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Asian Studies (60 EC): East Asian Studies

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Courses

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester

Introduction to Asian Studies 5
Thesis & Methods Classes 5

Select language courses of your specialisation

Chinese (select two courses)

Advanced Modern Chinese Listening & Speaking 1 5
Advanced Modern Chinese Reading & Writing 1 5

Japanese

Advanced Reading & Writing in Japanese 1 (60 EC) 10

Korean

Advanced Korean Reading 10

Elective courses (select 10 EC)

Constructing Digital Language Toolkits 10
The Politics of Digital East Asia 10
Chinese Linguistics: The State of the Art 10
China's International Political Economy 10
The State in Modern Chinese History 10
Masters of Chinese Philosophy 10
Modern Chinese Literature and Exile 10
Advanced Readings in classical Chinese 10
The Politics of North Korea(n) Culture 10
The Politics of North Korea(n) Culture (5 EC) 5
Sociology of Japan 10
Trends in Japanese Linguistics 10
Contemporary Japan’s Economy in Global Economic Crises 10
Topical Readings in Classical Japanese 10
Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia 10
The Literature of Mature Indian Esoteric Buddhism 5
The Literature of Mature Indian Esoteric Buddhism 10

Second semester

MA thesis

MA Thesis Asian Studies (60 EC) 15

Language

Chinese (select one of the following two courses)

Advanced Modern Chinese: Listening & Speaking 2 5
Advanced Modern Chinese: Reading & Writing 2 5

Japanese

Advanced Reading & Writing in Japanese 2 (60 EC) 5

Korean

Topical Readings in Korean 10

Electives (China & Japan track students select 10 EC; Korea-track students select 15 EC)

Democratizing Histories 10
Democratizing Histories 5
Crime and Criminal Justice: East Asian Perspectives 10
Word and Image in Premodern Japanese Culture: Reworking the Classics 10
Asia through Consumption 10
Lives on the Margins: Korean Peninsula Migration and Identity 10
Lives on the Margins: Korean Peninsula Migration and Identity 5
Topics in Chinese Art History, Things and Paths: Approaches to Chinese Art and Material Culture 10
Sinographics: Chinese writing and writing Chinese 10
Topical Readings in Premodern Chinese 10
Creativity and Culture in Contemporary China 10
China and Global Cyberspace 10
Topical Readings in Korean 10
Topical Readings in Korean 5
Confucianism, Idealism and Power in East Asia's Past and Present 10
Culture and Conquest: the Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants 10
Reading Buddhist Scriptures 10

February start

Students who start in February, the Spring Semester, take their Thesis and Methods Class (5 EC) in their first (spring) semester and the Introduction to Asian Studies (5 EC) together with the other students in their second (fall) semester. They also write their MA-thesis (15 EC) in the fall semester. In the spring semester they take 25 EC Core Courses and in Fall semester 10 EC Core Courses. This includes compulsory advanced language courses for East Asian Studies (max. 15 EC). For available courses please check the September schedule of the program

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First (Spring) semester

compulsory courses

Thesis & Methods Class (only for new students starting in spring semester 2018) 5

Electives (select 25 EC from 2018-2019 Spring selection of Electives - this may include advanced language courses)

Second (Fall) semester

Introduction to Asian Studies 5
MA Thesis Asian Studies (60 EC) 15

Electives (select 10 EC Fall selection of Electives or Advanced Language courses)

More info

1-year Master Asian Studies

Objectives

In the one-year Master’s program in Asian Studies you will be able to deepen and broaden your knowledge of Asia as a whole or one of the regions within Asia. The different specialisations offered within this program cater for students both with and without prior proficiency in one or more Asian languages. In Asian Studies, you may focus on a specific region, choosing between China, Japan, Korea, South Asia or Southeast Asia. Alternatively, you may opt for an interregional, disciplinary emphasis, focusing on History, Arts, and Culture topics in the HAC specialisation, or on issues in Politics, Society and Economy in the PSE specialisation. The MA also has a special track Critical Heritage Studies as part of its History, Arts and Culture specialisation. The rich collections of the University Libraries in Asian Studies incorporate both the long textual tradition of Leiden University and the most up-to-date theories and approaches of history, literature, linguistics and the social sciences. Museums and other long-standing institutions in Leiden related to Asia provide much material for study. The one-year Master Asian Studies specifically encourages in-situ internships as part of the curriculum.

Programme Structure

The master’s program in the one-year Asian Studies Master is divided into two semesters (each subdivided into two periods for some courses). Each semester consists of 30 EC. Students starting in September follow two compulsory courses in the fall (first) semester: Introduction to Asian Studies ( period I), and the Thesis & Methods Class (period II). Each counts for 5 EC, 10 EC in total.

In addition to these common courses, students take one or two courses that are specific to their specialisation – Core Electives. Students are permitted to choose one of the electives outside their own specialisation but within the Asian Studies Master to a maximum of 10 EC . In the spring (second) semester students take one or two Core Electives for a minimum of 15 EC, or fulfill this partially by an internship, and write their MA-Thesis (15 EC).

For students who start in February, the Spring Semester the programme has slightly been adapted. They take their Thesis Class (5 EC) in their first (spring) semester and the Introduction to Asian Studies (5 EC) together with the other students in their second (the fall) semester, and also write their MA-thesis (15 EC) in the fall semester. In the spring semester they take 25 EC Core Courses and Electives and one 10 EC Core Course in the fall semester. Students of East Asia tracks can only start advanced language courses in their second (fall) semester.

For students outside the East Asia tracks, a maximum of beginner’s language course credits can be applied toward degree requirements. MA East Asia Students can only count the Advanced Language credits that are a compulsory part of their program (15 EC) toward graduation.

Master’s thesis and requirements for graduation

In order to graduate, students must have successfully completed the 60 EC programme, including the MA thesis. The thesis is 15 EC, written in English and up to 15,000 words in length, including footnotes and bibliography. More details on the procedures regarding the MA-Thesis can be found in the course description.

Specialisations

The 1-year MA programme in Asian Studies offers the following specialisations:
History Arts and Culture , with an option Critical Heritage Studies
Politics, Society and Economy
East Asian Studies , subdivided into Japan, China and Korea tracks
South Asian Studies
Southeast Asian Studies