Asian Studies

Current Course Offerings

Winter 2021

ASIA314 Premodern Japan Sections

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.
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Winter 2021

ASIA314 Premodern Japan Sections

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.
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Winter 2021

ASIA315 Japan from Feudal to Modern State Sections

Japanese history from 1600 to the Meiji Restoration. Political, economic, social and cultural forces which were involved in transforming Japan.

Japanese history from 1600 to the Meiji Restoration. Political, economic, social and cultural forces which were involved in transforming Japan.
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Winter 2021

ASIA317 The Rise of Korean Civilization Sections

The evolution of a distinctive Korean civilization within the East Asian cultural sphere. Primary focus on cultural, social and political development from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.

The evolution of a distinctive Korean civilization within the East Asian cultural sphere. Primary focus on cultural, social and political development from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.
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Winter 2021
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021

ASIA320 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.
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Winter 2021
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021

ASIA344A Topics in Japanese Cultural History I: Aristocrats and Warriors - TPCS JAPN CLT I Sections

Focuses each year on a specific topic related to the courtly or warrior culture of Japan.

This course focuses each year on a specific topic related to the courtly or warrior culture of Japan.
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Winter 2021

ASIA347 Traditional Korean Literature in Translation Sections

An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.

An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.
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Winter 2021
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2021 term.
Winter 2021
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2021 term.

Courses Offered in Other Terms

ASIA314

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.

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ASIA315

Japanese history from 1600 to the Meiji Restoration. Political, economic, social and cultural forces which were involved in transforming Japan.

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ASIA317

The evolution of a distinctive Korean civilization within the East Asian cultural sphere. Primary focus on cultural, social and political development from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.

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ASIA318

A survey of the history and culture of India from the earliest historic period to 1200 and the coming of Islam, with emphasis on the evolution of classical Hindu civilization.

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ASIA320

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

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ASIA328

The history, culture, and social and economic organization of South Asia from the decline of the classical Hindu empires through the Sultanate period.

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ASIA340

See HIST 379 (The History of Late Imperial China).

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ASIA344A

This course focuses each year on a specific topic related to the courtly or warrior culture of Japan.

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ASIA347

An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.

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ASIA358

Devotional, mystic, and erotic poetry of medieval Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.

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ASIA370

Languages, religions, art forms, and political structures of Asian societies shaped by creative encounters with Sanskrit.

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ASIA398

Stories of gods, goddesses and religious heroes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Avadanas and in classical poetry and drama.

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Winter 2021

ASIA101 Introduction to Modern Asia Sections

A survey of the emergence of modern Asia. Aims at an understanding of how the various peoples of Asia have maintained distinctive cultural identities despite centuries of political, economic, social and cultural change.

ASIA110 Introduction to Religions in Asia Sections

A survey of religious traditions of Asia, including communities, professionals, practices and beliefs of small-scale and large-scale societies. Approaches and theories drawn from the field of religious studies.

ASIA150 Asian Internets Sections

The cultures of contemporary Asia through an exploration of the uses, form, and content of online media from and about Asia.

ASIA206 Modern Islam Sections

History and culture, values, and sociopolitical movements of the Islamic world from 1500 to the modern day; interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in modern Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

ASIA207 Classical Islam Sections

History and culture, values, and achievements of Islamic societies from 700-1500; interconnections between power, politics, gender, and the arts in Islamic societies. This course is highly recommended as a basis for all 300- and 400-level Islamic Studies courses.

ASIA208 Cultural Foundations of South Asia Sections

A survey of South Asian cultures, including language and literature, art, religion, polity and society, as they developed in the past and have been transformed in the modern period.

ASIA210 Traditions of Yoga Sections

Philosophical, religious, and cultural development of yoga in classical and medieval South Asia and its relation to contemporary globalized practice.

ASIA211 Sex, Sexual Ethics, and Asian Religions Sections

Sex and sexual ethics in the scriptures, monastic rules, rituals, and narratives of Asian religions, such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

ASIA212 Writing About Japan Sections

Literary, historiographic, religious, and feminist approaches to Japanese myths, legal tracts, religious tales, fiction, and poetry.

ASIA250 Introduction to Buddhism Sections

Origins, basic teachings, development of Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantric traditions, historical spread first through Asia and later the world, and Buddhism in contemporary societies.

ASIA254 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Japanese Literature and Film Sections

The integral role that sex, gender, and sexuality play in literary and cinematic works from Japan. Literary works will be read in translation, movies will be subtitled.

ASIA270 China in World History Sections

The history of China in a global context, from the earliest times to the most recent past; how China has changed the world and how engagement with the world has changed China.

ASIA300 Writing and Culture in East Asia Sections

Practical, aesthetic, historical, technological and political issues pertaining to the use of Chinese characters - hanzi (Chinese), kanji (Japanese), or hanccha (Korean) - throughout the region.

ASIA304 Survey of South and Southeast Asian Performing Arts Sections

An historical perspective of the performing arts of South and Southeast Asia, highlighting the role of music, dance, and the dramatic arts in the lives of actors and audiences. Option to complete a practicum performance.

ASIA305 Asian Horror Cinema: National Nightmares and Specters of Trauma Sections

Engaging with the ideologies, industrial histories, socio-cultural contexts, and aesthetics of horror films - and the genre itself - from various Asian cinemas.

ASIA308 Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India Sections

Myths of creation Gods and goddesses of the Vedic pantheon. Connections with myths in other parts of the world, particularly in the Indo-European tradition. Literary representations of the myths.

ASIA309 South Asian Beyond South Asia Sections

A history of South Asian peoples and communities that emigrated overseas, including Indo-Canadians.

ASIA311 Tibetan Buddhism Sections

Religious terrain of the Tibetan cultural realm, looking at the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism and key ideas of the four main Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

ASIA313 Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society Sections

History and culture of the Himalayan regions, including India, China, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.

ASIA314 Premodern Japan Sections

Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.

ASIA315 Japan from Feudal to Modern State Sections

Japanese history from 1600 to the Meiji Restoration. Political, economic, social and cultural forces which were involved in transforming Japan.

ASIA317 The Rise of Korean Civilization Sections

The evolution of a distinctive Korean civilization within the East Asian cultural sphere. Primary focus on cultural, social and political development from the earliest times to the sixteenth century.

ASIA319 Contemporary Chinese Popular Cultures Sections

Chinese popular cultures of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, in relation to social changes, national policies, individual choices, everyday experience, and globalization.

ASIA320 History of Early China Sections

History of China from the earliest times to the disintegration of the Tang empire. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the origins and foundations of Chinese society.

ASIA321 Celebrity Culture in Chinese Societies Sections

Histories, controversies, and implications of celebrity culture in Chinese societies, with a focus on the entanglement of author, audience, and media across different sociopolitical contexts.

ASIA324 Literature of Hong Kong Sections

A survey of the literature of Hong Kong, from classical times to the present. Important periods in literary history (imperial, colonial, post-colonial), major authors (locals, visitors, and writers elsewhere), and important genres, including poetry, essays, and fiction.

ASIA325 Hong Kong Cinema Sections

A survey of the cinema of Hong Kong from the post-war period to the present. The influence of Hong Kong on global cinema, and the forces (artists, studios, audiences, etc.) that have given rise to filmmaking styles and genres perceived as "distinctively Hong Kong."

ASIA326 Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime Sections

A critical introduction to Japanese manga and anime in the 20th and 21st centuries.

ASIA332 Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition Sections

Key ideas and trends in Confucian thought and practice from its origins to modern times through primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship.

ASIA333 Contemporary South Asian Gender and Sexuality Studies Sections

Main theories and key concepts with a particular focus on the changing status of women, and gender and sexual minorities.

ASIA335 Cantonese Music Sections

A history of musical genres with Cantonese lyrics from the nineteenth century to the present. Topics include music and text relationships, major singers, major genres (narrative songs, Cantonese opera, Cantopop).

ASIA336 Sufi and Bhakti Devotional Literatures Sections

Sufi and Bhakti thought and tradition in South Asia through literary works in translation.

ASIA338 India in the Age of Revolutions Sections

History of the political shifts and revolutions that transformed India to a British colony.

ASIA339 The Construction of South Asian Communities in the Diaspora Sections

An examination of contemporary South Asian communities in the diaspora. Topics of particular importance are family life, religious life, notions of space, communal memory, literary and visual representation.

ASIA341 Classical Chinese Literature in Translation Sections

Poetry, historical and philosophic prose writings and the earliest genres of fiction in classical Chinese (ca. 1100 BC ca. 750 AD).

ASIA342 Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition Sections

Readings in drama and fiction, 800 to 1800 AD. The emergence of vernacular genres as distinct from and sometimes opposed to the existing classical genres.

ASIA344A Topics in Japanese Cultural History I: Aristocrats and Warriors - TPCS JAPN CLT I Sections

Focuses each year on a specific topic related to the courtly or warrior culture of Japan.

ASIA346A Topics in Japanese Cultural History II: The Early Modern Age - TPCS JAPN CLT II Sections

Focuses each year on a specific topic related to the culture of early modern Japan.

ASIA347 Traditional Korean Literature in Translation Sections

An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.

ASIA351 Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation Sections

Reading of selected novels and stories written between 1750 and the present.

ASIA353 Introduction to Hindi Film Sections

History, aesthetics, politics, and social roles of Bollywood films. Films will be subtitled.

ASIA354 Introduction to Japanese Cinema Sections

Students will be introduced to the work of the major directors (e.g., Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Itami, Oshima, Shinoda). Ideological uses of literary texts and period pieces (e.g., Ugetsu, Life of Oharu, Double Suicide). Impact of depiction of Japanese in American film.

ASIA355 History of Chinese Cinema Sections

Introduction to the work of major directors.

ASIA357 Modern Korean Literature in Translation Sections

Selected fiction and poetry written between 1917 and the present.

ASIA361 Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation II Sections

A thematic survey of modern Chinese fiction and film in translation.

ASIA363 Fiction and Film from Modern Taiwan Sections

A reading-intensive survey of literary and cinematic culture in Taiwan since the early 20th century: colonialism, the national divide, nativism, trauma, cosmopolitanism, and utopian imaginings.

ASIA364A Modern Japanese Literature in Translation - MOD JAPN LIT TRN Sections

An introduction to the literature and cultural history of modern Japan, with readings drawn from various literary genres, from 1868 to the present.

ASIA365 Punjabi Cinema Sections

Punjabi culture, history, and social values through films. The class includes film viewings and seminar discussions. Films will be subtitled.

ASIA367 Contemporary Korean Culture Sections

An introduction to the literature, drama, music, and art of Korea today. Particular attention will be paid to the continuing influence of traditional themes and forms.

ASIA371 Foundations of Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from its beginnings until the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) in its historical and cultural contexts. Includes, among others: Confucius; Mo Zi; the Legalists/Authoritarians; Zhuang Zi; the Lao Zi book.

ASIA372 Development of Traditional Chinese Thought Sections

Chinese thought from the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) to Wang Yangming (1472-1529) in its historical and cultural contexts.

ASIA373 History of Hong Kong Sections

History, culture, and identities of Hong Kong from the early 1800s to the present.

ASIA375 Global Chinese Cinemas Sections

A survey of Chinese cinemas in global perspective, covering films, filmmakers, producers, audiences, markets, industries, and critical discourse since the early twentieth century. Covers both cinematic culture and filmmaking technique.

ASIA376 The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development Sections

Introduction to the historical development of Sikh traditions in India and Diaspora, from the 15th century to the present, with attention to broader historical contexts.

ASIA378 Philosophical Wisdom of Early India Sections

Epistemological and ontological thought from the Vedic period to the period of the rise of philosophical schools or systems Philosophy in the Mahabharata, Gita; early Buddhist and Jain views on knowledge and reality; views on language.

ASIA382 Buddhism in China Sections

History, thought, and practices of Chinese Buddhism from its beginnings until the twentieth century.

ASIA386 Chinese Grammar and Usage I Sections

Analysis of modern Chinese grammar and its usage in various discourses, situating its form and function in relation to social and cultural contexts.

ASIA387 Japanese Religions Sections

An introduction to traditional Japanese religions including Shinto, Buddhism, Shugendo, Confucianism, new religions and folklore, and their roles in Japanese history, culture and society.

ASIA390 History of the Indian Ocean World Sections

Societies and empires shaped by voyages of exploration, religious pilgrimages, trading diasporas and forced migration in the world of the Indian Ocean.

ASIA392 Classical Persian Literature in English Translation Sections

Works of classical Persian literature dating from the tenth to the seventeenth century.

ASIA393 History of Iran from the Sasanians to the Safavids Sections

Iranian history from the fall of the Sasanian empire and the Arab conquest of Iran to the rise of Iranian dynasties in the east, the reign of Turkic and Turko-Mongolian rulers, and the formation of a Shi'ite Iran under the Safavids.

ASIA394 Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema Sections

Gender politics, family relationships, and women's social, economic, and political roles in post-revolutionary Iran as shown through Iranian cinema.

ASIA395 Modern Persian Literature Sections

Modern Persian literature, including fiction, drama, and/or poetry, of Iran, Afghanistan, and/or Tajikistan dating from the mid-19th to the 21st century (in English translation).

ASIA396 Chinese Grammar and Usage II Sections

Analysis of modern Chinese grammar and its usage in various discourses, situating its form and function in relation to social and cultural contexts. Continuation of ASIA 386.

ASIA397 The Idea of India Sections

History of cultural ideas that led to India's transformation from a traditional, colonial society tied to the British empire to a postcolonial, pluralistic, development oriented parliamentary democracy.

ASIA399 Films of the South Asian Diaspora Sections

Contemporary films of the South Asian Diaspora, with a focus on Canada, US, and UK. Emphasizes theories of representation, visual and cultural analysis.

ASIA402 Language, Writing, and Linguistic Thought in the History of the Sinographic Cosmopolis Sections

History of language, writing and linguistic thought in China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam from a comparative perspective and focusing on the dissolution of this translocal cultural formation with the onset of modernity.

ASIA410 International Relations in Premodern East Asia Sections

International relations, particularly between Korea and Japan in the premodern East Asian context, focusing on migration, trade, diplomacy, war, collective memory, mutual perceptions, and the context of the Sinocentric international order.

ASIA411 Chinese Political Thought and Institutions Sections

Chinese theories and practices of government and administration from earliest times to 1949.

ASIA428 Mughal India Sections

History of the politics, economy, society, and culture of South Asia from the Great Mughals to the British conquest.

ASIA430 International Relations in Modern East Asia: Korea and Japan Sections

Trade, diplomacy, war, imperialism, militarism, colonialism, collective memory, mutual perceptions Korean-Japanese relations are examined as an exemplary case for exploring the dimensions of international conflict and partnership.

ASIA431 Tibetan Literature, Genres, and Book Culture Sections

Tibetan literature, textual genres, and book and printing culture from the seventh century to the present.

ASIA433 Representations of Muslims in Hindi/Urdu Films Sections

Depictions of Muslims in relation to the majoritarian community as well as other minorities in South Asian cinema, with a particular focus on the Hindi/Urdu film industry.

ASIA441A Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation - CHIN FIC&DRAM TR Sections

Reading of a classic novel or play, with attention to intellectual, social, and political subtexts as well as aesthetic dimensions and problems of interpretation.

ASIA444 Topics in Modern Japanese Fiction and Cultural History Sections

Focuses on a limited time period or particular aspect of modern Japanese literature.

ASIA445 Japanese Crime Fiction Sections

Examines representations of crime and criminality in modern and contemporary Japanese literature.

ASIA447 Korean Women's Literature Sections

Women's voices and issues in the Korean literary tradition, from earliest times to the new millennium, in translation.

ASIA456 History and Culture of Taiwan Sections

The major social, economic, political, and cultural changes in Taiwan since the seventeenth century; the post-World War II process of democratization and Taiwan's place in the contemporary world.

ASIA463 Japanese Documentary Media Sections

Historical survey of Japanese documentary film and media, including press, photography, reality TV shows, and social media.

ASIA464 Japanese Women's Self-Writing Sections

Selected aspects of the more than 1000 years of self-writing (diary, autobiography, personal fiction). Theory and criticism about the use of writing as a medium of self-expression.

ASIA465 Japanese Horror Sections

The genre of Japanese visual horror explored through formal visual literacy, genre theory, and textual analysis.

ASIA470 Comparative Conceptions of the Self Sections

Ways in which the "self" has been portrayed in eastern and western religious traditions. Thinkers to be considered include Aristotle, Mencius, Freud, Xunzi (Hsn-tzu), Nietzsche, and Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu).

ASIA484 The History of the Choson Dynasty Sections

Political, social, and cultural history of Korea's Choson Dynasty, focusing on how it lasted from 1392 to 1910 and why it collapsed so quickly at the beginning of the twentieth century. Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 484 or ASIA 587.

ASIA490H Asian Classics - Fourth Year Seminar - ASIA CLSSCS SEM Sections

Focus changes from year to year. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and fourth-year standing.

ASIA490Z Asian Classics - Fourth Year Seminar - ASIA CLSSCS SEM Sections

Focus changes from year to year. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and fourth-year standing.

ASIA491 India and the Persianate World Sections

Histories of Muslim Empires, spanning Iran, India and Central Asia, from 1000-1800 CE. Examined through the conceptual lens of the Persianate World with emphasis on Persianate culture and power in South Asia.

ASIA498 Asia in Museums/the Museum in Asia Sections

Museological representations of Asia and Asian forms of museological representation in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 498 or ASIA 598.

ASIA499 Honours Thesis Sections

Restricted to fourth-year students admitted to the Honours Program in Asian Studies.

ASIA501A Research Methods and Source Materials in Classical Chinese Studies - CHIN RESEAR METH Sections

ASIA502A Modern Chinese Fiction and Western Criticism - MOD CHIN FIC&W C Sections

ASIA511B Readings in Chinese Religious Texts - CHIN RELG TEXTS Sections

Selected readings from primary texts in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, and popular religion.

ASIA512B Advanced Readings in Classical Chinese - READ-CLAS CHIN Sections

ASIA514B Topics in Modern Chinese Literature - TPCS MOD CHIN LT Sections

ASIA516 Race and Ethnicity in Asian Studies Sections

ASIA525A Topics in the Social History of Japanese Religions - TPCS SOC HIS JPN Sections

ASIA528A Problems of Japanese Intellectual History - JAPN INTELL HIST Sections

ASIA532A Topics in Traditional Japanese Literature - TRAD JAPN LIT Sections

ASIA532B Topics in Traditional Japanese Literature - TRAD JAPN LIT Sections

ASIA533A Topics in Modern Japanese Literature - TOP MOD JAPN LIT Sections

ASIA546A Topics in South Asian Literature - TOPS S ASIA LIT Sections

ASIA550A Topics in Early South Asian Civilizations - ERLY S ASIA CIVL Sections

ASIA561A Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia - MODERN S&E ASIA Sections

ASIA561B Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia - MODERN S&E ASIA Sections

ASIA570A Approaches to Asian Literature - APPR TO ASIA LIT Sections

ASIA570B Approaches to Asian Literature - APPR TO ASIA LIT Sections

ASIA576B Topics in South Asian Studies - TPC SAS Sections

ASIA580A Directed Readings - DIRECTED READING Sections

ASIA580B Directed Readings - DIRECTED READING Sections

ASIA583A Topics in Modern Korean Literature - TPCS MOD KORN LT Sections

ASIA590 Theories and Methods "Thinking with the Body" Embodied Cognition and the Study of Culture Sections

Focus changes from year to year, please check the Department website for current course syllabi.

ASIA591 Critical Issues in Asian Studies Sections

Proseminar introducing major methodological and conceptual themes in the contemporary study of Asia, modern and pre-modern. Required of all Asian Studies PhD students, normally in their first year.

ASIA592 The Profession of Asian Studies Sections

Introduction to essential skills for academic and professional work in Asian Studies. Outlines career trajectories in the PhD and beyond, including grant applications, cv-writing, and job searches. Required of Asian Studies PhD students, normally in their first year.

ASIA598 Asia in Museums/the Museum in Asia Sections

Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 498 or ASIA 598.

ASIA599B Master's Thesis - MASTERS THESIS Sections

ASIA699 Doctoral Dissertation Sections

In Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or South Asian Studies only.