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Focus 5a+6: Occupied Asia I


Admission requirements

For Japanese majors, students should normally have followed at least one BA2 Focus in history or a closely-related discipline (such as sociology). 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 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 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.


Fridays 11-13

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

Participation element (attendance,participation, presentation): 30%
Review element (review essay): 20%
Research element (research essay): 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 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

Course Reader available at Studiepunt Letteren.


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Contact information

Dr. E Mark