JPN1005 : Introduction to Japanese History and Culture
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Shiro Yoshioka
- Lecturer: Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module is an introduction to Japanese history, culture and society. The primary aim is to provide students with a general but solid knowledge of Japanese history, language, writing, thought, literature and society in their diachronic evolution from the Jomon period to contemporary times. Students will be asked to study factual information (e.g., key-dates in Japanese history, key historical events, key literary works, etc.) during the hours allocated to private study. Lectures and seminars in class will allow them to think critically about specific elements of Japanese history and society that they have encountered in their personal study. This module will be taught and assessed in English.
Outline Of Syllabus
In Semester one the focus will be on Japanese history. Whereas in Semester 2 the students will have an introduction to the study of contemporary Japanese society. A detailed syllabus will be made available in the first class together with a Module handbook.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||16||1:00||16:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||1:00||1:00||In Class Test|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||15||1:00||15:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||164:00||164:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Students are expected to use private study time to learn details about factual information (e.g., key-dates in Japanese history, key historical events, key literary works, etc.). The factual knowledge accumulated through personal study will allow the student to acquire a general but solid knowledge of the development of Japanese history, culture and society over time.
Lectures will allow students to get background information necessary to think critically about Japanese history, culture and society.
Seminars will allow students to discuss critically about key-concepts in Japanese society as well as the evolution and the diffusion of Japanese history. During semester 2 students will be asked to prepare short presentations for the seminar. This is to teach them to actively participate in their own and other students’ learning experience.
Module-surgery hours allow students to: 1) verify and consolidate the knowledge required for the mid-way test at the end of the first semester; 2) acquire skills needed to write essays.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||60||2||A||30||The exam will test the factual knowledge that students must have acquired through private study.|
|Essay||1||M||70||The essay must be of 2500 words. To be submitted at the end of Semester 1.|
|Written Examination||2||M||An in-class mock exam to familiarise students with format and scope of the written exam.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written exam will test general knowledge of Japanese history. In doing so, active learning and independence will be evaluated.
The essay will allow the students to demonstrate a solid knowledge of Japanese culture and society developed throughout the course and during private study. Goal setting & action planning, independence and active learning will be tested together with written skills, critical thinking, innovation and creativity.