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Postgraduate Course: The Development of Social and Political Thought in Modern Japan (ASST11072)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaAsian Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course offers an overview of political and social thought in Japan from the mid-19th century to the present through the investigation of major controversies and intellectual tendencies in the Japanese discourse on political, domestic as well as international and social order. The progression of the course is along the historical timeline, but ample attention will be paid to continuities that connect prewar, postwar and the present times, as well as the fault lines that make the phases of progression unique. Where opportune, comparison will be made with similar developments and linkages that embed Japan in a transcultural context of social and political thought at the time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Students who have completed this course successfully will have:
- Acquired an overview of the major developments of political and social thought in modern Japan since the mid-nineteenth century until the presence.
- Developed an understanding of the principal actors and participants in this discourse and the institutional conditions and limitations of public discourse in modern Japan.
- Become familiar with fundamental motifs in the political and social discourse of pre-war, postwar and present-day Japan.
- Gained insight into the embeddedness of this discourse in an intercultural and world historical context.
2. Students who have completed this course successfully will be able to:
- Discuss continuing motifs and major changes in the Japanese political and social discourse
- Critically assess sources and documents related to this discourse, in its present-day manifestation as well as in its historical dimension.
- Present detailed, evidenced based arguments both in oral and written form
- Quickly locate, utilise and critique relevant literature
- Use knowledge acquired from the course to appraise news media and popular discourses on Japanese society and politics.
Assessment Information
One 4000 Word Essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
PG Version.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1 Studying Japanese social and political thought: methodological reflections
2 Globalisation and the adoption of a new 'Standard of Civilisation'
3 Political protest and social mobility in Early Meiji Japan
4 Meiji conservatism and the creation of the emperor state
5 The Taisho Democracy from a world-historical perspective
6 Gender roles, realities and gender politics in pre-war Japan
7 The ideological foundations of Japanese expansion and preparation for 'total war'
8 Embracing defeat and the postwar order; the Anpo controversy
9 Left terrorism and the resurgence of cultural nationalism
10 'The third opening': Social and Political thought in post-Cold War Japan
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Gluck, C., 1985, Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Wakabayashi, B.T., ed., 1998, Modern Japanese Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gordon, A., ed., 1993, Postwar Japan as History. Berkeley: University of California Press.
McCormack, G, and Sugimoto, Y., eds., 1988, The Japanese Trajectory: Modernization and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 2 hours weekly lecture/seminar
Course organiserProf Urs Matthias Zachmann
Tel: (0131 6)50 4225
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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