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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 2016–2018
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MPAS2008 Advanced Country Studies literature exam 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
Lauri Paltemaa (books on China), Annamari Konttinen (books on Japan), Sabine Burghart (books on Korea)
Preceding studies

Learning outcomes

Through this self-study unit students deepen their knowledge on the contemporary social and political issues of a chosen East Asian nation.


Students choose a total of ca. 1,000 pages of research literature on one country from one of the three lists of books below: China, Japan, and the two Koreas. It is recommended that students take this exam after having taken MPAS2106 Modern Histories of East Asian Countries. This exam can be substituted by writing a literature review based on a number of books of the student's choice after consultation with the examiner.

Teaching methods

Taken as: Literature exam. It is strongly suggested that this exam is taken electronically.

Modes of study

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


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

2. year autumn
2. year spring

Study materials

Select three books containing a total of ca. 1,000 pages from one of the following lists:

Literature on China:

Fewsmith, Joseph: Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (2013)

Zhao, Yuezhi: Communication in China (2008)

Mattlin, Mikael: Politicized Society: The Long Shadow of Taiwan’s One-Party Legacy (2010)

Vogel, Ezra F.: Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (2011)

Teets, Jessica C.: Civil Society under Authoritarianism: The China Model (2014)

Chen Jie: Transnational Civil Society in China: Intrusion and Impact (2012)

Zhou, Kate: China's Long March to Freedom: Grassroots Modernization (2011)

Literature on Japan:

Inoguchi, Takashi & Purnendra Jain (eds.): Japanese Politics Today: From Karaoke to Kabuki Democracy (2011)

Kingston, Jeff: Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan (2012)

Blake Willis, David and Murphy-Shigematsu, Stephen (eds.): Transcultural Japan: At the Borderlands of Race, Gender and Identity (2008)

Goodman, Roger, Yuki Imoto and Tuukka Toivonen (eds.): A Sociology of Japanese Youth (2012)

Fujimura-Fanselow, Kumiko: Transforming Japan: how feminism and diversity are making a difference (2011)

Literature on Korea:

Kim, Byung-Kook and Ezra F. Vogel (eds.): The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea (2011)

Janelli, Roger with Dawnhee Yim. Making Capitalism: The Social and Cultural Construction of a South Korean Conglomerate (1993)

Chang, Kyung-Sup: South Korea under Compressed Modernity: Familial political economy in transition (2010)

Kwon, Heonik and Byung-Ho Chung: North Korea: Beyond Charismatic Politics (2012)

Park, Kyung-Ae and Scott Snyder (eds). North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society (2013)

Kim, Youngmi: The Politics of Coalition in Korea: Between Institutions and Culture (2011)

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Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
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Department of Philosophy, Contemp.History and Political Sc.
Contemporary History
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