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Master 2013/2014

Research Seminar "Special Topics in Asian Studies"

Type: Compulsory course
Area of studies: Asian and African Studies
Delivered at: School of Asian Studies
Faculty: School of Asian Studies
When: 2 year, 1-4 module
Instructors: Alexandra Sizova (author and conducts seminars)
Master’s programme: Socio-political Development and Challenges of Modern East Asia
Language: English
ECTS credits: 12

The course is aimed at guiding participants in development and improvement of research skills (analytical, heuristic, creative, etc.) and deepening their knowledge of social science methodology related to conducting, structuring and framing of a successful research and completing of a Master’s degree thesis in Asian Studies. A special attention is paid to advanced examination of social science research specificities, challenges, logic and the structure with a focus on their performance in Asian Studies. The course introduces cutting-edge trends in Asian Studies methodology and ways of their application to a Master’s research. The seminar implies a detailed critical analysis of the main components of the Master’s thesis in Asian Studies, exploring the key techniques of effective collecting and analyzing various data, as well as theoretical and practical support of the paper completion process.

The prerequisites for participating at the seminar include essential knowledge of the main aspects of research methodology, world history, geography, politics, economy and culture on the Bachelor level. The expected entry level knowledge does not imply special background in Asian studies. Participation in the seminars requires sufficient competence in using scientific research principles and methods, the necessary research skills acquired at the Bachelor level and 1st year Master level.

The seminar is closely related to all the courses within the Master curriculum (courses on history, regional studies, comparative politics, security, economics, etc.) and could be built in the related curricula. The interdisciplinary nature of the course presupposes that students shall frequently resort to the knowledge and skills obtained during their study at the MA program "Socio-Political Development and Challenges of Modern East Asia".

The grading system is based at the “10-point” approach to evaluating students’ knowledge adopted at the Department. The form of the final control is examination. Students should participate in all kinds of work during the course.