Each fall semester, the East Asia Institute offers four primary courses. However, students may replace primary courses with electives listed below. Please see the EAI Curriculum Rules for more information.
Syllabi for the below courses can be viewed online. Note that syllabi for courses offered from April 2017 through March 2018 (all of the “primary courses” as well as a number of electives) should be available for viewing in late March or early April.
For Fall 2017, the primary courses will remain the same. Electives for 2017 will be similar to the ones listed below, but please check back for the final course listing at a later date.
Students who need more information about the courses offered should contact the admissions office.
JST 301 Japan, Asia, and the West
An overview of Japanese culture and society in its international context. The course will take a primarily historical approach from the origins of the Japanese polity to the 21st Century, with an emphasis on Japan’s long-term interaction with Korea, China, and Western countries. Building on this background, the students will read sociological, psychological, and economic studies of contemporary Japan. This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to take full advan-tage of the other courses in Japanese and East Asian art, religion, practical culture, and language. It should prove highly valuable to students with an interest in Christian mission or business in Japan and Asia. Students may also expect a basic introduction to China and Korea. Lastly the in-class portions of the course provides a context for the various field trips and guided experi-ences. JST 301 is geared for junior level students, but it may be taken with profit by students from the sophomore through the senior years.
Depending on the enrollment, the class will use lectures, seminar presentations, and tutorials. For one or two students, entirely tutorials. For three to six students, mostly seminar presentations. More than six students, a mix of lectures and seminar presentations. (3 credits)
FA 320 History of Japanese Arts and Aesthetics
In this course, we will examine the Japanese cultural influences as we survey the history of Japanese visual arts and aesthetics from a Christian perspective. This year we will concentrate on the theme Budhido which is the traditional view of life and death and aethtetics of Japanese. We will watch the film “Ikiru (To live)” directed by Akira Kurosawa and discuss about our theme. And we will read and discuss our text “Budhido: The soul of Japan”written by Inazo Nitobe. Then we will study the history of the images of Buddha; The Rinpa School Painting in Edo period; Tea Ceremony and Japanese Aesthetics; Tokyo National Museum. And you will experience the traditional Tea Ceremony at the Tea Room in the Faith and Culture Center of TCI. Japanese Ghibli animation and comics (Anime) are known around the world. Additionally, in the three classes, we will learn about Japanese animation—and Ghibli animated films, in particular—and Japanese comics under the guidance of Yasumi Tsujinaka, a specialist in this area. Students will consider how they may better understand the religious mind of modern Japan’s youth through analysis of Anime. (3 credits)
PHIL 370 Japanese Religion and Philosophy
This course surveys important themes and developments in the history of Japanese religion. It will provide an overview of Japanese religious history, from the earliest historical documents to the present, and consider how various religious traditions have impacted the social, political, and cultural lives of the Japanese people. The class will also examine major characteristics of various religions traditions and how they have shaped the landscape of Japan as it is now. One unique characteristic of this course is that it will be conducted as a bilingual seminar. Both Japanese and English speaking students will be present in this class. Though the instructor will give introductory lectures to each religious tradition, many classes will be devoted to the discussion of common readings and of the presentations of student groups. Class preparations and active participation constitute a major part of the student’s grade for the semester. The purpose of this class is to aid students in achieving a necessary familiarity with the religious history of Japan, taking into account the repeating themes of religious pluralism, as well as the interrelation between major religious traditions and new religious developments, including that of cults. (3 credits)
JPN 101-103 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture
The elementary, intermediate, and advanced courses help students to build a strong foundation in the Japanese language, aiming for the ultimate goal of being a true bridge person between Japan and their home countries. In order to be such a bridge person, the students should be able to use the Japanese language as their tool, being fluent in reading and writing as well. All four skills speaking, listening, writing, and reading will be covered. (3 credits)
Students will be assigned to the course below that best suits their level:
JPN 101 Elementary Japanese Language and Culture I
JPN 201 Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I
JPN 301 Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I
Below are the electives scheduled to be offered at TCU during the Spring, Fall and Winter 2016/2017. Please note that course offerings are subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
Electives for Fall 2016/2017 are listed as 3-credit courses. However, students can also take them as 2-credit courses, which is the standard for full-time TCU students. For instance, students who need 3 or 4 credits in theology at their home university can take any two ST courses (if offered while the student is at TCU) for 2 credits each, making an ST course of 4 credits. Of course, the student could also take the two ST courses for 3 credits each, bringing the ST course total to 6 credits. Please note that The Gospels will be offered as a 2-credits course.
Electives for Winter and Spring terms are listed as 2-credit courses, which is the standard for full-time TCU students. However, with approval from TCU’s academic dean, students may take these courses as 3-credit courses. In such cases, the academic dean and course professor(s) will make up the additional credit from extra guided studies.
Electives for Spring 2017
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization
A brief history of the main developments in Western Culture. By the end of this course, the student should be able to identity the main eras in Western cultural history and provide a brief de-scription of the salient characteristics of each. The course will especially emphasize early cultural developments in Greece and Rome, with some attention to their context in Indo-European and world history. While discussing political developments and military developments as needed, the real thrust of the course will be towards architecture, the arts, science, and what may be called “worldview” issues, such as attitudes towards government, the religious use of and rejec-tion of painting and sculpture, the relative role of the individual and the collective, and the like. The course will include those elements necessary to grasp the meaning and function of Christianity in Western society. Lastly, the course will raise the issue of a modern “global” or “univer-sal” culture, and (if there is such a thing) its connection to Western culture.
In addition, the student will write several papers as well as a term paper. These are to be carefully formatted according the guidelines in Turabian, 7th ed. These papers are practice in expository writing and basic research. (2 credits)
BST 202 New Testament Survey II
The New Testament is the collection of 27 documents of different kinds written by various people over a period of time in the 1st century C.E. in the eastern part of the Graeco-Roman world. Although the New Testament forms the second part of the Christian scripture, it does not simply enumerate nor summarize what Christians believe or should believe like creeds and confessions of faith. Various authors wrote in reply to what they have experienced in the course of their Christian lives. It reflects their actual life based on the Christian faith, i.e. their cultures, various temptations and struggles of their faith. However, it consistently raises the question, who Jesus is, and it is answered from various perspectives by various people. It was crucial who one believes Jesus is. Moreover, what it meant for the 1st century Christians to live on the basis of Christian faith is reflected in each document of the New Testament. For those of us who live and willingly serve the Lord in the 21st century as Christians it is indispensable to grasp the message of each document of the New Testament. For the second part of the New Testament Survey we will have a look at gospels and non-Pauline epistles. Reading through the New Testament is required for the course. (2 credits)
CMFE 210 Introduction to Arts of Ministry
Theology is meant to be practiced, not merely understood, and “practiced theology” is the practice of ministry. Every person who comes to know the three-person God through Jesus receives a “call” to ministry, whether they work in a church context or not. Ministry is no more and no less than a life of service to others in imitation of Jesus.
Ministry must permeate the entire life of Jesus’ followers because Jesus’ entire life was ministry — from his youth to his manual labor to his preaching/healing to his suffering/dying. Thus, we too must be ministers in our homes, in the church, in the workplace, in the lives of the poor and oppressed, in our relationships with people in crisis, and in the political and economic structures of the world. The foundational truth of Christian ministry to which we will return again and again in this course is that we minister to others from a one-down position, kneeling before them, not standing above them. (2 credits)
HIS 210 Topics in History
The Reformation commemorates its five-hundredth anniversary this year. It did not only play a determinate role in establishing Protestantism; it also had a major impact on the social, cultural, and educational development in the early modern era. Thus, the recent research has too often focused on the movement’s social and cultural background. Because of that, it has unfortunately neglected its theological aspect. However, in order to properly understand the reformation, we must investigate the thought that triggered and burgeoned the movement as well as its socio-cultural background. Therefore, this course focuses on the life and thought of Martin Luther (1583-1546) against the background of its historical context. We shall read his writings and some secondary literature on them. They range from the texts which illuminates his reformation “discovery” to the ones regarding his views on the contemporary economic and social issues. By carefully analyzing these texts against the background of the early modern context, we hope to reexamine the Reformation as the development that leads to the emergence of the modern world. (2 credits)
THEO 301 Systematic Theology II
The third in a sequence of four courses in Christian theology, and a continuation of Systematic Theology I. The main part of the course will focus on Christ – his person, work, and offices. This includes a discussion of Christ’s incarnation, life, death, descent into hell, resurrection, and ascension. The course begins with the doctrines of sin and covenant, and concludes with the application of the work of Christ in the gift of the Holy Spirit and faith. The details of soteriology (justification and sanctification) will be discussed in Systematic Theology III.
There is much common ground on these topics with the Lutheran, Reformed/Calvinist, and Wesleyan/Arminian theological traditions that inform much of modern evangelicalism. Yet evangelicals even within these traditions debate many issues. The course explores the coherence and interrelation of doctrinal topics, their roots in biblical sources, and their expression and development within the wider church. The course is focused specifically on doctrine and not on practice or ethics, but with the assumption that the knowledge of God and oneself is integral to Christian living. (2 credits)
MUS 360 Philosophy and Theology of Music
The New Testament tells us, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1a) and “The word of God is alive and active.” (Hebrews 4: 12) If the Word is of primary importance, why should we use our valuable time and energy making and listening to music? Furthermore, if as comedian Steve Martin says, “talking about music is like dancing about architecture,” why should we spend 10 weeks reading about and discussing it? These indisputable truths notwithstanding, this course aims to help us discover and affirm the role of music in God’s plan, by teaching us to:
1) Deepen our understanding and appreciation of music, and how it can be used to glorify God.
2) Draw parallels between the story of the Bible and the structure and social functions of music.
3) Explore the history of music explicitly made to glorify God, and various philosophical and theological approaches to music.
4) Work out our new understanding and appreciation of music in our own musical activities. (2 credits)
BST 401 Old Testament Exegesis
The objective of this course is to develop critical competencies in the arts of interpretation of, and theological reflection on, the Old Testament. Students will accomplish this by focusing primarily on the story of Abraham in the book of Genesis. In the course readings, lectures, discussions, and presentations, we will give attention to the following: problems related to the original Hebrew text and its translation; assumptions, aims, methods, and tools of various exegetical approaches; historical and literary contexts of interpretation; similarities and differences among various traditional and modern approaches; relationships among biblical texts (such as the relationship between the Old Testament account and New Testament references to it); and possible relationships among biblical and non-biblical texts. In particular, we will focus on similarities and differences among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpretations (from early to modern times) as represented in biblical translation, commentary, retellings of the story of Abraham, and the like. (2 credits)
Electives for Fall 2017
BST101 Old Testament Survey
The aim of this course is for students to become more competent interpreters and communicators of the Old Testament by learning to: (1) Articulate the over-arching narrative of the Old Testament; (2) Identify and explain the purpose and message of Old Testament books and major canonical divisions in their literary and historical contexts; (3) Identify and critically assess some of central issues and debates concerning the Old Testament from ancient to modern times; (4) Articulate certain hermeneutical issues surrounding the interpretation and proclamation of the Old Testament as God’s word; (5) Formulate questions and practice approaches to solutions that will inform and stimulate a lifetime of study of the Old Testament. (3 credits)
BST260 The Gospels
This course provides an introduction to the study of the four canonical gospels and the study of Jesus. The aim of this course is to lay a firm foundation for the lifelong study of and engagement with the four canonical gospels that are at the heart of Christian faith. Students are expected to appreciate each gospel in its own terms, i.e. to have a clear grasp of the distinctive features of each gospel. For this purpose, we shall learn some key analytical methods developed in modern New Testament scholarship. Both the strengths and the limitations of each method will be evaluated in the course of our discussions. We shall spend more time on the gospel of Mark and the gospel of John in order better to understand the relationship between the Synoptic gospels and the fourth gospel. Subsequently, we shall briefly review the ongoing scholarly investigation called “the quest for the historical Jesus”. We shall evaluate some scholarly views on the historical Jesus in the light of the testimonies of the four canonical gospels. (2 credits)
ENG101 Expository Writing
Students will come to understand the connection between good writing and good thinking, and they will develop skills to become a “great rewriter.” In order to do this, they will learn the causes of bad writing and learn tangible techniques for good writing. Moreover, they will learn the basics of discourse: paragraphing, topic statements, thesis statements, and supporting information. They will mainly learn principles for writing with clarity, cohesion, emphasis, and coherence. Additional time will be spent learning to analyze texts, use evidence, question and engage sources, develop ideas, and structure arguments. Students will learn to summarize, paraphrase, quote, reference, and avoid plagiarism. Most of all, they will learn clear principles for applying the Golden Rule of Writing: Write as you would be written to. (3 credits)
COM280 Intercultural Communication
The need to acquire the knowledge and skills in intercultural communication is growing in the globalized word. Developing the ability and competence in cross-cultural communication is not simply relevant but crucial today. This course aims to introduce the basic knowledge and skills necessary for developing healthy intercultural relationships. To archive this goal, this course will explore the fundamental concepts and variables in cross-cultural communication. In addition, students will learn cultural patterns that help students to objectify both their own and other cultural ways of communication in order to foster healthy intercultural relationships. The cultivation of positive attitudes towards different cultures is essential. The necessary components and basic skills for effective intercultural communication will be discussed. In this course, a special emphasis will be given to the intercultural communication in the Japanese context. This specific emphasis is intentional and it aims at helping students for their cultural adjustment in the Japanese culture and society. (3 credits)
LING301 Introduction to Linguistics
In this course, we familiarize ourselves with practical knowledge for teaching English. We will do this using the following approach. (1) Read our assigned text each week. (2) Discuss readings with classmates in class. (3) Give and hear presentations on the assigned text each week. (4) Take quizzes on the assigned readings. (3 credits)
THEO101 Survey of Christian Doctrine
This course serves two main purposes. First, it provides a general survey of basic Christian doctrine from a Protestant, Evangelical perspective. Second, it provides a foundation for the three-course sequence in Systematic Theology. The Christian Doctrine course describes the range of options in contemporary Evangelicalism and shows their context through a quick and very rough survey of Christian theology from the earliest Christian Fathers to the present. Thus, this course should provide the student with a rather extensive data-base of theological doctrines, issues (such as infant vs. adult baptism), and vocabulary. It is important to note what this class does not do. It does not explore what makes Christian doctrine into a coherent whole, nor does it discuss how a theological system is put together, nor does it consider in depth how to argue for a particular theological position, nor does it explore extensively the difference between the various kinds of theological systems, whether Evangelical—such as the Lutheran, Anabaptist, Reformed, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and Dispensationalist options—or non-Evangelical, such as 19th century Liberalism, Liberation Theology, and the like. Those issues will be taken up in the three Systematic Theology courses. (3 credits)
THEO401 Systematic Theology III: Holy Spirit
The concluding course in a sequence of four: Overview of Christian Doctrine, ST I, ST II, and ST III. The Holy Spirit was introduced in ST I when discussing the Trinity. Our study was then given more depth through its connections with Christology in ST II. This final course discusses a selection of topics which Christian theologians have, traditionally, closely associated with the work of the Holy Spirit. As a transition from the previous course, ST III begins with Soteriology (i.e., justification, sanctification, regeneration, the order of salvation, sin, grace, etc.). Then it will move to the Christian Life (man as a “thou,” as at once saint and sinner, whether or not perfecti-ble in this life, relation to the State, war, and pacifism, etc.). This will be followed by those top-ics that many lay people think of first when they hear mention of the Holy Spirit: Pneumatology (glossolalia, Baptism “in” the Spirit, Baptism “with” the Spirit, Entire Sanctification, Spirit-Baptism, Second Blessing, Role of the Spirit in other religions, in divine providence, etc.). The course proceeds to Ecclesiology (universal and local church, visible and invisible church, metaphors describing the church, relation to salvation, leadership, governance, etc.) and the Sac-raments (how many, infant vs believer’s baptism, whether necessary for salvation, ordinance and/or sacrament, Lord’s supper, etc.). It will conclude with Eschatology (life after death, the “end” of history, the return of Christ, rapture, problems with the delay of the Parousia, millenni-alism, judgment, the final kingdom, etc.). (3 credits)
ICM420 Global Christianity
The numerical bulk of Christian population has shifted from Europe and North America to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This numerical shift has been an important emerging force to refocus the global nature of the Christian faith. This course aims to study the global nature of the Christian faith and to reflect upon the implications for theologizing and mission practice in the era of the global church.
This course is offered in conjunction with the World Missions Lectureship (WML). Therefore, it is required students to attend all the WML lectures. Through the WML, students will explore pressing issues in the current situation of the world evangelization. Student will write “reflection papers” that (1) summarize the contents and main points, (2) examine the significance of each lecture, and (3) reflect upon the WML contents in relation to the current state of the global church and the missiological context of each student. (3 credits)
ICM450 Christian Mission and Church Movements
This course introduces studies in the transmission of faith from the historical and missiological points of view, thereby discussing the present and future of missions. Students will study various aspects of Christian mission in terms of the transmission of Christian faith, Africa’s place in Christian history, and the missionary movements of the Old and the New. Using the textbook of Andrew Walls, we will discuss what kind of theological insights and missiological understandings there were, the relations of Church renewal and bold efforts toward mission, mission structures they adopted, the roles of the key mission leaders, and finally, the influences of one mission movement to another movement. This course is not lecture-centered, rather an interactive setting where students carefully read the assigned chapters in the textbook and present them in the first part of each class. Students will learn subjects in-depth by evaluating their presentations with one another and by the advice and comments from the instructor. (3 credits)
Electives for Winter 2017
BST220 The Pentateuch
The first five books of the Old Testament are crucial in many senses. In terms of content, they present all the major Biblical themes: creation and fall, covenant and election, justification by faith, mission, the giving of the Law, sin and atonement, the love commandment, etc. These themes are related through various events beginning with the creation through the death of Moses. In this course, we will focus on various themes related to sin and atonement, which are discussed in what is presumably the most unreadable portion of the Bible, namely, Leviticus. Leviticus constitutes the central part of the Sinai covenant, so presumably contains the deepest part of God’s will that has been unfolded since the giving of the ten commandments. We will review various approaches to the Law, and explore the most suitable and reasonable approach to it. At the same time we will always pay attention to the relevance of the given theme to today’s believers as well as to the rest of the Pentateuch and Old Testament. (2 credits)
BST230 The Prophets
The chief aims of this course are to gain an overview and understanding of the central messages and themes of the major and minor prophets in their historical and canonical contexts, and to develop competence in reading and interpreting Old Testament prophetic literature through in-depth study of selected texts. In developing their reading competence, students will learn about the social, political, and religious cultures of the pre-exilic, exilic, and post-exilic periods; learn to identify sub-genres within prophetic literature; practice identifying and articulating key themes that occur throughout the prophetic books; consider the significance of biographical information about the prophets for interpreting their books; and examine relationships between certain prophetic books and other Old Testament books, as well as relationships between certain prophetic books and the New Testament. In addition, students will also compare and contrast traditional and modern approaches to selected books while reading and discussing secondary literature, and they will consider the significance of Jewish and Christian canonical arrangements for interpretation. (2 credits)
BST402 New Testament Exegesis
No interpretation is possible without any presupposition. Often without knowing it we bring our bias and presupposition to the biblical text when we read and understand it, which ends up in diverse interpretations of the same text. Paul’s letter to Romans is no exception. A glance at history of interpretation reveals the basic obstacle to an appropriate interpretation. Romans has become a battlefield of doctrinal debates, especially since the Reformation. Diverse theologies result in diverse interpretations (or vice verse) although every interpreter claims to derive diverse theologies from the relevant passages. Paul never dreamt of some or all these interpretations of his letter. The course aims at groping one’s way toward an elucidating Paul’s intended meaning of his letter. However, it is not as easy as to state it. We just cannot ignore the history of Christian church (and even of non-Christian reader), which has been struggling with the text of Romans. We will make use of Mark Reasoner’s book, Romans in Full Circle: A History of Interpretation as our guide. (2 credits)
COM330 Rhetoric: Theory and History
This course will provide an overview of the history and theory of modes of persuasion. Rhetoric as a discipline was born in Ancient Greece and flourished in medieval Europe until its decline in modern times. Even though rhetoric as an area of study is not as prominent as it once was as a part of the trivium, the accumulated knowledge from ancient times is most beneficial for us, who communicate, present, and persuade daily on the internet as well as at schools and work. In the first half of the course, some of the key theorists of the history of rhetoric, such as Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, and a few more will be studied. We will also venture outside the European tradition to look at rhetoric in Confucius’ thought and in the Bible. In doing so, we will examine the changing methods and goals of rhetoric in its cultural and historical context. Later in the course, the students are given a chance to undertake medieval rhetorical exercise (progymnasmata), and at the end, to write their own rhetorical compositions using the knowledge they acquired throughout the course. (2 credits)
COM430 Public Speaking: Theory and Practice
The chief aim of this course is to develop skills in public speaking. The course will cover speech organization with an emphasis on practical speech-making and delivery. Over the period of the term each student will have the opportunity to organize, prepare and present a variety of speeches(informal, formal, informative, persuasive, humorous, etc.). In addition to preparation and delivery students will learn how to evaluate the speeches of others based on the stated purpose of each speech. As a result of the opportunities to practice public speaking and speech evaluation students will be better prepared to be effective communicators in their futures. (2 credits)
ENG201 Critical Research and Writing
In this course, you will learn and practice to read, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction sources and to present the results of you analyses in clear, organized, and carefully documented research papers. You will do this through honing your abilities to master grammar, logic, and rhetoric. Grammar refers to more than the structure of language. It concerns the facts of a given subject. Thus, mastering grammar refers to your ability to move towards mastery of a given subject or topic. Logic is not just the science of reasoning. It also refers to your ability to analyze, synthesize, and subsume the facts (and grammar) through your powers of reasoning. And rhetoric refers to your ability to communicate these subsumed facts with clarity, style, and grace. (2 credits)
ICM101 Anthropology and Mission
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the central concepts in the anthropological study of human behavior and to apply those concepts to the mission of the Church. Cultural anthropologists use the concept of culture to explain the diversity of belief and practice around the world. As culture is central to human adaptation to physical, social and psychological contexts, the study of culture is important for understanding and responding to the diversity that exists in our world. This course will explore how culture influences some of the important areas of human experience and is of critical importance to the mission of the Church. (2 credits)
ICM280 Japan Encounters the West: Critical Perspectives on Culture and Theology
Japan has experienced three major encounters with the West throughout its history. In the 16th century, the Japanese did not have a strong spirit of nationalism, and they naturally accepted European culture, digested it, and Japanized it. However, Western influence gradually disappeared because of Japan’s isolationist policy. The second encounter occurred in the 19th century, at the end of Edo period. Whilst recognizing superior Western scientific technology, the Japanese insisted on the superiority of the Japanese spiritual tradition. Japan accepted superficial Westernization with the slogan, “Japanese soul and Western technology.” The third encounter started with Japan’s defeat in World War II. Although this encounter began with Japan’s inferiority complex towards Western culture, the nation came to possess a superiority complex because of Japan’s economic development. This course analyzes these thee encounters from political, economical, sociological, and theological viewpoints, and explores the essence of Japanese culture. It aims to equip students to analyze various elements of contemporary Japanese culture and to critically examine it. (2 credits)
PHIL101 An Historical Introduction to Western Philosophy I
The linked courses, Philosophy I and Philosophy II, have a double agenda: first, to be a general introduction to the nature, problems, methods, concepts, vocabulary, and divisions of philosophy, and second, to introduce the history of Western philosophy. Philosophy I proceeds from the beginnings of Greek philosophy until Neo-Platonism and the beginnings of Christianity. In Philosophy I, students will learn about important individuals such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, and important ancient philosophical schools. Greater attention will be given to Plato and Aristotle than the other philosophers since they exercised the greatest influence on later thought. Philosophy II proceeds from Augustine to the Renaissance. In Philosophy II, students will learn how Christianity adapted and developed ancient philosophy. In both Philosophy I and II, we will be note the interaction between philosophy and theology, especially from the point when ancient philosophy comes into direct contact with Christianity in the life of the apostle Paul. (2 credits)