CLS-165
Understanding Cultures: Japan
3 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce students to the history and culture of Japan, from the earliest times to the present, with an emphasis on the modern era. The course will examine the cultural unities and diversities, and continuities and discontinuities, which comprise the historical development of Japanese civilization. Topics include anthropology and social change; geography and the environment; philosophy and religion; economic development and commerce; politics and foreign relations; literature and the arts; science and medicine; power and authority; media and popular culture; and gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity. Japan's history cannot be understood in isolation; so the course will examine how Japan's place in the world has changed through the transmission of culture, ideas, and technology from (and to) East Asia and the West, along with occurrences of confrontation, colonialism, imperialism, and war.