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These inter-disciplinary and inter-departmental programs study traditional and modern South Asia. The history and culture of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka are presented in courses offered by departments in the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Traditional South Asia is presented as a living culture, a viable way of life for millions for over 3,000 years, and a source of inspiration to other parts of Asia for 2,000 years. Modern studies emphasize the history and development of South Asia's political, cultural, and social institutions, the nature of the economy, and the significance of ideas and ideology in the modern dynamics of continuity and change.
Programs of study may stress either the ancient or the modern aspects of South Asia or may explore those elements which fuse traditional religion and culture with contemporary patterns of politics and society.
Students are advised to consult the Chair of South Asian Studies Program and with one or more professors teaching in the area of the student's particular interest. Titles of courses on South Asia are listed below.
Enrolment in the South Asian Studies programs is open to students who have completed four courses; no minimum GPA required.
SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES (B.A.)Consult Centre for South Asian Studies, Rm. 2057, Sidney Smith Hall, 978-4294 and Professor J.T. O'Connell, Rm. 409, Alumni Hall, St. Michael's College, 926-1300, ext. 3238.
Specialist program (Hon.B.A.): S13331 (10 full courses or their equivalent: including at least four 300+ series courses with at least one full course at the 400-level)
For the Distribution Requirement, SAS 201Y and 301Y are Humanities courses.
Major program (B.A.): M13331 (6 full courses or their equivalent: including two 300+ series courses)
Minor program (B.A.): R13331 (4 full courses or their equivalent)
Four approved courses from Group A (below)
Group A: ANT 362Y, EAS 260Y, 282Y, 330Y, 360Y, 382Y, 385Y, 386H, 387H, 480Y, 482Y, ECO 232H, ENG 253Y, 472Y, HIS 101Y, 282Y, 364H, 381H, 382H, 386Y, 394H, 480Y, 481H, 491H, HUM 101Y, LIN 265Y, 365Y, MUS 200H, NEW 306H, 308H, 368H, 425Y, NMC 185Y, POL 201Y, 417Y, 445Y, RLG 100Y, 205Y, 206Y, 207H, 209H, 280Y, 360H, 361H, 362H, 363H, SAS 201Y, 301Y; or other courses with the approval of the Chair of the SAS programSection 4 for Key to Course Descriptions)
NOTE Enrolment in an SAS language course is subject to a placement evaluation by the instructor in the first week of classes.
Intensive introduction to phonology, grammar, syntax of the modern Bengali language; emphasis on basic writing and reading.
Readings from selected authors of modern Bengali prose and poetry; introduction to samples of pre-modern Bengali texts.
Certain other courses with substantial South Asian content may be deemed South Asian Studies courses (and be included in Group A) on a case by case basis with the written approval of the Chair of the South Asian Studies program. Among these could be: certain courses offered at Erindale or Scarborough Colleges; advanced topic courses; individual/independent studies courses; research opportunity program courses; comparative, thematic or area courses allowing a particular student to concentrate study on South Asian subjects; courses previously offered listed in Group A, but no longer offered.
EAS282Y, 382Y, 480Y, 482Y
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