- H indicates a half credit course
- F indicates a half year course in the first term (Sept – Dec)
- S indicates a half year course in the second term (Jan – Apr)
- Y indicates a full year course (Sept – Apr)
- M, T, W, R, F = days of the week
2023-24 Course Offerings
ASI1000Y-Y: Issues in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 PM
Jacques Bertrand (F) and Yiching Wu (S)
The core seminar examines the dynamics of transformation in the Asia-Pacific in relation to a number of theoretical debates in history and the social sciences. The seminar is required of graduate students in the Collaborate Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies.
Please check if your home department offers an independent research course in which you can work on your major research paper. For example, POL2810Y/POL2811Y (MA Research Seminar I/II), GLA2095H (MGA Reading Course)/GLA2228H (MGA Research Paper), PLA1107Y (Current Issues Paper).
Note: these departmental courses may by taken by students and count (a maximum of 0.5 FCE) towards the CESEAS course requirements provided they are used to work on the CESEAS Major Research Paper. The topic should include a significant East or Southeast Asia focus and the final MRP should be 50-60 pages in length, with analysis beyond a regular seminar paper. Important: the length requirements of the CESEAS MRP may be different than that of the course offered in your home department. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to enrolment to confirm that the course is eligible for CESEAS credit and to have your MRP topic preapproved.
If such a course is not offered in your home department, you may enrol in the Independent Research course offered by the CESEAS program, ASI1001H:
ASI1001H: Independent Research in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
Students wishing to take this independent research credit in order to work on their major research paper must find an appropriate faculty member willing to supervise them, and fill out the Research/Reading Course Form and submit it to our Program Advisor, Rebecca (Jiaying) Bi, at email@example.com. You can also contact Rebecca if you have questions.
Elective courses offered by the Asian Institute
ASI4140H-S: The Public Event in Asia
Mondays, 1:00-3:00 PM
This joint undergrad/grad seminar will introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of popular culture in Asia through a focus on public events. Readings about all kinds of performances, including ritual, popular protest, festivals, sports, cinema, television, digital media events, and the performing arts will help students learn methodological tools to interpret the politics and meanings of public culture as it articulates with class, ethnicity, religious community, gender and caste. The course will furthermore familiarize students with a range of theoretical lenses for conceptualizing the different meanings of the “event” and the “public” from a perspective grounded in the histories of South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and their diasporas.
Elective courses offered by other departments
In addition to ASI courses, CESEAS students may enrol in courses relevant to the East and Southeast region offered by other departments at the University of Toronto, some of which are listed below. Please check with individual departments for eligibility and enrolment procedures in August for the upcoming academic year. CESEAS cannot guarantee students a space in courses offered by other departments.
Other courses not listed below might also meet the requirements, provided that they have strong Asia content. If you have another course in mind, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-approval.
East Asian Studies
Please visit the East Asian Studies website for course descriptions and details on how to enrol as a non-departmental student.
- EAS1173H-F: Modern Korean History Seminar (A. Schmid)
- EAS1543H1-F: Empire, Ethnicity, and Translation in Inner Asian and Chinese History (N. Vedal)
- EAS2020H1-F: Critical Approaches to East Asia (Y. Meng)
- EAS1176H1-S: Comparative Historical Socialisms in East Asia and Beyond (Y. Wu )
- EAS1427H1-S: The Production of Difference and the Logic of Capital (K. Kawashima)
Please visit the Master of Global Affairs courses page for course descriptions and details on how to enrol as a non-departmental student.
- GLA2036H-F: Bilateral Diplomacy: Canada-Japan and US-Japan Relations (P. Lipscy)
- GLA2096H-S: Topics in Global Affairs II: Chinese Politics Beyond the Headlines (D. Fu)
Please visit the History Department website for course descriptions and details on how to enrol as a non-departmental student.
- HIS1662H-F: Rethinking Modernity Through Japan (T. Fujitani)
- HIS1677H-F: Empire and Nation in Modern East Asia (T. Lam)
- HIS1673H-S: Critical Historiography of Late Imperial and Modern China (L. Chen)
- HIS1016H-S (J): Historical Readings in Gender and Sexuality: History of Sexuality in China (Y. Wang)