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.
MPAS2001 Understanding East Asia (*) 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

Upon the completion of the course, students will know the major historical and contemporary Western scientific and popular debates concerning the East Asian region.

General description

What has East Asia meant for Western people and how have they understood it in history? The course analyses how and why the West has been interested in East Asia throughout history and how this has influenced different scientific and popular conceptualizations of the region and its societies, peoples, polities and economies. Further, how have the East Asians responded to Western discourses on them and their societies? The course will go through pre-modern conceptions on the Orient, Sinocentrism, colonialism, Civilization, the “Yellow Peril”, Pan-Asianism, totalitarianism, the Domino Theory, East Asian Development Models, the “Asian Values” debate and the Japan and China rising debates.


Please see the latest information on the CEAS Study Leaflet regarding starting dates.

Teacher responsible

Lauri Paltemaa

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8-Sep-2015 – 24-Nov-2015
Lectures 24 h
Autumn 2015
Tue 8-Sep-2015 - 24-Nov-2015 weekly at 12.15-14.00, CEAS

Evaluation criteria

Lectures (24 h), summaries, debates, and exam.