1 City University of Hong Kong Information on a Course offered by Department of AIS with effect from Semester B in 2014/2015 Part I Course Title: Course Code: AIS 3033 Course Duration: No. of Credit Units: 3 Level: Medium of Instruction: Culture and Change in Asia One semester B3 English Prerequisites: (Course Code and Title) Precursors: (Course Code and Title) Equivalent Courses: (Course Code and Title) Exclusive Courses: (Course Code and Title) AIS3022 Culture and Development in East and Southeast Asia Part II 1. Abstract This course provides an introduction to Asian societies and cultures, with an emphasis on basic cultural patterns, social structure and social changes in East and Southeast Asia. It is a historical and anthropological journey through which students will come to see the region as a cultural and geographical unit with complex linguistic complexities and ethnic diversity, and also a region undergoing massive changes. Students will have a chance to handle cultural projects with selected topics that interest them.
2 2. Course Aims: This course aims to enhance students understanding of cultural institutions and patterns of cultural change in Asian societies. Asia presents a rich array of distinctive but also intricately interconnected societies and cultures that are presently undergoing major processes of change. Rather than focusing on static descriptions of particular societies or cultures, the course takes a multi-dimensional approach that examines aspects of cultural change across diverse societies and cultures in Asia. The course will provide basic understanding of Asian cultural patterns, and explicate on such thematic topics as religion, state-building, ethnicity, food, and gender. 3. Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs): (state what the student is expected to be able to do at the end of the course according to a given standard of performance) Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: No. CILOs 1. Identify major cultures and peoples in Asia Weighting 2. Distinguish and evaluate emerging dynamics and patterns of social and cultural change in Asia 3. Apply anthropological approach to the study of Asian societies and cultures 4. Apply learned concepts to analyze nuanced features of social and cultural change in Asian societies 5. Develop individual research paper 6. Demonstrate the ability to organize data and accomplish research writing 4. Teaching and learning Activities (TLAs): (designed to facilitate students achievement of the CILOs) ILO No TLAs Hours/week (if applicable) CILO 1 Lecture, tutorial, culture project CILO 2 Lecture, tutorial, film appreciation, culture project CILO 3 Lecture, in-class writing CILO 4 Lecture, research paper, in-class writing CILO 5-6 Research paper
3 5. Assessment Tasks/Activities: (designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs) Type of Assessment WeightingCILOs to be Remarks Tasks/Activities addressed Tutorial 20 % 1-2 Students will be assigned to groups and work with tutors and instructors to create cultural profiles of a specific country and address specific questions on cultural changes. Culture project 20% 1-2 Students will engage in team work that explores cultural objects or/and practices. In-class writing 20% 3-4 Short writing exercises will be conducted in class to assess students understanding of lectures and readings. Research paper 40 % 4-6 Students will apply anthropological approach to write a research paper on topics related to the course. 6. Grading of Student Achievement: Refer to Grading of Courses in the Academic Regulations (Attachment) and to the Explanatory Notes. Standard (A+, A, A- F) Letter Grade A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- Grade Point Grade Definitions Excellent Good Adequate Strong evidence of original thinking; good organization, capacity to analyse and synthesize; superior grasp of subject matter; evidence of extensive knowledge base. Evidence of grasp of subject, some evidence of critical capacity and analytic ability; reasonable understanding of issues; evidence of familiarity with literature. Student who is profiting from the university experience; understanding of the subject; ability to develop solutions to simple problems in the material. D 1.0 Marginal Sufficient familiarity with the subject matter to enable the student to progress without repeating the course. F 0.0 Failure Little evidence of familiarity with the subject matter; weakness in critical and analytic skills; limited, or irrelevant use of literature.
4 Part III Keyword Syllabus: Anthropology, social change, cultural diversity, cultural system, cultural politics, local knowledge, Southeast and East Asian ethnography Recommended Readings Alexander, J. & Seidman, S. eds., Culture and Society: Contemporary Debates. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Appadurai, A. ed., The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Bremen, J. v., Ben-Ari, E. & Alatas, S. F. eds., Asian anthropology. London ; New York: Routledge. Clammer, John., Anthropology and Political Economy: Theoretical and Asian Perspectives. Basingstoke: MacMillan. Edelman, M. & Haugurud, A. eds., The Anthropology of Development and Globalization: From Classical Political Economy to Contemporary Neoliberalism. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Entwisle, B. & Henderson, G. E. eds., Re-Drawing Boundaries: Work, Households, and Gender in China. Erickson, P. A. & Murphy, L. D. eds., Readings for a History of Anthropological Theor. New York: Broadview Press. Faier, L., Intimate Encounters: Filipina Women and the Remaking of Rural Japan. Geertz, C., Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture. In: The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books, pp Geertz, C., Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. In: The Interpretation of Cultures: Selected Essays. New York: Basic Books, pp Grasseni, C. ed., Skilled Visions: Between Apprenticeship and Standards. New York: Berghahn Books. Hefner, R. W. ed., Market Cultures: Society and Morality in the New Asian Capitalisms. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press. Hefner, R. W., The Political Economy of Mountain Java: An Interpretive History. Hinton, A., Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide. Berkeley and L. A.: University of California Press.
5 Keane, W., Signs of Recognition: Powers and Hazards of Representation in an Indonesian Society. King, V. T. & Wilder, W. D., The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge. Lancaster, R. & Leonardo, M. D. eds., The Gender and Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy. New York and London: Routledge. Lee, C. K., Gender and the South China Miracle: Two Worlds of Factory Women. Moore, J. D., Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press. Ong, A & Collier, S. J. eds., Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics and Ethics as an Anthropological Problem. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. Popkin, S. L., The Rational Peasant: The Political Economy of Rural Society in Vietnam. Reyes, A. R., The Other Asian: Linguistic, ethnic, and cultural stereotypes at an afterschool Asian American teen videomaking project. PhD dissertation --- University of Pennsylvania. Rosaldo, R. ed., Cultural Citizenship in Island Southeast Asia,: National and Belonging in the Hinterlands. Ryang, S. & Lie, J. eds., Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan. Berkeley and L.A.: University of California Press. Sponsel, L. ed., Endangered Peoples of Southeast and East Asia Struggle to Survive and Thrive. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Trankell, Ing-Britt & Summers, L. eds., Facets of Power and Its Limitations: Political Culture in Southeast Asia. Uppsala: Department of Cultural Anthropology, Uppsala University. Wangsgard, D. B. ed., Culture and Development in Southeast Asia. Bangkok: White Lotus Co. Ltd. Weiner, A., Women of Value, Med of Renown. Austin: University of Texas. Yamashita, S., Bosco, J. & Eades, J. S., The Making of Anthropology in East and Southeast Asia. New York: Berghahn Books. Yoshino, K. ed., Consuming Ethnicity and Nationalism: Asian Experiences. Honolulu: University of Hawai I Press.