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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Part IA | Core subject | Convenor: Dr Nuri Kim

Course Description 2023-24

The course covers East Asia thematically from the earliest times to the present, focusing on China, Japan, and Korea. Students will read literature, historical monographs, and primary sources to familiarize themselves with various types of evidence.

Form and Conduct

The assessment of this paper will consist of two parts, each carrying an equal weight. First, students will select two of their supervision essays to be submitted to a portfolio by the division of Easter term. Students are free to choose any papers for the portfolio, but they must not deal with one and the same area. In other words, the two essays may not both focus only on China, or Japan, but must include at least one paper that deals with a region outside the student’s target language. Second, there will be a viva voce examination either in person or virtually.


This description is subject to change, for the latest information, students should consult the Undergraduate Handbook available on the Faculty Intranet.


Terms taught
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Michaelmas, Lent, Easter
Contact time
Number of lectures
Number of supervisions
At least 8
Number of seminars