University Bulletin 2002-03
Non-Western and Comparative Studies


The non-Western and comparative studies requirement encourages students to explore through various disciplines cultures beyond the Western tradition. The common goal of courses in the program is to acquaint students with worldviews, indigenous intellectual traditions, and social institutions that have developed largely outside the traditions of European society and its North American transplants. By examining some particular culture, society, or region of the non-Western world (such as those of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Oceania) or by systematically comparing a range of values and institutions across cultural boundaries, students are expected to broaden their understanding of human achievements and potentialities beyond their own heritage. The program includes the comparative analysis of cultures and their interactions and draws attention to the intellectual problems inherent in the study of cultural systems other than one's own.

Courses of Instruction

African and Afro-American Studies

AAAS 18b
Africa and the West

AAAS 60a
Economics of Third World Hunger

AAAS 80a
Economy and Society in Africa

AAAS 85a
Survey of Southern African History

AAAS 115a
Introduction to African History

AAAS 123a
Third World Ideologies

AAAS 126b
Political Economy of the Third World

AAAS 132b
Introduction to African Literature

AAAS 133b
The Literature of the Caribbean

AAAS 134b
Novel and Film of the African Diaspora

AAAS 147b
Women in African Societies

AAAS 158a
Theories of Development and Underdevelopment

AAAS 164a
Changing Institutions of Contemporary Africa

AAAS 167a
African and Caribbean Comparative Political Systems

AAAS 175a
Comparative Politics of North Africa


Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies

ANTH 20b
The Development of Human Food Production

ANTH 55a
Models of Development: the Third World

ANTH 62a
Non-Western Musical Traditions

ANTH 80a
World Religions

ANTH 84b
Cross-Cultural Art and Aesthetics

ANTH 105a
Symbol, Myth, and Ritual

ANTH 127a
Medicine, Body, and Culture

ANTH 133a
Tradition and the Contemporary Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa

ANTH 134a
South Asia: Tradition and the Contemporary Experience

ANTH 135b
Modern South Asia: Society and Politics

ANTH 144a
The Anthropology of Gender

ANTH 147b
The Rise of Mesoamerican Civilization

ANTH 153a
Writing Systems and Scribal Traditions

ANTH 156a
Power and Violence: The Anthropology of Political Systems

ANTH 163b
Economic Anthropology: Production and Distribution

East Asian Studies

EAS 125a
Japanese Literature from the Seventeenth-Century to the Present: From the Floating World to Murakami Haruki


ECON 26a
(formerly ECON 25a)
Latin America's Economy

ECON 122b
Economics of the Middle East

ECON 165a
The Economy of China

English and American Literature

ENG 17b
African Novel

ENG 177b
Literatures of Global English

Fine Arts

FA 12a
History of Asian Art

FA 13b
Buddhist Art

FA 15b
Arts of the Ming Dynasty

FA 181b
The Art of Japan

FA 182a
The Art of China

FA 184a
Studies in Asian Art

French Language and Literature

FREN 165b
Topics in Francophone Literatures


HIST 71a
Latin American History, Pre-Conquest to 1870

HIST 71b
Latin American History, 1870 to the Present

HIST 80a
Introduction to East Asian Civilization

HIST 80b
East Asia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

HIST 148b
Central Asia in Modern Times

HIST 173b
Latin American Women: Historical Perspectives

HIST 174a
U.S.-Caribbean Relations, 1898 to the Present

HIST 175a
Modern Mexico

HIST 176a
The Emergence of Modern Japan

HIST 180a
Modernities and Postcolonialities

HIST 181a
Seminar on Traditional Chinese Thought

Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

IMES 104a
Islam: Civilization and Institutions

Legal Studies Program

LGLS 124b
International Law and Development

Near Eastern and Judaic Studies

NEJS 105a
Music in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

NEJS 109a
Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture I

NEJS 110a
Introduction to the Qur'an

NEJS 113b
Near Eastern Law: Source, Sense, and Society

NEJS 142b
Dealing with Evil in Ancient Babylon and Beyond: Magic and Witchcraft in Antiquity

NEJS 143b
Shi'ism and Political Protest in the Middle East

NEJS 144a
Jews in the World of Islam

NEJS 145b
The Making of the Modern Middle East

NEJS 146b
The Destruction of the Ottoman Empire, 1800-1923

NEJS 147a
The Rise and Decline of the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800

NEJS 148a
Radical Islam

NEJS 156b
Ancient Near Eastern Religion and Mythology

NEJS 197a
Issues in Contemporary Arab Social and Political Thought

NEJS 197b
Political Cultures of the Middle East


PHIL 119b
Chinese Philosophy


POL 128a
The Politics of Revolution: State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World

POL 133a
Japanese Political Economy

POL 134b
Japan and the World

POL 140a
Politics of Africa

POL 144a
Latin American Politics I

POL 144b
Latin American Politics II

POL 146b
Revolutions in the Third World

POL 147a
The Government and Politics of China

POL 147b
Seminar: The Modern Chinese Revolution

POL 148a
Seminar: Contemporary Chinese Politics

POL 150a
Politics of Southeast Asia

POL 151b
Seminar: Nationalism and Development

POL 179a
Seminar: Politics and Hunger

POL 180b
Sustaining Development

Religious Studies Program

REL 107a
Approaches to Religious Studies


SOC 107a
Global Apartheid and Global Social Movements

SOC 125b
U.S.-Caribbean Relations

SOC 171a
Women Leaders and Transformation in Developing Countries

Spanish Language and Literature

SPAN 111b
Introduction to Latin American Literature

SPAN 163a
Modern Latin American Fiction: The "Boom" and Beyond

SPAN 164b
Studies in Latin American Literature

SPAN 190b
Latin American Fiction in Translation

SPAN 192a
Contemporary Hispanic Women's Fiction in Translation

Women's Studies Program

WMNS 195b
The Woman's Voice in the Muslim World