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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

JIV(B)ii Readings in Japanese Intellectual History

Course Code:
155900882
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 4
Taught in:
Term 2
Taught over the second term only. Looks at major intellectual themes in Japan’s modern century, such as nationalism, imperialism, liberalism and fascism. Students should get a reading list from the lecturer by the end of the first term. Teaching 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

The course focuses on the intellectual history of Modern Japan since the Meiji Restoration by translating Japanese academic books into English. At the end of the course, a student will be able to appreciate critically how Modern Japan adopted and developed the concepts of nationalism, imperialism, democracy and fascism. They are also expected to give presentations and get involved in discussions and, in consequence, they will have developed a critical way of looking at the topic itself, as well as achieving the skills to translate

Workload

Taught in 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. The exam comprises translation, comprehension and an essay question in English. One essay in English of 3000 words (40%). Submission date to be announced.

Suggested reading

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