ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
Fall 2022, Section 001 - The Korean War: A Local and Global History
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Why has the Korean War been called a forgotten war? Why were the truths of the war buried for so long? Why are they still disputed? It is difficult to overstate the consequences of the Korean War (1950-53) at the local, regional, and global levels. Following on the heels of the Second World War, the Korean War pushed the limits of a new type of warfare, drew in three superpowers in a dramatically altered geopolitical arena, cemented the division of the two Koreas, and marked the beginning of the global Cold War. Inside Korea, the two authoritarian regimes, backed by outside states, battled for supremacy in a civil war. The scale of destruction and death, both civilian and military, was staggering.

This course examines the Korean War as a local, regional, and global event. It incorporates perspectives on the war from multiple angles--South Korea, North Korea, United States, China, the Soviet Union, South Korean Truth and Reconciliation Commission, journalists, intellectuals, and writers. Major topics include its origins, methods of war, refugees, propaganda, memory, and commemoration and museums dedicated to the war.

Students will analyze scholarly works, exhibitions, fiction, diplomatic documents, newspapers, propaganda, visual sources, and film. Assignments include analytical papers, oral presentations, and final research project. Active participation encouraged.

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ASIAN 380 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
Note: Taught by Professor Alyssa Park at the University of Iowa. This CourseShare is coordinated by the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.
002 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Note: Students will be auto-enrolled into section 003 (Film Screening). Meets with FTVM 441
003 (LAB)
 In Person
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM

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