• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Relations, Asian Studies More...
  • Major code NAST-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Northeast Asian Studies offers a suite of courses covering the cultures, societies, histories, philosophies and religions of China, Korea and Japan. It has a particular strength in the modern popular film and literature of these countries while not neglecting their respective and intertwined histories—both antagonistic and cooperative. A Northeast Asian Studies major provides students with a solid foundation upon which to develop both general and specialist interests in Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture, history, society and thought.

The Northeast Asian studies major is designed to complement the Korean, Japanese and Chinese language majors, though knowledge of these languages is not required for courses in the Northeast Asian studies major.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Bachelor degree with a major in Northeast Asian Studies, graduates will be able to:

  • Speak and write about theories, factual content and research approaches relevant to Northeast Asian Studies.
  • Identify relevant regional and international literature relevant to Northeast Asian Studies.
  • Determine the processes through which current knowledge about Northeast Asian Studies has been developed.


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Asian Studies
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Literature
  • Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Politics
  • International Security
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Study Options
Students may take up to two courses outside of this list with advanced permission from the Undergraduate Convenor, provided the courses contribute to the major’s learning outcomes. The College of Asia & the Pacific encourages students to consider applying to take a Vice Chancellor’s undergraduate course (VCUG) as part of this major. 
Please note: To see the pre-2012 requirements for this major, students can navigate to the 2011 version of Study@.
Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA1025 Culture and Society in Asia 6
ASIA1030 Lives in Motion: The Politics of Culture and Everyday Experience in Postcolonial Asia 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA2366 Chinese Culture 6
ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6

24 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ASIA2001 Language in Asia 6
ASIA2003 Chinese Literature 6
ASIA2006 Gender in Korean History 6
ASIA2009 Modern Japan: the state and the society from Meiji to the present 6
ASIA2014 China Now: Ideology, Media and Culture 6
ASIA2016 The Mongol Empire in World History 6
ASIA2017 International Relations in North East Asia 6
ASIA2020 Engaging Asia: Working with Government 6
ASIA2023 Japanese Economic Development Since World War 2 6
ASIA2026 The Politics of China 6
ASIA2031 Japanese Politics 6
ASIA2032 Japanese Law and Society 6
ASIA2037 History of Modern China 6
ASIA2040 Modern Korea 6
ASIA2042 China through Film and Television 6
ASIA2045 The Investigative Historian in Asia: reading between the lies 6
ASIA2049 Politics and Society in Contemporary Korea 6
ASIA2054 Chinese Philosophy: Creation and Development 6
ASIA2055 Music and Society in Twentieth-Century Korea 6
ASIA2056 Korean and Japanese Cinema: Shaping Identities through the Lens 6
ASIA2058 Japanese Popular Culture: Manga, Anime, Film & the Visual Arts 6
ASIA2066 The Chinese Art of War: Sunzi Bingfa 6
ASIA2071 Other Chinas 6
ASIA2072 Taiwan: History and Culture 6
ASIA2073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice 6
ASIA2074 Popular Culture in East Asia 6
ASIA2077 Varieties of Chinese 6
ASIA2080 Korean Film: History, Culture and Society 6
ASIA2166 East Asian Women and War 6
ASIA2174 Mysticism 6
ASIA2203 Archaeology of China 6
ASIA2251 Buddhist Thought 6
ASIA2309 Education and Social Change in Modern Japan 6
ASIA2366 Chinese Culture 6
ASIA2367 People in History: Foundations of Chinese Studies B 6
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
ASIA3012 Readings in Asian Societies and Histories 6
  ASIA 3013: Read Asian Soc & Hist_B
ASIA3020 Accessing Japanese Law: Contemporary Issues in Japanese Law and Society 6
ASIA3026 Advanced topics in Asian Studies 6-12
ASIA3050 From Angkor Wat to Rapa Nui: UNESCO World Heritage in SE Asia & the Pacific 6
  ASIA 4016: Asian Diasporas
ASIA3814 Politics of the Korean Peninsula 6
BUSI2023 Dynamics of Asian Business 6
  LANG 3023: Translation Workshop
LANG3040 Critical Readings for Translators 6
  LANG 4001: Translation in Asia
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