Introduction to Korean History

Introduction to Korean History

Course Number: History 108 (UW), KOR 197 (PSU), EALC 199 (UIUC)

Times: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 11:00-11:50 (EST)/12:00-12:50 (CT)

Instructor: Charles Kim

Korea has a long and rich history that provides a unique vantage point for understanding
major processes in East Asia and the world. This course provides a introduction to Korean
history from antiquity to the present. In the first part of the semester, we will delve into key
topics from the Koryo Dynasty (935-1392) and the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910), including
collective (or “proto-national”) identity, Confucian statecraft and Confucianization, and the
Tonghak religion and rebellions. In the second part of the semester, we will explore the
major transformations in politics, culture, and society during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Nationalism, colonialism, the Cold War and national division, gender identities, authoritarian
rule and, democratization, popular culture, and globalization are among the topics that we
will cover.

Hosting University: University of Wisconsin

Participating Universities: University of Illinois, U-C, Penn State University

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