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On completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of Japanese History and of its international relations with the Western Powers as well as its East Asian neighbours.
Assess individual aspects of Japanese History and Culture in their broader context
Present aspects of the historical debates on the relations between Japan and China and Korea and on those between Japan and the Western Powers.
Write scholarly major essay appropriate for a Third Level student of History
Lecture I: The Harmony of Tradition & Modernity and Continuity amid Change: Introduction to the Cultural-Political & Social Foundations of Modern Japan
Seminar I: First Encounters with The West
Lecture II: Reunification & Consolidation of Early Modern Japan
Japan’ Christian Century
Seminar II: Ukiyo-é : The Floating World of Edo Period Japan
Lecture III: Twilight of the Tokugawa Shogunate
Seminar III: How did the Unequal Treaties Encompass the Fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate ?
Lecture IV : The Meiji Restoration of 1868
Seminar IV: Traditional Continuities Amid Socio-Economic & Political Changes
Lecture V: The Significance of Saigo Takamori’s ‘ Nobility of Failure’ (1877) in the Reassertion of Traditional Japanese Values & Culture
Seminar V: Reaction & Reassertion of ‘ Traditional Japan’ in the Modernisation Process : General Yamagata Aritomo & ‘ The Nation of Samurai ‘
Lecture VI: From the Sino-Japanese War (1895), to the Russo-Japanese War (1905), Japan’s achievement of co-equality with the Western Powers & The Annexation of Korea
Seminar VI: Oral Presentations by Students
Lecture VII: Auspicious & Inauspicious Times: Japan, World War I
& the Versailles Treaty Conference
Seminar VII: From Versailles to Pearl Harbour: Japanese Politics and External Relations
Lecture VIII: Sino-Japanese Rivalry and the impact of US policies and strategies
Seminar VIII: Japonica Contra Mundum: Japan and the Pacific War 1937-1945
Lecture IX: Postwar Japan: Premier Yoshida Shigeru: “the Japanese Talleyrand”
Seminar IX: Pax Japonica: New challenges and responsibilities for Japan as a regional and world power
Lecture X – Reconciling Modernity and Tradition: the Enigma of Contemporary Japan
Seminar X: Review of Course & Final Questions & Answers Session
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Active participation in seminars, Mid-Term Oral Presentation in Seminar, Essay report and Learning Diary||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 4,000 word major essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback on the in-semester assessments will be given in writing by e-mail, and by individual meetings on Zoom. Feedback will be provided on an ongoing basis on preparatory plans and primary and secondary sources for end-of-semester Research Project Assignments. Feedback on the end-of-semester Research Project Assignment will be given by appointment in one-to-one meetings on Zoom, or by arrangement in face-to face meetings in accordance with Covid-19 protocols, safety measures and maintenance of social distance.