Modern Japan and ICU 近代日本とICU  2015S

Course Description

This course seeks to place the founding of history of ICU in the context of modern Japanese history.The course will trace the history of Christian higher education from the Meiji period and focus on the experience of ICU from its founding in the immediate postwar period to the present day.


Contents of Lectures        19 Lectures  / 6 Videos

Apr 13 Lecture01 Introduction: ICU and Modern Japan


Fukuzawa, Encouragement of Learning, Chapter 15 (On Selective Doubt) 

Related Links

MEXT website:

Japan’s Fundamental Law Of Education (Wikipedia):

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (December 10, 1948):

Imperial Rescript on Education (1890):

Fukuzawa Yukichi (Wikipedia):

Fukuzawa Yukichi, An Encouragement of Learning (Book 1) 1872:

Apr 16 Lecture02 Instead of class:  Campus Tour (including visit to ICU Archives)

Apr 20 Lecture03 Nishima Jo and the Founding of Doshisha Response Paper 1 due

Apr 23 Lecture04 Uchimura Kanzo and Christian Pacifism

Apr 27 Lecture05 Missionaries and Higher Education in Modernizing Japan Response Paper 2 due

Apr 30 Lecture06  ICU Dedication Day, April 29, 1952

May 07 Lecture07 Yuasa Hachiro: His Early Life (Postcard cataloguing Project)

May 11 Lecture08 Christian Education in Wartime Japan

May 14 Lecture09 Nakajima Aircraft Mitaka Kenkyujo

May 16 Lecture10 Founding of ICU in Occupied Japan Response Paper 3 due

May 21 Lecture11 Yuasa Hachiro and the University for Tomorrow

May 25 Lecture12 Fighting for Democracy: ICU and the Security Treaty Crisis in 1960 (C-week)

Related Links

About the Ampo Demonstrations (Wikipedia in Japanese):

About the Ampo Demonstrations (Ted Bestor) in English:

Ampo 1960: Days of Rage and Grief (MIT Visualizing Cultures):

Ampo Riots (Youtube) URL:

Pacific Century, Japan Inc. Part 1 (10 min) YouTube:

May 28 Lecture13 Memories: Special Guest Speaker 1960s:

Guest Speaker : Dr. Yasuyuki Owada

60th Anniversary Project

Instructor : OWADA, Yasuyuki 大和田康之

Professor Emeritus, Redlands University and Member of the ICU’s First Graduating Class

May 30 Lecture14 1960s Student Unrest (documents)

Jun 01 Lecture15 1960s:  Cataloguing Project

Jun 04 Lecture16 Student Unrest in the 1960s (Response Paper 4 due)

Jun 08 Lecture17 Focus on Faculty: Donald Worth (Science education at ICU)

Jun 11 Lecture18 ICU and Liberal Arts Education in Japan

Jun 15 Lecture19 Student Reports on ICU History Research Project

Instructor: STEELE‚ M. William | Language of Instruction: E

Major: History 歴史学 | Course ID: HST224 | Course Schedule: 4*/M, 4*/TH | Update: 2016.05.23  Category: Major Courses