Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 107 Effective Fall 2015

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 an understanding of the key events in the history of Japan and Korea and use critical thinking to evaluate their historical relationship and its
impact on civilization
· Recognize the diverse contributions of Japan and Korea to World Civilization in order to appreciate and evaluate society
· Identify culturallygrounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions and behaviors of and about peoples in Japan and Korea
· Communicate effectively using historical analysis
· Connect the past with the present to enhance citizenship skills

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)

1. Competencies and skills:
· Identify the characteristics of Japan and Korea, including their historical relationship
· Identify key historical, political, geographical, social, economic and cultural aspects of Japan and Korea
· 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 presentday events to the past
2. Themes, Concepts, Issues
§ Themes in Chinese history affecting both Korea and Japan:
o China€™s regional role
o Confucianism
§ Japan:
o Prehistoric Japan
o Yamato Period
o Nara Period
o Heian Period
o Kamakura Period
o Ashikaga Period
o Unification of Japan
o Tokugawa period
o Meiji Restoration
o Modernization and Imperialism
o World War II
o Postwar Japan
o Contemporary Japan
§ Korea:
o Prehistoric Korea
o ProtoThree Kingdoms
o Three Kingdoms: Shilla (Silla), Goguryeo (Koguryo), Baekje (Paekche)
o Unified Shilla (Silla) and Balhae (Parhae)
o Goryeo (KoryO) Unification
o Joseon (Choson) Dynasty
o Korean Empire
o Japanese Colonial Rule
o World War II
o Republic of Korea
o Korea Divided
o Contemporary Koreas
§ Explore the relationship between Korea and Japan throughout history
Considering such factors as: 
· Social hierarchy
· Gender
· Institutions
· Political and economic structures
· Imperial governments
· Law
· Cultural contributions
· Philosophies and religions