10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G208
Section Information for Fall 2022
There are many ways to understand a society and its culture, but one of the essential elements that influence society and culture is history. History offers a perspective that let us consider the broader implication of the past on the present, and it helps us gain a deeper understanding of the current society and culture. This course explores Korean culture and society by focusing on Korean history and how Korean society and culture changed over time. While going over Korean history chronologically from ancient to modern, it examines the society and culture of each period while thinking about how these past events affected our current society. We’ll discuss ongoing historical controversies, conflicts among the different and various historical interpretations, and historical representations in the popular media.
The course takes a broad and comparative perspective to look at Korean history along with the historical changes in East Asia, and by extension, the world. It compares Korean historical experiences with those of Japan and China while connecting Korean history to the larger global changes. At the same time, it focuses on the lived experience of people and how their culture changed. It blends in short novels and literature, as well as popular films based on Korean history to gain a deeper understanding of how Korean people exerted their agency while interacting with the global changes throughout history. Students will work on a project to present their investigations on popular films based on Korean history.
This course is provided as a flipped course which consists of both online and offline course materials. Students will be asked to watch the lecture videos and complete the weekly online assignments before coming to discussion sessions on Thursdays. This course is targeted at students with no background knowledge of Korean history. No prerequisite.