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East Asian Studies

  East Asian Studies Japanese Studies, East Asian Art History, Chinese Studies
(as subsidiary subjects)
Degree: Bachelor of Arts Bachelor of Arts
Application: not required not required
Course commences: winter semester only winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration: 6 semesters 6 semesters
Focus options 75%, 50% (2) (with Teaching Degree option), 25% 25%
Language requirements: English none
Language of instruction: German, English, Japanese, Chinese German, English, (Japanese, Chinese)
Other features:   only in combination with B.A. East Asian Studies

 

Faculty of Philosophy

In the B.A. course on East Asian Studies (75%; 50% (only as a second main subject); 25%), students can focus on the following subjects: Japanese Studies, East Asian Art History, Chinese Studies.

If the subsidiary subject selected (25%) is either Japanese Studies, East Asian Art History or Chinese Studies, this subject must not be identical with the focus selected in the main B.A. course (e.g. if the main-subject focus is on Chinese Studies, the choice of Chinese Studies as a subsidiary subject is not permissible).

Note for prospective students interested in coming to Heidelberg University to take the Teaching Degree course qualifying its graduates to teach at higher secondary (grammar) schools (Gymnasien) in Germany:

In accordance with the statutory provisions laid down by the State of Baden-Württemberg, students wishing to embark as of winter semester 2015/2016 on a Teaching Degree qualifying them to teach at higher secondary (grammar) schools (Gymnasien) in Germany can only do so by enrolling in two-tier courses with a Bachelor/Master structure (polyvalent two-subject (50%) Bachelor programme with a Teaching Degree option; Master of Education course scheduled to start in winter semester 2018/2019).

As of winter semester 2015/2016, the subject described on this page can be studied in a polyvalent two-subject (50%) Bachelor course with a Teaching Degree option. It has to be combined with another 50% subject of relevance for secondary-school education.

For more information, go to https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/studium/zlb/

Note for students already enrolled in a Teaching Degree course in the framework of the Examination Regulations for Teachers at Higher Secondary Schools (GymPO I):

In the winter semester 2015/2016 and later, students enrolled by 31 July 2015 in a Teaching Degree course regulated by the provisions of GymPO I (2009) are entitled to switch to a different main subject under the conditions set out in said GymPO provided that the change is in accordance with the statutory provisions.

In this case, the following transitional regulations apply: http://www.uni-heidelberg.de/md/studium/zlb/beratung/150515_gympo-uebergangsregelungen_final.pdf

For more information, go to https://www.uni-heidelberg.de/studium/zlb/

 

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Course outline

East Asian Studies is dedicated to the investigation of East Asian societies in their historical development, present-day guise and regional context, the whole from a cultural studies perspective.  The objective of the course is to enable students to learn an East Asian language (Japanese or Chinese), to acquire specific knowledge of the countries and regions in question and to engage in academic investigation of relevant issues in an independent manner. The B.A. course in East Asian Studies involves the interdisciplinary communication of subject-specific knowledge and professional skills, including intercultural competence and proficiency in handling the new media. As such, the course sets out to provide a practical combination of linguistic and cultural competence. Students are strongly urged to spend a study sojourn in the county they have chosen to focus on.

The institutions involved in the B.A. course on East Asian Studies are the Centre for East Asian Studies, the Institute of Chinese Studies, the Institute of Japanese Studies and the Institute of East Asian Art History. Successful graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (hereinafter B.A.). The closing examination is designed to establish whether students have acquired a sound grounding in East Asian Studies, appropriate proficiency in the languages Chinese or Japanese, an appropriate fund of subject-specific knowledge, a broad understanding of the essential features of the subject they have focused on (Japanese Studies, East Asian History, Chinese Studies) and the requisite practical skills enabling them to successfully negotiate the transition from university to professional life.

In the framework of the B.A. course in East Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and East Asian Art History can be selected as a main subject (75%), a joint-main subject (50%) and a subsidiary subject (25%). These subjects are available as focus options in the B.A. course on East Asian Studies. After choosing a focus option within the B.A. course in East Asian History, students can choose between the two other focus options for their subsidiary subject.

Course structure

The standard duration for the B.A. course in East Asian Studies is six semesters, including the closing examination. The course divides into a preliminary programme lasting four semesters and an in-depth programme of two semesters encompassing the classes listed below (see Semester Overview). The course as a whole accounts for 180 credit points (CP).

The course consists of a core sector and a supplementary sector. The core sector is devoted to East Asian Studies proper. The core sector divides into the subsectors “Linguistic Competence”, “Region-Specific Competence” and “Subject-Specific Competence”. In the Linguistic Competence subsector, students choose between the languages Chinese and Japanese. In the Subject-Specific Competence subsector they can opt for Japanese Studies, East Asian Art History or Chinese Studies. The supplementary sector consists of the subsidiary academic subject (“Disciplinary Competence”) and the acquisition of cross-disciplinary qualifications of a professional nature (“Cross-Disciplinary Skills”).

The subsidiary academic subject can be any subject suitable for interdisciplinary combination with East Asian Studies, provided adequate instruction is available either at Heidelberg University itself or at an institution of higher education cooperating with Heidelberg University. A number of subjects (see Combination Subjects) can be chosen without the explicit consent of the Examinations Board. Subjects not listed there require approval from the Examinations Board.

The supplementary sector includes practical activity (internship) of a professional nature. This activity should normally be embarked on after the fourth semester at a private or public institution in the East Asian region or at a private or public institution in Europe with an interest in East Asia. The internship must last for at least three weeks and conclude with a written report. Course content is set out in a separate List of Modules. A distinction is made between compulsory modules and elective-compulsory modules. Elective-compulsory modules are modules that students can (and have to) choose between. They need to ensure that the total of classes attended account for the prescribed number of credit points. When a module is selected, all the requirements associated with that module have to be fulfilled.

Formal requirements

Admission

There are no admission restrictions. Click here for instructions on how to enrol.
Admission regulations

International applicants

There are special regulations for international applicants. Please consult Heidelberg University’s International Relations Office (Dezernat Internationale Beziehungen, Seminarstraße 2) for more information.

Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen

Examination regulations B.A. East Asian Studies (14 November 2006, last amended 22 April 2013)
Examination regulations B.A. East Asian Studies (25 June 2015)
Examination regulations B.A. Japanese Studies as a subsidiary subject (14 June 2007, last amended 22 April 2013)
Examination regulations B.A. Chinese Studies as a subsidiary subject (14 June 2007, last amended 22 April 2013)
Examination regulations B.A. East Asian Art History as a subsidiary subject (14 June 2007, last amended 22 April 2013)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.

Fees

Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.

M.A. course

Heidelberg University offers consecutive M.A. courses in Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies and East Asian Art History.

Academic advisors for Chinese Studies

Dr. Viatcheslav Vetrov
Akademiestraße 4-8, Office 308
phone: +49 (0)6221 547762
e-mail: viatcheslav.vetrov@zo.uni-heidelberg.de
For office hours please visit the website of the Institute of Chinese Studies.

Dr. Lothar Wagner
Akademiestraße 4-8, Office 105
phone: +49 (0)6221 547673
e-mail: lothar.wagner@zo.uni-heidelberg.de
For office hours please visit the website of the Institute of Chinese Studies.

Academic advisors for Japanese Studies

Dr. Asa-Bettina Wuthenow
Akademiestraße 4-8, Office 114
Thursdays 11 am – 1 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221 547666
e-mail: asa-bettina.wuthenow@zo.uni-heidelberg.de

Till Knaudt
Akademiestraße 4-8, Office 112
Mondays 2 – 3.30 pm
phone: +49 (0)6221 547667
e-mail: till.knaudt@zo.uni-heidelberg.de

Academic advisor for East Asian Art History

Lianming Wang
Seminarstr. 4, Office 307
Tuesdays 10 am – 12 noon
phone: +49 (0)6221 543387
e-mail: lianming.wang@zo.uni-heidelberg.de

Contact

Institute of Chinese Studies
Akademiestraße 4 - 8, Office 204
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office:
phone: +49 (0)6221 547765
fax: +49 (0)6221 547639
e-mail: sekretariat-cn@zo.uni-heidelberg.de
Internet: http://www.zo.uni-heidelberg.de/sinologie
Location

 

Institute of Japanese Studies
Akademiestraße 4–8
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office:
phone: +49 (0)6221 547660
fax: +49 (0)6221 547692
e-mail: sekretariat-jp@zo.uni-heidelberg.de
Internet: www.japanologie.uni-hd.de
Location

Student representation:
Internet: http://fsjapo.stura.uni-heidelberg.de
e-mail: fsjapo@stura.uni-heidelberg.de

 

Institute of East Asian Art History
Seminarstr. 4
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries' office:
phone: +49 (0)6221 542352
fax: +49 (0)6221 543384
e-mail: sekretariat-iko@zo.uni-heidelberg.de
Internet: http://iko.uni-hd.de
Location

Student representation:
e-mail: iko-fachschaft@zo.uni-heidelberg.de

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