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HIST5563 History of Modern Japan since Meiji

(Term 1, 2015-16)


Lecturer:Prof. MIYAKAWA Yoko (宮川陽子)

Tutor: Mr. YANG Songyu (楊頌宇)

Time: Wednesday 6:30-8:15 p.m. (Lectures); Wednesday 8:20-9:30pm (Tutorials)

Venue: YIA 402

Medium of Instruction: English


      This is a survey course on modern Japanese history, covering the period from the late 19th century to the present. The course will explore various issues in Japan’s modern history: industrialization, development of mass media, imperialism and colonialism, nationalism, feminism, war, and democracy.  

The course aims at helping students to:
1) Understand the major points of Japan’s modern history;
2) Deepen their understanding of Japanese society in its history, and today as well;
3) Learn to read materials in primary and secondary sources and discuss them;
4) Learn to write logical and concise papers in answering exam questions;
5) Learn to conduct research on a topic of their choice, formulate questions, search for necessary source materials and write original and probing papers.

      The class consists of a lecture and a discussion of the book chapters and articles we read for the week.  There are also 4 or 5 tutorials, depending the number of students enrolled, two or three of which will be for the oral presentation of research papers.  The dates and other details will be announced later.