Course Description

Course Name

South-North Korean Relations in Historical Context

Session: VSOU1722

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:

 This course examines the difficult issue of the division of Korea into two hostile, ideologically polarized states.  It explores how this division came about and how relations between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic Republic of Korea have evolved over time.  The objective of the course is for the students to gain an understanding of the nature and course of inter-Korean relations, why the division of Korea has lasted so long, and why it continues to be so difficult to resolve.  Students will use the discipline of history to examine both the domestic and international factors that have shaped and continue to shape inter-Korean relations.    

Course Requirements:

      1. Class participation

      As there is no textbook that covers this subject, the course relies heavily on lectures.  It also emphasizes class discussion based on the required readings. Students must therefore complete the readings prior to each class and be prepared to discuss them.  Readings will be compiled in a course reader available for purchase at Copy Mart.    

      Attendance is very important and will be taken daily.  Students must notify the instructor in advance of any excused absence.  As per Korea University policy, students must attend at least 70% classes to receive a passing grade.

2. Paper

By the end of the course, students will write a three-page paper assessing the most important factors shaping inter-Korean relations. 

3. Midterm Exam and Final Exam

The mid-term exam and final (non-cumulative) exam will consist of short identification questions and one essay question.  Possible identification questions will be identified during the lectures, as well as probable essay topics.  Grades will be based on factual accuracy, analytical rigor, and clarity of expression. 

*Course content subject to change