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The Two Koreas - A Contemporary History%2c 1945-Present FINAL2

The Two Koreas - A Contemporary History%2c 1945-Present FINAL2

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HIEA 151 – The Two Koreas, 1945-Present: A Contemporary History (Spring 2011) Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-10:50 AM Peterson 103 Instructor : Todd A. Henry, PhD E-mail : [email protected] Office : Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS), Room 3008 Office Hours : Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, or by appointment Reader : Anthony (Yooshin) Kim (PhD student, Literature) E-mail [email protected] Course Description This course focuses on the politics, socio- economics, and culture of the two Koreas. Beginning with an introduction to the legacies of Japanese rule (1910-45), we will first trace the domestic and international processes resulting in a fratricidal war that divided the peninsula at the 38 th parallel. Through scholarly writings, primary documents, fiction, and films, we will then examine the emergence of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) as competing regimes within the global context of the Cold War. We will pay close attention to the ideological, socio-economic, and cultural differences separating these two regimes. At the same time, students will also explore the unexpected similarities experienced by the inhabitants of these mutually antagonistic nation states. The final weeks will examine the question of everyday life in the two Koreas and among their overseas communities. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate the historical trajectories of North and South Korea and the challenges of re-unification. Books for Purchase and Other Readings Michael E. Robinson, Korea’s Twentieth Century Odyssey: A Short History H. K. Shin, Remembering Korea 1950: A Boy Soldier’s Story Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea Additional readings will be available online on WebCT. 1
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Requirements/Grading Classroom Preparation/Participation (Includes group discussion question work and periodic pop quizzes) 15% Short Paper 1 (4-6 pages on part I; Due in class on 4/26) 25% Short Paper 2 (4-6 pages on part II; Due in class on 5/24) 25% Final Exam 35% (On Nothing to Envy and parts I-II; In class on 6/7) Notes : All written assignments are to be printed out and submitted in class . No unauthorized email submissions will be accepted. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will be treated as such. Students found guilty of plagiarism will receive a failing grade for the assignment at hand. As the History Department’s statement on plagiarism explains, the “most obvious form of plagiarism is the verbatim copying of words, sentences, paragraphs or entire sections or chapter without quotation and proper attribution… You must use quotation marks even if you only borrow several words in sequence from a source.” All students should read the History Department’s statement on plagiarism: http://history.ucsd.edu/ugrad/current/academic-integrity.html . If you are unclear about any aspect, you should ask the instructor for clarification before completing assignments.
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