Syllabus – Fall Semester 2011


Course:                                          History 212G:  East Asia Since 1600



Time & Place:  MWF 10:30 - 11:20, Hardman Hall, Room 212



Instructor:      Elvira Hammond, Room 254, Breland Hall, 646-2377,

Office Hours:  Tuesdays 1:30-3pm and Wednesdays 9-10am, or by appointment.


Description:   This is an introduction to the history and cultures of East Asia from the beginning of the 17th century through the late 20th century.  We will be concerned with the internal historical dynamics of each of three main societies of this region: China, Japan, and Korea.  We will also examine the interactions between these countries and the growing interaction between East Asia and the West. 


Objectives: Students will learn the analytical skills of interpreting historical changes and continuity. They will assess and use historical documents, and learn how to evaluate varying historical interpretations.  Students will understand the chronological and geographic context of important historical events, and will understand the social, technological, economic, cultural and political components of the society under study in this course.

Students will understand how people shape their culture and its beliefs, and the way in which prevailing cultures and beliefs shape them. They will understand the historical origins of present-day societies, to learn about their own historical roots. They will learn about the development of structures of power, the production of and distribution of goods, and the relationship between science and technology and human values and behavior.


Text:               A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-first Century, by Charles Holcombe. ISBN: 978-0-521-73164-5 Copies are on Reserve at Zuhl Library.


Format:          This is primarily a lecture course.  Lectures will often parallel the material presented in the readings, but will sometimes cover material or present interpretations not covered in the texts.  Make sure to read each day’s assignments prior to class.  Please feel free to raise your hand to make questions or comments at any time.  Classroom participation promotes learning and benefits the entire class. 


Requirements:          There will be five quizzes during the semester (see daily schedule) covering vocabulary and identification of people and places from your text and lectures.  There will be five essays due (see daily schedule).  These will be 5-paragraph essays in response to assigned reading.  In each essay you will work on giving concise but comprehensive explanations of the readings.  See Weekly Class Schedule below for “Readings”.


                        There will be two examinations.  Examinations may include map questions, identifications, and essays.  The final will be two hours and will cover the entire body of materials covered in this course.  There are no make-ups or early exams.


Extra Credit:  Bring to class current news stories.  Occasionally there will be extra credit pop quizzes – these can only help your grade.  You will also receive extra credit if you make an appointment to see me during office hours and there will be further opportunities during the semester. You cannot add more than 10% to your total grade via extra credit.




Grading Rubric:        Attendance and Participation              10%

                                    Essays (5)                                           25%

                                    Quizzes (5)                                          25%

                                    Midterm Exam                                    20%

                                    Final Exam                                          20%


A+ 97, A 94, A- 90, B+ 87, B 84, B- 80, C+ 77, C 74, C- 70, D 60.



Responsibilities:  Please turn in your Student Information Sheet within the first week of class. Attendance is your responsibility.  If you decide to withdraw, it is up to you to file the appropriate paperwork.  Please turn off all cell phones.  Late assignments will be penalized one grade unit per day.  If you chose to submit your written work via e-mail and not attend class, 10% of the grade will be deducted per assignment.   No written work will be accepted beyond one week after the original due date. No work will be accepted after the last day of class.   I will not accept written work originally submitted for another course.  Cheating in all forms is prohibited. 


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Plagiarism is using another person’s work without acknowledgment, making it appear to be one’s own.  Any ideas, words, pictures, or other source must be acknowledged in a citation that gives credit to the source.  This is true no matter where the material comes from, including the internet, other student’s work, unpublished materials, or oral sources.    Intentional and unintentional instances of plagiarism are considered instance of academic misconduct.   It is the responsibility of the student submitting the work in questions to know, understand, and comply with this policy.  If no citation is given, then borrowing any of the following would be an example of plagiarism:

     •                  An idea or opinion, even when put into one’s own words (paraphrase)

                        •                  A few well-said words, if these are a unique insight

                        •                  Many words, even if one changes most of them.

                        •                  Materials assembled by others, for instance quotes or a bibliography

                        •                  An argument

                        •                  A pattern or idea

                        •                  Graphs, pictures, or other illustrations

                        •                   Facts

                        •                   All or part of an existing paper or other resource


This list is not meant to include all possible examples of plagiarism.  See the University Library’s web page on plagiarism for further examples 



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History 212, Fall 2011:  Weekly Class Schedule[1]


Week One                               Introduction and Geography.

(Aug. 19)                                 “Introduction: What Is East Asia?” pp1-10



Week Two                               Late Ming.  Chapter 6, pp160-166

(Aug. 22-26)                            Quiz #1: Map of Asia, Friday.



Week Three                            Rise of the Manchu Qing. Chapter 6, pp166-174

(Aug. 29-Sept. 2)                    Reading: The Sacred Edict.  Essay #1 due Friday.



Week Four                              No Class Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

(Sept. 5-9)                               Late Chosŏn Korea.  Chapter 6, pp174-179



Week Five                               The Tokugawa Shogunate.  Chapter 6, pp179-188

(Sept. 12-16)                           Quiz #2:  Friday.  “Foreign Terms and Phrases for 100!”



Week Six                                East Meets the Industrialized West – China’s Response. 

(Sept. 19-23)                           Chapter 7, pp190-207. Reading: The Lesson of Lin Zexu

                                                Essay #2 due Friday.


Week Seven                           Meiji Restoration

(Sept. 26-30)                           Chapter 7, pp215-227. Reading: The Charter Oath and the Constitution of 1868.

                                                Essay #3 due Friday. Review Sheets out. 


Week Eight                             The opening of Korea. Chapter 7, pp207-213

(Oct. 3-7)                                Midterm Exam Review.

                                                Midterm Exam:  Friday, October 7.

                                                Bring a Blue Book.


Week Nine                              Republican Revolution in China.  Chapter 8, pp230-244.

(Oct. 10-14)                           



Week Ten                               Korea under Japanese Rule, 1905-1945.  Chapter 7, pp244-249.

(Oct. 17-21)                            Japan: Taishō Democracy.  Chapter 7, pp249-253. Reading:  The March 1st Movement.  Essay #4 due Friday. 



Week Eleven                          World War II in East Asia.  Chapter 9, pp255-275.

(Oct. 24-28)                            Quiz #3: Friday. “Terms and Phrases for 300!”



Week Twelve                          Communist Revolution in China.  Chapter 12, 313-322

(Oct. 31-Nov. 4)                      Quiz #4: Friday.  “Terms and Phrases for 400!”



Week Thirteen                                    China since Mao: 1976 to the Present.  Chapter 12, pp322-347.

(Nov. 7-11)                             



Week Fourteen                       Korea: 1945 to the Present.  Chapter 11.

(Nov. 14-18)                            Quiz #5: Friday.  Map Quiz.  Final Exam Review Sheets out.



Week Fifteen                          Thanksgiving Holiday Week.

(Nov. 21-25)



Week Sixteen                         Japan: 1965 to the Present.  Chapter 10

(Nov. 28-Dec.2)                      Essay #5 due Friday.  Write a 5-paragraph essay on “What I’ve learned and what my contemporaries need to understand about modern Asia in order to prepare for the future.”

Final Exam review, Friday.



Week Seventeen

(Dec. 5-9)                                Final Exam, Monday, December 5, 2011 10:30am – 12:30pm.

                                                Bring a Blue or Green Book, pens or pencils, and plenty of energy. 

History 212-G Student Information Sheet, Fall 2011


Name: _______________________________________    E-mail: __________________

Year:  (Freshman, Sophomore, etc.______________ )     Major:  ___________________________________


Did you take History 211-G: East Asia to 1600?      Yes           No 


Have you ever lived in Asia?          Yes        No 

If so, when, where, and why?:   ___________________________________________




Have you ever visited or traveled in Asia?        Yes   No 

If so, when, where, and why?:  ___________________________________________





Do you speak/read/write any Asian languages?        Yes         No 

If so, which one(s)?: ___________________________________________________


Are you a native speaker?            Yes         No 

If not, how long have you studied it/them and where?: ____________________




Have you ever studied Asian martial arts?             Yes          No


What do you most want to learn in this class?: ___________________________________





I have read the syllabus for History 212, Fall 2011, and I agree to abide by its terms to the best of my ability.


Signed: _______________________________     Dated: _________________________

[1] All dates are subject to change as necessary.  Please make sure that your e-mail address is accessible via Banner so that you do not miss any class-wide communication.