2018 Special Lecture: Intellectual History in Japan

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Hatanaka Kenji 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue7-8(W242)  Fri7-8(W242)  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.H307
Credits
2
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2018/3/20
Lecture notes updated
2018/6/5
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

In this lecture, we construe the intellectual history in Japan with reference to a certain theme. 2017's theme is the evil.
Through interpretation, examination and criticism of discourses on the evil in Japan, students will be able to understand the historical diversity of the concept of the evil.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the features and backgrounds of the historical ideas of evil in Japan and their diversity.
2) Obtain basic skills required in the human sciences such as reading, examination, mutual criticism and constructing an academic statement.

Keywords

Japan, ethical thought, religion

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

lectures with slides and video. Group discussion.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction: Invitation to the evil
Class 2 Overview on the ancient and medieval thought in Japan
Class 3 1. evil in ancient myths Kojiki, Nihonshoki
Class 4 2. "Akuto" Konjaku Monogatari-shu, Heike Monogatari
Class 5 3. evil person and salvation Tannisho, 13th century.
Class 6 Overview on the thought in Tokugawa era
Class 7 2. The case of Ako (1701-1702) Chushingura or Forty-seven Ronin, 1748.
Class 8 Peer-review activity and discussion Edit own paper 1 based on the peer-review.
Class 9 3. The concept of the evil in Kokugaku Motoori Norinaga, Kojiki-den, 1798.
Class 10 4. evil in popular culture of the first half of the 19th century in Japan Tsuruya Namboku, The Yotsuya kwaidan, 1825.
Class 11 Overview of the modern thought in Japan
Class 12 1. villaines and witches Ozaki Koyo, The Gold Demon, 1892-1902
Class 13 2. Watsuji Tetsuro and his "community" Watuji Tetsuro, Ethics, 1937-1949.
Class 14 3. Who is Dr.Fu Manchu? Sax Rohmer, The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu, 1913.
Class 15 4. Maruyama Masao and Hannah Arendt Maruyama Masao, Thought and Behaviour in Modern Japanese Politics, 1956-1957. Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem, 1963.

Textbook(s)

Hand out lecture materials

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

paper 1: 40%, paper 2(final paper): 60%
Details will be explained in the first class.

Related courses

  • SHS.U443 : Graduate Lecture in Culture and Arts F1A

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Nothing required

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