East Asia and the Modern World

History 101.002

Spring 2015
Section: 
002
Instructor: 
Location: 
225 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
MW 2-4P
CCN: 
39288
Units: 
5
This course is a research and writing seminar for students doing a 101 thesis on any aspect of modern East Asian history. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor as early as possible in the Spring 2015 semester to identify areas of interest and begin as much of the groundwork as possible: surveying the relevant scholarship, formulating a key question, and locating suitable primary sources to answer the question. Class meetings will focus more on research and writing methods than on substantive content.
 
Reading ability in the research area’s language is not a prerequisite. Students may write a paper based entirely on translated materials, although they may be limited in terms of the types of research the available translated materials can support. Alternatively, students may focus on an aspect of East Asian encounters with other world areas to expand their resource base. Students with appropriate reading ability will have the advantage of using the wealth of materials at Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library.