Aspects of Japanese Culture 1
- Module Code:
- Unit value:
- Year of study:
- Year 1
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
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.
Total 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 assessment
One two-hour written examination taken in May/June (60%); one 2,500 word essay (40%) to be submitted on the last Monday, term 1.
- William Wayne Farris, Japan to 1600: A Social and Economic History (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009)
- 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