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    Otterbein University
  Nov 18, 2017
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1046 - Introduction to Modern East Asia

Hours: 4
This First Year Seminar focuses on the modern history of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea) from the eighteenth century onward. Students will learn the national histories of each of these countries and will also develop a comprehensive understanding of the broad and lasting cultural heritage of East Asian civilizations. As a First Year Seminar, our course examines Asian history through the lens of identity. Throughout the term, we will examine how personal and collective identity interacts with and informs larger political, social and cultural transformations. Aided by the course textbook, we will inquire into the nature of political power, the succession of dynasties and military regimes, the assertion of territorial and ethnic boundaries in the past and in the present, and the transformation of family structures, economies, and diplomatic relations.