Oriental Specialization is a Master?s Degree studies program in the framework within International Relations at the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the University of Lodz. Students who choose this specialization are streamed into one of two educational tracks:


  1. Middle Eastern studies (Middle East and North Africa)

  2. Asian studies (Eastern and South-Eastern Asia)


A characteristic feature of Oriental Specialization studies is the opportunity to gain broad interdisciplinary knowledge about the politics, culture, history and economy of the above-mentioned regions. As a full-time studies program, the emphasis is put on learning a chosen foreign language (Arabic, Chinese or Japanese).


The program of studies remains in accordance with the educational requirements of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and it is enriched with specialist subjects and oriental languages courses. Oriental Specialization is run jointly by the Department of Middle East and North Africa and Section of Eastern Asia.


Department of Middle East and North Africa ? this interdisciplinary research group, led by Professor Marek M. Dziekan, consists of people with different interests of research: political scientists, culture studies specialists, historians and philologists. The common denominator for lecturers gathered in this department is their interest in the Arabic world with its fascinating mosaic of cultures and societies, which at the same time is a key region in contemporary international relations.


Section of Eastern Asia ? a young research group led by professor Małgorzata Pietrasiak is one of the few groups in Poland that specialize in researching the political realities of East Asian states. The research interests of its members focus on the political and economic problems of East Asian countries, the latter?s political systems, as well as relations with other international issues of ethnic and religious minorities.

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