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Robert J. Hoppens
HSTAS 241
Seattle Campus

Japanese Civilization

Japan's civilization, including its origins, government, literature, economic institutions, material culture, social organization, and religions, in relation to the development of Japan as a society and nation. Cannot be taken for credit if SISEA 341 previously taken. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 241.

Class description

This course is a survey of Japan from prehistory through the 20th century.

Student learning goals

To provide students with a solid background in Japanese history that will prepare them for future study of Japan in a variety of academic disciplines

To introduce students to the analysis and evaluation of different kinds of evidence and primary sources in constructing interpretations of past events and their contemporary importance.

General method of instruction

Dailiy lectures and one weekly discussion section.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites for this course and all primary source material will be in English. Students will, however, be expected to read, write and discuss in English at the college level.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will be short essays responding to topics and materials presented in readings and lectures.

Grades will be based on in-class exams, short essay assignements and disscussion section participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robert J. Hoppens
Date: 01/20/2009