Unit 13: Japan
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
The Kanji character for Samurai; source is Wikipedia.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Chelsea Alice has a very nicely designed timeline of Japanese history that covers the different chronological periods of the country.
Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file.
You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- Cynthia Rinehart has created a beautiful online exhibit on Japanese Waka poetry.
- Check out the web exhibit by Elise Monsen, former student, A Brief History of Japanese Art.
Unit Learning Objectives
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, in a one-page paper consider a
comparison of way of the samurai (see Tsunetomo Yamamoto, Hagakure,
which is sometimes called the "way of the samurai") with the way of the
medieval knight (for example in the Song of Roland). Please be sure to cite your sources.
- For up to 25 points of extra credit, read the Shinto Creation Stories and then write a one-page paper in which you compare these stories to
other creations epics such as the Popol Vuh or Genesis. Please be
sure to cite your sources.
- For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Prince Shotoku, The Japanese Constitution (if the link does not work, I have a *.pdf copy) and write a paragraph in which you comment on some
of the aspects of Japanese political thought of the seventh century.
- For extra credit, please suggest a
relevant website for this unit of the course. Send your instructor the title of the site, the URL and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of early Japanese and Korean history and (2) critically evaluate a historical term.
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