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East Asian Relations (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

With two of the leading economic powers situated in East Asia and a huge potential for regional conflict as well as cooperation, East Asia will be the focus of future global politics.

This programme is designed to equip students with the knowledge to critically engage with these developments through recognised masters-level training in both Chinese/Japanese/Korean Studies and the social, political, historical and cultural dimensions of international relations of East Asia.

The unique combination of expertise across the regions and across disciplines in Asian studies enables both in-depth and diversified knowledge about the interrelatedness of political, cultural and economic factors shaping international relations in the area and across the globe.

Programme structure

You will take three courses in the first semester: two compulsory courses and an option course. In the second semester you will choose three option courses from a wide range of subjects related to specialised regional knowledge and East Asian international relations. During the summer you will complete supervised dissertation work.

Compulsory courses:

East Asian International Relations
Research Skills and Methods
Option courses may include:

U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia
Japanese-Chinese Relations: History and Contemporary Issues
International Relations Theory
International Security
Political Theory and International Affairs
Politics and Economics in the PRC after 1978
Foreign Policy Analysis
State, Society and National Identity in Japan after 1989
Korean Politics and International Relations: Historical and Contemporary Issues

Learning outcomes

The unique combination expertise across the regions and across disciplines in Asian Studies enables both in depth and diversified knowledge about the interrelatedness of political, cultural and economic factors shaping international relations in the area and across the globe.

On completion of the programme, you will have:

-achieved a good understanding of historical and contemporary events, processes and actors involved in creating the dynamics of the East Asian region
-obtained a thorough understanding of different academic approaches to East Asian Studies
-acquired tools to analyse and understand the complexities of East Asian relations in a global context
-received strong training in both social sciences and cultural studies

Career opportunities

The aim of this programme is to give you a thorough grasp of the historical and contemporary events, processes and actors involved in creating the dynamics of the East Asian region. Having acquired the tools to analyse and understand the complexities of East Asian relations in a global context, you could progress to a doctoral degree or apply your skills in professional areas, such as diplomacy, international relations and negotiations or journalism.

Visit the East Asian Relations (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

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