About HST 1440 OL1

An introductory survey of the history of Chinese and Japanese civilizations from their Neolithic origins until the twentieth century.


Asynchronous online course

Section Description

This course is a broad introduction to major topics and significant themes in East Asian history with a primary focus on places we now call China and Japan. Significantly, we will explore the history of both from a comparative perspective that stresses the impact and influence of each society on the other in an effort to transcend the intellectual limitations imposed by the political boundaries of the nation-state. In doing so, we will interrogate problems of historical knowledge and representation relevant to anyone possessing a sincere desire to develop a contemplative and compassionate understanding of our shared human past.

Section Expectation

Course Materials: All materials are available through our course Brightspace webpage. • Lecture videos from Prof. Esselstrom and other online video clips • Historical primary source documents for class discussion and/or quizzes • Webpage links for class discussion and/or participation quizzes


Course Assignments and Evaluation: Unit Essays – 52.5% (3 @ 17.5% each) Class Discussions – 28.5% (6 x 4.75% each): Attendance "Quizzes" – 19% (20 X .95% each):

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