Asian Studies (ASNT)

Course Descriptions

1105 Introduction to Chinese Culture
3 credit hours

This course surveys aspects of Chinese culture in their historical and social contexts. Topics will be selected by the instructor and may include folklore, literature, language and material culture. No previous study of China or the Chinese language is required.
The Asian Studies Program does not allow students to register or remain in ASNT 1105 if it is judged that the student already knows the course content. The final decision will rest with the Program Coordinator. The course is intended as an introduction for students with little or no previous exposure to Chinese culture.


1106 Introduction to Japanese Culture
3 credit hours

This course surveys aspects of Japanese culture in their historical and social contexts. Topics will be selected by the instructor and may include folklore, literature, language and material culture. No previous study of Japan or the Japanese language is required.

The Asian Studies Program does not allow students to register or remain in ASNT 1106 if it is judged that the student already knows the course content. The final decision will rest with the Program Coordinator. The course is intended as an introduction for students with little or no previous exposure to Japanese culture.


2303 Contemporary Japan: Institutions and Culture
3 credit hours

This course will introduce modern Japan, accentuating the institutions of family, school, and workplace. Emphasis will be placed on values, social participation, and the individual’s position within the context of contemporary Japanese society. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required.


2305 Contemporary China: Institutions and Culture
3 credit hours

This course will introduce modern China, accentuating the institutions of family, school, and workplace. Emphasis will be placed on values, socio-cultural practices, and the individual’s position within contemporary Chinese society. No knowledge of the Chinese language is required.


3300 Multidisciplinary Study of Asia
3 credit hours

This course will introduce students to the study of Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective. Using various disciplines in the humanities, social science and commerce fields, students will review how various disciplines intersect to create a fuller understanding of Asia.


3302 Japanese Film and Literature
3 credit hours

This course will explore the cultural representation of traditional and modern Japanese culture through film and literature. Focus will be on major works of Japanese literature, ranging from pre-modern poetry to modern fiction, as well as their cinematic adaptations. All selected works of literature are in English translation. No knowledge of the Japanese language is required.


3310 Chinese Film and Literature
3 credit hours

This course will explore the rich Chinese culture through representative major works of modern literature, as well as new film and contemporary art in China and Taiwan. Major themes to be considered include the family, the changing role of women, Western influences, modernization, and national identity. All selected works of literature are in English translation. No knowledge of the Chinese language is required.


3800 - 3825 Selected Topics in Asian Studies
6 credit hours

The subject matter of these courses will be announced from time to time. They will cover various aspects of Asian Studies and will be multi-disciplinary in nature. The topics to be examined will be determined by the instructor and/or Department.


3826 – 3849 Selected Topics in Asian Studies
3 credit hours

The subject matter of these courses will be announced from time to time. They will cover various aspects of Asian Studies and will be multi-disciplinary in nature. The topics to be examined will be determined by the instructor and/or Department.


4400 Seminar in Asian Studies
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: ASNT 3300 and twelve (12) core credit hours in Asian Studies.

This half course will provide an opportunity for Asian Studies students to integrate their knowledge of Asia in a multidisciplinary fashion. This course may include case studies, specific area studies and comparative approaches to regions in Asia. Both students and faculty involved in the Asian Studies program will participate in this course.


4500 Honours Thesis
6 credit hours
Prerequisite: admission to final year of the honours program.

Asian Studies students are required to submit and defend a thesis to be selected and prepared in conjunction with a faculty advisor.


4800 - 4825 Selected Topics in Asian Studies
6 credit hours

The subject matter of these courses will be announced from time to time. They will cover various aspects of Asian Studies and will be multi-disciplinary in nature. The topics to be examined will be determined by the instructor and/or Department.


4826 – 4849 Selected Topics in Asian Studies
3 credit hours

The subject matter of these courses will be announced from time to time. They will cover various aspects of Asian Studies and will be multi-disciplinary in nature. The topics to be examined will be determined by the instructor and/or Department.


4876 - 4899 Directed Study
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of ASNT Coordinator and instructor.

Intended to supplement or provide an alternative to the regular courses in Asian Studies in order to meet the special needs and interests of students, the course provides an opportunity to study a particular subject in detail and requires from the student some measure of independence and initiative.