East Asian Languages and Cultures | Topics in East Asian Studies: Korean Politics and Business
E505 | 13050 | Jung, H

This section is for graduates only
Course description
This course will examine how South Korea was transformed from one of
the poorest countries in the 1950s into a member of the wealthy
countries with a focus on the role of politics and business and their
interactions.  The course divides roughly into four sections.  The
first examines rapid economic growth under authoritarian regimes and
the active roles of the Korean state until the 1980s.  The second
takes a closer look at the relationship between economic development
and democratization in the 1980s.  The third focuses on the rise of
chaebol (Korean big business) since the 1980s and the road to an
economic crisis in 1997.  The final section of the course analyzes the
post-crisis economic reform, recovery and transformation of the
state-business relationship.  In each section, key actors, political
and economic institutions, policymaking processes, and international
factors will be discussed.  Special attention will be paid to the ways
in which politics have influence on business (and vice versa) and
their development over time. No previous background on Korea is expected.

For undergraduate students, requirements will include short response
papers, midterm and final examinations, class attendance, and active
participation. Graduate students are expected to write short response
papers and complete a research paper at the end of the semester.