2020 History C

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Humanities and social science courses
Fukutome Maki 
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Mon5-6(W321)  Thr5-6(W321)  
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Course description and aims

The theme of this course is the history of foreign relations in Japan.
The time to consider in this course medieval times and earlymodern times.
To think about the system of Japanese diplomacy at this time.

Student learning outcomes

1)To understand Japan from an overseas perspective.
2)By knowing the diplomacy of modern medieval times, which appears to he closed to foreign countries, we will find clues to understand modern Japanese diplomacy.


Luis Frois, Edo Castle, Sakoku(the National Seclusion),Amakusa -Simabara-ikki, E. Kaempfer, the Korean Embassy,Siebold

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow


Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 How to study history. To understand "How to study history".
Class 2 What is historical facts. To read the essay of Mr. Kazuo Osumi.
Class 3 Contemporary Japanese diplomatic relations. To consider from the case of National Museum of Japanese History .
Class 4 Medieval Japan as seen by Luis Frois. ① To approaches the real image of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Class 5 Medieval Japan as seen by Luis Frois. ② To know the lives of ordinary people.
Class 6 To think about Sakoku(the National Seclusion). To explore the actual situation of Sakoku.
Class 7 To think about Amakusa - Simabara - ikki. To explore the actual situation of Amakusa - Simabara - ikki.
Class 8 Early modern Japan as seen by E. Kaempfer. ① To understand the visit of a Dutch Factory Director to Edo.
Class 9 Early modern Japan as seen by E. Kaempfer. ② To understand Edo Castle in Genroku era.
Class 10 The Korean Embassy ① To understand the relationship between Japan and Korea during the Edo period.
Class 11 The Korean Embassy ② To read Kohrinteisei by Amenomori Hohshu.
Class 12 The end of the Tokugawa period as seen by Siebold. ① To understand Siebold's Japanese study.
Class 13 The end of the Tokugawa period as seen by Siebold. ② To read a Siebold's diary.
Class 14 Summary. ―The history of foreign relations in Japan. Summary. ―The history of foreign relations in Japan.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1)Yamamoto, Hirofumi. The technique to understand history. Tokyo: Sintyosha. ISBN:978-4106105418(Japanese)
2)Yamamoto, Hirofumi. Learning History. Tokyo: PHP Institute Office. ISBN:978-4569836775(Japanese)
3)Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student course scores are based on final reports(60%)and short reports(40%).

Related courses

  • History A
  • History B
  • LAH.S414 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences14:History

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

No prerequisites.


Should the number of applicants for this course exceed the limit, a lottery system will be used to determine which students are admitted. Be sure to attend the first class.

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