2020 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,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  ―the relationship between Bakufu and Han. To understand the truth of Sankin Kohtai.
Class 3 Personnel affairs ① ―Structure of personnel affairs To understand the bureaucratic route of success in the Tokugawa shogunate.
Class 4 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 5 How villains have been created. ① To understand how history villains are made, taking Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu as an example.
Class 6 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 7 Summary To complete the summary in answer to the questions given by the students.

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

Assessment criteria and methods

Student course scores are based on final reports(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 8 (Wed).
Seven total classes will be held for this course: April 15 (Wed), April 22 (Wed), May 13 (Wed), May 20 (Wed), May 27 (Wed), June 3 (Wed), ※June 5 (Fri).
※Please take note that June 5 (Fri) is a Friday but is part of the Wednesday course schedule.

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