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CHIN 307: Orientalism and Global China on Screen

Term: Spring Fall

Credits: 4

Degree Requirements: F5 F9

This course explores both the evolving Chinese worldview represented in Chinese films and the western texts on China and the
Orient/East/Asia. While the course introduces the theoretical foundation of Chinese worldviews in response to Orientalism and
globalization, students will also survey the (mis-)representation of India and the Middle East in the western world for comparative
purposes. In addition to watching films and documentaries, students are required to read scholarly works, historical accounts, poems, and
travelogues in order to better understand diverse worldviews. By engaging the East-West dynamic, this course is designed for students
interested in the issues of cross-cultural understanding and global consciousness. The course is taught in English. Chinese 307 is
reserved for majors, who will do substantial portions of the work for the course in Chinese.

Prerequisites: none.