• Academic Credits: 3
  • SAS Core: HST, SCL
  • Mode of Instruction: Lecture
  • Syllabus: Spring 2023

    Syllabus Disclaimer:  The information on this syllabus is subject to change. For up-to-date course information, please refer to the syllabus on your course site (Canvas, etc.) on the first day of class.

  • Course Description

    This course will focus on love as a theme in the history of Europe and Japan from the moment these territories constituted themselves as autonomous civilizations, beginning with the eighth century, and continuing to the present. Of all the Old World’s civilizations, the two in least direct contact until the modern era were Europe and Japan, for they were separated geographically and culturally by Islam and China. That there should have been significant differences in the ways these two civilizations thought about and regulated love needs less explanation, therefore, than the fact that there were significant similarities between them. How do we explain these similarities? What do they tell us about the process of historical explanation? To what extent may our introductory exploration of Japanese and European civilizations enrich our understanding of other societies, and of humanity in general?