|Course Description: Educators are invited to participate in this 5 session interactive and collaborative program design to equip teachers with an overview of Japanese history in the context of global history. The program focuses on Japan’s relationships with Asia, Europe and the US throughout its history. Divided over five 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, and analytical writing to promote critical thinking skills and multiple perspectives 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 has Japan been involved in the global history throughout its history? How do Japan’s foreign relationships with other East Asian countries, Europe and the US influence larger themes in world history and culture (including major development in politics, society, arts and culture)? How do the “Japan specific” content themes, often of great interest to American middle and high school students, relate to larger teaching goals and teaching standards that must be addressed in the current curriculum? Some key content to be explored includes the origin of Japanese people, early relationship with neighboring Asian countries, Japan’s early contacts with European countries and changing foreign policy during the Age of Exploration, the and modernization of Japan in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, 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 experts 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.