- Code ASIA2040
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies, History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning. Remote (online) and in-person students participate in separate classes.
This course will introduce students to the history of Korea from 1800 to the present with an emphasis on modernity, gender, war and capitalism. Using primary sources, literary works, documentary, and film, we will explore such topics as: the genealogy of modern Korean nationalism through peasant and aristocratic rebellions in the 19th century; the tangled relationship between Korea and Japan during the period of Japanese colonial rule (19120-1945); how North Korea became communist; the scars of the Korean War (1950-53); counter-cultural movements in 1970s and 80s South Korea; and contemporary challenges facing South and North Korea. This course will give students a thorough grounding in Korean history, and introduce them to major interpretative currents in the study of Korean history.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Analyse core social and historical issues in modern Korean history.
2. Critically evaluate key historical events in Korea's modern history.
3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the key themes of gender, war, communism and capitalism as they relate to modern Korean history.
4. Critically assess contemporary debates on the state of modern Korea and its role in the region and the world.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one
course applies to both courses combined.
Indicative AssessmentGeography and Biography Quiz 20% (LO 1,2)
Tutorial Presentation 10% (LO 1,2)
Research Essay 30% (LO 1,2,4)
Class Participation 10% (LO 1,2,3,4)
Final Exam 30% (LO 1,2,3,4)
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3 contact hours per week plus 7 non-contact hours. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kyung Moon Hwang, ‘Birth and Bureaucracy’ in Beyond Birth: Social Status in the Emergence of Modern Korea, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.
Sunjoo Kim, Marginality and Subversion in Korea: The Hong Kyongnae Rebellion of 1812, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.
Bruce Cumings, Korea’s Place in the Sun, New York: Norton, 2005.
Carter Eckert, et al, Korea Old and New, Seoul: Ilchokak, 1990.
Andre Schmid, Korea Between Empires 1895-1919, New York: Columbia University Press, 2002.
Charles Armstrong, The North Korean Revolution 1945-50, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2004.
Kim Yong and Kim Suk Young, Long Road Home, New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.
Namhee Lee, The Making of Minjung: Democracy and the Politics of Representation in South Korea, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.
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