The purpose of the Southeast Asian Studies Course is to deepen interdisciplinary understanding of the region. Though this course covers mainly Southeast Asian countries and Oceania region countries (e.g. Australia and New Zealand), students can also study other neighboring regions such as East, South and Central Asia. The most important unit of this course is the seminar which is held weekly through the academic year. Every student is required to give a presentation regularly and have a discussion with the professors and students in the seminar. Another feature of this course is that most students stay in the area of their research interest to conduct field work. This empirical approach has been a long tradition of this course. Upon graduation students usually start their professional careers in a variety of sectors in the world. Not a few students have become scholars by continuing the research at the doctoral program course.
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