COR 330 Class Descriptions

In the third year of Core, students who are not studying abroad enroll in any two COR 330 courses. The 330 courses, which vary from semester to semester, offer a "deep dive" into various regions of the world and give students the opportunity to choose topics of interest to them.

Take a look at what is offered for the Fall 2020 semester:


COR 330-01: Gender in Japan

Veruska Cantelli - M 11:30 AM

In this section we will embark into an interdisciplinary quest trying to understand the complexity of gender in Japan: voices, roles and representations. We will read and discuss some of the foundational writings from women thinkers of the turn of the century, continue our journey through post-war Japan and the rise of radical feminist movements, explore subculture experiments with gender boundaries in manga and some of the current debates on transgender representations in contemporary Japan. Although the main geographical subject of our study this semester will be Japan, we will try to delineate some of the points of correspondence and contention with western and non-western trajectories.

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COR 330-02: Gender in Japan

Veruska Cantelli - M 8:30 AM

In this section we will embark into an interdisciplinary quest trying to understand the complexity of gender in Japan: voices, roles and representations. We will read and discuss some of the foundational writings from women thinkers of the turn of the century, continue our journey through post-war Japan and the rise of radical feminist movements, explore subculture experiments with gender boundaries in manga and some of the current debates on transgender representations in contemporary Japan. Although the main geographical subject of our study this semester will be Japan, we will try to delineate some of the points of correspondence and contention with western and non-western trajectories.

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COR 330-03: Buddhism in Tibet

David Kite - T/F 11:30 AM

Buddhism moved from its origins in ancient northern India throughout the Far East and China and into one of its most distinctive modern forms in Tibet. This course will look at Buddhist ideas, texts and practices to see how they came to form a basis of Tibetan culture and a principal source of identity in the contested relationship between modern China and Tibet today.

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COR 330-04: Buddhism in Tibet

David Kite - T/F 2:30 PM

Buddhism moved from its origins in ancient northern India throughout the Far East and China and into one of its most distinctive modern forms in Tibet. This course will look at Buddhist ideas, texts and practices to see how they came to form a basis of Tibetan culture and a principal source of identity in the contested relationship between modern China and Tibet today.

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COR 330-05: Gods, Ghosts, & Ancestors

Kerry Noonan - T/F 1:00 PM

Hungry ghosts, ancestor worship, the Kitchen God, Guanyin, Buddhism, Daoism, feng shui: all these are components of vernacular religion in China. This course will examine the supernatural in China, looking at religions like Buddhism and Daoism, & the suppression of Islam and Falung Gong. We will also consider supernatural beliefs, such as ghost tales, and ideas about the dead. How have these beliefs survived under half a century of official atheism? Now that religion is somewhat tolerated in China, what directions is it taking today?

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COR 330-06: Gods, Ghosts, & Ancestors

Kerry Noonan - T/F 2:30 PM

Hungry ghosts, ancestor worship, the Kitchen God, Guanyin, Buddhism, Daoism, feng shui: all these are components of vernacular religion in China. This course will examine the supernatural in China, looking at religions like Buddhism and Daoism, & the suppression of Islam and Falung Gong. We will also consider supernatural beliefs, such as ghost tales, and ideas about the dead. How have these beliefs survived under half a century of official atheism? Now that religion is somewhat tolerated in China, what directions is it taking today?

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COR 330-07: Looking for Japan: a Cinematic Journey

Flavio Rizzo - TH 11:30 AM

Through courageous juxtapositions of cinematic texts and interdisciplinary readings, we will try to trace back some distinctive traits of the Japanese experience, from the contemplation of the transitory nature of life, Zen influences, the role of modesty and ambiguity, all the way to the seeds of contemporary cultural dynamics like manga, anime, Otaku culture and their offspring such as owl cafes and capsule and love hotels. These themes will be placed against the backdrop of crucial Japanese issues: national trauma, gender conflicts, and aging. We will take a dynamic and curious stance starting from the Japanese film giant Yasujirō Ozu and his take on post-war Japan. As his masterful work slowly falls into the background of a fast-paced Japanese society, the meticulousness of his observations will become more and more prophetic projections when placed next to the contemporary films of Hirokazu Koreeda, Kōji Shiraishi, Hayao Miyazaki, Takeshi Kitano, Kōji Wakamatsu, Naoko Ogigami and Makoto Shinkai.

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COR 330-08: Dar Al-Islam: Yemen

Gary Scudder - T/F 10:00 AM

In the ancient world Yemen was called Arabia Felix, which might be translated as Happy Arabia or Blessed Arabia or Fertile Arabia, names that hardly seem to fit the nation that is the site of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Still, Yemen is a land rich in culture and history, and it was one of the first areas to accept Islam. Students in this class will explore the tenets of Islam through the lens of this fascinating country.

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