The Asian Sphere program interrogates the idea of "Asia" and explores the continent as a continuous civilizational zone, examining cross-regional contacts and processes among and within Asian societies, cultures and states. The core course will introduce students to the program, to other students interested in its broad themes, and to a range of theories and research methods relevant to the scope of the program. It will also introduce students to different research themes and disciplinary studies representative of studies conducted within the Asian Sphere framework. The aim of the course is to encourage students to consider a variety of issues and research opportunities. The course consists of lectures by senior Hebrew University scholars, each of whom will present his or her field of knowledge and discuss fundamental issues relevant to cross-Asian research and perspectives.