PROGRAM OF STUDY

The Programs of Study identified the required courses depending on track (thesis or nonthesis program) and area of specialization.

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 Master of Arts in Asian Studies (Thesis)   Master in Asian Studies (Nonthesis) 
 Northeast Asia   Northeast Asia 
 Southeast Asia   Southeast Asia
 South Asia   South Asia
 West Asia   West Asia

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.  You can view the courses offered for the current semester via CRS. (just type "AS" in the Course Number field). Each course is equivalent to three units unless otherwise indicated. 

  • All students of the Asian Studies program, regardless of area of specialization or track (thesis or nonthesis) are required to take these courses except for AS 300 which is only for the thesis track

    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

    AS 300 Thesis

  • View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (Northeast Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (Northeast Asia, non-thesis track).

    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
  • View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (Southeast Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (Southeast Asia, non-thesis track).

    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.

  • View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (South Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (South Asia, non-thesis track).

    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

  • View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (West Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (West Asia, non-thesis track).

    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

  • 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. 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.

  • CORE COURSES

    All students of the Asian Studies program, regardless of area of specialization or track (thesis or nonthesis) are required to take AS 201, AS 201A, AS 210, and AS299. 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

    AS 300  Thesis 


    NORTHEAST ASIA

    View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (Northeast Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (Northeast Asia, non-thesis track).

    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

    SOUTHEAST ASIA

    View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (Southeast Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (Southeast Asia, non-thesis track).

    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.


    SOUTH ASIA

    View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (South Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (South Asia, non-thesis track).

    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


    WEST ASIA

    View program of study (list of required courses) for MA in Asian Studies (West Asia, thesis track) and for Master in Asian Studies (West Asia, non-thesis track).

    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


    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.