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  • Academic Title
    Master of Arts (Asian Societies)
  • Course description
    NOTE: This course is in phase-out mode and is no longer accepting applications for admission.

    Current students needing assistance with course planning for completion of the course requirements should contact the Arts & Music Student Centre.


    The Master of Arts (Asian Societies) provides advanced training in Asian area studies together with theoretical and methodological perspectives in such disciplines as politics, anthropology, history, media studies, development and cultural studies. Graduates should develop an advanced understanding of key debates in the Asian region, including inter-regional ties and conflicts, political economy, human rights, Islamic movements in Asia, media and popular cultures in Asia and the impact of globalisation in Asia. The course is designed to equip students to work in professional areas related to Asia but can also serve as the foundation for further research studies.
    Objectives:     Students who have successfully completed this course should:

        * have an advanced ability to analyse major problems and issues in Asian societies;
        * understand how to apply theoretical and cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of Asian societies;
        * have a critical appreciation of Asian as well as Western approaches to the study of Asia;
        * understand the theory and practice of research techniques appropriate to the study of Asian societies.

    Course Structure & Available Subjects:    

    200 point program.

    First 100 points:

        *

          100 points (usually 8 subjects) of advanced language and/or elective subjects (all subjects are worth 12.5 points unless indicated)

    Second 100 points:

        * one minor thesis (37.5 points)
        * one compulsory subject (12.5 points)
        * at least one core subject (at least 12.5 points)
        * elective subjects (to total 100 points)

    Duration: 2 years full-time / up to 4 years part-time

    150 points program:

        * Four elective subjects taken from the first 100 points of the 200 point program (50 points)
        * Remaining 100 points - refer to the second 100 points of the 200 point program above

    Duration: 1.5 years full-time / up to 3 years part-time


    100 point program

    Refer to the second 100 points of the 200 point program above

    Duration: 1 year full-time / up to 2 years part-time

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