Spring 2020 - HIST 471W D100

Women in Japanese History (1600-1952) (4)

Class Number: 4676

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5020, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Janice Matsumura
    1 778 782-5814
    Office: AQ 6008
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history.



The history of Japan from 1600 to the mid 20th century with a focus on the economic, social, cultural and political contributions of women. Writing.


This course examines economic, social, cultural and political developments in Japan from 1600 until the mid-20th century.  Although students may at the end of the course have constructed for themselves a “history of Japanese women,” the primary goal of this course is to provide them with an opportunity to re-examine some narratives of Japanese history by focusing on a specific group – in this case, women.    

Recommended: While it is NOT a prerequisite for this course, students will benefit by having taken a course on Japan (e.g. HIST 206/ HIST 236) prior to this one.


  • Seminar presentation/participation: Presentation(s) 10%, Participation 25% 35%
  • Five Page MAXIMUM (double-spaced) Analysis of Selected Readings 15%
  • Ten Page MAXIMUM (double-spaced) Essay plus Bibliography 35%
  • Five Page MAXIMUM (double-spaced) Examination 15%



Andrew Gordon, A modern history of Japan: from Tokugawa times to the present.  Available as an e-book through the SFU library: https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/lib/sfu-ebooks/detail.action?docID=4963133

Articles/chapters/dvds on CANVAS or may be borrowed from instructor

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