Summer Session 1
2005 Kyoto Study Tour Syllabus
May 10-26, 2005
John A. Tucker, Ph.D.
Work 328-1028/Home 756-4126
|Description: This course
the major trends in the development of civilization in Japanese
through the perspective of historically significant literary texts,
prehistory to the middle of the eighteenth century. Readings in
Japanese historical texts, fiction and non-fiction, in translation,
be at the core of the course. The significance of the readings
be amplified by visits to sites related to the readings, primarily in
Nara, and Osaka.
Students will receive three
for this course, based on a scheduled 45 contact hours of lectures,
delivered before, during and after the study tour.
Course Requirements & Grading: Students will also be expected to write a journal of their experiences in Japan, noting where they went, what they saw, and how it impressed them. Reflections on travel experiences are one valuable way of taking the experience to a different, more meaningful level. Journals, submitted the last day of the semester, will count 30% of the final grade.
A research paper on an
assigned topic, "Kyoto as a Site of Traditional East Asian History,"
will also be required. It will count 40% of the final
Regular participation in the
Kyoto Study Tour will also count for 30% of the final grade.
|Objectives: This course seeks to provide for students an appreciation of the fundamentals shaping Japanese civilization, be they religious, philosophical, economic, literary, linguistic, or artistic. Thus, by the end of the semester students should have an understanding of the nature of Japanese geography, Confucianism, Daoism, varieties of Japanese Buddhism, the essential emphases of Japanese legal systems, literatures, and philosophies, as well as the key components of the Japanese language. Given this broad background in the fundamentals, students who complete the course successfully should be able to more insightfully assimilate new information and studies related to Japan. Additionally, as is true with the study of any foreign culture, students should have realized significantly more about themselves and their "own" culture. Since most of the instruction will take place in Japan, lectures will be formulated in relation to historic and cultural sites visited.|
Required Readings: In order to relate contemporary news to East Asian history, students will be given press handouts on a regular basis. Material in them will be discussed in class, the stuff of quizzes, and possibly exams. In addition, the following are the texts required for the course.
Conrad Schirokauer. A Brief History of Japanese Civilizations. New York: Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich, 1993.Students are encouraged to read extensively about East Asia, using the Joyner Library collection, interlibrary loan materials, postings on the internet, or their personal library. At the same time, the three texts assigned must be read carefully since they are the material on which students will be tested. Generally speaking, students will not be expected to "know" details which appear only in the readings assigned. However, any material that is mentioned in class and appears in the readings will be considered fair game for the quizzes and exams.
Disability Statement: East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a covered disability must go to the Department for Disability Support Services, located in Brewster A-117, to verify the disability before any accommodations can occur. The telephone number is 252-328-6799.