TERM PAPER INFORMATION
PAPER SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
LATE PENALTY POLICY
GENERAL INFORMATION ON PAPERS
1. Papers are research papers: this is your opportunity to write on some aspect of
Japanese culture in depth. You are expected to find secondary sources outside of
the assigned readings in class. If you are having diffuculty settling on a topic,
please come and seem me, or call me, or e-mail me, and I'll help you out. If you
have a topic, but don't know where to start, see me for advice.
2. Do me and yourself a big favor: if you're using a machine/software that has it,
bother to use a spelling checker.
3. Citations should follow any one of the main recommended methods, such as in The
Chicago Manual or Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writing Term Papers or
Modern Language Association's stylebook. Whichever you choose, stick with it. DO
NOT change citation form in the middle of your paper!
5. IMPORTANT: EVERY PAPER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN
OF THE PAPER (WHICH DOES NOT COUNT AS ONE OF THE FIVE PAGES).
PAPERS SUBMITTED WITHOUT AN OUTLINE WILL SUFFER A FULL GRADE
The History of the Japanese Written Language
The Diary in Heian Literature
Confucian Influence in Ancient and Modern Japan
The History and Development of Martial Arts (chose art of your choice)
Western Influence during the Age of Unification
Pure Land Buddhism in Heian and Modern Times: A Comparison
The Development of State Shinto in the Meiji Period
Modern Japanese Psychology
Zen and Japanese Art
Tea Ceremony as Religious Ritual
The Legacy of the Age of National Seclusion
New Religions in Japan
The Comics Industry
The Role and Status of Women in Modern Japan
In addition, papers may be written on any of the following from any given historical period:
This list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to choose topics of interest to you.