Summer 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Mortensen, Joan
Discipline and Number
HIST 4358 Section 09M
TR Time 8:30 AM - 1:00 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will study the story of the 47 ronin, Japan's national legend, and compare and contrast the version of events in the historical documents with the rendering of the story in film and literature. 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.

Required Texts:

Jonathan Clements - A Brief History of the Samurai
John Allyn - The Story of the 47 Ronin
Hiroaki Sato -Legends of the Samurai
Eiji Yoshikawa, Musashi

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

In class quizzes 20%
JOurnal postings 10%
Research paper/project 30%
Final Exam 30%
Online discussion, class participation 10%

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