Asian Studies (ASNT)

ASNT 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.

ASNT 1106  Introduction to Japanese Culture  JPNS 1106  
3 credit hours  

Students survey 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.

Note: The Department of Modern Languages and Classics and the Asian Studies Program do not allow students to register or remain in ASNT 1106/JPNS 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.
ASNT 1107  Introduction to Korean Culture    
3 credit hours  

Students survey aspects of Korean culture in their historical and social contexts. Topics will be selected by the instructor and may include folklore, literature, language, religion, philosophy, and material culture. No previous study of Korea or the Korean language is required.

ASNT 1109  Introduction to South Asian Culture    
3 credit hours  

Students are introduced to the cultures of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives). Countries covered are determined by the instructor. Students explore regional and linguistic differences; literary and artistic traditions; histories of colonialism and conflict; and issues of social inequality.

ASNT 2210  Indigenous Voices in Modern Asia    
3 credit hours  

Students explore contemporary political, social, economic, and cultural issues apparent among the indigenous minority communities in China and Southeast Asia, through an examination of literary, cinematic, theatrical, artistic, and musical forms of expression.

ASNT 2220  Introduction to Asian Film    
3 credit hours  

Students study films in chronological order to map a history of Asian cinema, covering a section of films dating from the 1950s to the present. Students access related websites, watch selected films weekly, and read assigned texts that analyze topics including history, religion, gender, narrative, visual content, and music as they relate to the various Asian cinemas.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 3300  Multidisciplinary Study 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.

ASNT 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.