Asian Worldviews

History 101.004

Spring 2016
2231 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
TuTh 10-12

The Asian Worldviews seminar is open to thesis writers working on any topic, time, or place in Asia. Our approach will be methodological, rather than topical, developing historical papers through close reading and exposition of a key text. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with Professor Cook in the Fall semester to discuss their interests, and should enter the seminar having already identified a primary source (in translation, if necessary) from which to begin their investigation. The chosen text could be most any sort: political, religious, philosophical, commercial, literary; or even, through prior arrangement with the instructor, visual, musical, architectural, physical/material, etc. In any case, the "text" must originate from the historical time and place under investigation, and must be sufficiently rich in content to support our main objective: to make an argument about the ideology or worldview embodied in the text. By the end of the semester, you will produce an original, high-quality research paper of 30-50 pages on a topic of your choosing.

Course Books

Chicago Manual Of Style Guidelines (Quick Study) by Inc. BarCharts QuickStudy. ISBN: 9781423218609 Required
The Houses of History: A Critical Reader in Twentieth-Century History and Theory by N/A New York University Press. ISBN: 9780814731277 Required
Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis by Joan Bolker Owl Books. ISBN: 9780805048919 Required
From Reliable Sources: An Introduction to Historical Methods by Martha C. Howell Cornell University Press. ISBN: 9780801485602 Required
What Is History? by Edward Hallet Carr Vintage. ISBN: 9780394703916 Required