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Thesis and Methods Class (only for new students starting in spring semester 2015)


Admission requirements

This class is only accessible for students of the MA Asian Studies who start in the Spring semester.


The thesis class 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.

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


Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website. The administration will complete this with the link to the website.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

A brief calculation of the course load, broken down by:

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

Reading list

Readings will be posted on Blackboard.



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