This course examines politics, society, and culture of pre-modern Korea: from pre-historic times to the turn of the twentieth century. It offers a general, and yet solid overview of Korean history in the East Asian context. Readings cover various aspects of Korean civilization such as politics and policies, intellectual history, cultural developments (literature and fine arts), religious practices, gender relations/roles, folk culture, international relations, etc.
During the course we will also consider the various historical writings – from different schools of historiography to writers and screenwriters of our time (through movies and TV series). The course does not require preliminary knowledge and has designed to provide a broad background on pre-modern Korea and a handy set of tools in historical research.
In this course, we will review the development of modern Korea from the beginning of Japanese occupation to our days. We will discourse several key issues in modern history of Korea: the formation of the nation-state, the period of Japanese occupation, the division of the Korean Peninsula into two states, the Korean War, democracy movements, the economic crisis as well as the nuclear crisis. Moreover, we will discuss the security and foreign relations of the two Koreas, and the potential for unification between the two states. We will also refer to issues of social-state relations, religion, economy and culture.
This course examines North Korean politics, society, and culture by examining major historical events and developments since the country’s formation in 1948. It provides the historical circumstances in which North Korea came to exist, and explores how it has developed relationships with the rest of the world. Readings cover North Korea’s political history, social history, foreign policies, cultural policies, education, and gender relations; South Korea and the US’s policies on North Korea; and issues of human rights and refugees. Besides readings on politics and society, this course also covers literary and film texts that will deepen the understanding of the social and cultural lives of North Koreans.
This introductory course on Korean popular culture aims to investigate the ways contemporary Korean popular media such as film, TV-drama, social media, and popular music convey everyday Korean life; and explains how these forms of culture related to a rapidly changing global environment. This course also provides theoretical concepts and ideas that enable students to understand Korean popular culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Some of the crucial issues students will deal with include the trans-cultural significance of the Korean wave (Hallyu), race and ethnic relations, gender and sexuality, and nationalism. Through an extensive analysis of popular culture texts, we will examine how cultural consumption reflects and even shapes day-to-day life in Korea as well as determining the beauty ideal in Korea, the growth of cosmetic industries and incoming tourism from Japan and China.
South Korea’s economic performance during the last six decades has been described as a miracle and serves today as a role model for developing countries. This course designed to find the answers of what made this miracle happen by analyzing Korean economic development and its opportunities and challenges. We will focus on topics such as the effect of Korean political and economic system on trade and foreign investment, the impact of social and cultural systems on management and business practices as well as the causes of economic slowdown and the financial crisis. Students will also study about chaebols’ strategies, such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG and some key Korean industries that fuel the today’s national, regional and world economy.
This course will follow histories and philosophies of the different Korean religions, and examine their encounters, both with each other, as well as with modern-day Korean economy, politics, education, and leisure culture.
Throughout the semester, we will discuss a whole variety of topics, such as tourism in secluded Buddhist monasteries, Confucian influences on North Korean politics, the sexual orientations of shamans, and the Korean Christianity’s love of Israel.
Basic lessons of the Korean language: reading, writing and speaking. This course equips students to know how to use the basic principles of the grammar and the grammatical structures. Students will have capabilities in both basic reading and conversations and also will have understanding of Korean culture.
The course is taught alongside Korean for Beginners-Part A and is designed to practice and strengthen what is learned in Part A. In addition this course provides the basis of oral and written expression. The course is aimed at helping the students assimilate the knowledge acquired in both beginner level Korean courses and guide the students on how to express themselves in Korean. Upon completion of this course the students will have a strong grammatical basis and basic tools for expressing themselves in Korean.
Intermediate Korean 1
Teacher: Ko Minjeaung
‘Intermediate Korean’ is designed to broaden the knowledge and tools acquired in ‘Korean for Beginners’. Students will encounter more complex grammatical issues. It consists of grammar, reading comprehension, writing and oral expression exercises. Broadening the students’ acquaintance with the modern Korean grammar, providing the ability to analyze Korean texts and enriching the students’ vocabulary.
Intermediate Korean 2: Reading Korean Texts
Teacher: Ko Minjeaung
‘Intermediate Korean 2’ is designed to broaden the knowledge and tools acquired in ‘Intermediate Korean 1’. Students will learn more complex grammatical structures and expressions at intermediate level with emphasis on reading and writing ability. The primary aim of the course is to equip students with reading and writing skills. Upon successful completion of the course students will understand Korean grammar at intermediate level, be able to read different kinds of texts and compose short essays in Korean with more confidence.
Academic Reading and Writting Skills in Korean Language
Teacher: Ko Minjeaung
In this course the students will be introduced to more complex texts and will learn to write essays according to these texts and the grammatical basis acquired in the language courses. Upon completion of this course, the students will not be intimidated of reading and writing in Korean and will be able to express themselves in Korean according to the grammar and vocabulary of the second year.
Teacher: Ko Minjeaung
Spoken Korean is designed to expand the students’ verbal expression skills in Korean. During the class we will also practice listening comprehension. The students will be encouraged to incorporate grammatical structures in their verbal communications. Upon successful completion of the course students will be equipped with the tools needed for initiating and holding simple conversations in Korean about daily topics. The students will be able to communicate with more confidence in Korean.
Forum of Asia in International Arena – Politics, Economy and Institutions
Credits: None, a montly class for International Relations-Asia students.
Course Lecturer: Ira Lyan
In recent decades, Asia has retaken its central position in world’s affairs, not only in the global economy but also in the realms of politics and culture. China, Japan and South Korea in East Asia, and India in South Asia, have become key players in the international arena and influence the lives of many people across the world. Addressing the need for a better understanding of Asian countries’ politics, economy, and culture, this course combines the study of diplomatic history, international security, political economy, and international law with the language, history and culture of China, Japan, India, and Korea.
Crossing Borders: Korea-Japan: Cultural Relations
Teacher: Rhee Jooyeon
This is a seminar course for 3rd-year students from the Korean studies program and the Japanese program. It will offer students to learn about the political and cultural ties between Japan and Korea from pre-modern era to modern era, with an emphasis on the modern era. Japan and Korea have main roles in current East Asia which influence the world economy, politics, and defense-related issues. Their relations will be taught comparatively and historically to enhance the knowledge of their culture and society.
Historical Memory in Korean Literature and Film
Teacher: Rhee Jooyeon
This course examines a body of scholalrly works, literature and films that deal with historical events of modern Korea. Korea has experienced intensely violent, yet highly dynamic social and political changes since the turn of the twentieth-century. Major historical events – such as the fall of the Confucian world order, economic and political exploitation under Japanese colonialism, the Korean War, the division between North and South Korea, the democratization movement, and the labour movement – hugely influenced the way Korean people view their own history, society and identity and the world. This course raises questions as to how certain moments of modern Korean history are remembered and contested; how the representation of cultural artifacts, literature and film shape historical memory; and how the representation can become a useful site to critique, nationalism, colonialism, national history and identity.
North and South Korea: System, Society and Economy
Course Lecturer: Dr. Yaakov Cohen
The course is designed for students in the Department of Asian Studies, as well as those of political science, international relations, economics, business administration, sociology, law, modern history, geography and general studies. The course focuses on the changes in South and North Korea in the fields of government, economy, society and foreign relations during the 1990’s and to the present day. The course provides students with basic understanding of the main trends in the fields of government, economy, society and foreign relations of South and North Korea.