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Faculty of Arts and SciencesGeneral EducationAndrew Gordon and David Howell
TermDay and TimeLocation
Spring 2016-2017  (show academic calendar)MW   10:00 a.m. - 10:59 a.m.CGIS Knafel K050 (FAS)
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level

Japan is a collection of islands, but its past and present unfolds through continuous interaction with wider worlds. This course places Japan in contexts of Asian and global history. It begins with the people, institutions, and ideas of premodern Japan, from the emergence of a court-centered state 1500 years ago to a warrior-dominated society centuries later. We then examine the tumultuous process of change from the 19th century through the present and explore how people in Japan have dealt with the dilemmas of modernity that challenge us all.

This course fulfills the requirement that one of the eight General Education courses also engage substantially with Study of the Past.

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Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.