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Registration and fee

75 euroa. Lisätietoja.

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The course is optional in the MA Area and Cultural Studies in study tracks other than the Asian Studies track. In the Asian Studies track, one course of Asian History is compulsory.

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

The course is part of the Asian Studies track. It also complements the Joint courses Society, Power, and Communication, Ideas, Ideologies, and Religion, and Space, Place, and Environments. It is recommended to take this course after the Joint Studies.

After completing the course students will be familiar with theoretical approaches and the relevant methodical instruments to research Asian history. They can understand and analyze historical events and processes. They will have the ability to apply the appropriate theoretical and methodical steps to thoroughly explore case study examples regarding Asia. Students will be enabled to reflect on and actively analyze not only Asia’s past, but also its role for current developments, structures, and practices.

Bi-annually. Potentially, courses will be offered more often, f.e. annually.

The content is subject to the individual course. The course will highlight one or a small number of exemplary case studies which is/are jointly discussed and analyzed with the appropriate theories and methods. These case studies may be situated in one or several Asian regions or regard Asian diasporas, and include evaluating the importance and impact of the respective historical processes on contemporary contexts.

The precise literature is subject to the specific course’s topic and will be recommended for each individual course by the respective teacher.

Activities and used teaching methods are subjected to the course learning outcomes and course content and are formed by each course’s teacher.

Grading scale is 0-5. Assessment practices vary according to the taught course. In general, assessment will evaluate those learning outcomes that have been set for the individual taught courses. Students will be evaluated based on their class attendance and participation, case studies, exams, and team presentations. Moreover, students’ self-evaluation or peer evaluation assessments can be used.