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AHIS | CMGT | EALC | EASCHIST | IR | POSC | POIR | REL | PPDE

*Please note that instructor/s may vary by semester. 

Art History (AHIS)

AHIS 125gp: Arts of Asia: Antiquity to 1300
Instructors : Sonya Lee, Rika Hiro, Xuejing Sun, Xinhui Yang
An introduction to the major art forms and monuments of religious art in India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan from prehistory to 1300.

AHIS 382: Art and Cultural Heritage in East Asia
Instructor: Sonya Lee
Introduction to heritage studies with a focus on the developments and representative examples in China, Korea, and Japan.

AHIS 518: Seminar in Chinese Art
Instructor: Sonia Lee

Communication Management (CMGT)

CMGT 580: Chinese Media and Society
Instructor: Ben Lee
The political economy of communications and information in China's broader process of development and re-entry into global capitalism; particular media and communication conditions and policies

East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC)

EALC 101x: Conversational Chinese and Intercultural Communication
Instructor: Yi-Hsien Liu, Xiang Jian
Basic Mandarin conversational skills for effective communication in familiar, everyday Chinese contexts and better understanding of intercultural communication through content-based language acquisition. Graded CR/NC. Not available for credit to East Asian Area Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and East Asian Studies majors and minors.

EALC 102: Language, Art and Culture: Calligraphy
Instructors: Hsiao-Yun Liao and John Chang
This course introduces students to the origin of the basic components of Chinese scripts and the basic principles and styles of calligraphy.

EALC 103a: Fundamental Chinese 1
Instructor: Xianxian Fang
Basic listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Mandarin Chinese.

EALC 103b: Fundamental Chinese 1
Instructor: Hsiao-Yun Liao
Basic listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities in Mandarin Chinese.

EALC 104: Chinese 1
Instructor: Xiang Jian
The sound system of modern Chinese; aural comprehension, oral expression, basic patterns, and writing system.

EALC 106: Chinese 2
Instructor: Tin-Yu Tseng
Dialogue practice and conversation; readings of simple stories and essays; comparison of Chinese and English grammar; writing of paragraphs.

EALC 108: Reading and Writing Chinese
Instructor: John Chang
The basics of reading and writing modern Chinese; intensive reading and writing of paragraphs, essays and stories; extensive reading of beginner-level authentic materials.

EALC 110gp: East Asian Humanities: The Great Tradition
Instructor: Geraldine Fiss
Introduction to the major humanities traditions of China, Japan, and Korea through an examination of representative works drawnfrom literature, aesthetics, philosophy, religion, and historicalwriting.

EALC 125g: Introduction to Contemporary East Asian Cinema and Culture
Instructor: Kathryn Page Lippsmeyer
An introduction to and overview of the contemporary cinemas of East Asia: China (Hong Kong, the People's Republic, and Taiwan), Japan, and Korea.

EALC 130gp: Introduction to East Asian Ethical Thought
Instructors: Geraldine Fiss, Xuejing Sun, Bettine Birge, Xinhui Yang
Introduction to the history of Chinese, Japanese and Korean ethical thought; perspectives on human nature, historical writing,and aesthetic implications. Conducted in English.

EALC 150gw: Global Chinese Cinema and Cultural Studies
Instructors: Brian Bernards and Haiwei Liu
Examination of the transnational production and circulation of Chinese-language cinema. Analysis of the larger sociocultural significance of films by engaging their historical context.

EALC 202: Language, Art, and Culture: Calligraphy 2
Instructors: John Chang and Yi-Hsien Liu
Furthers students' knowledge in the Chinese writing system and develops students' skills in a more advanced calligraphy style.

EALC 204: Chinese 3
Instructors: Hsiao-Yun Liao, Xianxian Fang, and Christopher Magriney
Conversational practice: reading of stories and essays; writing of short essays.

EALC 206: Chinese 4
Instructor: Yi-Hsien Liu and Christopher Maringey
Continuation of 204, with emphasis on reading and writing, frequent interaction with native speakers.

EALC 304: Advanced Modern Chinese 1
Instructor: Xianxian Fang
Reading selections from different styles of modern Chinese writings, analysis of stylistic techniques and syntactic structure, composition, and translation.

EALC 306: Advanced Modern Chinese 2
Instructor: Tin-Yu Tseng
Continuation of 304; composition exercises in different styles of writing.

EALC 350p: Chinese Civilization
Instructors: Bettine Birge, Yuxuan Shao, and Hongqiao Li
Characteristics and aspects of Chinese civilization; interpretation of philosophy, literature, religion, art, music. Conducted in English.

EALC 352g: Chinese Literature and Culture
Instructors: Geraldine Fiss and King Kwong Wong
Readings of Chinese poetry, prose, novels and drama; influence of the West on Chinese literature and culture in modern times. Conducted in English.

EALC 358g: Transnational Chinese Literature and Culture
Instructors: Brian Bernards and Ha Yun Cho
An introduction to Sinophone literatures and cultures (in English translation) from the Asia-Pacific region, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, Southeast Asia, and North America.

EASC 361: Global East Asia
Instructors: Brett Sheehan, Benjamin Uchiyama, Jason Webb
Maymester Study Abroad Program to China or Japan with a focus on globalization.

EALC 366: Chinese Professional Internship: Communication and Culture
Instructor: John Chang
Combined classroom discussion and supervised internship at companies. Practical experience in applying communication and cultural knowledge in a professional, "real world" employment context.

EALC 377: Law and Society in Premodern China and Japan
Instructor: Joan Piggott and Bettine Birge
A broad but deep look into the nature and development of law in two great East Asian civilizations, China and Japan, up to the modern era.

EALC 382: Art and Cultural Heritage in East Asia
Instructor: Sonya Lee
Introduction to heritage studies with a focus on the developments and representative examples in China, Korea, and Japan.

EALC 400: Classical Chinese 1
Instructor: Xianxian Fang
Introduction to the classical styles, selections from classical style writings, contrastive analysis of modern and classical Chinese, translation and writing practice.

EALC 402: Classical Chinese 2
Instructor: Xianxian Fang
Continuation of 400.

EALC 404: Advanced Modern Chinese 3
Instructor: Xiang Jiang
Readings in modern Chinese literary, documentary, and epistolary styles; stylistic and syntactic analysis; composition; translation. Prerequisite: 306 or equivalent.

EALC 407: News and Web Chinese
Instructor: Xiang Jiang
Reading selections from newspaper articles and online reports to further develop proficiency in advanced Chinese and understanding of the society and culture.

EALC 412a: Business Chinese
Instructors: Hsiao-Yun Liao and Yi-Hsien Liu
Practice in the basic vocabulary and idioms of foreign trade and other commercial transactions in Mandarin. Prerequisite: EALC 306.

EALC 412b: Business Chinese
Instructor: Yi-Hsien Liu, Shanshan Li
Continuation of EALC 412a.

EALC 452: Chinese Fiction
Instructor: Geraldine Fiss
Development of Chinese fiction and readings from English translations of major Chinese novels such as the Dream of the Red Chamber, All Men Are Brothers, and others. Conducted in English.

EALC 470: Introduction to East Asian Linguistics
Instructors: Namkil Kim
Survey of the sound systems, writing systems, grammatical systems, historical development, and social environments of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

EALC 485: Material Culture of the Silk Road
Instructors: Sonya Lee
Introduction to the history and material culture of the Silk Road with emphasis on the arts of Dunhuang and Kucha.

EALC 489: The Mongol Era in China: Genghis Khan, Khubilai, Marco Polo 
Instructor: Bettine Birge
An exploration of the Mongol era in China through an examination of three great historical figures, including how depictions of them have changed over time.

EALC 531: Proseminar in Chinese Cultural History
Instructor: Bettine Birge
Intensive readings in English concerning interpretive issues in the study of Chinese cultural history.

EALC 535: Proseminar in Chinese Visual Culture
Instructor: Jenny Chio
Chinese visual culture through the complex interface of art and thought. Examines architectural layout, pictorial representation, decorative motif as part of cultural production that intertwines with intellectual trends.

East Asian Studies (EASC)

EASC 150gp: East Asian Societies
Instructor: Christopher Daily
Main patterns of change in modern China, Japan, and Korea; historical framework and the insights of geography, economics, political science, and other disciplines

EASC 160mgp: China and the World
Instructor: Brian Bernards
Advanced-level introduction to China and its relations with the wider world in historic and contemporary perspective.

EASC 360: Maymester Study Abroad Program to China or Japan with a focus on globalization
Instructors: Brett Sheehan, Benjamin Uchiyama, and Jason Webb
Maymester Study Abroad Program to China or Japan with a focus on globalization.

EASC 592: Proseminar on Issues and Trends in Contemporary East Asia
Instructor: Joshua Goldstein
Introduction to graduate level study of policy issues and major trends in contemporary China, Japan, and Korea; contributions of various academic disciplines.

History (HIST)

HIST 106g: Chinese Lives: An Introduction to Chinese History
Instructors: Joshua Goldstein, Jiakai Chua, and Jillian Barndt
Study of the lives of selected individuals who have helped to shape Chinese politics and culture.

HIST 266gp: Business and East Asian Culture, 1800-Present
Instructor: Christopher Daily, Brett Sheehan
Business history of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) as related to culture, politics, and society.

HIST 377: Law and Society in Premodern China and Japan
Instructors: Joan Piggott and Bettine Birge
A broad but deep look into the nature and development of law in two great East Asian civilizations, China and Japan, up to the modern era.

HIST 489: The Mongol Era in China: Genghis Khan, Khubilai, Marco Polo 
Instructor: Bettine Birge
An exploration of the Mongol era in China through an examination of three great historical figures, including how depictions of them have changed over time.

HIST 546: Studies in Chinese History
Instructors: Joshua Goldstein
Selected topics in historical problems dealing with China.

International Relations (IR)

IR 333: China in International Affairs
Instructor: Manfred Elfstrom, Hao Chen
Economic reform, the open door, and China's changing role in the international system. Relations with the United States, Japan, and other key powers in Asia. Tensions between the interests of American business and the human rights community over China policy.

IR 340: The Political Economy of China
Instructor: Erin Baggott
Sources, consequences, challenges to China's economic growth, including rural and urban economies, entrepreneurship, central and local governments, inequality, trade, investment, finance, demographics, and the environment.

IR 384: Asian Security Issues
Instructor: Manfred Elfstrom, Derek Grossman
Introduction to key security trends in the Asia-Pacific region, emphasizing strategic competition between U.S., Russia, and China; regional military capabilities; rise of neutrality politics.

IR 407: Chinese Foreign Policy
Instructor: Eric Baggott
The domestic and international sources of Chinese foreign policy; political, military, and economic issues in China's relations with its neighbors.

IR 425: The New Triangle: China, the U.S. and Latin America
Instructor: Carol Wise
China's rise in the international political economy raises policy research questions, including an analysis of how this trend relates to U.S and Latin American relations. Recommended preparation: Micro and macro economics

Political Science (POSC)

POSC 356: Politics in People’s Republic of China
Instructor: Stanley Rosen
The Chinese revolution; social, political, and economic developments in post-1949 China; China after Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung).

POSC 356: Politics in People’s Republic of China
Instructor: Stanley Rosen
The Chinese revolution; social, political, and economic developments in post-1949 China; China after Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung).

POSC 453: Political Change in Asia
Instructor: Jinhee Choung
Modernization and political development in China and Japan; Asia's economic "miracles" (Taiwan, Japan, Korea, etc.); nationalism and communist movements in East and Southeast Asia.

Political Science and International Relations (POIR)

POIR 563: Chinese Foreign Policy
Instructor: Erin Baggott
Research problems in political, economic, military, and ideological issues. MA and other students outside of POIR must obtain faculty permission to register for the course.

POIR 637: Chinese Politics
Instructor: Stanley Rosen
Governmental process in the People's Republic of China including leadership, ideology, political institutions, behavior, and participation. MA and other students outside of POIR must obtain faculty permission to register for the course.

Religion (REL)

REL 135g: Chinese Religions and Culture
Instructors: Rongdao Lai and Kalzang Bhutia
Historical and thematic survey of Chinese religious history from earliest times to the present.

REL 654: Readings in Chinese Religious Texts
Instructor: Rongdao Lai
Study of Chinese religious texts primarily in literary Chinese. Covers multiple genres of texts from Buddhist sutras to Daoist texts.

Policy, Planning, and Development – Expanded (PPDE)

PPDE 662: China from a US Policy Perspective
Instructor: Eric Heikkila
Examination of China through the lens of the US federal government; trade issues; economic coordination and stability; environment and sustainability; defense and security; human development

 

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Events

June 4, 2020 - 5:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a discussion with Hong Kong based author and photographer Antony Dapiran for a look at his new book on the city's protests and what they mean for the future of Hong Kong and China.

June 11, 2020 - 4:00pm

Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for an online discussion with Professor Margaret Lewis on how the US government's use of criminal prosecutions to address a broad "China" threat is at tension with the criminal justice system.