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100-level courses at a glance

Course Course title
PAAS 100 Introduction to Pacific and Asian Studies (Description)                        
PAAS 101 Text, Manipulation, Propaganda (Description)
PAAS 103 War and Peace in Asia and the Pacific
PAAS 116 Beginner Chinese I: Part 1 (Description)
PAAS 118 Intensive Beginner Modern Chinese I (formerly PAAS 110) (Description)
PAAS 120 Introduction to Indonesian-Malay I
PAAS 121 Introduction to Indonesian-Malay II
PAAS 128 Beginner Korean I 
PAAS 129 Beginner Korean II 
PAAS 138

Intensive Beginner Japanese I (formerly PAAS 130) (Description)

PAAS 150 Premodern Chinese Culture
PAAS 151 Modern Chinese Culture  (Description)
PAAS 152

Essentials of Chinese Civilisation (in Chinese) 

PAAS 170 Premodern Southeast Asian Cultures
PAAS 171 Modern Southeast Asian Cultures
PAAS 180 Premodern Japanese Culture (Description)
PAAS 181 Modern Japanese Culture (Description)

200-level courses at a glance

Course number Course title
PAAS 200 Introduction to Theories and Methods in Pacific and Asian Studies  (Description
PAAS 202  

Topics in Asian Cinema 

PAAS 204/RS 200B 

Introduction to Asian Religions (Description)

PAAS 206

Comics and Graphic Novels in Asia and the Pacific (Description)

PAAS 207 Ghosts and Spirits 
PAAS 208 Family and Gender in the Pacific 
PAAS 209

Introductory Special Topics in Pacific and Asian Studies (Description)

PAAS 218 Intensive Beginner Chinese II (formerly PAAS 111) (Description)
PAAS 220 Intermediate Indonesian-Malay I
PAAS 221 Intermediate Indonesian-Malay II
PAAS 238 Intensive Beginner Japanese II (formerly PAAS 131) (Description)
PAAS 262 Introduction to Oceania 
PAAS 279/LING 261 Introduction to the Chinese Language and Linguistics
PAAS 280 A Taste of Japan
PAAS 299 Experiential Learning

300-level courses at a glance

Course Number Course title
PAAS300                 Social and Economic Change in the Pacific Region 
PAAS 301 Social Theory and Analysis in Pacific and Asian Area Studies
PAAS 302

Literary and Cultural Theory in Pacific and Asian Languages and Literatures Studies 

PAAS 304 Asian Aesthetics and Poetics (Description)
PAAS 305 Religions of East Asia 
PAAS 306 Tibetan Buddhism
PAAS 307

Globalization and Religion

PAAS 309 Human Rights and Cultural Expression in the Asia-Pacific Region (Description)
PAAS 318 Intermediate Chinese  (formerly PAAS 210 and 211) (Description)
PAAS 338 Intermediate Japanese (formerly PAAS 230) (Description)
PAAS 340 Integrative Intermediate Japanese (formerly PAAS 330) (Description)
PAAS 341 Advanced Readings in Japanese I (formerly PAAS 331)
PAAS 342 Advanced Readings in Japanese II (formerly PAAS 332) (Description)
PAAS 343

Advanced Comprehension and Conversation in Japanese (formerly PAAS 333)

PAAS 344 Advanced Composition in Japanese (formerly PAAS 334)
PAAS 345 Japanese through Popular Culture (formerly PAAS 336) (Description)
PAAS 351 Contemporary Chinese Society (Description)
PAAS 352 Global Taiwan (Description)
PAAS 353

Survey of Classical Chinese Literature (Description)

PAAS 354 Masterworks of Chinese Fiction
PAAS 355

Modern Chinese Literature and Society 1900-1949 in English

PAAS 356

The Literature of the People's Republic of China 1949 to the Present in English

PAAS 357 Chinese Cinema from Text to Screen 
PAAS 358

Screening the Nation: Nationalism, Ideology, and Politics in Chinese Cinema


PAAS 363 The Buddhist Tradition I 
PAAS 367 Gandhi and the Ethics of Nonviolence (Description)
PAAS 372 Southeast Asian Cinema 

PAAS 373/THEA 328

The Theatre of Indonesia
PAAS 380

Japanese Economy, Politics and Culture 

PAAS 385

Love and Sex in Japanese Culture 

PAAS 386 Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation 
PAAS 388 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation (Description)
PAAS 393 Humanism in Japanese Cinema to the 1960s 
PAAS 394 Pre-modern Japanese Theatre
PAAS 395 Intermediate Topics in Pacific and Asian Studies (Fall) (Spring)
PAAS 397 Field School in Pacific and Asian Studies 
PAAS 398 Asia-Pacific Experience Research Project

PAAS399/LING 396

Sociolinguistic Issues in Japanese 

400-level courses at a glance

Course number Course title
PAAS 400

Advanced Research Seminar (Description)

PAAS 403 Capitalist Economy and the Asia-Pacific
PAAS 404

Asian Horror Cinema

PAAS 409 Globalization, Cosmopolitanism and Asian-Pacific Cultures 
PAAS 410 Advanced Mandarin for Native Speakers of Chinese (Description)
PAAS 411 Directed Readings in Chinese Language
PAAS 412 Understanding Chinese Media (formerly PAAS 310) 
PAAS 413 Effective Communication in Chinese (formerly PAAS 311) (Description)
PAAS 418 Classical Chinese Prose (formerly PAAS 312) 
PAAS 420

Chinese Narrative 

PAAS 430 Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature
PAAS 432 Directed Readings in Japanese
PAAS 451 Asian Mega-Cities and Urban Regions (Description)
PAAS 452 Acquisition of Chinese as an Additional Language 
PAAS 455 Authors in Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation
PAAS 456 Thematic Study of Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation 
PAAS 457 Authors in Classical Chinese Literature (Description)
PAAS 458 Themes in Classical Chinese Literature 
PAAS 459 Directed Readings in Chinese Linguistics
PAAS 464 Topics in Studies of Australasia 2015-16. The Global Positions of Indigenous Peoples 
PAAS 484 Identity in Animated Japanese Cinema 
PAAS 485 Seminar in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture
PAAS 486 Modern Japanese Theatre
PAAS 487 Trends in Japanese Cinema, 1960 to Present 
PAAS 488 Japanese Fantasy
PAAS 493 Seminar in Buddhism in English
PAAS 494 Special Topics in Translating Asian Languages (Description)
PAAS 495 Special Topics in Pacific and Asian Studies  (Fall) (Spring)
PAAS 496 Directed Studies in Pacific and Asian Studies
PAAS 497 Special Topics in Asian Languages 
PAAS 499                     Honours Thesis