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Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present

NEW Curriculum Unit! Cultural Encounters: Teaching Japan in World History

  • Online Course
  • Curriculum and Exchange

No Cultural Encounters courses are being offered currently.

In Spring 2015, TEA offered a 20-hour online course entitled, Japan in the World: Cutural Encounters, 16-19th Centuries . World History teachers from across the country explored Japan's overlooked international relations with Asia and its encounters with the West before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868). Participants investigated primary sources to use in their middle and high school world history classrooms.

In Fall 2012-2014, TEA offered a 30-hour online course entitled, Cultural Encounters: Japan's Diverse Past and Present. In this course, secondary world history teachers examined episodes in Japan's international and intercultural relations from the Nara period to the present, with special attention to Japanese approaches and responses to cross-border movement of peoples, ideas, and materials.

Cultural Encounters courses are made possible through the United States-Japan Foundation, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership funding to the J-OPP Project and the Freeman Foundation funding to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at TEA. 

Cultural Encounters: Teaching Japan's Diverse Past and Present.
In 2015, the Program for Teaching East Asia completed a secondary-level curriculum development, exchange, and training project that reflects new trends in world history and Japan studies. The project: 1) published an online curriculum on episodes of international or intercultural encounters throughout Japanese history; 2) arranged online video meetings in which U.S. and Japanese preservice and inservice teachers compared education systems and discusssed teaching Japanese history; and 3) developed a new online course that focuses on Japan's international relations before, during, and after the Tokugawa era (1600-1868).

This project is funded by the United States-Japan Foundation (USJF). The program builds upon the products, teacher-alumni, and resources of a previous USJF-funded professional development program. Initial activities for this project began in summer 2013 with matching funds from a U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (USDOE FHGPA) grant and Freeman Foundation funding to the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at TEA.