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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : History

Undergraduate Course: Japan: Politics, Culture and Social Change 1868-1952 (HIST10049)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course explores the political, social and cultural changes that occurred in Japan from 1868, when the old feudal order began to be dismantled and replaced by a centralized state, to the American occupation of Japan following its defeat in World War Two.
Course description This one semester option course explores the political, social and cultural changes that occurred in Japan from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the end of the American occupation in 1952. It particularly focuses on such issues as the evolution and nature of popular protest, the status of 'minorities', the formation of national and cultural identities, Japanese 'fascism', and the impact of the American occupation after World War Two.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3780).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  39
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 62 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 5 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 3,000 words (33% of the overall assessment);
One two-hour examination (62% of the overall assessment);
A class participation mark (5% of the overall assessment).
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A general understanding of key events and processes in modern Japanese history.
  2. Insight into new scholarship and historiographical debate focusing on such key issues as the evolution and nature of popular protest, discourses of cultural and national identities, the significance of constitutional and political change, the origins of modern Japanese feminism, the nature of the Japanese wartime state, and the ambivalent impact of the American occupation after World War Two.
Reading List
. M. Jansen, "The Meiji Restoration", in The Cambridge History of Japan vol. 5 (Cambridge, 1989).
. M. Jansen, G. Rozman (eds), Japan In Transition: From Tokugawa to Meiji (Princeton, 1986).
. D.Stegewerns (ed.), Nationalism and Internationalism in Imperial Japan (London, 2003).
. E. Ohnuki-Tierney, Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms and Nationalisms (Chicago, 2002).
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Christopher Harding
Tel: (0131 6)50 9960
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Ord
Tel: (0131 6)50 3580
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