HIS554 - Guns & Peasants in East Asia

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Subject Title
Guns & Peasants in East Asia

Subject Description
In the twentieth century, international warfare and domestic rebellions forever changed the landscape of East Asia and the people who lived there. This subject examines the major events in the region, including military, intellectual, and cultural "battles" and their impact on ordinary men and women. Through historical narrative, fiction, and films, students will develop their own understanding of this region. The emphasis will be placed on China, Japan, and Korea.
Co-requisites: EAC149

Credit Status
One general education credit in the Sciences & Social Sciences category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will:

  • be exposed to the history, culture, literature, and images of the countries under discussion
  • be able to discuss some of the major historical events in the countries under discussion
  • develop a deeper appreciation for how a single event may affect different groups in diverse ways and may have multiple interpretations
  • learn to conduct independent research and develop an oral presentation on a student-selected topic
  • learn presentation delivery techniques and deliver a solo presentation in front of the class


Introduction to East Asia
China and Japan in the Early Twentieth Century
The Madness of World War I and II
China under Communism
Japan's Economic Miracle and Bust

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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