This is an introductory course in Korean Studies, which focuses on the major historical, social, and political issues and events from the mid-19th century to contemporary Korea. The course will begin with a general introduction to the country and people of Korea and move onto discussions of the following issues in historical periods: 1) Foreign interests to Korea from mid-19th century to early 20th century, 2) Japanese colonialism and Korean nationalism between 1910 and 1945, 3) ideological clashes after the independence from Japan, 4) the Korean War, 5) industrialization efforts in the 1960s and 1970s, 6) the democratic social movements in the 1980s, and 7) political changes in contemporary Korea.  In addition, we will discuss the state formation and development in North Korea and current relationships between the two Koreas. The course will highlight the complex and compound ramifications of the past 150 years of Korean history and foreign relations to the 21st century South Korea. The course also aims to juxtapose and challenge the “grand narratives” of history with the lived experiences of people.

Gen Eds: HS, CI, BN