This course introduces students to literary and other cultural perspectives from the postcolonial world. In the first semester, we will read and discuss selected texts from postcolonial Africa; in the second semester, we will investigate selected texts from postcolonial Asia. Our course will begin by examining the concept of “decolonization”–that is, the process of questioning colonialism and insisting, as Kwame Nkrumah wrote in 1945, on “the rights of all peoples to govern themselves.” We will then turn to fictional writings and other cultural texts that come out of various decolonization struggles in Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, and South Africa. We will ask ourselves: why should these texts and ideas matter to us today?
Students are expected to attend regularly, to read with care and curiosity, and to bring an open mind to course assignments and class discussion. Please note that no prior knowledge of postcolonial studies is required for this course. But we will reflect on our previously held commonsense ideas and test them against our course readings. This course introduces students to literary and other cultural perspectives from the postcolonial world. In the first semester, we will read and discuss selected texts from postcolonial Africa; in the second semester, we will investigate selected texts from postcolonial Asia. Our course will begin by examining the concept of “decolonization”–that is, the process of questioning colonialism and insisting, as Kwame Nkrumah wrote in 1945, on “the rights of all peoples to govern themselves.” We will then turn to fictional writings and other cultural texts that come out of various decolonization struggles in Nigeria, Algeria, Kenya, and South Africa. We will ask ourselves: why should these texts and ideas matter to us today?
Students are expected to attend regularly, to read with care and curiosity, and to bring an open mind to course assignments and class discussion. Please note that no prior knowledge of postcolonial studies is required for this course. But we will reflect on our previously held commonsense ideas and test them against our course readings. College of Liberal Arts Main Campus *Majors-only (including minor and double major students). Guy Beauregard 40 Tuesday 8,9,X FL4001 3 Half Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures http://www.forex.ntu.edu.tw/main.php?lang=enEconomic History (Ⅰ)
This class is taught in English. The two semesters are independent and can be taken separately. The first semester deals with early economic history (pre-1900) and focuses primarily on Asia. During this semester we will deal with broad issues concerning how the human race came to dominate the planet using increasingly complex means of cooperation. The second semester covers the 20th-century. The focus will remain primarily on Asia. The second semester will have a more practical orientation. We will primarily discuss what has been causing modern economic growth. Given the broad subject matter, the course will only be able to offer a general overview of the periods and economic regions covered.
The course will meet three hours, one day a week. Generally, the first two hours will be lectures with question & answer periods. Then, the third hour will be devoted to group work. Students will generally be randomly assigned to small groups and required to read one English-language paper or book chapter to prepare for this work. By the end of the class, the group should e-mail me a two page paper. Grades will be based on group work (40%), a midterm quiz (15%) and a final exam (45%). There is no text, but you will be responsible for the weekly readings, lecture material and notes posted on line.
Learn a little about how the world grew more populous and prosperous, and how we investigate this growth. Also, learn to work in small groups with people from other countries. College of Social Science Main Campus Kelly Barton Olds 87 Monday 7,8,9 ECON3007 3 Half Department of Economics http://www.econ.ntu.edu.tw/db/new2011/index.asp?l=englishSoutheast Asian History
This course offers students a board introductory survey of Southeast Asian history from the second half of the early modern period to the early twentieth century. The course is centered on a key problematic that characterizes the region — the tension between the region’s distinctiveness on one hand and its well-known openness to “external” influences on the other. Using updated historical scholarship on the region, the course situates Southeast Asia in the context of developments in world history. Students will learn about these key themes in Southeast Asian history: (1) indigenous social, cultural and religious systems and their interaction with “extra-regional” influences (2) intra-regional, Asian trade systems and mercantilism (3) “state” and imperial formations (4) European colonization and its effects on local societies (5) local responses to colonialism during the early twentieth century. This course has three main objectives. First, it aims to give students an updated, clear and concise introduction in Southeast Asian history. Southeast Asian historiography has made tremendous strides in recent years with Southeast Asian historians engaging the scholarship on world history. Students will gain a good general understanding of the regions history which will enable them to develop deeper interests in specific topics or countries in Southeast Asia. Second, it aims to challenge students to think critically about global historical transformations from the perspective of Southeast Asia. The region has provided us with important examples that provoke and require critical thinking of how we understand board developments in human history. For instance, women in indigenous Southeast Asian social systems enjoyed rights and freedoms that we tend to associate with modern society. In fact, modernity has abetted the marginalization of women from central roles in Southeast Asian societies. Through exploring topics unique to Southeast Asian history, this course seeks not only to expand the knowledge of students on Southeast Asia but also to encourage them to think more deeply about global historical developments and transformations. Third, this course seeks to introduce students to the English language writings of influential Southeast Asian scholars. To this end, students will get to read the writings of notable Southeast Asian historians and scholars who have made an impact on the field. College of Liberal Arts As this course will be taught in English, students should come prepared to read, discuss and write assignments in English. Once every fortnight, there will be a discussion group where students must read an assigned text before coming to class and be prepared to discuss and express their views on what they have read. The discussion group component is a crucial element of the course and serves several purposes. First, the topic of discussion complements what was covered during the class in the previous week. Lectures will provide “breadth” to the topic at hand, while the discussion group component allows the class to delve deeper into one particular aspect or country, hence giving students better “depth” of every topic. Second, given that this course is taught in English, the discussion group component enables the instructor to keep track of whether students are keeping pace with the teaching and whether the pace or workload needs to be adjusted as the course progresses. Third, the discussion group component is aimed at discouraging rote learning and shifts responsibility for learning onto the students, whether individually or as a group. Students must therefore be prepared to learn not only from the instructor but also from one another in an interactive group setting. SAI SIEW-MIN Wednesday 234 Hist2142 3Modern Middle East
*This course will be conducted in English including lectures, class discussions, student presentations, and written assignments. Movies will be shown in original language at times with English subtitles. *Students are 100% responsible for coursework. This includes attending class, reading texts, and completing assignments. *No late work will be accepted for this course. There are no exceptions. *Taking this course indicates acceptance of the conditions in this syllabus. This course introduces students to modern Middle Eastern history from the nineteenth century to the Arab Spring in 2010. The framework for our study of the region and its peoples is political history. Starting in the early nineteenth century, European states such as France and Britain invaded the region, ushering in a new era. In response to the European threat, Ottoman, Egyptian, and Iranian governments instituted drastic military, economic, and political reforms. Inevitably these reforms also led to social and cultural transformations. World War I disrupted these states and a variety of new states including Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and the Gulf emirates emerged from the cataclysm. We will study the efforts of these states, along with those of Egypt and Iran, to achieve independence and find a new political identity and structure for their communities. The end of World War II marked a drastic period of decolonization for Britain and France, and many Middle Eastern states now fully independent, developed military-authoritarian regimes. We will study the dynamics of these regimes, the socio-economic changes they enacted, and socio-religious groups that mobilized in protest. This course then moves toward the twenty-first century to understand the increasing wealth of the region, stagnation, and violence in the region up to the Arab Spring. This course will address a number of important themes in the lives of Middle Easterners in the past and will provide students with the vital tools and skills to conduct such an investigation. More broadly, we will seek to understand how Middle Easterners have engaged with and contribute to modernity; how traditions and customs has helped them shape and understand the world around them; and how individuals have related to society and state. The Middle East has played vital roles in international affairs today. While the study of contemporary politics is important, this is a history class and we will focus on the past that led to the present. To be productive in this class, we must set aside preconceptions about the region and keep an open mind. *Introduction to the Modern Middle East *Discussion sections (中東近代史研導/討論課) Choose One: Wednesday 9:10-10:00 or Wednesday 14:20-15:10 In addition to the main course, it is highly recommended that students enroll in one of the two discussion sections. In these small-group classes, students will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss the readings. I will also work closely with students to develop important skills of analysis, interpretation, framing, and presentation. The discussion section is worth one credit and grading will be based on the quantity and quality of participation in discussions. This course will examine a variety of historical topics: •Islamic society at the end of the premodern era •European intervention in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries •Middle Eastern military, political, economic, social, and cultural changes •Islamic revival, reform, modernism •Westernization, Europeanization, and globalization •The development of nation-states •Authoritarianism •Social movements This course will study a variety of historical concepts: •The nature and functions of modern nation-states •The disciplining, standardization, and homogenization of state and society •Encounters between “Western” states, cultures, and civilizations with “Middle Eastern” ones •The concept of modernity Students will work on a variety of skills: •The ability to read, write, and converse in English •Analyze and interpret original sources in English translation College of Liberal Arts Materials All course materials will be in English (except for original language films). You should come to class having read and prepared each weeks readings. Readings average 50 pages a week including articles and primary sources (marked with a P). Films, shorter videoclips, and audioclips will also be shown. Attendance This is not a typical course. To do well in the course, you must attend class regularly. Because the entire course is conducted in English, you will need to attend class to better understand what the readings argue. I will also present my explanations and interpretations that are not available in the readings. I will automatically give all students full credit (100%) for attending the classes. However, roll every class will be taken every day and will know who has not attended. This rule treats you as responsible adults: if you want to take this course and learn about this remarkable region of the world, you will be responsible and attend classes. Because I am already giving students 100% credit for attending classes, no late work will be accepted in this course _ there are no exceptions. If you miss a quiz, exam, or essay, you will not be able to take it after. Map exam _ This short exam will test for knowledge of political, topographical, and human geography. Short quizzes _ There will be ten short quizzes. Quizzes will test for factual knowledge of textbook reading assignments for that week. Quizzes will be “multiple choice” and “open book.” However, you must have read the readings in order to be able to answer the questions in the time period of the quiz (15 minutes). Because no late work will be accepted, I will only count the top eight quiz scores. Essay _ You will also have the opportunity to use English to write a final essay. This essay will require you to demonstrate knowledge of the course materials from the entire semester, make arguments and interpretations, and think about their importance. YUEN-GEN LIANG Tuesday 789 Hist2143 3Modern Middle East Discussion sections
*This discussion section supplements the history lecture course: Modern Middle East 中東近代史 (Tuesdays 7, 8, 9). *To take this discussion section, you must be enrolled in the lecture course. *It is highly recommended that you take this discussion section with the lecture course. *The discussion section will be conducted entirely in English language. This discussion section supplements the history lecture course Modern Middle East (中東近代史) in important ways. Discussions will be based on readings assigned for the lecture course, including primary sources. Discussions will enable students to achieve a much stronger understanding of the history of the modern Middle East. Develop important skills including: *Discussion in English language *Critical thinking, historical interpretation, and argumentation *Oral, visual, and self-presentation *Teamwork College of Liberal Arts Attendance (10%) Discussion (60%) Presentations and other exercises (30%) YUEN-GEN LIANG Wednesday 7 Hist2048 1History, the Public, and the Market
A significant portion of this course will be conducted in English including lectures, discussions, readings, presentations, and written work. What is the utility of historical knowledge and the practice of history in the twenty-first century? The humanities, including history, have faced questions about their relevance, practicality, and utility in the past few years. These concerns become even more immediate as economies undergo economic changes including de-industrialization, income stagnation, and youth underemployment. And yet as new economies emerge based on knowledge, technology, and services, the humanities and history have roles to play. Technology platforms including traditional media, social media, and entertainment need content. Even more, an interdisciplinary background in the humanities trains students in vital contemporary skills including information literacy; critical analysis; creativity; textual, oral, and visual presentation; collaboration, and leadership. In a fast-paced economy characterized by constant change and disruption, these skills prepare students for future jobs that have yet to be invented. History has a particular advantage. Everyone has a past and everyone comes from a past, so that most individuals have an intuitive understanding of the importance of the past. Likewise, history is all around us: in our physical surroundings, the consumer products that shape our daily lives, the entertainment we enjoy, the fashion we put on, the tastes we cultivate ultimately the lives and livestyles we lead all have pasts. History has immediate relevance. The challenge, then, is to understand how historical knowledge is useful, find a way to practice history that connects to a public, and articulate the value of this practice to a market. Through course readings on history, historical theory, and concept, students think about the ways and values of historical practice. Another set of readings will introduce students to basic concepts in business and business skills such as competitive strategy, leadership, networking, collaboration, etc. Students will practice both historical and business skills through exercises in self-presentation, informational interviews, market research, site visits, etc. Throughout this course, students are encouraged to be creative, expressive, and think outside of the box about history, historical partice, and their uses for the public and in the market. “If you have no doubt of your premises or your power and want a certain result with all your heart you naturally express your wishes in law and sweep away all opposition … But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more … that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas _ that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes (United States Supreme Court Justice), Abrams v. U.S. (250 U.S. 616, 1919), no 316. Historical practice
•Understand the difference between history and historical practice
•Identify uses of historical practice to connect with the public
•Identify the value of historical practice in the market Professionalization and business
•Learn about basic concepts in business •Learn and practice basic professionalization skills
•Undertake a team project creating a historical product
College of Liberal Arts This course consists of a number of elements
•Readings and films that address issues of history, the public, and the market
•Readings that introduce students to basic concepts in business
•Discussion and analysis of course materials
•Professionalization exercises including producing CVs/résumés, LinkedIn sites, networking and informational interviews •Independent research, site-visits, and presentations on historical sites, museums, and other projects
•Team-based semester project producing a “historical project” such as a historical site, museum, or other YUEN-GEN LIANG Wednesday 345 Hist7209 3
This course is intended for students with a working knowledge of Ancient Greek. Its aim is to provide them with opportunities to practice and sharpen their linguistic skills and expand their knowledge of Ancient Greek Literature by studying selected passages from a variety of authors in the original language. The selection of authors and passages to be studied will be based on the interests and needs of the students taking the course. College of Liberal Arts Main Campus Ancient Greek (Ⅱ) (1) Vasileios Vagios 20 Monday 8,9 Thursday 8,9 FL3022 (102E32822) 3 (College of Liberal Arts) Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
Non-degree Program: European Studies Program http://www.forex.ntu.edu.tw/main.php?lang=en
Course description: The aim of the course is to teach reading ancient Greek as quickly, thoroughly and enjoyably as possible, and to do so within the context of ancient Greek culture, without presupposing any knowledge at all of either the language or the culture. The passages that will be studied will be accompanied by narratives in English and illustrations drawn from ancient works of art, which will provide background information and deepen one’s understanding of some aspects of the history and culture of ancient Greece. Attention will also be paid to the influence of the Greek language to the vocabulary of English: so the takers of this course will also attain a better understanding of English, while their knowledge of English will be useful in learning Greek. Textbook。ァ M. Balme, G Lawall: Athenaze, Book I (Oxford University Press) College of Liberal Arts Main Campus Ancient Greek (Ⅰ)(1) Vasileios Vagios 30 Monday 6,7 Thursday 6,7 FL2024 (102E22812) 3 (College of Liberal Arts) Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,
Non-degree Program: European Studies Program http://www.forex.ntu.edu.tw/main.php?lang=en