East Asian Languages and Cultures | Modern East Asian Civilization
E252 | 25681 | Frick, H.

Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit
Above class meets with HIST-H 207
3 credits

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
(including Taiwan), 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 an average of 50 pages per week
for preparation and discussion. The evaluation of the students will
be based on a mid-term examination (30%), quizzes and participation
(20%), a five page paper on one of the topics of the course (20%)
and a final exam (30%).

The course will use following textbooks:
Schirokauer Conrad, Donald N. Clark, Modern East Asia. A Brief
History, Wadsworth 2004.

Goldman Merle, Andrew Gordon (ed), Historical Perspectives on
Contemporary East Asia, Cambridge (Mass.), London 2000.