Asia Pacific Courses

The purpose of these informational documents is to help GRS students choose courses that would be of interest for their regional focus. This is an overview of current courses offered 2017-2018, although they may change in the future. The most updated information can be found on the UBC course website.

As there are many courses related to South, Southeast, and East Asian studies, the courses listed here are separated into categories of Inter-country, China, Japan, Korea, and India specific courses.


Inter-country Studies

Anthropology Courses

  • ANTH 302 – Ethnography of South Asia
  • ANTH 315 – Japanese Culture and Society

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 253 – Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces
  • ARTH 352 – Historic India: Images, Temples and the Construction of Indian Art History
  • ARTH 353 – Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance
  • ARTH 358 – Chinese Art for the Afterlife
  • ARTH 363 – Art in Japan: The Problem with Painting
  • ARTH 368 – Art in Japan: Print Media
  • ARTH 455 – Seminar in the Art of South Asia
  • ARTH 458 – Seminar in Chinese Art
  • ARTH 464 – Seminar in Japanese Art

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 100 – Introduction to Traditional Asia
  • ASIA 101 – Introduction to Modern Asia
  • ASIA 208 – Cultural Foundations of South Asia
  • ASIA 250 – Introduction to Buddhism
  • ASIA 258 – Religion in South Asia
  • ASIA 300 – Writing and Culture in East Asia
  • ASIA 301 – Buddhism in the Modern Era
  • ASIA 302 – Theravada Buddhism
  • ASIA 303 – Mahayana Buddhism
  • ASIA 304 – Survey of South and Southeast Asian Performing Arts
  • ASIA 305 – Asian Horror Cinema: National Nightmares and Specters of Trauma
  • ASIA 307 – Korean Language and Writing in Culture and Society
  • ASIA 308 – Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India
  • ASIA 311 – Tibetan Buddhism
  • ASIA 313 – Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society
  • ASIA 314 – Premodern Japan
  • ASIA 315 – Japan from Feudal to Modern State
  • ASIA 316 – Race and Ethnicity in Japanese Literature and Film
  • ASIA 317 – The Rise of Korean Civilization
  • ASIA 320 – History of Early China
  • ASIA 324 – Literature of Hong Kong
  • ASIA 325 – Hong Kong Cinema
  • ASIA 326 – Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime
  • ASIA 327 – Korean Popular Music in Context
  • ASIA 332 – Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition
  • ASIA 333 – Contemporary South Asian Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • ASIA 337 – The Korean People in Modern Times (1600 to the present)
  • ASIA 341 – Classical Chinese Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 342 – Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition
  • ASIA 346A – Topics in Japanese Cultural History II: The Early Modern Age – TPCS JAPN CLT II
  • ASIA 347 – Traditional Korean Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 349 – Southeast Asian Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 351 – Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
  • ASIA 354 – Introduction to Japanese Cinema
  • ASIA 355 – History of Chinese Cinema
  • ASIA 356 – Korean Cinema
  • ASIA 357 – Modern Korean Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 360F – A Specific Asian Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 363 – Fiction and Film from Modern Taiwan
  • ASIA 364D – Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 365 – Punjabi Cinema
  • ASIA 367 – Contemporary Korean Culture
  • ASIA 369 – Asian Folklore
  • ASIA 371 – Foundations of Chinese Thought
  • ASIA 372 – Development of Traditional Chinese Thought
  • ASIA 373 – History of Hong Kong
  • ASIA 377 – History of Korean Thought
  • ASIA 381 – Daoist (Taoist) Religion and Its Philosophical Background
  • ASIA 382 – Buddhism in China
  • ASIA 386 – Chinese Grammar and Usage I
  • ASIA 387 – Japanese Religions
  • ASIA 388 – Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction
  • ASIA 390 – History of the Indian Ocean World
  • ASIA 392 – Classical Persian Literature in English Translation
  • ASIA 393 – History of Iran from the Sasanians to the Safavids
  • ASIA 394 – Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema
  • ASIA 396 – Chinese Grammar and Usage II
  • ASIA 398 – Narrative Literature in Premodern India
  • ASIA 410 – International Relations in Premodern East Asia
  • ASIA 411 – Chinese Political Thought and Institutions
  • ASIA 428 – Mughal India
  • ASIA 430 – International Relations in Modern East Asia: Korea and Japan
  • ASIA 433 – The Cinematic Lives of Muslims in South Asia
  • ASIA 440 – Cultural History of Imperial China
  • ASIA 444 – Topics in Modern Japanese Fiction and Cultural History
  • ASIA 448 – Narrative and Performance in South Asia
  • ASIA 451 – Modern Chinese Authors in Translation
  • ASIA 453 – Japanese Travel Literature
  • ASIA 456 – History and Culture of Taiwan
  • ASIA 460 – Modern Asian Women in Narrative
  • ASIA 475 – Documenting Punjabi Canada
  • ASIA 485 – Inventing Asian Religions in the West/East Encounter
  • ASIA 488 – Religion, Society and Sate in Modern India
  • ASIA 490 – Asian Classics – Fourth Year Seminar
  • ASIA 495 – Folk Cultures in the Asian Diaspora
  • ASTU 201 – Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Cultural Studies
  • ASTU 202 – Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Politic, Economic and Geographical Perspectives

Film Studies Courses

  • FIST 230 – Introduction to Asia Cinema
  • FIST 338 – Asian and Australasian Cinema

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 281 – Geography of the Pacific Rim
  • GEOG 352 – Urbanization in the Global South
  • GEOG 380 – Geography of Asia
  • GEOG 468 – Geography of International Economic Systems: Canada and the Pacific Basin
  • GEOG 484 – Geography of Southeast Asia

History Courses

  • HIST 382 – Post-Colonial Southeast Asia
  • HIST 483 – Asian Migrations to the Americas
  • HIST 484 – East Asian Military systems and warfare China
  • HIST 485 – Asian Migrant Communities in Vancouver

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 324A – Southeast Asian Government and Politics
  • POLI 324A – Southeast Asian Government and Politics
  • POLI 365A – Asian International Relations

Religious Studies Courses

  • RELG 340 – Heritage of Islam


China Specific Courses

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 360 – The Rise of Literati Painting in China: 1100 – 1700
  • ARTH 361 – Modern and Post-Modern Art in China
  • ARTH 459 – Seminar in Chinese Art

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 320 – History of Early China
  • ASIA 340 – History of Later Imperial China
  • ASIA 352 – Topics in Traditional Chinese Vernacular Literature
  • ASIA 355 – Chinese Cinema
  • ASIA 371 – Foundations of Chinese Thought
  • ASIA 372 – Development of Traditional Chinese Thought
  • ASIA 382 – Buddhism in China
  • ASIA 411 – Chinese Political Thought and Institutions
  • ASIA 440 – Cultural History of Imperial China
  • ASIA 441A – Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation

Classical Chinese Courses

  • CLCH 389 – Introduction to Classical Chinese (Non-Heritage)

Economics Courses

  • ECON 342 – The Economy of China since 1949

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 485 – Geography of China

History Courses

  • HIST 270 – Modern China and the West
  • HIST 373 – History of Hong Kong
  • HIST 378 – History of Early China
  • HIST 379 – Later Imperial China
  • HIST 380C – The Making of Modern China: Nationalism, War and Revolution
  • HIST 480 – Social History of Modern China
  • HIST 481 – Education and Society in Modern China
  • HIST 487 – Medicine and Healing in Chinese History

Philosophy Courses

  • PHIL 371 – Foundations of Chinese Thought

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 321A – Chinese Politics and Development

Sociology Courses

  • SOCI 490 – Contemporary Chinese Society


Japan Specific Courses

Anthropology Courses

  • ANTH 215 – Japanese Popular Culture
  • ANTH 315 – Japanese Culture and Society

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 314 – Premodern Japan
  • ASIA 344 – Topics in Japanese Cultural History I: Aristocrats and Warriors
  • ASIA 346 – Topics in Japanese Cultural History II: The Early Modern Age
  • ASIA 354 – Introduction to Japanese Cinema
  • ASIA 364 – Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 444 – Topics in Modern Japanese Fiction and Cultural History
  • ASIA 454 – Japanese Poetry in Translation
  • ASIA 455 – Adaptations of Japanese Classics
  • ASIA 464 – Japanese Women’s Self-Writing

Arts Studies Courses

  • ASTU 201 – Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Cultural Studies
  • ASTU 202 – Canada, Japan and the Pacific: Political, Economic and Geographical Perspectives

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 481 – Geography of Japan

History Courses

  • HIST 271 – Japan and Global History, 1550 – 1900
  • HIST 376 – Modern Japanese History Since 1800
  • HIST 423 – Economic and Business History of Modern Japan

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 322 – Japanese Government and Politics


Korea Specific Courses

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 307 – Korean Language and Writing in Culture and Society
  • ASIA 337 – The Korean People in Modern Times (1600 to the present)
  • ASIA 347 – Traditional Korean Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 356 – Korean Cinema
  • ASIA 357 – Modern Korean Fiction in Translation
  • ASIA 367 – Contemporary Korean Culture
  • ASIA 452 – Literature of the Korean Diaspora
  • ASIA 457 – The Modern Korean Novel


India Specific Courses

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 308 – Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India
  • ASIA 318 – Premodern India
  • ASIA 338 – Modern India
  • ASIA 376 – The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development
  • ASIA 378 – Philosophical Wisdom of Early India
  • ASIA 398 – Narrative Literature in Premodern India
  • ASIA 418 – Social History of India
  • ASIA 428 – Mughal India
  • ASIA 488 – Religion, Society and State in Modern India

History Courses

  • HIST 385 – India from Raj to Republic
  • HIST 387 – Voices from Medieval India
  • HIST 388 – India in the Early Modern World: Mughals, Merchants, and Marauders

Philosophy Courses

  • PHIL 378 – Philosophical Wisdom of Early India


** Undergraduate students are sometimes able to take graduate level courses with special permission. Please ask.

Can’t find what you want?

Every year, there are different student directed seminars offered on various topics. If there is none for your very specific interests, you can make your own course! For more information, please click here.

Previously available courses (may be available again in the future):

Inter-country studies

  • ANTH 302D Ethnography of South Asia
  • ARTH 253 Aspects of Asian Architecture
  • ASIA 410 International Relations in Premodern East Asia
  • HIST 434 History of Southeast Asia Since 1800
  • RELG 204 Introduction to Asian Religions
  • WMST 230 Women and Representation in Modern Asia
  • WMST 235 Women and Social Structures in Modern Asia
  • ANTH 322 Archaeological Foundations of East and Southeast Asia
  • ANTH 350 Ethnography of the Pacific Islands: Polynesia and Micronesia
  • ANTH 351 Ethnography of the Pacific Islands: Melanesia
  • ASIA 300 Writing and Culture in East Asia
  • ASIA 339 The Construction of South Asian Communities in the Diaspora
  • ASIA 381 Daoist Religion and its Philosophical Background
  • RELG 204 Introduction to Asian religions
  • RELG 354 The Hindu Religious Tradition
  • RELG 364 Buddhism in India and East Asia
  • RELG 365 Daoist religion and its philosophical background
  • RELG 367 Approaches to Zen
  • ECON 341Economic Development of Asia
  • ASIA 310 Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization (not given every year)
  • ASIA 410 International Relations in Premodern East Asia
  • ASIA 434 History of Southeast Asia Since 1800 (Equivalent: HIST 434)
  • ASIA 438 Twentieth Century South Asia
  • GEOG 380 Introduction to the Geography of Monsoon Asia
  • GEOG 484 Geography of Southeast Asia
  • HIST 170 Introduction to South Asia
  • HIST 171 Introduction to East Asia
  • HIST 434 History of Southeast Asia Since 1800 (Equivalent: ASIA 434)
  • HIST 475 First Contacts in the Pacific

China Specific Studies

  • ANTH 402 Ethnography of China
  • ASIA 351 Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
  • ASIA 382 Common Religious Traditions in China
  • ASIA 480 Economic and Social History of Modern China to 1940 (Equivalent: HIST 480)
  • GEOG 425 Historical Geography of China
  • GEOG 485 Geography of China
  • ASIA 384 The Zhuangzi (Chuang-Tzu)
  • HIST 382 History of Chinese Civilization (Equivalent: ASIA 311)
  • HIST 482 Chinese Migration
  • POLI 424 Chinese Political Thought and Institutions (Equivalent: ASIA 411)

Japan Specific Studies

  • ANTH 416A The Ethnography of Japan – ETHNOGRAPHY JAPN
  • ARTH 366 Japanese Painting Traditions: 7th -15th Centuries
  • ARTH 367 Japanese Painting Traditions: 16th -19th Centuries
  • ARTH 464 Seminar in Japanese Art
  • ASIA 315 Japan from Feudal to Modern State
  • ASIA 387 Japanese Religions
  • ECON 444 The Contemporary Japanese Economy
  • HIST 422 Modern Japanese History Since 1800
  • ANTH 416 The Ethnography of Japan (Equivalent: SOCI 416)
  • ASIA 387 Japanese Religions
  • ECON 343 The Economic Development of Modern Japan
  • ECON 444 The Contemporary Japanese Economy
  • ASIA 315 Japan from Feudal to Modern State
  • ASIA 422 Modern Japanese History Since 1800 (Equivalent: HIST 422)
  • GEOG 481 Geography of Japan
  • HIST 383 History of Japanese Civilization
  • HIST 422 Modern Japanese History Since 1800 (Equivalent: ASIA 422)
  • POLI 330 Japanese Political Economy
  • POLI 368 Japan’s Foreign Relations

Korea Specific Studies

  • ASIA 317 The Rise of Korean Civilization
  • ASIA 377 History of Korean Thought
  • HIST 386 History of Korean Civilization
  • HIST 486 Korea in the 20th Century
  • POLI 331 Korean Government and Politics

India Specific Studies

  • ASIA 328 Medieval India
  • HIST 384 History of Indian Civilization
  • HIST 385 History of India Since 1800
  • HIST 387 Medieval India

Indonesia Specific Studies

  • ASIA 329 Gender in Indonesia
  • ASIA 319 History of Indonesian Civilization