Europe and the Far East
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB303
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
Contactperson for the course
A.W. Sterken, MA
Other course modules lecturer
A.W. Sterken, MA
Other course modules lecturer
A.W. Sterken, MA
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

After this course is completed, you:

  • will be familiar with the historical development of contact between Asia and Europe;
  • can describe the patterns of intellectual exchange between Asian and European countries and inhabitants;
  • can describe the content of these exchanges in some specific cases;
  • will have an understanding of the dynamics of imperialism and Asian anti-colonial nationalism;
  • can describe how religious and civilizational ideas are used in Asian nationalism.
Contact between European and Asian nations has been continuous throughout most of human history, and these exchanges have led to innovations and revolutions on both sides. This course examines this interchange between Europe and the cultures and religious traditions from east and south-east Asia. Starting with the Greek conceptualization of and interaction with India and the east, we identify certain ideas and stereotypes about Asia that will play a defining role throughout the ages. Other topics that we will consider are colonial and Orientalist India, which fundamentally influenced 19th century Western philosophy; Jesuit missions to China and their intellectual influence; Japan’s adaptation of Western modernization ideals; debates on Pan-Asianism and ‘Asian values’; and more. Asian and European exchange has persisted in many forms, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
First year completed. Since most students are unfamiliar with religious and philosophical traditions from India and China, there will be some meetings dedicated to this topic as an introduction
Presumed foreknowledge
First year completed.
Test information
Final paper of about 3.000 words.
This course is part of a module of three courses in the Philosophy, Politics and Society bachelor programme. You can only take this course if you also take the two associated courses during the same semester. 

If you want to register for the three courses in this module, you must FIRST register for the module itself. You can do this via the 'Minor' tab in Osiris. For an overview of modules and their associated courses, see the course guides on the website of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies.

Enrolment of non-PPS students and non-FFTR students can be rejected if a module becomes overcrowded. In such cases, PPS students and FFTR students have priority (in that order).
Required materials
A number of articles and book chapters will be provided to the students through Brightspace.

Instructional modes

Preparation of meetings
Students are invited to do preparatory reading for a number of classes.

Contribution to group work
In a number of classes students are invited to participate in group discussions on the topics of the course.

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeWritten exam
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2