Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Seats available in CEUS Spring Courses

**Please note that courses must be 300-level or higher to count for regional credit**

CEUS-R 290 Introduction to Central Asia, Mongolia and Tibet: Empires of Central Eurasia  

CASE S&H, CASE GCC                                                                               1:00-2:15  TR

This course tells the greatest story in all of European and Asian history: the great empires of the Scythians and Attila the Hun, the Tibetans and Turks, Genghis Khan and the Mongols, and others, as well as the brilliant artistic and literary culture of the cities, monasteries and colleges of the Silk Road. Topics include heroic epic poetry and music, the spread of Buddhism and Islam in the Middle Ages, the perfection of architecture and art in the Renaissance, and the development of modern societies and economies in recent times.


CEUS-R 292 Introduction to Turkic & Iranian Civilization  

CASE S&H, CASE GCC                                                                               5:30-6:45  MW

Persian and Turkic peoples were not only empire-builders, but also great entrepreneurs and innovators of culture and science. From the seventh century CE, Turks and Persians were the two major representatives of the Islamic world. The West tried to understand, stereotype, and influence them, but they successfully maneuvered through those challenges.  This course will focus not only on how the two civilizations have evolved and interacted with their neighbors, but also on how they have made efforts to tackle modern issues.


CEUS-R 294 Introduction to Hungary, Estonia and Finland 

CASE S&H, CASE GCC                                                                               2:30-3:45  TR

Introduction to Hungary, Estonia, and Finland, three European nations whose peoples speak unique Uralic languages. This course explores how their culture and history has been shaped both by their Uralic heritage and by Germanic, Turkish, and Slavic conquerors. Focuses on migrations, national awakenings, struggles for independence, Communist rule, and their role in Europe today.


CEUS-R 299 Intermediate Topics in Central Eurasian Studies

Asian Symbols, Icons, Alphabets:  Writing Systems in Asia                  Arranged

Discussed are the origins and changes of writing systems, systems of graphemes and symbols, pictography to logography, syllabography, and alphabet; their types, functions and classifications; orthography; paleography; decipherment of extinct systems; literacy; script reforms; calligraphy; hand-written and printed forms; relationship with the sacred and political power as seen in the main writing systems of Asia.


CEUS-R 299 Intermediate Topics in Central Eurasian Studies

Istanbul to Beijing:  Travels on the Silk Road                                          4:00-5:15 TR

From Genghis Khan to Buddha, culture and conquest have flowed along the famous Silk Road for centuries. This course provides a general and chronological survey of the history, religions and people found along this Eurasian trade route. World religions, including Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Zoroastrianism will be discussed in historical context and as practiced belief systems. Emphasis will also be placed on daily life among ethnic groups of the cities, steppes, oases and mountains.


CEUS-R 302  Finland in the 20th Century  

CASE S&H                                                                                                     11:15-12:30 TR

The course will stress: Russification and the Revolution of 1905; independence and the Civil War; domestic and foreign policy during the interwar era; the Winter War and the Continuation War; postwar foreign policy; the rise of the welfare state; the changing role of women; Finland as a Nordic country and part of Scandinavia; cultural developments, including literature, art, and music; and Finland in the 1990s and the early years of the 21st century, including the impact of membership in the European Union. Throughout the course Finland’s development will also be viewed in the larger context of Northern and Eastern Europe.


CEUS-R 316 Peoples & Cultures of Central Asia  

CASE S&H, CASE GCC                                                                               9:30-10:45  TR

A general anthropological introduction to the societies and cultures of the contemporary Muslim successor states of former Soviet Central Asia and the adjacent areas, i.e., western Turkistan. Topics include ecology, ethnohistory and the structure of traditional subsistence strategies (nomadic pastoralism, sedentary farming, and urban mercantilism); social institutions like marriage, kinship, gender relations, and religious beliefs and practices; and socioeconomic and political transformations under tsarist and Soviet Russia, and the modern nations Iran and Afghanistan. The collapse of the former USSR and war on terrorism, volatile sociopolitical conditions, and future prospects for the peoples of this region will be also critically examined.


CEUS-R 329 Topics in Central Asian Studies

Archaeology of Central Asia                                                                                   2:30-4:45  R

This is a course on the archaeology of Central Asia in the Bronze Age, which falls somewhere between 3500 and 1200 BC. The Bronze Age is considered a crucial era in the invention of cities and urban life, but it is a period for which there is limited documentary evidence. There will be discussion about research methods, epistemology and the politics of interpretation and much less recounting and memorizing of migration routes, ethnic subgroups, and historical events. We will work with literature on the archaeology of the Central Asian Republics, but we will also question the underlying assumptions and conclusions.


CEUS-R 349 Topics in Hungarian Studies

Economy, State and Society:  Contemporary Hungary                           2:30-3:45  TR


Hungary was once considered a champion of the transformation process, but what made Hungary unique during the communist era proved to be a serious constraint later. We will also discuss Hungary’s political and economic history and analyze it as a new member of the European Union. The course will reflect upon the notion of “EU as an anchor” critically and will show that the EU has been unable to really discipline new member states. The last part focuses on the current global and economic crisis and argues that it would be misleading to link the current challenges and controversies in Hungary to the crisis exclusively.


CEUS-R 369 Topics in Mongolian Studies: Mongolian Folklore  

CASE GCC                                                                                        Arranged

This course offers an overview of the rich oral literature of the Mongols, Buriats, Kalmyks and other Mongolic-speaking peoples, their epic (Geser, Jangar, Alamzhi, Mergen, etc.) and lyric songs, ballads, myths, tales, triades, riddles, proverbs, benedictions and maledictions, ritual and ceremonial verses and other genres, forms and functions, the audience and the performers and keepers of oral tradition, mutual influence of orality and scriptuality, relations of oral tradition to music and visual art, worship and the sources and history of research.


CEUS-R 372 Sino-Tibetan Relations  

CASE S&H  CASE GCC                                                                               1:00-2:15  TR

This course will survey the interaction between Tibet and China from the earliest period of contact up through the present day. Students will explore this interaction as it relates to political, cultural, economic, religious and other links. Among the various areas explored will be the rise of Tibet as a dynamic empire competing with Tang China, the development of religious links between Tibetan hierarchs and Chinese rulers, and the ongoing conflict over Tibet's incorporation into the People's Republic of China.


CEUS-R 399 Advanced Topics in Central Eurasian Studies

Governance & Crisis in Europe: History, Institutions & New Members

CASE S&H                                                                                                                   1:00-2:15  TR

Without systematic change of the economic governance structure of the European Union, both the sustainability of the monetary zone and the viability of the European integration process will be undermined. This course provides an overview of how economic governance developed from the Bretton Woods system. Next we will elaborate on the current economic and financial crisis. Finally we will analyze how former socialist economies can accommodate themselves to globalization, regional integration and national sovereignty.


CEUS-R 399 Advanced Topics in Central Eurasian Studies

Sources on Medieval Central Eurasia:  The Golden Age                                    4:00-5:15  TR

This course introduces the major literary sources for the Golden Age of Central Eurasia and teaches students how to use them and the secondary scholarly literature on them. These “primary” sources are mostly literary texts, which constitute the main sources for historical research on medieval Central Eurasia, and are also some of the greatest, most interesting, and valuable works of each literary-cultural tradition. The course will also train students in the methodology of critical text edition, as well as in general philological method.  


CEUS-R 411 Ethnic History of Central Asia  

CASE S&H                                                                                                     1:00-2:15  MW

The course provides an historical background for the understanding of interethnic relations in contemporary Central Asia. We will address different theories of ethnicity; migrations of peoples and their consequences, the formations of ethnic groups, the impact of imperial powers upon the construction of ethnic identity, the relationship between ethnicity, nationalism and the modern state, ethnicity and language, and the emergence of ethno-genesis in the independent republics of the former Soviet Union and neighboring regions. Special attention will be given to the Soviet typology of ethnicity and ethno-genesis.

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