Fall term, 2009
Prof. Edwin E. Moise
Office: Hardin 102
Office phones: 656-5369, 656-3153
Home phone: 654-7087
Messages can be left in my mailbox in Hardin 126, or in the box on my office door.
Monday 10:10-11:00, 2:30-3:20 Tuesday 11:00-12:00 Wednesday 10:10-11:00, 2:30-3:20 Thursday 11:00-12:00 Friday 10:10-11:00
I do not emphasize trivial factual details in this course. On tests and quizzes I will NOT ask you to name the Prime Ministers who served during the 1950's, much less tell me the exact dates they served. There are some facts you need to know, but they are more important things than names and dates.
The written work will be:
--Four short papers, on assigned topics, worth 40 points each, two of which will be newspaper research exercises.
--A test (70 points) and the final exam (120 points), which will be mostly essay questions.
--One minor essay quiz, which will be announced in advance. 20 points.
This adds up to 370 points. I use a 90%, 80%, 70% scale, sometimes modified in favor of students but never against them. In other words, 333 points (90% of 370) is guaranteed to be an A, 296 points is guaranteed to be a B, 259 points is guaranteed to be a C. But 332 or 328 points might quite possibly become an A, depending on how the class as a whole is doing.
Any student who has an average of 90% or better, for work up to the final exam, will be permitted to exempt the final.
Academic integrity requires that we not try to pass other people's work off as our own.
As far as I can recall, I have not caught any students committing plagiarism in this course, in past years. But experience with plagiarism in other courses at Clemson suggests that if there were to be a plagiarism case in this course, it would probably take the form of one student copying another student's 40-point short paper, maybe changing a few words and substituting synonyms, but leaving the two papers still so similar that it is obvious the resemblance could not be coincidence. I would be likely to bring charges both against the student who copied and the student who allowed his or her paper to be copied.
There are some ways in which it is perfectly all right for student to help each other. If two students want to study together getting ready for a test, great. Only if help were still being given after I had handed out the questions would the help become improper. But if two people work together on a newspaper research exercise, and turn in papers that are very similar because each has been getting a lot of help from the other in writing it, both will be in deep trouble. If one of your fellow students asks to look at your paper, to get a better idea of how the assignment was to be done, please say no. They should come to me to ask for further explanations of the assignment, rather than looking at a completed paper to give them their clues. If too papers are so similar it is obvious the author of one must have seen the other, I will file charges.
This policy will change if we have an epidemic of flu, and especially if we have an epidemic of H1N1 flu, on campus this semester. If you have the flu, it is really better to stay home, rather than come to class in order to turn in work on time. I will allow students to turn in late work without the normal penalty if they can document treatment for flu (Redfern Health Center will issue documents with a special stamp to students who have been treated there for flu).
There will also be reading that I ask you to do online.
The following course outline is tentative. It may be modified slightly by class request, or as a result of shifts in what I find practical to place online. Items marked >>> are required reading; items marked *** are tests.
August 19: Introduction to the course.
August 21, 24, 26: Traditional Japanese Civilization
>>> Duus, pp. 3-60
>>> Hane, pp. xiii-xv and 3-9
August 28: The Western Impact and Initial Japanese Reactions
>>> Duus, pp. 61-81
August 31, September 2: The early years of the Meiji era
>>> Duus, pp. 85-111. (If you have seen the film "The Last Samurai," notice that the events on which the film was based are covered on pp. 106-107 of Duus.)
*** September 7: Quiz
September 4: Initial modernization and reactions to it
>>> Duus, pp. 111-117
>>> Hane, pp. 9-27
September 7: Consolidating the Meiji system
>>> Duus, pp. 118-133
September 9: The Rise of Imperialism
>>> Duus, pp. 134-149
September 11, 14: Industrialization
>>> Duus, pp. 150-168
>>> Hane, "The Textile Factory Workers" (pp. 173-204)
September 16: The Rise of Party government
>>> Duus, pp. 171-184
September 18: Peasants and farm life
>>> Hane, pp. 29-59
September 21: The Military; Rural Women
>>> Hane, pp. 59-101
September 23: Review
*** TEST September 25
September 28: The Struggle for Survival
>>> Hane, pp. 103-136
September 30: Outcastes
>>> Hane, pp. 139-171
October 2: Prostitution; Coal Miners
>>> Hane, pp. 207-245
October 5: Women Rebels
>>> Hane, pp. 247-292
October 7: Economic growth and social change
>>> Duus, pp. 185-199
October 9: From Japan's growing sphere of influence in
China to the rise of the nationalist military fanatics in the
>>> Duus, pp. 200-236
No Class October 12 (Fall Break)
October 14, 16: The Second World War.
>>> Duus, pp. 236-250
October 19,21: The American Occupation of Japan begins
>>> Duus, pp. 253-273
October 23, 26, 28: The New Japan; the Cold War in Asia
>>> Duus, pp. 274-312
Please give source notes. I want to be able to tell in each section of your paper which article or articles you are discussing in that section. It is not enough to have a list at the end, if I canít tell as I read the paper which article you are discussing where. Source notes must give page numbers. I donít care about the format of source notes as long as they tell me what I need to know. Any format that allows me easily to discern the name of the author if it was given, the title of the article, the title of the publication, and the date and page, is OK.
There is no requirement that you use The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, or The Times of London, but those papers have the advantage that you can access them online through the Clemson Library's Articles Access Page. If you want to use newspapers other than those, your best bet is to go to the Microfilm Reading Room on level 2 of the Library, which has quite a few newspapers on microfilm. Under normal circumstances, if you wanted to use weekly newsmagazines, I would suggest you use the ones bound into volumes, on the shelves on level 1 of the library. But now that section of the library is under renovation. The only weekly newsmagazine whose back files are available online, so far as I know, is Time. You can get to it by going through the Clemson Library's online catalog.
October 30, November 2: Spectacular Success
>>> Duus, pp. 313-330
>>> Hane, pp. 295-320
November 5, 7: Kakuei Tanaka and his political machine
>>> Schlesinger, Part I
November 6, 9: The Strange Victory of Kakuei Tanaka
>>> Schlesinger, Part II
November 11: The Bubble of the 1980s
>>> Duus, pp. 331-350
November 13, 16: The Tanaka machine in the 1980s
>>> Schlesinger, Part III
November 18: The malaise of the 1990s
>>> Duus, pp. 351-368
November 20, 23: Politics in the 1990s
>>> Schlesinger, Part Four
Thanksgiving: No Class November 25, 27
November 30, December 2, 4: 21st Century Japan
>>> Edward J. Lincoln, "Japan in 2001: A Depressing Year." Asian Survey, February 2002, pp. 67-80, online through the Library catalog.
>>> David Arase, "Japan in 2008: A Prelude to Change?" Asian Survey, January/February 2009, pp. 107-119, online through the Library catalog.
>>> Martin Fackler, "Leader of Japan's Opposition Resigns." New York Times, May 12, 2009, A6.
>>> Martin Fackler, "In Reporting a Scandal, the Media Are Accused of Just Listening." New York Times, May 28, 2009, A9.
>>>> At least one additional article to be chosen later.
Please give source notes. I want to be able to tell in each section of your paper which article or articles you are discussing in that section. It is not enough to have a list at the end, if I canít tell as I read the paper which article you are discussing where. Source notes must give page numbers if they are available (even when you read a newspaper article online, the web site will usually tell you what the page number was in the newspaper). I donít care about the format of source notes as long as they tell me what I need to know. Any format that allows me easily to discern the name of the author if that was given, the title of the article, the title of the publication, the date and page, and where you found it on the Internet if that is where you found it, is OK.
FINAL EXAM Friday, December 11, 8:00 a.m.
Web site of the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection at the University of Texas
Clemson University Academic Support Center, which provides help and tutoring for students encountering academic problems. It does not, however, have tutors specifically for History courses.
Edwin Moïse's homepage
Revised August 18, 2009.