Undergraduate Course: Japan: Politics, Culture and Social Change 1868-1952 (HIST10049)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||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: 504030).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1,500 word Mid-semester Historiographical Essay (25%)
3,500 word Final Course Essay (55%)
Class presentation (15%)
Class participation (5%)
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A general understanding of key events and processes in modern Japanese history.
- 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.
|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).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Harding
Tel: (0131 6)50 9960
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Shaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 8349