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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

JIV(B)i Readings in Japanese History

Course Code:
155900881
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Term 1
This course focuses on the Meiji Restoration. It involves close reading of Japanese texts, lectures in English and discussion in English and Japanese.

Prerequisites

Intermediate level Japanese

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

By reading critically a wide range of academic books, both in Japanese and in English, on the Meiji Restoration, a student will be able to appreciate the impact that it had on the imperial institutions, religions and commoners. As they are required to translate from Japanese into English, give presentations on related topics using compulsory English readings and engage in brainstorming discussions, the course will provide them with a well-rounded knowledge of the topic as well as the skills to translate at an academic level.

Workload

One two-hour and one one-hour classroom session each week. There are lectures in English, close reading of Japanese texts and discussion in Japanese on select topics.

Method of assessment

Combination of a two-hour written examination (60%) taken in May/June. Examination comprises of translation, comprehension and an essay question in English. One essay in English of 3000 words (40%). Submission dates to be announced.

Suggested reading

  • K Pyle, The Making of Modern Japan.
  • W G Beasley, The Rise of Modern Japan.
  • Course pack