Korean Studies Courses

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