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New Diversities in Asia


Admission requirements

MA students


Asia’s cultural, ethnic, religious, sexual and social diversity is changing fundamentally under the impact of the world market, mobility and globalization, and government policy struggles to keep up. In this course we investigate both the ongoing evolution of older forms of diversity (official minorities, linguistic, regional and dialect groups, religions) and newly emerging diversities. Immigration, internal migration, emigration, trade, tourism and more generally the exposure of Asian societies to different foreign and domestic cultures have generated an array of new communities and life styles, and Asia is rapidly becoming a major producer of global, diasporic and transnational cultures.

Course objectives

Conceptual and independent thinking
Independent research and writing
Oral presentation


Check the timetable on the departmental website.

Mode of instruction


Course load

Seminar 2 ×14 uur = 28
Compulsory readings = 100
2 Book reviews = 62
Term paper = 90
Total = 280

Assessment method

  • 2 book reviews (1500 words)

  • Term paper (4000 words)

  • Participation and paper presentations


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades

Reading list

Readings will as much as possible be made available on Blackboard.


through Usis – or follow instructions


Frank Pieke