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Korean Society and Culture (6 points)


Leader: Dr Young-A Cho

Not offered in 2003.

Synopsis: This unit provides an introduction to traditional and modern Korean society and culture. It deals with key aspects of traditional Korea during the Choson period (1392-1910) of particular relevance to the understanding of the modern transformation of Korea. Over the past 100 years or so, Korea has passed through periods of social upheaval and foreign encroachment to its present status as a divided country. This subject deals with aspects of Korean society and culture since 1876, including intellectual history, the Japanese colonial experience, religion, rural-urban migration, gender issues, regionalism, the rise of the new middle class and cultural change.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 50% + Examination (1 hour): 20% + Seminar project (1500 words): 30%

Contact Hours: 2 hours per week

Prohibitions: KOS3020

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