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ASNS2672: Japan in East Asia

2023 unit information

This unit places the modern and contemporary history of Japan within its East Asian context. We will examine a number of key events and subjects pertaining to the relations between Japan, China and Korea. Doing so we will touch sensitive and controversial topics, become aware of differing views of history prevalent in these countries and understand why the historical question constitutes a major political issue in East Asia.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Asian Studies

Code ASNS2672
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. define the major events which shaped the relations between Japan, China and Korea from the mid-nineteenth century until today
  • LO2. compare key developments in the modern and contemporary history of Japan, China and Korea
  • LO3. state the major historical issues at stake in contemporary East Asia and discuss their differing interpretations
  • LO4. become aware - through the use of primary and secondary sources, points of view, and frames of reference - of the differing views of history prevalent today in Japan, Korea (ROK and DPRK), and China (PRC and Taiwan), as well as of the various interpretations of history existing inside some of these countries
  • LO5. analyse primary and secondary historical sources, synthesise information, identify an argument and evaluate it
  • LO6. consider the meaning of history, historical perspective, and historical objectivity
  • LO7. develop your generic skills of oral and written communication and critical thinking

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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