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