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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Teaching is by classes, lectures and supervisions.

Classes allow for plenty of interaction between teaching officers and fellow students and are the typical method for language instruction. Homework is regularly set in order to prepare for classes and to consolidate learning.

Lectures usually last for two hours each (actually two consecutive slots of 50 minutes’ duration each); they are an opportunity for the close, focused consideration of a particular theme or topic within a subject area using primary and secondary materials. While under the general leadership of the lecturer, they can be flexible in format and may take the form of seminar-style learning. There are specified readings to prepare for lectures and to extend learning.

Supervisions build very specifically upon the ideas you meet in classes, lectures and through your private study, as well as serving to develop your powers of analysis, and written and spoken argumentation. They last for 60 minutes and are conducted between a supervisor – a subject specialist – and two or more undergraduates, usually based around an exercise or source to be prepared beforehand. The type of preparatory work set for supervisions will depend on the type of supervision: for language supervisions, it could be a specified reading in the language or a practice exercise; for content paper supervisions, it could be an essay or some other exercise (e.g. for literary papers a translation exercise may be set).

The amount of contact time depends on the language(s) studied and the content papers chosen. Students should expect per content paper one two-hour lecture per week plus one to two supervisions per term.


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