Currently Offered Courses

Winter 2017

ANTH302 Ethnography of South Asia Sections

A specialized study of ethnographic and theoretical problems relating to South Asia.

Winter 2017

ARTH253 Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces Sections

Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.

Winter 2017

ARTH352 Historic India: Images, Temples and the Construction of Indian Art History Sections

North and South Indian art and architecture with an emphasis on Buddhism and Hinduism.

Winter 2017

ARTH455 Seminar in the Art of South Asia Sections

Winter 2017

ASIA208 Cultural Foundations of South Asia Sections

A survey of South Asian cultures, including language and literature, art, religion, polity and society, as they developed in the past and have been transformed in the modern period.

Winter 2017

ASIA258 Religion in South Asia Sections

The major religious traditions of South Asia, including Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, and Buddhism; the significance of religious thought and practice in premodern India, as well as the continuing impact of religion in today's globalized South Asia.

Winter 2017

ASIA302 Theravada Buddhism Sections

History, story, and culture of the major form of Buddhism primarily focused on the regions of Sri Lanka, and mainland Southeast Asia, including southern Vietnam, parts of southern China, spread to Nepal, and modern global diffusion.

Winter 2017

ASIA304 Survey of South and Southeast Asian Performing Arts Sections

An historical perspective of the performing arts of South and Southeast Asia, highlighting the role of music, dance, and the dramatic arts in the lives of actors and audiences. Option to complete a practicum performance.

Winter 2017

ASIA308 Myth, Ritual and Epic in Ancient India Sections

Myths of creation Gods and goddesses of the Vedic pantheon. Connections with myths in other parts of the world, particularly in the Indo-European tradition. Literary representations of the myths.

Winter 2017

ASIA311 Tibetan Buddhism Sections

Religious terrain of the Tibetan cultural realm, looking at the history and development of Tibetan Buddhism and key ideas of the four main Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Winter 2017

ASIA313 Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society Sections

History and culture of the Himalayan regions, including India, China, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan.

Winter 2017

ASIA333 Contemporary South Asian Gender and Sexuality Studies Sections

Main theories and key concepts with a particular focus on the changing status of women, and gender and sexual minorities.

Winter 2017

ASIA339 The Construction of South Asian Communities in the Diaspora Sections

An examination of contemporary South Asian communities in the diaspora. Topics of particular importance are family life, religious life, notions of space, communal memory, literary and visual representation.

Winter 2017

ASIA365 Punjabi Cinema Sections

Punjabi culture, history, and social values through films. The class includes film viewings and seminar discussions. Films will be screened with English subtitles.

Winter 2017

ASIA369 Asian Folklore Sections

A survey of oral and expressive traditions in Asia, including jokes, superstitions, fairy tales, myths, music, and foodways; practical training in collecting and archiving folklore.

Winter 2017

ASIA388 Buddhist, Brahamanical and Jain Philosophers in Interaction Sections

Debates on issues of epistemology, language and ontology among the philosophical schools or systems of classical India Nagarjuna, Bhartrhari, Uma-svati, Sankara and others.

Winter 2017

ASIA390 History of the Indian Ocean World Sections

Societies and empires shaped by voyages of exploration, religious pilgrimages, trading diasporas and forced migration in the world of the Indian Ocean.

Winter 2017

ASIA392 Classical Persian Literature in English Translation Sections

Works of classical Persian literature dating from the tenth to the seventeenth century (in English translation).

Winter 2017

ASIA393 History of Iran from the Sasanians to the Safavids Sections

Iranian history from the fall of the Sasanian empire and the Arab conquest of Iran to the rise of Iranian dynasties in the east, the reign of Turkic and Turko-Mongolian rulers, and the formation of a Shiite Iran under the Safavids.

Winter 2017

ASIA394 Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema Sections

Gender politics, family relationships, and women's social, economic, and political roles in post-revolutionary Iran as shown through Iranian cinema.

Winter 2017

ASIA398 Narrative Literature in Premodern India Sections

Stories of gods, goddesses and religious heroes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Puranas, Avadanas and in classical poetry and drama.

Winter 2017

ASIA433 The Cinematic Lives of Muslims in South Asia Sections

Depictions of Muslims in South Asian cinema, with a particular focus on the Hindi film industry.

Winter 2017

ASIA475 Documenting Punjabi Canada Sections

Exploration of the history of the Punjabi Canadian community through traditional text-based methods and oral history collection (in English or Punjabi).

Winter 2017

ASIA488 Religion, Society and State in Modern India Sections

History of secular and religious discourse in post-independent India. Partition, state policy of secularism, religious mobilization among Hindus and Muslims, communal violence and religious radicalism.

Winter 2017

ASIA495 Folk Cultures in the Asian Diaspora Sections

The mediation of folklore (e.g. slang, songs, games, dance, foodways) in the everyday lives of immigrant and transnational Asian communities. Emphasis on Asian-Canadian folklore in Greater Vancouver through digital documentary media production and archival folklore research.

Winter 2017

ASIA541A Research Methods and Source Materials in South Asian Studies - S ASIA ST RESRCH Sections

Seminar.

Winter 2017

ASIA561B Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia - MODERN S&E ASIA Sections

Seminar.

Winter 2017

FIST338 Asian and Australasian Cinema Sections

Topics may include an analysis of a national cinema, such as that of China, India, or Australia.

Winter 2017

GEOG352 Urbanization in the Global South Sections

Urbanization in the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the role of cities in the development process and the features and problems of rapid urbanization.

Winter 2017

GEOG380 Geography of Asia Sections

A comparative regional analysis stressing the historical development and changing cultural, economic, and political patterns of the area. Special reference to India, Indonesia, China, and Japan.

Winter 2017

HIST385 India from Raj to Republic Sections

Exploration of the rise of the East India Company as territorial power, the formation of a colonial society in India, competing responses to British rule, the struggle for independence, and the legacies of partition.

Winter 2017

HIST387 Voices from Medieval India Sections

History of medieval India explored through different stories from and about India's pre-modern past. Studies trends in society, religion, politics, and material life to reveal the dynamism of this period and to challenge simplified narratives of Hindu-Muslim confrontation.

Winter 2017

HIST388 India in the Early Modern World: Mughals, Merchants, and Marauders Sections

History of India during the period of Mughal rule (roughly 1500-1750). Studies the role of India and the Mughals within the global dynamics of the early modern world.

Winter 2017

GPP565 Nationalism, Religion, and Ethnic Conflict in Asia Sections

Ethnic and religious conflict in Asia related to historical and dialectic development of different forms of nationalism; the confluence between religion, ethnicity, and nationalist ideologies in the escalation of conflicts in different Asian societies.

Winter 2017

GPP566 Asia Diplomacy and International Relations Sections

Comprehensive and systematic assessments and analyses of political dynamics, policy behaviors, and diplomatic interactions of Asian countries. Major diplomatic issues, cross-cutting diplomatic challenges, and opportunities facing countries in the region.

Winter 2017

HINU102 Introductory Hindi-Urdu Sections

Spoken Hindi and Urdu, and written Hindi. As of 2011W, credit will be granted for only one of HINU 100/101 or HINU 102.

Winter 2017

PUNJ102 Introductory Punjabi Sections

Spoken and written Punjabi. As of 2011W, credit will be granted for only one of PUNJ 100/101 or PUNJ 102. Students who have taken Punjabi 11 in high school cannot take PUNJ 102 for credit.

Winter 2017

PUNJ200 Intermediate Punjabi Sections

Study of the grammar and introduction to Punjabi literature. As of 2011W, credit will be granted for only one of PUNJ 201/202 or PUNJ 200.

Winter 2017

PUNJ300 Advanced Punjabi Sections

Advanced grammar and conversation. Major genres of Punjabi literature. As of 2011W, credit will be granted for only one of PUNJ 301/302 or PUNJ 300.

Winter 2017

PUNJ402 Medieval and Early Modern Punjabi Literature Sections

Emphasis is on reading and written expression. Analytical writing in English and Punjabi required.

Winter 2017

SANS300 Introductory Sanskrit Sections

Basic vocabulary and most important grammatical features of classical Sanskrit. Useful to students of South Asian history, culture, languages, philosophies, and religions, and of linguistics and classics. Credit will be granted for only one of SANS 300 or SANS 102 or both SANS 100, SANS 101 or both SANS 301, SANS 302.

Winter 2017

SANS400 Intermediate Sanskrit Sections

Advanced grammar and selected readings. Credit will be granted for only one of SANS 400 or SANS 200 or both SANS 201, SANS 202 or both SANS 401, SANS 402.

Winter 2017

PERS100 Basic Persian I Sections

Basic vocabulary and the fundamentals of modern Persian grammar, structure, and pronunciation, as well as reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Winter 2017

PERS101 Basic Persian II Sections

Continuation of PERS 100.

Winter 2017

PERS104 Persian Reading and Writing for Persian-Speaking Students Sections

Reading and writing of standard Tehran Persian; lexical and syntactic differences between written and spoken Persian. This course prepares students for PERS 300.

Winter 2017

PERS300 Advanced Persian I Sections

Graded reading, writing, exposure to the writing system, textual history, newspaper reading, and translation. Cultural materials presented as appropriate. The art of calligraphy introduced.

Winter 2017

PERS400 Persian Short Story for Native and Heritage Speakers Sections

Literary works from mid-19th century to present. Restricted to native or heritage speakers of Persian.

*If you are teaching a course with content related to South Asia please write to us at cisar.iar@ubc.ca to submit your course to this list.