Sessional Lecturer – CAS320H1S – Comparative Modernities in Asia

University of Toronto

Date Posted: 05/23/2023
Req ID: 31178
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science
Department: Asian Institute
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)


Course Number and Title: CAS320H1S: Comparative Modernities in Asia

Course description: Since at least the late 1700s, the effects of capitalism across the globe have profoundly transformed the landscapes of human livelihood, consumption, production and governance in Asia. While colonial empires have declined, new empires have emerged, and a growing number of countries have witnessed the rise of nationalism and independent states, social, political and technological revolutions, and most recently neoliberal globalization. This course theorizes and explores these dramatic changes in a comparative framework. It is aimed at students wishing to better understand the great transformations of modern Asia in a global context.

Estimated course enrolment: 40 students    

Estimated TA support: approximately 40 hours    

Class schedule: Mondays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

*This course is scheduled to be delivered in-person. Please note that, in keeping with current circumstances, this course may be delivered in-person, remotely/online, or by a combination of delivery methods as determined by the Faculty or Asian Institute at a later date.
Sessional Dates of Appointment: January 1, 2024 – April 30, 2024            

Salary: Sessional Lecturer I (SL I): $9,457.90; Sessional Lecturer I – Long Term (SL I -LT): $9,930.79; Sessional Lecturer II (SL II): $10,121,77; Sessional Lecturer II – Long Term (SL II -LT): $10,326.62; Sessional Lecturer III (SL III): $9,301.90; Sessional Lecturer III – Long Term (SL III – LT): $10,570.02.

Please note that should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Minimum Qualifications: Completed PhD in the disciplines of Anthropology, History, Sociology, Asian Studies, Geography, or related fields is required. A strong scholarly background in disciplines relevant to the course is required. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching. 

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching and mastery of the subject area is preferred. Previous experience in teaching a similar course is preferred.

Description of duties:

  • Preparation of course syllabus and course marking scheme
  • Planning and teaching weekly lectures
  • Setting and marking assignments/tests/exams and course administration in accordance with University regulations as described in the Faculty of Arts & Science Academic Handbook for Instructors
  • Create and maintain Quercus site for the course
  • Submission of grades
  • Available for office hours for academic counselling of students
  • Dealing with student enquiries, appeals and petitions
  • Supervising and training TA

Application Procedures: All individuals interested in this position must submit an updated Curriculum Vitae and the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 application form, available at . Prior teaching evaluations, if available, may be submitted as part of the application package. Please submit materials to:

Program Advisor, Contemporary Asian Studies Program
Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
Email: [email protected]  

Closing Date: 06/13/2023, 11:59PM EDT

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 Collective Agreement. 

 It is understood that some announcements of vacancies are tentative, pending final course determinations and enrolment. Should rates stipulated in the collective agreement vary from rates stated in this posting, the rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.  

Preference in hiring is given to qualified individuals advanced to the rank of Sessional Lecturer II or Sessional Lecturer III in accordance with Article 14:12 of the CUPE 3902 Unit 3 collective agreement.

Please note: Undergraduate or graduate students and postdoctoral fellows of the University of Toronto are covered by the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement rather than the Unit 3 collective agreement, and should not apply for positions posted under the Unit 3 collective agreement.

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