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East Asian Studies (MA) (60EC)

About the programme

The one-year master's in East Asian Studies, a specialisation of Leiden University’s master's in Asian Studies, offers focused study of either China, Japan or Korea.

The programme has been designed with a modular structure that includes elective courses in each of the two semesters and an individually supervised thesis, giving you considerable freedom to shape the curriculum to work for you.

The first semester consists of the core course Approaches to Asia, which is compulsory for all specialisations of the MA. In addition, students take advanced language courses and one or two elective courses. The electives introduce the issues, debates and methodologies of a discipline with a regional focus on one of the countries or regions of Asia. You will also participate in a thesis research seminar class linked to one of your electives.

More info to be announced.

An important part of the programme (about one-third) consists of advanced language training in modern and/or classical Chinese, Japanese or Korean. You are expected to use primary materials in Chinese, Japanese or Korean when writing your MA thesis.

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Internship/Study abroad options
  • Thesis
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, reports
  • Oral presentations

Detailed programme

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Ethan Mark

Senior University Lecturer

Ethan Mark

“I try to encourage my students to think critically by pushing them to interrogate the categories through which we think and by which we describe the world: where they came from, what forces constructed them, and for what purposes.”

“In a world in which we are so often confronted with the appearance of essential differences, I seek to stimulate an awareness of the interconnectedness of our identities and our histories, informed by an awareness of history itself not as a single narrative of objective facts, but as a field of ongoing contest between competing narratives and competing political agendas.”

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