Aspects of Japanese Culture 1
- Course Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 1
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
Objectives: an introduction to themes in pre-modern Japanese history employing multiple methodologies.
- students will acquire familiarity with issues in political, social, intellectual, literary and religious history.
- students will develop - through presentations and essays - critical skills in speaking, discussing, thinking and writing.
WorkloadTotal of 11 weeks teaching with 2.5 hours classroom contact. Teaching is by means of interactive lectures, discussion and student presentations.
Scope and syllabus
Aspects of Japanese Culture 1 is structured both chronologically and thematically and deals with the following topics:
Early Japan in East Asia; imperial institution; Nara literature; Nara religion; Heian society; Heian literature; Heian religion; warrior culture in Kamakura; Kamakura literature; Kamakura religion; warrior culture in Muromachi; Muromachi society; Muromachi literature; Muromachi religion; state unification.
Method of assessmentOne two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one 2,500 word essay (40%) to be submitted on the last Monday, term 1.
- Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Anne Walthall, and James B. Palais, East Asia: A Cultural, Social and Political History (Wadsworth, 2008)
- Internet resources
- Cambridge history (5 volumes)
- Collcutt et al., Cultural Atlas of Japan
- Eisenstadt, S., Japanese civilisation: a comparative view
- Reischauer and Craig, Japan: tradition and transformation
- C Totman, A History of Japan
- H P Varley, Japanese Culture - 4th edition