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MPAS2111 Contemporary Japanese Politics and Society (*) 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
University Teacher / CEAS
Preceding studies
For students with no previous studies on modern Japan: MEAS1010 Japanese Society is obligatory.

Learning outcomes

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


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.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 0 h 24 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

Written assignments based on the lectures and supplementary materials; exam.


Numeric 0-5.

Further information

Application period 1-30 September 2014. 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 http://www.asianet.fi. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Contemporary History
Political Science