East Asia: Tradition and Today

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    East Asia: Tradition and Today

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description:

    To many people, 2017 began with not a bright perspective of the future. Polarization in both political and economic arena in various regions of the world is having serious impacts on our lives. How did we get here? People ask. Reflecting upon this question leads us to think about once again the fundamentals of our society and our lives. What is a good society? What is a good life? How do different views appear and how we resolve conflicting ideas? What is individual citizen’s responsibility to his or her community and how do different societies address these issues? Does East Asia have different views on these issues in comparison to the West? This course explores East Asian responses to these questions and issues.

    During the first two weeks, we examine the traditional social and political thoughts in East Asia. With that background, we will examine some of major changes that took place in modern East Asia, and the relationship between East Asia and the West in that context, and also the competing and conflicting relationship among the three East Asian nations. We examine some of major events that shook the East Asian community and discuss how East Asian community reacted to the events and how the community spirit inspires us to understand human existence and society.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.