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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MEAS1043 Japanese History and Contemporary Society (MPAS) 5 ECTS
Organised by
East Asian Studies Minor
Person in charge
Annamari Konttinen

Learning outcomes

Students will learn the general Japanese history from prehistory to the present and acquire an comprehensive introduction to the key issues of contemporary Japanese society.


First half of the course introduces the general history of Japan from prehistory to present day by covering the key periods, major events, persons and trends. Focus is given to political development of the state and Japan's position in Asia. The latter half of the course introduces the key political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the contemporary Japanese society by covering issues such as politics, economy, civil society, media, gender and demographic crisis.

Teaching methods

Lectures 20h, readings, assignment and exam

Teaching language



Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

2. year spring

Spring 2018

Further information

This course subsitutes the earlier course MEAS1010 Japanese Society (4 cr) in the MEAS curriculum. Those who would need to take the MEAS1010 Japanese Society (4 cr) to finish their MEAS programme can either take this course in 4 credits or take MEAS1010 as an exam and an essay. Contact the teacher in charge.

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