HIST 296: Topics in History (Introduction to Japan)

Prof. Nancy Stalker
Fall 2018 | CRN: 90041 | Section 003


This course is a historical survey aimed at providing a broad-based introduction to Japanese society and culture, beginning with prehistoric times and continuing to present. We will follow a chronological format, focusing on understanding how Japanese who lived in different historical eras created particular political, social and cultural systems to realize their beliefs and values. In addition to the main textbook, course materials will include literature, historical documents, art, and film.


  • Two in-class midterm exams, worth 30% each
  • One take-home final exam and essay, worth 40%