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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Advanced Japanese: Readings in Modern Japanese History

Course Code:
15PEAC004
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Advanced Japanese language level required.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of this course students should be able to:

  • understand key moments in modern Japanese history through a close critical reading and classroom discussion of recent and controversial Japanese academic writings
  • master the reading and analysis of complex texts
  • acquire a Japanese perspective on modern Japanese history

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course is designed to develop students understanding of key moments in modern Japanese history through a close critical reading and class room discussion of the latest Japanese academic writings.  Additional readings are set in English.

Term 1 
  • Meiji restoration:  The restoration, an introduction
  • The Imperial Institution Ideology and religion
  • The Commoners
Term 2 
  • Post restoration Japan Nationalism
  • Imperialism Democracy Fascism?

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); one translation piece to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (10%); an essay of 3,000 words  to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (20%).

Suggested reading

A reading list will be provided by the course convenor at the beginning of the course.