Seminar on Korean Politics
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Asian Studies, Political Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Course Description and Objective
The main aim of the course is to promote the interest of (international) students in Korean politics and to enable them to properly appreciate the political economy of Korea. We will first take a brief look at the historical processes from the liberation and division of Korean peninsula. Coupled with state-led economic development, we also deal with the significance of Korea’s remarkable economic recovery after the Asian Crisis in 1997. Given many emphases should be placed on South Korea, the current issues on North Korea, including “going nuclear” may be explored. Some attention will also be paid to multifaceted socio-cultural aspects of Korean society: societal security (identity security), multiculturalism, and ‘Korean Wave’(Hallyu), by in-depth exploration of Korean politics as a whole.
Regular attendance and active participation are expected. Each week the students are supposed to read the required reading. The course is evaluated by a combination of the presentation you will make, the critical response paper, and a final term paper.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.