Korean Studies Courses

EALC 184/584 Two Koreas: Politics division

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2017

In today’s world, the inter-Korean border or DMZ (demilitarized zone) is widely regarded as one of the most impermeable and conflictual frontiers. The purpose of this course is to explore the dynamics of its formation between, and impact within, the two Koreas. The course therefore proposes to analyze how the division of the Korean peninsula not only came into being but also how it has shaped the socio-political trajectories of both the North and the South since 1945. The course also aims at introducing students to conceptual frameworks and comparative debates relevant to understanding the Korean case(s) from a social science perspective.

Instructor: Justine Guichard

 

EALC 192/592 Arts of Korea

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2017

The goal of this course is understanding the development of visual, performing, and literary arts in Korea and the historical, religious, and social contexts in which they flourished. It serves as an introduction to the arts of Korea, with emphasis on painting, sculpture, ceramics, and architecture and additional consideration of dance, drama, poetry, and culinary arts. Covers the whole history of Korea, from prehistoric times to the twenty-first century.

Instructor: Frank Chance

 

EALC 303 Major Seminar on Korea

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2017

This is a seminar required for all Korean majors in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization. Topic varies year to year.

Instructor: Eugene Park

 

EALC 081 Premodern Korea: Philosophers, Warriors, and Slaves

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2016

This course surveys the history of Korea from early times to 1800, focusing on the establishment of various sociopolitical orders and their characteristics as well as major cultural developments. Covered topics include: state formation and dissolution; status hierarchy and social mobility; the role of ideology and how it changes; religious beliefs and values; agriculture, crafts and commerce; and changing family relations and gender roles. Students will also be introduced to various interpretive approaches in the historiography. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean language is presumed. The course fulfills the College’s History and Tradition Sector and Cross Cultural Analysis requirements. For the History major and minor, this course counts toward the pre-1800 and Asia requirements.

Instructor: Eugene Park

 

EALC 780 Readings in Korean History

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2016

This course offers a graduate level introduction to the literature of Korean history. It uses a reading list of classic and noteworthy recent texts to help students map the critical questions and debates that have shaped the field. The list is also designed to represent key methodological developments, including gender and transnational histories. The course proceeds as a reading seminar. It meets weekly. The standard writing requirement is a book review and a historiographical paper on a topic of the student s choosing. Students are also welcome to write their second-year research paper in conjunction with the seminar.

Instructor: Eugene Park