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David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

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The Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies welcomes students who wish to combine concentrated study in a traditional academic discipline with an interdisciplinary major program that focuses on contemporary developments in this rapidly changing region. A broad survey course offered by the Department of Political Science provides students with a solid understanding of the complex political, economic, social and cultural life of the region. An additional range of optional courses that span the humanities and the social sciences allow students to develop more specialized knowledge of the region. Finally, a fourth-year capstone course allows students in the program to synthesize what they have learned in various optional courses while undertaking independent research on a topic of special interest.

Study of major language of the region is an important component of the program. In many cases, this can be achieved by taking two courses in one of the three main languages taught in the Department of East Asian Studies: Chinese, Japanese or Korean. All possible efforts will also be made to assist and support students who wish to achieve basic fluency in another language of the region. Students who are already fluent in a language of the region are allowed to substitute optional courses for the language course requirements.

Students may consult Professor Michael Donnelly (donnelly@chass.utoronto.ca), Director of the Program at the Munk Centre for International Studies, Room 224N. For general inquiries contact Eileen Lam, Program Administrator, at 416-946-8997 or munk.aps@artsci.utoronto.ca. For current developments, please check the Programís University web site (www.utoronto.ca/davidchu).

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

Enrolment in the Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies is open to students who have successfully completed four full courses. A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required. Those who seek advanced language standing must receive permission from the Program Director, and will be required to complete recommended substitute courses. Formal admission to the program is achieved by completing a required enrolment form. The required form is available from the Director, the Program Administrator, or the Programís web site.

Major program (B.A.):

(7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+series courses)

1. POL215Y1; ASI400Y1. These courses must be taken in sequential order.

2. Two sequential Y1 courses normally in one of three languages - Chinese, Japanese or Korean - offered by the Department of East Asian Studies. For other language, such as Thai, Vietnamese, Malay and Indonesian, students should consult with the Program Director. Generally two sequential courses are required for these languages as well but the Program is willing to consider other arrangements including study abroad and intensive summer courses at other universities.

3. Three additional full course equivalents on appropriate Asia-Pacific topics from offerings in the following departments: ANT, EAS, GGR, HIS, PHL, POL, RLG, SOC. Please consult with the Program Director on your course selection. A very partial list of eligible courses includes: EAS271Y1, 352Y1; ECO335Y1; GGR342H1, GGR343H1, GGR347H1, HIS281Y1, HIS328Y1, HIS347H1; JMC201Y1, JMC301Y1; POL335Y1, 431Y1, 435Y1.

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