For students and/or researchers interested in South Asia related courses or for those who are registered in any courses, please visit the South Asia History Bibliography database for further resource and research materials.
For statistical resources related to Asian Studies, click data/statistics.
For industry related research databases based on the research undertaken by the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Business and Economic Development, click industry databases or industry resources.
Current Course Offerings
INCS 392 3 credits Immigration & Social Integration: The Indo-Canadian Experience Prerequisite(s): 45 university-level credits including SOC 101 This course focuses on the lived experience of Indo Canadians to explore the context of cultural transfer for immigrants from the Indian Subcontinent. A century of cultural adjustment and integration will be explored in the context of cross cultural relations and conflict. Students will examine the use of social services (in its broadest definition) by the Indo Canadian community. Integration into the social, educational, cultural, and economic areas will also be explored. Intergenerational conflict will be discussed as well as the experience of 2nd and 3rd generation individuals.
HIST 364 4 credits Indian Social History Prerequisite(s): Nine credits of lower-level history or 45 university-level credits. Familiarity with the basic skills of historical inquiry is expected. This course will examine the forces shaping the emergence of modern Indian society from the 17th century to the 1980s. Issues such as imperialism, nationalism, urbanization, and industrialization will be explored with reference to their impact on ethnicity, caste, class, and gender in Indian society to recent times.
GEOG 433 4 credits Advanced Geography of a Selected Region Prerequisite(s): 60 credits, including four credits of 300/400-level Geography. Regional study is one of the foundational approaches in the discipline of geography. This course allows for the advanced study of the physical, demographic, cultural, economic, and political geography of a selected region. This course is also intended to serve as a capstone course for geography students, integrating concepts introduced in foundational human and physical geography courses. Individual regions are denoted with a letter designation (e.g. GEOF 433I: South Asia). Students cannot repeat the same version of GEOG 433 (e.g. two GEOG 433I offerings) for credit. Field trips outside of class time may be required. Please refer to department website for field trip scheduling information.
ENGL 245 3 credits Introduction to South Asian Literature Prerequisite(s): Any two first-year English courses This course examines South Asian literature, written in English, within its social and historical contexts. Texts from the Indian subcontinent will be considered, but an emphasis will be on literature from the region’s British, American, and particularly Canadian Diasporas. The focus of the course is primarily fiction, but course materials may include influential works in other genres (e.g. autobiographies, essays, film).
ENGL 382 4 credits India in English Prerequisite(s): Any two second-year English courses This course examines how various “Orientalist” constructions entered into British culture. While the major focus of the course is English fiction about India from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, we may concurrently examine other modes of representation, such as travel writing, journalism, film, architecture, and/or photography. Course readings will also include some theoretical materials that introduce the fundamental terms of postcolonial studies.
PUNJ 101 3 credits Introduction to Punjabi I Prerequisite(s): None Students who have little or no previous knowledge of spoken Punjabi or Punjabi (Gurmukhi) script will learn to read and write at the basic level. They will use the communicative approach to develop the ability to speak, comprehend, read, and write Punjabi while exploring the Punjabi culture.
Note: Students with Grade 12 Punjabi or equivalent are not permitted to register in this introductory course.