- Code WARS6088
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
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 organisations that became involved in the conflict and the human experiences that are not often included in political or historical narratives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Comprehend the overall historical development of the Korean War.
- 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.
- Apply analytical skills to develop a deeper understanding of the broader regional and global political developments, especially the Cold War.
- Analyse the War from multiple perspectives, ranging from political and economic to personal and psychological.
- 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.
- Develop advanced research, critical thinking and communication skills using primary sources.
The course will start on 26 June when the materials will be accessible by students.
The intensive portion runs on weekdays between 3-14 July.
There will be 3.5-4 hours of class time per day, running 10-12pm, then 1-2.30/3pm.
The course will end on 17 July when the final assessment is due.
- Bi-weekly analysis (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
- In-class slide presentation (5) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
- Participation in class and on Wattle (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,6]
- Mid-term Essay (2,500 words) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Final Essay (3,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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Workload130 hours workload over the whole semester including in class time and independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsCourse materials will be available on Wattle.
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