- Winter 2001
Instructor: Dr. Cora Agatucci
Office: Deschutes 14; Office Hours: See Current Schedule; also by appointment
Office Phone & Messages: (541) 383-7522;
Mailbox: Deschutes 12, Humanities Department Office
E-mail: via First Class (address to Cora Agatucci) or
Via internet: address to email@example.com
Hum 210 Home Page: http://www.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum210/index.htm
(to be purchased in COCC
1. Ishiguro, Kazuo. A Pale View of Hills. 1982. New York: Vintage International-Random House, 1990.
2. Sidhwa, Bapsi. Cracking India. Milkweed-Heinemann, 1991. [Originally publ. as Ice Candy Man, 1988.]
3. Mo Yan. Red Sorghum. Trans. Howard Goldblatt. Penguin-Viking, 1994.
4. Hum 210 MIC/WIC Course Pack. Ed. Cora Agatucci (Supplemental materials on India, China, and Japan).
5. Handout Readings as assigned.
Films (Videos will be shown in class - see NOTE*
1. The Mahabharata ["mini" version]. France-India-U.K. production, 1989. Dir. Peter Brooks.
2. Red Sorghum [Hong gao liang]. Xi'an Film Studio-New Yorker Films, 1987. Dir. Zhang Yimou.
3. Rhapsody in August [Hachigatsu no kyoshikyoku]. Japan-Orion, 1991. Dir. Akira Kurosawa & Ishiro Honda.
*NOTE: Three Wednesday class meetings will be extended
to 4 p.m.
to accommodate in-class film viewings (see Hum 210 Course Plan for dates).
HUM 210 students who miss all or part of in-class video-film viewings, or
who wish to re-view the videotapes, have these make-up options:
|Videotapes will be placed on COCC Library reserve for in-library viewing after they are shown in class.|
|Red Sorghum, To Live, and Rhapsody in August may be rented for a small fee at local video rental stores (check the foreign film section) for at-home viewing on the students own time.|
Hum 210 is an introductory course in the humanities, and students with college-entry level thinking, reading, writing, viewing, and oral communication skills should be well prepared to succeed in this course. No previous coursework in humanities, literature, film, Asian, or comparative culture studies is required, although such background is, of course, valuable.
1. Preparation & Participation (e.g. Dialogues, Film viewings, Seminars, In-Class Writings) - credit / no credit or points. Late, Make-Up informal work may be accepted with instructor's permission. 40% of course grade 2. Midterm Critical Review - letter graded
Late Critical Reviews will be penalized 1/2 letter grade.
20% of course grade 3. Final Discussion Paper - letter graded
Late Discussion Papers will not be accepted.
30% of course grade 4. Final Dialogue: Course Reflections & Self-Evaluation
Late Final Dialogues will not be accepted.
10% of course grade
Directions and evaluation criteria for all graded assignments will be discussed further in class. See Hum 210 Course Plan for deadlines.
Hum 210 MIC/WIC*!
Course Description & Learning Outcomes
In Hum 210, we will study significant works selected from the language arts of India, China, and Japan. We approach these works as creative expressions of their historical and cultural contexts, drawing upon relevant cross-cultural, literary-critical and interdisciplinary perspectives. This one-quarter introductory course will build a better informed understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural traditions and creative achievements of India, China, and Japan; and lay groundwork for further study of Asian cultures, literatures, and film.
Course Learning Outcomes, or Competencies: More specifically, Hum 210 has been designed to help students achieve core competencies established for courses in the Non-European Culture & Literature sequence. Introduction to significant works of Asian language arts (orature, literature, and film), representing a diversity of peoples and cultures from key historical periods, will enable the Hum 210 student to:
A. Build knowledge of language arts and cultures different from one’s own:
Identify distinctive characteristics, genres, and periods of traditional and modern Asian orature, literature, and film (e.g., Indian epic conventions and themes drawn from Sanskrit and folk performance traditions; poetry in translation selected from key Chinese, Japanese, and Indian periods and genres; the emergence and influence of popular theater and prose fiction traditions; cross-cultural and post-colonial historical fiction and film of the twentieth century).
2.Situate individual Asian texts in their specific cultural contexts, and analyze significant ways that these texts reflect or represent those contexts (e.g. cultural values and beliefs, intellectual and creative traditions, historical and biographical backgrounds, social and political realities).
3.Evaluate the limitations and benefits of studying Asian works in cross-cultural translation (i.e. across different languages, writing systems, cultures and creative media).
B. Apply this knowledge to cross-cultural comparative analysis:
4. Identify and analyze significant cross cultural differences and similarities--among different Asian texts and their cultures; between Asian language arts/cultures and one's own; and/or between Asian language arts/cultures and those of other non-Western groups.
5. Examine the effects of individual and culturally-determined factors (such as race, gender, class, nation, biases of information sources, prior cross-cultural experiences) in one’s own and others’ responses to Asian texts and cultures.
6.Identify topics of personal interest, unanswered questions, controversial claims and alternative viewpoints arising from one’s comparative study for further research and investigation.
C. Construct and communicate persuasive cross-cultural interpretations:
Formulate responses and interpretations using varied strategies and resources (e.g., active reading/viewing skills; self-reflection, critical and empathetic thinking, oral discussion and writing, multiple perspectives, comparative analysis, interdisciplinary knowledge).
8.Create a persuasive cross-cultural interpretation of an Asian text that integrates ethnorelative perspectives and analytical criteria appropriate to Asian language arts and their cultural contexts.
9.Communicate one’s interpretations in informal and formal writing, using relevant, well-selected evidence from Asian texts and their cultural contexts to support one’s points.
--Cora Agatucci, Rev. July 1999
Statement on Plagiarism
Proper citations and documentation of any sources that you quote, paraphrase, and/or summarize in your writing are required whenever you borrow the words, facts, and/or ideas of others. Note well that even putting others ideas into your own words still means you are borrowing, and you need to give credit where credit is due. To avoid plagiarism source(s) must be cited and documented, both . . .
(a) at the point in your papers where the borrowing occurs (using parenthetical citations for most documentation styles), and
(b) in a list of all sources cited given at the end of your papers.
Plagiarismintended or notis considered a serious academic violation of intellectual property rights, and may earn your written assignment an automatic "F" or worse. Quick and acceptable ways of citing your sources in Humanities 210 assignments will be discussed further in class.
Need Help with Writing Assignments?
Hum 210 students are encouraged to start promptly on course writing assignments,
to ask Cora questions when they need clarification and direction, and
to seek help when needed from these and other resources:
Visit COCC LINKS: COCC Online Resources for Student Writers & Researchers
Any student with a documented
disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychological, vision,
hearing) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must inform the College as soon as possible.
If you require any assistance related to disability,
contact the Disability Services Office located in Boyle Education Center,
call (541) 383-7580, or send e-mail to Steve O'Brien: firstname.lastname@example.org
If a serious problem is interfering with your success in
or threatens to prevent you from completing the course at any point this term,
please see Cora as soon as possible to discuss, or E-Mail me now: email@example.com
We may be able to work out a solution. I look forward to working with you this term!
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URL of this webpage: http://www.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum210/index.htm
Online HUM 210 Course Resources:
HUM 210 Syllabus Course Plan Assignments Student Writing
Asian Film Asian Links: India China Japan
Asian Timelines: India China Japan
Epic Genre & Mahabharata Red Sorghum Study Guide
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If you're interested in other world
literatures and cultures, visit these course websites:
Hum 211 - Culture and Literature of Africa
Eng 109 - Western World Literatures (late 18th-late 20th centuries)