• Class Number 6667
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • AsPr Ruth Barraclough
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • AsPr Ruth Barraclough
SELT Survey Results

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 (1910-1945); how North Korea became communist and specifically women in the creation of North Korea; 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Comprehend and critically analyse key social and historical issues in modern Korean history.
  2. Evaluate watershed 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 and develop original analysis of these themes.
  4. Integrate theoretical debates with historical analysis to develop an understanding of modern Korea within the region and the world.
  5. Apply research skills to evaluate topics related to Korea.

Required Resources

Korea's Twentieth-Century Odyssey: A Short History

Author: Michael Robinson

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

This essential work is available as an e-book (internet resource) in the library.

Class readings for each week are available on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1: Who lived in the Choson Dynasty?
2 Week 2: Rebellions and the End of a Dynasty
3 Week 3: The Colonial Period: Culture and Gender
4 Week 4: Late Colonial Period: Assimilation, Collaboration and War
5 Week 5: The Birth of Communism in Korea
6 Week 6: Liberation and the Cold War
7 Week 7: The Korean War Through Film
8 Week 8: Everyday Life and Death in North Korea
9 Week 9: Syngman Rhee and Park Chung Hee
10 Week 10 The Generals in Charge
11 Week 11: Democratic Transformations:Kwangju and the Student Movement
12 Week 12: Global Korea and the Current Crisis
13 Exam period

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial presentation (zoom or face-to-face) 15 % 01/08/2022 04/11/2022 1,2,3,4
Research Essay Abstract and Bibliography 15 % 02/09/2022 09/09/2022 1,2
Research essay 40 % 28/10/2022 10/11/2022 1,2,4
Class Participation 10 % 04/11/2022 04/11/2022 1,2,3,4
Final exam - take home 20 % 01/11/2022 19/11/2022 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 04/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Tutorial presentation (zoom or face-to-face)

The tutorial presentation (zoom or face-to-face) is a 20 minute presentation, and includes a visually rich powerpoint and summary handout for class of approx 700 words

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 02/09/2022
Return of Assessment: 09/09/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Research Essay Abstract and Bibliography

This abstract and summary essay plan should be 1,000 words and is due at the end of Week 6. Please note bibliography is not included in the word count.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 28/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 10/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

Research essay

The research essay is 3000 words and is due in Week 12. Essay questions will be distributed in Week 2. Students can consult with the lecturer on their essay during the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 04/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class Participation

Students will be marked on their capacity to engage in discussion based upon the set readings for that work. Thoughtful reflection, questions and debate is encouraged.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/11/2022
Return of Assessment: 19/11/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final exam - take home

Details about the final exam and how to study for it will be discussed in class.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

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Distribution of grades policy

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