History of Modern Korea

History of Modern Korea

Course Number: HISTORY G372 (IU), HISTORY 392.002 (U-M), ASN 291 section 301 (MSU)

Times: Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15PM (EST)

Instructor: Michael Robinson

This course examines the society, politics, and economic development of modern Korea of both North and South. The major themes of the course focus on the transformation of Korea from an agrarian, bureaucratic/aristocratic society into two, dynamic, authoritarian, industrialized and, in the case of the South Korea, democratizing, states. We will trace Korea’s response to the influx of Western political power in Asia after 1840 and examine the effects on Korea of the intrusion of capitalism and imperialism in the late 19th century. Since 1900, intellectual, political, social, and economic change in Korea has been extraordinarily rapid. How the modern Korean state and society has evolved as a response to this change is the central concern of the course. We will have to balance the force of the traditional legacy in the emerging blend of old and new in modern Korea in order to understand the unique shape of contemporary Korea’s social political order and its place in the emerging world order of the 21stcentury.

Hosting University: Indiana University

Participating Universities: University of Michigan, Michigan State University

Academic Calendar: Unless specified by the course instructor, the course will follow the host campus’ academic calendar.