Bachelor of Arts (BA) East Asian Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

Active international relation and dynamic economic development make East Asia an axis of the growing international trade. Globalization, followed by the idea of economic integration in East Asia is the force that creates trade opportunities and establishes new relationships in the interactions between countries in this region.

The importance of East Asia from the perspectives of geographic, economic and political strategies in the global arena has lead to the establishment of the Department of East Asian Studies offering a comprehensive education program.

The programme offers an integration of Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Korean Studies. Besides paying attention to the fields of economy, management and contemporary international relations, the teaching focuses on the languages of the three countries.

The programme also offers courses on the East Asia Province to enrich students with knowledge and a deep understanding about the province.

Career Opportunities

  • Ambassadorial Aide
  • Author
  • Diplomatic Liaison
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Researcher

Course Modules

  • Introductory East Asian Civilizations
  • East Asian Politics and Economics
  • Japanese 1A &1B, 2A & 2B, 3A & 3B
  • Korean 1A &1B, 2A & 2B, 3A & 3B
  • Chinese Languages and Writing
  • Modern Chinese Grammar
  • Chinese 1A & 1B, 2A & 2B, 3A & 3B, 4A & 4B
  • Introduction to Classical Chinese Studies
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • East Asian International Relations
  • Introductory Japanese Literature
  • Korean Culture and Society
  • Classical Korean
  • Chinese Culture and Society
  • Chinese History from the Early Ages to 200bc
  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Modernization Process of East Asia
  • Basis of Japan’s Economy
  • Local Government of Japan
  • Development of the Japanese
  • Politics and economy of Korea
  • Relationship between North Korea and South Korea
  • Confucianism in China
  • Chinese Thoughts in Arts Studies
  • Security Issues in East Asia
  • Population Resource and Economy of Japan
  • Industry and Basic Industry in Japan
  • Foreign Policies of Korea
  • Organizational Culture in Korea
  • History of Modern Chinese Intellectuals
  • Translation: Theory and Practical
  • Conflicts in the East Asian Territory
  • Foreign Policies of Japan
  • Relations between Japan and ASEAN
  • Politics of Modern South Korea
  • Islam in China
  • Chinese Text in Philosophy
  • History of China from the 7th Century to the 13th Century

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Department of East Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Phone: +6(03)7967 5631
Fax: +6(03)7967 5675