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Asia-Canada Program Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2018

Asia-Canada Extended Minor

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Summer 2017.

This extended minor program investigates connections between contemporary Canadian society and culture, and a variety of Asian countries. Part of the program studies one or more Asian languages. The goal is to introduce students to the economic, social and cultural connections between Asian countries and Canada. The Asia-Canada extended minor along with another extended minor can be used toward a BA degree, or with a major in any bachelor’s degree, or use it toward a bachelor of general studies.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program has been suspended effective Summer 2017.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete a total of 15 units, including both of

ASC 101 - Introduction to Asia-Canada Studies I (3)

An introductory course on Asia-Canada interactions. It will survey various issues, both historical and contemporary, including those involving Asian-Canadians. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Simon Nantais
Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SUR 3090, Surrey
ASC 102 - Introduction to Asia-Canada Studies II (3)

An introductory course on Asian civilizations in three areas: East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. A survey course, it is designed to cover multiple dimensions of people's lives and history in Asia. Breadth-Humanities. Breadth-Humanities.

and one of

ASC 200 - Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)

An introduction to historical and cultural perspectives on China. Topics covered will include different aspects of traditional Chinese civilization with a view to understanding contemporary Chinese society. Prerequisite: 15 units. Breadth-Humanities.

ASC 201 - Introduction to Japanese Civilization (3)

An introduction to historical and cultural perspectives covering the basic aspects of Japan: geography, history, culture, politics, economy, etc. Prerequisite: 15 units. Equivalent Courses: JAPN250. Breadth-Humanities.

ASC 202 - Studies in Asian Cultures (3)

An introduction to East, Southeast or South Asian art, literature, history or philosophy. The emphasis will be on the cultural importance of the themes covered and on their relationship to contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 15 units.

and six units of Chinese or Japanese or another Asian language (approved by the advisor). Students who can demonstrate prior knowledge and proficiency that is equivalent to a 100 division Asian language course should choose another Asian language or substitute the six language units with further lower division Asia-Canada courses. Students eligible for these options must have their language level assessed and receive prior approval from the director and advisor.

It is recommended that students who have not completed a course in Canadian history or society should complete a lower division course such as

HIST 102W - Canada since Confederation (3)

Canadian social, political, and economic history from 1867, examining aboriginal/settler relations, immigration, regionalism, foreign policy, economic development, culture, and political movements. Students with credit for HIST 102 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Mark Leier
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3520, Burnaby
D101
Tu 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D102
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
D103
Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5047, Burnaby
D104
Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D105
We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
AQ 4125, Burnaby
D106
We 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
WMC 2523, Burnaby
D107
We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D108
We 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
D109
Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D110
Th 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D111
Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D112
Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5048, Burnaby
F100 Nicolas Kenny
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5020, Burnaby
HIST 204 - The Social History of Canada (3)

A survey of major themes in Canadian social history from the arrival of Europeans to the present day. Particular attention will be paid to the effects of gender, race and class on the experience of Canadians over time. Prerequisite: Recommended: HIST 101 and 102W. Breadth-Humanities.

SA 100W - Perspectives on Canadian Society (SA) (4)

An examination of Canadian society from the perspective of the social sciences -- an introduction both to the nature of Canadian society and to the use of sociological and anthropological concepts applied to the analysis of modern societies in general. This course is meant to appeal to those who specifically wish to expand their knowledge of Canadian Society, and also to those who may be considering further work in sociology and anthropology. Topics to be considered include class structure, the nature of Canada's population, regional variation, gender relations, multiculturalism, native issues. Writing/Breadth-Social Sci.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Amanda Watson
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4130, Burnaby
D101
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D102
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3251, Burnaby
D103
Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3515, Burnaby
J100 Caitlin Gordon-Walker
Fr 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver

Upper Division Requirements

At least seven upper division units used toward satisfying the upper division requirement must be completed at Simon Fraser University.

Students complete a total of 15 units, including one of

ASC 300 - Asians and North Americans in Public Discourse (3)

A cross-cultural examination of the ways we perceive and represent each other in public discourse, including literature, news media, cinema, and other education and entertainment media. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Newton
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
ASC 301 - Asia-Canada Identities: Experiences and Perspectives (3) +

This course will explore the experience of Asian immigrants and their children, focusing in particular on social and cultural aspects. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course.

and one additional ASC upper division course

and nine units chosen from the following. Upon prior application to the advisor, students may complete other courses that have appropriate content that do not appear below.

ASC 300 - Asians and North Americans in Public Discourse (3)

A cross-cultural examination of the ways we perceive and represent each other in public discourse, including literature, news media, cinema, and other education and entertainment media. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Newton
Th 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
ASC 302 - Selected Topics in Chinese Studies (3)

Content will vary according to interests of faculty and students but will involve China-related study within one or more of the social science or humanities disciplines. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course. Recommended: ASC 200.

ASC 303 - Selected Topics in Japanese Studies (3)

Content will vary according to interests of faculty and students but will involve Japanese-related study within one or more of the social science or humanities disciplines. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course. Recommended: ASC 201.

ASC 400 - Selected Topics in Asia-Canada Studies (3)

Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one lower division ASC course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Crowe
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
ASC 401 - Directed Studies (3)

Individual study. Prerequisite: ASC 101 or 102, one ASC 300-level course, and permission of the Program Director.

BUS 431 - Business with East Asian Countries (3)

This course examines the opportunities and challenges of doing business with the Pacific Rim countries such as China, Japan and Korea. Topics include the following: the political and economic systems as they affect foreign investment; social and cultural systems as they affect management practices; the conduct of business negotiations for market entry; and marketing strategies. Prerequisite: BUS 360W and one of BUS 430 or 432; 60 units. Recommended: BUS 346.

CMNS 424 - Colonialism, Culture and Identity (4)

Examines why identity is such an important issue for contemporary diasporic communities and former colonies. Introduces students to critiques of representations that construct "racialized" groups as inferior, primitive threats to civilization and their constitution of passive, disciplined subjects. Primarily focuses on innovative cultural strategies developed in Indigenous People, the Black diaspora, Asian/Canadian communities and survivors of the Jewish Holocaust to create ethical communities and critique the impact of colonial violence on contemporary societies. Prerequisite: 75 units including CMNS 221 or 223 (or 223W); and two CMNS upper division courses; and CGPA of 3.00 or higher. Students who have taken CMNS 487 in terms 1037, 1047 and 1067 cannot take this course for further credit.

CMNS 443 - Comparative Asian Media Systems (4)

Offers a basis for understanding different Asian media systems in concrete historical, political and socio-economic contexts. Introduces students to a range of epistemological and theoretical issues in media systems in a vast and extremely diverse region that is undergoing a period of rapid political, economic, social and cultural transformation. Provides an overview of issues relating to different media systems and case studies of media and politics in specific countries in the region. Prerequisite: 75 units including one of CMNS 230 or 240, and one of CMNS 261 or 262.

CMNS 445 - Media and Popular Culture in China (4)

An exploration of the media and popular culture scene in reform-era China. A wide range of media and popular culture forms and practices are analyzed in their concrete institutional settings and dynamic relationships with official ideologies, market imperatives, and the everyday struggles and cultural sensitivities of various social groups during a period of epochal transformation in China. Prerequisite: 75 units, including one of CMNS 230 or 240; and one of CMNS 260 or 262. CMNS 310, 331 and 346 are recommended.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Byron Hauck
Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
ENGL 394 - Studies in Asian Diasporic Literatures (4)

Studies a selection of literary works in English from the Asian Diaspora. May be organized by cultural movements, critical issues, or theoretical approaches. The historical and regional focus of the course will vary. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.

HIST 366 - Social and Cultural History of Modern China (4)

Explores the social and cultural problems in modern Chinese history, with special emphasis on popular and elite cultures in the late Qing, Republican, and socialist eras. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. HIST 255 is recommended.

HIST 367 - History of the People's Republic of China (4)

Analyzes the history of the PRC from 1949 to present. Special emphasis on ideology, inequality, diversity, the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, and economic reforms. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Students with credit for HIST 256 may not take this course for further credit.

HIST 371 - The Asia-Pacific War in Modern Japanese History (4)

Covers the period in Japan from the 1930s to the 1950s and will introduce students to topics such as wartime atrocities, the dropping of the atomic bombs and the prosecution of war criminals. It will also attempt to explain why so much controversy surrounds interpretations of events arising from Japan's last war, the Asia-Pacific War. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: at least one course on modern Japan.

HIST 447W - The Nikkei Experience in North America (4)

Traces the historical experience of people of Japanese ancestry in the United States and Canada. Provides a comparative, transnational treatment of the historical conditions that created the impetus for immigration; exclusionary laws; the nature of prewar immigrant communities; and internment. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history. Students with credit for HIST 485 or 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

HIST 464 - Problems in Modern Asian History (4)

Concepts and methodology of modern Asian history. Selected themes may include revolution, inequality, mass violence, ideology, imperialism, leadership, and the Cold War. Content may vary from offering to offering; see course outline for further information. HIST 464 may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Janice Matsumura
We 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
HUM 331 - Special Topics in Asian Religious Traditions (4)

Studies a specific Asian religious tradition through the cultural and historical contexts that structure religious meaning. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Michael Newton
Mo 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
HUM 340 - Great Cities in Their Time (4) *

An exploration of the cultural and intellectual accomplishments of a specific city that achieved prominence in a particular time period, and had substantial impact and influence on human civilization. Examines the political, social, religious, and cultural factors that help to explain a city's significance and investigates the achievements of its citizens. This course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alessandra Capperdoni
Fr 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
HUM 350 - Special Topics: Great Figures in the Humanistic Tradition (4) *

An Interdisciplinary study of the life and works of a man or woman who has made a lasting contribution to the humanistic tradition in more than one field of endeavor(e.g. philosophy, politics, literature, economics, religion). This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for this topic under another Humanities course number may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Samir Gandesha
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5009, Burnaby
IS 303 - Ethnic Minorities, Identity Politics, and Conflict in Southeast Asia (4)

Surveys the ethnic minorities of Southeast Asia, focusing on their relations with other ethnic groups, especially majority populations, and governments. Examines the treatment of ethnic minorities and the responses of the minorities, including ethnic-based secession movements. Reviews cross-border and broader international issues relating to minorities, such as their status as refugees and cross-border support for insurgencies. Prerequisite: 45 units.

IS 313W - Nationalism, Democracy and Development in Modern India (4)

An examination of the differing narratives of nation and modernity in the struggle for independence from colonial rule in India, and their implications for the post-colonial state, for politics and for India's economic development. Prerequisite: IS 210 or 220, and 45 units. Writing.

IS 314 - National, Regional, and International Politics in Southeast Asia (4)

Provides an overview of national and political issues in Southeast Asia. Surveying politics in individual countries and regional political institutions, focus is given to particular themes such as democratization and civil society, communism and other forms of authoritarianism, the role of the military, decentralization, religion and politics, the impact of China on the region, and security concerns. Prerequisite: 45 units.

* when topic is Asia-Canada related; consult program advisor for prior approval

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

For students in other Faculties, please check your Faculty's overall degree requirements: https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/faculties-research.html

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.