• 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 Undergraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course WARS6088

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

On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1) comprehend the overall historical development of the Korean War
2) demonstrate an 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 

Indicative Assessment

Weekly writing  20% 1, 2, 3, 4
Class presentation PowerPoint 5% 1, 2, 3, 5
Participation in class and on Wattle  5% 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-term Essay 2,000 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final Essay 3,000 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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Workload

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

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 AISA2088.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on Wattle. 

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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