Sep 29, 2023
HIST 367 - Japan: Origins to Tokugawa
Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-UD-C
Cultural, social, and political history of Japan to 1600, with special emphasis on the aristocracy, the samurai, interactions with the outside world, and the transformed from a geographically- and culturally-isolated archipelago to a rapidly modernizing nation-state.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Area C requirements.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely Online.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UD-C - Upper Division Arts or Humanities
Course Typically Offered: Variable Intermittently
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Recognize internal and external factors that contributed to the development of Japanese civilization;
- Assess how Shinto, Buddhism, and Confucianism helped to shape the Japanese state and society;
- Describe and analyze the ideas, events, and people that influenced Japan’s political, economic, and military culture;
- Identify and contextualize key trends in Japanese art, architecture, literature, poetry, and material culture;
- Compare and contrast the roles of aristocratic clans, regional warlords, shoguns, and the emperor within the feudal power structure;
- Explain how the Tokugawa shogunate unified Japan and established a system of centralized feudalism;
- Recognize the interpretive nature of Japanese history through critical reading of primary and secondary sources to understand their arguments and biases;
- Conduct independent historical research in Japanese history using primary sources and secondary through written assignments, online discussions;
- Work collaboratively with other students to answer questions and solve problems related to the history of early Japan;
- Present original interpretations on selected Japanese history topics in oral, written, audio, or visual form.
UD-C. Upper-division Arts or Humanities Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply the principles, methodologies, value systems, and thought processes employed in the arts and humanities;
- analyze cultural production as an expression of, or reflection upon, what it means to be human; and
- demonstrate how the perspectives of the arts and humanities are used by informed, engaged, and reflective citizens to benefit local and global communities.
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