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South and Southeast Asian Studies

Starting from September 2013 this programme will be taught in English. While information on the first year is in English, information on the second and third year is still (partly) in Dutch.

Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol. Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accomodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to be familiar with Leiden University policies on plagiarism and academic integrity. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If you submit any work with your name affixed to it, it is assumed to be your own work with all sources used properly indicated and documented in the text (with quotations and/or citations).

First Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First Semester (Fall Semester)

Premodern History of South and Southeast Asia 5
Kerncurriculum: Area Studies 5
Histories of Modern South and Southeast Asia 5
Mentorship

Religion: Choose 1 out of 2

Introduction to the Study of Islam 5
Introduction to Buddhism 5

Languages (10 ec):

Choose 1 of 4

Hindi 1 10
Sanskrit 1 10
Tibetan 1 10
Indonesian Language 1 10

Second Semester (Spring Semester)

Nation, Community, Self: Questions of Culture in South and Southeast Asia 5
The Languages of South and Southeast Asia: History, Context and Structure 5
Classical Cultures of South and Southeast Asia: Seminar 1 5
Mentorship

Elective

Choose 1 of 2
Students may opt to take Introduction to Hinduism instead of State, Politics and Economy in modern South and Southeast Asia. In that case they are OBLIGED to take State, Politics and Economy in modern South and Southeast Asia in their second year.

Introduction to Hinduism 5
State, Politics and Economy in Modern South and Southeast Asia 5

Languages (10 ect):

Choose 1 of 4:

Hindi 2 10
Sanskrit 2 10
Tibetan 2 10
Indonesian Language 2 10

Second Year

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Kerncurriculum: Wetenschapsfilosofie 5

Taal

Kies één van de volgende talen (10 ec):

Hindi 3 10
Sanskrit 3 10
Tibetan 3 (cancelled in 2013-2014) 10
Indonesian 3 10

Tracks

Studenten kiezen één van de volgende twee tracks

Track A: Modern South and Modern Southeast Asia

Studenten kiezen twee vakken uit de volgende drie:

Politics of Southeast Asia 5
Economy of Southeast Asia 5
South Asian Diasporas 5
Modern Media in SSEA 5

Track B: Classical Cultures of South and Southeast Asia

Studenten kiezen twee vakken uit de volgende drie:

Buddhism and Psychology (Sacred Texts) 5
Buddhist Art 5
Iconography of SSEA 5
Culture of Tibet 5

Keuzevak ZZOA

Studenten kiezen nog 5 ec uit track A of track B

Tweede semester

Seminar II: Heritage of South and Southeast Asia 5

Taal

Kies één van de volgende talen (10 ec):

Hindi 4 10
Sanskrit 4 10
Tibetan 4 (cancelled in 2013-2014) 10
Indonesian 4 10

Tracks

Studenten kiezen één van de volgende twee tracks:

Track A: Modern South and Modern Southeast Asia

Studenten kiezen 10 ec uit de volgende vakken:

Comparative colonial history: the Dutch East Indies and British India 1800-1950 10
Literatures of SSEA 5
Oral Traditions of South and Southeast Asia 5
Islam in Asia and Africa 5
Reading Indian Nationalism 5
Anthropology and Sociology of Contemporary Southeast Asia 10

Track B: Classical Cultures of South and Southeast Asia

Studenten kiezen twee vakken uit de volgende vier:

Tibetan Buddhism 5
Literatures of SSEA 5
Oral Traditions of South and Southeast Asia 5
Islam in Asia and Africa 5
Hindu Myths in the Art of South and Southeast Asia 5
Architecture: the Temple and the Stupa 5

Keuzevak ZZOA

Studenten kiezen nog 5 ec uit track A of track B

Third Year

The third year offers the opportunity to fill out 30 ec with a minor or electives: 15 ec during the first (fall) semester and 15 ec during the second (spring) semester. An overview of the standard minors and elective courses on offer is available in the e-guide.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Eerste semester

Study Abroad 15.0+15.0

Schaduwprogramma in Leiden:

10 ect Taal, aangevuld met 5 ect uit aanbod Tracks

Taal

Kies één van de volgende talen (10 ec):

Advanced Readings in Sanskrit Literature 10
Hindi Literature 10
Tibetaans 5 10

Keuzevak ZZOA (5 ect): keuze uit Track A of B van jaar 2.

Keuzeruimte (15 ec)

Tweede semester

BA-eindwerkstuk (Zuid- en Zuidoost-Aziëstudies) 10
Seminar III: Heritage of South- and Southeast Asia 5

Keuzeruimte (15 ec)

More info

Attainment levels
Description of the programme
Related master programmes/ pre-master tracks
Regulations
Study guidance
Parttime and fulltime

1. Attainment levels

An overview of the attainment levels of the BA programma South and Southeast Asian Studies can be found in the “Teaching and Examination Regulations (Onderwijs- en Examenregelingen)”:http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/studenten/reglementen/

2. Description of the programme

The three-year bachelor programme South and Southeast Asian Studies provides students with a thorough knowledge of a fascinating and dynamic region. The emphasis lies on India, Tibet and Indonesia, but other countries in South and Southeast Asia will also be discussed. The approach to this regional studies programme is multidisciplinary and offers students the possibility to acquire knowledge about e.g. the languages, religions, art, culture and current politics of the region. Students can specialize in specific countries of South and Southeast Asia and in the following languages: Indonesian, Hindi, Tibetan, and Sanskrit. Studying one of these languages will help extend the knowledge of the various cultures of South and Southeast Asia.

Programme curriculum

The first year: propaedeuse
During the first year, the programme lays a foundation for studying various aspects of the region, e.g. the history, culture and modern society in South and Southeast Asia. Students also choose a number of courses themselves: they opt for one of the four languages and for one of the three major religions in the region. In addition, special attention will be devoted to the academic skills necessary for successfully completing the BA during the course “Seminar 1: Classical Cultures of SSEA”. Furthermore, one course, “Area Studies”, will be taken together with other students of the Faculty of Humanities.

The second year
In the second year, the programme offers two specializations: “Modern South and Modern Southeast Asia” and “Classical Cultures of South and Southeast Asia”. For two semesters, students attend lectures belonging to the chosen specialization. They also attend an elective course SSEA during both semesters of the second year. This elective course can be either a course from the “own” specialization or a course from the other specialization. Students continue studying the language they have chosen in the first year. “Seminar 2: Heritage of SSEA” (in even years) and “Seminar 2: Futures of SSEA (in odd years) elaborate on the first-year course “Seminar 1”. Furthermore, it is obligatory for all students to take another course together with other students of the Faculty of Humanities: “Wetenschapsfilosofie” (Philosophy of Science).

The third year
During the first semester of the third year, students go abroad to gain more in-depth knowledge of the relevant language and region. There is an alternative programme in Leiden for students who are unable to go abroad. During the second semester, students attend “Seminar 3: Heritage of SSEA” (in even years) or “Seminar 3: Futures of SSEA” (in odd years) which elaborate on “Seminar 2: Futures of SSEA” (in odd years) or “Seminar 2: Heritage of SSEA” (in even years). In addition, each student writes a “BA thesis”:https://www.studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/courses/show/36873/ba-eindwerkstuk-zuid-en-zuidoost-aziestudies (course description in Dutch).

Electives
In addition, the students take electives of 30 EC in total during the third year. Students can choose to take courses from a completely different field (“broadening”). Students can also choose to take courses from the SSEAS programme (“deepening”). It is also possible to obtain a part of the 30 EC with an internship. More information (in Dutch) on the different electives and options can be found on the relevant website.

3. Related master programmes/ pre-master tracks

The bachelor diploma South and Southeast Asia Studies (SSEAS) gives access to the masters Asian Studies (60 EC).

4. Regulations

Binding Study Advice (BSA)
For students who first registered as doing a major at Leiden University after 1996, the “Leiden study system” with Binding Study Advice applies. This system sets out requirements regarding the academic achievements of the first-year student, but also offers better guidance by way of the mentorship and study progress sessions with the coordinator of studies. The aim of this system is finding out as quickly as possibly whether the student is fit for the newly chosen studies and whether the studies fit the student.
To receive a positive advice, the student should obtain at least 45 EC of the propaedeuse programme during the first year and complete the full propaedeuse programme within two years.
As of September 2013, the board of examiners will provide two written recommendations during the first year. The board of examiners provides the first progress advice in January, which will be based on the achievements of the first semester. Students who end their enrolments before 1 February of the current academic year are no longer entitled to a study advice or a binding study advice. The second advice will follow no later than 15 August. Students who have obtained less than 45 EC will receive a binding negative advice. This means that the students in question are not allowed to continue the South and Southeast Asian Studies programme in Leiden. The limitation period for this rejection is four years.
Naturally, personal circumstances will be taken into account, such as illness or serious family reasons. It is therefore important that students inform the coordinator of studies about personal problems in a timely fashion.
The department keeps a file of every student with information that is relevant to the BSA. The student is entitled to examine this file (at the coordinator of studies’) and to add information to this file.

5. Study guidance

During the first year, the students get intensive coaching by a mentor and a student mentor. The coordinator of studies co-ordinates the coaching and has more formal and individual conversations with the students if necessary. As of the second semester, the coordinator of studies and student mentor discuss the organization of the curriculum for the next semester with each student individually.

6. Parttime and fulltime The BA programme South and Southeast Asian Studies is offered as a fulltime programme only.