Seung Bum Kye
Traditional institutions and society, Japanese colonial rule, liberation and the Korean War, early Korean communist movement, and North Korea and South Korea since 1945.
This course will trace the history of Korea over the two centuries from the opening of Korea to trade by Japan in 1876, the breakdown of the traditional order, the establishment of Japanese colonial rule from 1910-45, the division of Korea, the causes and consequences of the Korean War in 1950-53, and the subsequent development of communism in the north and bureaucratic capitalism and military dictatorship in the south. It will also discuss the consequences of the collapse of communism everywhere but North Korea and Cuba after 1989, the transition in South Korea from state capitalism to greater freedom and market liberalization, and the economic crisis of 1997 and recovery since, and the transition from political dictatorship to parliamentary democracy. The politics of the first three civilian presidents of South Korea (1992-present) and the ongoing crisis between North Korea and the U.S. over the North¡¯s nuclear weapons program will also be discussed.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Approximately a quarter percent (or more) of the class sessions is reserved for discussion based on assigned readings, and the remaining three quarters (or less) are for lecture.
Read assigned readings and attend all sessions. Textbooks will be available at the U Bookstore before the spring quarter.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm (30%), Paper (30%), and Final (40%).
Based on the UW catalogue; e.g. 100-94% out of 100% = 4.0 or 3.9; 90% or higher = 3.5 or higher, and so on.