Introduction to Korea and East Asia: Past and Present

Pusan National University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Korea and East Asia: Past and Present

  • Host University

    Pusan National University

  • Location

    Busan, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    0
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Objectives
    The main objective of this course is to stimulate thinking about and encourage attempts to understand the structure of and issues in contemporary East Asia and how Korea has played an important part. This approach will entail acquiring an understanding of how in the past geography, history, trade, international rivalry, economic development, and the domestic situation have affected China, Japan, and Korea and continue to do so in the present.

    Course Description
    This course is designed to provide the student with an outline of the East Asian region broadly defined, with a more specific focus on Korea. The timeline will be the late nineteenth century to the mid-Cold War years of the twentieth century. The topics of study will follow a historical rationale which considers change and continuity, linking and distinguishing such features as the Chinese tributary system and the international relations system of the present. Within this range, other topics will include Western incursion and imperialism, the extinction of the tributary system, the rise of Japan, wars in East Asia, revolution, colonialism, the world wars,