ARHU 101: The Art of Interpretation: Written Texts (Selina Lai-henderson, Lincoln Rathnam)
Training in close reading and analysis of text remains a foundational skill in the arts and humanities, whether the text is literary or documentary. This core course combines practical training in close reading of a variety of texts, with strategies of analysis that are theoretically informed without, however, offering a comprehensive treatment of theory per se. The course will focus both on reading and analysis of literary texts, and on the nuanced unpacking of documents (official, unofficial, personal) with a view to historical method.
ARHU 102: The Art of Interpretation: Images and Sound (Kaley Clements, Miguel Rojas)
This class will train students to develop skill and sophistication in viewing and analysis of images, including art objects, film, and new media; and in sound studies, including sonic culture, film music, and traditional musical arts. The goal is audiovisual literacy – the creation and interpretation of sound and image that has become central to the ways we experience and understand the world. This core course combines practical training (how to see, how to hear) with a variety of modes of analysis.
CHINESE 101: Beginning Chinese 1
This course is for students with little or no knowledge of the Chinese language, and is designed for building basic communicative proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The course teaches speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, but it places special emphasis on the oral communication skills needed for daily life interactions in Chinese, and students will be required to practice using Chinese for daily life tasks outside class. Students will begin learning to read basic high-frequency characters, and learn how to write characters properly with correct stroke order. Additionally students will learn about Chinese culture, especially as it relates to managing the daily tasks of life in China.
This course is normally taken in Year 1. This course is required for students in the CSL track who have not previously studied Chinese; there is no prerequisite.
CHINESE 131: First Year Chinese for Heritage Learners 1
This course is designed for CSL track students who learned to speak Chinese at home but have little or no ability to read or write in Chinese. This course introduces basic Chinese reading and writing skills.
This course is normally taken in Year 1. There is no prerequisite. This course is only offered if there is adequate demand.
CHINESE 201: Intermediate Chinese 1
This course is designed to help students continue building communicative proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The primary emphasis is on oral communication skills, with a focus on conversations in Chinese, and students will be expected to find opportunities outside class to practice using their Chinese for social interaction. Students will also learn to read dialogues that provide good models of social interaction in Chinese, and will practice writing simple texts. Additionally students will learn about Chinese culture, especially as it relates to Chinese life and society.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 102 or equivalent.
CHINESE 301: Advanced Intermediate Chinese 1
This course reinforces what students have learned in the Intermediate Chinese courses, and continues to expand and refine their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing by learning a variety of texts that are written with advanced vocabulary (including academic vocabulary and vocabulary denoting abstract concepts), complex grammatical structures, and formal language uses. In addition, students will be introduced to current social issues in China (such as parenting, demographics, marriage, etc.) and different aspects of Chinese culture (such as courtesy, family relationships, ethics, etc.). Through learning and discussing these social and cultural issues, students are expected to deepen their understanding of Chinese society and culture. Students will further practice their spoken Chinese outside class by conversing with Chinese speakers about the topics studied in class.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 202 or equivalent.
CHINESE 401: Advanced Chinese – Issues in Modern China
In this course students will learn about social and cultural issues in China through study of authentic texts in Chinese and authentic media resources (e.g. television programs, documentaries, etc.). Oral skills will be built through discussion of these topics, and students will also be expected to practice their spoken Chinese outside class by talking with Chinese speakers about the topics studied in class. Students will also continue to build their writing skills by writing short papers in Chinese relating to the topics studied.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 302 or equivalent.
CULANTH 103: Cultures of Globalization (Nellie Chu)
This course traces the histories of global exchange and explores how they intersect with various cultures of globalization in the present-day. This course analyzes how early exploration and colonial trade relate to global connections in the contemporary period. This course shows how historical and anthropological approaches have shed light on the importance of border-crossings and cross-cultural encounters in shaping social identities and differences; spatial cores and peripheries; and hierarchies and societal transformations. Attention to global encounters allows us to deepen our understanding of trade, civilization, state-building, labor, and global food chains. Together, these aspects of everyday life and social organization reveal the diversity and dynamism of globalization.
CULANTH 106: Home, House, and Housing: An Anthropological Exploration of Human Dwellings (Mengqi Wang)
This course will explore the home as a site of attachment, the house as a place that emerged from social relationships, and housing an infrastructure whose construction is shaped by politico-economic forces. The interrelationship between the home, the house, and housing will be discussed. The course will cover contemporary issues of housing such as gentrification, segregation, and eviction. The course will provide broader and deeper understandings of the meanings of home and our relationship to the built environment.
EAP101: Writing about Language Learning
This is a content-based academic English skills course focused on writing, designed for first semester EAP-track students. In this course students will study one or more issues related to language learning (e.g. how to sustain motivation); then they will write course papers presenting their views on these issues. Students will learn how to research an issue, and how to appropriately quote and/or cite sources. They will learn how to plan and write course papers that summarize the views of others, state clear positions in response, and make cases for those positions. Students will also practice making short presentations. Additionally, students will design and carry out plans to improve the accuracy of their written English.
This course, required for EAP-track students, is normally taken Year 1, Semester 1. There is no prerequisite.
EAP102: Writing about Culture Learning
This is a content-based academic writing course for EAP-track students that further builds written and oral communication skills introduced in EAP101. In this course students will study generalizations that are often made about significant aspects of a Western culture (e.g. the idea that U.S. culture is relatively individualistic); then they will write papers in which they analyze and critically examine these generalizations. Students will practice researching issues and appropriately making use of resource materials. They will practice planning and writing course papers in which they take a stand on an issue and then make a case for their position. Students will also share ideas by making presentations.
This course, required for EAP-track students, is normally taken Year 1, Semester 2. The prerequisite is EAP101.
ENVIR 101: Introduction to Environmental Science (William Winner)
An introduction to the study of environmental sciences and policy through exploration of basic environmental principles in the life, physical, and social sciences. Emphasis on understanding how the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere function, and how these spheres interact with human consumption, production, and technological patterns and processes. The course includes field trips to local sites as relevant.
GCHINA101: China in the World (Zach Fredman, Scott MacEachern, James Miller, Qian Zhu)
China in the World focuses on the historical and contemporary commercial, intellectual, and scientific exchanges between China and multiple locations around the world. The course invites students to think about the engagement of China in the world and the world in China from an interdisciplinary perspective. We investigate how contemporary China has been shaped by key historical events and processes including science, trade and war. Finally, we consider together how these histories will influence China’s future engagement with the wider world.
GLHLTH 101: Introduction to Global Health (Benjamin Anderson)
This course introduces students to the essential features of global health from the varying perspectives of natural science, social science, and the humanities, drawing from a variety of conceptual frameworks at different scales (individual, community, country, and global). This course examines the global burden of diseases, how this burden is measured, and debate the utility of interventions used for disease mitigation and prevention. This course also introduces the state of the world’s global health infrastructure and explores how that infrastructure might or should adapt to the future world.
HIST 107: Gandhi and Moral Leadership (Titas Chakraborty)
Central to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s thought and activism was the principle of “moral force.” It formed the basis of his unique method of activism, satyagraha (quest for truth), his concept of non-violence, his life-style choices including vegetarianism, his idea of religion and politics, state-building and economics. This course explores the various meanings of the “moral force” in Gandhian thought and examines its salience within the history of the political milieu – especially, anti-colonial movements in India that he belonged to. This course also discusses the legacies of Gandhi and the relevance of his “moral force” for the twenty-first century world.
HIST 108: Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal History of the City (Andrew Field)
This interdisciplinary course combining the fields of history, sociology, urban studies and urban ethnography examines Shanghai, China’s most modern and dynamic city since the 19th century, through the lens of its nighttime leisure pursuits. It explores how the city’s nightlife has contributed to its identity and image as a global cosmopolitan metropolis.
INTGSCI 101: Integrated Science 1 (Benjamin Anderson, Song Gao, Jian-Guo Liu)
This course focuses on the concept of energy and its relevance for explaining the behavior of natural systems. The conservation of energy and the transformations of energy from one form to another are crucial to the function of all systems, including familiar mechanical devices, molecular structures and reactions, and living organisms and ecosystems. By integrating perspectives from physics, chemistry, and biology, this course helps students see both the elegant simplicity of universal laws governing all physical systems and the intricate mechanisms at play in the biosphere. Topics include kinetic energy, potential energy, quantization of energy, energy conservation, cosmological and ecological processes.
LIT 105: The Epic of America (the novel) (Selina Lai-henderson)
This course introduces a range of works from the US canon that engage the concept of travels in relation to the themes of race and slavery, gender and sexuality, and citizenship and empire. Through reading some great American novels, we will explore travels and mobility from pre-Civil War to modern America, and from the slave-holding south to multiracial and multicultural metropolises both within and beyond the US borders. By drawing connections between these great American novels, we will discuss how they collectively cross and challenge national, geographical, and political boundaries of the color line¬¬––and importantly––how they resonate with Duke Kunshan University’s core concept of “rooted globalism.”
MATH 101: Mathematical Foundations 1 (Jian-Guo Liu, Zhe Liu, Peter Pickl)
The fundamental concepts and tools of calculus, probability, and linear algebra are essential to modern sciences, from the theories of physics and chemistry that have long been tightly coupled to mathematical ideas, to the collection and analysis of data on complex biological systems. Given the emerging technologies for collecting and sharing large data sets, some familiarity with computational and statistical methods is now also essential for modeling biological and physical systems and interpreting experimental results. MF1 is an introduction to differential and integral calculus that focuses on the concepts necessary for understanding the meaning of differential equations and their solutions. It includes an introduction to a software package for numerical solution of ordinary differential equations.
MATH 102: Mathematical Foundations 2 (Xin Li, Peter Pickl)
The fundamental concepts and tools of calculus, probability, and linear algebra are essential to modern sciences, from the theories of physics and chemistry that have long been tightly coupled to mathematical ideas, to the collection and analysis of data on complex biological systems. Given the emerging technologies for collecting and sharing large data sets, some familiarity with computational and statistical methods is now also essential for modeling biological and physical systems and interpreting experimental results. MATH 102 is an introduction to probability and statistics with an emphasis on concepts relevant for the analysis of complex data sets. It includes an introduction to the fundamental concepts of matrices, eigenvectors, and eigenvalues.
MEDIART 103: Introduction to Moving Image Practice (Kaley Clements)
Like any craft, making movies is something that takes time, study, and, more importantly, practice. Each film is a unique challenge. What works for one film may not work for another. This is what asks learning about filmmaking an ongoing process. This course includes reading, discussing, and studying of the fundamental elements of video production. Strongest emphasis is in the several short exercises to guide students towards a solid understanding of the building blocks of different types of video production. Student will learn to use digital video cameras and audio equipment, learn basic video editing with Final Cut Pro X (or another comparable software), and create original work.
MEDIART 212: Editing for Film and Video (Kaley Clements)
Two questions a film editor must always ask are: What shot comes next? And, why this shot and not that? In this course, students explore answers for these questions by studying and editing different genres, styles, and forms of film and video. The goal is achieved through expanding students’ understanding of editing as both a viewer and as a working editor. To that end, in addition to classroom discussion, readings, and screenings of feature films and excerpts, students will complete several editing projects on digital video. These projects are designed to provide both real-world challenges to solve as well as opportunities to experiment. Knowledge of a video editing program is not necessary at the beginning of the class; by the end you should be extremely comfortable with Final Cut Pro X.
PHIL 101: Introduction to Western Philosophy (Emily McWilliams)
This course focuses on the origins of the European philosophical tradition, with an emphasis on metaphysics, theory of knowledge, ethics and politics. The course reads primary texts of Plato, Aristotle, Lucretius and Epicurus and other key western thinkers in English translation. The course examines the significance of these key approaches to philosophy in the later development of the European philosophical tradition, and considers their relevance for the contemporary global context.
PHIL 103: Chinese and Mediterranean Philosophy (Daniel Stephens)
The early Mediterranean civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome) and dynastic China have been profoundly influential in the development of world civilizations, and in how human civilization is conceived. How do they compare in their traditions of thought about how one ought to live, theories of government and governance, and methods and aims in study of the natural world? This course offers a basic introduction to early Chinese and Western thought through examination of selected primary texts in English translation. As well as analyzing these approaches to philosophy in their historical and cultural context, the course debates their continuing relevance in a global context.
PHIL 107: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Ethics and Justice in the Modern World (Emily McWilliams)
This course examines classical and contemporary theories of justice in Western philosophical ethics and applies them to modern dilemmas that have dominated political and cultural conflict in the modern West. These topics include questions of economic justice in relation to capitalism and communism; the question of human rights as a supreme and universal value that cuts across all social and cultural contexts; the profound challenges of slavery, colonialism and racial justice that haunt American politics in the present day; the continuing quest for gender equality; and contemporary issues of gender politics including same-sex marriage and the recognition of transgender and nonbinary identities.
PHIL 108: Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence(Daniel Lim)
Recent progress in Artificial Intelligence, via machine learning techniques that leverage big data, has made breakthroughs in a variety of domains. While some believe AI is still nothing but a tool, others believe we are on the verge of a technological singularity – the invention of an artificial superintelligence that will trigger exponential technological advancement that will change humanity in unpredictable ways. In this course we will begin with philosophical reflection on the nature of AI and then consider ethical issues that lie on a spectrum from highly speculative projections regarding the future of AI to highly practical issues that are being generated by actual AI applications being deployed today: internet usage, profiling, and autonomous vehicles among others.
POLSCI 103: American Ideas and the Idea of America (Noah Pickus, Selina Lai-henderson)
What is the story of the United States? What fundamental ideas of America have been formed as a nation and as an empire? Are there connections we can draw between the US today and its past? What relevance does the US have in China historically and in the present day? What place does the US have in the Chinese imagination? In this course, we address these questions by examining a variety of texts, ranging from important founding documents, political speeches, autobiographies, and travelogues to excerpts of American novels. Through class discussions, team projects, and role plays, we will discuss fundamental concepts of America, its past and present, and explore themes such as politics and religion, race and slavery, immigration and identity, women and economics, and education and citizenship. We will also consider how America is being perceived in the world specifically within the Chinese context.
SOCIOL 104: Love, Marriage, and Family in Comparative Perspective (Yu Wang)
This course explores the process of family transformation in contemporary East Asia and the U.S. from a comparative perspective. It introduces different concepts, theories, and frameworks to explain the slow but noticeable family changes in East Asian societies and some distinct characteristics in the US. It will draw literature from sociology, demography, anthropology, and economics to study love, passion, marriage, cohabitation, mate selection, same-sex couples, and divorce across social contexts.
SOSC 101: Foundational Questions in Social Science (Scott MacEachern, Lincoln Rathnam, Benjamin Schupmann)
People everywhere ponder and debate fundamental questions: What does it mean to be human? How is society to be ordered? What is a moral life? Our ancestors asked such questions as well: it is likely that those questions lie at the origins of humanity itself. They also provide the foundations for much of the most important research in the social sciences today. This course examines the ways in which social scientists from a diversity of disciplines approach these fundamental questions. Study material for the course will include foundational texts from across the social sciences, as well as cutting-edge research from the present day. This course will not attempt to answer these vast questions, or provide neat solutions for students: rather, we want to excite students about the social sciences and whet their appetites for further study.
SOSC 102: Introduction to Research Methods (Mengqi Wang, Yu Wang)
This course provides students with an understanding of research designs and research methods used in the social sciences. Students will learn about the scientific method, research methods and design, measurement, and ethical issues. Topics include quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as mixed methods.
SOSC 103: Theory and Society (Benjamin Schupmann)
This course exposes students to major classical and modern social theorists from the Enlightenment to the present. The course pays particular attention to theories seeking to follow models of the natural sciences and those seeking a more critical and interpretive understanding of modern society. Topics also include examining how sociological theory relates to other modern currents, such as conservatism, socialism, existentialism, anti-colonialism, feminism, post-modernism.
STATS 101: Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods (Andrew MacDonald)
This course will introduce students to common statistics used in social science research articles and the media with the goal of making them informed and critical consumers of research results reported by various sources. Students will gain understanding of the conceptual basis and purpose of different statistics, as well as the formulas for deriving them. The relationship of statistical analysis to other components of the research process will be explicated. The course will be taught using team-based learning with an emphasis on the application of new concepts, knowledge, and skills in the classroom. Application activities will include interpreting statistics presented in tables and graphics in research articles and the media, critiquing conclusions drawn from statistics, and using statistical software, such as SPSS or Stata, to conduct statistical tests and generate tables and graphics.
STATS 102: Introduction to Data Science (Ming Li)
As an introductory course in data science, this course will show students not only the big picture of data science but also the detailed essential skills of loading, cleaning, manipulating, visualizing, analyzing and interpreting data with hands on programming experience.
BIOL 203: Molecular, Behavioral and Social Evolution: Evolution of Genomes, Traits, Behaviors and Societies(Katherine Roberston)
Looks through the lenses of different disciplines to examine Darwin’s theories on natural selection and evolution, and explore current ideas about the evolution of complex social behaviors and societies. This course starts with an introduction to the key concepts of biological evolution; variation, inheritance, fitness, natural selection and the modification of physical traits, followed by an examination of how simple behaviors evolved in animals and humans. Discussion of these topics also considers ideas from other disciplines that influenced Darwin, such as those of economist, Thomas Malthus and geologist, Charles Lyell. The second part of the course investigates how Darwin’s theories might also explain the evolution of social behaviors such as cooperation, altruism and language, and considers some contemporary theories about the evolution of societies. Finally, the course will end with an investigation of Darwin’s influence on important ideas within other disciplines such as those of political theorist; Karl Marx, psychologist; William James and philosopher/sociologist; Herbert Spencer.
CHINESE 102: Beginning Chinese 2
This course continues teaching basic communicative proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. As with CHINESE 101, the course teaches speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Special emphasis will be placed on learning the oral communication skills needed for daily life interactions in Chinese, and students will be expected to practice using Chinese for daily life tasks outside class. Students will learn to read high-frequency characters and learn how to write characters properly with correct stroke order. Additionally students will learn about Chinese culture, especially as it relates to managing the daily tasks of life in China.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 101 or the equivalent.
CHINESE 132: First Year Chinese for Heritage Learners 2
This course, a continuation of CHINESE 131, is designed for CSL track students who speak Chinese but do not read or write it, and continues building basic reading and writing skills.
The prerequisite is CHINESE 131 or equivalent. This course is only offered if there is adequate demand.
CHINESE 202: Intermediate Chinese 2
This course is designed to help students continue building basic communicative proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. The primary emphasis is on oral communication skills, with a focus on social conversations in Chinese, and the course includes assignments in which students will find opportunities outside class to practice using their Chinese for social interaction. Students will also continue building their ability to read dialogues that provide good models of social interaction in Chinese, and practice writing simple texts. Additionally students will learn about Chinese culture, especially as it relates to Chinese life and society.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 201 or equivalent.
CHINESE 302: Advanced Intermediate Chinese 2
This course transitions students toward reading authentic texts relating to Chinese society (e.g. newspaper and magazine articles), with emphasis on learning relevant vocabulary. It also builds students’ ability to comprehend authentic media resources (e.g. television programs, documentaries, etc.) on similar topics. Oral skills will be built through discussion of these topics, and students will also be expected to practice their spoken Chinese outside class by conversing with Chinese speakers about the topics studied in class. Students will also continue to build their writing skills by writing short papers in Chinese relating to the topics studied.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 301 or equivalent.
CHINESE 402: Advanced Chinese 2 – Issues in Modern China (4 credits)
This is the second course in the 401-402 Advanced Chinese course sequence. In this course, students continue learning about social and cultural issues in China through study of authentic texts in Chinese and authentic media resources (e.g. television programs, documentaries, etc.). Oral skills will be built through discussion of these topics, and students will also be expected to practice their spoken Chinese outside class by talking with Chinese speakers about the topics studied in class. Students will also continue to build their writing skills by writing short papers in Chinese relating to the topics studied.
This course is for CSL track students. The prerequisite is CHINESE 401 or equivalent.
COMPSCI 101: Introduction to Computer Science (Ming Li)
As an introductory course for computer science, this course will bring you not only the fundamental knowledge on a variety of CS topics, but also the essential computational problem-solving skills with hands on programming experience. Successfully completing this course will serve a solid foundation for other courses in the computer science or data science major. It can also bring new concepts and tools to other domains in social science, arts humanities and natural science. This course is an elective course open to everyone, and no specific prerequisite required.
CULANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Nellie Chu)
This course introduces the key concepts and debates within Cultural Anthropology with topics such as racism and essentialism, kinship, gender and sexuality, globalization, etc. In an age where debates addressing migration, robotics, genetic engineering, and ecological crises abound, questions about how humanity is experienced and defined have become more pertinent than ever before.
ECON 101: Economics Principles (Penelope Prime)
A survey of basic tools in economics. Examination of how commodity demand is determined, what affects supply of the commodity, how price is determined, when optimal market allocation of resources and failure occur, and basic topics concerning the aggregate economy. Students will apply these principles to contemporary social science issues.
ECON 201: Intermediate Microeconomics (Penelope Prime)
Introduction of the concepts of preferences and technologies. Intermediate development of the theory of demand, supply and competitive equilibrium from individual preferences and technologies. Income and substitution effects, uncompensated demand and marginal willingness to pay. Conditions under which competitive markets result in efficient outcomes. Conditions under which government policy has the potential to increase efficiency. Tension between economic efficiency and different notions of equity.
ETHLDR 101: Ethics and Leadership (Emily McWilliams)
This interdisciplinary course draws on philosophy, sociology and public policy to explore ethical leadership in the twenty-first century. From the challenges facing governments to decisions students confront daily, this course seeks to create and evaluate solutions to ethical dilemmas in a global world. Does a government have the right to insist on another government’s adherence to human rights standards? Should a museum be forced to return artifacts that were stolen centuries before the museum acquired them? Do corporations have an obligation to invest in their local communities? Do we have an obligation to help the poor and if so why?
ETHLDR 203: Conceptions of Democracy and Meritocracy (Daniel Stephens)
This course will examine democracy and meritocracy, exploring specifically the components, strengths, and liabilities of each. Particular focus will be on intersections between virtuosity, democracy and meritocracy. Readings will come from philosophy, political theory, history, and sociology. Potential application of these theories to the United States and to China, among other countries, will be discussed.
ETHLDR 204: Environmental Ethics (James Miller)
This course addresses the morality of respecting the natural world, including plants, animals and all forms of planetary life for their own sake. Is pollution of air and water wrong in itself, and not simply because it damages resources that present and future generations of human beings need? Does the suffering of nonhuman animals impose a moral claim upon human beings? Do all species have a claim to survive in the face of human development? Different philosophical theories as well as a variety of cultural traditions of thought about the environment will be studied and discussed.
GCHINA 201: From Empire to Nation (Nellie Chu)
This course examines concepts and theories of empire, imperialism, colonialism, and the nation-state, with a particular focus on their circulation and impact in East Asia and China. We trace the history of Western theories of "nation," looking at what the term meant prior to the European nation-state and the imperialist and colonial projects of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and we examine what they mean in the present era of multiculturalism and globalization. We explore how historically Chinese conceptions of civilization and empire were transformed in post-imperial era. We look also at how related concepts of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and culture have traveled from the West, through the Soviet Union, to China and beyond.
GCHINA 203: Visual China: Modern Chinese History and Culture through Film (Qian Zhu)
This course examines the cinemas of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in light of a number of topics such as: the foundational legends of Chinese cinema, film’s relationship to literary and pop cultural discourses, aesthetic responses to historical crisis points (the Opium Wars and ensuing encroachment of imperialist powers, the New Republic, the February 28 Incident in Taiwan in 1947, the establishment of PRC, the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, the 1997 Hong Kong handover, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, etc.); shifting audience tastes as affected by trends of popular consumption; visualized sexualities; new cultural realities of transnationalism and diaspora, revolutionary aesthetics; “spectacular” violence and the martial-arts genre.
HIST 201: Methods of Historical Research (Zack Fredman)
This course offers an introduction to theories, methods and approaches to historical inquiry and research including the use of archives, the interpretation of visual and textual documents, and the recording of oral histories. Students will be exposed to both the humanist and the social scientific approaches to historical research, as well as broader theoretical questions of history and historiography. As such, students learn what is history, how is it made, and what constitutes valid scholarly approaches to historiography. Students will apply their learning by conducting original historical research on a topic of their own choosing and writing a research paper.
HIST 202: World History and Global Interactions (Titas Chakraborty)
This course offers a survey of the history of the world, by which is meant a historical overview of major processes and interactions in the development of human society since its early development some 60,000 years ago, going beyond the fundamental questions and concerns of area studies (such as East Asian studies, South Asian studies). In explaining the large scale processes such as empire building, commerce and religious practices, this course will show how various forms of human interactions, especially migration played a key role. This course will provide deep historical understanding for some of the pressing issues of the contemporary world such as migration, globalization, and imperialism.
HIST 204: Asia in World History (Titas Chakraborty)
Asia as the largest continent of the world comprises of 30 percent of world’s land surface and 60 percent of the world’s population. But what are the parameters for understanding Asia as a unified, identifiable place? Was there ever an Asian identity in history? Is this identity cultural, economic, political or a mix of all three? Since, all identities are formed in relation to other identities, was an Asian identity formed in reaction to other forms of existing identities in the world? Taking the period between 500 CE and 1950CE as the point of reference, this course exams the above questions in reaching an understanding of what are the various ways and the various historical moments in which we can think of Asia as a shared space amongst an extremely diverse population. Moreover, the course will discuss whether the historical processes that went into the creation of Asian identities were world historical in nature, or in other words, whether these processes had any effect in shaping the histories of societies both within Asia and outside of Asia. This course will aim at developing skills to evaluate to what extent we are “Asian,” “global” or otherwise and provide a foundational knowledge to interact with people and institutions within Asia and then the world.
INTGSCI 101: Integrated Science 1 (Benjamin Anderson, Song Gao)
INTGSCI 102: Integrated Science 2 (William Winner/Song Gao/Ronen Plesser)
This course focuses on the collective behavior of systems composed of many interacting components. The phenomena of interest range from the simple relaxation of a gas into an equilibrium state of well-defined pressure and temperature to the emergence of ever increasing complexity in living organisms and the biosphere. The course provides an overview of some fundamental differences between traditional disciplines as well as indications of how they complement each other some important contexts. Topics include thermodynamic (statistical mechanical) equilibrium, fundamental concepts of temperature, entropy, free energy, and chemical equilibrium, driven systems, fundamentals of biological and ecological systems.
MATH 101: Mathematical Foundations 1
MATH 102: Mathematical Foundations 2 (Ming Li, Xin Li, Peter Pickl)
MATH 201: Multivariable Calculus (Zhe Liu)
Partial differentiation, multiple integrals, and topics in differential and integral vector calculus, including Green's theorem, the divergence theorem, and Stokes's theorem.
MEDIART 101: Introduction to Media Studies and the Arts
Media Studies and the Arts explores the cultural significance of the media in the contemporary world. It is a cross-disciplinary field that draws on communication studies, art history, literature, sociology, psychology and philosophy, among others. Particular attention is paid to new media and digital media including those enabled by the technological revolution of the Internet age.
PHIL 106: Global Philosophy (Owen Flanagan)
The Global Philosophy course offers a gateway for students to critically engage with the diverse philosophical traditions that inform the making of the increasingly pluralistic modern world. The aim of the course is to cultivate deep appreciation of diversity and to help students develop a culturally sensible map of the world’s philosophical traditions that will help them deal with the compelling challenges in this multicultural age.
POLSCI 102: Social Choice and Democracy (Emerson Niou)
The central theme of this course is to examine the liberal conception of democracy as the aggregation of individual preferences. Students will explore and study questions such as: How can a collective (e.g., the electorate, legislature, collegial court, expert panel, or committee) arrive at coherent collective choices or judgments on some issues, on the basis of its members' individual preferences? Who decide whose preferences should be counted? Do voters have the freedom to choose? What methods are used to aggregate preferences? What are the theoretical properties of these methods? How easily can outcomes be manipulated or distorted? Are there widespread election frauds? Answers to these questions are utmost important for any democratic decision-making body. Social choice theory will be used as our theoretical framework for the analysis of combining individual opinions, preferences, interests, or welfares to reach a collective decision.
POLSCI 208: Political and Social Inequality (Andrew MacDonald)
How do different groups with different levels of political power shape political outcomes? How do gender, racial, environmental, and social inequalities express themselves through the political system? What is a ‘fair’ level of inequality? How do different institutional designs shape and channel inequality? This class introduces students to readings, arguments, and concepts that begin to explore the answers to these questions.
PUBPOL 101: Introduction to Policy Analysis (Jeffrey Moe)
Basic concepts of analytical thinking including quantitative methods for assessing the probabilities of outcomes and appraising policy alternatives. Illustrated by problems faced by busy decision makers in government, business, law, medicine.
RELIG 204: The Problem of Evil(Daniel Stephens)
This courses explores the problem of evil for Eastern and Western religious thought and discusses several attempts to confront the reality of evil, to square that with one’s worldview, and to find a way of living with that worldview. This courses examines theological, philosophical, psychological, and popular cultural conceptions and responses.
SOSC 101: Foundational Questions in Social Science (Lincoln Rathnam, Benjamin Schupmann)