Advanced Japanese: Readings in Modern Japanese History
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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
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.
- Meiji restoration: The restoration, an introduction
- The Imperial Institution Ideology and religion
- The Commoners
- 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%).
A reading list will be provided by the course convenor at the beginning of the course.