Undergraduate Course: Japanese-Chinese Relations: History and Contemporary Issues (ASST10120)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||East Asia is ┐ and will be for the foreseeable future ┐ the most dynamic region of the world, politically as well as economically. Relations between China and Japan are at the center of this development. This course offers an overview of the history of Japanese-Chinese relations in the modern period, i.e. since the mid-nineteenth century, and links this in the second part of the course to discussions on contemporary issues such as Japan┐s and China┐s role in the East Asian integration process, their rivalry in Southeast Asia, border issues and the history debates, their co-operation regarding North Korea etc. The course strives to provide a holistic understanding of the history and contemporary issues of Sino-Japanese relations, i.e. not only investigate their political dimension, but also their cultural, sociological, economic etc. underpinnings.
All students will be given a formative feedback exercise that will be helpful for the assessment for this course and students' general academic development.
1 Studying Sino-Japanese relations: methods and aims
2 Historical phases I: Rivalry 1871-1895
3 Cultural flows between China and Japan in the Meiji / Qing period
4 Historical phases II: Japan┐s informal empire in China, 1895-1937
5 The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-45 and its aftermath
6 The history debates between Japan and China since the 1980s
7 Border disputes and energy issues
8 The North Korean Problem
9 The Japanese-Chinese rivalry in Southeast Asia
10 Japan┐s and China┐s role in the East Asian integration process
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Student performance will be assessed by one 2,500-word essay (50 per cent), a mid-term discussion paper (1,000 words, 30%), and a course participation grade (20 per cent).
|No Exam Information
| Students who have completed this course successfully will have:
┐ Acquired an overview of the major developments of Sino-Japanese relations since the mid-19th century unto the present
┐ Developed an understanding of the principal issues that continue to shape relations between China and Japan and will remain problematic in the foreseeable future
┐ Understood the role Sino-Japanese relations play in East Asia and the process of East Asian integration
┐ Gained insight into the multitude of factors and aspects that constitute the relations between China and Japan, not only political, but also cultural, sociological, economic etc.
Students who have completed this course successfully will be able to:
┐ Discuss continuing patterns in the interactions between China and Japan and their historical precedents, but also point out paradigm shifts which can be relevant for future developments
┐ critically assess sources and documents related to Sino-Japanese relations, historically as well as regarding contemporary issues
┐ Present detailed, evidenced based arguments both in oral and written form
┐ Quickly locate, utilize and critique relevant literature
┐ Use knowledge acquired from the course to appraise news media and popular discourses on Sino-Japanese relations
|Iriye, Akira, China and Japan in the global setting, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1992.|
Christopher Howe, ed., China and Japan: Histoty, Trends, and Prospects, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.
Soderberg, Marie, ed., Chinese-Japanese relations in the twenty-first century: complementarity and conflict, London; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Wan, Ming, Sino-Japanese relations: interaction, logic, and transformation, Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2006.
Hsiung, James C., ed., China and Japan at odds: deciphering the perpetual conflict, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||AS Jap-Ch Relns
|Course organiser||Prof Urs Matthias Zachmann
|Course secretary||Mr David Horn
Tel: (0131 6)50 4227