JAP, Introduction to Japan’s History, Culture, and Society B/2 (F25)

Course content

This course is the continuation of the course that ran last semester, although it can also taken as a stand-alone elective. The course as a whole introduces the history and culture of Japan from ancient times to the present. The structure is broadly chronological.

Last semester you covered the period from 1945 to the present, beginning with the Allied Occupation after Japan’s capitulation at the end of the Second World War.

This semester we will cover the period from prehistory up to the end of the Second World War.

During both semesters, we devote time to research methods and the special demands of academic writing. The evaluation of written sources is central to the study of history and indeed the humanities as a whole. Last semester we concentrated on the evaluation of secondary sources. This semester we will pay particular attention to primary sources, that is, sources written in the historical period under discussion.

  • The Curriculum for the BA programme in Asian Studies with specialisation in Japanese Studies 2019
  • The 2019 curriculum for the Elective Studies in Japanese studies
  • Bachelordelen af sidefaget i japanstudier 2019
  • Programme curriculum Bachelor courses in Japan Studies for CBS-students 2022
Learning outcome

BA 2019-ordning:
Introduktion til Japans historie, kultur og samfund 2 (aktivitetskode HJAB00931E)

BA tilvalg 2019-ordning:
Introduktion til Japans historie, kultur og samfund 2 (aktivitetskode HJAB10171E)

BA sidefag 2019-studieordning:
Introduktion til Japans historie, kultur og samfund 2 (aktivitetskode HJAB10171E)

BA elective CBS 2022:
Introduction to Japan’s History, Culture, and Society B (activity code HJAB02051E)

Exchange students BA level:
(Activity code: HJAB10171E)

Lecture with discussion (and, possibly, student presentations)

To be determined.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Criteria for exam assessment
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Exam registration requirements



Criteria for exam assessment

Academic targets

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of

The historical, political, economic, social and cultural development of Japan.

The conditions for producing knowledge about Japan’s development.

Skills in

Communicating knowledge about Japan’s history.

Communicating in writing at a scholarly level with references to scientific texts and correct use of references and bibliographies.

Analysing tacit assumptions and stereotypes that colour representations of Japan as described in theories about orientalism, nihonjinron, etc.

Competencies in

Finding and critically evaluating information on aspects of Japan’s history and culture.

Communicating knowledge of Japan’s history and culture in accordance with academic standards.


625 pages of scientific literature in total. The examiner sets a syllabus of 450-500 pages that constitute an introduction to the most important aspects of the history and cultural history of Japan before 1945. The remaining 125-175 pages are defined in an attachment handed in with the take-home assignment. The attachment consists of a bibliography and a description of the topic of the assignment.

Teaching and working methods

Compulsory class instruction with active student participation and group presentations.

Exam provisions

Form of exam:  Take-home assignment, set subject, following active class participation.

Active class participation is defined as:

At least 75% attendance.

One set oral group presentation during the semester using a digital presentation tool (approx. 10 min.).

Scope: 6-10 standard pages incl. notes and bibliography. 7 days are given for completion of the assignment.

Assessment: Internal exam with a one examiner, the 7-point grading scale. Active class participation is approved by the lecturer.

Regulations for group exams: This exam can only be taken individually. However, the oral presentation can be carried out in groups (max. 4 students).

Exam language(s): Danish or English.

Permitted exam aids: All.

Make-up exams/resits and exam taken when active class participation is not approved: Take-home assignment, set subject. 7 days. 11-15 pages. Internal exam with a one examiner, the 7-point grading scale.


Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 178,25
  • English
  • 206,25


Course number
See exam description
Programme level
Bachelor choice
Bachelor’s minor subject

1 semester


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Study Board of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator
  • Margaret Dorothea Mehl   (4-71696c70446c7971326f7932686f)

Margaret Mehl, mehl@hum.ku.dk

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