Course code Vēst2018
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 19 13 48
E-courses Vēst2018: History of Japanese Culture and Civilization II
Course annotation The course provides an overview on the history of Japanese culture and civilization from the beginning of the Kamakura period (13th century) to the Meiji period (19th century).


Course responsible lecturer Jānis Priede
Results Successfully completing the course the students will be able to understand the crucial historical processes in Japan till the Meiji period (19th century).

Course plan 1.Minamoto Yoritomo and the Foundations of Kamakura Bakufu.L1.
2.Hojo Regency. The Mongol Invasions in Japan in the 13th Century.L1.
3.Buddhism in Kamakura Period: Jodo, Jodo Shinshu and Nichiren Sects.L1.
4.The Decline of Kamakura Bakufu and the House of Ashikaga.L1
5.The Vigour of Economic Life and material Culture of Muromachi Period Japan.L1
6.Kitayama Culture and Noh Theatre.L1.
7.Higashiyama Culture. Zen Buddhism and Tea Ceremony. L1S1.
8.Japan in the Sengoku Period. The First Contacts with the Europeans. L1S1.
9.The First Attempts of Unification: Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. L1S1.
10.Decorative Arts of the Momoyama Period. L1S1.
11.Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Creation of Tokugawa Bakufu. L1S1.
12.Christianity and Japan's Policy of Isolation. L1S1.
13.Central Government and Local Autonomy: The Baku-Han System. L1S1.
14.Cities, Towns, and Villages: the Economic Life in Edo Period Japan. L1S1.
15.Edo Period Thought: Confucianism. L1S1.
16.Chonin Culture. Kabuki and Bunraku theatres, Ukiyo-e and Popular Literature. L1S1.
17.Decline of Tokugawa Bakufu and Forced Opening of Japan. L1S1.
18.Meiji Restoration and Modernization of Japan. L1S1.
19.Meiji Period Society and Politics. L1S1.



Requirements for obtaining credit points Regular class attendance 10%, two presentations40%, written exam at the end of semester 50%.




Study programmes Asian Studies