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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Archived Curricula Guide 2014–2016
Curricula Guide is archieved. Please refer to current Curricula Guides
MPAS2002 Research Seminar I 2 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
Lauri Paltemaa, Annamari Konttinen, Antti Leppänen

Learning outcomes

Students will learn critical thinking, research, and writing skills, social scientific argumentation and presentation skills necessary to accomplish their Master's thesis.


This course consists of four sections taken over a two-year period – MPAS2002 (2 credits), MPAS2022 (2 credits), MPAS2032 (3 credits), MPAS2042 (3 credits) – which help students complete their pro gradu (Master's thesis) project. Students are assigned a supervisor at the beginning of their first term according to their selected field of study: contemporary China (University lecturer), contemporary Japan (University Teacher (Japan)), and contemporary Korea (University Teacher (Korea)). Each student participates in the seminar under his/her assigned supervisor, but can change their supervisors if their thesis topic changes. The seminar groups of first year students and advanced students may convene separately as necessary.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Seminars. The course codes for 1st year student seminars are MPAS2002 and 2022, and for advanced student seminars MPAS2032 and 2042.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Regular attendance, timely and satisfactory completion of assignments, and willingness to participate actively in class discussions are essential.

Further information

Autumn and spring terms 2014-2015. All students will convene on Wednesday 10 September 2014 at 2 p.m. for their joint organizing meeting (obligatory for all students). First-year students are encouraged to listen in on the seminars of the more advanced students.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Research Seminar (*) (MDP in Asian Studies)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Contemporary History
Political Science