Course Description

Course Name

Seminar on Korean Politics

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

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


Course Description and Objective
The main aim of the course is to promote the interest of (international) students in Korean politics and to enable them to properly appreciate the political economy of Korea. We will first take a brief look at the historical processes from the liberation and division of Korean peninsula. Coupled with state-led economic development, we also deal with the significance of Korea’s remarkable economic recovery after the Asian Crisis in 1997. Given many emphases should be placed on South Korea, the current issues on North Korea, including “going nuclear” may be explored. Some attention will also be paid to multifaceted socio-cultural aspects of Korean society: societal security (identity security), multiculturalism, and ‘Korean Wave’(Hallyu), by in-depth exploration of Korean politics as a whole.

Regular attendance and active participation are expected. Each week the students are supposed to read the required reading. The course is evaluated by a combination of the presentation you will make, the critical response paper, and a final term paper.

*Course content subject to change