East Asian Languages and Cultures | Topics in East Asian Studies: Korean Politics and Business
E505 | 15757 | Jung, Heon Joo


This course open to graduate students only
This course meets with EALC-E350 on same topic

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