EASIA - East Asian Studies

Offered By:
Faculty of Arts

Below are the courses available from the EASIA subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times

EASIA 101 - Understanding East Asia View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

Important aspects of pre-modern and modern East Asia from a broad interdisciplinary perspective.


EASIA 201 - Overview of the Chinese Language System View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion of basic features of the Chinese language. Designed to be taken concurrently with CHINA 201 or 202. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 208. Prerequisite: CHINA 102 or consent of Department.


EASIA 205 - Language in Chinese Society View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Topics may include language and gender, identity, dialects. Lectures in English. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 241. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and CHINA 102, or consent of Department.


EASIA 211 - Overview of the Japanese Language View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

To be taken concurrently with JAPAN 201 or 202. Note: Not open to students with credit in or completing JAPAN 301. Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 241.


Starting: 2021-09-01

EASIA 211 - Overview of the Japanese Language

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Pre- or co-requisite: JAPAN 201, or consent of Department.


EASIA 215 - Linguistics in Japanese Everyday Life View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Theoretical and practical approaches to Japanese in real-life communicative situations. Prerequisite: Japan 202 or consent of Department.


EASIA 223 - East Asian Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Survey of the major religious traditions of China, Japan, and Korea.


EASIA 224 - Interculturalism and East Asian Music View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Survey of the major music traditions of China, Japan, and Korea through an exploration of Silk Road influences on Chinese music and Chinese musical influences on Japanese and Korean Music.


EASIA 225 - Cultural Exchanges in East Asia View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Cultural interactions between China, Japan, and Korea through literature, film and media.


EASIA 230 - Popular Culture and Contemporary Chinese Society View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Cultural texts and social changes in contemporary China. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 or consent of Department.


EASIA 232 - Overview of Chinese Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Major trends in Chinese literature, art, and other forms of cultural expression, from earliest times to the modern period. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 240. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 or consent of Department.


EASIA 234 - The Chinese Literati View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Literary and historical perspectives on the elite of pre-modern China. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 or consent of Department.


EASIA 236 - Modernity and Contemporary Chinese Civilization View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The development of modernity in modern and contemporary China, Taiwan, and/or Hong Kong and its influence on literature, cinema, visual culture and/or popular culture.


EASIA 238 - Confucianism and Chinese Civilization View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Classical Chinese Confucian thought and its influence on the later history and culture of China.


EASIA 239 - Daoism and Chinese Civilization View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 2-1S-0)

Ancient Chinese Daoist thought and its influence on the later history and culture of China.


Starting: 2021-09-01

EASIA 239 - Daoism and Chinese Civilization

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Classical Chinese Daoist thought and its influence on the later history and culture of China.


EASIA 240 - Overview of Japanese Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Major trends in Japanese literature, art, and other forms of cultural expression, from earliest times to the modern period. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 240.


EASIA 247 - Samurai, Geisha, and Ghosts View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Literature and art of early modern Japan, with attention paid to representations of warriors, women, and the supernatural. Prerequisite: EASIA 101, or consent of the Department.


EASIA 260 - Popular Culture and Contemporary Japanese Society View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Cultural texts and social changes in contemporary Japan. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 or consent of Department.


EASIA 270 - Overview of Korean Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Major trends in Korean literature, art, and other forms of cultural expression, from earliest times to the modern period. Note: Not open to students with credit in KOREA 240.


EASIA 305 - Introduction to Chinese Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Sound system, basic sentence structure, writing system, and language change and variation. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 308. Prerequisites: LING 101 and CHINA 202, or consent of Department.


EASIA 307 - Chinese Psycholinguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Issues and methods in Chinese language processing and spoken language comprehension. Prerequisite: LING 101 and CHINA 202, or consent of Department.


EASIA 315 - Introduction to Japanese Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Sound system, parts of speech, basic sentence structure, writing system, and language change and variation. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 325. Prerequisite: *3 from EASIA 215 or LING 101 and *3 from JAPAN 202 or EASIA 211, or consent of Department.


EASIA 316 - Japanese Sociolinguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to social and interactional aspects of the Japanese language. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 326. Prerequisite: *3 from EASIA 215 or LING 101 and *3 from JAPAN 202 or EASIA 211, or consent of Department.


Starting: 2021-09-01

EASIA 316 - Japanese Language and Society

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to social and interactional aspects of the Japanese language. Prerequisite: JAPAN 202 and *3 from EASIA 211, EASIA 315 or LING 101, or consent of Department.


EASIA 323 - Topics in East Asian Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 223 or RELIG 240, or consent of Department.


EASIA 325 - Modern and Early Modern Japanese Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Note: Not open to students with credit in EASIA 323 with the topic Edo and Modern Japan.


EASIA 331 - Pre-modern Chinese Literature in Translation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

From earliest times through the Qing Dynasty. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 321. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 333 - Topics in Pre-modern Chinese Literature and Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Readings in translation, with selected original language materials for advanced language students. May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 336 - Modern Chinese Literature in Translation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Chinese literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 322. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 341 - Pre-Modern Japanese Literature in Translation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

From earliest times to the Tokugawa period. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 321. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 344 - Tales of Two Japanese Cities View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Explores Japanese society through two of its most important cities: Kyoto and Tokyo. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 333. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 346 - Modern Japanese Literature in Translation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Selected works by prominent writers from 1868 to the present. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 322. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 347 - The Japanese Supernatural View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Representations of the supernatural in Japanese literature from the earliest times to the present day. Prerequisites: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of the Department.


EASIA 351 - Culture and Identity in Taiwan View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The relationship between culture and identity in Taiwan through the study of literature and film in translation. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 351. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 359 - Culture and Identity in Hong Kong View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Culture and identity in Hong Kong through the study of literature and film in translation. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 370 - Topics in Contemporary Korean Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Note: May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 371 - Pre-Modern Korean Literature in Translation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

From earliest times through the Joseon (Choson) Dynasty. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 375 - Introduction to Korean Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Sound system, parts of speech, basic sentence structure, writing system, and language change and variation. Prerequisite: LING 101 and KOREA 202, or consent of Department. Note: Not open to students with credit in KOREA 325.


EASIA 376 - Korean Sociolinguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to social and cultural aspects of the Korean language. Prerequisite: LING 101 and KOREA 202 or consent of Department.


EASIA 405 - Chinese Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion of the major linguistic features of the Chinese language. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 408. Prerequisite: CHINA 302 and EASIA 305, or consent of Department.


EASIA 406 - Research Methods in Chinese Language View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion and application of the research methods for Chinese linguistics and pedagogy. Prerequisites: CHINA 302 or equivalent and EASIA 305, or consent of Department.


EASIA 415 - Japanese Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion of the major linguistic features of the Japanese language. Lectures in English. Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 425. Prerequisite: *3 from EASIA 315, EASIA 316, or EASIA 456, or consent of Department.


EASIA 421 - Orientalisms and Occidentalisms View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Critical reading of Western representations of the East, and Eastern representations of the West. All readings in English. Prerequisite: EASIA 101, or consent of Department. Not to be taken by students with credit in C LIT 426.


EASIA 423 - Topics in Japanese Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: *3 from EASIA 223, EASIA 323, or RELIG 240, or consent of the Department.


EASIA 425 - Topics in East/West Critical Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Readings in English of East Asian and Euro-American philosophers and critics. Prerequisite: EASIA 101, or *3 in literary theory, or consent of Department.


EASIA 427 - Colonial and Post Colonial Culture in East Asia View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Colonialism, soft power and transnational connections in East Asia through the lens of cultural production. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 428 - Topics in East Asian Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at a senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 429 - Landscape and Soundscape in East Asian Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The interdisciplinary study of East Asian traditional landscape painting and music through combined research and creative practices. Prerequisites; EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at a senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 431 - Topics in Pre-Modern Chinese Literary History View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

The major works of a particular period or aspect of Chinese literature prior to 1900. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department. CHINA 341 recommended.


EASIA 433 - Classical Chinese Poetry View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Emphasis on the production of poetry as a cultural object. Note: Not open to students with credit in CHINA 410. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department. CHINA 341 recommended.


EASIA 434 - Readings in Classical Chinese Fiction View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Analytical readings of premodern fiction written in classical and/or early vernacular Chinese. May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level and CHINA 341, or consent of the Department.


EASIA 436 - Topics in Chinese Literature and Film View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A crossdisciplinary study of Chinese and Sinophone literary and cinematic texts in English translation. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 438 - Topics in Chinese Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. May involve discussions in Chinese. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 AND *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of the Department.


EASIA 441 - Topics in Japanese Literary History View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The major works of a particular period or aspect of Japanese literature. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 443 - Japanese Theatre from the Noh to the Avant-garde View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Note: Not open to students with credit in JAPAN 416. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 448 - Topics in Japanese Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Not open to web registration. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 451 - Topics in Taiwan Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 455 - Topics in Taiwan Literature View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Readings in Taiwan literature with emphasis on tradition, theme, and technique. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 456 - Languages and Cultures of the Ryukyus View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Introduction to linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of the Ryukyus, a past independent kingdom with strong ties to China, more recently subsumed by Japan. Prerequisite: *3 from EASIA 215 or LING 101 and *3 from JAPAN 202 or EASIA 211, or consent of Department.


EASIA 471 - Topics in Korean Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 472 - Topics in Korean Literary History View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The major works of a particular period or aspect of Korean literature. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101 and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 474 - Readings in Classical Korean Fiction View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Analytical readings of premodern Korean fiction. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: EASIA 101and *3 in EASIA at the senior level, or consent of Department.


EASIA 480 - Honors Seminar View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Note: Open to fourth year Honors students only.


EASIA 490 - Honors Thesis View Available Classes

★ 6 (fi 12)(EITHER, 0-6S-0)

Note: Open to fourth year Honors students only.


EASIA 505 - Chinese Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion of the major linguistic features of the Chinese language. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


EASIA 506 - Research Methods in Chinese Language View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion and application of the research methods for Chinese linguistics and pedagogy. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


EASIA 515 - Japanese Linguistics View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion of the major linguistic features of the Japanese language. Lectures in English. Prerequisite: advanced knowledge of Japanese language, a prior linguistics course, and consent of Department.


EASIA 525 - Topics in East/West Critical Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Readings of East Asian and Euro-American philosophers and critics. Prerequisite: *3 in literary theory at the 400-level, or equivalent.


EASIA 556 - Languages and Cultures of the Ryukyus View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Introduction to linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of the Ryukyus, a past independent kingdom with strong ties to China, more recently subsumed by Japan. Prerequisite: JAPAN 301 or equivalent and consent of department.


EASIA 575 - East Asian Language Pedagogy View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Discussion and application of the theory and practice of teaching East Asian languages. Lectures in English. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


EASIA 598 - Topics in East Asian Research View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An inquiry into the diversity of disciplines used in the study of East Asian literatures and cultures. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


EASIA 599 - Directed Reading in East Asian Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.


EASIA 652 - Literary and Cultural Theory View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Literary and cultural theory in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Prerequisite: consent of Department. Note: This course is equivalent to MLCS 652.