History and Culture of Korea to the late 19th Century
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- Year of study:
- Year 2, Year 3 of 3 or Year 4
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- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the course the student should be able to understand the larger historical developments on the Korean peninsula and adjacent areas to the north up to the late nineteenth century in terms of social change, culture, politics, and economy, as well as the role of Korea in the history of the larger East Asian region. S/he should be able to address Korea-related questions with a good understanding of the historical, social and cultural context and gather and analyze information from secondary sources and translated primary sources to build up a well-informed and original argument.
WorkloadTotal of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.
Scope and syllabus
- Introduction: The Study of Korean History
- Korea's Prehistory/The Founding of the Early States
- The Three Kingdoms and Kaya/Silla and Parhae;
- Buddhism and Sinified Culture
- Koryô: Politics, Society and Culture
- The Koryô-Chosôn Transition and Early Chosŏn
- The Confucian Model Society
- World view, Universe, Mind and Body
- Kings and Aristocrats; Institutional Structure and Change
- Agriculture and the Economy in Late Chosôn
- Intellectual Developments in Late Chosôn
- Famine, Rural Conditions and Social Change
- Politics and Society in Nineteenth-Century Korea
- Social unrest
- Reform Efforts
- Foreign Intrusion
Method of assessmentOne three-hour written examination taken in May/June (70%); one essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on day 1, term 2 (15%); one essay of 2,500 words to be submitted on day 1, term 3 (15%).
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