K50 Winter 2017 syllabus - Korean 50 Korean Civilization...

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Korean 50Korean CivilizationWinter 2017 Instructor:Namhee Lee, Associate Professor of Modern Korean History Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon & Wed 9:30-10:30am or by appointment, 268A Royce TeachingAssistants and Office hours:Sangmee Oh ([email protected]) Fri 11am-1pm Royce B02 Jong Woo Park ([email protected]) Fri 1-2:50pm Royce B02 Matthew Lauer ([email protected]) Fri 2-2:50pm Royce B02 Lectures:Mon & Wed 8-9:15am Rolfe 1200 TA Sections: 1A: Fri 9-9:50am Rolfe 3129 1B: Fri 10-10:50am Franz 2258A 1C: Fri 11-11:50am Royce 154 1D: Fri 12-12:50pm Royce 154 1E: Fri 1-1:50pm Public Affairs 1329 COURSE DESCRIPTIONThis course will survey Korean history and culture from prehistoric times to the present in chronological order. We will analyze and interpret historical events and patterns through a set of several themes, such as Korean identity and character, forms of political rule, social order and hierarchy, religion, and economy, in relation to their political and socioeconomic contexts, as well as in relation to East Asia and beyond. Korea’s modern transformation that began in the late nineteenth century, as it underwent a full range of economic, political, social, and cultural changes that characterized the modern world, and which also experienced direct subjugation by another country, constitutes another theme of the course. Other important themes of the last few weeks of the course will be the division of the country, the Korean War and the contrasting developments of North and South Korea over the past seven decades, as well as events on the peninsula taking place today. This course will emphasize developing skills of historical analysis over memorization of historical facts. Thus the course will require students’ active engagement with information, critical thinking, and the ability to interpret the meanings of the past in accordance with the above-mentioned themes.
ASSIGNMENTS Readings The readings will consist of the required text (see below), other secondary texts, and primary texts and documentary materials from the era in question. All other readings are available as pdf files in the CCLE site; you are expected to print out, read, and bring the assignedreadings to class and discussion sections. Before each lecture class, please read carefully the designated chapters and other readings, not only to get a basic overview of events and patterns, but also to discern the arguments and interpretive points that the author presents. Finally, read the corresponding primary source reading to enhance your understanding of the topics of the week, compare the perspectives put forth by the narratives, and prepare for discussion in the discussion sections. Required TextKyung Moon Hwang, A History of Korea, 2ndEdition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (Available for Purchase at UCLA Bookstore).Two library copies of this book are also available on reserve at the Powell Library (please note that the loan period is 2 hours).

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