Common core curriculum

See the detailed programme of the common core curriculum

First semester / Second semester

Several institutions and research centers are involved with the AMO Master’s degree. Initially hosted by EHESS, two other institutions joined the course in 2015-2016: the École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) and the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE). While almost all of the teaching and research seminars take place at EHESS, 54 boulevard Raspail, core curriculum seminars are at the Maison de l’Asie (EFEO headquarters). Students enrolled in a Master’s degree at EPHE follow the “Asia” core seminars in the second semester.

Led by the members of the academic team, this interdisciplinary seminar aims to introduce students to the research themes of the social sciences in the major regions of Asia: the Indian world, South-East Asia, Central Asia and North Asia (China, Korea, and Japan).

Based on the reading of founding texts or significant recent works, this offers students the opportunity to learn about methods of criticism and generalization within the social sciences by following their developments outside their original context.

To provide students with a welcoming environment and regular follow-up including oral presentations, critical text reviews and thematic work, one hour of the this seminar is devoted to research and writing methodology. Writing workshops are held regularly. The two formats, scientific seminar and pedagogical and preparatory tutorials, are closely coordinated, with the texts read on the same themes. The ATER attached to the master’s program coordinates the seminar and workshops and ensures the teaching of this seminar in alternation with members of the academic staff and guests specialized in the chosen themes.

In addition, teacher-researchers working in the Asian region present their current research to students, colleagues and enlightened amateurs as part of the “Lundis de la Maison de l’Asie (EFEO)”. The theme of each session is in line with the “Asia” seminar in order to broaden the discussion initiated within the framework of a master’s seminar by showing the topicality of these themes for researchers from all horizons.

The two semi-annual seminars are an annual common core seminar. (Mandatory in M1, this seminar must be followed in M2 for students who integrate directly into the second level, unless otherwise advised by the tutor).


Maison de l’Asie (Salon, 1st floor)

22 avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris

(Metros Iena andTrocadero)

Each Monday, from 9 to 12 am

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