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ASNS3002: Modern Japan

You will learn the story of the changing life of the Japanese people since the mid-19th century until today, from the momentous Meiji reforms to the emergence of new social forces in the twentieth century, from the devastation of the Second World War to the trauma of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Code ASNS3002
Academic unit Asian Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Asian Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in History

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

  • LO1. understand the major social, political, economic, and cultural transformations that changed Japan since the mid-nineteenth century until today: from a relatively isolated agrarian state to an internationally expansionistic industrialized society before 1945, and into a post-industrial economic world power since then.
  • LO2. read, analyse and use historical documents in oral presentations.
  • LO3. sharpen your research skills by writing an essay based on historical primary sources.
  • LO4. consider the meaning of history, historical perspective, and historical objectivity.
  • LO5. develop your generic skills of oral and written communication and critical thinking.

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