History | Modern Korea
G372 | 3116 | Robinson


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section carries culture studies credit
Above section open to undergraduates only

This course examines the society, politics, and economic development
of modern Korea, both North and South.  Major course themes focus on
the transformation of Korea from an agrarian, bureaucratic, and
aristocratic society into two, dynamic, authoritarian,
industrialized…in the case of South Korea…democratizing, states.  We
will trace Korea’s response to the influx of Western political power
in Asia after 1840 and examine the effects on Korea of the intrusion
of capitalism and imperialism in the late 19th century.  Since 1900,
intellectual, political, social, and economic change in Korea has
been extraordinarily rapid.  How the modern Korea state and society
has evolved as a response to this change is the central concern of
the course.

Texts: Nancy Ablemann, John Lie, Blue Dreams, which examines the
20th century Korean Diaspora, Carter Eckert, Offspring of Empire,
narrative of the origins of Korean Capitalism, Michael Robinson,
Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea, Korean nationalist and
social revolutionary movements, Bruce Cumings, Korea’s Place in the
Sun, historical narrative of Korea, includes contemporary north
Korea.

Course evaluation based on a Mid-term Exam (30%), final (30%), Term-
Essay (30%), and participation and attendance (10%).