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History (HIST)

HIST 493 (IL) (ASIA 493) Japan in the World (3) Study of Japan's foreign relations and position in the international community from the early 19th century to the present.

HIST (ASIA) 493 Japan in the World (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course will examine Japan’s foreign relations and changing position in the international community, from the rethinking of relations with the Western world in the early nineteenth century to its emergence as a pop culture superpower in the present day. The course will explore the structures of international relations, such as imperialism and international organizations, with the Japanese experience providing a viewpoint that differs from the standard Western-centric narrative in important ways. We will also consider the development of alternative methods of diplomacy, including cultural exchange and economic and technical assistance. Class work may include some lecture but emphasizes guided discussions, group work, writing exercises, and some student presentations.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: ASIA 100, HIST 172, HIST 175 orHIST 481

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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