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Programmes of Study

The DEAS offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in East Asian Studies, Master of Arts (MA), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees. In the undergraduate programs, students can choose to specialize in China Studies, Japan Studies or Korea Studies. The degree awarded in all cases is Bachelor of Arts East Asian Studies.

Undergraduate
Postgraduate

 

china CHINA STUDIES SPECIALIZATION
The China Studies Program is relatively new when compared with the Japan or Korea programs. The university established a Department of Chinese Studies in the 1960s. With the rise of China economically and politically, the university began to realize that the Department of Chinese Studies which offered courses on Chinese language, literature and the Chinese community in Malaysia was inadequate to understand contemporary China. Hence, China Studies was established as a master component of the DEAS in 1996. Like the Japan and Korea programs, the China program offers a comprehensive curriculum on the study of China. However, the focus is more on the contemporary parameters of the social, economic and political life of mainland China.

japan JAPAN STUDIES SPECIALIZATION
The study of Japan in Malaysia was minimal in the 1950s and 1960s. This was due in part to the fact that memories of Japanese colonialism were still fresh in the minds of many Malaysians. The feeling was that studies on Japan would only bring back unpleasant memories. But more significant was the fact that Japan was too busy rebuilding itself from the devastation of war to have much impact on Malaysia. When Japan began to impress the world with the speed and quality of its economic recovery, interest in Japan began to develop among local policy makers. Consequently, interest in Japan, both in academia and in the general public, took a quantum leap with the launch of Dr. Mahathir Mohammed’s Look East policy in 1982. From then on, Japan began to be studied not only because it was economically important but also as a model that Malaysia could emulate. As a result, the momentum increased for the establishment of a Japan Studies Program in the University of Malaya. The Japan Studies Program (JSP) at UM was set up in 1993 and later became incorporated into the Department of East Asian Studies which was set up in the 1996/1997 academic session. Gradually the JSP developed into a multidisciplinary program related to Japanese affairs. 

korea KOREA STUDIES SPECIALIZATION
Korea, like China and Japan, gradually became significant in the Malaysian mind due to economic and political bilateral relations. Since the purpose of the DEAS is to offer country specialization, Korea Studies was established as one of the major programs of the department in 1996. Most Korean Studies programs abroad began by teaching Korean language and later expanded into offering multidisciplinary courses on Korea. Following the same trend, UM was the first university in Malaysia to introduce Korean Studies by offering Korean language courses in the middle of 1980s. This was followed by the offering of social science courses related to the Korean peninsula. These include courses on Korean business, history, culture, economics, international relations and foreign policy. The Korea Studies program at the DEAS, which offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary curriculum, remains the only one of its kind in Malaysia. With the increase attraction of Korean popular culture in Malaysia and Korea’s interest in ASEAN, the program serves as a conduit to better bilateral relations between Korea and Malaysia. 

Program's Learning Outcomes

outcome

Academic Programme Structure (APS)

Length of Study : 7 semesters 

ACADEMIC SESSION 2015/2016

COURSE COMPONENT

& TOTAL CREDIT

CONTENTS

University Courses

 

20

GIG 1001: Islamic and Asian Civilization (TITAS)

GIG 1002: Ethnic Relations

GIG 1003: Basic Entrepreneurship Culture

GIG 1004: Information Literacy

GIG 1005: Social Engagement

Co-Curriculum Course

Faculty External Elective Courses

Communication English

Faculty Core Courses

8

AIX 1001: Introduction to Social Sciences and Humanities

AIX 2001: Research Methodology for Social Science and Humanities

AIX 3001: Ethics and Professionalism in Social Sciences

Department Core Courses

 

55

AIG 1007: Introduction to East Asia

AIG 1008: Culture and Society of Japan

AIG 1009: Culture and Society of China

AIG 1010: Culture and Society of Korea

AIG 2007: International Relations of East Asia

AIG 2009: Political Economy of China

AIG 2016: Political Economy of Japan

AIG 2022: Political Economy of Korea

AIG 3007: Academic Project

AIG 3008: Practicum

AIG 3009: Research Seminar on East Asia

AIG 3010: Economic Development of East Asia

AIG 3011: Security Issues in East Asia

AIG 3015: Contemporary Politics of China

AIG 3025: Korean Organizational Culture

Elective Courses

 

 

≥ 30 + 9

China Studies Specialization Package

Japan Studies Specialization Package

Korea Studies Specialization Package

 Choose at least four (4) Chinese language courses

AIG 1001: Chinese Language IA

AIG 1002: Chinese Language IB

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 1001)

AIG 2001: Chinese Language IIA

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 1002)

AIG 2002: Chinese Language IIB

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 2001)

AIG 3001: Chinese Language IIIA

(Prerequisite: Students specializing in China Studies in 3rd year or above)

AIG 3002: Chinese Language IIIB

(Prerequisite: Students specializing in China Studies in 3rd year or above)

AIG 2010: Current Economic Issues in China

AIG 2011: Confucianism in China

AIG 2012: Social Transformation in China

AIG 2013: Modernization Process of China

AIG 2014: Economic Policy of China

AIG 3014: Islam in China

AIG 3016: Malaysia – China Relations

AIG 3017: China - ASEAN Relations

AIG 3018: Foreign Policy of China

AIG 3019: International Trade and Investment of China

AND

Choose three (3) courses from below

AIG 2008: Territorial Disputes in East Asia

AIG 3012: United States - East Asia Relations

AIG 3013: Political Issues in East Asia After 1900

Specialized elective courses from other countries

(Please refer to the lists of elective courses from Japan and Korea specialization packages )

 

 Choose at least four (4) Japanese language courses

AIG 1003: Japanese Language IA

AIG 1004: Japanese Language IB

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 1003)

AIG 2003: Japanese Language IIA

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 1004)

AIG 2004: Japanese Language IIB

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 2003)

AIG 3003: Japanese Language IIIA

(Prerequisite: Students specializing in Japan Studies in 3rd year or above)

AIG 3004: Japanese Language IIIB

(Prerequisite: Students specializing in Japan Studies in 3rd year or above)

AIG 2015: Economic Policy of Japan

AIG 2017: Administration and Political System of Japan

AIG 2018: Local Government in Japan

AIG 2019: Globalization and Popular Culture of Japan

AIG 2020 : Nation Building in Japan

AIG 2021: Arts and Literature of Japan

AIG 3020: Contemporary Issues in Japan

AIG 3021: Japanese Management System
AIG 3022: Japanese Organizational Culture

AIG 3023: Japan - ASEAN Relations

AIG 3024: Dasar Luar Jepun/ Foreign Policy of Japan

AIG 3025: Industries and Industrial Policy of Japan

AIG 3026: International Trade and Investment of Japan

AND

Choose three (3) courses from below

AIG 2008: Territorial Disputes in East Asia

AIG 3012: United States - East Asia Relations

AIG 3013: Political Issues in East Asia After 1900

Specialized elective courses from other countries

(Please refer to the lists of elective courses from China and Korea specialization packages )

Choose at least four (4) Korean language courses

AIG 1005: Korea Language IA

AIG 1006: Korea Language IB

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 1005)

AIG 2005: Korea Language IIA

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 1006)

AIG 2006: Korea Language IIB

(Prerequisite: A pass in AIG 2005)

AIG 3005: Korea Language IIIA

(Prerequisite: Students specializing in Korea Studies in 3rd year or above)

AIG 3006: Korea Language IIIB

(Prerequisite: Students specializing in Korea Studies in 3rd year or above)

AIG 2023: Korean Civilization

AIG 2024: Korean Economy

AIG 2025: Globalization and Popular Culture of Korea

AIG 2026: North Korea - South Korea Relations

AIG 2027: Modernization Process of Korea

AIG 2028: Social Transformation in Korea

AIG 3027: Korean Entrepreneurship and Corporate Management

AIG 3029: Foreign Policy of Korea

AIG 3030: Korea - ASEAN Relations

AIG 3031: Contemporary Politics of South Korea

AIG 3032: International Trade pf South Korea

AND

 Choose three (3) courses from below

AIG 2008: Territorial Disputes in East Asia

AIG 3012: United States - East Asia Relations

AIG 3013: Political Issues in East Asia After 1900

Specialized elective courses from other countries

(Sila rujuk senarai kursus elektif dari pakej pengkhususan negara China dan Jepun / Please refer to the lists of elective courses from China and Japan specialization packages )

 

Research and Publications
LATEST RESEARCH PROJECTS

NO.

TITLE OF THE PROJECT

GRANT RECEIVED

RESEARCHER(S)

1.

The Softpower of Korean Wave in Southeast Asia

 

USD30,000

(Korea Foundation)

Dr. Geetha Govindasamy, Dr. Tan Soo Kee,

Dr. Park Chang Kyoo

2.

Yen Loan to KLIA Project: Impact on Socioeconomic Development in Surrounding Area

RM13,400.00

(Japan Foundation)

Dr. Asmadi Hassan

3.

Analysis on Foreign Investment. Socio-economic Development & Financial Performance in Japan

RM55,900.00

(Japan Foundation)

Dr. Alias Abdullah

Books

Korean Affairs: A Contemporary View

book1

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1

The Cheonan Incident: The Case for a Measured Policy Response

Chapter 2

Korean Peninsula: Scenarios for the Future

Chapter 3

South Korea and Major Powers: Emerging Trends

Chapter 4

Malaysia-Korea Relations: A 50 Year Partnership

Chapter 5

The Economic Miracle of Korea: Challenges and Policy Responses

Chapter 6

The Existence of Islam in Korea: Historical Acquaintances and Contemporary Muslim Community

Chapter 7

Bodhidharma in Contemporary South Korea: The Founder of Chan Buddhism from Sacral to Popular Culture

Chapter 8

Collectivism and Korean Youth Drinking Pattern

Index

 

Japanese Relations with ASEAN Since the Fukuda Doctrine

book2

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1

Japan and ASEAN: How a Decade of Torpor has Kept the Lead Goose from Laying ASEAN’s Economic Eggs

Chapter 2

The Development of Japan-ASEAN Relations: From Dialogue to Community Building in East Asia

Chapter 3

The Fukuda Doctrine: Historical Relic or Enduring Wisdom?

Chapter 4

Japan, ASEAN and Regional Security: From a Southeast Asian Perspective

Chapter 5

Can Japan Contribute to the Development and Prosperity of ASEAN? The Duality of Japan’s Foreign Policy

Chapter 6

A Japanese View of Sino-ASEAN Relations

Chapter 7

Chinese Views of Japan-ASEAN Relations

Chapter 8

The Evolving Dynamics of Japanese Foreign Policy and Implications for Southeast Asia

Chapter 9

Trends in Japan and Their Implications for Southeast Asia

Chapter 10

Trends Toward Normalization in Japan and Implications for Southeast Asia

Index

 

 

Jepun Abad ke-21: Isu dan Cabaran

book3

Table of Contents:

Bab 1

Penswastaan Perkhidmatan Pos Jepun dan Peranan Junichiro Koizumi

Bab 2

Komeito Baru dalam Kerajaan Campuran Jepun

Bab 3

Pembaharuan Koizumi dalam Politik Jepun: Perubahan dalam Proses Membuat Polisi dan Pengukuhan Kepimpinan Perdana Menteri

Bab 4

Karoshi: Sindrom Kematian Mengejut Salaryman

Bab 5

Kod Samurai: Kod Etika Eksekutif bagi Mencapai Kejayaan dalam Perniagaan di Abad ke Dua Puluh Satu

Bab 6

Analisis Perbualan Penutur Asli Bahasa Jepun: Tumpuan kepada Diskusi Politik Pemimpin Jepun

Bab 7

Media dan Imej Jepun

Bab 8

Jepun dan Majlis Keselamatan PBB

Bab 9

Hubungan Jepun-ASEAN dan Pembentukan Komuniti Asia Timur

 

Japan and East Asian Regionalism

book4

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1

Japanese Politics under Koizumi: Analysis of Koizumi’s Populist Leadership and Media Strategy

Chapter 2

Japan-North Korea Relations: Fluctuating Between Engagement and Containment

Chapter 3

Issues in Malaysia-Japan Relations under the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Administration

Chapter 4

Economic Integration in East Asia and the Role of Japan

Chapter 5

Three Models of East Asian Regionalism

Chapter 6

World Rice Demand towards 2050: Impact of Decreasing Demand of Per Capita Rice Consumption for China and India

Chapter 7

Takako Doi: Dari Madonna Boom kepada Koizumi Boom

Index

 

 

Dinamisme Politik dan Sosiobudaya Jepun

book5

Table of Contents:

Bab 1

Departing From The Postwar Regime di bawah Pentadbiran Shinzo Abe

Bab 2

Kontroversi Kuil Yasukuni dalam Hubungan Diplomatik Jepun-China

Bab 3

Pemikiran dan Kepuasan Orang Melayu terhadap Pekerjaan: Fokus kepada Pekerja Syarikat Jepun di Malaysia

Bab 4

Kaizen dalam Pengurusan Organisasi

Bab 5

Fenomena Parasite Singles: Implikasi terhadap Sosiobudaya dan Ekonomi Jepun

Bab 6

Nihon Ryugaku: Cabaran Sosioakademik Pelajar-pelajar Malaysia dan Indonesia

Bab 7

Aizuchi serta Tingkah Laku Pendengar dalam Drama Jepun dan Melayu

Bab 8

Japanese Studies in Malaysia

Indeks

 

 

Japan and East Asia: Diplomacy and Strategic Partnerships

book6

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1

Southeast Asian Security Relations with Japan from the End of World War II to the Gulf War

Chapter 2

Japan in ASEAN+3: Towards the Creation of an East Asian Community

Chapter 3

An ASEAN View of Japanese-South Korean Relationship

Chapter 4

Japan-India Diplomacy: A Confluence of Interests

Chapter 5

The Side-Effects of Rapprochement: Strategic Convergence of the Two Koreas vis-à-vis

Chapter 6

Sistem Pengurusan Jepun: Pilihan Terbaik Malaysia?

Chapter 7

Dasar Buruh Asing dan Isu-isu Buruh Indonesia di Jepun dan Korea Selatan

Chapter 8

Strengthening South Korea-ASEAN Cooperation

Abbreviations

 

Index

 

 

Pertahanan Jepun: Ancaman Senjata Nuklear di Asia Timur

book7

Table of Contents:

Pendahuluan

Bab 1

Dasar Pertahanan Jepun

Bab 2

Orientasi Nuklear Jepun dan Plutonium

Bab 3

Senjata Nuklear dan Peluru Berpandu di Semenanjung Korea

Bab 4

China dan Senjata Nuklear

Bab 5

Implikasi Senjata Nuklear dan Peluru Berpandu Korea Utara dan China ke atas Keselamatan Jepun

Kesimpulan

Lampiran

Bibliografi

Indeks

 

 

Japan and the Asia-Pacific

book8

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1

Know Thy Neighbor: Methodologies of the “North Korean Threat” Revisited

Chapter 2

Southeast Asian Economic Relations with Japan

Chapter 3

Five Decades of Malaysia-Japan Relations

Chapter 4

Revisiting Japan-United States Security Relations in the 21st Century

Chapter 5

Does Japan Matter?

Chapter 6

Analisis Pentadbiran Kewangan Tentera Jepun di Negeri Johor, 1942-1945

Chapter 7

Budaya Organisasi Syarikat Jepun di Malaysia

Chapter 8

Perbandingan Budaya Korporat Korea Selatan dengan Jepun

Chapter 9

Exposure of Malaysian Secondary School Students towards Japanese Anime: A Case Study

Chapter 10

Interpreting Culture through Literature: The World of Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country

Index

 

 

Organisasi dan Institusi Jepun

book9

Table of Contents:

Bab 1

Masyarakat Jepun dan Budaya Tradisi

Bab 2

Masyarakat Jepun dan Budaya Moden

Bab 3

Identiti Sosial Masyarakat Jepun

Bab 4

Pendudukan Amerika Syarikat dan Pendemokrasian Jepun

Bab 5

Pembaharuan Politik Jepun 1994 dan Peranan Ichiro Ozawa

Bab 6

Implikasi Pembaharuan Politik Jepun 1994 terhadap Hubungan Kerajaan-Peniaga dan Kerajaan-Pertanian

Bab 7

Institusi Dasar Luar Negeri Jepun

Bab 8

Hubungan Bilateral Malaysia-Jepun, 1957-2008

Indeks

 

 

Japan in East Asia: Sociopolitics and Economic Dimensions

book10

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Chapter 1

東南アジアから東アジアへの人の移動―日本から見たマレーシア華人文学の諸相―

Chapter 2

Migrant Japanese Women in China: Gender Values and Career Development

Chapter 3

Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Malaysia 1966-2007: Impact on the Socio-Economic Development of Malaysia

Chapter 4

Japanese Economic Activities in British North Borneo Prior to World War II

Chapter 5

Penerapan Etika Kerja Jepun di Malaysia: Pengaruh Kemahiran Bahasa serta Budaya Jepun ke atas On the Job Training (OJT)

Chapter 6

Japan’s “Aged” Society and Employment of Senior Citizen: One Successful Role Model “WOE”

Chapter 7

Japanese Women Governor: How They Were Voted, What They Advocated

Chapter 8

Impact of Japan’s Economic Sanctions on North Korea Defense Planning

Index

 

 

 

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International Journal of East Asian Studies

journal

List of Academic Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2016

Geetha Govindasamy. 2016. Modi's "Make in India" Policy: The Case of South Korea. In Modi's Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities. Pentagon Press, pp. 97-108.

Khalid Zaman, Alias A, Anwar K, Mohammad R.M.N, Tengku A.A.T.H, Saddam H. 2016. Dynamics Linkages among Energy Consumption, Environment, Health and Wealth in BRICS Countries: Green Growth Key to Sustainable Development. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 56, pp.1263-1271.

2015

Geetha Govindasamy, 2015. India's Drifting North Korea Policy: An Overview and the Road Ahead. In Sudhir Singh (ed), India in Emerging Asia. Pentagon Press, pp.99-110.

Er-Win Tan, Geetha Govindasamy, Park Chang Kyoo. 2015. The Potential Role of South-East Asia in North Korea s Economic Reforms: The Cases of ASEAN, Vietnam and Singapore. Journal of Asian and African Studies. Vol.4 No.1, pp.1-16

Wan Hazwani Wan Hamedi, Asmadi Hassan. 2015. Hubungan Perdagangan Malaysia-China 1980-2013. Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, Vol. 3 No.1.

Arif Alam, Ihtisham Abdul Malik, Alias Bin Abdullah, Asmadi Hassan, Faridullah, Usama Awan, Ghulam Ali, KhalidZaman, Imran Naseem. 2015. Does Financial Development Contribute to SAARC'S Energy Demand? From Energy Crisis to Energy Reforms. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, pp. 818-829

Tan Soo Kee. 2015. The Role of Korean Collectivism in South Korea's Industrialization Process. International Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol.4 No.1, pp.35-48

Asmadi Hassan, Rohayati Paidi and Baizura Hanim Halim. An Analysis of the Fall of the Democratic Party of Japan. International Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol.4, No.1, pp.13-26.

 2014

Paidi, R., Akhir, M. N. M., Ping, L. P. 2014. Reviewing the Concept of Subculture: Japanese Cosplay in Malaysia. Universitas-Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture.

Geetha Govindasamy, Er-Win Tan, Park Chang Kyoo. 2014. The Challenges of Multiculturalism: A Comparison of South Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. International Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol.3, No.1, pp.25-3.

Asmadi Hassan, Rohayati Paidi and Tan Soo Kee. 2014. The Issue of Japan s Marine Corps Air Force Station Futenma s Relocation and the Fall of Hatoyama. International Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 1-12.

2013

Chang Kyoo, Park, Er-Win Tan & Geetha Govindasamy. 2013. The Revival of Russia s Role on the Korean Peninsula..Asian Perspective, Vol. 37, 125-147.

Asmadi Hassan, Rohayati Paidi, Md Nasrudin Md Akhir, Mohd Ikbal Mohd Huda, Kokoro To Kokoro No Kankei: Malaysia's Response to the Aftermath of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami. International Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-16.

Jian Ma, Alias Abdullah and Hajime Kobayashi. 2013. A Study on the Present Status and Issues of Organic Paddy Rice Expansion in Northeast Semi-Arid Region of China: The Case Study of T Farm, Baiheng City, Jilin Province. International Journal of East Asian Studies. Vol. 2, No. 1, pp 45-59.

Tan Soo Kee. 2013. South Korea's Outward Foreign Direct Investment in South East Asia: Trends, Motivation and Case Studies.

Md Nasrudin Md Akhir, Keum Hyun Kim, Chung-Sok Suh. 2013. Structure and Agency in the Malaysian Government’s Policies for Economic Development. The Economic and Labour Relations Review, Vol. 24, No.4, pp. 495-516.

Activities
OUTBOUND PROGRAM

Each year the students of the Department of East Asian Studies are given various opportunities to go on an outbound program to China, Japan or Korea. The program provides students the prospect to refine their language and cultural knowledge by immersing themselves in an East Asian society. 

INBOUND PROGRAM
The Department of East Asian Studies receives exchange visits from students of Japanese and Korean schools and universities on a regular basis. The inbound program offers the students of the Department of East Asian Studies the chance to interact with native speakers in order to share knowledge and views on current issues.

ASIAN PEACE NETWORK
Annually, five students will be chosen from the Japan Studies Program to be the Malaysian delegates to participate in the Asian Peace Network program held in Nagasaki, Japan. This program is intended to educate the young in regards to the dangers and impact of nuclear warfare.

KOREA STUDIES MEMBERSHIP TRAINING
Each year, all students from the Korea program from various cohorts take a trip to a local site in order to interact with each other. During the outing, students are encouraged to interact with each other through team work, Korean language skills and role playing. The program’s ultimate goal is to strengthen the Korea major students for future references and activities.

SENIOR-JUNIOR INTERACTION DAY
Each year, students from the Department of East Asian Society take it upon themselves to organize activities to strengthen inter cohort ties between the various programs. Such activities not only strengthens inter personal interactions among students but also inculcates a sense of belonging to the DEAS.

MAJAS PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
MAJAS Public Lecture Series is an annual program aimed to promote greater understanding of Japan and its society, and it is part of the effort to develop Japan Studies in Malaysia.  Since 2005, this program has been jointly organized by the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), the Malaysian Association of Japanese Studies (MAJAS) and Japan Studies Program, University of Malaya. 
 
 
 
 
Alumni
Dear alumni,
 
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  • Organize reunions periodically
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Contact
Department of East Asian Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
University of Malaya 
50603 Kuala Lumpur 
MALAYSIA

T: (603)-7967 5631
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E: fass_asiatimur@um.edu.my