Contemporary East Asia

Autumn 2019


 Contemporary East Asia ( 3 or 6 ECTS)

(This course is equivalent of the East Asia part of the old B-Society and Politics in the 2014 and earlier Asian Programme)

Organiser: Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku / University Network for Asian Studies

Instructor: University Teacher Silja Keva (

Time: Autumn 2019. Course starts October 1st, 2019.

Course Description: Students will understand the major characteristics and issues of present day East Asian societies, politics, and economy and become familiar with the key aspects of regional relations in the area. As for transferable skills students will learn to withdraw information from different sources, to study and work independently as well as to discuss and collaborate in an online environment with other students. Students will also learn academic English communication skills.

Contents: Online lectures and readings cover the basic social, political, and economic situation of contemporary China, Japan and South and North Korea and their regional relations. Focus is on postwar societies: the key developments, major actors contemporary and future challenges.

Two options for taking the course:

  • 6 ECTS: Lectures and readings 3ECTS and Media Reading Course – China, Japan and Korea 3 ECTS.
  • 3 ECTS: Lectures and readings (3ECTS).

Learning Outcomes: Students will acquire basic knowledge of today’s social, political and economic phenomena in East Asia.

Taken as: Online course in Moodle, with online lectures, readings, discussion assignments, exam and essay. Group discussions are done in English, writing assignments and the essay can be written in either English, Finnish or Swedish.

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

Application period: August 26 – September 15, 2019.  Go to application instructions. This course has a maximum intake of 100 students. Students are selected in the order of application. The places are divided evenly between the member universities. Some universities may define quotas on the number of students who can take courses offered by the Asia Network. Information about the quotas is published before the application periods start.

Available through the Open University of the University of Turku

Persons who are not registered at the member universities of the University Network for Asian Studies, can apply to this course via the Open University at the University of Turku. There is a quota of five students on this course for students of the Open University. Please note that the Open University has an own, separate application process.
Information about the application criteria and study fees is available on this web site
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Photo: Jukka Aukia