Nation and Empire in Modern Japanese History 1868-1945
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 4
- Taught in:
- Term 2
Intermediate level Japanese
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
The module focuses on the intellectual history of Modern Japan since the Meiji Restoration by translating Japanese academic books into English. At the end of the module, 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.
Total of 10 weeks teaching comprising of one two-hour and one one-hour classroom session per week. The lectures are in English with 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.
- K Pyle, The Making of Modern Japan.
- W G Beasley, The Rise of Modern Japan.
- Course pack