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Module

JPN1005 : Introduction to Japanese History and Culture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shiro Yoshioka
  • Lecturer: Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module is an introduction to Japanese history, culture and society. The primary aim is to provide students with general but solid knowledge of Japanese history and society. Students will be asked to study factual information (e.g., key-dates in Japanese history, key historical events, etc.) during the hours allocated to independent study and non-synchronous online structured learning. In person and synchronous online activities 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

The module consists of two parts, one of which focuses on Japanese history and the other will introduce students to the study of contemporary Japanese society. A detailed syllabus will be made available in the first class together with a Module handbook.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

SGL(Lecture materials) and SGL (Academic skills activities) will equip students with skills and knowledge required to study and understand Japanese history and culture.

In SGL (small group teaching) students will have opportunity to express their opinion on the materials covered in the above two activities and discuss with peers and the lecturer. It is also intended to provide feedback to any work students are asked to submit as a part of other SGL activities as well as asking the lecturer and/or peers any question they have for discussion online, thus deepening their understanding of the subject.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words in English
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MWeekly online quizzes on the reading and non-synchronous online activity (lecture)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The weekly quizzes will test the student’s understanding of the reading and lecture. In doing so, active learning and independence will be encouraged. Feedback will be given in the synchronous online activity.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable