Minor in East Asian Studies

About the MEAS Programme

This minor programme addresses selected themes concerning the experience of particular nations and of East Asia as a whole in the contemporary period. It explores on the one hand the turbulent process of integrating Asian nations and states into a global order and on the other discusses nationalism as a powerful motivating force in the modern development of these countries.

Thus, students should be prepared for (and excited about) investigations into and discussions about the manner in which contemporary history, social practice, political philosophy, political culture and even literature and cinema offer an alternate, but equally significant understanding of East Asian society and politics in the present. Participation in this class assumes a high level of preparedness and a willingness to participate actively.

Since the minor is on the level of subject studies, it is not recommended for first-year students. In case the number of people who signed on the course exceeds the quota, we will in the first instance refuse entry to first-year students. Exchange students are also welcome to take MEAS courses.

The language of instruction in all CEAS courses is English. The minimum total amount of ECTS credits is 25 for the complete Minor in East Asian Studies, including language studies.

Goals of the Programme

  • introduce students to East Asian Studies
  • familiarize students with main long-term trends and structural developments in East Asia
  • present to students the main scholarly works of East Asian studies and the most useful sources of information on East Asia such as academic periodicals, databases and reference works. Both visual and written resources will be used as source materials.

General Information

The language of teaching at CEAS is English. Lectures take place in lecture halls and seminar rooms in the Publicum building (Assistentinkatu 7; see the campus map, building T50 in the upper end of the map, or CEAS in Google Maps).

Course description are in the electronic Curriculum Peppi MEAS. The teaching scedules are marked in the course description, and students should follow the schedule in Lukkarikone.

In case of extensive interest, students of Contemporary History are given priority and first-year students may be excluded. Exchange students are also welcome to take MEAS courses.

Note: students need to register separately for the courses organised by the Centre for Languages and Communication:

MEAS Courses in 2018/2019

The curriculum of the Minor in East Asian Studies (MEAS) has been changed for the academic year 2017‒2018 as follows:

Module 1: Contemporary East Asia (6 cr)
  • MEAS1042 Contemporary East Asia (online, 1.10.-30.11.2018) (3 cr)
  • MEAS1028 Media Reading Course (online, 1.11.-20.12.2018) (3 cr)
Module 2: History and Societies of East Asia (15 cr)
  • MEAS1107 Korean Contemporary History and Society (5 cr) (Autumn 2018)
  • MEAS1106 Introduction to Chinese History (5 cr) (Spring 2019)
  • MEAS1043 Japanese History and Contemporary Society (5 cr) (Spring 2019)

Module 3: Language Studies in East Asian languages (4/5 cr)

Students who have started the MEAS programme earlier but have not finished it can contact the teacher to see how to combine the courses from earlier curriculum with the new one.


There are both mid-term exams and final exams in MEAS courses. Details on exams and other course requirements will be given in course materials handed out in courses and in Moodle pages of each course. 

To sign up for literature exams of the MEAS programme, please sign in to NettiOpsu with your UTU id and password. You must register at least one week in advance.

Integrated Minor in Asian Studies

Students who complete both the Minor in East Asian Studies at the Centre and the Asian Programme provided by the Finnish University Network for Asian Studies can combine these into an Integrated Minor in Asian Studies (min. 50 cr). Please find more information in here: Integrated Minor in Asian Studies 2017-2018

Registering the complete MEAS Programme

When you have taken the required MEAS courses (min. 25 ECTS) and at least one East Asian language course, contact the Educational Coordinator Anna Väre ( to get the programme registered as completed, so it can be included in your degree studies as a minor.


 Relevant Documents



Anna Väre
Educational coordinator
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Tel: +358 (0) 29 450 3117

Silja Keva
University Teacher, Academic Director of the Minor in East Asian Studies
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Tel. +358 (0) 29 450 3055