Units of Study

ASNS2631 - The Origins of Japanese Tradition

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Matthew Stavros

Description

This unit explores the historical validity of key motifs of Japanese 'tradition'. Through the liberal use of primary sources (texts, pictorial sources and archaeological artifacts) students will gain first-hand knowledge of such diverse topics as the lives of the samurai, imperial authority, Zen monastic life, Japanese architecture, geisha, and the tea ceremony. By attempting to separate stereotype and cliché from history, we will seek to construct a more sober yet ultimately more viable narrative of early Japanese history and culture.

Assessments

1x1000wd essay (30%), tutorial exercises (40%), 1x2hr exam (30%)

Classes

1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

Prerequisites

12 credit points from junior level Asian Studies, or other subject areas listed in Table A in the Faculty of Arts Handbook.

Additional Information

This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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