Course Descriptions - Undergraduate Calendar 2017-2018

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Notes

  1. The East Asian culture courses may provide useful background for students intending to spend time in the Far East.
  2. All EASIA courses are taught in English

EASIA 100s


EASIA 120R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015272
Monsters and Magic in Japanese Popular Culture
An examination of the roles played by monsters, magic, and supernatural creatures in Japanese popular culture, with attention to their treatment in Buddhism, Shinto, Daoism, and folk practices. Topics include modern-day creations such as Godzilla and Pokemon and traditional beings such as deities, ghosts, angry spirits, goblins, and shapeshifters.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with RS 123)
Offered at Renison University College

EASIA 200s


EASIA 201R LEC 0.50Course ID: 004871
Introduction to East Asia
An introductory survey of the history and cultures of East Asia with particular reference to China, Japan, and Korea.

EASIA 202R LEC 0.50Course ID: 013999
Chinese Culture and Society
The course explores the interface of tradition and modernity in Chinese life. Topics include traditional and modern Chinese culture, language, education, art, technology, and business.
[Note: Formerly CHINA 272R.]
Antireq: EASIA 202R/CHINA 272R

EASIA 203R LEC 0.50Course ID: 014000
Japanese Culture and Society
The course explores the interface of tradition and modernity in Japanese life. Topics include traditional and modern Japanese culture, language, education, art, technology, and business.
[Note: Formerly JAPAN 272R.]
Antireq: EASIA 203R/JAPAN 272R

EASIA 204R LEC 0.50Course ID: 013998
Korean Culture and Society
The course explores the interface of tradition and modernity in Korean life. Topics include traditional and modern Korean culture, language, education, art, technology, and business.
[Note: Formerly KOREA 272R.]
Antireq: EASIA 204R/KOREA 272R

EASIA 205R LEC 0.50Course ID: 004872
Religions of East Asia
An examination of the leading religious and philosophical ideas that have shaped the cultures and histories of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan. Folk, Shamanic, Confucian, Daoist, Shinto, and Buddhist traditions are examined.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
(Cross-listed with RS 201)

EASIA 206R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012997
Japanese Religions
An examination of religious phenomena in the history of Japan, including their impact on art, literature, philosophy, and politics. Buddhism, Shinto, Confucianism, folk beliefs, new religious movements, and other traditions are explored.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 1A requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with RS 206)

EASIA 220R DIS,LEC 0.50Course ID: 011391
The History of East Asian Communities in Canada
This course examines the evolution of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities in Canada as well as their significance for Canadian economic, social, and political life in the 19th and 20th centuries.
(Cross-listed with HIST 231R)

EASIA 231R LEC 0.50Course ID: 014876
Calligraphy to Conceptual Art: Text as an Image in Islamic and East Asian Visual Arts
Exploring the history of Islamic and East Asian calligraphic arts and the study of Eastern and Western artists, this course examines multiple ways in which writing and other forms of visible language are incorporated into visual arts. Through studio projects, students explore conceptual approaches to text-based image making.
Prereq: Level at least 2A.
Antireq: FINE 204 (section 001) taken Winter 2012 or Winter 2014; SI 375R taken Winter 2014
(Cross-listed with FINE 275, SI 231R)
Offered at Renison University College

EASIA 250R LEC 1.00Course ID: 012075
Study Abroad in East Asia
An intensive study of the culture and language of an East Asian country. With the guidance of a Course Director, students complete readings, attend lectures, and visit cultural sites for six weeks or more on location.
[Note: There will be interview and information sessions to confirm that a prospective student has the appropriate background for participation in this course. An appropriate first-year East Asian language course is also required.]
Instructor Consent Required

EASIA 275R LEC 0.50Course ID: 014245
Religion and Japanese Film
The course examines how religious beliefs and values in Japan are explored in the medium of film.
[Note: This course fulfils an Area 3B requirement for Religious Studies majors.]
Antireq: FINE 253/RS 271 taken in Winter 2010, 2012
(Cross-listed with RS 275)

EASIA 277R LEC 0.50Course ID: 013313
International Relations of East Asia
This course explores key topics in the international relations of East Asia after World War II. Classes examine literature on major developments of East Asian relations, including the Cold War, East Asian regionalism, and the foreign policies of China, Japan, and Korea.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

EASIA 291R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015125
Special Topics in East Asian Studies
This course deals with selected topics in East Asian studies.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of five times.]

EASIA 300s


EASIA 300R SEM 0.50Course ID: 012208
Politics and Diplomacy of Contemporary Japan
This course surveys several key topics in the politics and diplomacy of contemporary Japan, particularly in its relations with its Asia-Pacific neighbours. Topics may include the Pacific War and its legacies, the Japan-US security alliance, the Okinawa problem, and Japan-Canada relations.
Prereq: Level at least 3A

EASIA 301R LEC 0.50Course ID: 012707
The Political Economy of East Asia
This course explores the rise of the East Asian economy since the end of World War II. The subject is pursued through examining some of the most important aspects of the so-called Asian miracle/model, including the historical background of the Asian miracle, the role of the state in the region's economic development, the relationship between Asian culture and economic development, social development, and East Asia's business system and practice.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

EASIA 302R LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 014883
Chinese Foreign Policy since 1949
This course examines the major elements and evolution of Chinese foreign policy since 1949 and China's external relations in the context of rising Chinese power.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with PSCI 385)

EASIA 303R LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 015508
Business Environment in East Asia
The course introduces students to the cultural, social, economic, political, and legal environment for business in East Asia. It covers major economies, such as China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The course helps students acquire comprehensive understanding of the business environment of this dynamic region.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

EASIA 304R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015056
Korean Law and Society
This course examines the legal system, legal culture, and socio-cultural traditions of the Republic of Korea from a comparative legal perspective.
Prereq: EASIA 204R/KOREA 272R

EASIA 305R SEM 0.50Course ID: 015509
Buddhism in East Asia Today
This course examines modern developments in the Buddhism of China, Japan, and Korea. Topics such as war, urbanization, capitalism, colonialism, Christianity, Communism, the Internet, and nostalgia are explored for their impact on Buddhism.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with RS 302R)

EASIA 336R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015544
Korean Pop Culture
This course explores elements of popular culture such as film, music, television, and video games in relation to social, cultural, and political developments in contemporary South Korea. Students critically analyze readings and non-print media to consider South Korean popular culture in national, regional, and global contexts.
Prereq: Level at least 2A.
Antireq: EASIA 391R taken Fall 2016

EASIA 346R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015354
Global Asian Diasporas
This course explores the literature and culture from one or more global Asian diasporas, with particular emphasis on cultures of East Asian origin. Topics may include identity, transnationalism, imperialism, war, labour, migration, and popular culture.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with ENGL 346R)

EASIA 360R LEC 0.50Course ID: 010193
Pre-modern Chinese Literature
This course is an introductory survey of the main genres of classical and pre-modern Chinese literature. Individual works are related to the evolution of the literary tradition and its interaction with history, philosophy, and politics. Classical and historical writing, poetry, drama, and novels are introduced.
[Note: Taught in English. Formerly EASIA 210R.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A.
Antireq: EASIA 210R

EASIA 361R LEC,SEM 0.50Course ID: 014789
Modern Chinese Literature (1917 - present day)
This survey course explores modern Chinese literature beginning from 1917 and the New Culture movement. Selected works and relevant critiques are used to prompt discussion of cultural and literary topics, particularly of changes in Chinese culture and literature from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.
[Note: Taught in English. Formerly EASIA 260R.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A.
Antireq: EASIA 260R

EASIA 362R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015057
Introduction to Pre-Modern Japanese Literature
Students study a selection of works of early Japanese literature from its beginnings to the 17th century and examine a wide variety of genres, including poetry, diaries, military tales, and philosophical tracts composed during that time period.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A

EASIA 363R LEC 0.50Course ID: 015058
Introduction to Early Modern Japanese Literature
A study of a selection of works of Japanese literature from the 17th century to the early 20th century, examining a wide variety of genres in early modern Japan.
[Note: Taught in English.]
Prereq: Level at least 2A

EASIA 377R LEC 0.50Course ID: 014875
Cold War in East Asia
This course examines the origins, developments, and contemporary implications of the Cold War in East Asia.
Prereq: Level at least 2A
(Cross-listed with HIST 377R)
Offered at Renison University College

EASIA 391R LEC,RDG,SEM 0.50Course ID: 012154
Special Topics
This course deals with selected topics in East Asian studies.
[Note: This is a repeatable course, subject to different content; it may be completed a total of five times.]
Prereq: Level at least 3A