MASTER'S DEGREE PROGRAMME IN ASIAN STUDIES (INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA STUDIES)
Specialising on the world’s largest democracy, global economic powerhouse and most populous region? The MA in Asian Studies (India and South Asia Studies) equips students to work with, on and in this dynamic region. The programme offers a deep and interdisciplinary understanding of the rapidly transforming society and culture in India and South Asia and its entangled history with Asia and the West. It gives students an opportunity to learn Hindi, which is the most common language in South Asia, on an advanced level (language track) and to acquire skills to deal with the Indian subcontinent in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world (international/non-language track). Today almost 25% of the world’s population live in South Asia (ca. triple the size of the EU). India's population is expected to overtake that of China by 2025, while other South Asian countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh are already the sixth and seventh most populous countries in the world. The population growth coincides with the rise of India as emerging economy and other potential “development stars” (e.g. Bangladesh), but also with an increasing political assertiveness on the global stage. Yet, India differs from countries like China by being a stable democracy. With two nuclear powers and several unresolved border conflicts (including India-China), the region will take centre stage in an ever more globalised world. The MA in Asian Studies (India and South Asia Studies) counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and has two tracks: Track A1: “language specialisation” Track A2: international specialisation. Tracks The MA in Asian Studies (India and South Asia Studies) counts as two years of full-time study (120 ECTS credits) and has two tracks: Track A1: language specialisation Track A2: international specialisation
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