Course code Vēst2017
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 26 6 48
E-courses Vēst2017: History of Japanese Culture and Civilization I
Course annotation The course gives introduction in the history of civilization of Japan from the Jomon period to the beginning of the Kamakura period (13th century). Special attention will be paid to the process of adaptation and transformation of the Chinese culture in the early history of Japan. The course is designed for students of the first study year in the first semester. It does not requires previous knowledge.

Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
By the end of the course students will be able to understand the main processes in the early history of Japan, make presentations, analyze and express own opinion.

Course plan 1.Introduction. Jomon Period. The Beginnings of Japanese Civilization.L2.
2.Yayoi period: Changes in Japanese Society.L2.
3.The Beginnings of Political Unity. Early Forms of Religion.L2.
4.Japan in Kofun Period. Yamato State.S2.
5.Asuka Period. Introduction of Buddhism in Japan.L2.
6.The Soga Victory. Prince Shotoku and His 17 Paragraphs Constitution.L2.
7.The Taika Reform: Main Principles and Goals.L2.
8.Religion and Ideology in Nara Period Japan.L2.
9.The Capital City Nara and Provinces.L2.
10.Material Culture and Everyday Life in Nara Period Japan.L2.
11.Literature and Arts.L1
12.The Central Government and Provinces in Heian Period Japan.L1
13.Rule by the Fujiwara 850-1068.L1
14.The Development of Shoen.L1
15.Religion and Society. Tendai and Shingon Sects.L1
16.Heian Period Literature.L1
17.Material Culture and Everyday Life in Heian Period Japan.L1
18.Insei System in Late Heian Period 1068-1156.S2
19.The Rise of Warriors: Taira and Minamoto.L1
20.Genpei War.L1

Requirements for obtaining credit points Two midsemester presentations 50%.
Final (written) exam 50%.

Study programmes Asian Studies