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About South East Asian Society &...
Masters degrees in South East Asian Society & Culture examine the customs, influences and institutions that shape the countries of South East Asia. These Masters often involve studying a South East Asian language like Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese. You won’t necessarily need prior experience of these languages, but evidence of language-learning skills is usually an entry requirement.
Related postgraduate subjects include South East Asian Languages & Literature, Pacific Asian Studies and Postcolonial Studies.
If you choose to study a Masters in South East Asian Society & Culture, you’ll be exploring a fascinating region full of contrasts.
The countries that comprise this area – among others, the mainland nations of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, and the island nations of Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia – feature an incredible amount of cultural diversity within their borders alone, so it’s no surprise that the region at large is a rich source of academic interest.
You’ll be able to develop your knowledge of the region’s politics, history and religion, working out how they have affected the society and culture of South East Asia.
Career opportunities may involve areas as wide-ranging as translation, tourism, academia and heritage.
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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). Read more
The MPhil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies by Research (South Asian Studies) is a one-year research-only programme designed for highly motivated students who wish to pursue an extended research project on some aspect of South Asian Studies through sources in Sanskrit. Read more
An ideal foundation for a career in Asia, this course includes the opportunity to study in China or Malaysia, developing your knowledge of the culture and politics of the region. Read more
The Japanese Studies pathway is a specially designed one-year graduate seminar and research course with substantial taught elements for students who want to deepen their undergraduate education and/or prepare for a PhD in Japanese studies. . Read more
Students in the MA in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program develop valuable cultural competency of the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting the diversity and innovative spirit of San Francisco, the program offers a wide range of courses in the history, literature, politics, business, and culture of Asian regions. Read more
The two-year language pathway is directed at students who want to engage with South East Asia in a professional as well as academic way, as the intensive language module would enable them to reach a good level of proficiency in one of the four languages; Burmese, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese. Read more
This programme provides students with exceptional opportunities for advanced study of one of the world’s most diverse and important regions, with an opportunity to pick and choose to intensively study from a variety of South East Asian language options. Read more
The Hebrew and Semitic Studies pathway is designed for highly motivated students who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of Hebrew… Read more
This is a postgraduate course with a substantial research component. It is designed both for students who want to enhance their understanding of the social, cultural, political and economic history and present condition of South Asia and for those who want to go on to further primary research. Read more
This programmes trains young researchers to conduct interdisciplinary research, employing up-to-date methodologies to study the interaction of issues of politics, economics, sociology, culture, ethnicity, religions, and linguistics with regards to Asian countries and peoples. Read more
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000