This class is only accessible for students of the MA Asian Studies (120 and 60 EC).
The thesis classes will provide a focused environment for a first grounding in the specific methodological and disciplinary approach most relevant to the students’ expected thesis topic. The students will be guided through the process of designing a research project and preparing an MA thesis outline, including the practical aspects of academic writing and publishing. Seven classes will be offered: pre-modern history, literature and culture; modern literature and culture; modern history; sociology; anthropology; politics; linguistics. The MA programme coordinator will assign each student to a particular class on the basis of their topic and disciplinary orientation.
Designing a research project
Understanding of research methods associated with one discipline or set of related disciplines
Academic writing and publishing
Oral and written presentation of work
Two times per week, only in block 1.
Mode of instruction
Attendance and active participation is mandatory.
Seminar 2 ×12 uur = 24
Compulsory readings = 40
Assigments = 76
Total = 140
20% Participation and oral presentation
Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades
see for more info Blackboard
Readings will be posted on Blackboard.
Registration through uSis
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Professor Frank N. Pieke
Chair of Modern China Studies
Mail: P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)71 5272216