ASCL 1: Thinking Through Asia
Thinking Through Asia courses are team-taught interdisciplinary introductions to Asia that problematize the meaning of “Asia” as a field of study and present to students a range of critical theories and methodologies used by Asia specialists from various disciplines. Thinking Through Asia serves as ASCL’s gateway course. ASCL courses include the following topics:
ASCL 1.01: Urban Asia:
Asian cities, once considered to be recipients or followers of urban models imposed by Western cities, have become new models of urbanism themselves, thereby serving as the heart of the growing body of scholarship which focuses on such dynamic urban processes reshaping cities across the globe. For instance, over the last few decades, Singapore, Shanghai, and Seoul have distinguished themselves as points of reference for other aspiring cities in and beyond Asia. How have Asian cities transformed in an interconnected global economy? How does an interdisciplinary reading of Asian cities provide ways to think anew about Asia today?
With Asia at the center of our urban inquiries, this course proposes to read Asian cities from historical and comparative perspectives. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to multiple disciplinary approaches to Asia’s urban environments and their dynamic relationships to other parts of the world. The course features instructors from several Dartmouth departments and programs presenting a diversity of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies drawn from cities across East, South, and Southeast Asia.
- Hockley, Eom
- 20W: 2A