Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

What qualifications will I gain?

In the MA program, students gain an understanding of the history, politics, societies and cultures of South and Southeast Asia. The historical and contemporary ties between these regions constitute an integral part of the curriculum, as do the regions’ languages, local cultures, national identities and political alliances. All subjects are taught by recognized experts in their fields, whose collaboration gives rise to a multi- and transnational perspective.

South and Southeast Asia are examined within the various frameworks of historiography, cultural studies, sociology, media studies and linguistics. The faculty members from the respective disciplines share a conception of South and Southeast Asia as a single major world region, as well as a commitment to developing an inclusive, interdisciplinary perspective.

The curriculum encompasses lectures, seminars and research seminars. You will learn to independently acquire, express and further develop knowledge of South and Southeast Asia. The program places a central emphasis on expository writing. You will regularly compose research papers, book reviews, essays and reports, learning to write for specific audiences and conduct targeted research. You will also learn techniques of effective presentation and take part in discussions on academic questions.

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