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Thesis Class (only for new students starting in spring semester 2015)

Vak 2014-2015

Admission requirements

This class is only accessible for students of the MA Asian Studies who start in the Spring semester.


The thesis class 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.

Course objectives

• 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


Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website. The administration will complete this with the link to the website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

Seminar 2 ×12 uur = 24
Compulsory readings = 40
Assigments = 76
Total = 140

Assessment method

80% Assignments
20% Participation and oral presentation


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades

Reading list

Readings will be posted on Blackboard.



Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not available


Professor Frank N. Pieke
Chair of Modern China Studies
Leiden University
Mail: P.O. Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)71 5272216