Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Arkistoitu opetusohjelma 2015–2016
Selaat vanhentunutta opetusohjelmaa. Voimassa olevan opetusohjelman löydät täältä.
MPAS2111 Contemporary Japanese Politics and Society (*) 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period III Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
MDP in Asian Studies
MDP in Asian Studies
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.

Learning outcomes

Students acquire tools for understanding and analysing important, topical, and partly interrelated issues in contemporary Japanese society.

General description

The course builds an understanding of the undercurrents behind the recent changes in Japanese society by studying the ethos and practices of post-war economic growth, the recession of the 1990s as well as the reforms, restructuring, and new openness of the past few years. Topics include: democracy and media, the construction state and environmental problems, development of civil society, changes in family structure, education, organized crime and nationalism. Students are encouraged to find a topic of special interest to them.


Apply 1-30 September 2015. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Teacher responsible

Hermann Aubié


Lectures 24 h Web-based
Autumn 2015

Study materials

Online lectures (24h); written assignments based on the lectures and supplementary materials; exam.

Further information

Recommendation for students with no previous studies on modern Japan: For students with little or no previous studies on modern Japan, MEAS1010 is essential preparation for this course.