Goals and Objectives of the Majors in Asian Studies

 

Program in Asian Studies

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine 04240

 

Goals and Objectives for Majors in Asian Studies

1. Chinese

Goals of the Chinese Major:

1. Advanced Competency in Mandarin Chinese Language

2. Familiarity with China’s cultural heritage, both historically and today.

3. Familiarity with multidisciplinary research methods used in Asian Studies

Objectives of the Chinese Major:

1a.  Students will be able to engage in conversations in Mandarin Chinese on a wide range of topics.

1b.  Students will be able to read a range of literary works, journalistic writings and other non-literary texts.

1c.  Students will be able to express their thoughts in writing in Chinese.

2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of Chinese history, and/or literature, and/or film, and/or religion, and/or art.

3. Students will be able to apply one or more specific theoretical approaches and research methodologies in a written analysis of some aspect of Chinese culture or society.

Means for Meeting Objectives:

1. Successful completion of at least seven semesters of Chinese language study or their equivalent +  successful completion of study abroad in mainland China or Taiwan.

2. Successful completion of Major requirement #2 (Literature and Culture)

3. Successful completion of Thesis Sequence (ASIA 320 + CHI 457 and/or 458)

II Japanese

Goals of the Japanese Major:

1. Advanced Competency in Japanese Language

2. Familiarity with Japan’s cultural heritage, both historically and today.

3. Familiarity with multidisciplinary research methods used in Asian Studies

Objectives of the Japanese Major:

1a.  Students will be able to engage in conversations in Japanese on a wide range of topics.

1b.  Students will be able to read a range of literary works, journalistic writings and other non-literary texts.

1c.  Students will be able to express their thoughts in writing in Japanese.

2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of Japanese history, and/or literature, and/or film, and/or religion, and/or art.

3. Students will be able to apply one or more specific theoretical approaches and research methodologies in a written analysis of some aspect of Japanese culture or society

 Means for Meeting Objectives:

1. Successful completion of at least seven semesters of Japanese language study or their equivalent +  successful completion of study abroad in Japan.

2. Successful completion of Major requirement #2 (Literature and Culture)

3. Successful completion of Thesis Sequence (ASIA 320 + JPN 457 and/or 458)

III.  East Asian Studies

Goals of the East Asian Studies Major

1. Basic competency in Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese language

2. Basic knowledge of Chinese or Japanese history and of the modern socio-politico situation of East Asia as a whole

3. Advanced Familiarity with either East Asian Cultural Traditions or with Modern East Asian Culture and Society

4. Familiarity with multidisciplinary research methods used in Asian Studies

Objectives of the East Asian Studies Major

1a. Students will be able to converse at a basic level in Chinese (Mandarin) or Japanese

1b. Students will be able to read Chinese or Japanese at an elementary level

2. Students will demonstrate broad basic knowledge of East Asian culture and history

3. Students will either demonstrate specific knowledge in Traditional East Asian literature, visual and performing art, religion, and/or history; or Students will demonstrate specific knowledge in Modern East Asian economics, psychology, culture, and/or modern history.

4. Students will be able to apply one or more specific theoretical approaches and research methodologies in a written analysis of some aspect of East Asian culture or society

Means for Meeting Objectives

1. Successful completion of at least four Chinese or Japanese language courses + successful completion of a semester of study abroad in China, Taiwan, or Japan

2. Successful completion of AS/HI 171 or 172 and ASIA 110

3. Successful completion of one or the other track in major requirement # 3.

4. Successful completion of thesis Sequence (ASIA 320 + ASIA 457 and/or 458).