Major Topics in East Asian Civilization
 
As the East Asian parallel to "Contemporary Civilization," "Major Topics in East Asian Civilizations" invites students to participate in the great debates that defined civilization in China, Korea, and Japan: the legitimation of government authority, philosophical disputes, religious beliefs and practices, institutional change, the writing of history, and the search for an East Asian modernity. Although largely concerned with pre-twentieth-century East Asia, "Major Topics" provides a background for the understanding of many debates in East Asia today.
Max Moerman
dmoerman@barnard.edu
(212) 854-5540
Office Hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m.
303 Milbank

Tim Davis:
tmd23@columbia.edu
Office Hours:
Monday 2:00-3:00 p.m.
500 Kent Hall

Classroom:
TBA
Class Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:35-11:50
Like "Contemporary Civilization," "Major Topics" is based on readings in translation of historical texts. Given the unfamiliarity of the historical context of East Asian discourses, the instructors will provide historical background where necessary. But this is not a lecture course. Primary source readings serve as the backbone of the course, and your engagement with these readings, before class and in class, constitutes the body of "Major Topics."