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


Admission requirements

60 and 120 EC MA Asian Studies students only


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 and politics; linguistics and art & art history. The MA programme coordinator will assign each student to a particular class on the basis of their topic and disciplinary orientation.

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

Course load

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


Check the timetable on the departmental website.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Short assignments 30%; Thesis outline 40%; Participation and presentation 30%.



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