This course treats the development of Japanese culture from earliest times to the early 19th century in the context of the major political and social forces that moulded the country ?s history. The course covers major periods and cultural epochs of Japanese history, but particular attention will be paid to samurai culture and systems of social control from the 12th century onwards. The themes to be covered include the formation and the evolving conceptions of Japan?s identity, politics, economic development, social trends, and religion, as well as Japan?s interaction with Asian and European civilizations. The course aims to provide students with a basic factual knowledge in Japanese history and to assist them in understanding modern Japanese society in its historical context to develop the ability to assess and think critically about historical issues.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course students should have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Obtain an understanding of the dynamics of social and political structure of pre-modern Japan.
2. Enhance their empirical knowledge of pre-modern Japanese history that will help them develop informed views on Japan in world history.
3. Learn to apply this understanding and knowledge to the analysis of Japanese society today. 4. Apply historical analyses to produce extended arguments.
5. Develop academic communication skills, through discussions, oral presentations and written assignments.
6. Obtain critical skills in the identification and use of historical sources
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
One essay 5500-6000 words (70%), short outline essay 300-400 words (10%), book review of 500-600 words (10%), class participation (10%)
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Students should expect to spend ca 32 hours in class and 98 hours of work outside class time in order to complete the course satisfactorily.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Morris ,I., The Nobility of Failure: Tragic Heroes in the History of Japan, New York, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston,1975 Collcutt, M., Jansen,M., Kumakura,I., A Short Cultural Atlas of Japan, Phaidon,1988 Hall, J.W., Japan from Prehistory to Modern Times, Delacore Press, 1994
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