135 Eastern Civilization
MWF 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM GEB 342
Dr. Timothy Hoare, CC 342, ext. 4526
This course is an introduction to the societies and cultures of Asia. Through lectures, readings and discussions, the course will focus on aspects of the history, politics, art, literature and economics of China, Japan and India. The major traditional themes and concepts of these civilizations will be stressed. Credit Hours: 3. Contact hours: 3 Course Type: Transfer.
India, 4th Edition,
University of California Press, 2009, ISBN: 9780520260320. Original adoption date: Spring 2008.
Morton, W. Scott, and
Lewis, Charleton. China: Its History and Culture,
McGraw Hill, 2004, ISBN 0071412794. Adoption date: Spring 2008.
Morton, W. Scott and
Olenik, J. Kenneth. Japan: Its History and Culture,
McGraw Hill, 2005, ISBN 0071412808. Adoption date: Spring 2008.
Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:
GRADING AND EVALUATION
1. The basic format of Eastern Civilization will be lecture/presentation sessions and discussion. Lectures/presentations will be concerned primarily with historical development, socio-cultural traditions, religious traditions, and fine arts traditions. Discussions will focus on the assigned readings from the text (i.e., the course texts and/or supplementary texts). Students are expected to participate actively in discussion, and will be graded accordingly.
2. Three exams, both objective and subjective in content.
3. Nine quizzes.
4. A paper that provides an analysis of a specific aspect of any one of the Asian cultures that are presented in class. Physical Format: Typed, double-spaced, at least three fully-written pages in length (one inch header, one inch footer; do not "double-double-space" your paragraphs). Use a conventional font such as Times New Roman or Arial, no larger than 12 point. All quotes, textual excerpts, etc. must be cited, either by endnotes or parenthetically within the body of the paper. All interviews, sources, etc. should be included in a "Works and/or Sources Cited" page. Title page and/or works cited page are not included in the minimum page requirement stated above. Do not create a "cover page" whose empty-space header takes up a significant length of the page, as this will not be counted as a full page; the best way is to place all title, course, or ID information on a separate title page, and then simply begin your text at the top of page one. This paper must also utilize at least two textual sources, other than a) our course textbooks, and b) Wikipedia. As for paper topics, consider the following categories:
analysis of historical event
biographical analysis of significant figure/personality
religious rituals, festivals, traditions
fine arts traditions (visual, literary, performative)
Please note: the paper topic must be submitted and cleared with me.
5. Grading will be based on the following point distributions:
- Attendance: 25 points. I will allow a maximum of 3 "no questions asked" absences; I will deduct 2 points for each absence beyond this.
- Nine quizzes @ 15 points each = 135 points. Quizzes will be available on ANGEL and MUST be completed within the allotted time frame of 48 hours from point of posting. Once closed, online quizzes will NOT be re-opened. See ANGEL calendar for quiz schedule and hours.
- Term paper: 50 points. To be submitted online through ANGEL.
- Three exams @ 65 points each = 195 points.
- Total: 405 points. BE AWARE: Everything matters! There are no "unimportant" points-- the loss of attendance, exercise, and/or quiz points can have an effect on your final grade!
- Summary of grading scale by points:
405 - 363 = A
362 - 322 = B
321 - 282 = C
281 - 241 = D
240 and less = F
- If the student deems it necessary, he/she can earn extra credit points. Opportunities for doing so will be announced during the semester.
- No written assignments, written extra credit submissions, etc. whatsoever will be accepted following the last day of scheduled classes (i.e., prior to Finals Week).
JCCC provides a range of services to allow persons with disabilities to participate in educational programs and activities. If you are a student with a disability and if you are in need of accommodations or services, it is your responsibility to contact Access Services and make a formal request. To schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor or for additional information, you can contact Access Services at (913) 469-3521 or email@example.com. Access Services is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (SC202).
TENTATIVE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Page numbers refer to required text for this course
All dates in parentheses refer to Monday of the given week
WEEK 1 (8/20): Introduction to class / course requirements, introduction to India (chap. 1 "Environment" p. 1-21)
WEEK 2 (8/27): India I: historical overview-- ancient to medieval (chap. 2 "Historical Prologue" p. 23-67); religion and philosophy (chap. 3, "Religion and Philosophy" p. 68-100); social issues (chap. 4, "Society" p. 110-133)
WEEK 3 (9/3): NO CLASS ON MON (LABOR DAY); India II: historical overview-- medieval to modern (chap. 2 "Historical Prologue")
WEEK 4 (9/10): India III: performing arts and visual arts (chap. 5 "Arts and Sciences" p. 147-170)
WEEK 5 (9/17): India IV: Film- “Earth”
WEEK 6 (9/24): REVIEW; EXAM ON FRIDAY
WEEK 7 (10/1): China I: early history, p. 5-28; religion/philosophy, p. 29-44; Qin-Han Dynasties, p. 45-80
WEEK 8 (10/8): China II: Tang Dynasty, p. 81-97; Song Dynasty, p. 98-114; Yuan-Ming Dynasties, p. 115-136
WEEK 9 (10/15): China III: Qing Dynasty, the impact of the West, p. 137-174
WEEK 10 (10/22): China IV: Film- "The Emperor and the Assassin"
WEEK 11 (10/29): REVIEW, EXAM ON FRIDAY
WEEK 12 (11/5): Japan I: early history, p. 4-27; Nara-Heian Periods, p. 28-67; Kamakura-Ashikaga, p. 68-87
WEEK 13 (11/12): Japan II: unification, p. 101-118; Edo/Tokugawa Period, p. 119-146; PAPER DUE ON FRIDAY
WEEK 14 (11/19): Japan III: Meiji Restoration and Modernization; p. 147-167; NO CLASSES WED - FRI (THANKSGIVING BREAK)
WEEK 15 (11/26): Meiji Restoration; p. 147-167, cont. ;Japan IV: Film- "Seppuku"
WEEK 16 (12/3): Film- "Seppuku," cont.; REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM (***includes Monday 12/10 of following week***)WEEK 17 - 18: FINAL EXAM WEEK (WED 12/12 - TUES 12/18); EXAM TIME FOR THIS CLASS IS: WEDNESDAY 12/12 @ 2PM
SOME ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
1. All JCCC students are issued a college e-mail account that is accessed through MyJCCC. This account is used by the college to communicate course, grade, financial aid, enrollment and other important college information. It is your responsibility to check your JCCC e-mail account regularly, as well as your ANGEL e-mail account.
2. I am a strong proponent of the liberal arts. I approach material in a holistic and interdisciplinary manner. In this course, religion, philosophy, ethics, art, literature, theatre, psychology, the media, history, political science, et al. will inevitably come into conversation with one another. Education is about gaining proficiency with the tools to discern and explore these interrelationships, to interpret and evaluate them critically, and to continue to do so throughout your lives. In short, there's a world of people, places, ideas and books out there; after you graduate, you have to be able to go to a dinner party and talk competently about something besides your job!
3. I am not simply a lecturer who loves the sound of his own voice. Expect me to ask questions of you and to generate discussion with you. While I most certainly want you to understand my ideas and opinions on the material, I value your efforts, your opinions, your input and your reflections as well.
4. I am a gracious host who likes gracious guests. It's not enough simply to arrive, sign the register and then sit in an out-of-the-way corner. Be prepared to take part in the class.
5. We all have doctor appointments, childcare concerns, or "just one of those things" that come up now and again. If you have to leave a session early, please inform me before the class begins. It is simply the courteous thing to do.
6. I care about the ambience in which I teach and in which students learn. I expect you to be attentive, to turn off your cell phones, and to treat one another with respect while you are here, and to pick up after yourselves when you depart (papers, soft drink cans, etc.).
7. Last but not least, academic dishonesty, i.e., cheating on exams, intentional plagiarism on written assignments, will not be tolerated. A first offense will result in an "F" on the exam, paper, etc. concerned. A second offense will result in an "F" for the course.
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