University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Science and Civilization in East Asia

Course Code

UCIL23302 (10 Credits)

UCIL23102 (20 Credits)

Course Details

  • Level: 2
  • Credit load: 10/20


Why are Japanese people obsessed with being punctual?

Why did only China adopt such a drastic population measure as the 'one-child policy'?

Why did the South Korean professor Hwang Woo-suk feel he had to fabricate his biomedical research and why did it become a global scandal?

This course, which adopts the perspectives of social and cultural history, will ask questions of this kind and examine a number of key issues e.g. colonialism, nation-building and globalisation by looking at interactions between science, culture and civilisation in East Asia.


Summary of Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key issues pertaining to science and civilization in East Asia
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of key analytical concepts related to the study of the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia (HEASTM)
  • Broaden intellectual interests and nurture cultural awareness for areas beyond English-speaking countries
  • Improve their skills to approach primary sources about regions in East Asia
  • Improve basic skills for academic writing, in particular reviewing academic literature
  • Have honed their skills for reasoned presentation, discussion and argument
  • Develop personal qualities of independence of mind in order to make ethical judgements
  • Have been encouraged to confront their own values as global citizens



10 Credits:

  1. Invention of 10 multiple choice questions and a 1500 word commentary (100%)

20 Credits:

  1. Invention of 10 multiple choice questions and a 1500 word commentary (50%)
  2. 3000 word review essay (50%)


This course is only open to undergraduate students.

University College course units are available to take on programmes which have 'free choice' options available to them, (i.e. programmes which allow you, as part of the degree programme, to take a number of credits from subject areas outside of your home school). As these courses are credit bearing, you must enrol by following the standard procedure for your school when adding units outside of your home school.

If you are not sure whether you will be able to enrol in University College courses, please contact your School Undergraduate Office to find out whether these options are available for your degree programme.


Dr. Aya Homei

Teaching and Learning Methods


1-12Tuesday12:00 - 14:00Lecture
1-12Thursday13:00 - 14:00Seminar
1-12Thursday16:00 - 17:00Seminar
You will only be required to attend one of the seminars.

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