Study Guide

This Study Guide covers the Asian Programme, the Mini Minor, and the Master’s level courses.

I ASIAN PROGRAMME

GOALS AND STRUCTURE

The Asian Programme aims to provide students with basic knowledge on East, Southeast and South Asia by examining the area using a multidisciplinary approach through the sciences of cultural history, society, and politics, as well as business. The Programme offers a starting point for students who plan to write their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis on the region or plan to have a career in a related field.

It also provides a solid platform of knowledge for those who plan to study or do their practical training in Asia. The Asian Programme is a basic level (Bachelor’s level) programme.

You can either take the whole Asian Programme Basic Studies Minor (at least 25 ECTS) or individual courses.

See current list of Asian Programme courses.

You can complete the whole Asian Programme by taking 25 ECTS worth of basic level courses in the programme OR by taking at least three basic level courses along with advanced level courses(Master’s level) for a total of 25 ECTS. This means you can combine courses from the Asian Programme with Master’s level courses. Students from universities of applied sciences and self-paying students can only include basic level Asian Programme courses in their Asian Programme Basic Studies Minor.

It takes one year to complete the programme. The individual courses have a fixed schedule and it is not possible to take the courses at any other time within the same academic year.

Permission to postpone the deadline of your course assignments is only granted in exceptional cases. The final decision is made by the course instructor and cannot be disputed. Any requests for such a postponement must be made prior to the actual deadline.

Final grades for courses will be given on completion of all the required assignments.

HOW TO APPLY TO THE ASIAN PROGRAMME?

Who can apply?

  • University students who hold a valid study right at one of the University Network’s member universities. Member universities are: Aalto University, the Universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa, and the Åbo Akademi. Students from the member universities can take courses for free.
  • Students at universities of applied sciences can participate in the Asian Programme for free if their school endorses the institutional study fee of €40/ECTS (€10/ECTS not completed) OR €700 for the whole Asian Programme (at least 25 ECTS, max. 28 ECTS).
  • Self-paying students (other individuals including students from non-member universities and students from universities of applied sciences whose school will not pay the study fee) who are interested in Asian studies can apply to the programme as independent students. With regards to non-Finnish citizens who apply to the Programme as self-paying students, the Network Board makes the decisions on admission case by case. The study fee for self-paying students is €250 for (at least 25 and max. 28 ECTS).
  • The Programme is not recommended for first year students.

Before applying to the courses, students should check if they are able to include these studies in their degree at their home university.

How to apply?

  • The Application period for the Programme is annually in September. Exact deadlines and dates are announced on our website www.asianet.fi.

  • University Students from the member universities of the Finnish University Network for Asian studies can take courses for free. Apply by filling out the application form in September on our website. Member universities are: Aalto University, the Universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa, and the Åbo Akademi.
  • Students at universities of applied sciences should first fill in the application form from the Asianet website. Then those students whose school has promised to pay the study fee, need to submit a letter of confirmation (puoltokirje) from their own unit. In the letter the unit needs to endorse the student’s study fee for the Asian Programme. This letter should be sent to the Network Coordination Unit (address in the sidebar) before the end of the application period. AP_puoltokirje_amk_2018.  
  • Other individuals applying to study as a self-paying student. First fill in the application form on available on the Asianet website. After you have been accepted to the programme, you need to register as a non-degree student at the University of Turku. You will receive the application form for UTU non-degree students separately after you have been accepted to the course from the Asianet Coordination Unit by e-mail. Then follow these instructions on how to fill in the application for non-degree studies:
      • Fill in the personal information.
      • For the application section “I am applying for the right to study in the following discipline”, write “Finnish University Network for Asian Studies”
      • Module/Course: write “Asian Programme” and the year
      • Write the names of the courses you want to complete. (Note that self-paying students can take a maximum of 28 ECTS)
      • Tick the corresponding semester option and add the year for the section “I am applying for the right to study from”
      • Remember to sign your application!
      • Send the application directly to the Network Coordination Unit (see address in the sidebar) 
      • You will receive the invoice after you have been accepted to the Asian Programme. You cannot start your studies before the invoice has been paid.
      • After you have paid the invoice you should send a copy of the receipt to the Network (online banking receipt is fine). You will not get the password to the Moodle course site until the Coordination Unit has received the receipt. You can scan the receipt and send it to anna.vare@utu.fi or send it by regular mail to the Coordination Unit.

       

TRANSFERRING FROM THE OLD ASIAN PROGRAMME TO THE NEW

Students who participated in previous Asian Programmes (before 2015) can continue their studies in the new Asian Programme. The old credits will be accepted as part of the new programme. Contact the Coordination Unit for more information.

 

II MINI MINOR

GOALS AND STRUCTURE OF THE MINI MINOR

The Mini Minor is designed for students who prefer to include a small minor in Asian studies in their degree. It provides the possibility to gain advanced knowledge of a specific theme or region. In order to complete the Mini Minor, choose one of the themes below, start with the basic level course (courses from the Asian Programme) and then deepen your knowledge with advanced level courses (Master’s level). You must complete at least 10 credits in total. In order receive the Mini Minor degree you have to complete courses from the same thematic area.

See list of themes and courses from the Mini Minor page.

HOW TO APPLY TO MINI MINOR?

Application period to the Mini Minor is organized twice a year in September and in November.

Who can apply?

  1. University students at member universities of the University Network can take courses for free. Apply by filling out the application form available on our website when the application period is open (see above). Member universities are: Aalto University, the Universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa, and the Åbo Akademi.
  2. Students at university of applied sciences can take courses for the Mini Minor for free if their school endorses the study fee (€350). They can take 10–16 ECTS in total for one Mini Minor.
  3. Self-paying students (other individuals including students from non-member universities and students from universities of applied sciences whose school will not pay the study fee) can apply to the programme as independent students. With regards to non-Finnish citizens who apply to the Mini Minor as self-paying students, the Network Board makes the decisions on admission case by case.  The study fee for self-paying students completing the Mini Minor is €250 / 10-16 ECTS.

Before applying to the courses, students should check if they are able to include these studies in their degree at their home university.

How to apply?

  1. University students from member universities fill in the application form available on the Asianet.fi website during the application period.
  2. Students at universities of applied sciences whose school has promised to pay the study fee, need to submit a letter of confirmation (puoltokirje) from their own unit. Download the letter from here puoltokirje_amk_2018. In the letter the unit endorses the student’s study fee for the Mini Minor. This letter should be sent to the Network Coordination Unit (address in the sidebar) before the end of the application period. Fill in the application form available on the Asianet website.
  3. Self-paying student should first fill in the application form available on the Asianet website. After you have been accepted to the programme, you need to register as a non-degree student at the University of Turku. You will receive the application form for UTU non-degree students separately from the Asianet Coordination Unit by e-mail after you have been accepted. Then follow these instructions on how to fill in the application for non-degree studies:
    • Fill in the personal information.
    • For the application section “I am applying for the right to study in the following discipline”, write “Finnish University Network for Asian Studies”
    • Module/Course: write “Mini Minor in Asian Studies” and the year
    • Write the names of the courses you want to study. Please note that in order to complete the Mini Minor, you will need at least 10 ECTS.
    • Tick the corresponding semester option and add the year for the section “I am applying for the right to study from”
    • Remember to sign your application!
    • Send the application directly to the Network Coordination Unit (see address in the sidebar) 
    • You will receive the invoice after you have been accepted to the Mini Minor. You cannot start your studies before the invoice has been paid.
    • After you have paid the invoice you should send a copy of the receipt to the Network (online banking receipt is fine). You will not get the password to the Moodle course site until the Coordination Unit has received the receipt. You can scan the receipt and send it to anna.vare@utu.fi or post it by regular mail to the Coordination Unit.

III MASTER’S LEVEL COURSES

GOALS AND STRUCTURE

Master’s level online courses offer advanced knowledge on Asia. Courses focus on political, social, cultural, and economic issues of Asian countries. The Master’s level courses are meant for students who already have acquired some knowledge on Asia or on the specialty of the particular course. These courses can be used to supplement the student’s studies as part of the degree programme provided by the student’s own university or be combined with other courses offered by the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies (starting from 2015).

Master’s level courses are organised at different times throughout the year. Check the exact times from the webpage of each course.

You can take Master’s level courses individually or combine them with basic level courses to complete a Mini Minor in Asian Studies or you can include Master’s level courses in the Asian Programme. The Master’s level courses offered by the University Network do not constitute a study programme alone and therefore it is not possible to receive a minor degree by taking only Master’s level courses.

HOW TO APPLY TO MASTER'S LEVEL COURSES?

Who can apply?

  • The courses are free for all students who hold a valid study right at one of the University Network’s member universitiesSee list of member universities.
  • Students at university of applied sciences can take master’s level courses for free if their school endorses the study fee.
  • Self-paying students may not take individual Master’s level courses, but they can take these courses as a part of the Mini Minor.

Before applying to the courses, students should check if they are able to include these studies in their degree at their home university.

How to apply?

  • Application for University Students from the member universities of the University Network for Asian studies. Apply by filling the application form from our website during the application period. See list of member universities.
  • University of Applied Sciences students need to fill the application form on Asianet’s website and in addition they need to submit a confirmation letter on acceptance(puoltokirje) from their own unit.

IV GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT STUDYING

This information applies to all Network studies.

SIGNING UP FOR COURSES AFTER YOU ARE ACCEPTED AS A STUDENT

University Students:

When a student is accepted to the Asian Programme / Mini Minor, they are automatically registered to the courses they applied for in the application form. There is no need to register separately for the courses. For Master’s level courses, students sign up for each course separately when they fill in the application form during the application period.

If you wish to change your course selection, please make your request to the Network Coordination Unit directly.

University of Applied Sciences Students:

When a student is accepted to the Asian Programme / Mini Minor, they are automatically registered to the courses that their institution has endorsed. There is no separate registration for the courses. For the Master’s level courses, students sign up for each course separately when they fill in the application form during the application period.

If you wish to change your course selection, you have to seek approval first from your own unit/department. If you want to take more courses, a new confirmation letter from your unit/department is required. Such requests must be made immediately to the Network Coordination Unit with details of those changes. Please also make sure that your institution sends the new confirmation letter to the Coordination Unit immediately.

CANCELLATIONS

University Students:

Students are asked to inform the Coordination Unit in case they are unable to take the courses they have been accepted to.

University of Applied Sciences Students:

The students are asked to inform the Coordination Unit and their own unit/department in case they are unable to take the courses they have been accepted to. Please note that Universities of Applied Sciences are obligated to pay courses that are not completed.

WORKING AND TEACHING METHODS

The Asian Programme / Mini Minor and Master’s level courses consist of distance learning courses, literature exams, web courses, and essays. More detailed course descriptions are available on the course pages.

Lectures

Lectures for all courses are only available on the online Moodle learning environment.

Most of the lecture videos are on Vimeo, which can be viewed with a web browser on a computer, laptop, tablet or other mobile device.

Most of the computers available in the university computer labs are adequate for viewing lecture videos.

If you cannot find a suitable computer or encounter any problems please contact your local IT support at your home university.

It is advisable to bring your own headphones if you use computers in a computer lab. If you are not sure where to plug in the headphones, again, please contact your local IT support. (Usually headphones are plugged in either to the speaker or to the headset/output socket located on the rear of the CPU).

Online courses

In the courses Contemporary East Asia and Culture in East and Southeast Asia students should choose one of the given smaller thematic online courses. Students should sign up to the course of their choice according to the instructions given on the Moodle site. Also the online courses are organised in the Moodle learning environment. They may include lecture videos, readings, group discussions etc.

Essays

Instructions for essays are given on each courses own Moodle site.

EXAMINATIONS

All exams are so-called home exams (explained in more detail later).

Lecture and book exams are organised three times, and the student may choose the most suitable date. Students do not need to sign up for the exam if not stated otherwise in the course instructions.

Students are not required to take all three exams, one passed exam is enough. However, if the first examination fails, it is possible to take the exam on an other given exam date.

The same applies if the student wishes to improve her/his grade.

If the student does not pass any of the three examinations, s/he can redo the whole course again the next time it is available.

Please check each courses own Moodle site for more detailed information about the examinations and how they are arranged.

“Home Exam”

In the home exams, the questions are available in the morning of the examination date  (Finnish time) on the course’s own Moodle site, or they are sent to students by e-mail.

The examination can be taken wherever and whenever the student finds appropriate within the time period stated in the examination instructions.

Students submit their answers by either using the upload tool on the courses Moodle site or by regular mail.

Answers that are required to be submitted by regular mail should have the postal stamp of the exam date. It is advised to check that the postal stamp is dated correctly and clearly. In some exceptional cases (you are abroad, for example), it is possible to return the exams by e-mail (contact the responsible teacher for permission).

Answers arriving late are failed automatically.

Examinations are done individually; any cooperation is strictly prohibited if not otherwise mentioned in the instructions of the specified course. Copying and plagiarising is strictly prohibited and when discovered leads to failing automatically.

GRADES

Grades

All the courses are graded from 1 to 5, where

0 = failed
1 = fair
2 = satisfactory
3 = good
4 = very good
5 = excellent

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is given to those students who have completed the whole Programme (minimum 25 ECTS).

There is no GPA for the separate courses.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism

Asia Network’s Policy on Plagiarism

(from the CEAS/UTU Writing and Research Guide )

Derived from the Latin word plagiarius (”kidnapper”), plagiarism refers to the act of presenting another author’s work as your own. Although some plagiarism is intentional cheating (e.g., copying text from the internet and presenting it as your own work), some is unintentional and a result of poor documentation and citation practices.

The easiest way to make sure you do not commit plagiarism is to follow the established citation practices. […] When you feel that a phrase used by another scholar is significant enough to be repeated verbatim, you can do so by quoting it directly and referencing it appropriately. Make sure that you don’t overuse quotations in your text, though.

As a general rule, you don’t need to reference facts that are common knowledge or widely shared cultural references. But if you are discussing particular interpretations of such material, you should document your sources.

Rules applied when plagiarism is suspected

  • If a teacher suspects plagiarism in a student’s work he or she will show it to a colleague for a second opinion. If they feel that plagiarism has occurred, the teacher will contact the student.
  • The student will not be given a grade for the exam/work in question, unless he/she can show that it is properly cited, or represents his/her own ideas.
  • In the case of grave or repeated plagiarism, the teacher may take other punitive measures in accordance with the rules of his or her Faculty. The usual punishment is a failed grade for the whole course.

STUDY MATERIALS

Most of the study materials are available on the course’s Moodle site. Study materials may also include books, and articles which are available in library databases.

Literature

Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences have been asked to acquire all required examination books mentioned in Asian Programme course requirements. For other courses materials are selected so that students should be able to access the materials without problems. However, please bear in mind that all books might not be readily available in all libraries.

If you cannot find a specific book in your local university, check the availability in other university libraries. It is possible to borrow books through interlibrary services.

Very often you can also buy the books from online bookstores.

Others

Other study materials, for example lecture outlines, are distributed to students either through e-mail or the course’s own Moodle site.

CREDIT REGISTRATION

The University Network’s coordination unit or the university organizing the course, will apply for a local student number when necessary. This will not incur any expenses to the student.

Registeration of credits

Asian Programme / Mini Minor and Master’s level courses  credits are registered at the Coordination Unit at the University of Turku two times a year (after spring term and after autumn term). After that the transcripts of records are sent to the participating universities and polytechnics and to the self-paying students.

Although the main register is held at the Coordination Unit, some of the courses are also registered at the departments which organise them. This is because of bureaucratic reasons and does not incur any difficulties for the students. Also the credits will not be registered double.

University of Tampere: the credits of the course “Contemporary Southeast Asia” are registered automatically, because this course is registered to University of Tampere.

University of Turku: all credits are registered automatically.

Note: Students must seek approval from their own university for the transferring of the Asian Programme / Mini Minor and Master’s level courses before the they start.

 

All the students (except students of the University of Turku):

Students’ credits are sent to each university’s Asian Programme / Mini Minor and Master’s level courses contact person two times a year, at the end of each semester as soon as all the grades have arrived to the coordinating unit.

Students should pick up their transcripts from the contact person and then handle the credit transfers by themselves. Credits are not automatically transferred to the student register and the students are responsible for transferring the credits at their own university/department.

Note: All students should go through their transcripts as soon as they receive them and check the information thoroughly. If there are any mistakes they should contact the Network Coordination Unit immediately.

Those students from the University of Turku who wish to complete the so called Integrated Minor in East Asian Studies (combining both the Asian Programme and the CEAS Minor in East Asian Studies), please contact the Centre for East Asian Studies, University of Turku.

TRANSFER OF CREDITS AND COURSE EXEMPTIONS

The university where the student is registered decides on the transfer of the credits as well as possible course exemptions. Students must seek approval for the credit transfer or course exemption at their home university prior to the enrolment in the Asian Programme / Mini Minor or Master’s level courses.

COST OF STUDIES

The Asian Programme / Mini Minor and Master’s level courses  is free for all the network member university students and for those University of Applied Sciences students whose institution endorses their fees. It is very important that these students ask their school to confirm the endorsement of their studies before the end of the application period.

Those University of Applied Sciences students whose school does not pay the study fee can participate in the Programme as self-paying students.

Others who are interested in Asian studies can take courses as self-paying independent students.

With regard to non-Finnish citizens who apply to the Programme as self-paying students, the Network Board makes the decisions on admission case by case.

STUDY GUIDE

This study guide is only available through the internet at www.asianet.fi, and can be printed from here. No other kind of study guide will be provided. It is recommended that the students print their own copies.

ASIANSTUDIES MAILING LIST

All students of the Asian Programme / Mini Minor are automatically included in the Asianstudies mailing list. It is the main information source and communication channel during the Programme.

Because the mailing list is the most important communication channel throughout the course, please inform the Coordination Unit if there is a change in your e-mail address.

You can unsubscribe yourself from the Asianstudies list by clicking the link below each email (http://lists.utu.fi/mailman/listinfo/asianstudiesXXXX). You can find detailed information about how to unsubscribe from the list from AsianstudiesXXXX Subscribers.

(XXXX refers to the year you are attending)

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS

The Asian Programme / Mini Minor and Master’s level courses  contact persons are responsible for transmitting possible course materials, and for other arrangements within the member university or university of applied sciences.

COORDINATION UNIT AND CONTACT INFO

The coordination unit of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies is located at the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku .

Mailing Address: 
Finnish University Network for Asian Studies
c/o Centre for East Asian Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
20014 Turun yliopisto

Contacts:
Executive Administrator Ulla Morelli
ulla.morelli(at)utu.fi
tel. +358 29 450 3108

University Teacher Silja Keva
silja.keva(at)utu.fi
tel. +358 29 450 3055

Director Outi Luova
outi.luova(at)utu.fi
tel.+358 29 450 3058