An Intellectual History of Japan
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Course title in Estonian
Jaapani kultuuri ja ideede ajalugu
Course title in English
An Intellectual History of Japan
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
Miikael-Aadam Lotman (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Students will acquire knowledge of the main events in Japanese history and are able to describe different historical periods. Students will be familiar with the culture and main ideas of various historical periods and are able to describe changes that took place in society, politics, religion, aesthetics and other areas.
Brief description of the course
The course will give an overview of the important ideas that have influenced the development of Japanese society, politics and aesthetics. During the course the overview of different historical periods (Nara, Heian, Kamakura etc.) is given and various issues are discussed in light of the development of modern Japanese state. During the course student will read various political and philosophical texts and study works of art (paintings, architecture and calligraphy).
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- can name different periods of Japanese history and describe changes in society, politics and aesthetics;
- is familiar with major political and philosophical texts and is able to introduce their authors;
- can name important works of art (painting, calligraphy, architecture) that are characteristic of their particular period;
- can outline continuities or discontinuities of past events with modern Japan.
Miikael Lotman