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Research Methods PSE


Admission requirements



This course is compulsory for HAC and PSE specialization students and can be elected by students of other specializations. The course will provide an introduction and hands-on experience with specific methods of social science and humanities research as applied in Asian Studies. Students will select three methods from a total of ten. Each method will be taught as an independent module consisting of three sessions. For each module students will complete two practical assignments, either individually or in small teams. The first assignment is for practice only, the second one will be marked. Students will have to choose 1 module from the 2 modules that are compulsory for their specialization. Although students are free to choose any of the others for their remaining two modules, they are strongly advised to select methods that have a direct bearing on their thesis research.

Course objectives

  • Methodological underpinnings of individual research methods

  • Practical use of specific research methods, sources, or data


Check timetable

Mode of instruction

Lectures, seminar, assignments

Attendance and active participation is mandatory.

Course Load

Lectures 3 × 2 hours = 6
Seminars 6 × 2 hours = 12
Compulsory readings = 82
2 assignments = 30
Totaal = 140

Assessment method

3 final assignments counting for 33⅓% each.


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials, assignments and grades

Reading list

The reading list will be made available on Blackboard


Registration through uSis

Students need to register for each method separately!
Make sure to check the timetable for the correct codes.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


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