Welcome to the MEAS home page! Here you'll find everything you need to know about Modern East Asian Studies at Frankfurt's Goethe University.
Looking to the future, this interdisciplinary, research-orientated MA programme will prepare you for doing your PhD and pursuing an academic career relating to East Asia – or for a professional career in this field, working in an international enterprise or organisation.
So, what's in store for you if you decide to enrol in Modern East Asian Studies at Goethe University?
YOUR FIRST YEAR (PDF download)
There will be four main components to your first year: language classes, core lectures, a research skills module and electives.
Depending on your academic background and language level, you'll take beginners' or advanced language classes in either Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Korean.
We offer one core module consisting of four sub-modules - known as 'core lectures' - within the programme, of which you'll choose and take two. These lectures will help you develop your methodological knowledge of two core disciplines and learn to apply the concepts, theories and methods from these social-scientific fields to East Asian countries.
Each core lecture relates to one of our four main social science disciplines:
History: China's Great Transformations (Prof. Dr. Iwo Amelung)
Law: Theoretical Approaches to Law in East Asia (Prof. Dr. Moritz Bälz, LL.M.)
Management: Institutions and Innovation (Prof. Dr. Cornelia Storz)
Political Sciences: State–Society Relations in Greater China (Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig)
In preparation for writing your MA thesis in your second year, you will also take a research skills module, made up of the following two elements:
Young Scholars Forum (YSF): Alongside fellow MEAS students, you will discuss papers on a fascinating range of topics, such as gender, sustainability and mobility in East Asia, from different disciplinary perspectives.
Skills & Competences (S&C): In these seminars, you will deepen your knowledge of the different methods used in social sciences and East Asia-related humanities.
There are also optional modules, known as 'electives'. You'll take two electives if you're a beginner in the language you're studying or four if you're an advanced language learner.
In these electives, you'll consider empirical phenomena relating to one East Asian country from a social-scientific perspective. Per semester, there is at least one elective for each of the four countries/regions covered by the programme. Take a look at 'Who We Are' to find out more about the broad range of research and teaching interests of our professors and lecturers.
YOUR SECOND YEAR
In your third semester, you will follow one of three possible pathways, known as 'study tracks' (see below). In your fourth semester, you will work on your MA thesis, culminating in an MA colloquium.
Link to the MEAS Course Catalogue (you can switch to past semesters and to the English on the top right):
Vorlesungsverzeichnis / Course Overview
Weitere Studienangebote /Other Courses
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Ostasienstudien
Master Modern East Asian Studies
Career paths of MEAS alumni are manifold. Many MEAS graduates work in the areas of marketing, human Resources, research and sales as well as in banks and in some cases in the areas of IT or law. Moreover, a substantial number of graduates hold academic positions in Germany and abroad or work in political institutions, non-governmental organizations and science management.
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