Course Details

P004-7468.1F18 - Modern Japan 1860-2000: Transformation in Global Society

Course Details
Course Description: From 1860s-2000s, Japan underwent a miraculous transformation from disorder and weakness to becoming a driving force in world events – a cultural, economic, political, and military power whose actions and activities are central to an understanding of the 20th and 21st century world. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will draw on the fields of social studies, literature, and art to understand this fascinating and vital history and consider they can integrate this subject matter into their existing teaching goals and curricula. Divided over four interactive sessions, this two-credit course will help participants develop the resources and skills to create and refine lesson plans for middle school and high school social studies, literature, Global History and Geography, and arts classroom. With the guidance of lead instructors, teachers will develop specific teaching activities keyed to the specific school environment in which they teach to utilize primary sources, visual arts, literature, film, music, and analytical writing to promote critical thinking skills for their students. Throughout the course, teachers will also consider how to differentiate their instruction through use of different teaching modalities and the introduction of sources of different levels of difficulty.

Three key themes will provide the framework for this course. How and why did Japan undergo this unprecedented transformation from relative chaos to world power? How does the story of this transformation fit into and how did it influence larger themes in world history and culture (including major development in literature and the arts)? How do the “Japan specific” content themes, often of great interest to American teenagers, relate to larger teaching goals and teaching standards that must be addressed in the current curriculum? Some key content to be explored includes the industrialization and “modernization” of Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tension between the developments of periods of democracy and periods of authoritarianism, changing roles of Japan on the world stage, including the development of imperialism as well as Japan's postwar role as a peaceful economic and cultural superpower. During the course, participants will meet with leading American and Japanese professors of Japanese history, religion, literature, and the arts, as well as with leaders in the field of teaching about East Asia in American secondary schools.
Status: Closed for Registration Registration Deadline: 10/12/2018 Start Date: 10/13/2018 End Date: 01/04/2019
Location: 333 East 47th Street , New York, NY, 10017 Prof. Dev. Hours: 24 No. of P-Credits: 2 Categories: Social Studies
Restricted: No CTLE Area: Content Grades: 6,9,10,11,12
Danielson Components 1e : Designing Coherent Instruction
3c : Engaging Students in Learning
Education Partner Information
Education Partner: Japan Society Contact:
Instructor # 1: Yumi Nagasawa Instructor # 2:
ASPDP Fee: $90.00 Education Partner Fee: $125.00 Materials Fee: $0.00 Total Fees: $215.00
ASPDP Payment Instruction: Course Registration and Payment can be done onsite or online at Japan Society:
Japan Society 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017
Advance registration is requested. A $125 stipend for the Education Partner fee will be provided upon completion of the course.