National University




HIS348 Asian Studies

Lead Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Thorburn

Course Description

Overview of contemporary Asian history and culture focusing on the diversity of Asian societies. Includes distribution of political power, ideological and structural stratification between East and West, impact of "Orientalism" in global context, impact of imperialism, effects of sexual and religious stratification, and discussion of political and religious differences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate in class discussions and in writing their ability to identify the major nations of Asia, their geographic terrain, ecology, ethnic groups, major imports and exports, class structure, and type of government.
  • Demonstrate in class discussions and in writing their understanding of the region's important indigenous cultures and their contributions to Asian culture.
  • Demonstrate in class discussions and in writing their understanding of mercantilism, economic liberalism, economic nationalism, and dialectical materialism in the development of various Asian countries.
  • Demonstrate in class discussions and in writing their understanding of mercantilism, economic liberalism, economic nationalism, and dialectical materialism in the development of various Asian countries.
  • Demonstrate in class discussions and in writing their understanding of the major indigenously created models of economic development, political life, artistic expression, and social ideals and how they compare to European models.
  • Demonstrate in class discussions and in writing their ability to analyze the reasons for popular upheavals in 20th and 21st-century Asia with reference to land ownership, distribution of political power, U.S. involvement with Asian governments and militaries, and ideas of self-determination and nationalism.