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Asian Studies (60 EC): Politics, Society and Economy

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September start

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester (Fall semester)

Introduction to Asian Studies 5
Thesis & Methods Classes 5

PSE core elective courses (select minimally 10 and maximally 20 EC):

China's International Political Economy 10
Contemporary Japan’s Economy in Global Economic Crises 10
Economic Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia 10

Electives: optional courses (select maximally 10 EC).*

BRIC: Emerging Powers and Changing Global Relations 10
The Politics of Digital East Asia 10
Sociology of Japan 10
Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia 10
Politics of Culture in Southeast Asia 5
Histories of Southeast Asia 10
Histories of Southeast Asia 5
The Politics of North Korea(n) Culture 10
The Politics of North Korea(n) Culture (5 EC) 5
The State in Modern Chinese History 10
Cultures of Resistance in the Post-colonial World 10
Cultures of Resistance in the Post-colonial World 5
The Literature of Mature Indian Esoteric Buddhism 10
The Literature of Mature Indian Esoteric Buddhism 5

Language Electives: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Hindi, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Turkisch at beginners or intermediate level to a max of 15EC

Second semester (Spring semester)

MA Thesis Asian Studies (60 EC) 15

Electives (select 15 EC):

Democratizing Histories 10
Democratizing Histories 5
Asia through Consumption 10
Crime and Criminal Justice: East Asian Perspectives 10
Lives on the Margins: Korean Peninsula Migration and Identity 5
Lives on the Margins: Korean Peninsula Migration and Identity 10
Political Economy of Southeast Asia 5
Political Economy of Southeast Asia 10
Contemporary Indian Politics 5
Contemporary Indian Politics 10
Creativity and Culture in Contemporary China 10
China and Global Cyberspace 10
Confucianism, Idealism and Power in East Asia's Past and Present 10

Only a total of 15EC of beginner's or intermediate level language courses can be counted towards the degree

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 (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.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

First semester (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)

Second semester (Fall semester)

compulsory courses

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

Electives (select 10 EC from 2018-2019 Fall selection of Electives)

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