JAPN3035 Course Outline.pdf .pdf - JAPN3035 REVOLUTIONARY ORIGINS OF MODERN JAPAN Semester 1 2019-20 Department of Japanese Studies SMLC Faculty of Arts

JAPN3035 Course Outline.pdf .pdf - JAPN3035 REVOLUTIONARY...

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1 J A P N 3 0 3 5 R E V O L U T I O N A R Y O R I G I N S O F M O D E R N J A P A N Semester 1, 2019-20 Department of Japanese Studies, SMLC, Faculty of Arts The University of Hong Kong This course examines the transformation of Japan from a decentralised semi-feudal society to that of a highly centralised nation state and burgeoning regional power from 1853 to 1912. In essence, this course explores the challenges, successes, and failures of nation building in Meiji Japan at a time of heightened international imperialism in East Asia and the Pacific and upheaval at home. It explores how Japan’s governing elites attempted to create a stable state and society that balanced oligarchic rule with participatory democracy, economic authoritarianism with international capitalism, cosmopolitanism and internationalism with traditional cultural values, beliefs, and practices, and local and regional identities with those of the emerging Japanese nation state. Moreover, this course focuses on the writings, ideas, hopes and fears of people, elites and non- elite actors, who helped forge and maintain the institutions that made Japan a modern state and society. COORDINATOR DR JANET BORLAND Room: 537, Run Run Shaw Tower Email: [email protected] Tel: 3917 7939 CLASS TIME TIME: Monday, 9.30-11.20 am LOCATION: CPD 3.04, Central Podium Levels, Centennial Campus Seminars, which follow the one-hour lecture, will incorporate short activities in small groups. These activities are designed to encourage active learning and interaction among students, discussion and debate, as well as articulation of ideas, opinions and evidence. Please enjoy this opportunity to express your ideas in the classroom. LEARNING OBJECTIVES & OUTCOMES This course aims to impart a solid knowledge and understanding of the history of the Meiji period, from 1853 to 1912. In particular, students are expected to understand the main themes of centralisation and modernisation, as well as the challenges, successes, and failures of nation building in Japan. In addition, it is expected that the assessment and class activities will encourage students to develop a high level of the following skills: Analytical and problem solving skills (through the analysis of primary and secondary documents); and, Communication skills (whereby students feel confident to express their ideas both via written and oral communication, using evidence to support their opinion).
2 OUTLINE 2 September Week 1 Introduction: From Tokugawa to Meiji 9 September Week 2 Who's Who: The Leaders and Key Figures of Meiji Japan 16 September Week 3 The Key Institutions of the Meiji State: Tax, Military & Education 23 September Week 4 Reactions to the State: Part I Satsuma Rebellion 30 September Week 5 Reactions to the State: Part II Popular Rights 7 October Week 6 Chung Yeung Festival holiday – no class 14 October Reading Week * Document Exercise Due * 21 October Week 7

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