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Courses Offered


Undergraduate Humanities Courses:

Cultural Studies 107B (NEW COURSE) - Cultural Models and Global Realities
Faculty: Courtney Spikes
The new second semester course will feature the intercultural dynamics within global socio-political communities. Students will analyze historical events that facilitate their understanding of methodological concepts such as cosmopolitanism in present day societies. This course will include a new Service Learning Component that will offer students the opportunity to interview and interact with different cultures throughout Los Angeles.

Cultural Studies 117 - Women’s Literature in Translation
Faculty: Montserrat Reguant
Students will explore similarities and differences in women’s conditions, aspirations, and accomplishments through literature written by women from around the world. Two texts will be by or about Chinese writers.

History 150 - Introduction to Asian Civilization
Faculty: Jane Crawford
A new unit will be developed focused on women in Chinese history and culture. Students will read a variety of essays by contemporary Chinese female scholars (from Holding Up Half the Sky: Chinese Women Past, Present and Future edited by Shirley Mow and Zheng Bijun), providing them with an overview of the dynastic period leading up to the 20th century.

English 126 (NEW COURSE) - Women's Voices: A Comparison of Chinese and American Women's Poetry
Faculty: David Leese
This course will compare Chinese poetic works with American poetry by writers such as Whitman, Dickinson, Eliot, Cummings, Carlos Williams and Frost. The following would be explored: How does each culture examine itself? What does each country wish to express? Do the two cultures use different literature forms to express their visions? In addition, how do American and Chinese theatre and cinema view the world? How do they tell their story?

Philosophy 15 - Introduction to Philosophy
Faculty: Paul Green
This course is an introduction to the activity that is philosophy. It includes components on gender and on race, as well as a short unit on Confucian ethics. These aspects will be expanded with material from the project.

Philosophy 21 - Moral Values and Ethical Decisions
Faculty: Paul Green
This course is an introduction to moral philosophy. It will incorporate material from Chinese philosophy.

Philosophy 152 - Theory of Knowledge
Faculty: Paul Green
This course is an upper division philosophy course about the concept of knowledge. One important component of the course is feminist epistemology – in particular, how gender has affected the status of knowledge claims, especially in science. For the first time, this course will be enhanced with viewpoints from Chinese philosophy and an exploration of the connection between gender and knowledge in Chinese history.

Graduate Humanities Courses:

Humanities 264 - Culture and History
Faculty: Jane Crawford
This graduate level course provides an analysis of Chinese history from the point of view of social classes and social issues. A new emphasis on peasant revolts and political change will be developed for the class, focusing on peasant rebellions in 19th century Taiping and Nien uprisings, and the rebellions before the 1949 Communist Revolution. The class will be developed as a shared course with Nanjing University; students will blog with their counterparts in China about selected topics of peasant life.

Humanities 271 CS - Landscapes and Timelines
Faculty: Michele Fine
Students will utilize a global lens to explore their own cultural boundaries and increase their literacy in other cultures. Through an in-depth look at readings and films from China, students will develop an understanding of the intersections of culture and geography, and of time and space.

Humanities 289CS (NEW COURSE) - Special Topics: Chinese Poetry from the Middle Ages
Faculty: Montserrat Reguant
Students will explore world cultures through a comparative study of poetry in translation by writers from China and France during the middle ages.

Professional Courses:

Business 183 - Management Seminar
Faculty: David Leese
This management course will compare Chinese and American theories of leadership by studying each society’s legal, philosophical and literary works. American and British philosophers such as Hobbes, Locke, James, Madison and Jefferson and American fiction writers such as Thoreau, Twain, Dreiser, Steinbeck and Fitzgerald will be compared with their counterparts in Chinese philosophy and literature. The course will also compare Chinese and American cinema as a means to explore each society’s cultural visions.

Education 199/299 - Global Education in China
Faculty: Julie Feldman-Abe
Designed specifically for educators who wanted to venture more deeply into Chinese culture, this course included pre-trip class meetings, readings and a nine-day tour of China, complete with visits to historical sites, observations of Chinese classrooms, and dialogues with students and teachers in local K-8 schools in Nanjing and Beijing. Prior to their trip, students attended a banquet in the predominantly Chinese-American suburb of Monterey Park with the entire NEH faculty cohort and Zhang Jing, our visiting scholar from Gannan Normal University, where they participated in meaningful exchanges. Both faculty and students expressed their appreciation for the experience, particularly as few had visited the city before.

Nursing 160 - Adaptation Nursing: Childbearing Family
Faculty: Patty Melnick
The focus of this class is the bio-psycho-social impact of health-illness problems related to childbearing families. Students will learn how to asses values, beliefs, and customs related to pregnancy and childbirth in terms of the care provided to patients. With more Chinese health care methods being practiced in the Western health care system such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and taiji quan, an understanding of these practices in the context of Chinese history, literature and philosophy will further enhance students’ development as culturally-sensitive and competent nurses.

Nursing 161 - Practicum: Adaptation of the Childbearing Family
Faculty: Patty Melnick
This course provides clinical experience in prenatal, delivery and postnatal care, study of the parenting roles, and the health needs of the emerging family groups. The study of Chinese culture will offer students a greater opportunity to broaden their understanding of cultural diversity alongside the theoretical study of adaptation of the childbearing family. Students will apply nursing theories learning in Nursing 160 to develop self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences, and learn to work with people from many different backgrounds as they strive to provide holistic nursing care.

Physical Therapy 476 - Patient/Client Management: Geriatrics
Faculty: Alan Lee
Focusing on complex assessment and management of aging older adults, students are exposed to advanced applied science of normal and pathological aging, clinical problems, implications for therapeutic interventions, and modifiable disease risk factors that impact older adults’ lifespan. The goal is to promote optimal care, functional outcomes, and wellness in older adults. By studying cultural perspectives from China, students will develop culturally sensitive and competent practice with a strong emphasis on patient-centered care. This is especially important as communities see an increase in minority representation with the demographic shifts in the United States.