HST267: Remote learning revised schedule and information

Schedule revision:

  • Week 10: arts and culture in late Muromachi and early Tokugawa
  • Week 11: Unification of Japan and early Tokugawa policies
  • Week 12: popular culture of the Tokugawa period
  • Week 13: Late Tokugawa
  • Week 14: Popular culture and contacts with the West
  • Week 15: peer review time + final thoughts and ideas for a re-run of the course (in non-pandemic times)

Video recordings

Class sessions on Zoom are recorded so you can catch up, or review. They are all collected on this Canvas page.


Encyclopedia posts:

Pick a topic from the material in the week you were assigned.

Discussions on Canvas:

Starting next week:

  • first post due by Tuesday
  • replies to first posts due by Wednesday
  • This mimics small group discussions, but with a slightly different perspective.

Zoom sessions

  • Tuesday meeting: available to talk about readings, course contents, essays, but as a student-guided discussion.
    • Let me know on the Groupme what to put on the agenda for things you want to discuss
  • Thursday meeting: class time to talk about course contents
  • These Zoom meetings will be recorded and posted on Canvas (=privately), with links provided on the course website, like slides are already.

Pre-recorded videos:

  • Lecture fragments:
    • to help put texts for discussion into context
    • to model interpretation of sources
    • available with all other course materials at the start of the week (ideally over the weekend)
    • will try to embed them on website, but also posted on Canvas
  • Responses to whole class
    • responding to major trends in questions or problems I detect in discussion board, and want to eliminate before we get to the heart of the topic on hand
    • will be available before Friday’s class
    • will be pointed out in the daily briefing
    • will be posted on Canvas only (for increased privacy)

Reading materials

  • scans of larger items to be delivered via drive (for response paper)
    • will be shared over the weekend, so you can start reading if you want some entertainment.
    • due: any time before May 4
  • more options, less collectively reading same text
  • use the discussions to respond to texts, and educate your classmates on elements they may not have caught, and to learn from them as well. You already did this in class, but it now is made more visible.


  • your learning path will be more individualized
  • This means that reading and responding to each other’s work becomes more important.
    • The weekly reflection will be updated to include the question: what new insights did you learn from interacting with your classmates?
    • peer learning is an excellent way to learn: this does not mean the quality of your education decreases, just that it looks and feels differently.