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Introduction to Asian Studies


Admission requirements

MA students only


Neither “Asia” or “Asian Studies” are self-explanatory or unambiguous concepts. There is even more diversity in what Asian Studies scholars do. So what ties us together, and what is the place of Asian Studies in the larger field of Area Studies and among the many disciplines represented in Asian Studies? This lecture course will be taught twice a week in the first six weeks of the first semester. For each session about 50 pages of compulsory readings will have to be prepared before the lecture.

Course objectives

This course provides background and preparation for the specialist elective courses that are on offer in the MA in Asian Studies. The course is also intended to prepare the ground for the thesis classes that will be offered in the second half on the first semester.


see Timetable

Twice a week during the first block of the first semester (first class week starting 10
September; last class week ending 21 October. Written final examination on Friday 26 October.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

One written position paper (1500 words) 50%; final written two-hour examination 50%.


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