2023-2024 Graduate Courses

The below schedule is subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updates. 

EAS students: Course enrolment begins on July 6, 2023.

Non-EAS students: Course enrolment for EAS graduate courses begins on August 21, 2023. Non-EAS students should enrol after seeking the professor’s permission by submitting a filled-in Add/Drop form to the EAS Department. 


2023 - 2024 Courses


  • EAS1173HF Modern Korean History Seminar
    Andre Schmid – RL 14228  – Tuesdays 3 – 5pm
  • EAS1337HF Diaspora and Transpacific Studies
    Lisa Yoneyama – RL 14228 – Wednesdays 3 – 5pm
  • EAS1543HF Empire, Ethnicity, and Translation in Inner Asian and Chinese History
    Nathan Vedal – RL 14228 – Thursdays – 9 – 11am
  • EAS1550HF Hong Kong Literature
    Chris Song – RL 14228 – Tuesdays 5 – 7pm
  • EAS2020HF Critical Approaches to East Asia
    Yue Meng – RL 14228  – Tuesdays 10am -12pm
  • COL5126HF Sports Narrated
    Atsuko Sakaki – BT 319 - Tuesdays 10am -12pm
  • HIS1662HF Rethinking Modernity Through Japan
    T. Fujitani – SS2116, Mondays 1-3pm
  • HIS1677HF Empire and Nation in Modern East Asia
    T. Lam – UC F204, Thursdays, 2 – 4pm
  • JHL1680HF Revolutionary Women's Cultures in East Asia
    A. Grewal – BT 319 - Wednesday, 12-2 pm


  • EAS1176HS Comparative Historical Socialisms in East Asia and Beyond
    Yiching Wu - RL 14228 – Tuesdays 10 am – 12pm
  • EAS1338HS Asian Feminist Epistemologies: Theory and Embodiment
    Erin Huang - RL 14228 – Mondays 1 – 3pm
  • EAS1427HS The Production of Difference and the Logic of Capital
    Ken Kawashima – RL 14228 – Tuesdays 3 – 5pm
  • EAS1530HS Sound Matters
    Yurou Zhong – RL14228 – Wednesdays 11 am – 1pm
  • EAS1538HS Writing Women in Premodern China
    Graham Sanders –  RL 14228 -Thursdays 1 – 3pm
  • COL5150HS The Palliative: Art, Politics, Ecology, Medicine (new course)
    E. Cazdyn – Wednesdays 1 – 3pm


Course Descriptions

This course will introduce students to selected topics in Hong Kong literature from the early 20th century to the present through thematic research seminars on its various aspects, such as language, diaspora, life, leftism, Sinophone, etc. Students will read Hong Kong literary texts and their scholarly literature from interdisciplinary perspectives for a basic overview of the historical developments of Hong Kong literature. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to find archival resources for the studies of Hong Kong literature, analyze Hong Kong literary texts from interdisciplinary approaches, and conduct independent research on Hong Kong literature.

This course explores the history of multiethnic rule in China’s last imperial dynasty, the Qing (1644–1912), as well as earlier precedents and legacies in the contemporary world. Students will examine concepts of racial and ethnic identity, empire and colonialism, and translation and cross-cultural exchange through the study of Manchu-Mongol-Tibetan-Uyghur-Chinese interactions during this period.

This course examines the materiality of sound, sound making and reproduction, as well as theories regarding sound including and not limited to languages, music, and noise. In response to the hegemony of visual culture, sound studies—material and theoretical—put a special premium on the postcolonial critique of visual primacy. In spirit of self-reflexivity, sound studies should also heed the limits of phonocentrism in various forms. Centering on such broad conceptual framework as sound and sound making, this seminar is intended to speak to students across geographical and temporal specializations and engage with a wide ranging disciplines including musicology, history of science, cultural studies, film studies, linguistic theory and literature.

In our turbulent times especially in East Asia, we are bombarded by ambiguous ideologies and a plurality of discourses of diverse identities. We seem to live in an epoch of excessive discourses and confused or even non-existent ideologies. This course thus revisits and develops the theoretical and historical relationships between the analysis of discourse and the analysis of ideology in order to retheorize and clarify the problem of power and empowerment. In this course, we revisit the analysis of discourse in the works of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, and Naoki Sakai; in the second half, we revisit theories of ideology in the works of Karl Marx, Louis Althusser, and the Japanese philosopher, Tosaka Jun, as well as theories of (em)power(ment) in the works of Nicos Poulantzas, W.E.B. Dubois, and Antonio Negri.

Limited Spots

Limited spots in the courses below may be available to EAS students, but students must seek the permission of the professor to enrol and a form must be submitted by the end of August for Fall courses and the end of October for Winter courses. Please fill out a Request for Reading and/or Research Course form and see the room locations on the A&S Timetable.


Full Year EAS1101YY Classical Chinese I
Graham Sanders – Thursdays 9 - 11am

EAS1417HF Korean Literary Translation Workshop
Janet Poole – Wednesdays 1 - 3pm

EAS1496HF History of the Chinese Book
Amanda Goodman – TBA  – Mondays 11am – 1pm


EAS1411HS Art and Archeology of Early China
Chen Shen – Mondays 6 - 8pm

EAS1412HS Special Topics in Archaeology of Ancient China: Technology and Material Cultures of Ancient China
Chen Shen – Mondays 3 - 5pm

EAS1444HS - The City, Body, and Text in Modern Japanese Literature
Atsuko Sakaki – OI 2296 – Tuesdays 11am – 1pm


Courses Offered by Other Departments

Please see the course offerings on the departments’ websites below that may be of interest, paying special attention to courses taught by faculty members from cognate departments who have EAS graduate status.

Language Courses

Graduate students enrol in the graduate course code, but meet with the undergraduate class. To request enrolment, please fill in the PDF iconLanguage Course Enrolment Form For Graduate Students and read the appropriate instructions on the Chinese, Korean or Japanese language pages. For graduate students, language courses are graded on a CR/NCR basis, with 70% needed to receive a Credit. Please see the A&S timetable for meeting times.

  • EAS1301Y (EAS120Y1Y) Mod. Std. Japanese I
  • EAS1321HS (EAS121H1S) Japanese I – Prior Background
  • EAS1302Y (EAS220Y1Y) Mod. Std. Japanese II
  • EAS1322HS (EAS221H1S) Japanese II – Prior Background
  • EAS1303Y (EAS320Y1Y) Mod. Std. Japanese III
  • EAS1305H (EAS461H1) Mod. Std. Japanese IVb
  • EAS1304H (EAS460H1) Mod. Std. Japanese IVa
  • EAS1621YY (EAS110Y1Y) Mod. Std. Korean I
  • EAS1622YY (EAS210Y1Y) Mod. Std. Korean II
  • EAS1631YY (EAS211Y1Y) Accelerated Mod. Korean I & II
  • EAS1632HS (EAS212H1S) Accelerated Mod. Korean II
  • EAS1623YY (EAS310Y1Y) Mod. Std. Korean III
  • EAS1801YY (EAS100Y1Y) Mod. Std. Chinese I
  • EAS1811YY (EAS101Y1Y) Mod. Std. Chinese I – Prior Background
  • EAS1802YY (EAS200Y1Y) Mod. Std. Chinese II
  • EAS1803YY (EAS300Y1Y) Mod. Std. Chinese III
  • EAS1814H (EAS401H1) Mod. Std. Chinese IVa
  • EAS1815H (EAS402H1) Mod. Std. Chinese IVb