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Spring Semester 2017 - Intro Course Schedule - January 18th and 19th - by Day and Timeslot

Spring Semester 2017 - Intro Course Schedule - January 18th and 19th - by Faculty

Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

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Asian Studies

 Get Sharp: Japanese Woodworking Tools and Joinery

CDS597 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L14

Faculty: Seth Harter

This introductory class will focus on the design features, principles, and use of Japanese hand tools.  Following Toshio Odate’s text as our guide, we will consider the role of the shokunin or craftsman in society.  We will study the physical properties of steel, stone, and wood.  We will examine the aesthetics and function of traditional temple joinery.  Dull tools will become sharp in our hands.  We will look out to the wider world through fieldtrips to New York City and New Hope PA, home to George Nakashima’s workshop.  We will also look in to the fine expressions of grain in pieces of pine and oak, which will tell us how to approach the wood with our tools.  By the end of the term students will be able to recognize a halved rabbeted oblique scarf joint, and maybe even be able to cut one!


  • None, some manual dexterity helpful!


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Japanese Woodworking ToolsOdate978-0-94193-646-0Market

 Modern Chinese History & Culture

HUM1075 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

A continuation of “Ancient Chinese History and Culture,” this course will examine the major trends in Chinese history from the 17th century to the present. Along the way we will consider phenomenal expansion of China's territory, population, and economy under the Manchu Qing dynasty. We will then explore the onslaught of rebellion, reform, and revolution that put an end to the imperial system. We will consider the environmental consequences of economic development and political turmoil.  Finally, we will study the radical communism of Mao Zedong and conclude by looking at the challenges facing China today. Throughout the semester we will focus on the changing forms of political power and their implications for empowerment and accountability.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
No Other Road to TakeThi Dinh978-0-87727-102-4$13.95
Ordering PowerSlater978-0521165457$30.99
Selected StoriesHsun (Xun)978-0-39300-848-7Market
Southeast Asia: A Concise HistoryHeidhues978-0-50028-303-5Market
Spider EatersYang978-0-52027-602-4Market
The Art of Not Being GovernedScott978-0-30016-917-1$26.00

  Rice, Ritual, & Revolution: A Survey of Southeast Asian History

HUM2341 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21

Faculty: Seth Harter

This course will survey the history of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines) from the earliest written records to the present.  During the first half of the semester, we will consider Indian and Chinese influences on the region; local forms of kingship, social organization, and religious expression; and the onset of European colonialism.  In the second half, we will turn our attention to nationalist movements, the Japanese occupation during WWII, and political independence in the post-war period.  Reading will include a comprehensive textbook, historical monographs, a memoir, and a novel.  Students will conclude the semester with research papers on subjects of their own choosing. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Last EmperorsRawski978-0-52022-837-5$36.95
The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical MonkMcDaniel978-0-23115-377-5Market
The Search For Modern China (3rd)Spence978-0-39393-451-9$72.45
The Yellow RiverPietz978-0-67405-824-8$39.95
This Earth of MankindToer978-0-14025-635-2$17.00
What RemainsMeyer-Fong978-0-80479-206-6$24.95

For Asian Studies offerings, see also: