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Seung Bum Kye
HSTAS 212
Seattle Campus

History of Korean Civilization

From earliest times to the present. Development of Korean society and culture in terms of government organization, social and economic change, literature, and art. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 212.

Class description

This course explores the history of Korea from prehistoric times to the present with emphasis on the past six centuries, tracing the development of Korean civilization in terms of government organization, social and economic change, intellectual trend, and cultural unity and diversity, including the US role in shaping the two Koreas, the current nuclear issue, and the prospect of reunification. With the completion of this course, students are expected to understand mainstream Korean history and the current situations in and around the two Koreas, as well as discuss some topics on Korea based on their own formulated ideas and thoughts.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture (80% or more) and discussion (20% or less), depending on the number of students

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

One map quiz (5%), mid-term (25%), a 10-15 page paper (30%), and the final (40%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Seung Bum Kye
Date: 03/29/2005