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To obtain a full specialization in Chinese Area Studies, students have to include the following elements in their study program:

  • Two semesters of lectures on Chinese Area Studies (2x5 ECTS)
  • One internship semester or a study-abroad semester either in China or on topics related to China (30 ECTS)
  • The MA thesis must be focused on China  (30 ECTS).

During the 7th and 8th semester, students will follow their own MA program, for instance Development and International Relations or European Studies, while also attending a weekly lecture on Chinese Area Studies (5 ECTS each semester).

Examples of lectures in Chinese Area Studies:

  • Why China is Chinese: An overview of Chinese Political and Social History
  • Chinese Culture and its Impact on Development
  • The Chinese Political System
  • Social Difference, Welfare and Social Security in China
  • The Chinese "One Belt One Road" Global Strategy
  • China in the Global Economy.
  • China’s energy diplomacy
  • Chinese hard path to soft power.

During the 9th semester, students can choose an internship either in China or with relevance for China with for instance a private company, an NGO or a public organization, or they can spend a semester as an exchange student at a Chinese university.

The 10th semester is reserved for writing the MA thesis. The topic of the thesis must be relevant for China.

The curriculum of Chinese Area Studies. The curriculum for Chinese Area Studies is found within the curriculums of Development and International Relations and European Studies.



Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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