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Focus 5a+6: Occupied Asia I: Asian societies under Japanese military occupation


Admission requirements

For Japanese majors, students should normally have followed at least one BA2 Focus in History. For students outside of the Japanese program, some background in history in general and Japanese history in particular is useful but not required.


The remarkably varied experiences and legacies of Japan’s military occupations in Asia reflect the diversity and complexity of the Second World War period and of modern Asia itself. This course explores the social, political, and cultural dynamics of Japan’s occupations of its Asian neighbors during the period of the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945) from a comparative and “transnational” perspective. Attention will be devoted to cases, comparisons and legacies of experiences in Northeast and Southeast Asia and their place within a broader modern global context, including a special focus on dr. Mark’s personal research specialization, the Japanese occupation of Indonesia.

Course objectives

In addition to exploring and assessing the experience of Occupied Asia and its scholarly interpretation, the course will also provide guidance on academic writing and research, and the presentation of ideas and arguments in oral and written form.


See timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Participation element (attendance, participation, presentation): 30%

  • Review element (Literature review (1,000-1,500 words)): 20%

  • Research element (research essay (2,500-3,000 words)): 30%

  • Summative element (webpostings / resit exam): 20%


Blackboard plays an essential part in this course. All important information about the course, including the syllabus, course requirements, and other information, except for course readings, will be available on the course website. As part of class participation, students will also be required to make postings on the Blackboard website. Internet access is therefore essential in order to complete this course.

Reading list

Course Reader to be available at Studiepunt Letteren.


Enrollment via uSis is mandatory.

Contact information

dr. Ethan Mark