Topic in Western History II
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
American Studies, European Studies, History
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units3
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The Korean War was both the pivotal event of post-1945 Korean history and the pivotal event in post-World War II international history. This course will examine the international forces that created and shaped the catastrophic conflict in Korea. It will simultaneously investigate how the war gave shape to the international system that we call the Cold War. While we will necessarily discuss the military course of the war, the main focus will be on the politics of the conflict. The course will be based on lectures and readings. The collection of reading assignments includes selections from some of the most important scholarly works on the war published in English, as well as translations of key documents.
Course Requirements and Grading:
The assigned readings are compiled in a course reader that is available for purchase in the copy center Hoo Mun Sa, near the back gate of the campus. In order to follow the lectures, it is important that students complete the reading before each class.
- Quizzes: 10%
There will be several quizzes on maps and readings.
- Midterm and Final Exam: 45% each
The mid-term and final (non-cumulative) exam will consist of six short identification questions and one essay question. Possible identification questions will be listed on the lecture outline posted for each class meeting and possible essay topics will be posted a week before the exam. A few weeks before the exam, I will distribute examples of good answers from previous exams, so that students will know exactly what is expected. Grades will be based on factual accuracy, analytical rigor, and clarity of expression.
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