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Research Methods Class


Admission requirements

Being admitted to the MA MIddle Eastern Studies.


The research methods class will provide a focused environment for a first grounding in the specific methodological and disciplinary approach.

Course objectives

  • Understanding of research methods associated with one discipline or set of related disciplines
    The course offers an introduction to seven different methodological approaches, each with its own course code:
    Research Methods: Statistics (5174VAS01W)
    Research Methods: Philology and Text (5174VAS02W)
    Research Methods: Discourse Analysis (5174VAS03W)
    Research Methods: Interviews (5174VAS04W)
    Research Methods: Questionnaires (5174VAS05W)
    Research Methods: Audiovisual Materials (5174VAS06W)
    Research Methods: Material Objects (5174VAS07W)
    Research Methods: Arts and Material Objects (5174VAS08W)
    Students are supposed to succesfully finish three of these partial courses to get the 3 EC credits.


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 3 × 3 × 2 = 18
Compulsory readings = 34
Assigments = 32
Total = 84

Assessment method

100% Assignments


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