Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies SISEA 242, Spring 2005
Japan in the Contemporary World
The .pdf version of the syllabus is here.
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to various aspects of contemporary Japan, such as its political economy, modern history, society and politics. The perspective of the course is drawn from the social sciences, not the humanities. Students should come away with a comprehensive overview or survey of a wide variety of aspects of contemporary Japan and an understanding of how these aspects interrelate.
This course is designed to equip you to understand contemporary Japan. I have designed it as essential preparation prior to study in Japan. However, it will serve equally as an introduction for students who have no intention of going to Japan, but want to learn about the country, its politics, and its society. It is an excellent first course on Japan, because its broad exposure to contemporary Japan gives a solid background for advanced study. The course is also a good course to take for students who will only take one course on Japan, again because it is a broad survey of many aspects of contemporary Japan.
Throughout Term Quizzes 20%
March 18th Midterm Exam 25%
May Final Exam 40%
Throughout Term Class Participation 15%
Required texts are:
1. Pyle, Kenneth P. The Making of Modern Japan. 1996, 2nd Edition. DC: Heath. ISBN 0669200204.
2. Pekkanen, Saadia. Picking Winners? From Technology Catch-up to the Space Race in Japan. 2003. Stanford. ISBN: 0804747326.These books are available for purchase at the University Book Store. They are also on 2 hour reserve at Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Other readings will be put on electronic reserve.
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