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Hands-on Research Experience in Museum Volkenkunde (ResMA)


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Asian Studies (research) or another relevant research MA programme and approval of the lecturer, Prof.dr. Marijke Klokke. Some knowledge of Buddhism and/or Buddhist art is recommended.

Students from other departments are kindly referred to the course description of the regular MA course.


Under the guidance of the lecturer, the students work on a group of related Hindu and/or Buddhist objects from South or Southeast Asia in the collection of the museum. After an introduction into the subject, including visits to the museum and the depot of the museum, they work on various types of museum texts including object descriptions, general exhibition texts, catalogue items and informative texts. They also review the work of their fellow students and make a 2-minute film presentation about an object of their choice. Students who do the 10EC variant write an additional research paper.

Course objectives

  • Practical experience in a museum setting

  • Insight into the history of museum collections and the role of objects as cultural heritage

  • Advanced knowledge of and insight into Hindu and/or Buddhist art and material culture in its cultural context

  • Academic skills to write descriptive and informative texts for a general public, to review other students’s texts and make a film presentation


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Mode of instruction

Seminar combined with individual research

Course load

Total course load: 10 EC x 28 hours 280 hours
Weekly presence and preparation: 6h x 12 weeks 72 hours
Extra ResMA meetings 6 hours
Midterm assignment, informative catalogue item (1000 words) and video 68 hours
Research paper or well-argued new exhibition plan (4000 words 134 hours

Assessment method

Academic Integrity

Students should familiarize themselves with the notion of academic integrity and the ways in which this plays out in their own work. A good place to start is this page. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students may not substantially reuse texts they have previously submitted in this or other courses. Minor overlap with previous work is allowed as long as it is duly noted in citation.
Students must submit their assignment(s) to Brightspace through turnitin, so they can be checked for plagiarism. Submission via email is not accepted.

Assessment and weighing

Partial Assessment Weighing
Writing and reviewing museum texts 12,5%
Writing a catalogue item (500 words) 12,5%
Making a 2-minute film and contributing to discussions 12,5%
Writing an informative catalogue text (1000 words) 12,5%
Additional research paper (4,500 words) 50%

The final mark for this course is formed by the weighted average.

In order to pass the course, students must obtain an overall mark of 5.50 (=6) or higher.

The course is an integrated whole. All assessment parts must be completed in the same academic year. No partial marks can be carried over into following years.


Only if the total weighted average is insufficient (5.49 or lower) and the insufficient grade is the result of an insufficient paper, a resit of the paper is possible (50%). In that case the convener of the course may assign a (new) topic and give a new deadline.

A resit of the other partial assessments is not possible.

Exam Review

Students may request an oral elucidation of the assessment within 30 days after publication of the grade.

Reading list

In consultation with the lecturer.

For the Research MA students additional readings/ assignments will be determined by the convener at a later stage taking into account the students’ fields of interest.


Students are required to register through uSis. To avoid mistakes and problems, students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the timetable in the column under the heading “USIS-Actnbr.”. More information on uSis is available in Dutch and English. You can also have a look at the FAQ.

Not being registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the webpage on course and exam enrolment for registration deadlines and more information on how to register.


Prof.dr. Marijke Klokke


Students with disabilities

The university is committed to supporting and accommodating students with disabilities as stated in the university protocol (especially pages 3-5). Students should contact Fenestra Disability Centre at least four weeks before the start of their courses to ensure that all necessary academic accommodations can be made in time conform the abovementioned protocol.