Introduction to Korean History and Culture

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Korean History and Culture

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description:

    A general survey of the historical development of various aspects of Korean civilization, including politics, society and economy, thought and religion, and the arts. This course will cover the main themes in Korean history and their historical interpretations, from prehistoric times to the modern period. It will also pay special attention to social systems, religion, and culture, as well as the changing geopolitics of the region. Through this course, students will have a better understanding of the challenges Korea faced in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    Course Structure:

    Each day will consist of half lecture and half discussion. For discussion, students will be assigned to lead discussion and will be graded on their ability to stimulate an interesting and provocative discussion with their group.

    Course Requirements:

    Students are expected to attend lectures regularly, to actively participate in discussions, and to keep up with reading assignments. Weekly assignments will be given on the readings. There will be a mid-term and a final examination.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.