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Seung Bum Kye
HSTAS 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in Asian History

Class description

This course studies the development of Confucianism and its legacy in East Asia with emphasis on the role of Confucianism in shaping premodern and modern East Asia from the twelfth century to the present. Specific topics that will be discussed include, among others, (1) what Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism are, (2) Confucianization of Korean society to the core, (3) Confucian reactions to the so-called 'modern' West, (4) Confucian values in the making of modern Japan and North Korea, (5) critical review of the ¡°Confucian capitalism¡± and ¡°Confucian democracy¡± theories, and (6) Confucian impact on the status of women. With the completion of this course, students are expected to deepen and broaden their understanding of the Confucian tradition and culture in East Asian countries from a historical perspective.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Do reading assignments as scheduled

Class assignments and grading

Reading for class lecture and discussion, short essays, and a term paper.

Sort essays (40%), paper (30%), and final exam (30%): subject to change


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: 05/05/2006