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East Asian Studies

Faculty


Professors Emeriti
S. Arntzen, MA, PhD
E-J. Baek, MA, PhD
J. Ching, MA, PhD
R.W. Chu, BLS, MA
V.C. Falkenheim, MA, PhD
R. Guisso, BA, DPhil
F.P. Hoff, MA, PhD (V)
A.V. Liman, MA
R.J. Lynn, MA, PhD
K. Nakajima, MA, MPhil (N)
L.C.D.C. Priestley, MA, MPhil, PhD
S. Sandahl, MA, PhD
W.A. Schlepp, B Sc, BA, PhD
R. Tsukimura, MA, PhD
A.H.C. Ward, MA
D.B. Waterhouse, MA, LRAM, FRSC, FRAS (U)

Chair of the Department
T. Keirstead, MA, PhD

Graduate Coordinator
J. Poole, MA, MPhil, PhD

Undergraduate Coordinator
Y. Meng, MA, MA, PhD

Professors
E. Cazdyn, MA, PhD
J. Liu, MA, MA, PhD
A. Sakaki, MA, PhD
V.T. Shen, MA, MPhil, PhD
L. Yoneyama, MA, PhD

Associate Professors
K. Kawashima, MA, PhD
T. Keirstead, MA, PhD
Y. Meng, MA, MA, PhD
J. Poole, MA, MPhil, PhD
G. Sanders, PhD
A. Schmid, MA, PhD

Assistant Professors
A. Goodman, MA, PhD
L.R. Feng, MA, MPhil, PhD
C. Virag, MA, PhD
Y. Wu, MA, PhD
Y. Zhong, MA, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturers
J. Arimori, MA
I. Komuro-Lee, MA
H. Rupprecht, MA, PhD

Lecturer
K. Ko, MA, PhD

Introduction

The Department of East Asian Studies offers students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the languages, cultures, and societies of East Asia. The department’s course offerings engage the diversity of East Asian cultures, from contemporary film and politics to ancient philosophy, and they critically examine the structures that define the area and render it an object of study. We offer Chinese, Japanese, and Korean from beginning to advanced levels, and a full range of courses on East Asian literature, history, thought, religion, and society. In a time of globalization, a degree in East Asian Studies can be an excellent springboard from which to launch a career in fields where bilingualism, critical analytical skills, and in-depth knowledge of the socio-historical and cultural contexts of East Asian texts and ideas are essential. Our Major and Specialist Programs thus build the foundation for careers in teaching and research, international business and law, foreign service, and cultural institutions.

Students seeking counseling should contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, but all members of the Department will be happy to provide advice and information about their course offerings. In conjunction with Woodsworth College, the Department offers courses during June and July at the University of Hong Kong and through the International Student Exchange Office, participates in exchange programs with universities in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.

General Enquiries:
 Robarts Library, 14th Floor, (416-946-3625), www.eas.utoronto.ca

East Asian Studies Programs

The Department of East Asian Studies offers three undergraduate Programs of Study. The Specialist is the most intensive and comprehensive program, requiring a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents (FCE) in a 20-FCE degree. The Major requires 7.0 FCEs while the Minor requires 4.0 FCEs.

Language Requirement: Both the Major and Specialist programs require a certain proficiency in an East Asian language: second year (e.g., EAS201H1/EAS200Y1/EAS210Y1/EAS211Y1/EAS220Y1) for Majors and third year (e.g., EAS300Y1/EAS310Y1/EAS320Y1) for Specialists. Students’ language abilities will be assessed by the department prior to enrolling in the language courses. The department reserves the right to place students in language courses appropriate to their language abilities. 

Students in the Major and Specialist programs should be careful in fulfilling the Faculty of Arts & Science’s breadth requirement to satisfy area 5 (The Physical and Mathematical Universe).

East Asian Studies Specialist

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

Completion of the program requires 10.0 FCEs, meeting the following requirements:

1. EAS103H1 and EAS105H1, normally taken in the first year;
2. EAS209H1, normally taken in the second year;
3. At least third-year proficiency in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese, either by completing an appropriate language course (e.g., EAS300Y1/EAS310Y1/EAS320Y1 or a 400-level language course) or by demonstrating the required proficiency in the initial placement. Students without sufficient background may need to start in a lower-level language course, normally in their first year. Students whose placement assessment exempts them from the requirement must substitute Society-Culture courses;
4. A minimum of 4.0 FCEs in 300/400-series Society-Culture courses, with at least 1.0 FCE at the 400 level;
5. Additional EAS courses to a total of 10.0 FCEs; and
6. 2.0 FCEs may be non-EAS courses on East Asia.

East Asian Studies Major

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

Completion of the program requires 7.0 FCEs, meeting the following requirements:

1. EAS103H1 and EAS105H1, normally taken in the first year;
2. EAS209H1, normally taken in the second year;
3. At least second-year proficiency in Chinese, Korean, or Japanese, either by completing an appropriate language course (e.g., EAS201H1/EAS200Y1/EAS210Y1/EAS220Y1 or a higher level language course) or by demonstrating the required proficiency in the initial placement. Students without sufficient background may need to start in a lower-level language course, normally in their first year. Students whose placement assessment exempts them from the requirement must substitute Society-Culture courses;
4. A minimum of 2.0 FCEs in 300/400-series Society-Culture courses, with at least 0.5 FCE at the 400 level;
5. Additional EAS courses to a total of 7.0 FCEs; and
6. 1.0 FCE may be non-EAS courses on East Asia.

East Asian Studies Minor

This program has unlimited enrolment and no specific admission requirements. All students who have completed at least 4.0 courses are eligible to enrol.

1. EAS103H1 and EAS105H1
2. 3.0 Society-Culture FCEs, one of which must be 300/400-level; and
3. 1.0 FCE may be non-EAS courses on East Asia.

Language courses cannot be used to fulfil the requirements of the Minor program.

 

EAS Course Groups

EAS Language Courses
EAS100Y1, EAS101Y1, EAS110Y1, EAS120Y1, EAS121H1, EAS122Y0, EAS200Y1, EAS201H1, EAS210Y1, EAS211Y1, EAS220Y1, EAS222Y0, EAS223Y0, EAS290Y1, EAS300Y1, EAS310Y1, EAS320Y1, EAS321Y0, EAS322Y0,  EAS401H1, EAS402H1, EAS410Y1, EAS415H1, EAS460H1, EAS461H1, EAS462Y0, EAS463Y0, EAS464Y0

EAS Society-Culture Courses
EAS103H1, EAS105H1, EAS209H1, EAS215H1, EAS217Y1, EAS230H1, EAS235H1, EAS241H1, EAS242H1, EAS243H1, EAS245H1, EAS246H1, EAS247H1, EAS251H1, EAS256H1, EAS257H1, EAS271H1, EAS272H1, EAS273H1, EAS284H1, EAS289Y1, EAS295Y0, EAS297H1, EAS299Y1, JMC301Y1, EAS307H1, EAS309H1, EAS311H1, EAS314H1, EAS315H1, EAS327H1, EAS330H1, EAS333H1, EAS334Y1, EAS338H1, EAS340Y1, EAS344H1, EAS345Y1, EAS346H1, EAS347H1, EAS357H1, EAS358Y1, EAS361H1, EAS362Y1, EAS364H1, EAS366H1, EAS372H1, EAS374H1, EAS375H1, EAS378H1, EAS384H1, EAS386Y1, EAS389Y1, EAS393H1/EAS393Y1, EAS394H1, EAS395Y0, EAS396H1, EAS397H1, EAS398H0, EAS399Y0, EAS403Y1, EAS406Y1, EAS407H1, EAS408H1, EAS409H1, EAS411H1, EAS412H1, EAS413H1, EAS414H1, EAS418H1, EAS419H1, EAS420H1, EAS431H1, EAS432H1, EAS434H1, EAS435H1, EAS436Y1, EAS438H1, EAS439H1, EAS444H1, EAS447H1, EAS448H1, EAS449H1, EAS454H1, EAS456H1, EAS457H1, EAS458H1, EAS459Y1, EAS462H1, EAS464H1, EAS465H1, EAS466H1, EAS467H1, EAS471Y1, EAS473H1, EAS474H1, EAS475Y1, EAS478Y1, EAS484Y1, EAS495Y1, EAS496H1, EAS497H1

Society-Culture Courses on East Asia Offered by Other Departments
A number of courses that focus on East Asia offered by other departments can be counted as Society-Culture courses.
ANT341H1, ANT472H1, ANT477H1, CAS310H1, CAS320H1, CAS350H1, CAS360H1, CAS390H1, FAH260H1, FAH262H1, FAH361H1, FAH362H1, FAH363H1, FAH368H1, FAH461H1, FAH462H1, FAH463H1, FAH464H1, GGR343H1, HIS280Y1, HIS281Y1, HIS326H1, HIS328H1, HIS380H1, HIS385H1, HIS385Y1, HIS448H1, HIS485H1, JHA384H1, JHA394H1, JPA331Y1, JPA411H1, PHL237H1, PHL337H1, POL215Y1, POL431Y1, RLG206Y1, RLG207Y1, RLG371H1, RLG379H1, RLG466H1
Please see the EAS website (www.eas.utoronto.ca) for updates. 


Faculty of Arts & Science Language Citation

The Department of East Asian Studies participates in the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Language Citation initiative for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. The study of any of these languages is a challenging and time consuming endeavour, which offers rich rewards for students interested in the cultures, societies, and economies of East Asia. 

In each language the Language Citation recognizes a significant level of achievement in language study with a high level of academic success. The Citation in Chinese is available to students who earn a grade of at least B- in EAS 200Y1 or EAS201H1 and EAS300Y1. The Citation in Japanese is available to students who earn a grade of at least B- in EAS220Y1 and EAS 320Y1. The citation in Korean is available to students who earn a B- in EAS210Y1 and EAS310Y1.

Students should note that the Language Citation is not equivalent to an academic program and that enrolment in a program is not necessary in order to earn the recognition bestowed by the Citation. Students interested in this program should apply to the EAS office.

East Asian Studies Courses


First-Year Seminars

The 199Y1 and 199H1 seminars are designed to provide the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than twenty-four students. These interactive seminars are intended to stimulate the students’ curiosity and provide an opportunity to get to know a member of the professorial staff in a seminar environment during the first year of study. Details can be found at www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/fyh-1/.


EAS Language Courses:

EAS Language Courses: The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill. In most cases, students must attend a mandatory interview or take a placement test in order to confirm their enrolment in the course. Please see http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. Students who enrol in an EAS language courses and are subsequently discovered to have prior background and/or have higher language competency than is appropriate for enrolment in that course may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Department.


Chinese
EAS100Y1    Modern Standard Chinese I[52T/52S]

Intended for students with no background in Mandarin or any Chinese dialect, this course provides an introduction to modern standard Chinese as a foreign/second language. The course consists of mandatory lectures and tutorials. Students study a minimum of 550 Chinese characters. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Exclusion: EAS101Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS101Y1    Modern Chinese I for Students with Prior Background[26T/52S]

This course is designed for students who understand elementary Mandarin or any Chinese dialect because of their family backgrounds. The course consists of mandatory lectures and tutorials. Students will learn a minimum of 700 characters. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Exclusion: EAS100Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS200Y1    Modern Standard Chinese II[52T/52S]

This course is a continuation of EAS100Y1. Students learn all major grammatical structures which are not introduced in the first year and expand their vocabulary. Interviews are required of students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course, except for students who have the minimum grade in the prerequisite. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Prerequisite: EAS100Y1 (minimum grade 67%) or equivalent as determined by a Chinese placement interview
Exclusion: EAS101Y1, EAS201H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS201H1    Modern Chinese II for Students with Prior Background (formerly EAS201Y1)[26T/52S]

This course is a continuation of EAS101Y1. It focuses on further development of students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at a low intermediate level. Interviews are required of students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course, except for students who have the minimum grade in the prerequisite. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Prerequisite: EAS101Y1 (minimum 67%) or equivalent as determined by the Chinese placement interview
Exclusion: EAS200Y1, EAS201Y1, EAS290Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS290Y1    Chinese Language for Non-Mandarin Speakers I[72S]

This course is for students who speak a Chinese dialect other than Mandarin and have a basic knowledge of written Chinese. It aims to teach students basic knowledge of spoken Mandarin and how to read both literary and modern texts. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Exclusion: EAS101Y1, EAS201H1, EAS201Y1, EAS300Y1, EAS400Y1, EAS401H1, EAS402H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS300Y1    Modern Standard Chinese III[104S]

This high intermediate-level course is a continuation of EAS200Y. Students learn to read short texts which deal with personal or social topics, write paragraph-length compositions, and converse in social situations which require exchanges of basic information. Interviews are required of students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course, except for students who have the minimum grade in the prerequisite. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Prerequisite: EAS200Y1 (minimum 70%)/EAS201Y1 or EAS201H1 (minimum 70%)/equivalent as determined by the Chinese placement interview
Exclusion: EAS290Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS401H1    Modern Standard Chinese IVa[52S]

This fourth-year Chinese course aims to develop students’ language abilities further at an advanced level. It focuses on reading of fictional and/or journalistic writings. In this course, students will improve their reading comprehension, strengthen their writing skills and advance their speaking and listening skills through class discussions and oral presentations. Interviews are required of students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course, except for students who have the minimum grade in the prerequisite. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Prerequisite: EAS300Y1 (minimum 73%) or equivalent as determined by the Chinese placement interview
Exclusion: EAS290Y1, EAS400Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS402H1    Modern Standard Chinese IVb[52S]

Part 2 of this fourth-year Chinese course aims to further develop students’ language abilities further at an advanced level. The course focuses on reading argumentative-style essays and news. In this course, students will improve their reading comprehension, strengthen their writing skills and advance their speaking and listening skills through class discussions and oral presentations. Interviews are required of students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course, except for students who have the minimum grade in the prerequisite. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Prerequisite: EAS300Y1 (minimum 73%) or EAS401H1
Exclusion: EAS290Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Japanese
EAS120Y1    Modern Standard Japanese I[48L/72T]

This course is designed for those with no or a very limited Japanese language background. The course aims to build students basic written and spoken skills in the language as well as provide relevant cultural information. By the end of this course, students should expect to be able to read and write simple passages, as well as 175 kanji, and to engage in simple daily conversations. The course consists of mandatory lectures and tutorials. All students who have enrolled in the course must submit an online form by mid-August. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Exclusion: EAS121H1, EAS122Y0
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS121H1    Japanese I for Students with Prior Background[24L/36T]

This course is for those with some background in the Japanese language. Ability to read and write hiragana and katakana, as well as approximately 60 basic kanji is required to enrol in this course. Students are also required to have basic proficiency in the language, including the ability to describe the locations of objects and people; to describe past and non-past events and states; and to provide reasons for actions and statements. The course consists of mandatory lectures and tutorials. Students who wish to enrol or have enrolled must pass the placement test. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Exclusion: EAS120Y1, EAS222Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS122Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan I[TBA]

Japanese for those who have never studied or know little about the language. Those who have successfully completed this course might be able to take EAS121H1 or EAS220Y1 based on the result of a placement test. This course is only available in the Summer Abroad program.

Prerequisite: passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Exclusion: EAS120Y1
Recommended Preparation: Hiragana and Katakana characters
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS220Y1    Modern Standard Japanese II[72L/48T]

An advanced beginners' level language course. An introduction to complicated sentence structures and basic vocabulary for daily life. All four language skills are emphasized and approximately 250 kanji are introduced. Some cultural aspects are introduced as well. Both lectures and tutorials are mandatory. Those who have not taken EAS120Y1/EAS121H1 or those whose final grade in EAS120Y1/EAS121H1 did not meet the required level must pass the placement test to take this course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Prerequisite: EAS120Y1/EAS121H1 (minimum 67%) or equivalent as determined by the Japanese placement test
Exclusion: EAS223Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS222Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IIa[TBA]

Japanese for those who know a little about the language. Familiar with Hiragana, katakana and some kanji as well as basic sentence patterns. Those who have successfully completed this course might be able to take EAS220Y1 or EAS320Y1, depending on the result of an interview and/or placement test. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program. 

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Exclusion: EAS120Y1, EAS121H1
Recommended Preparation: Two-thirds of the content covered in EAS120Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS223Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IIb[TBA]

Japanese for those who have completed a course equivalent to EAS120Y1/EAS121H1 or passed N5 of the JLPT. Those who have successfully completed this course might be able to take EAS320Y1 based on the result of a placement test. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program.

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Exclusion: EAS220Y1Y
Recommended Preparation: One-third of the content covered in EAS220Y1Y
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS320Y1    Modern Standard Japanese III[120S]

This is a lower intermediate level course. Appropriate for those who have learned Japanese for two years in an academic institution and/or who have passed N4 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. A strong foundation in beginners' level grammar and knowledge of 400 basic kanji are required. The course stresses equal development of all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). All the classes are conducted in a seminar setting. Those who have not taken EAS220Y1 or those whose final grade in EAS220Y1 did not meet the required level must pass the placement test to take this course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Prerequisite: EAS220Y1 (70% minimum) or equivalent as determined by the Japanese placement test
Exclusion: EAS348H1,EAS349H1,EAS322Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS321Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IIIa[TBA]

Lower intermediate Japanese for those who have completed a course equivalent to EAS220Y1 or passed N4 of the JLPT. Those who have successfully completed this course are able to take EAS320Y1, EAS460H1, or EAS461H1 based on the result of a placement test; for EAS460H1 an interview will also be required. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program.

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Recommended Preparation: The contents covered in EAS220Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS322Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IIIb[TBA]

Lower intermediate Japanese for those who have completed a course equivalent to EAS320Y1 or passed N4 of the JLPT. Those who successfully have completed this course are able to take EAS460H1 or EAS461H1 based on the result of the interview and/or the placement test. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program. 

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Exclusion: EAS320Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS460H1    Modern Standard Japanese IVa[48S]

This is a high intermediate level course. Focused on oral/aural communication. Emphasis is on acquisition of vocabulary, spoken styles and commutation strategies that are required to carry formal/informal conversation in contemporary Japanese society. Native or near-native speakers are not permitted to take this course. Those who have not passed EAS320Y1 must take the placement test to take this course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Prerequisite: EAS320Y1Y or the equivalent as determined by the Japanese placement test
Exclusion: EAS460Y1, EAS463Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS461H1    Modern Standard Japanese IVb [48S]

This is a high intermediate level course. Focused on advanced reading and writing skills. Emphasis is on acquisition of advanced grammar, vocabulary/kanji and expressions especially in authentic written Japanese texts. Native or near-native speakers are not permitted to take this course. Those who have not passed EAS320Y1 must take the placement test to take the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Prerequisite: EAS320Y or the equivalent as determined by the Japanese placement test
Exclusion: EAS461Y1, EAS463Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS462Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IVa[TBA]

Upper Intermediate Japanese for those who are prepared to take N3 of the JLPT. Those who have successfully completed this course might be eligible to take EAS460H1 and/or EAS461H1 depending on the result of a placement test; for EAS460H1 an interview will also be required. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program. 

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS463Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IVb[TBA]

Advanced Japanese for those who have completed a course equivalent to EAS460H1 or EAS461H1 or passed N2 of the JLPT. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program. 

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Exclusion: EAS460H1, EAS461H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS464Y0    Summer Japanese in Japan IV-c[TBA]

Advanced Japanese for those who have completed a course equivalent to EAS460H1 or EAS461H1,  or passed N2 or N1 of the JLPT. This course is available only in the Summer Abroad program. 

Prerequisite: Passing the placement test prepared by the host school
Exclusion: EAS460H1, EAS461H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

Korean
EAS110Y1    Modern Standard Korean I[48T/48S]

This course is designed to help students build communication skills in the Korean language. Through an integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing, this course aims to provide a solid foundation in beginning level Korean. This course assumes that students do not have any prior knowledge of Korean. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS210Y1    Modern Standard Korean II[48T/48S]

As a continuation of EAS110Y1, this course is designed to help students increase their communication skills in the Korean language.  Students in this course are expected to perform basic communicative functions, read and write paragraph-level texts, and conjugate verbs/adjectives accurately. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details. 

Prerequisite: EAS110Y1 (63% minimum) or equivalent as determined by the Korean placement interview
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS211Y1    Accelerated Modern Standard Korean I & II[96L]

Covering both EAS110Y1 and EAS210Y1, the course is ideal for self-motivated students who enjoy fast-paced language learning, students possessing a passion for Korean films and television, students with some listening and speaking skills from prior study or family background, and students taking the full four-year course series. Successful completion of the course fulfils the prerequisite for EAS310Y1. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course.  See http://eas.utoronto.ca for details.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS310Y1    Modern Standard Korean III[96S]

As a continuation of EAS210Y1 and EAS211Y1, this course is designed to help students improve their Korean proficiency at an intermediate level.  The class focuses not only on oral fluency and grammar but also on reading comprehension and discussions on various issues related to contemporary Korea. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca. 

Prerequisite: EAS210Y1/EAS211Y1 (63% minimum) or equivalent as determined by the Korean placement interview
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS410Y1    Modern Standard Korean IV[96S]

As a continuation of EAS310Y1, this course is designed for advanced-level learners of Korean. By reading short essays/articles and watching films, this course aims to improve students’ proficiency in speaking, writing, listening, and reading. All classroom and online discussions are conducted entirely in Korean. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca. 

Prerequisite: EAS310Y1 (67% minimum) or equivalent as part of the Korean placement interview
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS415H1    Advanced Readings in Korean (formerly EAS415Y1)[48L]

This course provides various readings of original texts and newspapers for students with knowledge and language ability at least equivalent to those who have successfully completed EAS210Y1. Besides extensive reading, the course introduces 800 Chinese characters often used in mixed-scripts. Interviews are required of all students who wish to enrol or have enrolled in the course. See http://eas.utoronto.ca. 

Prerequisite: EAS210Y1/EAS211Y1 or equivalent as determined by the Korean Placement Interview
Exclusion: EAS415Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS Society-Culture Courses

All Society-Culture courses are instructed in English.


100-series courses
EAS103H1    Premodern East Asia[24L/12T]

Examines how various histories of East Asia can be written by examining specific themes in the histories of China, Japan and Korea to roughly 1600. Required of EAS specialists, majors and minors.

Exclusion: EAS102Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS105H1    Modern East Asia [24L/12T]

Examines how various histories of East Asia can be written by examining specific themes in the histories of China, Japan and Korea from roughly 1600 to the outbreak of the Cold War. Required of EAS specialists, majors, and minors. 

Prerequisite: EAS103H1
Exclusion: EAS102Y1, EAS202Y1/H1,EAS204Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

200-series courses
EAS209H1    Approaches to East Asia (formerly EAS209Y1)[24L/12T]

Required of EAS specialists and majors, this course introduces various approaches, theories, and methodologies for the advanced study of East Asian society and culture. As the course serves as a foundation for upper-level EAS courses, it should be taken as early as possible, preferably in the second year.

Prerequisite: EAS103H1, EAS105H1
Exclusion: EAS209Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS215H1    History of Chinese Thought: Tang through Ming Periods[24L]

This course examines the vibrant middle period of Chinese history, a period of profound transformation in which some of the most distinctively traditional forms of thought, religious belief, artistic and literary expression, and scholarly practices emerged and developed in China. Topics studied include: the establishment of empire as a norm in China (and its implications); the rise of the literati and literati culture; the examination system; Neo-Confucian philosophy; visual culture; the sciences of the body; and popular and print culture.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS217Y1    Major Aspects of Contemporary Korea[48L]

A range of perspectives on contemporary Korea will be addressed. The focus is on the last four decades of political economic and socio-historical change on the Korean peninsula. Focus on South Korea with some consideration of North Korea. Subjects include the developmental state, democratization, neoliberalism, transnationalism, and multiculturalism.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS230H1    Critical Approaches to Chinese Literature[24L]

Examines key questions in Chinese literature from the earliest times to 1800. Texts will include poetry and narratives in English translation. It is designed to introduce important themes, approaches and theories to help students understand the "how" and "why" of writing and literary form in China.

Prerequisite: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS235H1    Perceptions of China in Japanese Literature [24L]

Lectures on Japanese literary negotiations with China, the Chinese and Chineseness, ranging from celebration of the same cultural practice to nativist resistance to China the hegemonic to aestheticization of China as the exotic/erotic. Required readings are available in English translation, and include Tale of Genji, Tale of Middle-Councillor Hamamatsu (medieval romance); Haku Rakuten (No Play); Battles of Coxinga (Kabuki play); Three-Cornered World (by Soseki); Wild Goose (by Ogai).

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS241H1    History of Chinese Philosophy[39L]

This is an introductory course, both historical and systematic, to the major philosophical traditions in China, such as Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and their historical development from ancient to modern times in four periods: the emergence of Confucianism, Daoism, and other minor schools; the introduction of Buddhism and the development of various sects of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism; the unfolding of neo-Confucianism; the development of modern Chinese Philosophy. Major thinkers, basic concepts and texts, and their historical contexts will be the focus of discussion.

Exclusion: PHL237H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS242H1    The Japanese Cinemas: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity I[39L/12T]

This course investigates how film aesthetics relate to the most profound socio-historical problems of Japanese modernity. It also considers the ways various filmmakers employ cinematic form to engage the social problems of their moment. Part I focuses on the 1890s-1950s. 

Exclusion: EAS237Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS243H1    The Japanese Cinemas: Film Form and the Problems of Modernity II[39L/12T]

This course investigates how film aesthetics relate to the most profound socio-historical problems of Japanese modernity. It also considers how various film makers employ cinematic form to engage the social problems of their moment. Part II focuses on the 1960s - present. 

Prerequisite: EAS242H1
Exclusion: EAS237Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS245H1    Pre-Modern Japanese History[24L]

A survey of the history of pre-modern Japan from earliest recorded histories to the establishment of the Tokugawa regime in the seventeenth century. Uses a wide range of translated primary Japanese texts to illuminate the emergence of cultural forms and their conjunction with social, economic, religious and political trends.

Prerequisite: EAS103H1
Exclusion: EAS246H1 taken prior to 2010-11
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS246H1    Early Modern Japanese History[24L]

A survey of the history of Japan from about 1600 until the disintegration of the Tokugawa regime in the mid-19th century. Uses a wide range of translated primary Japanese texts to illuminate the emergence of cultural forms and their conjunction with social, economic, religious and political trends.

Recommended Preparation: EAS103H1/EAS105H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS247H1    History of Capitalism in Modern Japan[24L]

This course provides a historical narrative of the development of the capitalist mode of production in Japan, from the mid-19th century to the present day. Readings will include texts from various disciplines: economics, philosophy, social and labour history, literature.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS251H1    Aesthetics and Politics in 20th Century Korea[24L]

This lecture course examines key questions and texts in the history of literature from the Korean peninsula during the twentieth century, exploring how aesthetic form has refracted the experiences of colonialism, division, and the formation of opposing nation-states.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS256H1    Chinese Literature (Pre-Qin to Tang) (formerly EAS336H1)[24L]

A survey course of major works in premodern Chinese literature, including poetry, essays, and short narratives from the pre-Qin through Tang eras (11th BCE 10th C CE). Readings are available in translation and in the original. All lectures and coursework are in English. 

Exclusion: EAS336Y1/EAS336H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS257H1    Chinese Literature (Song to Qing) (formerly EAS337H1)[24L]

A survey course of major works in premodern Chinese literature, including poetry, essays, short narratives and drama from the Song through Qing dynasties (10thC 19thC). Readings are available in translation and in the original. All lectures and coursework are in English. 

Exclusion: EAS337Y1/EAS337H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS271H1    20th Century Korean History[24L]

A survey of the history of Korea from the Tonghak uprising and Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895, through the colonial period, division, and civil war, to the democratization movement.

Exclusion: EAS271Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS272H1    Post-War Korean Society & Culture[24L]

This course offers a critical analysis of South Korean film and literature as a way of understanding the political and cultural contexts of post-Korean War South Korean society and culture. The class is devoted to developing critical perspectives on historical context and cultural representation of Korea. In particular, it introduces students to the ongoing construction of identities about marginalized Koreans through major political incidents, including the Kwangju uprising.

Prerequisite: EAS271Y1/EAS271H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS273H1    Modern Chinese Cities[24L]

This course offers a critical review of the history and historiography of modern Chinese cities. Focusing on the development of specific Chinese cities, the course puts specific emphasis on understanding the socio-cultural production of space as well as analytical reading of landscape, urban imagery and urban writings. 

Prerequisite: EAS103H1, EAS105H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS284H1    Modern Chinese Literature[24L]

This course offers a critical examination of twentieth-century Chinese literature. It aims to explore the various ways of being modern as well as different meanings of writing Chinese literature. We will focus upon the important developments of literary writing over time, from the inception of New Literature in the 1910s, the development of realism and modernism of the 1930s, to the emergency of post-revolution and postmodernist writings of the 1990s. Great emphasis is also placed on generating a dialogue on interpretations of key works. In doing so, we will be exercising the skills of reading literary works in terms of aesthetic choices and strategies of cultural politics.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS289Y1    Environment and East Asia[48L]

A course about the general issue of environmental crisis, with a special focus on its representations in the media, film, and writing about East Asia.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1) + Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS295Y0    Selected Topics in East Asian Studies, 200-level[TBA]

This course allows students to pursue the specialized study of specific topics tailored to the research and study opportunities available in Hong Kong and the expertise and interests of the instructor. Available only in the Woodsworth College Hong Kong Summer Program.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS297H1    Texts, Images and Objects in East Asia [24P]

Understanding East Asian Civilizations through Texts, Images and Objects exhibited in ROM. With lectures on the theoretical and historical background, students will study various types of texts, paintings, bronzes, architectures, sculptures, porcelains and other objects, pending on the focus of each year, and explore their historical, aesthetic and critical meanings.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS299Y1    Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. Details at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/rop. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

300-series courses
JMC301Y1    State & Society in 20th Century China [48L]

This course explores China’s efforts to construct a modern and effective political order in the face of powerful demographic and revolutionary challenges. The clash between competing ideologies, political and social movements and institutional alternatives in the context of rapid social and economic change are analyzed. (Given by the Departments of East Asian Studies and Political Science.)

Prerequisite: EAS105H1/HIS280Y1/HIS328Y1/JMC201Y1/POL215Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS307H1    Chinese Political Philosophy[24S]

The course analyses both historically and systematically the development of Chinese political philosophy from ancient times to the present day, focusing on Confucianism, Daoism and Legalism and their relation to issues in political philosophy today.

Prerequisite: EAS241H1/PHL237H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS309H1    Modern Chinese Prose[24S]

A survey of representative works of prose written by twentieth-century Chinese writers. This course focuses on reading texts, as well as analyzing their textual structure, aesthetic values, and historical context. Readings are available in translation and in the original.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS311H1    A History of Japanese Monsters[24L]

This course will examine the historical development of Japanese monsters, from roughly the 7-8th centuries to modern times. We will focus on how the changing understanding of monsters in society has embodied certain fissures in Japanese culture, especially with regard to gender and class.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS314H1    Culture & World After Hiroshima & Nagasaki[24L]

Exploration of literature, film and other cultural production related to the atomic bombing and other nuclear catastrophes from transnational, inter-Asia and transpacific perspectives. Primarily focuses on but necessarily limited to the cultural texts, intellectual concepts and social thoughts generated out of the history of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic destruction.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS315H1    The "Yellow Peril": Past & Present[24L]

Beginning with the Chinese Exclusion Acts, the Asian presence in North America has often been considered a serious social menace. This course explores the Asian/North American response to the past and present "Yellow Peril" constituted as a gendered, sexualized, classed, and racialized epistemological and affective structure of knowledge.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS327H1    Japanese Fiction and the Nation[24L/4T]

The focus is on modern Japanese literature, with special attention given to literatures relation to the nation. Students track how this literature transforms throughout Japanese modernity and how its meaning and effects function to simultaneously tie together and pull apart national identity.

Prerequisite: At least one course in literature or East Asian Studies
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS330H1    Narrative Strategies in Modern Japanese Fiction[24L]

Discussion of narratives by Natsume Soseki, Mori Ogai, Tanizaki Junichiro, and Ibuse Masuji, with attention to issues in narratology and contemporary narrative studies such as: the voice and perspective; the gender and power relationships of the narrator-narratee-narrated; the act of narrating, writing, listening and reading; and metafictional paradox. Readings are assigned from secondary and theoretical materials. All readings are available in English.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS333H1    Modernism and Colonial Korea[24L]

This course considers the problem of colonial modernism through a close reading of literary and other cultural texts from early 20th century Korea. It asks what it means to enter modernity under colonial rule, and questions the relationship between imperialism, writing and subjectivity in particular. Topics covered include the role of literature in elaborating new concepts of subjectivity, literature and the fine arts as assimilatory practices, the emergence of urban space and consequent reconfiguration of notions of the rural, and changing notions of time and space in the cultural products of nativism. Readings of literary works will be accompanied by showings of paintings and photographs from the period, as well as discussion of theoretical essays on modernism.

Prerequisite: EAS105H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS334Y1    The Chinese Novel (formerly EAS334H1)[24L]

The development of Chinese fiction from earliest times with emphasis on the twentieth century. Readings in English translation; lectures in English. 

Exclusion: EAS334H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS338H1    Classical Daoism[48L/24P]

This course will examine some major issues of classical Daoist thought, such as Dao and cosmos, body and self, human nature, language and knowledge, political visions etc., based on both textual and ideological analysis of some Daoist works such as the Laozi, the Zhuangzi, and some Huanglao Daoist texts, to be updated with recently unearthed texts in silk and bamboo slips.

Prerequisite: PHL237H1/EAS241H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS340Y1    The Chinese: Society & Culture (formerly EAS340H1)[48L]

The course explores issues of identity, self, and community among other topics in a broad exploration of cultural transformation in China.

Exclusion: EAS340H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS103H1/EAS105H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS344H1    Topics in Chinese Society and Culture[24S]

This class is an introduction to the major literary and cultural theories from the 20th century to the present, with an eye to the dissemination of these theories in China that sustains their universality as such. Readings include narrative theory, structural linguistics, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, critical translation theory, postmodernism and postcolonial scholarship.

Recommended Preparation: One course on modern China or East Asia or equivalent
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS345Y1    The Rise of Greater China: Issues & Topics (formerly EAS345H1)[48L]

This course looks at China in regional perspective, including issues of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Peoples Republic of China economic integration. The role of overseas Chinese communities globally and in Southeast Asia also receives attention. The form and focus of the course varies according to class and instructor interests. 

Exclusion: EAS345H1
Recommended Preparation: One course on modern China or East Asia or equivalent
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS346H1    Self and Imagination in Pre-Modern China[24L]

In this course we will explore the diverse and intriguing ways in which subjectivity was conceived in pre-modern China (up to the twelfth century) by way of the various images thinkers invoked to make sense of it. Works studied include: Warring States philosophical treatises; Buddhist and religious Daoist texts on meditation and self-cultivation; literary theory and poetry; philosophical prose essays by literati; and painting.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS347H1    Everyday Life in Modern Japan[24L]

The history of modern Japan as revealed by the problem of everyday life and its relationship to capitalism. Using a range of literary, philosophical, economic and ethnographic materials that deal with the development of capitalism in Japan, Japanese colonialism, imperialism and fascism, the course explores ways to specify and critique what is called everyday life.

Recommended Preparation: EAS247H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS357H1    Mao's China and Beyond[24L]

This course introduces major issues and events in contemporary Chinese history from the success of the Communist revolution in 1949 to China's postsocialist transitions toward a capitalist modernity in the 1980s and early 1990s. It examines Chinas multifaceted transformations both chronologically and thematically, in its socioeconomic, political, and cultural aspects. Topics include the development and victory of the Chinese Communist revolution; the rule and legacy of Mao Zedong, particularly the Hundred Flowers movement, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution; economic reform and political repression (especially the Tiananmen crisis in 1989) in the era of Deng Xiaoping. Close attention will also be paid to the impact of global factors on Chinas domestic development. Readings are assigned from both secondary literature and English translations of primary materials.

Exclusion: EAS364H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS358Y1    Classical Chinese I [48S]

An introduction to the Classical Chinese language with emphasis on grammatical analysis and translation into English. Open only to students enrolled in an EAS major or specialist subject POSt. (formerly EAS206Y1)

Prerequisite: at least 4 EAS half courses
Exclusion: EAS206Y1, EAS306Y1, EAS335Y1
Recommended Preparation: two or more years of Modern Standard Chinese
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS361H1    Zen Buddhism[24L]

This course serves as an introduction to the Zen Buddhist traditions of China, Korea, and Japan. A heavy emphasis is placed on the radical views of history, language, ritual, self, and enlightenment espoused by these traditions. The course also examines issues related to Zen monasticism, the development of koans, and the definition of orthodoxy in both premodern and modern Zen. Students will be asked to explore these and other topics by paying close attention to the historical, doctrinal, and institutional contexts from which they arose. Readings include both primary material in translation and secondary scholarship.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS362Y1    Classical Japanese[48S]

Introduction to classical Japanese, followed by readings of various short works by classical authors.

Prerequisite: EAS220Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS364H1    China's Cultural Revolution: History and Memory[24L]

No understanding of contemporary Chinese is possible without understanding the ramifications of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). This course seeks to consider this tumultuous episode as a field of historical research and conceptual inquiry: What was the meaning of culture in the Cultural Revolution? To what extent was it revolutionary? What did really it mean to talk about class and class struggle during the movement? How is the Cultural Revolution remembered and represented? And, how do we understand Chinas globalizing present in the historical context of the Cultural Revolution? This course invites you to explore such questions by critically examining a wide variety of sources, including scholarly accounts, official documents, personal memoirs, oral histories, and literary works.

Exclusion: EAS357H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS366H1    Lovers & Madmen in Chinese Literature[24L]

A thematic introduction to some of China's major literary texts by taking as our guide the lover and the madman as both writer and subject. We will use the idea of lover and madman to explore issues such as social and behavioral boundaries, desire, violence, narrative compulsion, and the re-imagination of tradition.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS372H1    Postwar Korean History [24L]

This heavy writing course offers a selective introduction to debates and problems in the writing of north and south Korean history.

Prerequisite: EAS272H1, EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS374H1    Modern Japan and Colonialism[24L]

This course interrogates the history of Modern Japan from the perspective of Japan's colonial exploits in East Asia. The course will also address the political-economy and culture of the military Occupation of Japan by the Supreme Command of the Allied Powers. Texts from economics, philosophy and literature will be used.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS375H1    Postwar Japan: Crisis, Apocalypse [24L]

This writing and reading intensive course explores the history of the postwar period in Japan and its former colonies in order to delineate a way to think of the idea of apocalypse in relation to the phenomenon of crisis in advanced capitalism. Through an examination of the history of capitalist crisis in postwar Japan, the course will investigate themes of apocalypse in atomic-bomb literature, television and Godzilla, radical students movements of the 1960s, ecological-industrial disasters, worker art movements, debates on modernity and fascism, avant-garde theatre, popular music, the phenomenon of the “freeter”, religious movements, nationalism and populism, and the so-called “ageing population” problem. The course will revolve around texts by philosophers, economics, novelists, essayists, artists and critics, as well as some films and audio recordings.

Exclusion: EAS347H1, EAS374H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS247H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS378H1    Edo, Osaka, and Kyoto: Urban Life in Early Modern Japan[24L]

An exploration of most important cities of Tokugawa Japan. Among the largest cities of the early modern world, the three were home to a vibrant urban culture and remarkable economic activity. The framework is historical, but the texts will be diverse; buildings, maps, screen paintings, prints, film, and novels will be studied.

Prerequisite: EAS209Y1/EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS384H1    Medieval Japan[24L]

In popular culture medieval Japan often figures as an era of unremitting warfare, in which only samurai mattered. This course will try to come to a more balanced view of what many historians regard as the most volatile, yet also most creative, era in Japanese history. The course will examine the era from 1100-1500 with an eye to understanding the place of warriors, but also to explaining the incredible cultural advances of the period, which gave rise to many of the arts for which Japanese culture is renowned.

Prerequisite: EAS103H1/EAS105H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS245H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS386Y1    Culture of Nature in China[48L]

The course examines the cultural practice of nature in China’s past and present, focusing on literary, artistic, spiritual, ethical, political and scientific aspects of human-nature relation. The content is drawn upon various kinds of scholarly and primary sources with special emphasis on eco-critical approach and methods of textual and historical studies. 

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS389Y1    History of Korean Religion[48L]

This course offers a broad overview of Korean religious tradition.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS393H1    Topics in Buddhism[24L]

Topics will vary according to the instructor’s interest. A subtitle will be provided to indicate topic to be discussed for the academic session.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS393Y1    Topics in Buddhism[48L]

Topics will vary according to the instructor's interest. A subtitle will be provided to indicate topic to be discussed for the academic session.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS394H1    Film Culture in Contemporary China[24L]

This course discusses variations of documentary film and DV culture in contemporary China as forms of cultural, communal, and political practices. We will be focusing on those films and videos that seek to address important global issues such as peace and climate change in cross-media approach and in personal tone. We will be asking what new tendencies are there in the films and videos, where can we trace them back to, and what fresh possibilities are they to bring forth to our aesthetic and public life.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS395Y0    Selected Topics in East Asian Studies, 300-level

This course allows students to pursue the specialized study of specific topics tailored to the research and study opportunities available in Hong Kong and the expertise and interests of the instructor. Available only in the Woodsworth College Hong Kong Summer Program.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS396H1    Practical Learning in East Asia[24L]

This course explores the development of Practical Learning and its ramification in East Asia. We focus on how it originates from late Ming China as shixue and ramified to Korea as silhak and Japan as jitsugaku, and mediates between classical and modern East Asia and lays the foundation for Asian theories of modernity.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS397H1    Literary Lives in Late Imperial China[24L]

In-depth examination of five to six selected men and women through close reading of their literary repertoire and through biography and autobiography. The material will introduce concepts such as memory, literati identity, aesthetic theories, gender, and social transformations in the Ming and Qing period. 

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS398H0    Research Excursions

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. Details at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/399. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS399Y0    Research Excursions

An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. Details at http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/399. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

400-series courses
EAS403Y1    Specialist Research Seminar[48S]

Students will work on their own research projects with the goal of completing a polished, original research paper of 25-30 pages. The first semester focuses on research methodology, while the second half is conducted as a writing course, focusing on (re)writing, editing and peer review.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 and permission of the instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS406Y1    Thinking about Things: Material Culture in East Asia[48S]

Intensive seminar exploring theories of the object, the histories of objects in East Asia, and critical thinking about the process of research. Through theoretical readings, class and individual research projects, the seminar asks how to formulate research questions, use the internet and other resources, and present discoveries in a class conference.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS407H1    Textual Analysis of Classical Chinese Philosophy[24S]

Readings of texts from ancient and medieval Chinese philosophy. Beginning by linguistic (especially semantic) analysis of key words, structure and meaning of sentences, paragraphs and text as a whole. Philosophical analysis proceeds from linguistic analysis.

Prerequisite: PHL237H1/EAS241H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

EAS408H1    Modern Taiwanese Literature[24S]

A general survey of modern Taiwanese literature from 1949 until today. It attempts to examine issues such as historical/cultural context, oral/written language, self-identification, gender, human rights, etc., central to understanding the Taiwanese experience. Readings are available in translation and in the original.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS409H1    The Cosmopolitan City in Premodern China: Changan (formerly EAS367H1)[24S]

This research-intensive course will introduce multiple ways of looking at the ancient capital of Changan (present-day Xian). Focus will be on the rich literary, cultural and material tradition associated with it from the onset of the dynastic era to the Golden Age of the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD).

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: EAS209Y1/H1
Exclusion: EAS367H1
Recommended Preparation: Some familiarity with Chinese history in the middle period
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS411H1    Art and Archaeology of Early China I[24P]

With extensive introduction to recent archaeological discoveries in China, this course explores development of ancient societies from prehistory to the Bronze Age of China, and to offer students with an understanding of the origins and formation of Chinese civilizations.

Prerequisite: Only for third or fourth year Arts & Science students, EAS209H/ANT100H/ANT200H
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS412H1    Technology and Material Cultures of Ancient China[24P]

This course introduces students to the technology and material culture of prehistoric and Bronze-Age China. The course is designed for students to have an understanding of the development of ancient technologies (e.g. bronze, jade, and lacquer) and associated life of ancient China from archaeological perspectives.

Prerequisite: EAS411H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS413H1    Medieval Chinese Civilization[24S]

This course explores the intellectual culture of the Six Dynasties in China (3rd through 6th centuries C.E.), a vibrant period in which many new forms of thought and expression flourished. Texts studied include historical anecdotes, Buddhist and Daoist scriptures, self-cultivation manuals, philosophical exegeses, and treatises on music, art, and poetics.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS414H1    Body/Mind Health in Chinese Philosophy[24S]

Textual and conceptual analysis of theories and practices related to physical health and mental sanity in Chinese philosophical schools such as Confucianism, Daoism and Chinese Mahayana Buddhism.

Prerequisite: PHL237H1/EAS241H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS418H1    Topics in Chinese Art Theories[24S]

This course will focus on theories of Chinese arts by critically analyzing various theoretical texts on music, painting, calligraphy, literature, in the form of special treatises and documents recorded in the Classics.

Prerequisite: PHL237H1/EAS241H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS419H1    Chinese Cultural Studies Seminar: May Fourth[24L]

This is a fourth-year cultural studies seminar on the May Fourth Movement in early twentieth century China. Taking May Fourth as a case study and a vantage point, this class enables a critical understanding of various aspects of the cultural and intellectual life in the early Republican period in China.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS420H1    Travels, Travelers and Travel Accounts in Asia[24S]

This intensive seminar focuses on the circulation of people (and as consequence, words and ideas) throughout East Asia and Central Asia in the premodern era. Texts include the diaries of the Japanese monk Ennin, as we try to understand the world such travellers searched for or encountered.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS431H1    Advanced Topics in Japanese Cinema[24S]

The focus ranges from the examination of cross-cultural theoretical problems (such as Orientalism) to a director-based focus, from the examination of genre (such as documentary or the category of genre itself) to the way film intersects with other cultural forms and technologies (such as Video and New Media).

Prerequisite: EAS242H1/EAS243H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS432H1    Korean Cultural Studies Seminar[24S]

The Korean Cultural Studies Seminar provides the opportunity for in-depth reading and research into a specific topic in the cultural and intellectual history of Korea. Topics will vary each semester but might include colonial period print culture, the New Woman, the history of photography, and modernism.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS438H1    Architecture in Pre-modern China[24S]

Survey of Chinas architecture from the Song dynasty. Subjects include design (including fengshui); the role of architects and craftsmen; building techniques and materials; and the logistics and financing of building projects. Seminar format, with readings (Yingzao fashi, Lu Ban jing, geomantic treatises), and visits to the Royal Ontario Museum.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of Chinese preferred
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS439H1    The Global Bildungsroman: Narratives of Development, Time and Colonialism[24S]

Through a sustained reading of several novels this course studies Bildungsroman, the story of an individual's coming of age, in the context of twentieth-century political, cultural, and social developments of imperialism, anti-colonialism, human rights discourse, and globalization. Our focus will be novels from the (post)colonial world and theoretical essays on the Bildungsroman form. The course aims to provide a model for rethinking literary history and literary genres within a global context. Authors may include Yi Kwangsu, Wu Zhouliu, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Kang Younghill, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Camara Laye, amongst others.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS444H1    The City, Body and Text in Modern Japanese Literature[24S]

Examines how the city and body exert formative forces on the text, and how the practice of writing and reading texts might inform the ways we, corporeal beings, experience the city as manifested in the nineteenth century Japanese literature. Required readings are available in English.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 & at least one course in literature, cinema, or visual art
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS447H1    Sound Studies and Modern Japan[24S]

This intensive seminar explores the growing field of Sound Studies with particular attention given to auditory histories and cultures in modern Japan and the prewar Japanese empire in East Asia. In this course, we study the interrelationships between industrialization, mass culture, colonialism, and techniques and processes of reproducing sound in order to specify the status of acoustic and sonic mediation in everyday life in a capitalist commodity economy. 

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 and EAS247H1/EAS347H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS448H1    East Asian Studies Archive: Language, Number, Money[24S]

This course inquires into salient problems of the historical archive in relation to the experience of modernity in East Asian societies. What is the meaning of the modern archive in East Asia? How is the knowledge of the modern archive produced in relation to the production of quantitative knowledge (e.g., in demographic or economic statistics)? How should we approach the relationship between number and language? How is this knowledge transformed into state knowledge as well as into what we call common sense? Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper at the end of the course.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS449H1    Future, Architecture, Japan[24L]

Examination of how the future is imagined and materialized in architectural theory and practice throughout Japanese history. From classical temples to modernist experiments of the Metabolist movement to contemporary works by Isozaki Arata and Atelier Bow Wow, we will study built and unbuilt structures as theories of the future. 

Prerequisite: EAS209H1/ARC221H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS454H1    Special Topics in Modern Chinese History[24S]

This seminar will offer a selective survey of major historiographical problems and debates in the fields of late-19th and 20th century Chinese history. Course readings will include both theoretical and historical materials.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS209H1, HIS280Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS456H1    Japan as seen by ?: Reference, Apparatus, Operation[24S]

Discusses how images of Japan, charged with varied degrees of desire for empirical knowledge, have contributed to contemporary novels and plays by David Mitchell, Ruth L. Ozeki, David Mamet, Joy Kogawa, Kazuo Ishiguro, Marguerite Duras, and David Hwang. All the readings, including Japanese literary and theoretical, are available in English.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS457H1    Special Topics in Modern Japanese History[24S]

Analyzing contemporary monographs on modern Japanese history. This course will offer a critical survey of existing methodologies and approaches to writing about Modern Japan.

Prerequisite: EAS247H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS458H1    Classical Chinese II (formerly EAS306Y1)[24S]

As a continuation of EAS358Y1 (formerly EAS206Y1), this course helps students to gain more in-depth control of grammatical structures and to read longer texts in classical Chinese with greater ease. Requirements include a major research/translation project. Open only to students enrolled in an EAS major or specialist subject POSt.

Prerequisite: EAS358Y1 (minimum 79%)
Exclusion: EAS306Y1, EAS335Y1
Recommended Preparation: three or more years of Modern Standard Chinese, EAS358Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS459Y1    Rethinking the Cold War in East Asia[48S]

This is a research course examining the ways our historical understanding of the Cold War in East Asia has shifted over the last twenty years. Focusing primarily on the divided Korean peninsula where it can be said the Cold War still rages, the course examines the mutual constitution of two competing regional political economies rooted in a shared commitment to developmentalism. Students will be expected to write a major research paper on a topic selected in consultation with the instructor.

Prerequisite: EAS271H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS462H1    Ethnographic Literature on Korea: Class, Gender & Family[24S]

This is a seminar course for upper-level undergraduate students who are interested in reading ethnographic literature. This course introduces contemporary ethnographic literature written in English on South Korea. Despite the textual focus on anthropological writing, it covers interdisciplinary inquiry into cultural and historical concepts that have shaped people's lives in South Korea. This class is run as a dynamic seminar course with class discussions structured around students' presentations, and with writing and rewriting research paper.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS464H1    The Korean War[24S]

An advanced research seminar on the Korean War.

Prerequisite: EAS271Y1/EAS271H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS209Y1/EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS465H1    Domesticity and Family in 20th Century East Asia[24S]

A comparative approach to issues in the modern history of domesticity and family in East Asia.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Recommended Preparation: EAS209Y1/H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS466H1    History, Everyday Life, and North Korea[24S]

This essay driven course explores the difficulty of examining North Korean history by using comparative methods developed through the study of other socialist societies and theories of everyday life.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1, EAS271H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS467H1    Photographic Narratives of Japan[24S]

Reads and discusses seminal theoretical literature, photo roman (by, e.g., Abe, Nakagami), and narratives about photography (by, e.g., Tanizaki, Kanai, Horie), to examine the rhetorical complicity and coercion of the two modes of representation which both emerged in the modern and nationalistic age, and persist, in the wake of the newer media, as dominant registers of everyday life and departures from there.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 & at least one course in humanities (literature, art history, philosophy) or reading proficiency in Japanese
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS471Y1    Issues in the Political Economy of South Korea[48S]

This is a heavy reading, heavy writing course designed to guide students toward a final research paper on a self-selected topic of interest on the postwar political economy of South Korea. The first half of the course will be shared readings. The second half of the course will be devoted to research.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1, EAS271H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS473H1    Modern Korean History Seminar[24S]

An examination of recent research results in the modern Korean history field, focusing especially on the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: EAS271Y1/EAS271H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS474H1    U.S. & Canada's Wars in Asia[24S]

This course examines the cultural and social legacies of the 19C and 20C century hot and cold wars fought by the U.S. and Canada in different parts of Asia. It explores film, literature and other cultural products that came out of the transpacific violence and its aftermath.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Corequisite: USA300H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

EAS475Y1    Issues in East Asian Historiography[48L/48T]

This course analyses select topics in the historiography of East Asian. Students are expected to write a major research paper of 30-40 pages in the second semester.

Recommended Preparation: EAS209H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS478Y1    Samurai Culture [48S]

Intensive seminar exploring one of Japan’s most recognizable figures, the samurai. This course investigates the historical reality of warrior life along with the legends, with focus on the ways in the warrior’s world found expression in religion, art, and literature. The seminar leads to the preparation of a significant research paper (25-30 pp).

Prerequisite: EAS209H1, EAS245H1/EAS246H1/EAS247H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS484Y1    The Japanese Empire [48S]

Course surveys historical literature on the Japanese Empire. A heavy reading and writing course intended for majors and specialists in East Asian Studies. The second semester will require a major research paper.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1
Recommended Preparation: Courses in modern East Asian history.
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

EAS495Y1    Topics in East Asian Studies[48S]

A guided research course on a common topic of the students' choice. Students are required to produce a 20-30 page paper based on the selected topic.

Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS496H1    Topics in East Asian Studies[24S]

An in-depth study of Chinese, Japanese or Korean culture, history and/or literature. Content in any given year depends on the instructor.

Recommended Preparation: Varies from year to year
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS497H1    Beyond Orientalism[24S]

This course will confront the Orientalist view of the world by looking at one Asian nation regularly exempted from that paradigm: Japan. By examining, among other topics, Japan's emperor system, its construction of a national history, and its own imperialism, this course hopes to point toward other ways of thinking about East and West.

Recommended Preparation: EAS209H1 & five EAS courses
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course

Independent Studies
EAS434H1    Independent Studies[TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult the website (eas.utoronto.ca) for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 & five EAS courses
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS435H1    Independent Studies[TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult the website (eas.utoronto.ca) for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 & five EAS courses
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None

EAS436Y1    Independent Studies[TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult the website (eas.utoronto.ca) for more information. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: EAS209H1 & five EAS courses
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: None