Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 107 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
HST 107
Course Title:
History of Korea and Japan
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Course Description

Explores the history of Korea and Japan and their dynamic relationship from pre-history to modern times. Includes political, diplomatic, economic, social, religious, and cultural themes. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the history of Korea and Japan.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:
· Exams
· Essays
· Oral presentations
· Research projects
· Servicelearning projects
· Class participation and discussion
· Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

  • Identify the characteristics of Korea and Japan, including their historical relationship
  • Identify key historical, political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of Korea and Japan
  • Appraise how these changed over time, particularly in relationship with each other
  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own
  • Recognize and understand the basis for various interpretations and views of historical issues
  • Identify an historian€™s thesis and supporting evidence
  • Select what is important from a large body of material
  • Connect present day events to the past

Themes, Concepts, Issues:
Themes in Chinese history affecting both Korea and Japan:

  • China€™s regional role
  • Confucianism


  • Prehistoric Korea
  • Proto Three Kingdoms
  • Three Kingdoms: Shilla (Silla), Goguryeo (Koguryo), Baekje (Paekche)
  • Unified Shilla (Silla) and Balhae (Parhae)
  • Goryeo (KoryO) Unification
  • Joseon (Choson) Dynasty
  • Korean Empire
  • Japanese Colonial Rule
  • World War II
  • Republic of Korea
  • Korea Divided
  • Contemporary Koreas


  • Prehistoric Japan
  • Yamato Period
  • Nara Period
  • Heian Period
  • Kamakura Period
  • Ashikaga Period
  • Unification of Japan
  • Tokugawa period
  • Meiji Restoration
  • Modernization and Imperialism
  • World War II
  • Postwar Japan
  • Contemporary Japan

Explore the relationship between Korea and Japan throughout history considering such factors as: 

  • Geography
  • Social hierarchy
  • Gender
  • Institutions
  • Political and economic structures
  • Imperial governments
  • Law
  • Cultural contributions
  • Philosophies and religions