Special Topics in Korean Studies I

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Special Topics in Korean Studies I

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description:
    South Korea has gone through dazzling growth and transformation in economy, society, and politics since its establishment in 1945. The tempo and scope of changes have been astoundingly rapid and sweeping. Compared with that of other developing countries, Korea?s modernization bears idiosyncrasies as well as commonalities. The course will cover such diverse issues as state-directed industrialization, debate over its origin, labor unrest and popular protest against authoritarianism, democratic transition and consolidation, post-transition civil society resurrection, financial crisis and neoliberal globalization, and its subsequent social changes and hardships. As the thrust of this course lies in helping students be versed in contemporary Korea, readings are assigned with more empirical and interpretive than theoretical ones, so it is assumed that students can embrace knowledge from readings without being in agony much. To assist further students? understanding of Korea, additional supplementary audiovisual materials will be on play in class.

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