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EAS East Asian Studies Courses


EAS100Y1
Modern Standard Chinese I 26P, 104S

A comprehensive introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) as a second language for students with no background in any Chinese dialect. Equal emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, writing Chinese characters and translation; active vocabulary of about 500 single characters and over a thousand phrases and idiomatic expressions. Weekly quizzes/tests.
Priority: Given to students who are in a Specialist, Major or Minor program in Chinese Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, East Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies or some other programs determined by the instructor.
Condition: Students will be required to certify that they are aware that if at any time they are found in violation of the academic condition in Note 2. above, they will be obliged to withdraw from the course immediately.


EAS101Y1
Modern Chinese I for Students with Prior Background 26P,104S

A comprehensive introduction to Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) for students with limited background in spoken and/or written Chinese;. Equal emphasis on listening, speaking, reading, writing Chinese characters and translation; active vocabulary of about 600 single characters and over 1200 phrases and idiomatic expressions. Weekly quizzes/tests.
Exclusion: EAS100Y, 290Y or those with near-native fluency in any Chinese dialect
Priority: Given to students who are in a Specialist, Major or Minor program in Chinese Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, East Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies or some other programs determined by the instructor.
Condition: Students will be required to certify that they are aware that if at any time they are found in violation of the academic condition in Note 2. above, they will be obliged to withdraw from the course immediately.


EAS102Y1
History of East Asian Civilization 52L, 26T

Highlights of Chinese, Japanese and Korean civilization prior to the eighteenth-century. The focus is on political, social and intellectual history, as well as on the interactions among the three cultures. Highly recommended for EAS students taking specialist, major, and minor programs, and the Asia-Pacific program.


EAS103Y1
Beginning Spoken Chinese 104L

An introductory course for students who only wish to learn spoken Mandarin Chinese for daily living and general social communication in contemporary Chinese society. Text materials are mainly in the Pinyin Romanization system; only a small number of Chinese characters are introduced. Especially recommended for students in disciplines other than Chinese.
Exclusion: EAS100Y, 101Y; not open to students with any prior knowledge of Chinese.


EAS104Y1
Elementary Vietnamese 78S

An introductory course for students with no knowledge of Vietnamese. With equal emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar.


EAS110Y1
Modern Standard Korean I 104S

An introductory Korean language course open to students with no prior knowledge of Korean. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are covered but the main emphasis is given to spoken Korean.


EAS111Y1
Elementary Written Korean 52S

Main elements of Korean grammar, readings and compositions for students who speak or understand Korean or for students with standing in Grade 9 (Ontario) Korean.
Exclusion: Not open to students with standing in Grade 10 Korean, EAS110Y


EAS120Y1
Modern Standard Japanese I 117S

An introduction to the main elements of the Japanese language, and the development of hearing, speaking, reading and writing skills. Along with the hiragana and katakana systems of writing, approximately 100 kanji are introduced. Open only to students with no prior background in Japanese.
Exclusion: EAS121H
Priority: 1) EAS students (major in Japanese); 2) EAS students who need a credit in this course; 3) non-EAS students who are eager or need to learn Japanese


EAS121H1
Japanese I for Students with Prior Background 13L, 45.5S

Appropriate for those who have learned Japanese for more than three months less than a year in an academic institution
Exclusion: EAS120Y
Priority: 1) EAS students (major in Japanese); 2) EAS students who need a credit in this course; 3) non-EAS students who are eager or need to learn Japanese


EAS200Y1
Modern Standard Chinese II 26P, 104S

Continuation of EAS100Y: grammar, reading, composition, and oral work. Reading texts include adapted versions of modern Chinese novels, plays, essays, and selected readings: proverbs and set phrases, short compositions, poetry of the Tang dynasty.
Exclusion: EAS290Yor those with near-native fluency in any Chinese dialect
Prerequisite: Have successfully completed EAS100Y (minimum 60%)


EAS201Y1
Modern Chinese II for Students with Prior Background 26P, 104S

Continuation of EAS101Y. Reading, speaking, writing and grammar are equally emphasized. Readings from 20th century works on Chinese history, society and literature are introduced.
Exclusion: EAS200Y, 290Y or those with near-native fluency in any Chinese dialect
Prerequisite: Have successfully completed EAS100Y (minimum 60%)


EAS206Y1
Classical Chinese I 52S

An introductory reading course in Classical Chinese with emphasis on grammatical analysis and translation into English.
Exclusion: EAS290Y
Corequisite:EAS200Y/201Y
Priority: Restricted at all times to students declaring an EAS program


EAS208Y1
Taoist Philosophy 52S

Non-action and creativity in the Tao Te Ching and the Chuang Tzu.


EAS210Y1
Modern Standard Korean II 104S

Students study grammatical structure in depth through reading various forms of writing. More attention given to idiomatic expressions with emphasis on the use of language in actual context.
Prerequisite: EAS110Y/111Y


EAS220Y1
Modern Standard Japanese II 117S

Emphasis on communicative skills in spoken and written Japanese. Introduction of an additional 200 kanji.
Prerequisite: EAS 120Y/121H or equivalent
Priority: 1) EAS students (major in Japanese); 2) EAS students who need a credit in this course; 3) non-EAS students who are eager or need to learn Japanese


EAS221Y1
Ancient and Mediaeval Japanese History 52S

General history - emergence of Japanese state to the beginning of Tokugawa regime. Emphasis on development of distinctively Japanese features of the national culture and on ethos and lifestyles of the people. (Offered in alternate years)
Recommended preparation: EAS102Y


EAS227Y1
Introduction to East Asian Art 52L

Art and archaeology of Asia. Historical and cultural background. Lecture course illustrated with slides.


EAS233H1
History of China's Performing Arts 26L

An historical overview of Chinese theatre, a reading of selected texts, viewing of videotaped performances and class discussions of the characteristics of this art form.
Priority: Given to students enroled in an EAS program and Drama students


EAS237Y1
Japanese Cinema 52S

An examination of modernism/post-modernism in Japanese post-war cinema, with emphasis on theories of alienation and social fragmentation.
Prerequisite: INI112Y
Priority: Specialist East Asian Studies/Specialist Cinema Studies, Major East Asian Studies/Major Cinema Studies, Minor Semiotics


EAS250H1
Korean Literature 26L

An introductory survey of major works and representative writers in Korean literature.


EAS260Y1
Philosophy of Buddha


EAS270Y1
Introduction to Korean Civilization 52S

The historical development of the Korean political system and society; philosophical, religious, artistic and literary aspects of its culture. Korea's relationship to Chinese civilization and its role in transmitting civilization to Japan. Films and slides may be used for illustration.


EAS271Y1
Modern Korean History 52L

Survey of political, socio-economic, and cultural developments in the Korean peninsula from the 18th century to the present. Emphasis on developments in the late Choson dynasty which shaped Korea's modern experience, the Japanese colonial period, and the formation of separate states in the north and south.


EAS282Y1
Elementary Sanskrit (formerly EAS180Y) 104S

An introduction to the language of traditional Indian civilization. Good knowledge of grammatical terminology is necessary. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: EAS180Y

EAS282Y1, 382Y1, 480Y1, 482Y1
Sanskrit Language and Literature


EAS290Y1
Chinese Language for Non-Mandarin Speakers I 78S

For students who speak a Chinese dialect other than Mandarin and have acquired a basic knowledge of written Chinese. Gives basic knowledge of spoken Mandarin and ability to read both literary and modern texts. Language laboratory work mandatory.
Priority: Given to students who are in a Specialist, Major or Minor program in Chinese Studies, East Asian Languages and Literatures, East Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies


EAS299Y1
Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 42 for details.


EAS300Y1
Modern Standard Chinese III 104S

An intermediate level language course. Original writings chosen from the literature and social history of modern China. Oral discussion, written composition, selective translation, and techniques of reading for comprehension.
Exclusion: EAS201Y, 290Y. Not open to native speakers of Chinese
Prerequisite: EAS200Y
Recommended preparation: EAS206Y


EAS302Y1
Contemporary Chinese Newspapers 52L

An intermediate level language course. Development of reading skills using Chinese newspapers on contemporary Chinese politics, international relations, social and economic development. Also improvement of oral skills through drills and discussion.
Exclusion: EAS290Y. Not open to native speakers of Chinese
Prerequisite: EAS201Y/300Y


EAS305Y1
Art and Literary Theory of Pre-Modern China in Translation 52L

A survey course of works of Chinese painting and calligraphy theory and literary criticism from the pre-Qin period to the Qing dynasty. Readings are available in translation. (Offered in alternate years)


EAS306Y1
Classical Chinese II (formerly EAS335Y) 52S

The continuation of EAS206Y. Extensive use of audio-visual materials. An intensive reading course of selected classical Chinese texts.
Prerequisite: EAS206Y (minimum 60%)


EAS310Y1
Modern Standard Korean III 104S

Expansion of vocabulary, practice in reading comprehension and active skills of writing and conversation are emphasized. Students participate in discussions and compose short essays. Selected readings include different styles of work on Korean culture, history, society and literature.
Prerequisite: EAS210Y
Priority: EAS students


EAS312H1
Modern Japanese Intellectual History (formerly EAS312Y) 26S

Examination of the Japanese tradition and its modern development through lives and works of major intellectual, literary, and political figures. Emphasis on 19th and 20th century reactions to modernization.
Recommended preparation: EAS102Y


EAS314Y1
Sino-Korean I 52S

Designed for those who have finished at least EAS210Y and need the ability to read mixed-script original texts or newspapers in Korean. There are 1800 Chinese characters commonly used in every day life. Of these 1800, 800 characters are introduced.
Prerequisite: EAS210Y


EAS320Y1
Modern Standard Japanese III 130S

Emphasis on communicative skills in spoken and written Japanese. Additional stress on mastery of 500 new characters and extensive reading in adapted and original writings.
Prerequisite: EAS220Y


EAS321H1
Computer-assisted Composition in Japanese I 39S

Intended to upgrade general proficiency in Japanese through computer-assisted instruction in composition.
Corequisite: EAS320Y


EAS322H1
Computer-assisted Composition in Japanese II 39S

Intended to upgrade general proficiency in Japanese through computer-assisted instruction in composition.
Corequisite: EAS320Y


EAS323Y1
Japanese Fiction in Translation 52S

A general survey course. Reading and discussion topics from both classical and modern Japanese fiction in translation. First Term: Genji, Heike, Court Ladies' Diaries, Mediaeval Buddhist literature, etc. Second Term: Outstanding 20th century writers. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: At least one course in literature (Japanese, Chinese or English)


EAS330Y1
Arts of Buddhism I 52L

Buddhism as seen through the arts in ancient and mediaeval cultures of South and Southeast Asia (mainly India, Nepal, Tibet, Ceylon, Burma, Thailand, and Java). Lectures on selected types and periods in architecture, sculpture, painting, ritual chant, and dance-drama. Illustrated with slides and other material. (Designed as one of a pair and given in alternate years with EAS331Y)


EAS331Y1
Arts of Buddhism II 52L

Buddhism as seen through the arts in ancient and mediaeval cultures of Central and East Asia (mainly Afghanistan, Turkestan, Mongolia, China, Korea, and Japan). Lectures on selected types and periods in architecture, sculpture, painting, ritual chant, and dance-drama. Illustrated with slides and other material. (Designed as one of a pair, and given in alternate years with EAS330Y)


EAS334Y1
The Chinese Novel 52S

The development of Chinese fiction from premodern times to the twentieth century. Readings are available in translation and in the original.


EAS336Y1
Chinese Literature 52S

A survey course of major works in premodern Chinese literature, including poetry, essays, short narratives and drama. (For the Chinese novel, see EAS334Y.) Readings are available in translation and in the original.
Priority: Students declaring an EAS program


EAS340H1
The Chinese: Society and Culture in Transition 26S

The course explores issues of identity, self, and community among other topics in a broad exploration of cultural transformation in China. Normally offered in Woodsworth College's Hong Kong Summer Program.
Recommended preparation: EAS102Y


EAS342H1
Art and Religious Experience in Japan 26L

Experience, ritual, discipline and training in Japanese art and religion. Art as religion, and religion as art. Shinto, mountain cults, shamanism, divination, esoteric Buddhism, Zen, the folk arts movement, music, internationalism in modern Japanese culture. Illustrated with slides and other material. Designed to be taken with EAS343H.


EAS343H1
Judo in Japanese Culture 26L, 26P

Judo and its cultural background, explored through lectures on Japanese mind-body theories and attitudes, education, religion, combat systems, arts of performance, etc. Historical, comparative and analytic viewpoints. Illustrated with slides and other material. Practical training in judo offered as part of the course (no previous experience required). Designed to be taken with EAS342H.


EAS344H1
Topics in Chinese Society and Culture 26S

This course addresses selected themes and issues in China's complex process of modernizatin and reform, the format and requirements to vary according to theme, and class and instructor preferences and interests. Normally, offered only in the Hong Kong Summer Program.
Recommended preparation: One course on modern China or East Asia or equivalent


EAS345H1
The Rise of Greater China: Issues and Topics 26S

This course looks at China in regional perspective, including issues of Taiwan, Hong Kong and People's Republic of China economic integration. The role of overseas Chinese communities globally and in Southeast Asia also receives attention. The form and focus of the course varies according to class and instructor interests. Normally, offered only in the Hong Kong Summer Program.
Recommended preparation: One course on modern China or East Asia or equivalent


EAS352Y1
Essentials of Contemporary Japan 26S

A broad perspective on today's Japan. Emphasis is on the last 25-30 years, from the time of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. First term deals with history, political systems, law, and economic structures. Second term deals with responses of the Japanese people to the context in which they live - business, education, gender relations, leisure.
Recommended preparation: EAS102Y


EAS353Y1
Social History of Tokugawa Japan 52S

A historical survey of the life and culture of people in 17th to mid-19th century Japan, with emphasis on the relationship between the authorities and inhabitants of the city of Edo. (Offered in alternate years).
Prerequisite: EAS102Y
Recommended preparation: EAS221Y


EAS354Y1
Aesthetics of Tokugawa Japan 26L

A survey of Japanese culture and tradition as it developed in the Tokugawa period. This course examines Japanese fine arts, literatures, architecture and other forms of aesthetics as they were expressed in the lives of the people. The characteristics of Japanese thought through its aesthetics are also analyzed.
Prerequisite: EAS221Y
Recommended preparation: EAS102Y


EAS360Y1
Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy


EAS362Y1
Classical Japanese 78S

Introduction to classical Japanese, followed by readings of various short works by classical authors.
Prerequisite: EAS220Y


EAS368Y1
The Philosophy of the Buddha (formerly EAS260Y) 52S

The philosophy of the Buddha as preserved in the Pali Canon and its development in the Early Schools in India.
Exclusion: EAS260Y
Recommended preparation: RLG206Y


EAS370H1
Humanistic Studies on Korea 26L

A course in Korean literature, history, religion, or philosophy, taught in English. Offered by a visiting professor from the Republic of Korea. The appointment is arranged each year by the Department of East Asian Studies and the Ministry of Education, Seoul. Further information is available from the Department of East Asian Studies.
Recommended preparation: EAS270Y


EAS371Y1
Introduction to Korean Thought 52L

An examination of the thought and works of major Korean scholars in which comparisons are made to Chinese and Japanese scholars and their works.
Prerequisite: EAS270Y


EAS382Y1
Intermediate Sanskrit (formerly EAS280Y/380Y) 72S

Continuation of the study of Sanskrit grammar with readings from the Upanisads, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other selected prose and poetry texts. Language and Literature course. (Offered in alternate years)
Exclusion: EAS280Y/380Y
Prerequisite: EAS282Y


EAS385Y1
Cultures of India 26L, 39S

Presentation of Indian culture by combining texts with slides, films etc. of Indian art, artifacts, dance, textiles, and music. (Offered in alternate years)
Recommended Preparation: HIS282Y, RLG205Y, RLG361H


EAS400Y1
Modern Standard Chinese IV 104S

A continuation of EAS300Y. Further study of texts from a wide range of topics. Videotapes are used frequently.
Exclusion: EAS290Y
Prerequisite: EAS300Y(minimum 60%)
Condition: Students will be required to certify that they are aware that if at any time they are found to have entered the course with a knowledge of Chinese greater than that represented by EAS300Y they will be obliged to withdraw from the course immediately.


EAS405Y1
Art and Literary Theory of Pre-Modern China 104S

Essential works of Chinese painting and calligraphy theory and literary criticism from the pre-Qing era. Based on close reading and translation of original texts. Recommended only for those pursuing advanced studies in this field. (Offered in alternate years.)
Prerequisite: EAS300Y, 306Y


EAS410Y1
Modern Standard Korean IV 78S

Emphasis on communicative skills, grammatical structure, efficient reading ability and composition. Readings from original writings on various aspects of Korean culture.
Prerequisite: EAS310Y


EAS421Y1
Japanese Source Materials and Reference Works 52S

Introduction to basic materials, reference works, and study guides in the fields of history, literature, religion, philosophy, etc. Emphasis on developing skills for independent work. Intended primarily for students in Japanese Studies.
Prerequisite: EAS320Y


EAS434H1/435H1
Independent Studies TBA

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the EAS Undergraduate Handbook for more information.
Prerequisite: Five EAS courses


EAS436Y1/437Y1
Independent Studies TBA

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the EAS Undergraduate Handbook for more information.
Prerequisite: Five EAS courses


EAS442Y1
Chinese Poetry I 104S

Essential works of Chinese poetry from the pre-Qin period to the Six Dynasties. Based on close reading and translation of original texts.
Prerequisite: EAS306Y
Priority: Restricted at all times to students declaring an EAS program


EAS445Y1
Chinese Poetry II 104S

Essential works of Chinese poetry from the Tang and Song dynasties. Based on close reading and translation of original texts.
Prerequisite: EAS306Y
Priority: Restricted at all times to students declaring an EAS program


EAS446H1
Pre-Modern Chinese Vernacular Literature I: Fiction 52S

Essential works of Chinese fiction from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing eras. Based on close reading and translation of original texts. Recommended only for those pursuing advanced studies in this field. (Offered in alternate years.)
Prerequisite: EAS300Y, 306Y


EAS447H1
Pre-Modern Chinese Vernacular Literature II: Drama 52S

Essential works of Chinese dramas from the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing eras. Based on close reading and translation of original texts. Recommended only for those pursuing advanced studies in this field. (Offered in alternate years.)
Prerequisite: EAS300Y, 306Y


EAS451H1
Woman in the East Asian Tradition 26 S

This course explores the status and role of woman in traditional cultures of China, Korea and Japan from the beginnings of history to the 20th century.
Prerequisite: EAS102Y


EAS454H1
History of Japanese Architecture and Gardens 26L

Introduction to Japanese traditional architectures and gardens. This course examines the way in which the distinct features of Japanese architectural and garden forms were influenced by particular historical, climatic, and geological conditions. The philosophical background to Japanese architecture and gardens are also discussed.


EAS460H1
Modern Standard Japanese IVa 52S

For students who wish to improve their communicative skills in spoken Japanese. Emphasis is on acquisition of vocabulary and style related to interactions in contemporary Japanese society. Class meets once a week and continues for the whole year.
Prerequisite: EAS320Y (Modern Standard Japanese III) or equivalent


EAS461H1
Modern Standard Japanese IVb 52S

This course focuses on written Japanese, using materials relevant to contemporary Japanese society, with emphasis on reading comprehension and mastery of Joyo kanji. The class meets once a week.
Prerequisite: EAS320Y or equivalent


EAS465H1
Korean Linguistics 26S

Concepts of general linguistics. A synoptic description of Modern Standard Korean: sound patterns and grammatical structures. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: EAS310Y


EAS466H1
History of the Korean Language 26S

The historical formation of the Korean language and its dialects. Historical phonology and morphology, and problems of syntax and lexicon. Reading and linguistic analysis of early Korean texts. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: EAS210Y


EAS468Y1
Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy (formerly EAS360Y) 52S

Close study of selected Indian and Chinese Mahayana texts in translation, with emphasis on Madhyamaka and Hua-yen.
Exclusion: EAS333Y/360Y
Recommended preparation: RLG206Y


EAS470H1
Religion in Korea 52S

The religious beliefs of the Korean people, shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, minor cults and the new religions. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: EAS270Y


EAS471H1
East Asian Historiography 26S

This course examines fundamental issues, methodologies, and theories necessary for the advanced study of the history of China, Korea and Japan.
Prerequisite: Three East Asian History courses


EAS472Y1
Nations and Nationalisms of East Asia 52S

This course examines recent writings which have highlighted the problems in writing the history of China, Korea and Japan as "national" history.
Prerequisite: One course in the history of East Asia


EAS473H1
Modern Korean History Seminar 26S

An examination of recent research results in the modern Korean history field, focusing especially on the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Prerequisite: EAS210Y


EAS474H1
Women in Chinese Religion


EAS480Y1
Advanced Sanskrit I 52S

Classical Sanskrit. Language and Literature course. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: EAS382Y


EAS482Y1
Advanced Sanskrit II 52S

Technical Sanskrit. Language and Literature course. (Offered in alternate years)
Prerequisite: EAS382Y


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