HJAK00011U The Invention of Japanese Culture

Volume 2015/2016

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


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


In this course we will look at phenomena that are perceived as characteristic of Japanese culture and can be said to have iconic status. The main focus will be on exploring their historic roots in order both to expose and myths about Japanese culture and understand what makes them powerful. Examples may include bushidô, geisha, Zen buddhism, groupism, rice, furusato and others.

Learning Outcome

BA-2010 studieordningen:

Realia 1 (fagelementkode HJAB00671E)

Realia 2 (fagelementkode HJAB00731E)

Realia 3 (fagelementkode HJAB00761E)

KA-2008 studieordningen:

Tekstbaseret Emne (fagelementkode HJAK03042E)

Emnekursus A (fagelementkode HJAK03051E)

Emnekursus B (fagelementkode HJAK03101E)

Required introductory readings

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

1. Gordon, Andrew. A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present: Oxford University Press, 2013 (Third edition, older editions OK).

2. Chamberlain, Basil Hall. The Invention of a New Religion (1911). Available from http:/​/​www.gutenberg.org/​ebooks/​2510

3. Hobsbawm, Eric and Terence Ranger, eds. The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012 (1983). With the new edition CUP has officially accorded it the status of a “classic”. No need to read the entire book; the introduction, final chapter (“Mass-Producing Traditions”) and one of the middle chapters of your choice will do.

Further details will be announced later

Basalt viden om Japans historie
Forelæsning med diskussion, studenteroplæg
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 384,5
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assesment