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Department of Japanese History, Faculty of Letters, Keio University
Lab of Modern Japanese History

Undergraduate Courses

Outline

Our lab provides five specialized courses: Survey of Japanese History 4, Source Readings in Japanese History, Advanced Studies in Japanese History, Seminar, and Intensive Seminar. We attempt to mainatain the quality of these courses with assistance from adjunct lecturers. Further information about each course in this academic year is shown below.

Detailed Information

  • Survey of Japanese History 4i“ϊ–{ŽjŠTΰ‡Wj

Our department provides the courses Survey of Japanese History 1, 2, 3, and 4, and our lab supervises the final course, which is compulsory for sophomores. This is an introductory course for modern Japanese history from the mid-19th century, when Japan first opened its ports, to the late 20th century, and will provide students with an overview of Japan's modernization.

  • 2021 Academic Year
 Lecturer  Kiyotaka Maeda
 Title  Introduction to Modern Japanese History
 Term  Fall

  • Source Readings in Japanese Historyi“ϊ–{ŽjŽj—Ώu“ǁj

Source Readings in Japanese History is a compulsory course for sophomores. Four professors of ancient, medieval, pre-modern, and modern periods teach how to read historical materials from each period, and our lab is in charge of a quarter of this course. Historians of the modern period use not only descriptive documents but also quantitative data. Accordingly, we instruct students in the reading method of descriptive documents and statistical methods of data.

  • 2021 Academic Year
 Lecturer  Kiyotaka Maeda
 Term  Spring

  • Advanced Studies in Japanese Historyi“ϊ–{Žj“ΑŽκj

Advanced Studies in Japanese History are electives for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These courses deal with advanced topics of modern Japanese history, and the lecturers apply their research outcomes in an individual course. Students will appreciate the leading-edge research on modern Japanese history.

  • 2021 Academic Year
 Lecturer  Hideyoshi Yagashiro (Adjunct Lecturer)
 Title   Imperialization and Disimperialization of Modern Japan
 Term  Spring and Fall
 Lecturer  Kiyotaka Maeda
 Title   The Market, Industry, and Policy of Modern Japan
 Term  Spring and Fall

  • Seminari“ϊ–{Žj‰‰Kj

Seminars are electives for juniors and seniors. Lecturers teach how to read historical materials in the modern period by presenting genuine documents from which students learn the historical analysis method to write their graduation thesis.

  • 2021 Academic Year
 Lecturer  Shigehiko Ioku
 Title   Source Readings in Modern History: Newspapers
 Term  Spring and Fall
 Lecturer  Sachiko Tsukakoshi (Adjunct Lecturer)
 Title   Source Readings in Modern History: Education History
 Term  Spring and Fall

  • Intensive Seminari“ϊ–{ŽjŒ€‹†‰οiƒ[ƒ~jj

Intensive Seminar, a compulsory course for juniors and seniors, is the core of our department's education, and its goal is to write a graduation thesis that has unique academic points. Lecturers provide opportunities to touch on papers, books, historical documents, and data to assist students in this intensive seminar. Furthermore, we set up study camps, observation tours of historical heritage, and academic exchanges with other universities several times a year. Specific content varies among intensive seminars, and characteristic activities are shown below.



@@The students of Prof. Ioku's seminar publish a collection of their papers and prepare a poster presentation of their research at Mita-sai, Keio Universityfs school festival, held every November. Prof. Maeda's seminar provides the opportunity for exchange with students at National Taipei University, and every May and September, students from both universities discuss the history of the relationship between Japan and Taiwan. This international exchange has been financially supported by the Mirai Sendo Fund of Keio University since 2020. 

@@These characteristic activities improve our students' abilities in logical thinking, presentation, and writing, all of which are vital for survival in the knowledge society of the twenty-first century.

  • 2021 Academic Year
 Lecturer  Shigehiko Ioku
 Title   Research on Pre-modern and Modern Periods
 Term  Spring and Fall
@Study camp in Ito City, Shizuoka

@Observation tour in Ito City, Shizuoka

@Poster presentation at Mita-sai (school festival)

 Lecturer  Kiyotaka Maeda
 Title   Research on Japanese History of Modern and Contemporary Periods and Colonial History
 Term  Spring and Fall
@Presentation at National Taipei University

@Observation tour in Sanxia, New Taipei City, Taiwan

@Academic exchange with National Taipei University


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Contact Information

Lab of Modern Japanese History
Department of Japanese History
Faculty of Letters
Keio University

§108-8345
2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan


Website (Japanese only)
http://web.flet.keio.ac.jp/jhis/