Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HIST 4358 Section 001
F Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Course Title
The Samurai

Description of Course:

This class will explore the historical role of the samurai class in Japan as well as its portrayal in literature and film. Students will compare the reality of samurai life with the myths and legends surrounding these warriors. Students will also examine the decline of the samurai ideal in the late 19th century as well as compare and contrast the samurai ideal with that of the American cowboy. Students will view such films as Samurai I (the story of Miyamoto Musashi), The Twilight Samurai, and The Last Samurai.

Required Texts:

The following books are being considered for the class:
Hiroaki Sato, Legends of the Samurai
Stephen Turnbull, The World of the Warrior

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:


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