East Asian Languages & Cultures | Survey of Korean Civilization
E233 | 1564 | Robinson


This course is designed to introduce you to the culture, history, and
social practices of Korea.  For the last half-century the Korean peninsula
has been at the vortex of regional and global power conflicts.  Little is
known, however, about Korea's ancient traditions, unique culture, or
important contributions to East Asian and global civilization.  This course
introduces the Korean people, their historical past, language and
literary production, contributions of East Asian intellectual traditions,
and its fascinating contemporary history as a divided nation–a product of
the mid-twentieth century Cold War.  We will also have to examine the
remarkable rise of South Korea as an important Asian trading economy and
its role in reshaping balance of power in East Asia.  The course will use
literature, film, historical writing, and contemporary popular cultural
artifacts to explore this vibrant and fascinating culture.