KRSTD 391 - Social Science Topics in Korean Studies
Section: 001 Money, Power, and Politics in Korea
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Korean Studies (KRSTD)
Department: LSA II: Korean Studies
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This course is organized along three central elements: money, power, and politics. Sometimes, academic disciplines have been accused of being too difficult, intellectually dense, and insular, making it less reflective of the world outside academia. Thus, this course integrates familiar everyday thematic issue areas into a more coherent and accessible format than if we were to rely solely on ‘paradigms’ or ‘schools of thought.’ While the course will often rely on theories from the field of Political Science and International Relations, the aim here is to be inter-disciplinary in reading and thinking when possible. By the end of the semester, students should be able to make an informed assessment about the importance of each of these elements and in what context in Korea, without sacrificing their grasp of theory.

This course is also informed by the understanding that in scholarly inquiry, sometimes it helps to look back in order to move forward. To that end, the course is designed as much to stimulate debates about contemporary Korea, as much as where it has been. Hence, the first few weeks nested within the heading of ‘money’ will be dedicated to evaluating Korea’s path of economic development and modernization, while the last few weeks under ‘power’ will embed Korea in its larger geopolitical environment in thinking about where it might be headed.

As the course will illustrate, there are protracted issues surrounding Korea; although finding answers are important, it will be just as pivotal to raise good questions about the conventional wisdom surrounding some of these issues. In the words of G.K. Chesterton, “The function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.”

KRSTD 391 - Social Science Topics in Korean Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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