Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Korean and East Asian History

Session: VSOF3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


A general survey of the historical development of various aspects of Korean civilization, including politics, society and economy, thought and religion, and the arts. Half of the course will cover the main themes in Korean history and their historical interpretations, from prehistoric times to the modern period. It will also pay special attention to social systems, religion, and culture, as well as the changing geopolitics of the region. The other half of the course will take a comparative approach by examining contemporaneous China and Japan, identifying similarities and differences between the three countries. Through this course, students will have a better understanding of the challenges Korea faced in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the historical processes through which Korea, China, and Japan developed.

Charles Holcombe, A history of East Asia : from the origins of civilization to the twenty-first century (Required)
Ki-baik Lee, A New History of Korea (Optional)

*Course content subject to change