International Studies

IS 210  Introduction to Asian Studies

This course examines Asia’s unique place and contributions as an increasingly important region in global affairs.  Using a comparative approach and a variety of perspectives drawn from history, international relations, politics, economics, cultural studies and anthropology, we will explore key themes in the region’s development.  Special emphasis will be given to the impact of colonialism and imperialism, revolution and social unrest, human rights and democracy, and social and economic transformation. 


IS 390 AG Pacific Perspectives: A History of Canada's Relations with Asia

This course provides an overview of Canada's relations with the Asia Pacific region. From early missionary and trade contacts to later diplomatic initiatives to more recent human rights concerns, the course adopts a historical and thematic approach. Canada's role within wider global networks will be emphasized throughout the course.