Historical Sociology

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Historical Sociology

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    Course Description
    This course deals with premodern, modern & contemporary Korean history from comparative & historical perspective. Through genealogical approaches we will overcome ?methodological nationalism' in space and transcend ?chronofetishism? and ?tempocentrism? in time. Those are typical forms of ahistorcism and asociologism.

    After introducing problematique and theory of historical sociology, we will proceed to cover substantial histories centered on Korea. Students can understand the making/unmaking of international and transnational relations of South & North Korea on the one hand, and the constitution/transformation of Korean identity in global era on the other hand.

    Textbook & Course Materials

    • Course Package
    • Cumings, Bruce, Korea?s Place in the Sun, W. W. Norton & Company, 2005.

    Course Schedule


    • 1st Week. Introduction : Historicity, Globality and Reflexivity
    • 2nd Week. What is Historical Sociology? (1)
    • 3rd Week. What is Historical Sociology? (2)
    • 4th Week. What is Historical Sociology of International Relations? (1)
    • 5th Week. What is Historical Sociology of International Relations? (2)
    • 6th Week. International Relations of Korea before Modern Era
    • 7th Week. Japan?s Colonial Domination of Korea
    • 8th Week. Midterm Examination
    • 9th Week. Korean Resistance against Japanese Colonial Rule
    • 10th Week. The Making of South Korea-America Relations, 1945-1948
    • 11th Week. The Korean War, 1948-1953
    • 12th Week. The Transformations of South Korea I: Industrialization, 1953-1997
    • 13th Week. The Transformations of South Korea II: Democratization, 1960-1987
    • 14th Week. North Korea
    • (Final Term Paper Due)
    • 15th Week. Final Examination



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