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Advanced level online courses
Chinese Economy, 5 ECTS (organized by the University of Turku, teacher tbc)
Learning outcome: The course deepens students' knowledge on various topical issues of the contemporary Chinese economy.

Contents: Issues covered during the course include macroeconomic issues in contemporary China. The course is essential for students in social sciences and business studies for understanding Chinese economic development and its challenges.

Times: Spring term

Taken as: online course, TBA

Grading: on a scale of 1-5

Literature: TBA

Application: Application 1-30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Homepage: http://www.asianet.fi/



China’s Economic Foreign Policy and Global Economic Governance, 5 ECTS (organized by the University of Turku, teacher tbc)
Learning outcome: The course deepens students' knowledge on China’s economic foreign policy and its impact on global economic governance.

Contents: Over the past decade, China has emerged as a global economic force. The old adage about the USA sneezing and Europe catching a cold increasingly applies also to the relationship between China’s economy and that of other economies, especially in Asia. China’s global economic effects were first apparent in cross-border trade networks, attraction of inward direct investment and commodity purchases. Now these effects cover most aspects of global trade, investment and finance. It is therefore more pertinent than ever to pay close attention to the economic aspects of China’s foreign policy and how it impacts on global economic governance structures, processes and modes of operation. This lecture course highlights both the domestic origins of China’s foreign economic policies and their multifaceted impacts on global economic governance. Topics such as the political significance of China’s state-directed cross-border investment, China’s emergence as a major player in development assistance, as well as the internationalisation of the Chinese currency, will be tackled during the course.

Times: Autumn 2015
Taken as: online course, TBA
Grading: on a scale of 1-5
Literature: TBA
Literature and Life in China (organized by the University of Oulu, TBC) 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes: After this course the students will be able to analyse the major political and social functions of literature in China, recognise the major literary motives and cultural icons from the history to present day and to understand the current challenges between literature and life.

Contents: Literature and Life in Chinese civilization have formed a symbiosis different from the one Europeans know and mostly expect without even reflecting on possible differences and their implications. Life is global, but literature bound to contexts of language, culture and civilization. The medium of Chinese literature is the only written language of the world that has survived for more than 3 millenniums from the origins of what might be truly called "Chinese" civilization. In the first section of this seminar we will investigate the political and social functions of literary Chinese throughout its history up to the present. The second section will focus on contents - literary motives, cultural icons - and discern their various expressions in erudite and vernacular works which will help us to understand the mental diversity that was brought with the high degree of stratification in traditional Chinese society. In the third and final part we will deal with major changes in 20th and 21st centuries' literature, investigate the impact made by the difficult issue of building China as a nation and create our own approach to the problem of how the rapidness in the series of radical breaks that characterizes China's way into a world that still has to recognize Chinese civilization as its part reflects and crystallizes in a contemporary symbiosis of literature and life.

Taken as: Online lectures, readings, assignments

Times: spring 2015

Application period: Apply 1–30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Home page: http://www.asianet.fi

Religions of East and Southeast Asia, 5 ECTS, (Måns Broo, online course organized by Åbo Akademi University)
Learning outcome: A basic understanding of the plurality of religions in East and

Southeast Asia, both in terms of their history, doctrines and

practices, but also their contemporary relevance

Contents: This course provides an introduction to the rich fauna of religion

found in East- and Southeast Asia, from the Buddhism of Tibet to the

Islam of Indonesia, all of which evince a fascinating history but

remain of vital importance in today's society as well.



Organiser: Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University

Taken as: Online course: lectures and lecture diary, including homework assignments

based on literature and other material included in the course material



Time: Spring 2015

Grading: on a scale of 1-5

Literature: TBA

Application: Application 1-30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Homepage: http://www.asianet.fi/



Public Health Challenges and scenarios in South Asia, 3 ECTS



Organiser: University of Eastern Finland
Course teacher: Sohaib Khan, UEF
Learning Outcome: Students are to be able to understand the complexities of the various public health situations, and to learn how these settings, systems and societies are different from the West in dealing with their public health challenges now and in the future.

Contents: Course focuses on public health conditions specific to South Asia with its unique social and cultural settings. Course provides an overview of region’s health care systems; what is burden of diseases and what is response to the rise of these diseases; how community-based interventions are employed; how society perceives and reacts to certain health phenomena, are there any gender issues involved in access to health; how public health relief plans for natural disasters have developed over the years; and how demographical trends are contributing to public health challenges.

Taken as: Lectures (14 h), lecture diary and an essay
Lecture diary: 1-2 pages summary of each lecture

Essay: 4-5 pages essay on any 1 lecture topic of your choice from this course. Scientific writing principles must be followed. Essay should have a clear structure to it, adequate material, and references are to be included as well.
Grading: on a scale of 1-5
Time: Autumn 2014
Application: Apply 1–30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.
Home page: http://www.asianet.fi

Political Economy of Development - Korea and East Asia (ECTS to be confirmed)

Organiser: Korea Foundation Global eSchool
Teachers: Chris Rickleton, ICP, AUCA, Richard Buzurgmehr, TSUC, Medet Tiulegenov, ICP, AUCA
Local contact person in Finland: Silja Keva (silja.keva@utu.fi)
Learning outcomes: familiarity with main theoretical and practical issues of development, understanding of basic terms and concepts of political economy and their application to the issues of development, ability to relate concepts of development to countries of East Asia (to Korea particularly) and of Central Asia, understanding of development in a cross-regional perspective, ability to do collaborative research.

Course contents: The course introduces concepts of development through the prism of political economy and with particular focus on East Asia (and Korea particularly). There is also a special emphasis on interregional comparison of East Asia and Central Asia both in terms of their developments as well as on connections between the two regions in terms of development. The course uses examples of connection between East Asia and Central Asia in trade, investment and development.
Taken as: live online lectures, class participation, joint case study paper, individual essay, online debates. Lectures on this course are arranged real time. Students follow the lectures in a classroom at fixed lecture times. Lectures can be watched in universities in which at least 7 students have been enrolled to the course. If less than 7 students enroll to this course in your university, a different solution can be
Required readings: tbc
Grading: tbc
Time: 17.9.-3.12.2014, live video lectures on Wednesdays at 11:00 (Finnish time)
Application period: Apply 1–14 September 2014 (NOTE! This course has shorter application period!) through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course. The course is offered for upper level BA students and MA students and is structured around lectures and seminars.
Home page: http://www.asianet.fi

Contemporary Japanese Politics and Society (Annamari Konttinen, online course organized by the University of Turku) 4ECTS
Learning outcomes: Students acquire tools for understanding and analysing important, topical, and partly interrelated issues in contemporary Japanese society.

Contents: The course builds an understanding of the undercurrents behind the recent changes in Japanese society by studying the ethos and practices of post-war economic growth, the long recession as well as the reforms, restructuring, and new openness of the past few years. Topics include: democracy and media, the construction state and environmental problems, development of civil society, changes in family structure, education, and nationalism.

Taken as: Online lectures (24h); written assignments based on the lectures and supplementary materials.

Times: March-April 2015

Application period: 1-30, September 2014. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Homepage: http://www.asianet.fi

Sino-Indian Issues (Eero Palmujoki, online course organized by University of Tampere) 6 ECTS
Learning outcomes: The aim of the course is to provide theoretical and conceptual tools for analysing the prevalent issues in Asia, focusing on the perceived problems on the Sino-Indian axis.

Contents: The course combines the lenses of Sino-Indian relations and various theoretical approaches to security for viewing the contemporary structure of security issues in the Asian context. Security is understood here as encompassing a variety of topics including economic, trade, environmental, societal and military sectors.

Taken as: Online lectures (15 h) including the approaches to security (Juha Vuori), to geopolitical issues (Sanjay Chaturvedi), and to subject matters on the security on the Sino-Indian axis (Jing-Dong Yuan); supervised readings; lecture diary; essay.

Times: Spring 2015

Application: Apply 1-30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Home page: http://www.asianet.fi
Moulding Japanese Society 1945-1975 (Seija Jalagin, online course organised by the University of Oulu) 6 ECTS

Learning outcomes: Students will be able to describe and analyse the political, economic and social transformation of Japan during the decades following World War II. In political and economic issues the focus is both on national and international context .

Contents: Thematic modules consist of the following: national and international politics, Japan in international economics, the national identity, educational policy, and social system of Japan.

Taken as: Online lectures (26 h) offered by Japanese and Finnish experts, examination, and an essay.

Grading: On a scale of 1-5 (lecture and exam: 70%, essay: 30%)

Literature: Stronach, Bruce: Beyond the Rising Sun. Nationalism in Contemporary Japan (1995). The book is accessible in Ebrary.

Times: 2 October to 17 November 2014

Application: Application 1-30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.

Homepage: http://www.asianet.fi
What Food Crisis? (Outi Luova, online course organized by the University of Turku) 5 ECTS
Contents: Food consumption is in transition and major changes in diet and physical activity patterns are under way. As the increasingly affluent population is eating an increasingly large amount of meat, there is a growing demand for feedstock. At the same time climate change is affecting agricultural production through changes in temperature, water availability and extreme weathers. The grain insecurity concerns are producing a wide variety of responses from national governments. Fears for the future food security in East Asia are contrasted by concerns regarding risks emerging from obesity, including health, rising economic costs and public policy challenges.

The course seeks to shed light on the development of food consumption in East Asia.  Proceeding from the macro to the micro level, it will explore past and current trends in East Asian eating habits, changes in attitudes towards food, the role of the agricultural sector and food industry, retailers and the state, the power of marketing, socio-economic inequalities, and the possible consequences for national governments, public health and quality of life.

Learning outcomes:

After the course students will be able to critically analyse the food security issue in the Northeast Asian context. At a more general level, students will learn to approach complex contemporary issues in Northeast Asia from a multidisciplinary perspective.



Taken as: Online lectures (11); course readings; 3 small assignments; essay; online seminar.

Grading: Grading on the scale 1-5. Small assignments (30%), essay (50%), online seminar (20%)

Times: Spring 2015

Application: Apply 1–30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network

for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course



Homepage: www.asianet.fi


Politics in East Asia (Pekka Korhonen, online course organized by University of Jyväskylä) 5 ECTS

Learning outcomes: Provide students with an understanding of the developmental and conflictual dynamics of East Asia within the world political structure.

Contents: The lectures deal with various conceptualizations of East Asia in history and in recent politics, concentrating, however, on the traditional triangle of Korea, Japan, and Chinese polities. Parts of the lectures analyse the region with traditional theoretical tools of international politics, but the perspective is widened to economic cooperation, demographic changes, and rhetorical politicking, which are useful perspectives for understanding the region as it is nowadays.

Taken as: Online lectures; readings; essay

Times: April 2015

Application: Apply 1-30, September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master’s level students.

Home page: http://polsineasia.wordpress.com/
Introduction to Chinese Contemporary History (Lauri Paltemaa, online course, organized by the University of Turku) 2 ECTS

Learning outcomes: Students will learn the general course of contemporary Chinese history (c. 1949 to present), its major events, personages, policies and contradictions.

Contents: The course introduces students to Chinese contemporary history from the Civil War to the present. The central theme in the course is to follow the folding and unfolding of the Communist experiment in China and the emergence of a new aspiring economic and political superpower by the early 21st century.

Taken as: Online lectures (18 h) available throughout the year, home exams (1 each month)

Times: Academic year 2014-2015

Home page: http://www.asianet.fi/

Introduction to Chinese Law (Yifeng Chen, online course organized by the University of Helsinki) 4 ECTS

Learning outcomes: The course offers the students an overview of contemporary legal attitudes and institutions in the People’s Republic of China. Specific knowledge and skills students will possess at the conclusion of the course include the ability to: appreciate and describe the profound changes the Chinese legal system has experienced following its adoption of the ‘Reform and Opening-up’ policy and other reforms; explain the importance of what many observers see as a movement toward ‘rule of law’ in the country; discuss the relationship between China’s ongoing political, social and economic transformations and the evolving nature of both formal and informal legal processes, legal ideas and legal institutions in contemporary China; and assess critically China’s contemporary legal system from different and complimentary perspectives, including historical and comparative theoretical viewpoints.

Contents: The lectures are organized to address three closely related layers of Chinese law and practice. The first part of the course provides a contextual perspective regarding conceptions of law and rule of law as politcal projects in China. The lectures will emphasize that an appreciation of the broader contextual role of law is important in order to understand China’s general legal mentality and the intricate relationship between China’s so-called legal ‘modernization’ and its development more generally. The second part of the course provides an overview of the general structure of China’s legal system, including sources of law, the judicial system, dispute resolutions and aspects of the legal profession. The third part focuses on core and topical subject areas of Chinese law, including China’s constitutional law, family law, property law, and labour law.

Taken as: Online lectures, two short reflective comment papers, reading materials, other updates and information posted to Moodle during the course, and a 4,000 word essay.

Times: 5th February – 15 April 2015

Application: Apply 1-30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master’s level students.

Home page: http://www.asianet.fi


India As a Business Environment, (online course organized by the University of Turku) 6 ECTS

Organisers: University of Turku, Business School
Instructors: Prof Esa Stenberg




Learning outcome: After completing the course the student should be able to describe the political and economic history of India, have basic knowledge of how to do business in India and how to collect and analyze information about the Indian economy.
Contents: The course introduces the economic, social and political forces that are shaping India as a business environment. Taking a broadly interdisciplinary approach, the overall dynamics of international competition in India and the distinctive features of India's business environment are discussed.
Target Group: The MA level courses are aimed for students who already have acquired some knowledge about Asia or on the specialty of the particular course.
Taken as: lecture and literature exam and essay.

Literature:

Doing business in India; building research-based practice, Edited by Pawan S. Budhwar and Arup Varma, Routledge, 2011

A collection of articles



Grading: on a scale of 1-5
Time: Autumn 2014
Application period: Apply 1–30 September 2014 through the website of the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies http://www.asianet.fi. A maximum of 40 students will be accepted to the course in the order of application. The course is targeted at Master's level students.
Home page: http://www.asianet.fi


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