Modern Asia (HIST*2910) | College of Arts

Modern Asia (HIST*2910)

Code and section: HIST*2910*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Jesse Palsetia


Course Synopsis:

Modern Asia provides a comparative overview and analysis of the political, social and economic development of India, China and Japan in the modern period from the 17th century to the present day. A major part of the course will examine the impact of imperialism in Asia; Asian attempts at modernization; and the development of India, China, and Japan as nations in the twentieth century. The course will address the unique development of the three civilizations and countries, as well as historical developments they share in common as part of the history of modern Asia.

Learning Outcomes:

Students taking Modern Asia:
1. Content. The student will be able to identify and explain major people, themes, and events in the history of India, China and Japan.
2. Written Skills: The student will develop written communication skills through tests and an assignment.
3. Sources: Through written work, the student will develop the skills to locate and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
4. Professional and Ethical Responsibility: The student will learn the practices of the historian and an understanding of academic integrity as applied to the responsible use of historical sources and the ethical presentation of one’s work.
5. Understanding: The student will engage with current global events through an understanding of their historical context.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Mid-term Test: 25%
Research Essay: 35%
Final Exam: 40%

Texts Required:


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