SRJC Course Outlines

6/12/2024 10:09:35 PMHUMAN 20 Course Outline as of Spring 2010

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 20Title:  THE HUMANITIES IN ASIA  
Full Title:  The Humanities in Asia: Arts, Ideas and Values
Last Reviewed:3/28/2016

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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An interdisciplinary exploration of the arts, ideas and values among the cultures of East, Southeast, South and/or Central Asia, with focus upon works of literature, film, visual art, music, theater and dance, philosophy and religion as pertaining to the various disciplines of the humanities in Asia.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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An interdisciplinary exploration of the arts, ideas, and values among cultures of East, Southeast, South and/or Central Asia, with focus upon works of literature, film, visual art, music, theater and dance, philosophy and religion as pertaining to the various disciplines of the humanities in Asia.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2007
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2007
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2007
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2007Inactive:Fall 2024
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2007Inactive:Fall 2024

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1.  Analyze representative works from at least three Asian cultures and describe their distinguishing characteristics within cultural and artistic contexts.
2.  Discuss and contrast the beliefs and values communicated in artistic production.
3.  Analyze class, gender and other sociopolitical concerns as reflected in literature and the arts.
4.  Demonstrate an ability to compare, contrast, and link cultural expressions of the various disciplines of the humanities including mythology and literature; visual arts, film, theatre, music, and dance; and religion and philosophy.

Topics and Scope
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The course must cover at least three distinct geo-cultural areas.  The course may be arranged chronologically or by period, geographically or by region, thematically, and/or by major forms of expression including mythology, poetry, the novel; visual arts, film, theater, music and dance; religion and philosophy:
Topics include but are not limited to:
I.  Traditional practices in the artistic life of Asian nations such as:
   A.  Effect of belief systems and worldviews on cultural production.
   B.  India:  Impact of religious and folk idioms and folk art on courtly art.
   C.  Classical dance forms, representing regional culture and ethos and religious roots based in Vedic or Hindu folk traditions.
   D.  Japan: Samurai and geisha traditions, ceramics, sword making, architecture, calligraphy.
   E.  China:  Development of calligraphy and block printing, social stratification and the arts.
II.  Tragedy and comedy in performing arts, music and film
   A.  India:  The tradition of folk theatre, puppet theatre in rural India.
   B.  Japan:  Kabuki and Noh drama.
    C.  China:  Opera traditions both classical and contemporary.
    D. Contemporary Asian film genres such as Bollywood (Indian) contemporary film industry or Kurosawa in Japan.
III.  Central ideas and beliefs associated with the religious and philosophical practices in Asia and interactive with cultural production such as:
   A.  Principle religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism,  Judaism, Islam, and Shinto.
   B.  The influence of Zen Buddhism on arts such as the tea ceremony, haiku, and the Japanese garden.
   C.  The influence of animism and Hinduism on sculpture, temple art and architecture.
IV.  Styles of Asian visual arts such as:
   A.  Representative visual arts, including the beginnings of developed Japanese art, the art of the Kamkura, Muromachi, Momoyama, and Edo Periods.
    B.  Castles and tea houses of the Japan shogunate, Japanese screens and the woodblock prints of Edo Japan.
   C.  Representative visual arts in India including Hindu arts and relation to Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Champs (Vietnam).  
    E.  Representative visual arts, including rise of painting and ceramics in China, the Song Dynasty, and/or later Chinese Art of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Art and architecture of the Forbidden City.
   F.  Class and examination of the structures of the family in Indian culture via film.
V.  Asian literature; myths, legends, and lore.
   A. Representative Japanese literary and philosophical texts, such as The Tale of the Genji and the haiku of Matsuo Basho.
   B. Representative Indian literary and philosophical texts, such as Upanishads, the Mahabharata, or Ramayana, classical Sanskrit lyrics, or devotional poetry.
   C. Representative Chinese literary and philosophical texts, such as Confucianism and Daoism.
   D. Representative Eastern philosophers, such as Lao Tzu, Chuant Zi, Confucius, Mencius, The Buddha, Nagarjuna, Zhu Xi, Wang Yangming. Class and examination of the structures of the family in Indian literature.
   E.  Contemporary Asian writers.
VI.  Cultural borrowings and interactions between Asia and the West such as:
   A.  Indus culture and the encroachment of the Aryans.
   B.  Impact of European Imperialism: ways in which Asia was changed by European contacts, including decline, destruction, replacement, modification, assimilation, and renewal.
   C.  Interactive impact of the Silk Road.

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Assignments will include:
1.  Reading and analysis of assigned primary texts and supplemental readings to establish cultural context (20-40 pp. per week).
2.  Two to five examinations, which may include quizzes, midterm exams, and a fnal exam.
3.  Written essays requiring students to analyze representative works of literature, visual art, music, and philosophical/religious thought.  Students may be asked to compare and contrast, examine ideas, values and beliefs, and integrate materials from more than one discipline.
4.  Optional participation in cultural activities, museum and field trips, creative projects.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 60%
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 20%
Activities, field trips, creative projects (optional)

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilization.  Schirokauer, C. and  et al.  Wadsworth: 2005.
A History of Far Eastern Art.  Lee, Sherman.  Prentice Hall:  1994.
Asian Mythology:  Myths & Legends of China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia.  
Gandhi  An Autobiography:  The Story of My Experiments with Truth.  Gandhi, M.K.  Beacon Press:  1993.
The Mahabharta:  A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic.   Narayan, R. K.  University of Chicago Press:  2000.
The Ramayana:  A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic.  Valmiki, Menon, Ramesh.  North Point Press:  2004.
Rig Veda.  Clamp. Tokyopop:  2005.
Taipei People (Hong Kong, China and Taiwan).  Hsien-yung, Pai.  Columbia U. Press:  2002.
The God of Small Things.  Roy, Arundhati.  Harper Perennial:  1998.
Nectar in a Sieve.  Markandaya, Kamala.  Signet: 1998.
Lun Yu  (ANALECTS).  Confucius and  Lau, D. C.  Penguin:  1973.
Sources of Chinese Tradition, Vols I-II.  de Bary, William and  et al.  Columbia:  2001.
Tai Te Ching. Tzu, Lao (Laozi),  Edwards, M.  University CA Press:  2001.
A Private Life.   Chen, Ran.  University Press:  2003.
The True Story of Ah Li.   Xun, Lu.  Columbia U Press:  1981.
Will the Boat Sink:  The Life of Chinese Peasants.   Guidi, Chen and Chuntao, Wu .  Westview Press:  June, 2006.
Wild Kids.  Ta-chun, Chang.  Columbia U Press:  2002.
Wintry Night (Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan).  Qiao, Li and et al.  Columbia University:  2002.
Anthology of Japanese Literature.  Keene, D. Tuttle:  2004.
Diary of Lady Murasaki.  Shikibu, Murasaki and  Bowring, Richard (Trans.).  Penguin Classics:  1999.
Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho.   Basho, M.  State University of N.Y.:  2004.
The Tale of Genji.  Shikibu, Murasaki and Tyler, Royall  (Trans.).  Penguin Classics: 2002.
The Tale of the Heike.  McCullough, Helen C.  (Trans.).  Stanford University  Press:  1999.
Five Modern Japanese Novelists.  Keene, Donald.  Columbia University Press:  2003.
Snow Country.  Kawabata, Y.  Knopf:  2000.
A Shijo Poet at the Court of King Sonjo. Ch'ol, Chong.  Columbia University Press: 2005.
An Introduction to Vietnamese Literature.    Nguyen, Huan and Trans., Durand, Maurice M.  Columbia University Press: 1985.
Behind the Red Mist:  Short Fiction by Ho Anh Thai  (Voices from Vietnam).   Anh Thai, Ho. and  Karline, Wayne  (editor).  Curbstone Press:  1998.
My Land and My People:  The Original Biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.   Dalai Lama, HH.  Warnerbooks:  1997.
The Snow Lion's Turquoise Mane:  Wisdom Tales from Tibet.   Das, Surya.  Harper Collins:  1992.
From the Mango Tree and Other Folktales from Nepal.  Shrestha, Kavita Ram and Lamstein, Sarah.  Libraries Unlimited: 1997.
Vapour Trails:  Tales from Rural Thailand.  Rajasaari, Tarmo.  Orchid Press:  2004.

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