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Asian Studies (60 EC): South Asian Studies

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September start:

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester (Fall semester)

Introduction to Asian Studies 5
Thesis & Methods Classes 5

Electives (select courses for a total of 20 EC):

Hindi 1 10
Sanskrit 1 10
Tibetan 1 10
The Visual and Material Culture of Exchange in Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 10
Religious Themes in Asian Art 10
Religious Themes in Asian Art 5
Cultures of Resistance in the Post-colonial World 10
Cultures of Resistance in the Post-colonial World 5
Advanced Readings in Sanskrit Literature (1718) 10
Hindi Literature (1718) 10
Modern Muslim Qur’an Interpretation 10
Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia 10

Second semester (Spring semester)

MA Thesis Asian Studies (60 EC) 15

Electives (select courses for a total of 15 EC):

Democratizing Histories 5
Democratizing Histories 10
From Buddhānusmṛti to Nembutsu: A History of Buddha Contemplation across Asia 5
Hindi 2 10
Sanskrit 2 10
Tibetan 2 10
Contemporary Indian Politics 10
Contemporary Indian Politics 5
Hands-on Research Experience in Museum Volkenkunde 10
Hands-on Research Experience in Museum Volkenkunde 5
Anthropology of Muslim Societies 10
`Ulamâ’ in the Modern Muslim World 10
Culture and Conquest: the Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants 10
Reading Buddhist Scriptures 10

February start:

Students who start in February, the Spring Semester, take their Thesis and Methods Class (5 EC) in their first (spring) semester and the Introduction to Asian Studies (5 EC) together with the other students in their second (the fall) semester, and also write their MA-thesis (15 EC) in the fall semester. In the spring semester they take 25 EC Core Courses and Electives and one 10 EC Core Course in the fall semester.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester (Spring semester)

compulsory courses

Thesis & Methods Class (only for new students starting in spring semester 2017) 5

Electives (select courses for a total of 25 EC):

Second semester (Fall semester)

compulsory courses

Introduction to Asian Studies 5
MA Thesis Asian Studies (60 EC) 15

select 10 EC from 2017-2018 Fall semester Electives (not yet available)

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1-year Master Asian Studies

Objectives

In the one-year Master’s program in Asian Studies you will be able to deepen and broaden your knowledge of Asia as a whole or one of the regions within Asia. The different specialisations offered within this program cater for students both with and without prior proficiency in one or more Asian languages. In Asian Studies, you may focus on a specific region, choosing between China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Alternatively, you may opt for an interregional, disciplinary emphasis, focusing on History, Arts, and Culture topics in the HAC specialisation, or on issues in Politics, Society and Economy in the PSE specialisation. The MA also has a special track Critical Heritage Studies as part of its History, Arts and Culture specialisation. The rich collections of the University Libraries in Asian Studies incorporate both the long textual tradition of Leiden University and the most up-to-date theories and approaches of history, literature, linguistics and the social sciences. Museums and other long-standing institutions in Leiden related to Asia provide much material for study. The one-year Master Asian Studies specifically encourages in-situ internships as part of the curriculum.

Programme Structure

The master’s program in the one-year Asian Studies Master is divided into two semesters (each subdivided into two periods for some courses). Each semester consists of 30 EC. Students starting in September follow two compulsory courses in the fall (first) semester: Introduction to Asian Studies ( period I), and the Thesis & Methods Class (period II). Each counts for 5 EC, 10 EC in total.

In addition to these common courses, students take one or two courses that are specific to their specialisation – Core Electives. Students are permitted to choose one of the electives outside their own specialisation but within the Asian Studies Master to a maximum of 10 EC . In the spring (second) semester students take one or two Core Electives for a minimum of 15 EC, or fulfill this partially by an internship, and write their MA-Thesis (15 EC). Students of HAC and PSE tracks have a new compulsory Methods course in the spring ( their second) semester. Other MAAS students can take this as an Elective.

For students who start in February, the Spring Semester the programme has slightly been adapted. They take their Thesis Class (5 EC) in their first (spring) semester and the Introduction to Asian Studies (5 EC) together with the other students in their second (the fall) semester, and also write their MA-thesis (15 EC) in the fall semester. In the spring semester they take 25 EC Core Courses and Electives and one 10 EC Core Course in the fall semester. Students of East Asia tracks can only start advanced language courses in their second (fall) semester.

For students outside the East Asia tracks, a maximum of beginner’s language course credits can be applied toward degree requirements. MA East Asia Students can only count the Advanced Language credits that are a compulsory part of their program (15 EC) toward graduation.

Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students must have successfully completed the 60 EC programme, including the MA thesis. The thesis is 15 EC, written in English and up to 15,000 words in length, including footnotes and bibliography. More details on the procedures regarding the MA-Thesis can be found in the course description.

Specialisations

The 1-year MA programme in Asian Studies offers the following specialisations:
History Arts and Culture , with an option Critical Heritage Studies
Politics, Society and Economy
East Asian Studies , subdivided into Japan, China and Korea tracks
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies