History | Modern East Asian Civilization
H207 | 27868 | Frick

Above class carries Culture Studies credit
A portion of this class reserved for University Division orientation
program students
Above class meets with EALC-E252

This course will introduce students to important cultural and social
themes relevant for understanding the history and present of modern
and contemporary East Asia.  The course is focused on China, Japan
and Korea.  One of the central questions is how these countries have
coped with western imperialism, the quest for modernity and the
increasing trend of “internationalization”.  What is their response
and how do they define themselves in a global setting?  How do they
perceive their own identity?  The course is based on the assumption
that the diverse interactions among the East Asian countries in the
past and in modern times resulted in social and cultural
commonalities as well as differences among China, Japan and Korea.
Similarities and discrepancies shall be examined and analyzed in
class through key topics as family and social structure, women,
education, as well as culture.  These main topics will be embedded
into historical narratives of important events that occurred from
the 19th century until recently.  The lectures will integrate
different materials such as paintings, political cartoons,
literature, films as well as documents.

The students are supposed to read the textbook on a weekly basis.
The evaluation of the students will be based on a mid-term
examination (30%), a few pop-up quizzes and participation (20%), a
five page paper on one of the topics of the course (20%) and a final
exam (30%).