• Class Number 4603
  • Term Code 3350
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Kyung Moon Hwang
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/06/2023
  • Class End Date 17/07/2023
  • Census Date 07/07/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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

Research-Led Teaching


Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All course materials will be provided.


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Divisions
2 Occupation
3 Outbreak
4 Inchon
5 Winter In-class midterm examination
6 Stalemate
7 Prisoners
8 Armistice
9 Aftermaths 1
10 Aftermaths 2
11 Final examination Online

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
ASSESSMENT 1: Daily quizzes on reading and viewing assignments (16%) 16 % 04/07/2023 * 1,2,5
ASSESSMENT 2: Daily oral presentation and commentary on a supplemental source (20% of course mark) 20 % 04/07/2023 * 1,2,3,4
ASSESSMENT 3: Participation in class discussion (19% of the total mark) 19 % 04/07/2023 * 1,3,5
ASSESSMENT 4: In-class mid-term examination (20% of the total mark) 20 % 07/07/2023 10/07/2023 1,2,3,4,5
ASSESSMENT 5: Final examination (25% of the total mark) 25 % 17/07/2023 21/07/2023 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.


Students are expected to attend all class sessions in full, and to actively participate in class discussion.


In-class midterm examination, online final examination.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 16 %
Due Date: 04/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5

ASSESSMENT 1: Daily quizzes on reading and viewing assignments (16%)

At the start of each day's class session, starting on Tuesday 4/7, a quiz will be taken on the day's assigned readings and viewings.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

ASSESSMENT 2: Daily oral presentation and commentary on a supplemental source (20% of course mark)

For every daily class session after the first one, each student must draw one source from the list of supplementary readings or viewings--in five categories--and be prepared in class to introduce the source's contents and its relevance and significance for both the day's theme and its required reading/viewing assignments.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 19 %
Due Date: 04/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

ASSESSMENT 3: Participation in class discussion (19% of the total mark)

Students must attend all daily class sessions in full and participate actively in class discussion. This determines one's daily participation mark. The daily marks, with a range from 0 to 3, will be averaged to determine the assessment mark for the term.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 07/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 10/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

ASSESSMENT 4: In-class mid-term examination (20% of the total mark)

The mid-term examination, taken in class and written by hand, will be in essay format and require critical thinking as well as a synthesis of the readings from Week 1. The examination will take place in the afternoon of Friday 7/7.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 17/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 21/07/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

ASSESSMENT 5: Final examination (25% of the total mark)

The final examination, on the morning of Monday 17/7, will take place online and take the same format as the midterm examination, but it will cover Week 2 content.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

All assignments will be submitted online.

Hardcopy Submission


Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted for Assessments. Submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be given.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be marked and returned to the student within a week after submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Special permission of the lecturer is required for re-submission.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Kyung Moon Hwang
6125 8242

Research Interests

Korean history

Prof Kyung Moon Hwang

Wednesday 14:30 15:30
By Appointment

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