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Making of the Modern World: East Asia (HS105D)

This course presents a history of East Asia from the mid-eighteenth century to the present, with a focus on political, social, and cultural change. Specifically, it explores the historical experiences of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam in their domestic, regional East-Asian, and international contexts. The course will challenge you to think critically about historical events and use the methods of historians to interrogate the past in order to better understand the forces and events that have created modern East Asia. In that way, the course also provides an introduction to the discipline of history as one method of understanding the past and the present. By focusing on the countries of East Asia, this course also challenges Eurocentric frameworks of historical understanding, which have produced the false notion that histories of western countries, and especially American history, are the only histories that matter. Furthermore, the modern history of East Asia offers a comparative case study to enrich the ways we perceive “modernity” as well as our own country’s history and place in the world. You will be introduced to a variety of primary materials throughout the course, including paintings, memoirs, novels, poems, feature films, and musical compositions.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Diehl is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, specializing in East Asia and especially in Japan. He teaches a variety of courses on East Asia, including general surveys of the region and of specific countries, as well as thematic ones such as courses on war, history, and memory. He has published a book and two articles on the atomic bombing of Nagasaki from the perspectives of cultural history, urban history, and memory studies. His research interests also include the history of subcultures in Japan, such as tattooing.

Politics and Society: Democracy, Conflict, and Solidarity (PL210)

In this course we will explore the promises and limits of liberal democracy in highly complex and deeply pluralistic societies. The course can be roughly divided into two sections. The first part examines the fragile alliance between liberalism and democracy. We will discuss topics such as the nature of political power, society’s power over the individual, tyranny of majority, and democratic solidarity in divided societies. Once we have a good grasp of the underlying values and assumptions of liberal democracy, we will examine some of the most controversial issues in contemporary politics from the perspective of democracy. In the second part we will address topics such as public sphere, big money and corporations, dissent and protected speech, free speech and government, news media, democratic citizenship, political protest, and civil disobedience. 

Faculty Biography

Dr. Fuat Gursozlu received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from State University of New York at Binghamton. He came to Loyola in 2012 and has taught Foundations of Philosophy, Politics and Society, Philosophy of Human Rights, Justice in Global Perspective, and Contemporary Political Philosophy. His recent research focuses on the nature of democratic society and how democracy can address marginalization, oppression, and violence and create a more peaceful society.

Mentor Biography

Tracy Gore is currently the Assistant Director in the Study, supervising Loyola’s Peer Tutoring Program.  She graduated with degrees from Loyola in 2014 with her Bachelor’s in History and Classics, and in 2018 with her MBA is Business Management.  She looks forward to her fourth year working with Messina!

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