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History: History of China and Japan

HST 1440 OL1 (CRN: 61275)

3 Credit Hours

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About HST 1440 OL1

An introductory survey of the history of Chinese and Japanese civilizations from their Neolithic origins until the twentieth century.


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Section Description

This course is a broad introduction to major topics and significant themes in East Asian history with a primary focus on places we now call China and Japan. Significantly, we will explore the history of both from a comparative perspective that stresses the impact and influence of each society on the other in an effort to transcend the intellectual limitations imposed by the political boundaries of the nation-state. In doing so, we will interrogate problems of historical knowledge and representation relevant to anyone possessing a sincere desire to develop a contemplative and compassionate understanding of our shared human past.

Section Expectation

Course Materials: All materials are available through our course Brightspace webpage. • Lecture videos from Prof. Esselstrom and other online video clips • Historical primary source documents for class discussion and/or quizzes • Webpage links for class discussion and/or participation quizzes


Course Assignments and Evaluation: Unit Essays – 52.5% (3 @ 17.5% each) Class Discussions – 28.5% (6 x 4.75% each): Attendance "Quizzes" – 19% (20 X .95% each):

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