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Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts

ASIA: Asian Studies

ASIA 100 (3) Introduction to Traditional Asia
A survey of the histories and cultures of Asia before 1600 and the coming of the Europeans. Emphasis will be given to parallel themes in the development of the civilizations of South, Southeast and East Asia. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 101 (3) Introduction to Modern Asia
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. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 200 (3) Cultural Foundations of East Asia
A comparative survey of the beliefs, assumptions and values which have shaped the civilizations of East Asia in both traditional and modern times.
Prerequisite: All of ASIA 100, ASIA 101.
ASIA 204 (6) Introduction to Asian Religions
The religions of India, China, and Japan in their interactions and cultural contexts, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
Equivalency: RELG 204.
ASIA 208 (3) Cultural Foundations of South Asia
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.
Prerequisite: All of ASIA 100, ASIA 101.
ASIA 209 (3) Cultural Foundations of Southeast Asia
A comparative survey of the different cultures found in the communities of Southeast Asia. Focus will be on language and literature, arts, religion, society and polity, ideologies and belief systems in the past as well as in modern times. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: All of ASIA 100, ASIA 101.
ASIA 211 (3) Sex, Sexual Ethics, and Asian Religions
Sex and sexual ethics in the scriptures, monastic rules, rituals, and narratives of Asian religions, such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
ASIA 212 (3) Writing About Japan
Literary, historiographic, religious, and feminist approaches to Japanese myths, legal tracts, religious tales, fiction, and poetry.
ASIA 213 (3) Myth, Literature, and Film in North India
Indian literary and mythological texts, in genres from epic to lyric, as recast in contemporary Hindi film.
ASIA 222 (3) Encountering Asia
Introduction to the literary, religious, and philosophical traditions of at least two Asian cultures using foundational texts. Students will learn about these traditions by encountering them historically as well as through the lenses of their own diverse identities and contexts.
ASIA 223 (3) Writing Asia
This writing-intensive course is to be taken concurrently with ASIA 222. The seminar builds on the materials of ASIA 222. Students must have knowledge of or be enrolled in the study of one of the languages offered in Asian Studies.
ASIA 250 (3) Introduction to Buddhism
Origins, basic teachings, development of Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantric traditions, historical spread first through Asia and later the world, and Buddhism in contemporary societies.
ASIA 254 (3) Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Japanese Literature and Film
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.
ASIA 258 (3) Religion in South Asia
The major religious traditions of South Asia, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Buddhism; the significance of religious thought and practice in premodern India, as well as the continuing impact of religion in today's globalized South Asia.
ASIA 270 (6) China in the World
The history of China in a global context, from the paleolithic era to the present. An introduction to how China has shaped our world.
Equivalency: HIST 270.
ASIA 300 (3) Writing and Culture in East Asia
Practical, aesthetic, historical, technological and political issues pertaining to the use of Chinese characters - hanzi (Chinese), kanji (Japanese), or hanccha (Korean) - throughout the region.
ASIA 305 (3) Asian Horror Cinema: National Nightmares and Specters of Trauma
Engaging with the ideologies, industrial histories, socio-cultural contexts, and aesthetics of horror films - and the genre itself - from various Asian cinemas.
ASIA 307 (3) Korean Language and Writing in Culture and Society
An examination of Korean language and writing using approaches from sociolinguistics, the sociology of language, and linguistic anthropology.
ASIA 308 (3) Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India
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.
ASIA 309 (3) South Asian Beyond South Asia
A history of South Asian peoples and communities that emigrated overseas, including Indo-Canadians.
ASIA 310 (3/6) d Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization
Study of an Asian culture area different from those covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.
ASIA 314 (3) Premodern Japan
Japanese history (political, economic, social and cultural) to 1600.
ASIA 315 (3) Japan from Feudal to Modern State
Japanese history from 1600 to the Meiji Restoration. Political, economic, social and cultural forces which were involved in transforming Japan.
ASIA 317 (3) The Rise of Korean Civilization
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.
ASIA 318 (3) Premodern India
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.
ASIA 319 (3) History of Indonesian Civilization
Survey of the archipelago from the 10th century to the present. Social organization, major religions, economic and political developments from the pre-modern period, through Dutch colonial rule to independence.
ASIA 320 (3) History of Early China
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.
Equivalency: HIST 378.
ASIA 326 (3) Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime
A critical introduction to Japanese manga and anime in the 20th and 21st centuries.
ASIA 328 (3) Medieval India
The history, culture, and social and economic organization of South Asia from the decline of the classical Hindu empires through the Sultanate period.
ASIA 329 (3) Gender in Southeast Asia
A critical examination of what it means to be a woman or a man within the social and cultural context of Southeast Asia. What "masculinity" and "femininity" signify in Indonesia's society; how these concepts are reaffirmed or challenged.
ASIA 330 (3) Islam in South Asia
Islam as a transnational phenomenon with specific reference to its South Asian forms.
ASIA 331 (3) Islam in Indonesia
Islam as a transnational phenomenon with specific reference to its Indonesian forms.
ASIA 332 (3) Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition
Key ideas and trends in Confucian thought and practice from its origins to modern times through primary sources in translation and secondary scholarship.
ASIA 334 (3) Indonesian Cinema
Representations of social and political relations, cultural traditions and regional differences, marriage, family and kinship ties, and gender politics in Indonesia as shown through Indonesian cinema.
ASIA 337 (3) The Korean People in Modern Times (1600 to the present)
The transformation of Korea from a Confucian state into an industrial nation. The rise of nationalism and modern ideologies in Korea. Cultural, social and economic changes Korea has undergone as it has entered the modern world.
ASIA 338 (3) Modern India: From Conquest to Raj
The history of India from the coming of the Europeans to the rise of the nationalist movement with emphasis on the social and economic impact of British imperialism.
ASIA 339 (3) The Construction of South Asian Communities in the Diaspora
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.
Prerequisite: ASIA 309.
ASIA 340 (3) History of Later Imperial China
History of China from the end of Tang to the eve of its modern transformation. Students will acquire the analytical skills and tools to understand the political, socio-economic, and cultural changes in imperial China.
Equivalency: HIST 379.
ASIA 341 (3) Classical Chinese Literature in Translation
Poetry, historical and philosophic prose writings and the earliest genres of fiction in classical Chinese (ca. 1100 BC – ca. 750 AD).
ASIA 342 (3) Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition
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.
ASIA 344 (3/9) d Topics in Japanese Cultural History I: Aristocrats and Warriors
Focuses each year on a specific topic related to the courtly or warrior culture of Japan.
ASIA 346 (3-9) d Topics in Japanese Cultural History II: The Early Modern Age
Focuses each year on a specific topic related to the culture of early modern Japan.
ASIA 347 (3) Traditional Korean Literature in Translation
An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.
ASIA 348 (3) Great Literary Works of Classical India in Translation
Major Sanskrit and Prakrit literary genres as developed in the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, including folktales of riddle, intrigue, etc. Ramayana, Mahabharata. Polished poems of the urbane. Plays. Learned novels and long poems.
ASIA 349 (3) Southeast Asian Literature in Translation
Literary works from the Malay/Indonesian-speaking world (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore) and some from other regions (mainland Southeast Asia, the Philippines). All readings in English translation.
ASIA 350 (3) Asian Literature in Translation: A Comparative Approach
A comparative approach to the literatures of East, South and Southeast Asia focusing on a specific theme. Required for majors in Chinese, Japanese and South Asian languages.
ASIA 351 (3) Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
Reading of selected novels and stories written between 1750 and the present.
ASIA 352 (3) Topics in Traditional Chinese Vernacular Literature
Traditional Chinese culture as seen through reading and discussion of exemplary literary works in the vernacular language.
ASIA 353 (3) Introduction to Hindi Film
History, aesthetics, politics, and social roles of Bollywood films. Seminar discussions in English; Hindi films with English subtitles.
ASIA 354 (3) Introduction to Japanese Cinema
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.
ASIA 355 (3) History of Chinese Cinema
Introduction to the work of major directors.
ASIA 356 (3) Korean Cinema
Introduction to the work of the major film makers.
ASIA 357 (3) Modern Korean Fiction in Translation
Selected novels and stories written between 1906 and the present.
ASIA 358 (3) Literature of Medieval India in Translation
Devotional, mystic, and erotic poetry of medieval Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.
ASIA 359 (3) Gender Relations in Southeast Asian Literature and Cinema
Gender relations as portrayed in Southeast Asian films and writings in English translation by women and men from the Malay/Indonesian-speaking world, mainland Southeast Asia, and the Philippines.
ASIA 360 (3-9) d A Specific Asian Literature in Translation
Introduction to the literature of a linguistic area of Asia not covered in existing courses. Not given every year. Consult the Department for details. May be taken multiple times on different subjects for credit.
ASIA 361 (3) Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation II
A thematic survey of modern Chinese fiction and film in translation.
ASIA 362 (3/6) d Pre-Modern Japanese Fiction (in translation)
The influential genre of early tales and fiction in pre-modern Japan.
ASIA 363 (3) Fiction and Film from Modern Taiwan
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. In English.
ASIA 364 (3/9) d Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
An introduction to the literature and cultural history of modern Japan, with readings drawn from various literary genres, from 1868 to the present.
ASIA 365 (3) Punjabi Cinema
Punjabi culture, history, and social values through films. The class includes film viewings and seminar discussions. Films will be screened with English subtitles.
ASIA 366 (3) Edo-Period Theatre
Edo-period puppet and kabuki theaters, with additional attention to the latter’s representation in woodblock prints and the construction of gender roles in theatre.
ASIA 367 (3) Contemporary Korean Culture
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.
ASIA 368 (3) Modern Literatures of South Asia in Translation
Fiction, drama, and poetry of modern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, including works in English translation and originally written in English.
ASIA 369 (3) Asian Folklore
A survey of oral and expressive traditions in Asia, including jokes, superstitions, fairy tales, myths, music, and foodways; practical training in collecting and archiving folklore.
ASIA 370 (3) The Sanskrit Cosmopolis: India and the World, 200-1500 CE
Languages, religions, art forms, and political structures of Asian societies shaped by creative encounters with Sanskrit.
ASIA 371 (3) Foundations of Chinese Thought
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.
Equivalency: PHIL 371.
ASIA 372 (3) Development of Traditional Chinese Thought
Chinese thought from the Han dynasty (206 BCE to 220 CE) to Wang Yangming (1472-1529) in its historical and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ASIA 371.
ASIA 375 (3) Global Chinese Cinemas
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.
ASIA 376 (3) The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development
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.
ASIA 377 (3) History of Korean Thought
An examination of Korean religious, philosophical, and scientific thought from the earliest written records to the present day, with particular focus on the interaction of Shamanism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and, in the present century, Christianity.
ASIA 378 (3) Philosophical Wisdom of Early India
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.
Equivalency: PHIL 378.
ASIA 379 (6) The Sikhs: History, Religion and Society
A historical study of the social and cultural forces that helped shape Sikh religious beliefs and ritual practices over the past four centuries. In dealing with the evolution of Sikh identity, due attention will be given to Sikh ideals, social organization, religious institutions and sacred literature.
Equivalency: HIST 389.
ASIA 380 (6) The Making of Modern China: Nationalism, War, Revolution
The history of China from 1800 to the present including the decline of the Qing empire, the rise of modern nationalism, foreign invasion, and China's multiple revolutions.
Equivalency: HIST 380.
ASIA 381 (3) Daoist (Taoist) Religion and Its Philosophical Background
A study of the Daoist religious traditions from their beginnings in the second century CE in their cultural, intellectual and social contexts.
Equivalency: RELG 365.
ASIA 382 (3) Buddhism in China
History, thought, and practices of Chinese Buddhism from its beginnings until the twentieth century.
Equivalency: RELG 366.
ASIA 383 (3) Common Religious Traditions in China
A study of the religious practices and beliefs shared by the great majority of people in traditional Chinese culture, including ancestor worship, seasonal festivals, offerings to deities, exorcism of harmful forces.
ASIA 384 (3) The Zhuangzi (Chuang-Tzu)
Introduction to a foundational text of East Asian thought. Both the primary text and its reception in traditional and modern contexts will be examined.
ASIA 385 (3) Chan/Zen Buddhism: Doctrine and Practice
The history, doctrines, and practices of Chan Buddhism, particularly the profound influence of Chan Buddhism on various aspects of East Asian culture.
ASIA 386 (3) Chinese Grammar and Usage I
In-depth examination of modern Chinese grammar and its usage including word formation, syntactic constructions, discourse cohesions, semantics, and stylistic considerations.
Prerequisite: Either (a) all of CHIN 207, CHIN 208 or (b) all of CHIN 217, CHIN 218 or higher level of Chinese language proficiency.
ASIA 387 (3) Japanese Religions
An introduction to traditional Japanese religions including Shinto, Buddhism, Shugendo, Confucianism, new religions and folklore, and their roles in Japanese history, culture and society.
ASIA 388 (3) Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction
Debates on issues of epistemology, language and ontology among the philosophical schools or systems of classical India Nagarjuna, Bhartrhari, Uma-svati, Sankara and others.
Equivalency: PHIL 388.
ASIA 389 (3) Introduction to Classical Chinese I (Non-Heritage)
The basics of classical Chinese grammar, with short illustrations from texts of the Warring States and early Han Period.
Prerequisite: First-year modern Chinese, first-year modern Japanese or Korean 301, or demonstrate a basic knowledge of Chinese characters.
ASIA 390 (3) History of the Indian Ocean World
Societies and empires shaped by voyages of exploration, religious pilgrimages, trading diasporas and forced migration in the world of the Indian Ocean.
ASIA 391 (3) An Introduction to the Indo-Persian Cosmopolis/Knowledge Systems
Cultural interactions between Delhi and the wider Dar al Islam with indigenous groups and local culture from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
ASIA 394 (3) Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema
Gender politics, family relationships, and women's social, economic, and political roles in post-revolutionary Iran as shown through Iranian cinema.
ASIA 396 (3) Chinese Grammar and Usage II
In-depth examination of modern Chinese grammar and its usage including word formation, syntactic constructions, discourse cohesions, semantics, and stylistic considerations. Continuation of ASIA 386.
Prerequisite: ASIA 386 or higher level of Chinese language proficiency.
ASIA 398 (3) Narrative Literature in Premodern India
Stories of gods, goddesses and religious heroes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Avadanas and in classical poetry and drama.
ASIA 399 (3) Introduction to Classical Chinese II (Non-Heritage)
Practice and expansion of the grammar skills learned in ASIA 389; reading of additional and longer passages from the classical canon.
Prerequisite: ASIA 389.
ASIA 400 (3) Chinese Characters: Script, Languages, and Civilizations
Advanced study of the structure of the Chinese characters in their graphic, phonetic, and semantic aspects.
Prerequisite: ASIA 300 and one of CHIN 200, JAPN 200, KORN 300.
ASIA 405 (3) The Interaction of Science, Religion, and Philosophy in East Asia
The influence of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Christianity on the way peoples of East Asia understood and manipulated the natural world, focussing on the natural sciences.
ASIA 408 (3) Religion, Society, and Secularism in Modern India
The postcolonial nation-state and the challenge of a multi-religious society. Religious and secular discourse in colonial India, the partition, the modern constitution, secularism, Hindu and Muslim mobilization, and religious radicalism and communal violence.
ASIA 410 (3) International Relations in Premodern East Asia
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.
ASIA 411 (3) Chinese Political Thought and Institutions
Chinese theories and practices of government and administration from earliest times to 1949. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 414 (3) Architecture and Urbanism in Islamic South Asia
Historical factors shaping Indian architecture from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
ASIA 418 (3) Social History of India
Fundamental institutions including family, caste and religious organizations, with emphasis on the early modern and British periods.
ASIA 422 (6) Modern Japanese History since 1800
Equivalency: HIST 422.
ASIA 428 (3) Mughal India
History of the politics, economy, society, and culture of South Asia from the Great Mughals to the British conquest.
ASIA 430 (3) International Relations in Modern East Asia: Korea and Japan
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.
ASIA 434 (6) History of Southeast Asia since 1800
Equivalency: HIST 383.
ASIA 438 (3) Twentieth Century South Asia
ASIA 440 (3-6) d Cultural History of Imperial China
An in-depth examination of the construction, transmission, and transformation of Chinese culture(s) prior to 1800.
Equivalency: HIST 479.
ASIA 441 (3/6) d Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation
Reading of a classic novel or play, with attention to intellectual, social, and political subtexts as well as aesthetic dimensions and problems of interpretation.
ASIA 444 (3) Topics in Modern Japanese Fiction and Cultural History
Focuses on a limited time period or particular aspect of modern Japanese literature.
Prerequisite: ASIA 364. Graduate level standing is also acceptable.
ASIA 447 (3) Korean Women's Literature
Women's voices and issues in the Korean literary tradition, from earliest times to the new millennium, in translation.
Prerequisite: One of ASIA 347, ASIA 357. Permission of instructor is also acceptable.
ASIA 448 (3) Narrative and Performance in South Asia
Key theoretical issues in the production and enactment of folk narratives in traditional and modern South Asian cultures. Intended for advanced undergraduates in Asian folklore studies. Credit will not be granted for both ASIA 448 and 547.
Prerequisite: ASIA 369.
ASIA 450 (3-12) d Special Topics in Buddhist Studies
Prerequisite: ASIA 250.
ASIA 451 (3) Modern Chinese Authors in Translation
Study of one influential modern Chinese author, such as Lu Xun, Shen Congwen, Eileen Chang, Yu Hua, Mo Yan, or Wang Anyi.
ASIA 452 (3) Literature of the Korean Diaspora
A survey of literature, in translation, from the Korean diaspora, focussing on writing by ethnic Koreans in North America, Europe, and Japan.
ASIA 453 (3) Japanese Travel Literature
Japanese travel literature (myths, legends, poetry, tales, diaries, illustrated guides, satiric sermons, haiku, comic fiction, colonial reporting, and ethnography) from the 8th century to present.
ASIA 454 (3) Japanese Poetry in Translation
An introduction to Japanese poetry from its origins in song and myth, to its development from a courtly art (waka) to a popular pastime (haiku). Influences on prose, autobiography, and theatre will also be considered.
ASIA 455 (3) Adaptations of Japanese Classics
Introduction to literary, stage, and film adaptations of Japanese classics and legends and the ways in which these "new" works appropriate the past to comment on the present.
ASIA 456 (3) History and Culture of Taiwan
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.
ASIA 457 (3) The Modern Korean Novel
Survey of major single-volume novels, ranging from Yi Kwang-su's Heartlessness to Ch'oe Yun's There a Petal Silently Falls, in translation.
Prerequisite: ASIA 357. Permission of instructor is also acceptable.
ASIA 460 (3) Modern Asian Women in Narrative
Experience of women in the context of a particular Asian culture, as seen through literature, popular culture, film and folklore. Narrative as a medium for the representation and constitution of gender.
ASIA 464 (3) Japanese Women's Self-Writing
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.
ASIA 466 (3) The History of Christianity in Asia
A survey of Christian proselytizing drives in South, Southeast, and East Asia, focusing on the period since 1500 and the reasons for successes (the Phillipines and Korea, for example) and failures (Japan). Credit will not be granted for both ASIA 466 and 566.
ASIA 468 (3) Approaches to the Study of Asian Religions
The Western genealogy and problematics of religion, issues in its application to non-Western cultures and traditions, and the practical study of Asian religions, in Asia and its diasporas. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of ASIA 376, ASIA 381, ASIA 382, ASIA 383, ASIA 387.
ASIA 470 (3) Comparative Conceptions of the Self
Ways in which the "self" has been portrayed in eastern and western religious traditions. Thinkers to be considered include Aristotle, Mencius, Freud, Xunzi (Hsün-tzu), Nietzsche, and Zhuangzi (Chuang-tzu).
ASIA 476 (3-9) d Topics in Sikh and South Asian Studies
Seminar class designed to explore current scholarly debates in South Asian and Sikh Studies. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Credit will not be granted for both ASIA 476 and 576.
ASIA 477 (3) New Religious Movements of East Asia
Examines the rise of new religious movements in China, Japan, and Korea over the last two centuries, from the Taiping, Tonghak, and Tenri-kyo to the Unification Church, SGI International, and Falun Gong. Credit will not be granted for both ASIA 477 and 577.
ASIA 478 (3) The Religious Image in Asia
The religious image and related material culture within Buddhism, Islam, Jainism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Sikhism with special attention to methodological concerns. Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 478 or ASIA 578.
ASIA 480 (6) Economic and Social History of Modern China to 1940
Equivalency: HIST 480.
ASIA 484 (3) The History of the Choson Dynasty
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 and 587.
ASIA 485 (3) Inventing Asian Religions in the West/East Encounter
An examination of how western imperial expansion transformed the descriptions and practices of Asian traditions through systems of classification, missionaries, discovery of languages, modernity, and fragmentation.
ASIA 488 (3) Religion, Society and State in Modern India
History of secular and religious discourse in post-independent India. Partition, state policy of secularism, religious mobilization among Hindus and Muslims, communal violence and religious radicalism.
ASIA 490 (3) Asian Classics - Fourth Year Seminar
Focus changes from year to year. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and fourth-year standing.
ASIA 498 (3) Asia and the Museological Imagination
Museological representations of Asia and Asian forms of museological representation in colonial and post-colonial contexts. Credit will not be granted for both ASIA 498 and ASIA 598.
ASIA 499 (3) Honours Thesis
Restricted to fourth-year students admitted to the Honours Program in Asian Studies.
ASIA 501 (3/6) d Research Methods and Source Materials in Classical Chinese Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 502 (3/6) d Modern Chinese Fiction and Western Criticism
Same as Comparative Literature 506A. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 503 (3/6) d Problems in the History of the Chinese Language
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 504 (3-18) d Texts in Ancient Chinese Scripts
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 506 (3) Topics in Chinese Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CHIN 413.
ASIA 507 (3) Topics in Chinese Applied Linguistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: ASIA 506.
ASIA 508 (3-18) d Topics in Pre-modern Chinese History and Institutions
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 509 (3-18) d Aspects of Chinese Popular Thought and Religion
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 510 (3/6) d Monastic Biography and Hagiography in East Asian Buddhism
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 511 (3-18) d Readings in Chinese Religious Texts
Selected readings from primary texts in Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, and popular religion. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: CHIN 301.
Equivalency: RELG 511.
ASIA 512 (3-18) d Advanced Readings in Classical Chinese
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CHIN 400.
ASIA 513 (3/6) d Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 514 (3-18) d Topics in Modern Chinese Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 515 (3-18) d Topics in Early Vernacular Modern Chinese Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 521 (3/6) d Research Methods and Source Materials in Japanese Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 522 (3/6) d Readings in kambun kundoku
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: JAPN 312.
ASIA 523 (3-18) d Topics in the History and Structure of the Japanese Language
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 524 (3) Japanese for Specialists of China and Korea
Reading seminar in Japanese scholarly material dealing with China and/or Korea for graduate students who have a reading knowledge of Chinese and/or Korean and some knowledge of Japanese. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 525 (3-18) d Topics in the Social History of Japanese Religions
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 528 (3-18) d Problems of Japanese Intellectual History
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 532 (3-18) d Topics in Traditional Japanese Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 533 (3-18) d Topics in Modern Japanese Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 541 (3-18) d Research Methods and Source Materials in South Asian Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 543 (3-18) d Topics in the History and Structure of Indian Languages
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 546 (3-18) d Topics in South Asian Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 547 (3) Narrative Theory and South Asian Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 550 (3-18) d Topics in Early South Asian Civilizations
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 561 (3-18) d Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 566 (3) History of Christianity in Asia
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 570 (3/6) d Approaches to Asian Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 576 (3-9) d Topics In Sikh and South Asian Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 577 (3) New Religious Movements Of East Asia
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 578 (3) The Religious Image in Asia - Graduate Seminar
Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 478 or ASIA 578. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 580 (3/6) c Directed Readings
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 581 (3-18) d Research Methods and Source Materials in Korean Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 582 (3/6) d History and Structure of the Korean Language
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: LING 300.
ASIA 583 (3-12) d Topics in Modern Korean Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 584 (3-12) d Topics in Traditional Korean Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 587 (3) The Choson Dynasty
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: ASIA 506.
ASIA 590 (3) Theories & Methods – "Thinking with the Body" Embodied Cognition and the Study of Culture
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 598 (3) Asia and the Museological Imagination
Credit will be granted for only one of ASIA 498 OR 598. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 599 (6/12) c Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ASIA 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation
In Chinese, Japanese, or South Asian Studies only.

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