Bengali 101A: Intermediate Bengali

Category: Languages
Course #: 30940
Units: 5
Times and Locations:
MW 12-2 pm, 51 Evans
F 1-2 pm, 55 Evans

Students are expected to be able to read, with the aid of a dictionary, modern Bengali literature, and speak at a “high-intermediate” level by the end of the year. There will be viewing of Bengali videos at a mutually agreed upon time and in class…

Burmese 100A: Intermediate Burmese

Category: Languages
Course #: 32897
Units: 5
Instructors: Kenneth Wong

Kenneth Wong teaches intermediate Burmese using excerpts from short stories by Ma Sandar, essays by Ludu Daw Amar, contemporary poems, pop song lyrics, and YouTube clips. Students learn to read, write, and talk about familiar topics, ranging from memorable trips and meals to daily routines…

Filipino 1A Section 1: Introductory Filipino

Category: Languages
Course #: 30941
Units: 5
Instructors: Cynthia “Chat” Aban
Times and Locations:
MTuWThF 11 am-12 pm 250 Dwinelle

Filipino 1A is the first semester in the Introductory Filipino two-semester series (Filipino 1A and 1B). This is a beginners’ class with emphasis on the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course uses the functional approach in learning a language. At the…

Filipino 100A Section 1: Intermediate Filipino

Category: Languages
Course #: 21410
Units: 5
Instructors: Karen Llagas
Times and Locations:
TuTh 11 am-12:30 pm, 89 Dwinelle W 10 am-12 pm, 220 Wheeler    

This is an intermediate class with emphasis on the four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course uses the functional-situational approach in learning a language.The students will learn four necessary skills in the effective use of Filipino: paglalahad (defining and explaining); paglalarawan (describing…

Filipino 101A: Advanced Filipino

Category: Languages
Course #: 23694
Units: 3
Instructors: Joi Barrios-LeBlanc
Times and Locations:
TuTh 11 am-12:30 pm, 75 Evans

Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites. Two years of Filipino/Tagalog or consent of instructor. The class focuses on developing the following: reading skills for texts containing abstract vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and complex sentences; listening skills for authentic texts; and writing skills in exposition and…

Hindi 1A: Introductory Hindi

Category: Languages
Course #: 24133
Units: 5
Instructors: Nora Melnikova
Times and Locations:
MTuWThF 11 am-12 pm 130 Dwinelle

In Introductory Hindi, you will learn to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). You will learn to communicate simply and discuss routine tasks requiring  simple and direct…

Hindi 100A Section 2: Intermediate Hindi

Category: Languages
Course #: 26485
Units: 4
Instructors: Nora Melnikova
Times and Locations:
MWF 10-11 am
2030 VLSB

In Hindi 100A, you will learn to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. You will learn to deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where Hindi is spoken….

Hindi 101A: Readings in Modern Hindi

Category: Languages
Course #: 30945
Units: 4
Instructors: Nora Melnikova
Times and Locations:
TuTh 2-3:30 pm
250 Dwinelle

This course is designed for students who have already acquired upper-intermediate or higher level of Hindi. Its objective is to move students toward a greater level of proficiency in all language skills and introduce them to a variety of contemporary literary genres. Weekly readings, class…

Indonesian 1A: Introductory Indonesian

Category: Languages
Course #: 24129
Units: 5
Instructors: Ninik Lunde
Times and Locations:
MW 10 am-12 pm, 4 Evans
F 10 am-11 am, 2070 VLSB

Survey of grammar, graded exercises, and readings drawn from Indonesian texts, leading to a mastery of basic language patterns, essential vocabulary, and to achievement of basic reading, writing, and conversational competence. Emphasis on developing communicative skills.

Indonesian 100A Section 1: Intermediate Indonesian

Category: Languages
Course #: 24130
Units: 5
Instructors: Ninik Lunde
Times and Locations:
MW 12-2 pm, F 12-1 pm
54 Social Sciences Building

Readings in Indonesian texts, including newspapers, journals, and literature exploring a variety of styles. Systematic study of grammatical and lexical problems arising from these readings. Advanced exercises in composition, oral and written communicative skills, and cultural competence.

Khmer 1A: Introductory Khmer

Category: Languages
Course #: 21652
Units: 5
Instructors: Frank Smith
Times and Locations:
MTuWThF 2-3 pm

This class is for students with no previous speaking ability in Khmer, and is the first part of a two-semester sequence, along with Khmer 1B. Students will learn “survival” speaking, reading, and writing skills in Khmer, and also become familiar with and learn how to…

Khmer 100A: Intermediate Khmer

Category: Languages
Course #: 21644
Units: 5
Instructors: Frank Smith
Times and Locations:
MTuWTh 4-5:30 pm

This class is for students who can already speak and understand “survival” or “home Khmer.” No previous knowledge of written Khmer is required for the course. Students will learn the basics of reading and writing as well as formal speaking. Topics covered include folk tales,…

Khmer 101A: Advanced Khmer

Category: Languages
Course #: 23207
Units: 3
Instructors: Frank Smith
Times and Locations:
TuTh 12:30-2 pm

This class is for students who are already familiar with the basics of written Khmer, and can express themselves in informal and some formal spoken Khmer. Students should be able to write basic narratives about their lives and describe various aspects of Khmer culture, and…

Sanskrit 101C: Intermediate Sāhitya (Literary Sanskrit)

Category: Languages
Course #: 31384
Units: 5
Instructors: Sally J. Sutherland Goldman
Times and Locations:
MF 12-2 104 Dwinelle

Sanskri101C introduces students to classical literary Sanskrit (sāhitya) and commentary, where available. An extended passage of a kāvya and/or an entire play (nāṭaka) is read. Works of Kālidāsa, Bhāsa, and the like are normally read. Developing strong reading skills is the focus of the class….

Punjabi 1A: Introductory Punjabi

Category: Languages
Course #: 22771
Units: 5
Times and Locations:
TuTh 9:30-11 am, 2030 VLSB LAB (#23170) F 10am - 12pm, 72 Evans Instructor: Sukhdeep Sembi

In this introductory year, students will be introduced to Gurmukhi script, and a survey of Punjabi grammar. Graded exercises are designed to lead to a mastery of basic language patterns, essential vocabulary, and the achievement of basic reading and writing skills.

Sanskrit 100A: Elementary Sanskrit

Category: Languages
Course #: 22772
Units: 5
Times and Locations:
MWF 8-10 am, 214 Haviland

Sanskrit 100A, followed by 100B, introduces students to Sanskrit grammar, with the goal of developing the skills necessary to speak and read basic, simple Sanskrit texts. Sanskrit 100A covers lessons 1–12 of the Devavāṇīpraveśikā [Robert P. Goldman and Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, 2019], including, the…

South Asian R5A Section 1: Great Books of India

Category: Reading and Composition
Course #: 22802
Units: 4
Instructors: Staff
Times and Locations:
MWF 9-10 am
31 Evans

Reading and composition based on 10 classic works of Indian literature ranging from the ancient Sanskrit epics to modern novels by Indian and western authors. Weekly composition on texts and topics read and discussed in class. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition…

South Asian 140: Hindu Mythology

Category: South Asian
Course #: 23093
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
MWF 11 am-12 pm
2060 VLSB

In this course we will study literary and religious aspects of Hindu myths. Through the reading of primary sources in translation, the course covers the main divinities and many mythological themes of early Vedic as well as later Puranic literature. We will follow the development…

South Asian C224: Readings in Tibetan Buddhist Texts

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: 24371
Units: 2
Instructors: Jacob Dalton
Times and Locations:
Tu 2-5 pm
288 Dwinelle

This seminar provides an introduction to a broad range of Tibetan Buddhist texts, including chronicles and histories, biographical literature, doctrinal treatises, canonical texts, ritual manuals, pilgrimage guides, and liturgical texts. It is intended for graduate students interested in premodern Tibet from any perspective. Students are…

South Asian 240: The Realist Novel in South and Southeast Asia

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: 32796
Units: 4
Instructors: Vasugi Kailasam
Times and Locations:
W 3-6 115 Social Sciences Building

This course examines the histories and the contexts of the realist novel through a comparative literary focus on South and South East Asia. Through novels published in South and South East Asia from the 1900’s to the present, this course will look at how the…

South and Southeast Asian C52: Introduction to the Study of Buddhism

Category: Buddhism
Course #: 23112
Units: 4
Instructors: Jacob Dalton
Times and Locations:
TuTh 11 am-12:30 pm
Section 101 (#23113) Th 2-3 pm, 104 Social Sciences Building
Section 102 (#24406): Th 3-4 pm, 185 Social Sciences Building
Section 103 (#23114): Th 4-5 pm, 175 Social Sciences Building
Section 104 (#24405): F 12-1 pm, 55 Evans
Section 105 (#23115): F 1-2 pm, 9 Evans
Section 106 (#23116): F 2-3 pm, 9 Evans

This introduction to the study of Buddhism will consider materials drawn from various Buddhist traditions of Asia, from ancient times down to the present day. However, the course is not intended to be a comprehensive or systematic survey; rather than aiming at breadth, the course…

South and Southeast Asian 375: Methods and Problems in Teaching South and Southeast Asian Studies

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: 25862
Units: 3
Instructors: Rahul Parson
Times and Locations:
Tu 2-5 pm
204 Dwinelle

This course prepares graduate students to teach R&C and gateway courses, consolidating skills and developing confidence in the classroom. The course will give students practical experience in creating and adapting materials for use in the classroom, while consolidating their understanding of the basic principles of…

Tamil 1A: Introductory Tamil

Category: Languages
Course #: 22932
Units: 5
Instructors: Bharathy Sankara Rajulu
Times and Locations:
TuTh 11 am-12:30 pm, 4 Evans W 10 am-12 pm, 75 Evans

This course focuses on progressive acquisition of language skills to communicate effectively in  Tamil. It facilitates development of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing competence along  with basic grammar. By the end of the course, students will be able to Communicate at a basic level of…

Telugu 1A: Elementary Telugu

Category: Languages
Course #: 23017
Units: 4
Instructors: Bharathy Sankara Rajulu
Times and Locations:
TuTh 12:30-2 pm, 233 Dwinelle W 12-1 pm, 214 Haviland

This elementary level course focuses on progressive acquisition of language skills to communicate effectively in Telugu. It facilitates development of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing competence along with basic grammar.

Filipino Nationalism

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: SSEASIAN 250 [CNN #31860]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
Th 4-7pm, DWIN 109

This graduate seminar is a survey of historical work on Philippine nationalism from the nineteenth century until the present. It covers the rise of liberal creole movements in the early nineteenth century, Jose Rizal and the ilustrados of the late nineteenth century, the Philippine revolution…

Filipino W1X: Introductory Filipino for Heritage Learners online

Category: Languages
Course #: 24145
Units: 5
Times and Locations:
MW 4-5:30pm, F 4-6pm

Do you know the words nanay (mother), tatay (father), sinigang (sour soup), masarap (delicious), and kawawa (poor you)? Would you like to better communicate with your grandparents who speak Filipino and only have a limited knowledge of English? You may be a heritage learner, or…

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar – Sinigang Stories: Philippine Cuisine Narratives

Category: Freshman and Sophomore Seminars
Course #: SSEASN 39 [CNN #33969]
Units: 2
Times and Locations:
Th 9-11 am, online

Have you tasted sinigang, lumpia, adobo, or for the adventurous, even balut? This seminar course focuses on Philippine cuisine and literary works that use Filipino food as inspiration, theme, or metaphor. Each class uses a particular dish, cooking method, or Filipino ingredient as a starting…

Freshman/Sophomore Seminar – Filipino Spirituality

Category: Freshman and Sophomore Seminars
Course #: SSEASN 39 [CNN #16779]
Units: 2
Times and Locations:
T 9-11, Dwinelle 211

Have you ever wondered why the homes of Filipino families in the United States display religious statues or celebrate Christmas and Lent in a different way from other Christians? Have you read Filipino poems, stories, songs, and festivals that focus or mention Babaylan spritual leaders,…

Great Books of India (R5A)

Category: Reading and Composition
Course #: SASIAN R5A
Units: 4
Instructors: Staff
Times and Locations:
[CNN #24992] MWF 10-11 am, DWIN279
[CNN #26509] MWF 11am-12 pm, EVAN39
[CNN #31642] MWF 12-1 pm, DWIN279
[CNN #23533] MWF 2-3 pm, DWIN89
[CNN #24619] MWF 4-5 pm, DWIN262

Reading and composition based on classic works of Indian literature ranging from the ancient Sanskrit epics to modern novels by Indian and western authors. Weekly composition on texts and topics read and discussed in class. Satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement.

Introduction to Contemporary Tamil Literature

Category: South Asian
Course #: SASIAN 131 [CNN #34175]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TTh 9:30-11am,

This course aims to introduce modern literatures in the Tamil language written in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia and other Tamil diasporic spaces. During the course, students will encounter a wide variety of literary aesthetic practices that shape contemporary Tamil literary histories and their…

Introduction to the Civilization of Early India

Category: South Asian
Course #: SASIAN 1A [CNN #23509]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TTh 12:30-2 pm, BARR170

This course offers a broad historical and cultural survey of the civilizations of the Indian subcontinent from the earliest period known to archaeology to the advent of Islam as a major cultural and political force around the 13th century CE. Attention will be paid to…

Introduction to the Civilizations of Southeast Asia: Power, Performance and Identity

Category: Southeast Asian
Course #: SEASIAN 10A [CCN #23641]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TTh 12:30-2 pm, DWIN189

This Gateway course introduces the culture and history of mainland Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) with an emphasis on Southeast Asian voices.   Our themes for 2020 are identity, power, and performance. From royal courts and temples to modern screen and stage; theatre…

Islam in South Asia

Category: South Asian
Course #: SASIAN 144 [CNN #31590]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TTh 11am-12:30pm, MULF240

This is an introductory level course on the history of Muslim communities and institutions in South Asia. Its aim is to introduce students to the broad historical currents of the expansion of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, the nature of pre-modern Muslim political authority, interactions…

Performance and Prowess in Southeast Asia

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: SSEASN 250 [CCN #31589]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
T 4-7pm, DWIN225

This graduate seminar explores performance as a vehicle for the display and accumulation of power and prowess in Southeast Asia – from royal courts to law courts, temples to theatres.  We will examine (and question) prevailing paradigms of power and performance in Southeast Asian studies,…

Sanskrit 200A: Sanskrit Literature

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: 23151
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
MF 2-3:30pm DWIN346B DIS (#24096)

Advanced readings in Sanskrit literature, including Sanskrit ornate poetry with emphasis on the canons of poetic analysis of the Indian aesthetic tradition.

South Asian C215: Readings in Indian Buddhist Texts

Category: Graduate Seminars
Course #: SASIAN C215 [CNN #25264]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
W 3-6 pm, remote/online

This graduate seminar focuses on reading a wide spectrum of Indian Buddhist texts in the Sanskrit (or Pali) original introducing the students to different genres, and different aspects of Indian Buddhism. The students taking the course for two units (rather than four) will be expected…

Tantric Traditions

Category: Buddhism
Course #: SASIAN 135 [CNN #26524]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TTh 11am-12:30 pm, BARR104

The emergence of the tantras in seventh and eighth-century India marked a watershed for religious practice throughout Asia. These esoteric scriptures introduced complex new ritual technologies that transformed the religious traditions of India, from Brahmanism to Jainism and Buddhism, as well as those of Southeast…

Thai 101A: Advanced Thai

Category: Languages
Course #: 25699
Units: 3
Instructors: Thiti Jamkajornkeiat
Times and Locations:
TuTh 11am-12:30pm THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT REMOTELY

Course Focus: Contemporary Thai Politics THIS COURSE IS BEING TAUGHT REMOTELY IN FALL 2021 Instructor: Thiti Jamkajornkeiat, GSI Thai 101A Fall 2021 is designed to prepare students for research in or on Thailand by developing advanced reading comprehension and competency in oral and written expression…

Thai 1A: Introductory Thai

Category: Languages
Units: 5
Times and Locations:

(click through for enrollment links) While Berkeley is not offering introductory Thai in Fall 2021, UCLA is offering Introductory Thai remotely. Cal students can take the course via UC Simultaneous Enrollment (application). The fees are included in your Cal tuition and there is no additional cost. The…

Topics in South and Southeast Asian Studies: Southeast Asian Life Writing–Biography and the History of the Everyday

Category: Southeast Asian
Course #: SSEASN 120 002 [CNN #31860]
Units: 4
Times and Locations:
TTh 2-4pm, DWINEL109

This course uses biographies to narrate the history of modern Southeast Asia. It will not only examine prominent individuals who have shaped history, but also ordinary lives that reflect this history. This course will also investigate life writing as a non-fiction genre. For the final…

Urdu 1A: Introductory Urdu

Category: Languages
Course #: 24115
Units: 5
Instructors: Gregory Maxwell Bruce
Times and Locations:
MTuWThF 10-11 am 189 Dwinelle

The course concentrates on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking, and aural comprehension. Evaluation is based on attendance, written homework assignments, quizzes, dictations, and examinations. Conventional teaching materials may be supplemented by popular songs and clips from contemporary Indian cinema.

Urdu 100A: Intermediate Urdu

Category: Languages
Course #: 24116
Units: 4
Instructors: Gregory Maxwell Bruce
Times and Locations:
MWF 11 am-12 pm 189 Dwinelle

Introduces various types of written and spoken Urdu; vocabulary building, idioms, and problems of syntax; and conversation. Reading of selected fiction and nonfiction in modern Urdu, including fables, short stories, and poetry. Exercises in grammar, conversation, and composition.

Urdu 101A: Advanced Urdu

Category: Languages
Course #: 24407
Units: 3
Instructors: Gregory Maxwell Bruce
Times and Locations:
TuTh 11 am-12:30 pm
104 Dwinelle

Reading of Urdu prose and poetry in a variety of literary and scholarly styles; composition. Topics in advanced grammar; designed to improve proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will be expected to converse in a clearly participatory fashion, initiate, sustain, and bring to…

Vietnamese 1A Section 1: Introductory Vietnamese

Category: Languages
Course #: 22397
Units: 5
Instructors: Hanh Tran
Times and Locations:
MTuWThF 11 am-12 pm 233 Dwinelle

An introduction to modern spoken and written Vietnamese, including intensive drill on basic phonology and grammar. The first semester emphasizes phonetic concepts, syllable formations and tonal distinctions along with simple sentence structures in everyday topics. By the end of the second semester, students should be…

Vietnamese 100A: Intermediate Vietnamese

Category: Languages
Course #: 23067
Units: 5
Instructors: Hanh Tran
Times and Locations:
MTuWThF 1-2 pm 206 Dwinelle

A second-year course in Vietnamese vocabulary and syntax with intensive drills on short colloquial expressions and auditory recognition of speech patterns. First semester course stresses phraseology, sentence building, rules of composition and development of students’ communicative skills. By the end of the second semester students…

Vietnamese 101A: Advanced Vietnamese: Vietnamese Literature

Category: Languages
Course #: 22903
Units: 3
Instructors: Cam Nguyen
Times and Locations:
TuTh 2-3:30 pm 54 Social Sciences Building

This course is designed for students who have already achieved an intermediate degree of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing modern Vietnamese. Objective: to move students toward a greater level of fluency in each of these key areas and provide an introduction to the literature…