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Spring 2024 Korea Courses

April Campus

January 24, 2024

Spring registration is less than a month away! Join Center for Korea Studies faculty a diverse range of coursework.


JSIS A 213: The Korean Peninsula and World Politics

Instructor: Yong-Chool Ha

Date and Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4:20

Location: CDH 105

Credits: 5

SLN: 15865

Course Description

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 B 385: Industry and the State

Instructor: Yong-Chool Ha

Date and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-4:20

Location: FTR 032

Credits: 5

SLN: 15935

Course Description

Builds on states and markets approach of 200 and 201 through specific examination of effects of industry and industrial structure on political outcomes and roles of state. Emphasis on late-developing and newly developing economies. Prerequisite: JSIS 200; JSIS 201.

JSIS A 432: History of the Japanese Empire

Instructor: Hajin Jun

Date and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30-12:20

Location: HRC 155

Credits: 5

SLN: 15887

Course Description

The age of “new imperialism” during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as it profoundly shaped the historical trajectory of East Asia. Primary and secondary sources examine Japan’s rise as one of the only non-Western empires in the modern era, and its enduring impact on the East Asian region. Offered: jointly with HSTAS 432.

JSIS A 446: Modern Korean History

Instructor: Hajin Jun

Date and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-4:20pm

Location: MUE 153

Credits: 5

SLN: 15890

Course Description

Traces complex social, cultural, and political developments that transformed Korea during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics include late Choson reforms, changing gender norms, national identity, colonial state and society, territorial division, and democratization. Attention to diversity of Korean experiences, as well as the interplay of local dynamics and global forces in the peninsula. Offered: jointly with HSTAS 482.

KOREA 435: Seminar in Modern Korean Literature and Culture – Korean Directors: Park Chan-wook

Instructor: Ungsan Kim

Date and Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-3:20pm

Location: SAV 131

Credits: 5

SLN: 15978

Course Description

This course intensively examines films of Park Chan-wook, one of the most representative South Korean directors. Since his directorial debut in 1992, Park has made stylistically innovative, thematically transgressive, and socially controversial films. By surveying almost all representative films he directed, co-wrote, and produced, the course explores not only the artistic trajectory of the director but also the cultural and historical contexts in which his films are made. In so doing, students will better understand how a contemporary “master” of mise-en-scène communicates with the audience through his unique styles and positionality.

KOREAN 417: Readings in Korean Literature and Culture

Instructor: Heekyoung Cho

Date and Time: Mondays and Wednesday 3:30-5:20pm

Location: LOW 102

Credits: 5

SLN: 15977

Course Description

Reading and discussion of selected modern literary texts and other cultural texts in the original language.

Korean Language Courses

If you’re hoping to expand your Korean language skills this winter, click here for UW’s full roster of Korean language course offerings.