Modern Asia (HIST*2910) | College of Arts

Modern Asia (HIST*2910)

Code and section: HIST*2910*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Jesse Palsetia


Method of Delivery:

This course will be conducted in a remote synchronous format. Class will meet: On Mondays and Wednesday for 80 minutes of lecture and discussions on Zoom.

Course Synopsis:

Modern Asia is intended to provide 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. The course will address the unique development of the three civilizations and countries, as well as historical developments they share as part of the history of modern Asia. 

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will have learned to:

  1. Understand the major themes of Asian History (India, China, and Japan) 
  2. Identify specific events, individuals, and dates
  3. Appreciate the connections between societies in a global context
  4. Engage with the central issues, research approaches, and practices of history as a discipline;
  5. Develop skills in critical reading, writing, and thinking
  6. Develop skills in library research and critical evaluation of information.



Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Two Assignments - 20%
Mid-term Test - 25%
Term Paper - 20%
Take-Home Final Exam - 35%

Required Texts:

Barbara D. Metcalf and Thomas R. Metcalf, A Concise History of Modern India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 0521639743. (Textbook)

Patricia Ebrey and Anne Walthall, Modern East Asia: From 1600 A Cultural, Social, and Political History. Third Edition (Boston: Wadsworth, 2014). ISBN 13: 978-1-133-60649-9. ISBN 10: 1- 133-60649-0 (Textbook) 

*Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.