Asian Languages and Cultures

Vietnamese Courses

Upper-Division Courses

100A-100B-100C. Advanced Vietnamese. (4-4-4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 6 with grade of C or better or Vietnamese placement test. Designed to strengthen and build on language skills previously acquired at beginning and intermediate levels. Content-based readings and discussion, with various aspects of Vietnam, particularly its culture. Readings include both authentic original works and simplified texts. Each course may be taken independently for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

109. Advanced Tutorial Instruction in Vietnamese. (2) Tutorial, two hours. Requisite: course 6 or Vietnamese placement test. Tutorial and guided independent study to help students develop advanced to superior proficiency in oral and written Vietnamese. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

M155. Topics in Vietnamese Cinema and/or Literature. (4) (Same as Asian American Studies M173.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Knowledge of Vietnamese not required. Critical and historical examination of literary and/or filmic representations connected to social practices such as empire, nation, diaspora, and globalization. Original language course materials available for interested students. P/NP or letter grading.

155FL. Readings in Vietnamese. (2) Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 3 or 3A. Enforced corequisite: course M155. Additional work in Vietnamese to augment work assigned in course M155, including reading, writing, and other exercises in Vietnamese. P/NP or letter grading.

170. Variable Topics in Vietnamese Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures. (4) Lecture, three hours. Knowledge of Vietnamese may be required. Critical analysis of language and culture in Vietnam, exploring notion of Vietnam as culture area, surveying literary landscape through poetry and short stories. May be repeated for credit. P/NP or letter grading.

180A. Vietnam: History and Civilization to 1858. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: at least one Asian history course. Exploration of Vietnamese society and culture from origins to early 19th century, with emphasis on examination of ways in which interactions between indigenous and Chinese/Southeast Asian political and cultural forces helped shape religious, literary, and social traditions. P/NP or letter grading.

180B. Vietnam: History and Civilization, 1858 to Present. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Recommended preparation: at least one Asian history or civilization course. Exploration of Vietnamese history and civilization during colonial and postcolonial eras, with emphasis on profound changes that swept through Vietnamese society during period of extended political and military conflict. P/NP or letter grading.

M186. Korea and Vietnam: Comparative Modern Histories. (4) (Same as Korean M186.) Seminar, three hours. Comparative survey of intertwined and parallel histories of Korea and Vietnam, organized chronologically, but structured around key themes that serve as basis for comparison. Modern experiences of colonized Vietnam and Korea have many significant parallels, including imposition of colonial control, transition to modernized societies within context of colonialism, and shared experiences of World War II. Both were also divided after war between communist regimes in north and strongly anticommunist regimes in south. Each also experienced warfare after division and direct involvement of U.S. during height of cold war between 1950s and 1970s. P/NP or letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

189HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to upper-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.

Graduate Course

297B. Topics in Contemporary Vietnamese Culture. (4) Seminar, three hours. Selected topics in Vietnamese contemporary culture, including diasporic culture, with emphasis on cultural production. Primary materials combined with theoretical readings. S/U or letter grading.