East Asian Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs​

East Asian Studies

​​MA
​PhD​

Collaborative Programs

The following collaborative programs are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Asia-Pacific Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA
  2. Book History and Print Culture
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD
  3. Sexual Diversity Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD
  4. South Asian Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD
  5. Women and Gender Studies
    • East Asian Studies, MA, PhD​

Overview

The Department of East Asian Studies offers programs in two fields: Classical East Asian and Modern East Asian.

Contact and Address

Web: www.eas.utoronto.ca
Email: natasja.vanderberg@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-7260
Fax: (416) 978-5711

Department of East Asian Studies
University of Toronto
Robarts Library14-087, 130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H1
Canada

Degree Programs

East Asian Studies

Master of Arts​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

    Applicants must also satisfy the Department of East Asian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Successful completion of an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a major in East Asian studies and at least a B+ standing in the final year.

  • Applicants without a major in East Asian studies may also be considered, provided they demonstrate sufficient scholarly interest and academic preparation in East Asian studies.​

  • Statement of approximately 500 words (two pages) setting out the student's main fields of interest and proposed course of study.

  • Two letters of recommendation from scholars who have knowledge of previous academic work.

  • Programs are based on the study of original texts. This presupposes knowledge of the relevant languages.

  • A 10- to 15-page sample of the applicant's academic writing in English.

  • Non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants taking the paper-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE). Applicants taking the Internet-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections. Comparable scores on similar tests are also acceptable.

Program Requirements

  • The program may be completed through one of two routes:

    1. Non-language courses: normally 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with at least 2.0 FCEs in EAS courses.

    2. Non-language courses plus thesis: thesis must be written with the guidance of a supervisor. Normally 4.0 FCEs as follows:

      • 3.0 FCEs of coursework including at least 1.5 FCEs in EAS courses.

      • Thesis counts as 1.0 FCE.

  • Students are permitted to take some of their courses in other departments.

  • EAS 2020Y​ Critical Approaches to East Asia is a required course.

  • Courses are selected in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

​​Time Limit

3 years full-time


​Doctor of Philosophy​

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of East Asian Studies' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Normally, completion of the MA program in the Department of East Asian Studies, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with an average grade of at least A-. Departmental assessment may also permit registration directly from a BA degree in the most exceptional cases where, for instance, there is a very high grade point average or a well-documented demonstration of capacity for original research.

  • Statement of approximately 500 words (two pages) setting out the student's main fields of interest and proposed course of study.

  • Three letters of recommendation from scholars who have knowledge of previous academic work.

  • Programs are based on the study of original texts. This presupposes knowledge of the relevant languages.

  • A 10- to 15-page sample of the applicant's academic writing in English.

  • Non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants taking the paper-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 600 and 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE). Applicants taking the Internet-based TOEFL must achieve a minimum score of 100/120 and 22/30 on the writing and speaking sections. Comparable scores on similar tests are also acceptable.

Program Requirements

  • 4.0 non-language full-course equivalents (FCEs), including at least 2.0 FCEs in EAS courses, to be selected in consultation with the Coordinator of Graduate Studies. 2.0 FCEs must be completed in the first year of the program, with an average grade of at least A-. The remaining courses are normally completed by the end of the second year of the program, maintaining an average of at least A-.

  • EAS 2020Y Critical Approaches to East Asia is a required course if not taken previously. If EAS 2020​​Y has previously been taken, students are required to take an additional 1.0 FCE.

  • Students are permitted to take some of their courses in other departments.

  • A comprehensive qualifying examination is undertaken, with the guidance of a supervisory committee, within three months of completion of coursework and must be taken by November 30 of Year 3 of study. The committee will provide the student with three questions (in a Major, Minor, and Adjacent field), for which the student must provide written answers within seven days. Within one week after submitting the answers, the student will meet with the committee to provide an oral defence of the answers. The committee will decide whether the student has passed or failed in each of the three fields on the basis of the written answers and oral defence taken together. If the student fails the Major field, he or she will be given one more chance to pass an entirely new examination, within three months of the first attempt. If the student passes the Major field but fails either one or both of the Minor and Adjacent fields, then he or she will be given one more chance to take an examination consisting of new questions in the fields failed, within six weeks of the first attempt. Third attempts are not permitted.

  • An appropriate level of proficiency in at least one language (other than English) relevant to the student's areas of study must be demonstrated by November 30 of Year 3 of study; the language(s), level of proficiency, and method of evaluation are to be determined by the Coordinator of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the student's supervisor.

  • Within one to three months after completing the comprehensive examination, students are required to produce a dissertation prospectus to be approved by their supervisory committee. The committee will meet to consider the dissertation prospectus and provide the student with feedback. The student will make the revisions and submit the prospectus to his/her supervisor for final approval, which must be given by the end of the student’s third year. After the dissertation prospectus is approved, the student advances to candidacy. 

  • After completing all of the above requirements, students are required to produce a doctoral dissertation with the guidance of a supervisory committee. This process begins with the production of a dissertation prospectus to be approved by the committee. The completed dissertation must be defended at a Doctoral Final Oral Examination.

Program Length

4 years full-time; 5 years direct-entry

Time Limit

6 years full-time; 7 years direct-entry


Course List

The following courses may be offered by the department. Not all courses are offered every year. Please consult the department's website for a current course listing.

Cultural Studies

EAS 1101Y​​Classical Chinese I
EAS 1118HTranslation and Modernity
EAS 1180HEnvironmental Criticism
EAS 1181HQuestioning Humanities: 20th Century China
EAS 1335HViolence, Justice, the Human
EAS 1337HDiaspora and Transpacific Studies
E​AS 1339HTopics in Chinese Art Theories
EAS 1419HChinese Cultural Studies Seminar: May Fourth
EAS 1424HMultitude, Labour Power, Population
EAS 1432HKorean Cultural Studies Seminar
EAS 1433HSurplus Populations in East Asia and in Theory
EAS 1441HAdvanced Topics in Japanese Cinema
EAS 1474HUS and Canada's Wars in East Asia
EAS 1475HContemporary Cultural Theories
EAS 2020Y​Critical Approaches to East Asia
EAS 2323HRethinking Chinese Cultural History
COL 3380YGlobalization and Culture

​History

EAS 1130H Rethinking China's Cultural Revolu​tion: History, Politics, and Theory
EAS 1140YFrom Republic to People's Republic: The Chinese Revolution from 1895 to the Present
EAS 1175H20th Century East Asia in Comparative World History
EAS 1176HComparative Historical Socialisms in East Asia and Beyond
EAS 1297HTexts, Images, and Objects in East Asia
EAS 1409H Cities in Premodern China
EAS 1411HArt and Archaeology of Early China
EAS 1412HSpecial Topics in Archaeology of Ancient China
EAS 1173H,YModern Korean History Seminar
EAS 1174H,YRethinking Empire in East Asia
​​EAS 1425HCritique of Everyday Life and Capitalism
EAS 1427HOn Contingency and Capitalism
EAS 1428YFoucault and Marx
EAS 1429HTopics in Marxism and Japan
EAS 1430HIntroduction to the Countryside
EAS 1431HMass Culture, Capitalist Crisis, Fascism in Modern Japan
EAS 1434HKaratani’s The Structure of World History and the Politics of Marx
EAS 1466H History, Everyday Life, and North Korea
EAS 1675YTopics in Chinese Social and Intellectual History 1500–1950
EAS 2008HJapan's Imperial System

​Language

EAS 1115YReading ​Japanese for Graduate Purposes (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1301YModern Standard Japanese I (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1302YModern Standard Japanese II (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1303YModern Standard Japanese III (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1304HModern Standard Japanese IVa (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1305HModern Standard Japanese IVb (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1321HJapanese I for Students with Prior Background (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1621YModern Standard Korean I (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1622YModern Standard Korean II (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1623YModern Standard Korean III (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1624YModern Standard Korean IV (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1626YAcademic and Professional Korean (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1631YAccelerated Modern Standard Korean 1 and 2 (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1632HAccelerated Modern Standard Korean 2 (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1801Y Modern Standard Chinese I (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1802YModern Standard Chinese II (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1803YModern Standard Chinese III (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1804YModern Standard Chinese IV (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1811YModern Standard Chinese I for Students With Background in Chinese (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1812HModern Standard Chinese II for Students With Background in Chinese (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1814HModern Standard Chinese IVa (Credit/No Credit)
EAS 1815H​​Modern Standard Chinese IVb (Credit/No Credit)​​

​Literature

EAS 1137H,Y​​Chinese Poetics
EAS 1151HChinese Poetry I
EAS 1152HChinese Poetry II
EAS 1182HWriting as Technology in Modern China
EAS 1345H Readings in Japanese Literary Criticism
EAS 1408HIdentity and Diaspora in Modern Taiwanese Literature
EAS 1444H The City, Body, and Text in Modern Japanese Literature
EAS 1467HPhotographic Narratives of Japan
COL 5101HDiasporic Cities: Itinerant Narratives of Metropoles by Travellers and Expatriates
JLA 1456HJapan As Seen By ?: Reference, Apparatus, Operation
JLA 5082HThe Rhetoric of Photography

​Philosophy and Religion

EAS 1225HSelf-Cultivati​on and Health in Chinese Philosophy
EAS 1226HTopics in Modern Chinese Philosophy
EAS 1227H Topics in Chinese Religions
EAS 1228H Topics in Chinese Ethical Theories
EAS 1229H Topics in Chinese Aesthetics
EAS 1438H New Approaches to Classical Daoism
EAS 1601YSeminar in East Asian Buddhism

Politics

POL 2416Y​ Politics and Society in Contemporary China

Research Seminars

EAS 1100H,YSpecial Top​ics in Chinese Studies
EAS 1116H,YSpecial Topics in Chinese Culture
EAS 1150H,YReading and Major Research Paper
EAS 1160H,YBasic Topics in Chinese Culture
EAS 1163H,YSpecial Topics in Korean Studies
EAS 1300H,YSpecial Topics in Japanese Studies
EAS 1313YJapanese Source Materials and Reference Works
EAS 1320YSpecial Topics in Japanese Culture
EAS 1323Y Readings in Japanese Documentary Source Materials
EAS 1497HSpecial Topics in East Asian Studies
EAS 1999Y East Asian Studies Bibliography, Reference, and Research Methodology

Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Cazdyn, Eric - BA, MA, PhD
Chin, Carol - BA, MA, PhD
Crawford, Gary - BSc, MA, PhD
Feng, Linda Rui - BA, MA, MPH, DPhil
Hsiung, Ping-Chun - PhD
Kawashima, Ken - BA, MA, PhD
Keirstead, Thomas - BA, MA, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Lam, Tong - BSc, MA, PhD
Liu, Johanna Ch'ien-mei - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
Luong, Hy Van - BA, PhD
Meng, Yue - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Poole, Janet - BA, MA, MPH, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Purtle, Jennifer - BA, MPH, MA, PhD
Sakaki, Atsuko - BA, MA, PhD
Sanders, Graham - BA, PhD
Schmid, Andre - BA, MA, PhD
Shen, Vincent Tsing-song - MA, PhD
Tran, Nhung - MA, PhD, CRC
Wu, Yiching - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Yoneyama, Lisa - BA, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Arntzen, Sonja - BA, MA, PhD
Donnelly, Michael - BSc, MA, PhD
Falkenheim, Victor - AB, MA, PhD
Guisso, Richard W L - DPhil
Liman, Anthony - MA
Lynn, Richard - BA, MA, PhD
Nakajima, Kazuko - BA, MA, MPH
Sandahl, Stella - MA, MA, PhD
Schlepp, Wayne - BSc, BA, PhD
Tsukimura, Reiko - BA, MA, PhD
Waterhouse, David - BA, LRAM, MA, MA

Associate Members

Fujitani, Takashi - BA, MA, PhD
Goodman, Amanda - BA, MA, PhD
Peng, Ito - BSW, BSc, MA, PhD
Rupprecht, Hsiao-Wei - BA, MA, MLS, PhD
Shen, Chen - BA, PhD
Virag, Curie - AB, MA, PhD
Wong, Joseph - BA, MA, PhD, CRC
Zhong, Yurou - BA, MA, MPH, DPhil