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					                            KOREAN HISTORY
              INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL 2008
                     UNIVERSITY OF SEOUL

Instructor: Dr. Mark Monahan
Phone: 011-9722-3199                          Email: mmonahan@umuc.edu


COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course will deal with a brief history of Korea. While attention will be given
to cultural and intellectual aspects of Korea’s history, a great deal of the course
will be dedicated to a survey of the political, security, social, and economic
history. In addition, the course will explore Korea’s relations with China and
Japan in that her history is closely interwoven with that of her two neighboring
nations due to a geographical location.


TEXTBOOK:

“Korean Studies”, articles selected and compiled by Professor


GRADING SYSTEM:

 1. midterm examination: 30%
 2. final examination: 30%
 3. attendance/class participation: 40%


TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE:

Wk1: Introduction (slide presentation):
       Korean value systems (Confucianism, Buddhism, etc)
       Korean Family system: yesterday and today and also Video
Wk2: Yi Dynasty International relations with China, Japan and the USA
     Japanese Colonial period: Post-WWⅡ Korean situation up to the Korean war
Wk3: Midterm examination/ “Democratization” in South Korea
     US-ROK Security Relations and SK foreign relations and reunification issues
     Korean economic history: yesterday and today


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Wk4: 1991 and 1992: South Korea and relations with its neighboring countries
     North-South Korea relations and N. Korea’ nuclear/missile issues
     Final examination


LIST OF LECTURES:

Lecture 1: Introduction – Slide presentations (reading #1 – see textbook)
Lecture 2: Concept of “In” in Confucianism and Buddhism (reading #2)
            Confucian Tradition in the Contemporary Korean Family (reading #3)
Lecture 3: Korean in Traditional East Asia (reading #4)
Lecture 4: The Shilhak and Chong Yak-Yong (reading #5)
           Choe Che-U and the Eastern Learning (reading #6)
Lecture 5: The Shufeldt Treaty (First treaty with the Western Nation) (reading #7)
Lecture 6: US Policy and the Japanese Annexation (reading #8)
           The Japanese Colonial Rule (reading #9)
Lecture 7: Four Political Leaders (reading #10)
           “Division of Korea” = video
           The UN Commission, the Cheju Rebellion, and the May 10 election
           (reading #11)
Lecture 8: The Establishment of Separate Regime (reading #12)
           Yosu Rebellion and its Aftermath (reading #13) and Video
Lecture 9: The Korean war (reading #14) and Video
Lecture 10: the Last Domino (reading #15) and the Ceasefire Agreement (Video)
Lecture 11: “Democratization” in South Korea (reading #16) and Video
Lecture 12: Korea (North and South) 1991 and 1992 (reading #17)
Lecture 13: Korea in Postwar US Security Relations (reading #18)
            The Security Relationship between Korea and the US: 1960-1984
            (reading #19)
Lecture 14: The Foreign and Unification Policies of the Republic of Korea
            (reading #20)
Lecture 15: The Politics of Economic: Rise and Decline in South Korea (reading #21)
Lecture 16: Chuche Ideology and Military First: North Korean System (reading #22)
Lecture 17: North Korea Missile and Nuclear Issues and the Military Capability
            South Korea Military Capability




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