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Introduction to Asian Studies


Admission requirements

MA students only


Neither “Asia” or “Asian Studies” are self-explanatory or unambiguous concepts. There is even more diversity in what Asian Studies scholars do. So what ties us together, and what is the place of Asian Studies in the larger field of Area Studies and among the many disciplines represented in Asian Studies? This lecture course will be taught twice a week in the first six weeks of the first semester as a background and preparation for the specialist elective courses that are on offer in the MA in Asian Studies. The course is also intended to prepare the ground for the thesis classes that will be offered in the second half on the first semester.

Course objectives

Conceptual and independent thinking
Independent research and writing


Check the timetable on the departmental website.

Course load

Seminar 2 ×12 hours 24
Compulsory readings 56
1 position paper 30
1 Written examination 30
Total 140

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

One written position paper 2000 wrds 50%; final written two-hour examination with essay questions 50%


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades ### Reading list

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Frank Pieke