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CAPS 1622 : The World of Modern Japan
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2222, GOVT 1623, HIST 1622 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
In 1868, samurai revolutionaries and their allies seized the reins of power and established a new capital they called Tokyo.  Against all odds, this fragile regime survived and made Tokyo a center of power that would transform both Japan and the world.  This survey of Japanese history explores the rise and fall of Japan as a modern imperial power; its foreign relations; its economic and scientific development from "feudalism" to futuristic technologies; and Japan's many modern revolutions, from the rule of the samurai to Westernization and democracy, from democratic collapse to fascism and World War II, and from Japan's postwar rebirth to the present.  We will examine not only big events but also everyday life, including gender and sexuality, family and schools, and art and popular culture.
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CAPS 1740 : Imperial China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 1174, HIST 1740, MEDVL 1740 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course explores the history of imperial China between the 3rd century b.c.e. and the 16th century c.e. with a focus on the following questions:  How did imperial Chinese states go about politically unifying diverse peoples over vast spaces?  How did imperial Chinese approaches to governance and to relations with the outer world compare with strategies employed by other historical empires?  How did those approaches change over time?  How did major socio-cultural formations — including literary canons; religious and familial lineages; marketing networks; and popular book and theatrical cultures — grow and take root, and what were the broader ramifications of those developments?  How did such basic configurations of human difference as Chinese (civilized)-barbarian identity, high-low status, and male-female gender operate and change over time?
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CAPS 1910 : Introduction to Modern Asian History
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 1191, HIST 1910 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This introductory course follows the history of Asia-Pacific from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the relations of China, India, Japan, South, and Southeast Asia.  This course is intended for students wanting a broad historical overview of what makes Asia distinctive and important in the global economy and in world politics.
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CAPS 2132 : Law and Society in Early Modern and Modern China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2280, HIST 2132 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
China was and still is regarded in the Western world as a country without the rule of law. In this course, students examine recent scholarship that challenges this simplified understanding of the role of law in Chinese politics and society. It approaches law in early modern and modern China both as a state institution of governance and control, and as a platform that facilitates interactions and negotiations between state and society, between different social forces, and between different cultures. At the same time, this course guides students to develop projects of their own choice, either addressing legal issues or using legal sources, from tentative proposals to research papers based on their examination of original or translated primary sources.
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CAPS 2209 : Daoist Traditions
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2289, HIST 2209, RELST 2209 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
In this course we will examine the modes of philosophical and spiritual inquiry, varieties of spiritual/bodily cultivation and practice, and religious organizations and movements in China that we know as Daoist (or "Taoist"). We will examine the ways in which Daoism was used variously to contest or legitimate imperial political power, and how the procedures and ideologies of the imperial state in turn informed Daoist theory and practice.  Throughout, we will examine the ways in which standard modern western dichotomies, such as sacred/secular, spiritual/physical, and mind/body, break down when we try to apply them to the study of Daoism.  Course will focus on the period from the fourth century B.C.E. to the thirteenth century C.E. 
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CAPS 2212 : Introduction to China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2212 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Interdisciplinary introduction to Chinese culture especially designed for students not majoring in Asian Studies. Explores literature, history, religion, and art, and other aspects of China's rich and diverse heritage, from earliest times to the present.
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CAPS 2267 : Women and Society in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2267, FGSS 2267 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor: Description
CAPS 2931 : China's Early Modern Empire
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2293, HIST 2931 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor: Description
CAPS 2985 : Transformations in Twentieth Century China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 2286, HIST 2985 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
The twentieth century was a time of unprecedented change in China as the country's ancient imperial system collapsed and a new modern order began to emerge. This course will explore the myriad transformations that occurred during this remarkable century of revolution and renewal. Among the major changes that we will focus on are the fall of the Qing dynasty, the intellectual awakening of May Fourth, the rise of the Nationalist party-state, and key events of the Communist era, such as the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong and the capitalist reforms of Deng Xiaoping. The class will encourage historical reflection on China's engagement with the modern world in order to better understand the complex reality of China today.
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CAPS 3000 : Seminar on American Relations with China
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
A historical review of the fragile and volatile U.S.-China relationship from the opening by Richard Nixon in the early 1970s until the present. Several individual sessions will be led by current or former executive branch or congressional officials, business people, journalists, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and others who have worked in China or have participated in the making of U.S. policy toward China.
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CAPS 3049 : China's Next Economy
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3304, GOVT 3044 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course provides students with an analytical framework to understand China's ongoing economic transformation. The courses goals include: 1) to familiarize students with different perspectives on China's economic development and future prospects; 2) to provide a close working knowledge of the evolving current situation, with a focus on internal variation within China—telling different Chinese stories, not one "China story"—and particularly emphasizing urbanization and the goal of shifting from manufacturing and export-led to services and domestic-led economy; and 3) to give students hands-on experience using Chinese economic data in the context of a brief research note. Each week will connect to current events and debates, with students writing three blog posts over the course of the semester to bring academic research and social scientific analysis to bear upon policy-relevant questions and developments.
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CAPS 3329 : Literature of Leaving China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3329, COML 3985 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ever since the creation of the concept of a culturally and geographically stable center in China, people have been intentionally excluded from that center. Disgraced officials are sent to far-flung provinces, loyalists to past regimes hide out across China's borders, and dissidents have their entry visas revoked, making it impossible for them to return home. The experiences of these people, and the poems and stories they write, tell us a great deal about what it means and how it feels to be included and excluded. What is the difference between the way China looks from the inside and the way it looks from the outside? Who has the power to decide who gets to live in China, and how and why do they use it? What is the relationship between our identities and our homes? Texts studied will range from 300 BCE to the present; all will be read and discussed in English. 
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CAPS 3352 : Getting Rich in Modern China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3352 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor: Description
CAPS 3380 : China's Economy Under Mao and Deng
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 3393, ECON 3380 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Examines the development of the Chinese economy and the evolution of China's economic system between the early 1950s and late 1990s.
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CAPS 3502 : Becoming a China Hand
Crosslisted as: GOVT 3503 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This seminar examines the various issues that surround being a specialist of one of the world's most complex and exciting places. The course will first look at the various groups of people that have been China Hands, including missionaries, academics, businesspeople, journalists, and government officials. One central theme is the continual conflict between being a country specialist and gaining an understanding of the broader world. The second part of the class considers the strategies for going into the field and doing research on China, including finding a host and making connections, using written sources (electronic and printed), conducting interviews, and implementing formal surveys. The last segment of the class considers the charge that China Hands are prone to self-censorship because of ideological affinity.
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CAPS 4001 : China in Transition
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Using resources specifically available in China, this course combines lectures, guest lectures, field trips, and faculty-directed research projects to help students achieve an in-depth understanding of China's changing politics, economy, society, and culture.
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CAPS 4001 : China in Transition
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Using resources specifically available in China, this course combines lectures, guest lectures, field trips, and faculty-directed research projects to help students achieve an in-depth understanding of China's changing politics, economy, society, and culture.
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CAPS 4002 : Chinese Perspectives on International and Global Affairs
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course, offered by faculty members of Peking University's School of International Studies, provides Chinese perspectives on contemporary China's international relations.
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CAPS 4002 : Chinese Perspectives on International and Global Affairs
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course, offered by faculty members of Peking University's School of International Studies, provides Chinese perspectives on contemporary China's international relations.
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CAPS 4010 : Honors Thesis Tutorial I
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Honors students conduct research to prepare a thesis on a topic of their own choosing under the direction of a faculty member. The application must be successfully submitted and an Honors Committee formed by the end of applicant's junior year in order for the student to be an honors candidate. Permission to enroll in CAPS 4020 is contingent upon the advisor's judgement of the viability of the student's honors thesis by the end of the semester.
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CAPS 4020 : Honors Thesis Tutorial II
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Honors students complete research and finish a thesis on a topic of their own choosing under the direction of a faculty member.
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CAPS 4030 : Issues in China and Asia-Pacific Studies
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course serves as the wrap-up seminar for CAPS students.  It is designed for CAPS seniors to review the critical issues and topics in China and Asia-Pacific Studies from broader theoretical perspectives, to engage in academic discourse and policy debate about implications of China rising, to reflect on their four-year learning experience in Ithaca, Washington, D.C., and Beijing as students of contemporary China studies, and to enhance their abilities to pursue future studies and/or careers that are related to their CAPS experience after graduating from Cornell.  The seminar is organized around the central theme - China rising - and roughly divided into three sections:  (1) China's rise and the "paradigm change" in world politics; (2) China's quest for identity and order; and (3) implications of China rising for the U.S. and the world.  Under each of these sections, a few specific topics are identified for class discussion.
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CAPS 4127 : The Body Politic in Asia
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4415, ASIAN 6615, FGSS 4127, FGSS 6127, HIST 4127, HIST 6127 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Visions of bodily corruption preoccupy ruler and ruled alike and prompt campaigns for moral, medical, and legal reform in periods of both stability and revolution.  This seminar explores the links between political, sexual, and scientific revolutions in early modern and modern Asia.  The focus is on China and Japan, with secondary attention to South Asia and Korea.  Interaction with the West is a major theme.  Topics include disease control, birth control and population control, body modification, the history of masculinity, honorific violence and sexual violence, the science of sex, normative and stigmatized sexualities, fashion, disability, and eugenics.  The course begins with an exploration of regimes of the body in "traditional" Asian cultures.  The course then turns to the medicalization and modernization of the body under the major rival political movements in Asia: feminism, imperialism, nationalism, and communism.
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CAPS 4355 : Work and Labor in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4443, ILRIC 4355 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This course provides an overview of the various features of work and labor in contemporary China. After a brief section on historical background, we will analyze how market reforms have impacted work for Chinese employees, and how unions, employers, the state, NGOs, and workers themselves have responded to these changes. Additionally, this course will situate China's changing labor relations within the broader global context.
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CAPS 4406 : Readings in Chinese History and Business Culture
Crosslisted as: CHIN 4406, CHIN 6606 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This course is designed for those who have studied Mandarin to the advanced level (or equivalent). The course is aimed to continuously improve students' Chinese proficiency while, at the same time, preparing them for studying or working in a Chinese native environment. Along with the growth of Chinese economy, issues on Chinese business and economy become a hot topic. Following this trend, authentic Chinese materials selected from a variety of sources will be introduced in class to enhance students' Chinese professional skills and promote their understanding of the macro and micro business environment as well as the business related historical and cultural issues in China.
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CAPS 4418 : Stories of the Strange and the Marvelous from the Tang Dynasty
Crosslisted as: CHLIT 4418, CHLIT 6618 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Through guided reading in Chinese, students in this course explore topics, themes and techniques that define the body of works known as chuanqi (stories of the marvelous) and zhiguai (stories of the strange). The aim of the course is to help students achieve an appreciation for the early  development of Chinese narrative tradition in the context of Chinese literary and popular culture of Tang dynasty China.
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CAPS 4420 : Tang Poetry: Themes and Contexts
Crosslisted as: CHLIT 4420, CHLIT 6620, MEDVL 4420 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Through guided readings in Chinese of selected poems of the Tang dynasty (618-907) on various themes and in different styles, students develop the essential analytical skills for reading Tang poetry while gaining an understanding of its social, cultural, and historical contexts.
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CAPS 4772 : China Imagined: The Historical and Global Orgins of the Chinese Nation
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4478, ASIAN 6678, HIST 4772, HIST 6772 Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor: Description
CAPS 4888 : Directed Study - Beijing
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This directed study course allows CAPS students to enroll at Beida (Peking University) in courses offered to international students by the Peking University School of International Studies.
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CAPS 4888 : Directed Study - Beijing
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
This directed study course allows CAPS students to enroll at Beida (Peking University) in courses offered to international students by the Peking University School of International Studies.
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CAPS 4931 : Vitality and Power in China
Crosslisted as: ASIAN 4429, BSOC 4911, HIST 4931, HIST 6931, RELST 4931, STS 4911 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Chinese discourses have long linked the circulation of cosmic energies, political power, and bodily vitalities. In these models political order, spiritual cultivation, and health are achieved and enhanced through harmonizing these flows across the levels of Heaven-and-Earth, state, and humankind. It is when these movements are blocked or out of synchrony that we find disordered climates, societies, and illness. In this course, we will examine the historical emergence and development of these models of politically resonant persons and bodily centered polities, reading across primary texts in translation from these otherwise often separated fields. For alternate frameworks of analysis as well as for comparative perspectives, we will also examine theories of power and embodiment from other cultures, including recent scholarship in anthropology and critical theory.
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CAPS 4998 : Inquiry in Politics and Policy
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
This required course forms the core of the Cornell in Washington program for students in the public policy option. The central course objective is to provide students with the instruction and guidance necessary to analyze and evaluate their own chosen issue in public policy. Toward that end, the course has three components: (1) weekly lectures providing background on the structures and processes of national politics and policy as well as training in research methodology; (2) student externships; and (3) individual research papers or projects. All three components interrelate so as to provide students with a strategy and framework for integrating classroom based learning, field experience and individual research.
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CAPS 4999 : CAPS Independent Study
Semester offered: Fall 2018 Instructor:
Independent study course in topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course work.
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CAPS 4999 : CAPS Independent Study
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Independent study course in topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the course work.
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