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HJAK00017U  CANCELED: History of Education in Japan, 1600-1945 Volume 2016/2017

Course information

Credit15 ECTS
Bachelor choice
Full Degree Master
Duration1 semester
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Continuing and further education
Study boardStudy Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Course responsible
  • Margaret Dorothea Mehl (4-71696c70446c7971326f7932686f)
Margaret Dorothea Mehl, mehl@hum.ku.dk
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Curriculum for the BA program in Asian Studies with specialisations in Indology, Japanese Studies, China Studies, Korean Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Tibetology, The 2015 Curriculum

Curriculum for the BA program in Asian Studies with specialisations in Indology, Japanese Studies, China Studies, Korean Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Tibetology, The 2010 Curriculum

Curriculum for the BA Elective Studies in Japanese studies The 2007 Curriculum

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Asianstudies, The 2008 Curriculum


In this course we will study the history of educational thought and institutions in Early Modern Japan, during the period of rapid modernization from the mid-nineteenth century into the early twentieth century, the New Education movement in the twentieth century and the how the rise of military nationalism affected education from around the middle of the 1930s. There will be a strong focus on reading and analyzing primary sources (in English translation, although there might be supplementary sessions for students writing papers which require the use of Japanese language sources). Students will be expected to work continuously and give presentations in class.

The course is aimed at all levels, although BA students in Japanese Studies are expected to have passed the two courses, Introduction to the History and Cultural History of Japan (before and after 1945).

Learning Outcome

BA 2015-studieordning:
Japanstudier realia 1 (fagelementkode HJAB00831E)

BA 2010-studieordningen:
Realia 1 (fagelementkode HJAB00671E)
Realia 2 (fagelementkode HJAB00731E)
Realia 3 (fagelementkode HJAB00761E)

BA tilvalg 2007-studieordning:
Japansk Realia A (fagelementkode HJAB10041E)
Japansk Realia B (fagelementkode HJAB10071E)

KA 2008-studieordningen:
Tekstbaseret Emne (fagelementkode HJAK03042E)
Emnekursus A (fagelementkode HJAK03051E)
Emnekursus B (fagelementkode HJAK03101E)



Please read or re-read before the course starts:

If you have not yet done so, please read before the course starts:

Gordon, Andrew. A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present: Oxford University Press, 2014 (2009, 2003 – the older editions are can also be used for the pre-1945 period).

Kjeldstadli, Knut. Fortiden er ikke hvad den har været: en indføring i historiefaget, Frederiksberg: Roskilde Universitets Forlag, 2002.

Specific (other readings to be announced later):

R.P. Dore, Education in Tokugawa Japan, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1965 (and other editions, reprints).

Byron K. Marshall, Learning to be Modern, Boulder, Westview Press, 1994.

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, discussions, student presentations. Part of the taught hours will be tutorials
Formal requirements
Bestået Introduktion til Japans Historie og Kulturhistorie før og efter 1945 (for BA grundfag-studerende)/You should normally have passed the two introductory courses to the history of Japan: Introduction to the History and Culture of Japan before and after 1945.
Academic qualifications
Basic knowledge of the modern history of Japan, for example from Andrew Gordon’s book cited above
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