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HIS 217
History of Chinese and Japanese Civilization
Saint Martin's University
Course Syllabus

Dr. Richard L. Langill      

Fall 2014

email:  rlangill@stmartin.edu

Office: Old Main #333      

Office Hours: MWF 9-10am 2-3 pm

 

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the development of Chinese and Japanese civilizations.  The course will focus on several important questions.  It will examine the major political, economic, social, and cultural factors which have shaped  Chinese and Japanese civilizations.  It will analyze the major streams of philosophy in both countries.   It will examine the impact of the West on China and Japan, and how each country dealt with the challenge of modernization, development, and technological change.  It will evaluate the impact of reform, revolution, and militarization in both countries.   Finally, it will analyze the major factors which led to the rise and demise of Nationalist China, the rise of the Communist Party, the Civil War in China, the establishment of democracy in Japan, the challenge to democracy from the Japanese oligarchy and military, the rise of militarism, World War II, and the occupation of Japan.

FILMS AND AV MATERIALS

I will use several films, filmstrips, and AV tapes in this course.  These materials should enrich the course and give students a better feel for the development of Chinese civilization. Students should plan to take brief notes on these programs. These materials are testable so be sure to attend these sessions and understand the central message of these films.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is the responsibility of the student. Students will be allowed 3 unexcused absences for any reason.  After the limit has been reached the student will be penalized 10 points per class missed.

STUDENT GRADES

There will be three essay examinations and a map examination on China and Japan.  Each of the three major examinations will count 20% of your total grade; the combined score on the map test will constitute another 20%.  Class participation will make up the final 20% of your final grade.  Essay examinations will be utilized in this class with a study guide provided by the instructor prior to the test.  Identification questions will also used to test significant names, places, events, and concepts.  A practice map and map terms will be distributed in class.

60% Three Essay Examinations  (300) points)
20%  Map Exam on China and Japan (100) points)
20%  Class Participation /Attendance (100) points)
  500 points possible

Grades for the course are based on the following formula:

A= 500450  90%
B= 450-400 80%
C= 400-350 70%
D= 350-300  60%
F=  300-250 50%

COURSE ACCOMMODATIONS

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have medical or safety concerns to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please talk with me as soon as possible.

TEXTBOOKS

(CS)  Conrad Schirokauer, Miranda Brown, David Lurie and Suzanne Gay. A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilization, 3rd  ed.  International Thomson Publishers, 2005
   
(ED)  Edward Dreyer.  Zheng He:  China and the Oceans in Early Ming Dynasty, Pearson, Longman, 2007
   
(HH) Helen Hooper.  Fukuzawa Yukichi.  Pearson, Longman, 2005

COURSE OUTLINE

CHINA

8/25    Introduction
     
8/27 I. Geographical Setting of Chinese History
   

Geographical Setting of Chinese History out

     
8/29-9/1 II. Birth of Chinese Civilization
(CS)  Chpt 1, pgs 1-23
   

Birth of Chinese Civilization out

     
9/3   China Map Test
     
9/3-5 III. Golden Age of Chinese Philosophy
(CS)  Chpt 2, pgs 24-50
  Golden Age of Chinese Philosophy out
     
9/8-10 IV. Formation of the Chinese Empire- Qin and Han Dynasties
(CS)  Chpt 3, pgs 51-82
Formation of the Chinese Empire out
     
9/12 Movie:  Terra Cotta Warriors
     
9/15 V. Political Disintegration Barbarian Invasions-
  Three Kingdoms Six Dynasties
  (CS)  Chpt 4, pgs 83-105
  Political Disintegration Barbarian Invasions out
     
9/17-19 VI. Reunification and Regeneration of Empire
Sui and Tang Dynasties
  (CS)  Chpt 5, pgs 106-133
  Reunification and Regeneration of Empire out
     
9/22 VII. Political Weakness and Cultural Splendor- the Two Song
Dynasties  
  (CS)  Chpt 8, pgs 184-213
  Political Weakness and Cultural Splendor out
     
9/24 VIII. China Under Mongol Rule: the Yuan Dynasty
  (CS)  Chpt 9, pgs 236-257
  China Under Mongol Rule out
     
9/26 IX. State and Society Under the Ming Dynasty
(CS)  Chpt 10, pgs 2258-285
State and Society Under the Ming Dynasty out

  (ED)  Edward Dreyer.  Zheng He: Whole book
   
9/29   FIRST EXAMINATION
   
10/1 X. Traditional China Under Manchu Rule
  (CS)  Chpt 14, pgs 378-403
  Traditional China Under Manchu Rule out
     
10/3 XI. Coming of the Europeans
(CS)  Chpt 13, pgs 328-342
  Coming of the Europeans out
     
10/6-8 XII. Invasion and Rebellion in China
    Invasion and Rebellion in China out
(CS)  Chpt 16, pgs 404-432
     
10/10 XIII. Heyday of Western Imperialism in China
    Heyday of Western Imperialism in China out
(CS)  Chpt 16, pgs 433-438
     
10/20 XIV. Reform, Rebellion, and the Demise of the Qing Dynasty
 (CS)  Chpt 19, pgs 487-495
     
10/22 XV. From Revolution to Warlordism in China
    From Revolution to Warlordism in China out
 (CS)  Chpt 19, pgs. 496-503
     
10/24-27 XVI. Rise and Decline of Nationalist China
    Rise and Decline of Nationalist China out
(CS)  Chpt 19, pgs 504-511
     
10/29-31 XVII. Chinese Communist Party and the Rise of Mao
    Chinese Communist Party and the Rise of Mao out
 (CS)  Chpt 22, pgs 563-569
   
11/3 SECOND EXAMINATION
     
JAPAN    
   
11/5 I. Geographical Foundations of Japan
  Geographical Foundations of Japan out
     
11/7-10 II. Tokugawa Japan: A Centralized Feudal State
 (CS)  Chpt 14, pgs 345-377
  Tokugawa Japan: A Centralized Feudal State out
     
11/12 III. Japan's Response to the West
(CS)  Chpt 17, pgs 438-452
    Japan's Response to the West out
     
11/12   Japan Map Test
     
11/14-17 IV. Meiji Restoration Part 1 
(CS)  Chpt 17, pgs 353-461
    Meiji Restoration Part 1 out
     
11/19 Movie:  Pacific Century- Meiji Japan
     
11/21-26 V. Meiji Restoration Part 2
  (CS)  Chpt 18, pgs 464-485 and Chpt 20, pgs. 513-523
    Meiji Restoration Part 2 out
     
  (HH)  Fukuzawa Yukichi Whole Book
     
12/1-3 VI. Imperial Japan: Democracy and Militarism
    (CS)  Chpt 20, pgs 523-535; Chpt 21, pgs 536-560
    Imperial Japan: Democracy and Militarism out
     
     FINAL EXAMINATION As Scheduled by the Registrar
   

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