History | Modern Korea
G372 | 27279 | Robinson


Above class carries Culture Studies credit
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s 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:  Robinson, "Korea’s 20th Century Odyssey: A Short History,"
Nelson, "Measured Excess," Lee, "Making of Minjung," and Selected
readings posted on Oncourse.

Course Evaluation: Two Hour examinations (60 %), a Final exam
(30%), and participation and attendance (10%).