Currently Offered Courses

Winter 2018-19

Winter 2018

ANTH429 Global Health in Cross-Cultural Contexts Sections

Includes examination of the social and cultural dimensions of specific life-threatening emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, the political economy of health, cultural interpretations of illness and healing, medical pluralism, therapy management, and the cultural construction of efficacy.

Winter 2018

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 2018

ARTH355 Modern and Contemporary India: Art in Colonial and Independent India Sections

The development of a new Indian art during the colonial period and nationalist movement; the construction of India's contemporary visual culture.

Winter 2018

ARTH555 Studies in South and Southeast Asian Art Sections

Winter 2018

ASIA211 Sex, Sexual Ethics, and Asian Religions Sections

Sex and sexual ethics in the scriptures, monastic rules, rituals, and narratives of Asian religions, such as Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.

Winter 2018

ASIA250 Introduction to Buddhism Sections

Origins, basic teachings, development of Theravada, Mahayana, and Tantric traditions, historical spread first through Asia and later the world, and Buddhism in contemporary societies.

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

ASIA313 Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society Sections

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

Winter 2018

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 2018

ASIA348 Great Literary Works of Classical India in Translation Sections

Major Sanskrit and Prakrit literary genres as developed in the Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, including folktales of riddle, intrigue, etc. Ramayana, Mahabharata. Polished poems of the urbane. Plays. Learned novels and long poems.

Winter 2018

ASIA353 Introduction to Hindi Film Sections

History, aesthetics, politics, and social roles of Bollywood films. Seminar discussions in English; Hindi films with English subtitles.

Winter 2018

ASIA376 The Sikhs: Formations, Contexts, and Historical Development Sections

Introduction to the historical development of Sikh traditions in India and Diaspora, from the 15th century to the present, with attention to broader historical contexts.

Winter 2018

ASIA378 Philosophical Wisdom of Early India Sections

Epistemological and ontological thought from the Vedic period to the period of the rise of philosophical schools or systems Philosophy in the Mahabharata, Gita; early Buddhist and Jain views on knowledge and reality; views on language.

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

ASIA468 Approaches to the Study of Asian Religions Sections

The Western genealogy and problematics of religion, issues in its application to non-Western cultures and traditions, and the practical study of Asian religions, in Asia and its diasporas.

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

ASIA576B Topics In Sikh and South Asian Studies - TPC SIKH&S ASIA Sections

Seminar class designed to explore current scholarly debates in South Asian and Sikh Studies.

Winter 2018

FIST230 Introduction to Asian Cinema Sections

Overview of the cinemas of China, India, Japan, and Korea.

Winter 2018

FIST338 Asian and Australasian Cinema Sections

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

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

HIST273 History of India Sections

Societies, cultures, and politics of the Indian subcontinent from its ancient civilizations to the formation of the modern nation-states of South Asia.

Winter 2018

HIST280 Islamic World History Sections

The history of the Islamic world in its global dimensions from its origins to the present day through the themes of religion, law, politics, culture, and modernity.

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

HINU200 Intermediate Hindi-Urdu Sections

Conversation and grammar; an introduction to Hindi literature; an introduction to the Urdu script. As of 2011W, credit will be granted for only one of HINU 201/202 or HINU 200.

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

PUNJ401 Devotional Literature in Punjabi Sections

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

Winter 2018

PUNJ403 Modern Punjabi Literature Sections

Popular and literary works in modern Punjabi, with a focus on short stories and poetry. Emphasis on reading, writing, and vocabulary development.

Winter 2018

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 2018

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 2018

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 2018

PERS101 Basic Persian II Sections

Continuation of PERS 100.

Winter 2018

PERS104 Persian Reading and Writing for Persian-Speaking Students Sections

Reading and writing of standard Persian; lexical and syntactic differences between written and spoken Persian. Restricted to Persian heritage speakers with aural/oral knowledge but no reading/writing skills.

Winter 2018

PERS300 Advanced Persian I Sections

Graded reading, writing, exposure to textual history, newspaper reading, and translation. Cultural materials presented as appropriate.

Winter 2018

PERS400 Persian Short Story for Native and Heritage Speakers Sections

Modern short stories from mid-19 century to present.

Winter 2018

TIBT100 Introduction to Tibetan I Sections

Concepts, grammar, syntax of spoken and written Tibetan for beginners. Also covers aspects of Tibetan worldview.

Winter 2018

TIBT101 Introduction to Tibetan II Sections

Focus on grammar, syntax, and structures to improve comprehension and communication skills. Also covers aspects of Tibetan worldview.

Winter 2018

PHIL378 Philosophical Wisdom of Early India Sections

Epistemological and ontological thought from the Vedic Period to the period of the rise of philosophical schools or systems. Philosophy in the Mahabharata, Gita; early Buddhist and Jain views on knowledge and reality; views on language.

Winter 2018

PHIL388 Buddhist, Brahmanical 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 2018

POLI369C Issues in International Security - ISS IN INTL SECU Sections

An examination of issues such as interstate conflicts, terrorism, environmental change, international crime. Topics will vary from year to year.

Winter 2018

RGLA372B Topics in Religion, Literature, and the Arts - TPC RELG LIT ART Sections

The topic is selected and announced annually by the RGLA Committee.

This class is cross-listed with ASIA 376.

Winter 2018

RGLA471B Advanced Seminar in Religion and Literature - ADV SEM RELG&LIT Sections

Application of critical methods to one or more major authors.

This class is cross-listed with ASIA 468.

Winter 2018

SPPH536 Aboriginal People and Public Health: Ethics, Policy, and Practice Sections

Experience of colonization; <i>Indian Act</i>; the histories and intergenerational impact of the residential school; child-welfare systems; communicable disease prevention; the challenge of ethical public health practice; and traditional healing.

Winter 2018

SOCI560 Culture and Knowledge Sections

Summer 2018

Summer 2018

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.

Summer 2018

ASIA343 Film in South Asia Sections

Social and cultural history of South Asian film.

Summer 2018

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.

Summer 2018

ASTU204E Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies - NEPALI Sections

Selected interdisciplinary topics in Arts studies. For upcoming offerings including course descriptions and possible enrolment restrictions, please see section information in the UBC course schedule.

Summer 2018

ASTU204F Topics in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies - TIBETAN Sections

Selected interdisciplinary topics in Arts studies. For upcoming offerings including course descriptions and possible enrolment restrictions, please see section information in the UBC course schedule.

*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.