An introductory course in the history of Asian art can provide much pleasure and insight. It opens up a world full of distinctive and meaningful works of art and architecture in India, China, Japan, and other parts of Asia, and leads you to explore the rich material and cultural legacies of the great civilizations in Asia’s past.
Through the exciting exploration of various forms of art and architecture—jade, pottery, bronzes, stone carvings, paintings, cities and palaces, temples and pagodas, gardens and landscapes, etc.—we will be exposed to the richness of Chinese material culture and the intellectual tradition that lies behind it.
This undergraduate seminar examines the rich history of the Silk Road, a network of land and maritime trade routes connecting the empires and kingdoms across Eurasia over the past millenniums.
This survey course explores the rich architectural legacies of China, Japan, and Korea of the premodern period. We will be navigating a series of distinctive architectural spaces: imperial palaces, mausoleums, monasteries, temples, shrines, pagodas, theaters, metropolises, markets, and gardens.
This course investigates the history of East Asia from the beginning to 1800. It focuses on three major civilizations–China, Korea, and Japan–in the attempt to reveal the economic growth, cultural development, political changes, social conditions and transformations, and intellectual traditions of premodern East Asia as well as its great achievements and legacies in the arts and humanities.