- Code ASIA6010
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, History, Asian Studies
This course traces the history of Japan from the 17th century to the present, examining the dynamics of the early modern period (Tokugawa era), the Meiji revolution, the political, social and economic transformations of the early 20th century, the tumultuous 1930s and 1940s, and the dynamics of the post-1945 era. Thematic issues to be covered include nation- and empire-building, state-society relations, total war and defeat, the Allied Occupation, Japan in the Cold War, socio-economic and demographic change, intellectual developments, and Japan’s international relations. A key emphasis of the course will be to understand and to position Japan in wider regional and global processes. The course will focus closely on the approaches historians have employed in studying Japan’s modern history. In other words, what social and political theories have historians deployed and why? How have these approaches changed and/or enriched our understanding of modern Japan? The course will pay close attention to some of the ongoing controversies and debates in the historiography of modern Japan. Students will be expected to think critically about both the history of Japan and the approaches historians have adopted.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will have the skils and knowledge to:
1. Display thorough knowledge of key processes, transformations, and themes in Japan's modern history.
2. Develop comprehensive understanding of key scholarly debates on Japan's modern history.
3. Develop ability to critically examine primary source documents from Japan's modern history.
4. Develop analytical reading skills through careful reading of relevant secondary literature in the field of Japanese history.
5. Develop analytical writing skills in the field of Japanese history and historiography through completion of written assessment tasks.
6. Develop presentation and discussion skills in the field of Japanese history and historiography through active participation in class debates and discussions.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Indicative AssessmentSeminar Participation: 10% (learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 6)
Historiography Analysis: 20% (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Research Essay: 35% (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Final Exam: 35% (3, 5)
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WorkloadThe course consists of a 1.5 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour seminar per week. It demands seven hours of independent preparation, including assigned readings, review of lectures, and written assessment tasks. Postgraduate students will be expected to complete an independent study project and make a class presentation.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Allinson, G., 'The Structure and Transformation of Conservative Rule', in Gordon (ed) Postwar Japan as History, UC Press, 1993
Hane, M., Modern Japan: A Historical Survey, Westview Press, 1986
Gordon, A. ed., Postwar Japan as History, University of California Press, 1981
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