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Focus 5b: Occupied Asia II: Asian societies under Japanese military occupation


Admission requirements

Successful completion of BA3 Focus “Occupied Asia I”


The remarkably varied experiences and legacies of Japan’s military occupations in Asia reflected 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 transnational and comparative 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 this second part of this two-semester BA3 focus course, students will primarily read Japanese texts related to the topics covered in the first semester and/or to student’s thesis research topics. Attendance of the first semester of this course is required in order to complete the second part of the course. In addition to learning how to read and analyze Japanese materials and texts, students will also receive instruction and guidance on the preparation of the BA thesis in form of workshops focused on proposal and thesis writing, as well as the presentation of on-going research.


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Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Participation element (attendance, participation in writing/research workshops, leading of a text session): 30%

  • Translation element (translation exercises, quizzes, text/vocabulary list preparation): 30%

  • Review element (literature review): 40%


Blackboard plays an essential part in this course. All important information about the course, including the syllabus, course requirements, and other information, except for the 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

To be announced.


Enrollment through uSis is mandatory.

Contact information

Dr. Ethan Mark