Origins of Japanese Tradition (ASNS2631)


This unit explores the historical validity of key motifs of Japanese traditions. Through the liberal exploration of primary historical sources including texts, pictorial sources and material artifacts, students will learn of such diverse topics as early religion, imperial authority, the lives of the court and military elites (samurai), Zen monastic practice, medieval aesthetics, geisha, and the tea ceremony. By separating stereotype and cliche from history, we will attempt to construct a more sober yet ultimately more viable narrative of early Japanese history and culture.

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


1x1500wd essay (30%), 1x1500wd tutorial presentation (20%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%), participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12 Junior credit points from Asian Studies) or (12 Junior credit points from History or 12 Junior credit points from Ancient History)

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