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East Asian Studies

Programma

  • 1 jaar

    This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic elements are the module Advanced Theory of International Relations (5 EC) and Capita East Asian Studies (5 EC). In the first semester you take the research seminar History, Culture and Politics of East Asia (10 EC, if you start the track in September) or The Rise of East Asia: global versus local developments (10 EC, if you start the track in February). In addition you take a research seminar with a focus on East Asia (topics may change, e.g. Integration Processes in East Asia and in Europe; China and the EU) (10 EC). In your second semester you may opt for a placement, a research seminar with a focus on East Asia in Groningen, or study abroad (limited places). You will also write a Master thesis in the field of EAS (20 EC).

    This track within the Master's degree programme International Relations is 60 ECTS. The basic elements are the module Advanced Theory of International Relations (5 EC) and Capita East Asian Studies (5 EC). In the first semester you take the research seminar History, Culture and Politics of East Asia (10 EC, if you start the track in September) or The Rise of East Asia: global versus local developments (10 EC, if you start the track in February). In addition you take a research seminar with a focus on East Asia (topics may change, e.g. Integration Processes in East Asia and in Europe; China and the EU) (10 EC). In your second semester you may opt for a placement, a research seminar with a focus on East Asia in Groningen, or study abroad (limited places). You will also write a Master thesis in the field of EAS (20 EC).

Programma-opties

  • Master's placement (specialisatie)

    A placement is a recognised component of this Master's track.

    You can propose yourself at what organisation you would like to do a placement and where necessary the programme can advise you. Click the link above to find examples of placements completed by other Master's students.

  • Master's Honours Programme (honoursprogramma)

    The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

    It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Opbouw programma

VakPeriode 1Periode 2Periode 3Periode 4
Advanced theory of International relations (5 EC)
Research Seminar: History, Culture and Politics of East Asia (starting September) OR Research Seminar: The Rise of East Asia: global versus local developments (starting February) (10 EC)
Research Seminar 2 (IR) (10 EC, facultatief)
Capita East Asian Studies (5 EC)
Thesis on East Asian Studies (20 EC)
Work placement OR Study Period in East Asia OR Research Seminar: The Rise of East Asia (February-June) OR Research Seminar: History, Culture and Politics of East Asia (September-January) (10 EC, facultatief)
  • See description programme first year above

Examples of optional Research Seminars East Asian Studies are 'Multinational Organizations', 'Europe and China', The topics of the optional research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples. For course descriptions, please visit the Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-international-relations (please scroll down for East Asian Studies)

  • See description programme first year above

Examples of optional Research Seminars East Asian Studies are 'Multinationals', 'Europe and China', The topics of the optional research seminars differ every year, so these are merely examples. For course descriptions, please visit the Online Course Catalogue: https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-ma-international-relations (please scroll down for East Asian Studies)

Studeren in het buitenland

  • Studeren in het buitenland is facultatief

Studying abroad is possible through:

A Master placement (10 EC, approx. 2 months): There are attractive opportunities for students to conduct a placement in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, but also other countries. Students can propose a work placement, for instance in a private sector company, international organization, embassy or NGO related to, or situated in East Asia.

A semester abroad (limited places): The University of Groningen has study centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Osaka and offers multi-faculty exchange programmes with various partner universities in China, Korea and Japan. For a limited number of students, it is possible to study a semester abroad, during which time you write your thesis and you select courses for 10 EC.

Please consult the study advisor for assistance and conditions with regard to studying abroad and for placements one of the placement coordinators of the Department IRIO.

Those students not opting for studying or a placement abroad choose one of the two elective research seminars on East Asia at the University of Groningen.

Studying abroad is possible through: A Master placement (10 EC, approx. 2 months): There are attractive opportunities for students to conduct a placement in China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, but also other countries. Students can propose a work placement, for instance in a private sector company, international organization, embassy or NGO related to, or situated in East Asia.

A semester abroad (limited places): The University of Groningen has study centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Osaka and offers multi-faculty exchange programmes with various partner universities in China, Korea and Japan. For a limited number of students, it is possible to study a semester abroad, during which time you write your thesis and you select courses for 10 EC.

Please consult the study advisor for assistance and conditions with regard to studying abroad and for placements one of the placement coordinators of the Department IRIO.

Those students not opting for studying or a placement abroad choose one of the two elective research seminars on East Asia at the University of Groningen.

Waarom in Groningen?
  • A unique International Relations Master's track on the politics and economy of contemporary East Asia
  • A multi-disciplinary approach towards developments in contemporary China, Japan and Korea
  • Options to study or gain hands-on experience in East Asia
  • Private sector participation and guest speakers from East Asia
  • Further opportunities to focus on Hong Kong, Taiwan or emerging countries such as Mongolia
  • A unique International Relations Master's track on the politics and economy of contemporary East Asia
  • A multi-disciplinary approach towards developments in contemporary China, Japan and Korea
  • Options to study or gain hands-on experience in East Asia
  • Further opportunities to focus on Hong Kong, Taiwan or emerging countries such as Mongolia

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

  • Testimonial van Roy de Vries

    I became fascinated with East Asia

    Whilst studying for my Bachelor's degree in History, I became intrigued by the Minor in Modern Japan. It started with an introduction to Non-Western Studies. The further we got into the Minor, the more we learnt about East Asia and Japan and the more these took centre stage. Japan's international relations with the West, the ASEAN+3 and the rest of the world was a subject I particularly wanted to delve into.

    I became fascinated with East Asia and curious about the other disciplines that study this region. The Master's track in East Asian Studies was exactly what I was looking for.

    In this interdisciplinary track, you approach complex international issues from cultural, legal, political and economic perspectives. The track thus provides the deeper meaning and intellectual challenge that I need. In addition, the students and lecturers get on well and go out for a drink every now and again. This is not just fun but is also a good occasion to exchange ideas and knowledge. The lecturers have a large network, which offers many opportunities. Thanks to these connections, I am going to study at the Osaka University of Japan for four months. But the track also offers opportunities for study in China, Korea, even Mongolia!


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    – Roy de Vries
  • Testimonial van Esmée Bloemendal

    "The courses are challenging, but at the same time give you the opportunity to delve deeper into your topic of interest."

    The Master International Relations offers six different tracks, and I chose East Asian Studies. This means that my Master is focused on International Relations in East Asia, but also that we look at East Asia from an Asian perspective instead of a Western perspective. I find it very interesting and I am enthusiastic about my Master: it is challenging and it forces you to look critically toward your own perspective..

    The courses are challenging, but at the same time give you the opportunity to delve deeper into your topic of interest. Also, the courses are a preparation for your thesis, which I find really helpful.
    Within the Master’s programme, there is a lot of freedom of choice: in the second semester we have the option to study abroad in East Asia, to do an internship or to follow another research seminar. You are supposed to work hard for the Master: besides taking part in the intensive classes, it takes a lot of time to prepare the seminars and study the theories of International Relations as well. Nonetheless, I do not find the study load is too heavy: due to good time management it is possible to do something extra besides the study.

    I have chosen for the University of Groningen because their Master ’ s programme allows me to expand my knowledge about the Asian region in general, in addition to my knowledge about China. Also, I am really interested in International Relations, so for me this programme brings together the best of both worlds. I am originally not from Groningen, but I feel at home here. It is a friendly, cozy city, “gezellig” as we call it in Dutch. The city centre is small, which allows you to bike around and get to know the city very easily. I am very happy to study here, and I would definitely recommend the Master if you are interested in International Relations and East Asia!

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    – Esmée Bloemendal
  • Opleidingsvideo

    First chair for Mongolia in the Netherlands

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    Master's specialization East Asian Studies

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