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as of 9/29/2020

HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY JAPAN
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Japan - International Christian University - 'International Christian Univ.', 'International Christian Univ. with Internship'
UC Course SubjectHistory
Asian Studies
Number & Suffix: 133
Full UC Title: HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 
Transcript Title: CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course deals with events of recent Japanese history, roughly centering on Japan's involvement in the Pacific War. Each year the course takes an in-depth look at one or more of the following sorts of topics: Japanese colonialism, Japanese-American relations in the 1930s, the Nanking Incident and other wartime atrocities, the decision behind Pearl Harbor, the role of propaganda in the United States and Japan, the decision to drop the atomic bombs, the occupation of Japan, the Tokyo War Crimes Trial, the preservation of the emperor system, and the meaning of postwar Japan. In this course, we explore issues of memory-making and memory-shaping in contemporary Japan. After a survey of theories of historical and social memory, we analyze the main institutions of memory and commemoration in modern Japan, their functions and historical development, as well as important Japanese “realms of memory”, their representation in Japanese culture and controversies surrounding memorialization projects in Japanese society and politics. Apart from examining case studies of Japanese memory institutions, we also take a comparative look at controversies about historical memory in other countries, above all in Germany, South Korea, Spain, France and Italy. The course examines the importance of issues of historical memory in the twentieth century and problems emerging from “memory wars” in modern societies. Assessment: attendance and participation (25%), five short papers (25%), final research paper (50%). 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY JAPAN 
Partner University Department: History 
Partner University Course Number: HST221E