University of Washington

Korea Studies Coursework

Below you will find list of most of the regularly offered Korea-specific courses.  The Jackson School of International Studies, as well as other departments throughout the University, offers many other courses of interest to Korea Studies students, including a comprehensive set of Korean language courses.  In addition, each quarter several Special Topics courses are offered by both visiting and resident faculty - Please see the Official University of Washington Course Catalog for a complete listing of all courses.

JSIS A 212 History of Korean Civilization (5) I&S

From earliest times to present. Development of Korean society and culture in terms of government organization, social and economic change, literature, art. Offered: jointly with HSTAS 212.

JSIS A 213 The Korean Peninsula and World Politics (5) I&S Ha

Introduces Korean politics, economics, society, and international relations. Overviews the development in politics, economy, and society since the late nineteenth century. Addresses the evolution of Korea in the international society by comparing Korea experience with that of China and Japan. Offered: jointly with POL S 213.

JSIS A 405 Social Transformation of Modern East Asia (5) I&S Sorensen

Comparative study of social change in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam since 1945. Concentration on small-scale social units in rural and urban areas under both communist and capitalist political systems. Recommended: two history or anthropology of East Asia courses. Offered: jointly with ANTH 449.

JSIS A 439 Politics of Divided Korea (5) I&S

Governments, politics, and economy of South and North Korea, the inter-Korea relations, and the two Koreas' relationship with the major powers - especially the United States - with emphasis on the post-cold war period. Offered: jointly with POL S 439.

JSIS A 466 Comparative Politics and Korea Studies (5) I&S Ha

Approaches Korean politics, political economy, and society from a comparative perspective. Examples of major comparative questions based on Korean case include democratization, strong state dynamics, civil society, and impact of globalization. Offered: jointly with POL S 480.

JSIS A 448 Modern Korean Society (5) I&S Sorensen

Social organization and values of twentieth-century Korea. Changes in family and kinship, gender relations, rural society, urban life, education, and industrial organization since 1900. Differences between North and South Korea since 1945. Recommended: HSTAS/JSIS A 212. Offered: jointly with ANTH 448.

HSTAS 481 History of Pre-modern Korea (5) I&S Nam

This course surveys the history of Korea from prehistoric times to the mid-nineteenth century. It identifies main themes in premodern Korean history, and seeks to understand and analyze various historical interpretations and debates using primary and secondary source materials available in English. This quarter the course pays special attention to the Choson period (1392-1910). It stresses Korea's changing relationships with other Asian countries, characteristics of Korean Confucian politics, social status system, and gender relations in premodern Korea. With the background provided by this course, students are prepared to better understand Korea's responses to the challenges of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

JSIS A 552 Industrialization and International Relations (5) Ha

Examines internal-external linkage with a focus on industrialization and international relations. Comparative perspective on the question of how industrialization shapes distinctive international perspectives in terms of perception, strategies, and foreign policy behaviors. Countries covered: South Korea, Japan, Prussia, the Soviet Union, and China. Offered: jointly with POL S 560.

JSIS A 566 Comparative Politics and Korea Studies (5) Ha

Approaches Korean politics, political economy, and society from a comparative perspective. Examples of major comparative questions based on Korean case include democratization, strong state dynamics, civil society, and impact of globalization. Offered: jointly with POL S 580.

HSTAS 581 Modern Korean History (3-6, max. 6)

Field course. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

HSTAS 582 Seminar in Korean History ([3-6, max. 12]-)

Selected topics in Korean history and historiography.

HSTAS 583 Seminar in Korean History (-[3-6, max. 12]-)

Selected topics in Korean history and historiography.

HSTAS 584 Seminar in Korean History (-[3-6, max. 12])

Selected topics in Korean history and historiography.

JSIS A 584 Survey of Korean Society (5) Sorensen

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.
Instructor Course Description: Clark W. Sorensen

JSIS A 585 Research Seminar: Modern Korea (6) Ha

Advanced instruction in problems and methods of research in Korean history. Foreign language not required. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Instructor Course Description: Clark W. Sorensen

Center for Korea Studies