Learning outcomes

The programme provides the candidate with:


  • Advanced knowledge of major research topics in the study of East Asian culture and history, in particular the historical interplay between tradition and modernity.
  • Specialized insight into topics such as history and historiography, thought, philosophy, religion and literature, film, cartoons and other artistic expressions, within one of the four geographical areas China, Japan, Korea and/or Tibet.
  • Thorough knowledge of one or more major scholarly theories and theoretical debates pertaining to East Asian studies.
  • The ability to apply key research methodologies for the study of East Asian culture and history, including philology, discourse analysis and fieldwork.
  • The ability to analyze academic problems in the study of East Asian culture and history and to include a comparative East Asian perspective.


  • Command of the language of specialization (Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Tibetan) for academic purposes, in particular primary sources and English secondary sources, including digital materials.
  • The ability to critically assess existing research within East Asian studies through careful reading, analysis, and discussion.
  • The ability to apply relevant theoretical perspectives and research methodologies to topics within the field of East Asian culture and history.
  • The ability to develop a research project on contemporary or traditional East Asian culture and history, including formulation of a research problem, contextualizing the research topic, searching for sources and engaging in analytic discussion, in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics.

General competence:

  • The ability to analyze problems of an academic, professional and research ethical nature raised in various fields of work relevant to the study of East Asian culture and history.
  • The ability to work both independently and in groups with fieldwork, presentations and/or development of projects within East Asian studies, while applying the acquired knowledge and skills.
  • Competence in presenting academic research about East Asia both to specialists and to a broader non-academic public.
  • The ability to contribute actively to new thinking within East Asian studies based on both theoretical and empirical insights.
Published June 15, 2012 12:40 PM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2017 9:36 AM