• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject War Studies
  • Areas of interest History, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Kyung Moon Hwang
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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This course aims to provide both a historical and a sociocultural understanding of the origins, development and impact of the Korean War (1950-1953). Often dubbed “the Forgotten War,” the Korean War was an integral part of the global Cold War.  The Korean peninsula became one of the most volatile zones in global politics.  In addition to reading standard accounts of the war from the perspective of diplomatic and military history, students will also learn about other aspects of the war through its portrayal in literature, films and photography to come to a fuller understanding of the complexity, nuance and legacy of the Korean War. The course examines the deep historical roots that led to the War, the various states, militaries, media and international organizations that became involved in the conflict and the human experiences that are not often included in political or historical narratives.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend the overall historical development of the Korean War.
  2. Demonstrate and understand the lasting impact of the Korean War as part of a continuum of a long historical development that links the past and the present.
  3. Apply analytical skills to develop a deeper understanding of the broader regional and global political developments, especially the Cold War.
  4. Analyse the War from multiple perspectives, ranging from political and economic to personal and psychological.
  5. Acquire the relevant background for a better understanding of contemporary conflicts and tensions between North and South Korea and between North Korea and the US and neighbouring Asian states, especially China and Japan.
  6. Assist in developing advanced critical thinking and communication skills in both writing and speaking

Indicative Assessment

  1. Bi-weekly analysis (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
  2. In-class slide presentation (5) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
  3. Participation in class and on Wattle (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
  4. Mid-term Essay (1,500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  5. Final Essay (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

130 hours workload over the whole semester including in class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ASIA6088 and ASIA2088.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4603 01 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 30 Sep 2023 In-Person and Online N/A

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