LCA/​E ASIAN/​RELIG ST  466 — BUDDHIST THOUGHT

3 credits.

Survey of the fundamental trends in Buddhist thought through the works of major philosophers. Themes include the concept of "selflessness" and concomitant theories of essencelessness, perception, language and rationality. Previous study of Buddhism or philosophy is strongly recommended. Prev study of Buddhism or philos strongly recommended.

LCA/​GEN&WS/​HISTORY  472 — WOMEN IN TURKISH SOCIETY

3 credits.

Interdisciplinary analysis of women's issues in Turkish society from the Ottoman era imperial harem to Islamist feminist movements in the secular Republic of Turkey today. Emphasis on the critical use of a comprehensive set of disciplinary lenses.

LCA/​ENGL  478 — INDIAN WRITERS ABROAD: LITERATURE, DIASPORA AND GLOBALIZATION

3 credits.

Study of literature, drama, and film produced by authors of South Asian origin in Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. Course considers theories of diaspora, changing patterns of subcontinental migration, and relation of diasporic forms to the cultures of origin and adoption. Students who have taken English 524 prior to fall 2014 may not enroll in this course.

LCA/​HISTORY/​RELIG ST  547 — RELIGION, COLONIALISM & MODERNITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

3 credits.

Examines changes in Southeast Asian religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam) and experiences of modernity during the colonial period. Focus on religious and literary expressions from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

LCA 568 — STUDY ABROAD IN RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES

2-6 credits.

Study of religions and philosophies offered by a UW-approved study-abroad program outside the United States.

LCA 579 — FICTION AND ETHNOGRAPHY IN TURKEY

3 credits.

Critical survey of fiction and ethnography as part of a discourse of interacting genres informed by competing social scientific paradigms and political ideologies. Examines use of Turkish literature as cultural informant but student papers may treat literatures in other languages.

LCA 600 — CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN ASIAN HUMANITIES

3 credits.

An examination of methodological and theoretical issues in Asian humanities, with emphasis on literary, religious, and cultural studies.

LCA 610 — PROSEMINAR: INTRODUCTION TO TURKIC LINGUISTICS

3 credits.

Intensive introduction to Turkic philology and the major problems in the diachronic and synchronic study of the Turkic languages; reference tools; and analysis of texts in a number of languages.

LCA/​RELIG ST/​SOC  614 — SOCIAL STRUCTURES OF MUSLIM SOCIETIES

3 credits.

Analysis of legal, religious, familial, educational, and political institutions in Muslim societies, with special attention to the interaction between these institutions and contemporary social and economic processes.

LCA 615 — WRITING TRAVELS

3 credits.

This Global Cultures capstone seminar provides students returning from travel or study abroad an opportunity to employ (or transgress) the literary conventions of travel writing as they structure their own experience of global cultures through the act of writing.

LCA/​RELIG ST  620 — PROSEMINAR: STUDIES IN RELIGIONS OF ASIA

3 credits.

Historical and structural analysis and discussion of specific topics in one or more religions of Asia.

LCA/​ART HIST  621 — MAPPING, MAKING, AND REPRESENTING COLONIAL SPACES

3 credits.

Spatial lagacy of colonialism; explores important ways in which the population, landscape, architecture, and urban environment of colonies were mapped, made, and represented, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries; theoretical and empirical analyses from diverse disciplines and spatial terrain.

LCA/​RELIG ST  623 — YOGA: METHODS AND GOALS

3 credits.

Explores Yoga techniques propagated in the ancient Indian texts, as well as their adaptions in the Western world.

LCA/​RELIG ST  624 — MEDITATION IN INDIAN BUDDHISM AND HINDUISM

3 credits.

Examines contemplative practices in the two major Indian religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. Covers practices described in ancient texts but also provides an overview of selected modern practices.

LCA/​RELIG ST  626 — GODS AND GODDESSES OF SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Explores the deities of South Asia by examining the development of iconographic concepts and devotional practices associated with the worship of deities.

LCA/​LEGAL ST/​RELIG ST  628 — HINDU LAW

3 credits.

An examination of the nature, history, institutions, and thought of the Hindu legal tradition from its origins ca. 200BCE to the present.

LCA 630 — PROSEMINAR: STUDIES IN CULTURES OF ASIA

3 credits.

LCA/​RELIG ST/​SOC  634 — SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF INDIA

3 credits.

Analysis of the major institutions of India with special attention to the relationship between Hindu community organization, caste and the family; the effects of political developments, population growth, industrialization, and urbanization.

LCA 640 — PROSEMINAR IN CENTRAL ASIAN HISTORY

3 credits.

Introduction to the historiography of the Golden Horde and the Tatar, Kazak, and Uzbek nations; impact on Russia; Russian colonialism in Central Asia; innovative approaches to social and economic history.

LCA/​RELIG ST  650 — PROSEMINAR IN BUDDHIST THOUGHT

2-3 credits.

Advanced topics in Buddhist thought. 1 crse in Buddhism strongly recommended

LCA/​POLI SCI  663 — SOUTH ASIA AND THE GLOBAL SYSTEM: ECONOMY, SECURITY & CULTURE

3-4 credits.

Examines the effect of international forces on some countries of the South Asia region (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan) as well as how state and societal responses affect the prospects of security, prosperity, and cultural integration in the world.

LCA 666 — PROSEMINAR: STUDIES IN LITERATURES OF ASIA

3 credits.

Topics will vary.

LCA 671 — STRUCTURE OF THAI

3 credits.

Linguistic introduction to Thai. Prior study of linguistics not required.

LCA 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Individual study and research for honors candidates.

LCA 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Continuation of 681.

LCA 691 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

LCA 692 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

LCA 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-6 credits.

Graded on a lettered basis: requires cons inst

LCA/​RELIG ST  706 — SEMINAR: TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF BUDDHISM

3 credits.

LCA 799 — INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-6 credits.

LCA 802 — SEMINAR: TOPICS IN RELIGIONS OF ASIA

3 credits.

Topics in comparative and connected histories of religion in Asia; major thinkers and movements; theoretical and methodological issues; and/or specialized subjects in religious studies.

LCA 815 — SEMINAR: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO ASIA

3 credits.

An overview of current research being done on Asia in a variety of different disciplines.

LCA 850 — SEMINAR IN TURKIC STUDIES

3 credits.

Philological study and interdisciplinary analysis of sources written in modern and classical Turkic languages. May not be taken concurrently with LCA LANG 631

LCA/​HISTORY  851 — SEMINAR ON OTTOMAN AND MIDDLE EAST HISTORY

1-3 credits.

Concepts applicable to the study of social, economic and institutional movements and developments in the area within a broad historical framework.

LCA/​HISTORY  857 — SEMINAR-HISTORY OF INDIA (SOUTH ASIA)

1-3 credits.

Emphasis upon handling of research problems. Focus upon methods, resources, intellectual approaches, and changing interpretations. Appropriate language(s).

LCA 873 — SEMINAR IN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES OF SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Topics in South Asian languages and literatures.

LCA 990 — RESEARCH AND THESIS

1-12 credits.

LCA 999 — INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH

1-3 credits.