H383 Modern Japan
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- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
Students will acquire the following academic and transferable skills:
- critique: to analyze arguments, identify intellectual assumptions and rhetorical strategies; to evaluate the use of evidence in appropriate context.
- problem-solving: to identify unexamined questions, suggest possible answers, and determine relevant evidence.
- analysis: to collate information, conduct multi-factorial analysis.
- communication: to participate in group discussions and collective development of analysis; to present reasoned arguments in both oral and written form.
Method of assessment
Exam (50%) and 3 x Coursework (50%)
- Andrew Gordon, A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.
- Katsu Kokichi, Musui’s Story: The Autobiography of a Tokugawa Samurai, University of Arizona Press, 1991.
- Nagatsuka Takashi, Ann Waswo trans., The Soil: A Portrait of Rural Life in Meiji Japan, University of California Press, 1993.
- John W Dower, War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War, Pantheon, 1986.
- Study Pack (available at SOAS book shop in the Brunei Gallery).