2019 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences14:History

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Fukutome Maki 
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Course description and aims

In this course, we will take up the social system of early modern Japan.
You will study the historical background of modern social structure.

Student learning outcomes

1)To learn the social system of Japanese early modern history and compare it with modern society.
2)To understand the relationship between historical description and literary works.


the relationship between Bakufu and Han, inheritance of Daimyo, personnel affairs and career advancement, villain, Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

1)Topic changes every two lessons.2)At the beginning of each class, you will be given short comments on previously submitted reports and question.3)Towards the end of class, you will be given a short report related to what is taught on that day.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance To understand "How to study history".
Class 2 Social order ① ―the relationship between Bakufu and Han. To understand the truth of Sankin Kohtai.
Class 3 Social order ② ―inheritance of Daimyo To think about "family".
Class 4 Personnel affairs ① ―Structure of personnel affairs To understand the bureaucratic route of success in the Tokugawa shogunate.
Class 5 Personnel affairs  ② ―Current status of career up. To consider the actual situation of career advancement, taking Ohoka Tadasuke and Moriyama Takamori as examples.
Class 6 How villains have been created. ① To understand how history villains are made, taking Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu as an example.
Class 7 How villains have been created. ② We will investigate the reason why historic descriptions and literary works have been different in the character drawn.
Class 8 Summary To complete the summary in answer to the questions given by the students.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1)Fukutome, Maki. Shogun’s brain Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu. Tokyo: Sintyosha. ISBN:978-4106104190 (Japanese)
2)Course materials will be provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student course scores are based on final exams(70%)and short reports(30%).

Related courses

  • LAH.H105 : History A
  • LAH.H205 : History B
  • LAH.H305 : History C

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

No prerequisites.


No classes will be given on April 10 (Wed) because of the orientation sessions for incoming first-year students. Second year and above graduate students do not need to attend these orientation sessions.
Date of the first class is April 17 (Wed).

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