Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In Western society the rights of the individual are held to be of the utmost importance. The Declaration of Independence extols the value of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" for each person. In East Asia, there was not even a word for "individual rights" until the late 19th century. The interests of the individual were subordinated to the group. One's social role reflected a concern for place in the social hierarchy. This class will explore the relationship of the individual to society in the cultures of China, Japan and Korea by focusing on the cultural archetypes of the emperor, the warrior, the wife, the revolutionary and the businessman.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
1 mid-semester exam
1 final exam
5 discussion boards