- 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
2022-23 Course Offerings
ASI1000Y-Y: Issues in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies
Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 PM
Rachel Silvey (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, Katherine MacIvor, at email@example.com. You can also contact Katherine if you have questions.
Elective courses offered by the Asian Institute
ASI4140H-S: The Public Event in Asia
Mondays, 2:00-4:00 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.
ASI4900H-F: Special Topics: Politics of China and Democracy in Asia
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM
This joint undergrad/grad seminar is designed to provide students with an understanding of the underlying forces driving the political landscape in China and other Asian countries. We begin with the question why China has defied the modernization theory with the persistence of authoritarian regime. What are the nature of political institutions and state-society relations that explain this persistent outcome in China? We then examine the polities of South Korea, Taiwan and emerging Asian democracies to study the underlying patterns of state and societal forces that led to regime changes. This course seeks to understand the similarities and explain the differences of the hodgepodge of autocratic and democratic regimes in Asia, and ask “why” and “why not”. Students should be prepared to read course materials and engage in class discussion.
ASI4900H-S: Special Topics: Comparative Regional Studies of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
Thursdays, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
This course considers how China’s enormous Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated cultural, political, social, and economic transformations across Asian and Eurasian contexts. The course is open to senior undergraduate and early graduate students from the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Asian Institute, as well as the Master of Global Affairs program. Focusing on China, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, we will explore specific cases of geopolitics, geoeconomics and geoculture along the Digital, Green, and Health Silk Roads, looking at everything from surveillance in smart cities, to debt trap diplomacy, to the future of democracy in a China-centric world.
JPA2353H-F: Authoritarianism in Comparative Perspective
Mondays, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
This joint course with Political Science examines the politics of authoritarianism in theory and in practice. It covers major theories in authoritarian politics, ranging from selectorate theory, authoritarian institutions, impact of institutions on political outcome, ways of measuring authoritarian state power, democracy and development, to social movement and state repression in authoritarian regime, and political transitions. On empirical application, we will draw on cases from around the world, with some emphasis on Asian authoritarian states.
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.
- EAS2020H-F: Critical Approaches to East Asia (M. Cho)
- EAS1182H-F: Writing as Technology in Modern China (Y. Zhong)
- EAS1336H-F: Memory, History, Trauma (L. Yoneyama)
- EAS1542H-S: Comparative History of Reading in East Asia and Beyond (N. Vedal)
- EAS1426H-S: Subjectivity, Transition, Revolution (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)
- GLA2091H-S: Topics in Global Affairs II: Chinese Politics Beyond the Headlines (D. Fu)
- GLA2093H-S: Topics in Global Affairs IV: Seeing Taiwan (T. Lam)
Please visit the History Department website for course descriptions and details on how to enrol as a non-departmental student.
- HIS1673H-F: Critical Historiography of Late Imperial and Modern China (Y. Wang)
- HIS1662H-S: Rethinking Modernity through Japan (T. Fujitani)