HIST 3806
Shōwa 昭和 Heisei  平成 Reiwa  令和,
Japanese History since 1945 / 戦後日本史 [Sengo Nihonshi]
Fall Term 2019

Instructor: Professor J. Kovalio
Office: PA 411
Local: 520-2600 ext. 2839
email: Jacob.kovalio@carleton.ca

A. This intensive course is about the evolution of Japan internally and in the international arena since 1945. In the domestic context , the peculiarities of Japan’s language, religions, imperial institution, constitution, political system – as Asia’s oldest constitutional monarchy-, the dominant role of the Liberal Democratic Party [LDP], the bureaucracy and the business elite; the socio-cultural and economic milieux: from education, the changing role of women, low birth rates, immigration, minorities, the hikikomori and soft power to the major economic and technological aspects. Japan’s foreign policy combines genuine pacifism with the vital security alliance with the US and the need to deal with Mainland China, Russia and the Koreas. In order to give all participants an adequate starting point, a brief review commencing with the Tokugawa era [1603-1868] opens the class.

B. Students are strongly urged to attend classes regularly .There are no classes between October 21st -25 th, 2019 [Fall Break].Asking questions in class is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. However, Social Networking & Texting [THUS the use of SMART PHONES and the EXTRACURRICULAR use of LAPTOPS] as well as Eating are allowed only during breaks.

C. Grading includes three elements: I – Regular Attendance: 10%. II – A final in-class identification and definition test in late November, 2019 which constitutes 40% of the grade. III – one TYPEWRITTEN, analytical final essay (topics at the end of this outline) due in late November, which makes up 50% of the grade and should include: 1 – A cover page. 2 – A brief opening summary of the essay . 3 – Footnotes as citation style. 4 – Around five sources – only ONE wikisource [not major in importance]. There is NO mandatory length and NO email submission. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER TO BE IN GOOD STANDING.

D. In all their written work, students must avoid plagiarism, which is defined in the University Calendar as being “to use and pass off as one’s own idea or product work of another without expressly giving credit to another.” This may take the form of (1) copying from another’s work without appropriate use of footnotes and quotation marks; (2) the use of another’s ideas and arguments without acknowledgement; (3) lengthy and close paraphrasing; (4) submitting someone else’s written work as one’s own. The Calendar also defines as an “instructional offence” the submitting of “substantially the same piece of work to two or more courses without permission of the instructors” involved. The penalty for plagiarism or other instructional offences can range from “zero” for the work in question (with no re-write privileges), to FNS in the course, to possible expulsion. Names of students submitting written work containing plagiarised material will be sent to the Associate Dean of the Faculty.

***The basic text for the course is :

  • Jeff, Kingston Japan in Transformation , 1945-2010, Pearson Education, 2010, 2nd ed.

***The Coursepack by Jacob Kovalio is a most  convenient learning and note-taking tool, and is available in the Bookstore at  a nominal price.