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Archived Curricula Guide 2016–2018
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MPAS2001 Understanding East Asia (*) 5 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
Lauri Paltemaa

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.


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.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 24 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Summaries, debates, and exam.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year autumn

Study materials

Course reader (in Moodle).

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
Finnish Study Modules