VISUALIZING JAPAN (1850s-1920s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity
Welcome to Visualizing Japan! This syllabus provides an overview of the course, and contains important information about the scope of the course, policies on academic honesty and expectations for participation, as well as a detailed day-by-day outline of the assignments and workload.
SCOPE OF THE COURSE
This course draws on three units from the "Visualizing Cultures" project, hosted by MIT, to present snapshots of Japan's modern history focussing on the themes "Westernization," protest, and modernity, and drawing primarily on historical images. Professors John Dower (Emeritus, MIT), Andrew Gordon (Harvard), Shigeru Miyagawa (MIT) and Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke) engage in discussions with one another in each of these modules.
From time to time, the professors will jump in on discussion boards. A full-time teaching assistant will moderate all open-ended assessments, and can provide feedback. Please use the general discussion boards to introduce yourself and ask questions about the course.
You are expected to adhere to standards of academic honesty laid out in the edX Terms of Service. Please pay particular attention to the following two points:
1. Submit your own work, and be scrupulous in giving credit to others for ideas that are not your own. Feel free to use material from the course for your personal and educational use, but abide by edX guidelines.
2. Content that defames, harasses, or threatens other students, course staff and/or professors is strictly prohibited. While some historical topics may be sensitive and controversial, it is vital that we create a safe and neutral space to discuss these issues seriously and thoughtfully.
VJx requires 3-5 hours per week to complete the lessons. This includes watching the video lectures and assessment questions. Additional videos and exercises are marked "Optional" and add to your course experience, but are not required.
We have released all days at once for this XSeries. You can decide when to go through the material. Each day represents about 1 hour of work. A detailed breakdown of assignments can be found in the next section.
Week 1: 1 September 2016| Days 1 (Introduction); 2-4 (BSS1)
Week 2: 1 September 2016 | Days 5-8 (BSS2 part I)
Week 3: 1 September 2016 | Days 9-10 (BSS2 part II); 11-12 (Transition: After Perry)
Week 4: 1 September 2016 | Days 13-17 (Hibiya)
Week 5: 1 September 2016| Days 18-19 (Transition: Hibiya to Shiseido); 20-21 (Shiseido part I)
Week 6: 1 September 2016 | Days 22-24 (Shiseido part II); 25 (Conclusion)
More details for each day is below. Please feel free to go at your own pace, studying whenever convenient. Each lecture segment is followed by a short assessment, and most days have a larger image-based assessment, which are listed below.
INTRODUCTION: NEW HISTORICAL SOURCES FOR A DIGITAL AGE
Day 1 - About "Visualizing Japan (1850s-1920s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity"
Assignments: Lectures 1.1 - 1.11 (approx. 35 min), image sorting exercise
BLACK SHIPS & SAMURAI I
Day 2 - Original Sources for the Perry Encounter
Assignments: Lectures 2.1 - 2.5 (approx. 15 min), reading (20pp), portrait exercise
Day 3 - Historical Context: Medieval and Early Modern Japan
Assignments: Lectures 2.6 - 2.8 (approx. 15 min), timeline exercise
Day 4 - Japan in the Pacific and the World
Assignments: Lectures 2.9 - 2.14 (approx. 20 min)
BLACK SHIPS & SAMURAI II
Day 5 - Visualizing Japan, 1853
Assignments: Lectures 3.1 - 3.2 (approx. 12 min), image exercise
Day 6 - Perry's Expeditions
Assignments: Lectures 3.3 - 3.6 (approx. 22 min), optional reading
Day 7 - American Barbarians in the Eyes of the Japanese
Assignments: Lectures 3.7 - 3.10 (approx. 18 min), Perry's officers game
Day 8 - Shore Life in the Eyes of the Americans
Assignments: Lectures 3.11 - 3.14 (approx. 20 min), image juxtapositions, scroll analysis
Day 9 - Encounters
Assignments: Lectures 3.15 - 3.20 (approx. 20 min), gallery sort and analysis
Day 10 - The Significance of the Perry Encounter
Assignments: Lectures 3.21 - 3.23 (approx. 20 min), final quiz
TRANSITION: AFTER PERRY
Day 11 - Yokohama Boomtown and Meiji Modernization
Assignments: Lectures 4.1 - 4.8 (approx. 22 min)
Day 12 - Modernization, 'Westernization,' and the Rise of Imperial Japan
Assignments: Lectures 4.8 - 4.13 (approx. 21 min), image matching
SOCIAL PROTEST IN IMPERIAL JAPAN: THE HIBIYA RIOT OF 1905
Day 13 - Protesting Peace: Overview of the Hibiya Riot
Assignments: Lectures 5.1 - 5.3 (approx. 16 min), Reading: Tokyo Riot Graphic, timeline exercise
Day 14 - Illustrated Media and the Importance of Place
Assignments: Lectures 5.4 - 5.8 (approx. 23 min), Reading 2.1 (8pp), image matching and analysis
Day 15 - The Urban Crowd
Assignments: Lectures 5.9 - 5.10 (approx. 14 min), Reading 2.2-2.3 (15pp), image analysis
Day 16 - Targets and Motivations
Assignments: Lectures 5.11 - 5.13 (approx. 18 min)
Day 17 - Protest and Imperial Democracy
Assignments: Lectures 5.14 - 5.15 (approx. 8 min), Reading 2.4 - 2.5 (approx 15pp), final quiz
TRANSITION: FROM HIBIYA TO SHISEIDO
Day 18 - New Forms of Protest in Interwar Japan
Assignments: Lectures 6.1 - 6.7 (approx. 30 min)
Day 19 - Modernity and the Rise of Consumer Culture
Assignments: Lectures 6.8 - 6.15 (approx 28 min), image analysis
MODERNITY IN INTERWAR JAPAN: SHISEIDO & CONSUMER CULTURE
Day 20 - Art and Commerce in an Age of Mass Production
Assignments: Lectures 7.1 - 7.5 (approx. 9 min), gallery sort
Day 21 - Cosmopolitan Ginza
Assignments: Readings 3.1 - 3.2 (approx. 25pp), Ginza assessment
Day 22 - Advertising and the Shiseido Network
Assignments: Lectures 7.6 - 7.9 (approx. 10 min), Reading 3.3 (approx. 30pp)
Day 23 - Tradition and Modernity
Assignments: Lectures 7.10 - 7.18 (approx. 20 min), gallery sort
Day 24 - Gender, Labor, and the State
Assignments: Lectures 7.19 - 7.22 (approx. 13 min), image analysis, final quiz
Day 25 - Modernity, Militarism, and War
Assignments: Lectures 8.1 - 8.6 (approx. 23 min), final exam
Course Closes at 12:00 (UTC), November 4, 2016.
To pass this course, you will need to attain a course average of at least 60 percent. Students who pass the course will receive a certificate of completion. These certificates can be issued after you have completed the work. X-Series certificates should be available in January 2016, this will be updated when we have more information.
Assessments in this course vary from simple multiple-choice questions, image-based analysis, and more open-ended assignments such as polls, word clouds, and discussion boards. Each module ends with a final quiz worth 8% of the final course score, and there is a final quiz worth 12% of the final score. There are also many more questions appearing after videos, etc. in the 25 days of the course. Not all of these questions in each day are graded, but in general each question counts towards your score for that day. Each day counts for 1/25th of the remaining 64% of the course grade, so roughly 2.5% for each day's questions.
Almost all images in this course come from the Visualizing Cultures website unless otherwise noted. Links to the source page are provided in the courseware.