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Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ASIAN 2218 - Introduction to Korea


(GB) (CA-AS)      
Spring. 3 credits.

E. Choi.

This is an inter-disciplinary course in which we will explore the culture and history of the Korean peninsula, both South and North, from its foundation myths to contemporary life.  While dealing with the broad scope of Korea in the historical context, and building on the key aspects of pre-modern and modern Korean culture (debates and controversies in the present), we will move chronologically through major historical, political, economic and social moments that inform contemporary Korean identity, and arrive at the particulars of contemporary North and South Korea today, from daily life, gender, civil society to KPop.  Through the wealth of film on reserve at the library, and other sources such as literature, music, and photographs, emphasis will be placed on envisioning and understanding Korea in a broad, multi-disciplinary way, in hopes of appreciating how the peninsula after a tumultuous and often painful history has arrived at its moment of “Korea Sparkling.” (GE)



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