The program provides a comprehensive and critical study of the
historical, social, economic, political and cultural developments
of the Asian world, both as a whole and as individual societies. It
also provides intensive knowledge of the field and experience in
the critical use of sources and presentation of research.
The program will prepare graduates to:
Demonstrate knowledge of major scholarly
theories including social, political and cultural developments,
both historical and contemporary, in East Asian
- Succinctly describe and critically assess any of these
- Identify aspects of the theory better explained in alternative
Demonstrate ability to critically assess
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of an analysis.
- Analyze the logic of the argument and use of primary and
secondary sources (including sources not used).
Demonstrate the ability to locate and use
source materials, both primary and secondary.
- Identify the most important primary and secondary required
- Identify strengths and weaknesses of each and every source
Write research paper on original
- Define an original topic of appropriate scope to be
comprehensively covered in a master’s length thesis
- Explain its significance in the field and identify the relevant
primary and secondary research sources.
- Collect and synthesize data into a logically organized and
clearly presented thesis supported by evidence from primary
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