Korean Studies Courses

2018 Fall Korea Content Course Offerings

 

EALC-003: Introduction to Korean Civilization

Semester: Fall
Offered: 2018

This gateway course surveys the history of Korea from early times to the present.

Instructor: Eugene Y. Park

 

EALC-183: Readings in Korean History

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This course introduces students to English-language scholarship on social history of Korea from the founding of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) to the mid-nineteenth century.

Instructor: Eugene Y. Park

 


 

EALC-303: Korea and Empires

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This seminar reflects on international relations and human agency by considering the case of Korea from 1864 to 1945. As an East Asian kingdom with a long history, Korea had no choice but to deal with the forces of imperialism, as one major power after another sought to impose unequal treaties on the country. While making progress with an effort to build a modern nation- state and even declaring itself an empire in 1897, in 1910 Korea became a colony of Japan, which by then had defeated China and Russia while securing support from such major powers as the United States and the Great Britain. Korea’s plight as a colony of Japan, which was the last country to use “empire” as a part of its official name, provides rich material for discussing what modernity means for the humanity, identifying with the colonizer, the colonized, or the vast middle ground. This course fulfills EALC department’s Major Seminar on Korea requirement. EALC 003, 080, 081, or 082 is a prerequisite for this course. Open to non-majors if the course is not full.

Instructor: Eugene Park

 

EALC-503: Korean History and Civilization

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2018

This graduate-level seminar focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of the Korean Peninsula and the vicinity from early times to the contemporary era. Readings will consist of primary and secondary sources, including influential modern studies of Korean history and civilization. All course materials are in English and no knowledge of Korean is presumed.

Instructor: Nuri Kim

 

EALC790: Korean Studies: Methods

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2017

This course offers a critical introduction to the methodology of studying about Korea, especially its history. In the past four decades, Korean history as a field has grown tremendously in depth and breadth, thanks to an increasing body of scholarship by Korean and non-Korean researchers alike. Although still lagging behind scholarship on China and Japan in quantity and diversity, enhanced richness of historiography on Korea has increased demand for an in-depth, methodological assessment of various interpretive approaches. Recognizing the nexus between historiography and its constantly changing social context, we will consider how historiography on Korea has evolved since the 1960s. Addressing these issues by focusing on kinship, status, ideology, and economy, this seminar searches for new approaches to studying about Korea in particular and, more broadly, East Asia.

Instructor: Hyun Jae Yoo

 

EALC116: East Asian Gardens

Semester: Spring
Offered: 2017

Explore the beauty of gardens (and associated buildings) in Japan, China, and Korea from ancient times to the present. Lectures will be illustrated by photographs from dozens of sites in East Asia, and by a field trip to the Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. The main body of the course will be a historical survey of the evolution of East Asian garden art forms from the sixth century to the present. Discussion will touch on geographic and climatic parameters, spiritual and aesthetic principles, practical limitations and creative innovations of East Asian gardens. There will be an additional fee for the Japanese House visit, and possibly for other field trips.

Instructor: Frank L. Chance

 

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