In its mission of reaching out to the Asia-Pacific region, UA&P created the Department of Asia Pacific Studies to inculcate a deeper understanding of the said territory to its students.
The Asia-Pacific Studies Program is divided into modules classified under “civilization blocks”: Latin America, Anglo-America, Japan and Korea, China, Southeast Asia, and Australasia. The different modules are approached as area studies, with history involved in each module.
Among the subjects it offers are:
- China Studies (APS 101) This course intends to give undergraduate students a background on one of the biggest and most powerful countries in the world today. The teaching of China Studies will be interdisciplinary in nature. Geography, philosophy, religion, archaeology, arts, culture, literature, politics, history, economics and international relations will be utilized in teaching the course.
- Japan Studies (APS 102) This course gives an overview of the first industrialized country in Asia while looking into the historical roots of the nation, surveying and highlighting the major events and key figures that shaped Japan into what it is today. This course also aims to examine Japan’s integral role in the Asia-Pacific region.
- North American Studies (APS 103) introduces undergraduate students to, and focuses on, the social, political, cultural and economic dimensions of the United States of America and the interplay of these dimensions within the international system, specifically the Asia-Pacific region. This three-unit course traces the historical roots of America as a nation-state and highlights the important facets of American civilization.
- Southeast Asian Studies (APS 104) looks into Southeast Asia’s history, dynamism, conflicts, and role in the emerging Asia-Pacific region. Southeast Asian Studies utilizes an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating various disciplines such as economics, politics, geography, literature, history, sociology and anthropology in the study and teaching of maritime and continental Southeast Asian societies and cultures.