ASST 321
History of U.S.-Japan Relations
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed HIST 321
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

An unabating tension between conflict and cooperation has been an undercurrent of U.S.-Japan relations for over 150 years, at times erupting into clashes reaching the scale of world war and at times allowing for measured collaboration. We will explore the U.S.-Japan relationship from the perspectives of both countries with a focus on how culture, domestic concerns, economic and political aims, international contexts, and race have helped shape its course and nature. Topics will include early U.S.-Japan encounters; the rise of both countries as imperial powers; the road to, and experience of, World War II; the politics and social history of the postwar American occupation of Japan; the U.S.-Japan security alliance; trade relations; and popular culture. Contemporary topics will also be discussed.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1496
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, response papers, two short papers (5 pages), and a self-scheduled final exam or research paper
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students with instructors permission
Distributions: Division II Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASST 321 Division II HIST 321 Division II
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
MAST Interdepartmental Electives

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