Arts, Sciences, and Engineering History
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
29519 HIS 248 The Samurai Fall 2018 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
10
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
12
Total Cap     
No Cap
Cross Listed: HIS 248 (P), HIS 248W
Instructors: HO D
Description: SAMURAI: Swordsman---Servant---Warrior. Popular imagery portrays the samurai and their warrior code (Bushido) as the “soul” of Japan, and the samurai are as heavily romanticized as the knights of medieval Europe. But who were they, and were they really nobler than bloody killers? This course examines the origins of the warrior class in the 10th-11th centuries and its rise to power in the civil wars of medieval Japan. We will read books in Japanese history and literature to trace the peak and the end of the samurai age. We will also explore how the samurai have become a pop culture phenomenon, from the classic films of Akira Kurosawa to cult hits like “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Ghost Dog.” Careful reading and discussion will be crucial in this class to separate the real history from the popular myths.
Clusters: H1CHI002, S1HIS002, S1HIS004, S1HIS010, S1HIS015

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
29522 HIS 248W The Samurai Fall 2018 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
2
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
12
Total Cap     
No Cap
Cross Listed: HIS 248 (P), HIS 248W
Instructors: HO D
Description: SAMURAI: Swordsman---Servant---Warrior. Popular imagery portrays the samurai and their warrior code (Bushido) as the “soul” of Japan, and the samurai are as heavily romanticized as the knights of medieval Europe. But who were they, and were they really nobler than bloody killers? This course examines the origins of the warrior class in the 10th-11th centuries and its rise to power in the civil wars of medieval Japan. We will read books in Japanese history and literature to trace the peak and the end of the samurai age. We will also explore how the samurai have become a pop culture phenomenon, from the classic films of Akira Kurosawa to cult hits like “Rurouni Kenshin” and “Ghost Dog.” Careful reading and discussion will be crucial in this class to separate the real history from the popular myths.
Clusters: H1CHI002, S1HIS002, S1HIS004, S1HIS010, S1HIS015