The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers the following Asian Studies courses covering Northeast Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and West Asian Studies. The Northeast Asian Studies program of the Asian Center requires a country specialization. Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. Download the PDF listing these courses and detailing the Programs of Study, which identifies the required courses depending on track (thesis or nonthesis program) and area of specialization. Scroll below or click on the bullets:

CORE COURSES

All students of the Asian Studies program, regardless of area of specialization or track (thesis or nonthesis) are required to take these courses. Each course is equivalent to three (3) units unless otherwise stated. 

AS 201   Asia in Antiquity
An introductory survey course about the civilizations of Asia from prehistory until immediately prior to Western expansionism and/or colonization, from the 16th century onwards. 

AS 201A Modern Asia
A broad multidisciplinary examination of the coming of Western colonialism/imperialism to Asia, decolonization and the rise of nation-states. 

AS 210  Theories & Perspectives on Area Studies
Overview of theoretical concepts complementing & enriching the study of societies, cultures & institutions of Asian countries & regions. Prereq: AS 201, AS 201A. 

AS 299  Research Methods


Regardless of track (thesis or nonthesis), students who major in Northeast Asia must subspecialize on China, Japan OR, Korea, and take country-specific courses for their major accordingly.

They must complete 12 units or 4 courses for their area of specialization, including three (3) country-specific subjects (one each for social and economic development; politics and governance; and culture and society) and AS 230. 

AS 220 Modern Chinese Texts Selections from contemporary writing with emphasis on the social sciences. Reading knowledge of Chinese presupposed.

AS 230 Seminar on Northeast Asia
Studies on the region in general. 

AS 234 Special Problems: Northeast Asia
Focused thematic approaches to the study of NEA countries. Prereq: AS 230. 3u., may be taken twice.

CHINA
 AS 220 Modern Chinese Texts
 Selections from contemporary writing with emphasis on the social sciences. Reading knowledge of Mandarin presupposed. 
 AS 235.1 Social & Economic Development in China
 AS 235.2 Politics & Governance in China
 AS 235.3 Culture & Society in China
JAPAN
 AS 221 Modern Japanese Texts
 Selections from contemporary writing with emphasis on the social sciences. Reading knowledge of Japanese presupposed. 
 AS 236.1 Social & Economic Development in Japan
 AS 236.2 Politics & Governance in Japan
 AS 236.3 Culture & Society in Japan
KOREA
 AS 237.1 Social & Economic Development in Korea
 AS 237.2 Politics & Governance in Korea
 AS 237.3 Culture & Society in Korea

Regardless of track (thesis or nonthesis), students who major in Southeast Asia are not required to take courses on a particular Southeast Asian country.

Southeast Asia majors must complete 15 units or five (5) of these courses for their area of specialization: AS 250, AS 255.1, AS 255.2, AS 255.3, and AS 256. 

AS 241 Modern Indonesian Texts
Selections from contemporary writing with emphasis on the social sciences. Reading knowledge of Malay presupposed. 

AS 250 Seminar on Southeast Asia
A regional survey of the origins, development, & formation of Southeast Asian states & societies; their cultural, trade, & political linkages prior to Western colonialism; & their subsequent responses to external contact & influences. 

AS 252 Readings on Southeast Asia I
Thematically-organized readings on the countries of mainland Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia). 

AS 253 Readings on Southeast Asia II
Thematically-organized readings on the countries of insular Southeast Asia (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Timor Leste). 

AS 254 Special Problems: Southeast Asia

AS 255.1 Social & Economic Development in Southeast Asia
Seminar course examining contemporary issues in the social & economic development of Southeast Asia. 3u.

AS 255.2 Politics & Governance in Southeast Asia
Seminar course examining contemporary issues in politics & governance in Southeast Asia.

AS 255.3 Culture & Society in Southeast Asia
Seminar course examining the foundations & socio-cultural characteristics of selected Southeast Asian communities, & the role that culture plays in defining contemporary society. 3u.

AS 256 International Relations of Southeast Asia & ASEAN
Seminar course examining the historical, ideological, cultural, economic, & political foundations of international relations in Southeast Asia. The course also explores contemporary issues & problems in the external linkages of Southeast Asia & ASEAN & how these may have an impact on the Philippines. 3u.


Regardless of track (thesis or nonthesis), students who major in South Asia are not required to take courses on a particular South Asian country.

They must complete 12 units or 4 of these courses for their area of specialization.

AS 260 Seminar on South Asia I
Studies on the region in general. 

AS 261 Seminar on South Asia II

AS 262 Readings on South Asia I

AS 263 Readings on South Asia II

AS 264 Special Problems: South Asia


Regardless of track (thesis or nonthesis), students who major in West Asia are not required to take courses on a particular West Asian country.

They must complete 12 units or 4 of these courses for their area of specialization.

AS 280 Seminar on West Asia I. Studies on the region in general

AS 281 Seminar on West Asia II. Studies on particular countries in the region. Special sections focusing on single countries may be organized & marked from A to Z.

AS 282 Readings on West Asia I

AS 283 Readings on West Asia II

AS 284 Special Problems: West Asia


SUBSPECIALIZATION/ELECTIVES

Electives are open to (other, non-AC) students regardless of track (thesis or non thesis) or their area of specialization. Please note that students can take only a certain number of courses apart from the core courses and subjects under their area of specialization.

Before they enroll in any of these subjects, students should consult their Program of Study, and discuss the matter and seek the approval of their program adviser and the Office of the College Secretary. 

AS 202 The East-West Encounter
Imperialism, neo-colonialism, intellectual and cultural developments.

AS 203 Nationalism & National Development
The connection of the rise of nationalism with the broader social, political, and economic process of modernization in Asia, using case studies, quantitative data, & research methods from various social sciences. 

AS 204 Agrarian Development & Peasantry in Asia
The political & economic role of peasants & the rural population in general, the nature of traditional agrarian society; the impact of modernization, rural-urban relations, & different forms of organization in rural society.

AS 205 Industrialization & Urban Development in Asia
Social, economic, & political implications of rapid industrialization & contemporary urbanization in selected Asian countries.

AS 206 Philosophies & Religions of Asia
Development & functions of philosophies & religions in Asian societies. 

AS 207 Arts of Asia
Development & functions of the arts in Asian societies. 

AS 208 Socialism & Capitalism in Asia
Review & critical analysis of various types of socialistic & capitalistic theories & the manner of their implementation in Asia. 

AS 211 Security Issues in the Asia Pacific 
Seminar on contemporary problems in the security of the countries and peoples of the Asia Pacific since the end of the Cold War.

AS 212 Regionalism and Community Building in Asia
Study of the growing trend towards higher forms of association surpassing nation-state boundaries, affecting both state and non-state actors. 

AS 298 Special Problems in Asian Studies
Focused thematic approaches to the multidisciplinary field of Asian Studies. Prereq: AS 201, 201 – A. 3u., may be taken twice.

Students can also take, as electives, other region- or country-specific courses as long as doing so is allowed according to their Program of Study. There is one program of study for each track and area of specialization. View individual programs of study by clicking here, and scrolling to subsection, "Program of Study..."

However, please consult the said document before enrolling in any course, and seek the advice of Office of the College of Secretary ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and your Program Adviser. 


AS 300  Thesis in Asian Studies. 6u. (for thesis track only). 

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