Undergraduate Program


interdisciplinary program

“Diaspora” refers to the relations between homelands and host nations from the perspective of those who have moved, whether voluntarily or not, and to the lived experience of these communities. “Transnational” refers to the flows and counterflows of people, as well as goods and ideas. The interdisciplinary program in Diaspora and Transnational Studies explores these phenomena comparatively across cultures from the perspectives of the many participating disciplines.

Diaspora and Transnational Studies (major and minor options)

If you are interested in enrolling in the diaspora and transnational studies program you should take the DTS200Y1 course. This course is a prerequisite for the advanced level courses and is a requirement for the programs in diaspora and transnational studies. It provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of diaspora, with particular attention to questions of history, spatiality, globalization, cultural production and the creative imagination.

2012-2013 Calendar

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following DTS program requirements apply only to those students who enrolled in the program in September 2010. Students who enrolled before that date should fulfill the requirements listed in the A&S Calendar of the year in which they enrolled.


Diaspora & Transnational Studies Major
7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 300+ series courses.

1. DTS200Y1
2. JQR360H1
3. 4.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from Group A and B courses, with at least two FCEs from each group. Coverage must include at least two diasporic communities or regions, to be identified in consultation with the program advisor.
4. Any of the two DTS 400-level courses

Diaspora & Transnational Studies Minor
4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one 300+ series course.

1. DTS200Y1
2. JQR360H1
3. 2 full-course equivalents (FCEs) from Group A and B courses, with at least one FCE from each group.
4. Any one DTS 400-level course


Information on DTS 300 and 400 level courses offered in 2012-13

DTS300H1    Research Design for Diaspora and Transnational Studies [24L]

Focuses on research design and training in methods from history, geography, anthropology, literary and cultural studies, and other disciplines appropriate to Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Prepares students to undertake primary research required in senior seminars.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1 or permission of course instructor
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS390H1    Independent Study [TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Program Office for more information.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

DTS390Y1    Independent Study [TBA]

A scholarly project chosen by the student, approved by the Department, and supervised by one of its instructors. Consult with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Program Office for more information.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: None

DTS401H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Cosmopolitanism, Diaspora, Literature)[24S]

How much serious diversity can any society really tolerate? Postcolonial migrancy and the resulting diasporas/dispersions present not only a new cultural diversity and richness but also problematic differences that challenge social, political and epistemological categories. This advanced interdisciplinary class explores the co-constitutive relationship between Cosmopolitanism, Diaspora and Literature and will pay particular attention to questions of identity, home, citizenship, colonialism, migration, culture, the transnational conditions of diasporic existence and various other topics at the intersection of the three key concepts.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS402H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Citizenship, Diaspora, Delinquency)[24S]

Who belongs?  Who does not?  What are the mechanisms by which individuals become included and excluded? Once bounded by the sovereign nation-state, these questions have taken on new significance in a world now organized by proc-esses of disapora and transnationalism.  This course, in response, explores new coordinates for membership.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

DTS403H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Foodways: Diasporic Diners, Tables and Culinary Connections) [24S]

 As they travel through space and time, material objects play an important role in the production of diasporic identity. This course focuses on the culturally defined and socially regulated processes of circulation, transaction, and use to examine the ways in which diasporic communities identify value and meaning in objects and how those objects give value to the social relations that define communities. Through readings, guest lectures and discussions, we will address questions such as: What roles do objects play in the constitution and reproduction of diasporic communities? What qualities are read into objects, through what mechanisms, and how does their meaning vary across space? What is the relationship between object, narrative, affect and identity? What conditions affect the durability of the relation between object and diasporic identity?

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

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DTS404H1    Advanced Topics in Diaspora and Transnationalism (Jewish Storytelling from around the World) [24S]

 The course examines patterns of Jewish stories popular in the countries of the Jewish Diaspora. We will start with biblical stories, then move on to the moralistic tales of the Talmud, medieval Ladino and Hebrew ballads and legends, tales of Dybbuks, Golems and other supernatural beings, Hassidic tales, Yiddish wonder stories, immigration folklore of the 20th and 21st century.

Prerequisite: DTS200Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Society and its Institutions (3)

Group A (Humanities) Courses

Students are responsible for checking the co- and prerequisites for all courses in Groups A and B.

Note: course = one full course or the equivalent in half courses.

East-Asian Studies
EAS105H1 Modern East-Asian History
EAS251H1 Aesthetics and Politics in 20th Century Korea
EAS271H1 20th Century Korean History
EAS318H1 Rethinking Modernism: The Perspectives of Mainland China,Taiwan and Hong Kong
EAS333H1 Modernism and Colonial Korea
EAS374H1 Modern Japan and Colonialism
EAS439H1 The Global Bildungsroman: Narratives of Development, Time and Colonialism

ENG268H1 Asian North American Literature
ENG270Y1 Colonial and Postcolonial Writing
ENG275Y1 Jewish Literature in English
ENG277Y1 African Canadian Literature
ENG285H1 The English Language in the World
ENG370H1 Postcolonial and Transnational Discourses
ENG375H1 Studies in Jewish Literature and Culture

FIN320H1 The Finnish Canadian Immigrant Experience

FRE438H1 Advanced Topics in Francophone Literatures: Black Blanc Beur: Ecrire la banlieue

GER361H1 Yiddish Literature and Culture in Translation
GER362H1 Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Culture in the Soviet Union
GER365H1 Knights, Dybbuks, and Fairies: Yiddish & German Story-Telling Before 1700

HIS202H1 Gender, Race and Science
HIS208Y1 History of the Jewish People
HIS263Y1 Introduction to Canadian History
HIS282Y1 History of South Asia
HIS284Y1 Viet Nam: Crossroads of Asia
HIS291Y1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
HIS294Y1 Caribbean History & Culture: Indigenous Era to 1886
HIS303H1 The Mediterranean, 600-1300: Crusade, Colonialism, Diaspora
HIS305H1 Popular Culture and Politics in the Modern Caribbean
HIS312H1 Immigration to Canada
HIS330H1 Germany from Frederick the Great to the First World War
HIS336H1 Medieval Spain
HIS338H1 The Holocaust, to 1942
HIS352H1 Secularism and Strife: Modern Jewish Politics and Culture
HIS356H1 Zionism and Israel
HIS359H1 Regional Politics and Radical Movements in the 20th Century Caribbean
HIS360H1 African-Canadian History, 1606-Present
HIS361H1 The Holocaust, from 1942
HIS369H1 Aboriginal Peoples of the Great Lakes from 1500
HIS370H1 The Black Experience in the United States Since the Civil War
HIS383H1 African Women from Colonial Conquest  to the Era of Structural Adjustment
HIS384H1 Colonial Canada
HIS385H1/Y1 The History of Hong Kong
HIS393H1 Slavery and the American South
HIS403H1 Jews and Christians in Medieval and Renaissance Europe
HIS408Y1 History of Race Relations in America
HIS412Y1 Crusades, Conversions and  Colonization in the Medieval Baltic
HIS413H1 Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World
HIS414H1 The Third Reich
HIS431H1 Gender and the Holocaust
HIS433H1 Polish Jews Since the Partition of Poland
HIS439H1 Russia’s Empire
HIS444H1 Topics in Jewish History: Jewish Identity in the Modern World
HIS446H1 Gender and Slavery in the Atlantic World
HIS456Y1 Black Slavery in Latin America
HIS467H1 French Colonial Indochina: History, Cultures, Texts, Film
HIS472H1 Indigenous-Newcomer Relations in Canadian History
HIS476H1 Voices From Black America
HIS478H1 Hellhound on my Trail: Living the Blues in the Mississippi Delta
HIS480H1 Modernity and its Others: History and Postcolonial Critique

Innis College
INI315Y1 Film Cultures II: Politics and Global Media
INI327Y1 Screening Race
INI380Y1 Contemporary World Cinema

Innis College – Urban Studies
JGI216H1 Urbanization and Global Change
INI308H1 The City of Toronto

Italian Studies
ITA334H1 Italian-Canadian Literature I: Life in a New World
ITA493H1 Italian-Canadian Literature II: Identity and Voice

Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
NMC252H1 Hebrew Bible and Ancient Jewish Literature in Translation
NMC351H1 Dead Sea Scrolls
NMC274Y1 Steppe Frontier in Islamic History
NMC275H1 Muslims and Jews: The Medieval Encounter
NMC284H1 Judaism And Feminism
NMC370Y1 Ancient Israel
NMC384H1 Life Cycle and Personal Status in Judeism
NMC473H1 Intellectuals of the Modern Arab World
NMC475H1 Orientalism and Occidentalism

New College - African Studies
NEW250Y1 Africa in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities
NEW351Y1 African Systems of Thought

New College - Caribbean Studies
NEW223Y1 Caribbean Literature and Society
NEW224Y1 Caribbean Thought
NEW325H1 Caribbean Women Thinkers
NEW326Y1 Indenture, Survival, Change

New College – Equity Studies
NEW341H1 Theories and Histories in Equity Studies
NEW449H1 Contemporary Theories in Disability Studies

PRT252H1 Portuguese Island Culture
PRT255H1  The Brazilian Puzzle: Culture and Identity

RLG202Y1 The Jewish Religious Tradition
RLG220H1 Philosophical Responses to the Holocaust
RLG221H1 Religious Ethics: the Jewish Tradition
RLG243H1 Diasporic Religions
RLG280Y1 World Religions: A Comparative Study
RLG319H1 Reconception of Biblical Figures in Early Jewish and Christian Sources
RLG326H1 Judaism and the Roots of Christianity
RLG340Y1 Classical Jewish Theology
RLG341H1 Dreaming of Zion: Exile and Return in Jewish Thought
RLG342Y1 Judaism in the Modern Age
RLG345H1 Social Ecology and Judaism
RLG346H1 Time and Place in Judaism
RLG434H1 Modern Jewish Thought
RLG453H1 Christianity and Judaism in Colonial Context

Slavic Languages and Literature
SLA202H1 Jewish Communities in Slavic Countries
SLA222H1 Roma (Gypsies) and Slavs
SLA238H1 Literature of the Ukrainian-Canadian Experience
SLA302H1 The Imaginary Jew
SLA303H1 Literary Imagination and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe
SLA312H1 Nabokov
SLA318H1 City of Saints and Sinners: Kyiv through the Centuries
SLA325H1 Magic Prague
SLA357H1 Yugoslavia’s Literary Émigrés and Exiles
SLA380H1 Language, Politics and Identity

South Asian Studies
SAS114H1 Introduction to South Asian Studies
SAS212Y1 Introduction to Hindi
SAS216H1 South Asia: Perspectives on Politics and Society
SAS318H1 Colonialism and Tradition
SAS413H1 Asia and Canada
SAS414H1 Public culture and Media in Asia

St. Michael’s College
SMC413H1 The Irish and Scots in Canada
SMC416H1 Irish Nationalism in Canada and the United States
SMC421H1 Jews and Judaism in Christian Traditions Spanish

SPA254H0 Mexican Culture
SPA258H1 Introduction to Hispanic Literary Studies
SPA259H1 Introduction to Hispanic Cultural Studies
SPA281Y0 Art and Politics in Contemporary Mexico
SPA375H1 Latin American Cinema
SPA385H1 Literature and Social Change in Spanish America
SPA467H1 Topics in Spanish-American Culture
SPA471H1 The Historical Novel in Spanish America
SPA480H1 Theories of Culture in Latin America
SPA487H1 The Culture of Revolution
SPA488H1 Central America Postwar Narrative

University College – Canadian Studies
UNI101Y1 Citizenship in the Canadian City
UNI103Y1 Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
UNI218H1 Voices of Canadian Writing
UNI230H1 Asian Canadian History
UNI280H1 Canadian Jewish History
UNI307Y1 Asian Cultures in Canada
UNI367H1 Canadian Pluralism
UNI380H1 Socio-Cultural Perspective of the Canadian Jewish Community

Victoria College
VIC350Y1 Creative Writing: A Multicultural Approach

Women and Gender Studies
WGS366H1 Gender and Disability
WGS369H1 Studies in Post-Colonialism
WGS375H1 Colonialism, Sexuality, Spirituality and the Law
WGS380H1 Aboriginal, Black and Immigrant Women in the Land of Dollars
WGS426H1 Gender and Globalization: Transnational Perspectives
WGS430H1 Queer Diasporas
WGS445H1 Migrations and the Sacred

Group B (Social Sciences) courses

ANT204H1 Anthropology of the Contemporary World
ANT318H1 The Preindustrial City and Urban Social Theory
ANT324H1 Tourism & Globalization
ANT341H1 China in Transition
ANT345H1 Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives
ANT346H1 Anthropology of Food
ANT347Y1 Metropolis: Global Cities
ANT348H1 Anthropology of Health
ANT350H1 Globalization and the Changing World of Work
ANT351H1 Contested Environments
ANT354H1 Japan in Global Context: Anthropological Perspectives
JAL355H1 Language and Gender
ANT356H1 Anthropology of Religion
ANT364Y1 Environment & Globalization
ANT366H1 Anthropology of Social Movements: Theory and Method
ANT370H1 Introduction to Social Anthropological Theory
ANT427H1 Language, Ideology, & Political Economy
ANT440H1 Society in Transition
ANT446H1 Anthropology of Western Europe: Issues and Ideas
ANT450H1 Nature, Culture and the City
ANT452H1 Anthropology & Human Rights
ANT456H1 Queer Ethnography
ANT460H1 Global Perspectives on Womens Health
ANT467H1 Ethnographies of Contemporary South Asia
ANT475H1 Reading Ethnography: Contemporary Ethnographies

GGR216H1 Global Cities
JGI216H1 Urbanization & Global Change
GGR241H1 Historical Geographies of Urban Exclusion and Segregation
GGR246H1 Geography of Canada
GGR320H1 Geographies of Transnationalism, Migration, and Gender
GGR336H1 Urban Historical Geography of North America
GGR339H1 Urban Geography, Planning and Political Processes
GGR341H1 Changing Geography of Latin America
GGR342H1 The Changing Geography of Southeast Asia
GGR343H1 The Changing Geography of China
JGI346H1 The Urban Planning Process
GGR358H1 Geography, Political Economy and Religion
GGR360H1 Culture, History, and Landscape
GGR361H1 Understanding the Urban Landscape
GGR363H1 Critical Geographies: An Introduction to Radical Ideas on Space, Society and Culture
GGR452H1 Space, Power, Geography: Understanding Spatiality
GGR454H1 The Role of the Planner: Making a Difference
GGR457H1 The Post-War Suburbs
NUS251H0 Southeast Asia
NUS252H0 Rice, Spice & Trees: Peasants in Southeast Asia
NUS253H0 Economy and Space
NUS254H0 Geographies of Social Life
NUS255H0 Cities and Urgan Life in Southeast Asia
NUS256H0 Changing Landscape of Singapore
NUS351Y0 Field Studies in Geography: SE Asia
NUS352H0 East Asia
NUS353H0 Globalization and Asian Cities
GGR112H1 Geographies of Globalization, Development and Inequality

New College – Equity Studies
NEW342H1 Theory and Praxis in Food Security

Political Science
POL201Y1 Politics of Development: Issues and Controversies
POL207Y1 Politics in Europe
POL215Y1 Politics and Transformation of Asia-Pacific
POL224Y1 Canada in Comparative Perspective
POL301Y1 Government and Politics in Africa
POL305Y1 Politics and Society in Latin America
POL321H1 Ethnic Politics in Comparative Perspective
POL343Y1 Politics of Global Governance
POL344Y1 Social Movements in Europe and North America
POL345Y1 Becoming Israel: War, Peace, and the Politics of Israel’s Identity
JPR364Y1 Religion and Politics
POL368Y0 Returning to Europe: Bringing South East Europe Into the European Union
POL370H1 International Political Economy
JPR374H1 Religion and Power in the Postcolony
POL376Y1 Transforming Global Politics: Comparative and Chinese Perspectives
POL409H1 Political Economy of Technology: From the Auto-Industrial to the Information Age
JPA410H1 Democracy and Identity in Asia
JPA411H1 The Political Economy of Global Taiwan
POL413H1 Global Environmental Politics
POL417Y1 The Third World in International Politics
JPR419H1 Secularism and Religion
JPA420H1 Asia and the new Global Economy
POL421H1 Maimonides and His Modern Interpreters
POL422H1 Ethnonationalism and State-Building: The Communist and Postcommunist Experience
POL425Y1 Multiculturalism in Canada
POL429H1 Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict and Democracy
POL430Y1 Comparative Studies in Jewish and non-Jewish Political Thought
POL442H1 Topics in Latin American Politics
JPF455Y1 Cities
POL480H1 Pluralism, Justice, and Equality: Political Imaginaries of Global Justice and Global Democracy
POL483H1 Cosmopolitanism

SOC210H1 Ethnicity in Social Organization
SOC214H1 Family Patterns
SOC218H1 Asian Communities in Canada
SOC220H1 Social Inequality in Canada
SOC244H1 Sociology of Health Care
SOC246H1 The Sociology of Aging
SOC250Y1 Sociology of Religion
SOC256H1 Lives and Societies
SOC279H1 Contentious Politics
SOC281H1 Culture and Inequality
SOC301Y1 Theories of Inequality
SOC304H1 Status Attainment
SOC306Y1 Sociology of Crime and Delinquency
SOC314H1 Family Relations
SOC315H1 Domestic Violence
SOC336H1 Immigration and Race Relations in Canada
SOC341Y1 The Jewish Community in Europe and North America
SOC355H1 Introduction to Social Network Analysis
SOC356Y1 Technology and Society
SOC358H1 Cities and Social Pathology
SOC364H1  Urban Health
SOC367H1 Race, Class, and Gender
SOC381Y1 Culture and Social Structure
SOC383H1 The Sociology of Women and International Migration
SOC388H1 Sociology of Everyday Life
SOC483Y1 Methods and Models of Demography

University College – Canadian Studies
UNI101Y1 Citizenship in the Canadian City
UNI103Y1 Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
UNI268H1 Canada and Globalization
UNI280H1 Canadian Jewish History
UNI307Y1 Asian Cultures in Canada
UNI320Y1 Canadian Quesitions: Issues and Debates
UNI368H1 Canada's Borders
UNI380H1 Socio-Cultural Perspective of the Canadian Jewish Community

Victoria College
VIC183H1 Individuals and the Public Sphere:  Shaping Memory
VIC184H1 Individuals and the Public Sphere: History, Historiography and Making Cultural Memory

Woodsworth College - Criminology
WDW383H1  Immigration and Crime

Women and Gender Studies
WGS425H1 Women and Issues of International Development

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