Seung Bum Kye
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
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