Pacific and Asian Studies Courses (PAAS)

Undergraduate Courses

Language Course Restriction

Students who have completed courses in a language at UVic or through transfer credit will not be granted credit for subsequent courses at a lower level in the same language.

Chinese Language Courses:

The department takes two criteria into account in considering advanced placement for students entering Chinese language courses at the University. One of these is competence in spoken Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin); the other is ability to read and write the Chinese script.

For purposes of course placement, the department normally defines "native speakers" as those who are native speakers of any of these languages and who are also able to read at least simple materials (i.e., at the middle school level) written in the Chinese script. "Native speakers" who lack a good foundation in spoken Mandarin or whose reading ability in Chinese is not equivalent to that of a high school graduate should register in PAAS 212 or 313; others should register in PAAS 410.

Students whose ability to read and write Chinese is limited but who have some experience in spoken Mandarin, including those with high school credit in Mandarin, should consult the department about advanced placement. Students who register in Chinese language courses without such consultation may be required to transfer to different courses at the department's discretion. Note that students who have passed the provincial examination in Mandarin 12 may not register in PAAS 118 or 218.

Indonesian and Japanese Language Courses:

Courses marked * are not available to native speakers of Indonesian and Japanese. A native speaker is normally defined in this context as a person who has received sufficient instruction to be literate in the language. Students who are not native speakers, but who do have some knowledge of the language, will be placed at an appropriate level; however, such students may, at the instructor's discretion, be required to withdraw or to transfer to a higher level course should their language proficiency prove greater than was initially supposed.


100-level courses
100 Introduction to Pacific and Asian Studies
101 Text, Manipulation, Propaganda
103 War and Peace in Asia and the Pacific
105 Pacific and Asia Today
118 Intensive Beginner Chinese I
120 Introduction to Indonesian-Malay I
121 Introduction to Indonesian-Malay II
138 Intensive Beginner Japanese I
150 Premodern Chinese Culture
151 Modern Chinese Culture
152 Essentials of Chinese Civilisation (in Chinese)
170 Premodern Southeast Asian Cultures
171 Modern Southeast Asian Cultures
180 Premodern Japanese Culture
181 Modern Japanese Culture

200-level courses
200 Introduction to Theories and Methods in Pacific and Asian Studies
201 Cultural Politics and Popular Culture in Asia and the Pacific
202 Topics in Asian Cinema
203 Imagining the Asia-Pacific
204 Introduction to Asian Religions
205 Indigenous Peoples of the Indo-Pacific Region
206 Comics and Graphic Novels in Asia and the Pacific
207 Ghosts and Spirits
208 Family and Gender in the Pacific
209 Introductory Special Topics in Pacific and Asian Studies
212 Elementary Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Languages
218 Intensive Beginner Chinese II
220 Intermediate Indonesian-Malay I
221 Intermediate Indonesian-Malay II
235 Supplementary Japanese
238 Intensive Beginner Japanese II
250 Engendering China
279 Introduction to the Chinese Language and Linguistics
289 Introduction to the Japanese Language and Linguistics
294 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Asian Societies
299 Experiential Learning

300-level courses
300 Social and Economic Change in the Pacific Region
301 Social Theory and Analysis in Pacific and Asian Area Studies
302 Literary and Cultural Theory in Pacific and Asian Languages and Literatures Studies
303 Fieldwork Methods for the Study of Asia-Pacific Communities
304 Asian Aesthetics and Poetics
305 Religions of East Asia
306 Tibetan Buddhism
307 Globalization and Religion
309 Human Rights and Cultural Expression in the Asia-Pacific Region
313 Intermediate Mandarin for Speakers of Other Chinese Languages
318 Intermediate Chinese
330 Professional Japanese
331 Advanced Readings in Japanese I
332 Advanced Readings in Japanese II
333 Advanced Comprehension and Conversation in Japanese
334 Advanced Composition in Japanese
336 Japanese through Popular Culture
338 Intermediate Japanese
350 Chinese Economy, Politics and Culture
351 Contemporary Chinese Society
353 Survey of Classical Chinese Literature
354 Masterworks of Chinese Fiction
355 Modern Chinese Literature and Society 1900-1949 in English
356 The Literature of the People's Republic of China 1949 to the Present in English
357 Chinese Cinema from Text to Screen
358 Screening the Nation: Nationalism, Ideology, and Politics in Chinese Cinema
364 Indigenous Societies and Colonial Relations in Oceania
365 Society and Politics in Small Pacific States
369 Development and the State in Southeast Asia
370 Indonesian and Pacific Literature
371 Narrating Southeast Asia: Novels, Films and History
372 Southeast Asian Cinema
373 The Theatre of Indonesia
380 Japanese Economy, Politics and Culture
385 Love and Sex in Japanese Culture
386 Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation
388 Modern Japanese Literature in Translation
393 Humanism in Japanese Cinema to the 1960s
394 Pre-modern Japanese Theatre
397 Field School in Pacific and Asian Studies
398 Asia-Pacific Experience Research Project
399 Sociolinguistic Issues in Japanese

400-level courses
400 Advanced Research Seminar
401 Seminar on Culture in Asia and the Pacific
402 Asian Canadians and Their Homelands
403 Capitalist Economy and the Asia-Pacific
404 Asian Horror Cinema
406 Ideology and Cultural Conflict in the Asia-Pacific
407 Cultural Economies of the Asia-Pacific
409 Globalization, Cosmopolitanism and Asian-Pacific Cultures
410 Advanced Mandarin for Native Speakers of Chinese
411 Directed Readings in Chinese Language
412 Understanding Chinese Media
413 Effective Communication in Chinese
418 Classical Chinese Prose
430 Seminar in Modern Japanese Literature
432 Directed Readings in Japanese
450 Seminar on Social Issues in China
455 Authors in Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation
456 Thematic Study of Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation
457 Authors in Classical Chinese Literature
458 Themes in Classical Chinese Literature
459 Directed Readings in Chinese Linguistics
464 Topics in Studies of Australasia
465 Seminar on Oceania
466 Redistribution, Reciprocity and Commodity Relations in Pacific Societies
467 Seminar on Indonesia
468 Seminar on the Study of Southeast Asia
480 Seminar on Japan
484 Identity in Animated Japanese Cinema
485 Seminar in Japanese Language, Literature and Culture
486 Modern Japanese Theatre
487 Trends in Japanese Cinema, 1960 to Present
488 Japanese Fantasy
493 Seminar in Buddhism in English
494 Special Topics in Translating Asian Languages
495 Special Topics in Pacific and Asian Studies
496 Directed Studies in Pacific and Asian Studies
497 Special Topics in Asian Languages
499 Honours Thesis

Graduate Courses


500-level courses
500 Theories of Pacific Region Societies
501 Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Theories in Asia-Pacific Studies
520 Special Topics in Pacific Studies
521 Special Topics in Asia-Pacific Literature, Linguistics and Culture
550 Research Methodologies
580 Advanced Readings in Japanese, Chinese or Indonesian
590 Directed Studies
599 MA Thesis