In this minor you will acquire a thorough understanding of the political and cultural developments in the major countries of Asia and the historical relationship between Asia and other parts of the world, in particular the West. You will develop the capability to see global and regional developments from a local Asian perspective, and the ability to combine the knowledge obtained in their major programmes with Asia-centred and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Over the last decades, large Asian countries such as China, India, Japan and Indonesia have turned into prosperous and powerful states. The rise of Asia has enormous consequences for the rest of the world. In the Minor Global Asia we look at the backgrounds of Asia’s resurgence over the last century in a global perspective. The four courses concentrate on (1) the political and economic rise of Asia; (2) the consequences of colonialism; (3) ideas about tradition and modernity as expressed in literature; (4) the language and culture of modern China. The Minor combines approaches from history, media, literature, linguistics and international relations.
This minor can provide a preparation for the Master’s programmes Comparative Literary Studies, Conflict Studies and Human Rights, Gender Studies, Intercultural Communication, International Relations in Historical Perspective, History of Politics and Society.
The minor Global Asia starts in study period 3 and 4 (semester II) and continues in study period 1 and 2 (semester I) of the next year. If you started the minor in block 3, 2018-2019, please make sure to register for the courses in semester I, 2019-2020. For more information about registration for the minorprogramme and/or course, please see the Application and Registration requirements.
The minor consists of four compulsory courses: