Asia Pacific Courses

The purpose of these informational documents is to help GRS students choose courses that would be of interest to their regional focus. This is an overview of current courses offered 2019-2020, 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 302A Ethnography of South Asia
  • ANTH 315 Japanese Culture and Society

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 459 – 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 300 – Writing and Culture in East Asia
  • ASIA 301 – Buddhism in the Modern Era
  • ASIA 303 – Mahayana Buddhism
  • ASIA 305 – Asian Horror Cinema: National Nightmares and Specters of Trauma
  • ASIA 309 – South Asian Beyond South Asia
  • ASIA 310C – Studies in the History of a Major Asian Civilization
  • ASIA 311 – Tibetan Buddhism
  • ASIA 313 – Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society
  • ASIA 330 – Islam in South Asia
  • ASIA 333 – Contemporary South Asian Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • ASIA 349 – Southeast Asian Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 370 – The Sanskrit Cosmopolis: India and the World, 200-1500 CE
  • ASIA 384 – The Zhuangzi (Chuang-Tzu)
  • ASIA 388 – Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction
  • ASIA 389 – Life Writings of South Asian Diasporic Women
  • 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 402 – Language, Writing, and Linguistic Thought in the History of the Sinographic Cosmopolis
  • ASIA 410 – International Relations in Premodern East Asia
  • ASIA 430 – International Relations in Modern East Asia: Korea and Japan
  • ASIA 431 – Tibetan Literature, Genres, and Book Culture
  • ASIA 433 – The Cinematic Lives of Muslims in South Asia
  • ASIA 448 – Narrative and Performance in South Asia
  • ASIA 450Z – Special Topics in Buddhist Studies – BUDDHIST STUDIES
  • ASIA 456 – History and Culture of Taiwan
  • ASIA 470 – Comparative Conceptions of the Self
  • ASIA 474 – From the Chronicle to the Archive: Cultures of History in South Asia
  • ASIA 476Z – Topics in South Asian Studies
  • ASIA 490C – Asian Classics – Fourth Year Seminar
  • ASIA 490D – Asian Classics – Fourth Year Seminar
  • ASIA 490E – Asian Classics – Fourth Year Seminar

Art Studies Courses

  • 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 338A – Asian and Australasian Cinema

Geography Courses

  • GEOG 352 – Urbanization in the Global South
  • GEOG 380 – Geography of Asia

History Courses

  • HIST 381 – Imperialism and Nationalism in Southeast Asia
  • HIST 382 – Post-Colonial Southeast Asia
  • HIST 483 – Asian Migrations to the Americas
  • HIST 484 – East Asian Military systems and warfare China

China Specific Courses

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 360 – Chinese Painting: Word and Image
  • ARTH 361 – Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art
  • ARTH 459 – Seminar in Chinese Art

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 320 – History of Early China
  • ASIA 323 – History of Cantonese Worlds
  • ASIA 325 – Hong Kong Cinema
  • ASIA 332 – Confucianism in China and Beyond: Reinventions of Tradition
  • ASIA 340 – History of Later Imperial China
  • ASIA 342 – Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition
  • ASIA 345 – Chinese Film Classics
  • ASIA 351 – Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
  • ASIA 355 – History of Chinese Cinema
  • ASIA 361 – Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation II
  • ASIA 371 – Foundations of Chinese Thought
  • ASIA 372 – Development of Traditional Chinese Thought
  • ASIA 373 – History of Hong Kong
  • ASIA 375 – Global Chinese Cinemas
  • ASIA 382 – Buddhism in China
  • ASIA 386 – Chinese Grammar and Usage I
  • ASIA 396 – Chinese Grammar and Usage II
  • ASIA 411 – Chinese Political Thought and Institutions
  • ASIA 412 – Pre-Modern Chinese Poetry (Pre-Qin to Tang)
  • ASIA 413 – Pre-Modern Chinese Poetry (Tang to Qing)
  • ASIA 440 – Cultural History of Imperial China
  • ASIA 441A – Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation
  • ASIA 451 – Modern Chinese Authors in Translation

Classical Chinese Courses

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

History Courses

  • HIST 270A – China in World History
  • HIST 373 – History of Hong Kong
  • HIST 378 – History of Early China
  • HIST 379 – History of Later Imperial China
  • HIST 380C – The Making of Modern China: Nationalism, War and Revolution
  • HIST 487 – History of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Acupuncture to Yoga

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
  • ANTH 435 – The Japanese Tea Ceremony: Ethnography of Performance, Practice and Ritual

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 362 – Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces
  • ARTH 464 – Seminar in Japanese Art

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 212 – Writing About Japan
  • ASIA 254 – Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Japanese Literature and Film
  • ASIA 314 – Pre-modern Japan
  • ASIA 315 – Japan from Feudal to Modern State
  • ASIA 326 – Critical Approaches to Manga and Anime
  • ASIA 344A – Topics in Japanese Cultural History I: Aristocrats and Warriors
  • ASIA 354 – Introduction to Japanese Cinema
  • ASIA 364 – Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
  • ASIA 444 – Topics in Modern Japanese Fiction and Cultural History
  • ASIA 445 – Japanese Crime Fiction
  • ASIA 453 – Japanese Travel Literature

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

Political Science Courses

  • POLI 322 – Japanese Government and Politics

Korea Specific Courses

Anthropology Courses

  • ANTH 307A – Ethnography of Korea

Art History Courses

  • ARTH 464 – Seminar in Japanese Art

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 307 – Korean Language and Writing in Culture and Society
  • ASIA 317 – The Rise of Korean Civilization
  • ASIA 327 – Korean Popular Music in Context
  • 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 407 – North Korea in Historical Context
  • ASIA 430 – International Relations in Modern East Asia: Korea and Japan
  • ASIA 457 – The Modern Korean Novel
  • ASIA 484 – The History of the Choson Dynasty

India Specific Courses

Asian Studies Courses

  • ASIA 308 – Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India
  • ASIA 338 – Modern India: From Conquest to Raj
  • ASIA 353 – Introduction to Hindi Film
  • ASIA 365 – Punjabi Cinema
  • ASIA 370 – The Sanskrit Cosmopolis: India and the World, 200-1500 CE
  • ASIA 378 – Philosophical Wisdom of Early India
  • ASIA 388 – Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction
  • ASIA 389 – Life Writings of South Asian Diasporic Women
  • ASIA 390 – History of the Indian Ocean World
  • ASIA 397 – The Idea of India
  • ASIA 398 – Narrative Literature in Premodern India
  • ASIA 428 – Mughal India
  • ASIA 433 – The Cinematic Lives of Muslims in South Asia
  • ASIA 450Z – Special Topics in Buddhist Studies – BUDDHIST STUDIES
  • ASIA 488 – Religion, Society and State in Modern India

History Courses

  • HIST 273 – History of India
  • HIST 385 – India from Raj to Republic

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 visit 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