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Clark W. Sorensen
JSIS A 584
Seattle Campus

Survey of Korean Society

Introduction to the social and political institutions of North and South Korea with an opportunity to master the most important literature on modern Korea. Focuses on the twentieth century with the major emphasis on the post-1945 period. Offered: A.

Class description

South and North Korean society and culture since 1945.

Student learning goals

Students will be aware of basic features of Korean kinship, folk religion, and gender relations

Students will be provided with tools for understanding economic development and social change

Students will be introduced to major social science works on Korea, and current controversies

General method of instruction

Lectures same as JSIS A 448 M-Th. Separate graduate discussion section.

Recommended preparation

General knowledge about Korea or Asia is helpful. No requirements.

Class assignments and grading

Two in-class essay exams, map quiz, bibliographical essay.

63 percent exams, 31 percent paper, 6 percent map quiz.


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