East Asian Languages and Cultures | Survey of Korean Civilization
E233 | 1590 | 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---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. Of
course the current Nuclear Crisis involving North Korea will be
discussed. The course will use literature, film, historical writing,
and contemporary popular cultural artifacts to explore this vibrant
and fascinating culture.  Course requirements are two, hour
examinations and a final exam.