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 2016–2018
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MPAS2042 Research Seminar IV 3 ECTS
Organised by
MDP in Asian Studies
Person in charge
Lauri Paltemaa, Annamari Konttinen, Sabine Burghart

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, each taken during one semester: MPAS2002 Seminar I (2 cr), MPAS2022 Seminar II (2 cr), MPAS2032 Seminar III (3 cr), and MPAS2042 Seminar IV (3 cr). The seminar supports students'; Master's thesis research and writing. Seminar I (literature review) and Seminar II (research plan) form the basis of the research for the thesis, and the seminar papers for Seminar III and Seminar IV present and discuss the results of that research. Students are assigned a supervisor at the beginning of their first term in accordance with their area of interest in contemporary East Asia: China (Lauri Paltemaa), Japan (Annamari Konttinen), and Korea (Sabine Burghart).
The 1st-year students (seminars I and II) and advanced students (seminar III and IV) convene in separate groups.
During the semesters students have a chance to participate in study and writing groups, based on the area of specialization (China, Japan, and Korea) and headed by doctoral students of CEAS.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Seminars: presenting a seminar paper, attending all seminar sessions, acting as discussant to one paper, and providing feedback to a number of other papers.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

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

Further information

https://moodle.utu.fi/course/view.php?id=309 (1st-year seminar)
https://moodle.utu.fi/course/view.php?id=310 (advanced seminar)

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