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Clark W. Sorensen
JSIS A 448
Seattle Campus

Modern Korean Society

Social organization and values of twentieth-century Korea. Changes in family and kinship, gender relations, rural society, urban life, education, and industrial organization since 1900. Differences between North and South Korea since 1945. Recommended: HSTAS 212/JSIS A 212. Offered: jointly with ANTH 448.

Class description

South and North Korean society and culture since 1945. Family and kinship, folk religion, development, gender, and social change.

Student learning goals

Know features of Korean family and kinship

Understand basic aspect of folk religion such as ancestor worship

Be able to list major turning points in South Korean social change such as democratization and mass consumption

Understand similarities and differences between North and South Korea

Learn tools to understand gender patterns in South and North Korea

Learn tools ot understand economic development and social change

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

No background is required. Background in Korean history or Asian Studies an advantage.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading summeries, map quiz, two in-class essay exams, one paper.

Grade is 60% exams, 30% paper, and 10% map quiz and reading summaries.


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.
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Last Update by Clark W. Sorensen
Date: 05/03/2013