Major Requirement: History of Asia
This course is designed to provide the students with a general understanding of Japan’s history since 1800. Topics in this course include
general issues in the process of modernization such as industrialization, construction of mass culture, development of science and
technology, and modern formation of everyday life. This course also focuses on particular issues in modern Japanese history such as the
impact of the West, colonialism and imperialism, (post) war and democracy. Although this course is a general survey, it intends to
challenge the constructed images of Japanese history and culture. For this purpose, issues on trans-national and trans-cultural history will
be considered throughout the course.