Introduction to Korean and East Asian History

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Korean and East Asian History

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History, South Asian Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    A general survey of the historical development of various aspects of Korean civilization, including politics, society and economy, thought and religion, and the arts. Half of the 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. The other half of the course will take a comparative approach by examining contemporaneous China and Japan, identifying similarities and differences between the three countries. Through this course, students will have a better understanding of the challenges Korea faced in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the historical processes through which Korea, China, and Japan developed.

    Charles Holcombe, A history of East Asia : from the origins of civilization to the twenty-first century (Required)
    Ki-baik Lee, A New History of Korea (Optional)

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