MA Pacific Asian Studies

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Pacific Asian Studies

SOAS University of London

MA Pacific Asian Studies

Duration: One year (full-time) Two or three years (part-time).

Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours (or equivalent).

Start of programme: September intake only.

The region, known as "Pacific Asia", can be defined in various ways, but the "core" countries are China, Japan, Korea and the ASEAN nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines). Together, they make up one of the most diverse and important regions in the world.

SOAS has more expertise in this part of the world than any other institution in Western Europe; indeed there are very few places anywhere in the world that can boast the same range of expertise.

This degree is a way of bringing together the large number of modules on Pacific Asia currently on offer in SOAS Masters programmes for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, South East Asian Studies, and Korean Studies.

The modules chosen must cover all of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. A maximum of 60 credits can be taken from one discipline and a minimum of three disciplines must be covered. For students opting to take two language acquisition modules, only one of these can be from an introductory level. The modules chosen must cover all of the four regions of China and Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia.

Anthropology

  • Culture and Society of China 15PANH062 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Japan 15PANH065 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Culture and Society of South East Asia 15PANH066 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Culture and Society of Taiwan 15PCHH003 (15 credits) Term 1

Art and Archaeology

  • (En)gendering Southeast Asia: Aesthetics and Politics of Sexual Difference 15PARH084 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Issues in Contemporary Southeast Asian Art 15PARH083 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Monuments and sculpture of Angkor 15PARH071 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Modern and Contemporary Korean Art 15PARH060 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Arts of Koryo and Chosen Korea 15PARH059 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sacred Art and Architecture of Ancient Korea 15PARH056 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Figure of the Buddha: Theory, Practice and the Making of Buddhist Art History 15PARH076 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Buddhist and Hindu Art of the Maritime Silk Route 15PARH057 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Illustrated Manuscript Cultures of Southeast Asia 15PARH073 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th - 18th Centuries 15PARH046 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Southeast Asia's Art Histories 15PARH087 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts 15PARH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period 15PARH007 (15 credits) Term 1

Cinema

  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Japanese Television since 1953 15PJKC006 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Cinema, Nation and the Transcultural 15PJKC023 (30credits) Full Year
  • Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 (15 credits) Term 2
  • (Post) Colonialism and Otherness in South East Asia on Screen 15PSEH010 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Vietnam on Screen (PG) 15PSEH014 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Indonesia on Screen(PG) 15PSEH015 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Economics

  • The economic development of South East Asia 15PECC004 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018

Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.

  • Economic problems and policies in modern China 15PECC035 (30credits) Full Year
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 1 15PECC030 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economic development of the Asia Pacific region 2 15PECC031 (15 credits) Term 2
  • China and World Development 15PECH023 (15 credits) Term 2
  • China's Economic Transformation 15PECH024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Economic Development of Japan 15PECH025 (15 credits) Term 2

Available as a major only

History

  • Japanese Modernity I 15PHIH013 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Modernity II 15PHIH014 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 1 - Making States and Building Nations 15PHIH011 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Histories of Ethnicity and Conflict in South East Asia 2 - Non-National Perspectives 15PHIH012 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Asian Wars: World War II and the End of Empire (1942-1960) 15PHIH038 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Nationhood and Competing Identities in Modern China 15PHIH022 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Knowledge and Power in Early Modern China 15PHIH024 (15 credits) Term 1
  • The Making of Modern Korea 15PEAC059 (30credits) Full Year
  • North Korea since 1945: the rise and decline of an East Asian developmental state 15PJKH012 (15 credits) Term 2

International Studies and Diplomacy

  • Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 (15 credits) Term 2

Language (one language option as a minor only)

  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Advanced Chinese for Business 15PCHH027 (15 credits) Full Year
  • Chinese for business and management 15PCHC020 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Chinese Language: Grammar and Writing 15PCHH022 (15 credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Modern Chinese Language: Listening and Speaking 15PCHH025 (15 credits) Full Year
  • Styles of Modern Chinese Literary Language 15PCHC016 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Korean (PG) 15PJKC013 (30credits) Full Year
  • Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 (30credits) Full Year
  • Introduction to Mixed Script Korean (PG) 15PJKC014 (30credits) Full Year
  • Topics in the History and Structure of the Korean Language 15PEAC060 (30credits) Full Year
  • Korean Advanced (Masters) 15PEAC018 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 (30credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Japanese: Contemporary Topics (PG) 15PJKC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • Advanced Japanese: Readings in Modern Japanese History 15PEAC004 (30credits) Full Year
  • Higher Advanced Japanese (Masters) 15PEAC021 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (30credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 (30credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Khmer (Cambodian) Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC043 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 (30credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (30credits) Full Year
  • Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018

Law (minor only)

  • Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 (30credits) Full Year
  • Chinese commercial law 15PLAC106 (30credits) Full Year
  • Islamic Law (MA/LLM) 15PLAC121 (30credits) Full Year

Literature

Appropriate language skills are required.

Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.

  • Jawi and the Malay Manuscript Tradition (Masters) 15PSEH006 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Classical Documentary Texts 15PEAC006 (30credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30credits) Full Year
  • Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH021 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Directed readings in Korean Studies B 15PJKH011 (15 credits) Term 1

Literature

No language requirement.

  • The Urban/Rural Divide in South East Asian Literature 15PSEH012 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 (15 credits) Term 1
  • English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 (15 credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 (30credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 (30credits) Full Year
  • Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Readings in Modern Japanese Literature 15PJKC003 (30credits) Full Year
  • Readings in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PJKC005 (30credits) Full Year
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Directed readings in Korean Studies A 15PJKH010 (15 credits) Term 1

Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.

Music

  • Aspects of Music and Religion in South East Asia 15PMUH017 (15 credits) Term 2

Available as a minor only with the permission of the module convenor.

  • Pop and Politics in East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH014 (15 credits) Term 1
  • Musical Traditions of East Asia (Masters) 15PMUH016 (15 credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018

Politics

  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30credits) Full Year
  • China and international politics 15PPOC018 (30credits) Full Year
  • International politics of East Asia 15PPOC251 (30credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30credits) Full Year
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30credits) Full Year

Religions and Philosophies

  • Chinese Buddhism in Pre-Modern Period 15PSRH053 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Chinese Religious Texts: A Reading Seminar 15PSRH038 (15 credits) Term 2
  • Religious Practice in Japan: Texts, Rituals and Believers 15PSRC071 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • East Asian Buddhist Thought 15PSRH018 (15 credits) Term 2
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Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019