Currently Offered Courses

Winter 2020

Winter 2020

ASIA210 Traditions of Yoga Sections

Philosophical, religious, and cultural development of yoga in classical and medieval South Asia and its relation to contemporary globalized practice.

Winter 2020

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 2020
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2020 term.

Winter 2020

ASIA301 Buddhism in the Modern Era Sections

Buddhism from the nineteenth century to present day with special emphasis on its history and character in local settings, including specific traditions such as Tibetan Nyingma and Japanese Zen, as well as the development of a modern and global "Buddhism."

Winter 2020

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 2020

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 2020

ASIA309 South Asian Beyond South Asia Sections

A history of South Asian peoples and communities that emigrated overseas, including Indo-Canadians.

Winter 2020

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 2020

ASIA313 Tibetan and Himalayan Culture and Society Sections

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

Winter 2020

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 2020

ASIA336 Sufi and Bhakti Devotional Literatures Sections

Sufi and Bhakti thought and tradition in South Asia through literary works in translation.

Winter 2020
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2020 term.

Winter 2020

ASIA353 Introduction to Hindi Film Sections

History, aesthetics, politics, and social roles of Bollywood films. Films will be subtitled.

Winter 2020

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 2020

ASIA389 Life Writings of South Asian Diasporic Women Sections

Auto/biographies and life writings of South Asian women in the Diaspora. Emphasizes theories of representation, subjectivity, agency, difference, and memory.

Winter 2020

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 2020

ASIA392 Classical Persian Literature in English Translation Sections

Works of classical Persian literature dating from the tenth to the seventeenth century.

Winter 2020

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 2020

ASIA395 Modern Persian Literature Sections

Modern Persian literature, including fiction, drama, and/or poetry, of Iran, Afghanistan, and/or Tajikistan dating from the mid-19th to the 21st century (in English translation).

Winter 2020

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 2020

ASIA399 Films of the South Asian Diaspora Sections

Contemporary films of the South Asian Diaspora, with a focus on Canada, US, and UK. Emphasizes theories of representation, visual and cultural analysis.

Winter 2020
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2020 term.

Winter 2020

ASIA431 Tibetan Literature, Genres, and Book Culture Sections

Tibetan literature, textual genres, and book and printing culture from the seventh century to the present.

Winter 2020

ASIA433 Representations of Muslims in Hindi/Urdu Films Sections

Depictions of Muslims in relation to the majoritarian community as well as other minorities in South Asian cinema, with a particular focus on the Hindi/Urdu film industry.

Winter 2020

ASIA461 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Iranian Narratives Sections

Literary, cinematic, folk, and/or popular culture texts from modern Iran. Emphasis on constructions and contestations of masculinities and femininities, as they intersect with sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, and/or religion.

Winter 2020

ASIA491 India and the Persianate World Sections

Histories of Muslim Empires, spanning Iran, India and Central Asia, from 1000-1800 CE. Examined through the conceptual lens of the Persianate World with emphasis on Persianate culture and power in South Asia.

Winter 2020
No ASIA course(s) were found for W2020 term.

Winter 2020

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

Winter 2020

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 2020

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 2020

HINU102 Introductory Hindi-Urdu Sections

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

Winter 2020

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 2020

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 2020

PERS101 Basic Persian II Sections

Continuation of PERS 100.

Winter 2020

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 2020

PERS300 Intermediate-High Persian I Sections

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

Winter 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

TIBT100 Introduction to Tibetan I Sections

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

Winter 2020

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 2020

TIBT300 Classical Tibetan I Sections

The basics of classical Tibetan grammar and vocabulary, with readings from a selection of daily prayer verses.

Winter 2020

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.

 

*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.