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Code6A49950
Course NameHistory of Modern Japan
InstructorTyner, Colin
Credits2
TermTerm1
MajorGeneral Studies
Course goals
Course outlineThis course covers the political and cultural history of Japan from the mid-1850s to the mid-1960s. The course was designed for students without any background in Japanese history. We will begin with an examination of the construction the nation-state of the Japan in the context of an imperialized East Asia. Through a selection of translations, secondary sources, we will discuss how people were enrolled in the making of Japan and how their participation in the construction of this empire differed depending on their gender, class, and ethnicity. Students will be evaluated based on participation, short writing assignments, a mid-term, and final examination. English is the language of instruction and evaluation.
Evaluation Scale and Policies1. Attendance and Participation (20%):
Along with attending the class, active participation is expected and evaluated. I take this part of the evaluation process seriously.
2. Weekly Reactions (30%):
You must turn in reaction �gpapers" for each week that week that we meet to talk about readings.
Please hand me 1 hardcopy of your reaction paper at the beginning of class. I will give you full marks for each reaction.
3. Midterm Exam (20%):
The midterm exam will be held on 8th week of our course. It will consist of a map quiz, short identifications and a short essay The examination is meant to measure what learned in class. Therefore, I am measuring you competency in what we have covered in class, not on how much you have been able to draw from Wikipedia articles.
4. Final Exam (30%):
The in-class final exam will be 2 hours in length. It covers material studied after the mid-term exam. Students must be present for the final exam.
PrerequisitesPOLICIES ON ELECTRONIC DEVICES:a. Policy on Phones: The use of mobile phones to either make calls or to send text messages is a major distraction to both the instructor and your fellow students. Mobile phones must be turned off during class. Students who send emails or personal messages on their phones during class or receive any phone calls will be required to leave the class for the remainder of the lecture. b. Policy on Laptop/Tablet Computers: The use of laptop computers in class is permitted for taking notes only. Students found to be using their laptop/tablet for other purposes (email, browsing websites, playing video games, etc.) will be asked to leave the class.
Texts, materials, and suppliesThere are no textbooks for this course. The instructor will supply the readings.
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Course Schedule/PlanWeekly Schedule
Unit 1:
Course Introductions and Orientations
Readings: None

Unit 2:
The End of the Old RegimeReadings: Lu, David John. "The End of Tokugawa Rule." In Japan: A Documentary History: The Late Tokugawa Period to the Present, 273-303. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 1996.

Unit 3:
Establishing the Meiji StateReadings: Lu, David John. �gEarly Meiji Political Development," in Sources of Japanese History. Vol. 2. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974.

Unit 4:
Debates on �gCivilization and Enlightenment"Radings: Craig, Albert. "Chapter 36: Civilization and Enlightenment" and "apan and the World in Cultural Debate". In Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol. Two: 1600 to 2000, Abridged, edited by William Theodore de Barry, Carol Gluck and Arthur E. Tiedemann. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Unit 5:
Early Empire Building Readings: Conroy, Hilary and Harry Wray, Eds. "Japanese Colonialism: Enlightened or Barbaric?" in Japan Examined: Perspectives on Modern Japanese History. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1983.

Unit 6:
Engendering Subjects Readings: Walthall, Anne, Ed. "The Ishizaka of Notsuda," "Matsuura Isami," and "Yoshiya Nobuko." in The Human Tradition in Modern Japan. Wilmington, Del.: SR Books, 2002.

Unit 7:
Governing Imperial Subjects in the "Near-Abroad" Readings: "Through the Eye of a Needle" and "A Red Line Marks My Record" from Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945Devine, Richard. "Japanese Rule in Korea after the March First Uprising: Governor General Hasegawa's Recommendations." Monumenta Nipponica 52, no. 4 (Winter 1997): 523-40.

Unit 8:
Midterm (In-class)I will provide a study guide for the exam two weeks in advance of the test.

Unit 9:
Japan in CrisisReadings: "Socialism and the Left" and "The Rise of Revolutionary Nationalism" In Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol. Two: 1600 to 2000, Abridged, edited by William Theodore de Barry, Carol Gluck and Arthur E. Tiedemann. 212-287. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Unit 10:
Japan's ChinaReadings: Selections from Haruko Cook and Theodore F. Cook, ed. Japan at War: An Oral History. New York: New Press, 1992.

Unit 11:
The Asia Pacific War: An End to Empire Readings: Selections from Haruko Cook and Theodore F. Cook, ed. Japan at War: An Oral History. New York: New Press, 1992.Dower, John W. "Race, Language, and War in Two Cultures." In Japan in War and Peace: Essays on History, Culture, and Race, 257-85. London: HarperCollins, 1996.

Unit 12:
Postwar Wartime Landscapes Field Trip We will be going for a walk around neighbourhood shrines and memorials that commemorate different experiences of warfare fought and suffered at both home and abroad.

Unit 13:
Occupied Japan and the Making of "Postwar Japan"Readings:Dower, "The Useful War" in Japan in War and Peace: Selected Essays. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.Walthall, Anne Ed. "Yokoi Shoichi: When a Solider Finally Returns Home." The Human Tradition in Modern Japan. Wilmington, Del.: SR Books, 2002.

Unit 14:
History Wars Selections from Hein, Laura Elizabeth, and Mark Selden. Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2000.

Unit 15:
Final Exam (In-class)Note: The instructor reserves the right to adjust the syllabus based on the interests and capabilities of the students enrolled in the class.
 

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