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Thesis Class


Admission requirements

This class is only accessible for students of the MA Asian Studies (120 and 60 EC).


The thesis classes will provide a focused environment for a first grounding in the specific methodological and disciplinary approach most relevant to the students’ expected thesis topic. The students will be guided through the process of designing a research project and preparing an MA thesis outline, including the practical aspects of academic writing and publishing. Seven classes will be offered: pre-modern history, literature and culture; modern literature and culture; modern history; sociology; anthropology; politics; linguistics. The MA programme coordinator will assign each student to a particular class on the basis of their topic and disciplinary orientation.

Course objectives

  • Designing a research project

  • Understanding of research methods associated with one discipline or set of related disciplines

  • Academic writing and publishing

  • Oral and written presentation of work


Two times per week, only in block 1.
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Mode of instruction


Attendance and active participation is mandatory.

Course Load

Seminar 2 ×12 uur = 24
Compulsory readings = 40
Assigments = 76
Total = 140

Assessment method

80% Assignments
20% Participation and oral presentation


Blackboard will be used for email, course materials and grades

see for more info Blackboard

Reading list

Readings will be posted on Blackboard.


Registration through uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not available.


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
Frank Pieke