H105g S08 syllabus

H105g S08 syllabus - History 105g. Spring 2008. The Korean...

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1 History 105g. Spring 2008. The Korean Past. Sections: Friday 9am, 10am, 12pm Instructor and TAs Office Phone Email Office Hours Prof. Kyung Moon Hwang Ahn House 821-4072 khwang@usc.edu Tuesday 2:00-3:30pm, Wednesday 2-3:30pm Dylan Ellefson Shrine Auditorium ellefson@usc.edu Tuesday 2-3pm, Friday 1-2pm Ben Uchiyama Shrine Auditorium buchiyam@usc.edu Tuesday 2-3:30pm, Friday 11am-12:30pm INTRODUCTION (please read carefully) Korea remains a mystery for most people, including many influential Americans in politics and journalism. This course aims to help the student understand Korea through the most comprehensive and reliable approach--through its history. When we understand the larger flow of Korean history and the recurrent themes that have characterized the development of Korean civilization, we can get a more substantial, more sophisticated grasp of the reasons behind the headlines. In the process, we gain an appreciation for the richness of a very distinctive, and--for most of us--wholly different civilization, which can teach us much about common patterns in human history and provide us a fresh perspective on American or Western civilization. Several themes run through the course of Korean history from the very beginning of historical records to the present day: 1. The search for Korean identity and cultural distinctiveness; 2. Relationship to the outside world; 3. Forms of political domination; 4. Social hierarchy; 5. Gender and family; and 6. The role of religion. These themes, often interacting with each other, will appear repeatedly, and the challenge will be to determine how each theme remains consistent as well as how each theme develops in accordance with the historical context of any given time. A final important theme will be the country’s modern transformation , especially its history in the 20th century, when Korea, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, was suddenly bombarded with the full range of economic, political, social, and cultural change. The modern period witnessed, for the first time in over a thousand years, subjugation into direct rule by another power (period of Japanese colonialism), and the division
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H105g S08 syllabus - History 105g. Spring 2008. The Korean...

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