Spring 2023 - GA 201 D100
Introduction to Japanese Civilization (3)
Class Number: 4887
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5037, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 22, 2023
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
WMC 3210, Burnaby
An introduction to historical and cultural perspectives covering the basic aspects of Japan: geography, history, culture, politics, economy, etc. Students with credit for ASC 201 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.
This lecture- and tutorial-based course provides students with an introduction to selected cultural and historical perspectives on Japan from its origins to the present. The goal of the course is to learn some of the foundations of Japanese civilization, which will help to understand how Japan has developed over time and how it interacts with the world today. The main themes of the course will include: spiritual beliefs and traditions, particularly Shinto and Zen Buddhism; the changing roles of the imperial family; the development of the samurai; the impact of Western imperialism on Japanese society; the role of technology in modern Japan’s identity; the environmental legacy of natural disasters. This course does not require prior knowledge of Japanese history or society nor any fluency in Japanese.
- Tutorial attendance and participation 20%
- Japanese Cultural Event project (10% + 30%) 40%
- Midterm test 20%
- Final Exam 20%
None; Coursepack will be provided.
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