EAST Master's programme

The two-year Master's Programme in East Asian Studies (EAST) is available to Finnish and international students with background in study of East Asia, who want to deepen and extend their knowledge of contemporary China, Japan, and Korea.

The EAST programme provides high-quality and systematic training and supervision in East Asian studies with focus on contemporary societies.

Further information and useful resources for current students can be found at the CEAS Intranet pages.
Next application will be open from 8 to 22 January 2020. See more information about the application requirements and the process here:  Master's Degree Programme in East Asian Studies

Master's Degree in East Asian Studies

New Students 2019

We congratulate the new students!

 

Haapala Milja

Helminen Jaana

Korteniemi Reetta-Liisa

Lehto Roosa

Li Tong

Ludwiczak Izabela

Mikkonen Pyry

Min Xueqian

Nakagami Ayana

Peippo Pauliina

Piiponniemi Miisa

Putri Rosalia

Saarinen Kaisa

Saukkonen Laura

Sipilä Eve

Ylinen Hanna-Mari

Zhang Ziwei

 

In addition there are three students who did not allow their names to be published here.

 

About EAST programme

Degree: Master of Social Sciences

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for East Asian Studies

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €8,000 / academic year

Scholarships available: check the website

Contact information

Academic director of the Master’s Programme,
University lecturer Sabine Burghart
sabine.burghart@utu.fi

Education coordinator Anna Väre (application process)
anna.vare@utu.fi

Programme structure

The EASTdegree consists of study units which cover the methodology of social sciences and East Asian studies, contemporary history, politics, and societies of East Asia as well as many other topics of special interest.  See the course descriptions and timing in electronic Curriculum Peppi

The studies in the EAST programme are divided thematically into seven modules:

  1. Study and Research Skills
  2. Histories of East Asian Countries
  3. Contemporary Politics, Societies, and Economies of East Asia
  4. East Asia in Regional and Global Context
  5. Master's Thesis
  6. Worklife Competences
  7. Language Studies

Courses in these modules are structured into Methodology and Master's Thesis, Obligatory and Optional Subject Studies, and Language Studies as follows:

Master's Degree in Social Sciences (East Asian Studies) (120 credits)

Methodology and Master's Thesis (64 cr)
• Methodology courses (12 cr); Academic writing in English (4cr) Research Seminar taken during four terms (8 cr)
• Master's thesis (40 cr)

Obligatory Subject Studies in Modern and Contemporary East Asia (20 cr)
• Four courses each 5 cr from modules 3 and 4

Optional Subject Studies in Modern and Contemporary East Asia (min. 16 cr)
• Freely selected from courses in modules 2, 3, 4, and 6
• Can also include some courses in the Minor Programme which are marked in the Study Leaflet

Language Studies (10‒20 cr)
• At least 10 cr of an East Asian language (up to 20 cr counts towards the degree)

 

Exchange studies

The University of Turku has bilateral agreements with several East Asian universities. Exchange studies are administered and selections made at the International Office.

The study plan for exchange studies, called Learning Agreement, must be approved at CEAS as a part of the application process. It is strongly advised that exchange plans are discussed with the academic supervisor, especially if the student intends to carry out master's thesis research during the exchange period.

See the complete list of bilateral exchange partner universities in each country from the application service pages of the International Office:

  China (People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan)
Japan
South Korea  

See also the list of bilateral agreements outside Europe in International Office's intranet pages.

The coursework of exchange studies is meant to be selected so that exchange study credits can be transferred to count towards the EASTdegree to the extent possible. This will be checked when the Learning Agreement is approved.

Further information about exchange studies and the application process is available at Applying for Exchange pages (intranet) of the International Office.

After the exchange period, the student applies for the credit transfer to include the exchange  studies in the degree studied for at the University of Turku. The original transcript of study records needs to be confirmed in person by someone from CEAS before the credit transfer can be approved. A copy of the transcript should be attached to the credit transfer application.

Master's Theses

Master's theses written by the students of the Centre for East Asian Studies.

2019

Heikkinen, Milla: Attitudes Toward Future Japanese Families among Japanese University Students: Tradition, Ideals and Stigmas

Huh, Seyeon: Perception of Contemporary History in South Korea: The Formation of Contested Legacy of Syngman Rhee

Kwon, Jung Ah: The Programme "Now on My Way to Meet You" and its Impact on Exchanges between North Korean Defectors and South Koreans

Nguyen, Minh Nga: Regional initiatives for Japanese Entrepreneurs: A study on the Tokyo metropolis area

Ranta, Mika: Japan's Official Development Assistance: Case Philippines and Human Security

Sidz, Malgorzata: Reproduction of Mothering in East Asia

2018

Cahill, Samantha: Building Better Tourists? Insight into China´s Civilized Tourism´campaign

Gouiffès-Santarelli, Perrine: Road to Nowhere: Transitions to Adulthood and the New Social Vagrants in post-1997 South Korea

Hakulinen, Noora: Human Trafficking in China – An analysis of national policies and their impacts on punishment levels in human trafficking court cases between 2012-2016

Hautala, Iina: Commemorative Landscape of Dokdo in South Korea – Reflections on Dokdo's importance in the South Korean national narrative

Isohanni, Heikki: Mythology Marches to Modernity : Yōkai in Contemporary Japan

Kurki, Suvi: Finding a New Narrative of Chinese Business Leadership

Liu, Bayoing: Factionalism in the CCP and the DPP -One´s Obstruction, the Other´s Impetus

Morozova, Aleksandra: Illicit Drugs in Modern China: Production, Trafficking and Consumption

Pihl, Marko: Dependent Autonomy : A Study of Chinese Environmental Social Organisation's Operational Autonomy

Pitkänen, Ari-Joonas: A Dichotomy Dismantled – Reflections on National Identity among Supporters of Third Force Political Parties in Taiwan

Šilhánová, Barbora: From the Village to Heaven – The development of the social role of Taiwanese Bunun prayer pasibutbut in the course of the modernization of the tribe

Tuorila, Eero: Opposition Discourse on Security Policy in Japan : Case of the 2015 Legislation for Peace and Security

2017

Ilo, Reetta: Hidden Pride, Crouching Nationalism? The Worldview of Japanese Private University Students

Kuzina, Viktoriya: Protecting the Right to Know in Japan: Social Advocacy versus the Special Secrecy Law 

Pence Jr, Gary Leon: A History to Open the Future: Obstacles and Possibilities of Joint History Books in Northeast Asia

Schüssler, Fabien: Assessing Travel Motivations, Satisfactions and Branding Success in Heritage Tourism: Fang Gu Jie in Chengdu, Sichuan

Yoochadchawan, Tais: Chinese Public Intellectuals' Call for Constitutionalism - Yu Jianrong's and Xu Zhiyong's Advocacy and Engagement

2016

Alexeeva, Anna: Towards Interdependence? – Russian-Chinese Economic Relations 1990–2014 with the Focus on Energy Trade​

Coratella, Eva: From the Great Famine (1958-1962) to the Food Waste Problem: the Role of Memory to Enhance the Awareness in the City of Shanghai

Jokinen, Risto: The Cheonan Incident: The Contested Fate of the South Korean Ship

Jämsä, Heli: Remembering the War and Aggression: A Discourse Analysis of Japan's State Apologies and Commemoration Speeches on August 15th 1995–2015​

Lapshina, Tatiana: The Contemporary Image of Hikikomori and Otaku Phenomena in Mass Media​

Miao, Shiyu: A Power for Peace and Development - The White Papers of the Chinese Government from a Public Diplomacy Point of View

Männistö, Maria: Government-foreign industry relations in China: How Finnish companies perceive China's officials

Piantadosi, Tina: Japan's Shining Women: Young Women Negotiating the Transition to Adulthood in Japan

Pinchuk, Anastasiia: Loneliness and Ageing Society in Japan: Case Study of Burari Elderly Care Center

Shushina, Lidia: The image of the Russian Federation in the Japanese Newspapers : Asahi Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun publications concerning the Russian militray operation in Syria

Song, Mary Hyunhee: Cosmetic Surgery and Rites of Passage in Korean Society – A Study on Comsetic Surgeries after the University Entrance Exam

Yin, Yilin: Ethnic Koreans in China – Korean School Closings and Losing Korean Ethnicity

2015

Fagnoni, Federica: Molded Identity: Manchu Sinicization and Self-Perception of the Bannermen's Descendants

Hankamäki, Mikko: Supply Chains' Environmental requirements in China in 2025: Scenario Analysis

Kamppuri, Virpi: Grassroots Charity in China: Case Analysis of a Charity Project Organised by Jane Zhang Fan Club​

Kiema, Eveliina: Trivial Pursuit? Asian Antics in the Arctic – Securitization in Northeast Asian Power Struggle in the Context of Arctic Cooperation

Pankakoski, Paula: Place and Belonging - An Ethnography of Rural Migrant Children in Beijing

Scibilia, Adèle: The Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute: An Integrated Factor Of Instability In The Asia-Pacific Region

Wang, Yue: China's War Memory: From Victor to Victim - The Portrayal of Japanese Figures in Chinese "Anti-Japanese War" Film 

Xiang, Jingbei: The Role of Chinese TV Media in Popularising Chinese Traditional Culture - In the Case of Lecture Room

2014

Cheung, Shun: Sinicization and Chinese Language and Culture Education (CLCE): A Case Study of Confucius Institute in Wellington, New Zealand

Haverinen, Anna-Kaisa: From Invisibility to Twitter - Four Decades in the Life of Japanese Lesbians

Ma, Jing: A Study on the Implementation Effects and Upgrading Paths of Export-oriented Economy Strategy of China's Coastal Areas

Maezono, Junko: The Influence and Transformation of a Long Term Residence Abroad on Self-Identity and Gender: A Case Study of Japanese Wives Married to Finnish Men Living in Turku, Finland

Peltonen, Jenny: South Korean presidents and the alliance with the United State 1998-2012 - A case study of the Free Trade Agreement

Volkova, Anastasia:  New Directions of the Japanese Management System: Case study of two Japanese corporations

2013

Ganina, Irina: "Cool Japan" Strategy: What Kind of Coolness?

Heikkilä, Jukka-Pekka: Change of Power Dynamics in North Korea: Three Scenarios

Jaatinen, Nina: No Money and no Pressure? Policies, their Implementation and Implications: The Case of Unemployed Return Migrant Workers in Southern Jiangxi Province

Kauppila, Liisa: "Use the Past to Serve the Present!" - PRC History Politics and the Hong Kong handover 1997

Kelhu, Johanna: Democracy and Human Rights Beyond Borders: The Meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize 2010 for Chinese Transnational Democracy and Human Rights Activists

Kettunen, Annemari: Language of the Future, Language of the PRC - Representations of Putonghua in South China Morning Post

Kuramitsu, Kanako: The Problem of ''Skills'' in Japan's Disguised Guest Workers Program and Its Implications

Kynsilehto, Anni: Suematsu Kenchō and Japan's Struggle for Civilized Status

Laaksonen, Iris: Japan's renewable energy policy in the third industrial context

Lappalainen, Erja-Liisa: The role of microblogs behind the Great Firewall of China - Chinese urban youth and the microblog bandwagon

Liu, Le: Promoting Employment Opportunities of the Elderly Employees in Japan's Aging Society

Montonen, Mikko: On Transformation of Bugei Culture from Sengoku to Modern era

Spezza, Gianluca: North Korea Approaches Modernity: Science, Education and Ideology in the DPRK. An Exploratory Study of International Cooperation for Knowledge Sharing with North Korea, 1997-2012

Vainio, Anna: 20 Years of Making Babies that Were Never Born - Japanese Family Friendly Policies for the Diminishing Social Ideal

Zhang, Baoqi: Analyzing China's High-Speed Rail Strategy from a Geo-Strategic Perspective

2012

Ahonen, Pilvi: Animal Lovers, Bridge-Builders and Supervising Watchdogs : Framing and Civil Society Construction by Japanese Pro-Animal Orgnizations in the Kansai and Tokyo Areas

Hakkio, Christine: In Search of the Way: Kokugaku and Its Influence on Meiji Policies

Hartonen, Olavi: Taiwanese English Language Newspapers' Partisan Communication on National Identity Issue - Text Mining Editorials From the First Decade of the 2000s

Kolehmainen, Samu: A bridge builder or raconteur? : how Japan manoeuvres the global development discourse within the TICAD process

Li, Miaozhu: Hiding behind the Mass Media: How did the Chinese Government React to the Emergence of the Middle Class through the Mass Media

Redifining Cultural Subjectivities: Japanese Woman Artists and Strategies for Power in Contemporary Japanese Society  

2011

Glogan, Timothy: China’s ‘Assertive’ South China Sea Policy And Rhetoric: Proactive, Reactive Or Myth?

Hakanen, Kari: “Xiamen Commits Suicide” – the framing of the Xiamen PX incident

Mäenpää, Marjaana: Pushing the Boundaries and Siding with the Government: Construction of Chinese Nationalism in the Internet

Wang, Rui: Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Qianag Ethnic Group Rural Communities of Maoxian County, Sichuan Province, China

2010

Kärkkäinen, Annina: Propping Up Pariahs or Building a Brighter Future for All? The Effects and Framings of China's Foreign Aid in Namibia, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe 2000-2008

Lindholm, Niko: Does Nikkyoso have a political opportunity now that the DPJ  is governing?

Mutanen, Anne: LGBT Activism in Urban China: Online, Underground or Under Construction?

2009

Setälä, Mikko: Demystifying Face: the significance of ’face’ in negotiating with the Chinese 

Tsai, Natalia: Constructing Ainu Identity within Law: Negotations between the Collective, the State, and External Bodies

2007

Haverinen, Hanna:Discursive Effects of Anti-prostitution Law in Korea​

Koskenranta, Hanna: Migrant Workers at Perlos Factory in the Context of Rural-Urban Migration in the Pearl River Delta