Undergraduate | CUR-KOR220 | 2024
Korean Society and Politics
Welcome to Korea. You’ll explore Korean history and culture, including key events and social structures. Take a look at North-South Relations. If you’re thinking of living or working in Korea, this subject offers an overview of modern Korea.
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- 26 Feb 2024,
- 26 Aug 2024
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- 13 weeks
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Korean Society and Politics
About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- describe key events in the history of the Korean peninsula and explain the significance of historical legacies to both North and South Korean societies and cultures
- discuss how social structures influence social interactions in South Korea, and apply this knowledge to living and working in Korea
- compare and contrast how culturally contingent social and political practices influence decision making in Korea, and design evidence-based solutions to simulated practical challenges in the workplace and international politics
- develop a global outlook through interactive in-class exercises that seek to compare and contrast Eurocentric knowledge with Korean worldviews
- Korean history overview
- Colonial period and legacies
- Korean War and Division
- Economic Development and the Chaebol
- Democratisation and Civil Society
- Confucianism and Religion
- Migration and Multiculturalism
- North-South Relations
- North Korean society and politics
- The two Koreas’ international relations
This subject is suitable for students with no prior knowledge of Korean language or culture. It introduces students to the main events in the modern history of the Korean peninsula, Korean social and political structures, as well as the fractious relations between the two Koreas. The subject is designed for learners who will require an in-depth understanding of Korea in their future careers, and covers topics such as family structures and values, gender relations, migration and the significance of the corporate sector to Korean society and politics. The subject also covers aspects of North Korean society and relations between the two Koreas. Assessments for this unit focus on developing skills in providing research and evidence-based recommendations to employers in workplace contexts and conducting a simulated symposium.
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- Weekly group discussions culminating in a simulated symposium (30%)
- Research essay on a set topic (40%)
- Policy recommendation report (30%)
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