20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module is interdisciplinary in nature, but draws largely from the disciplines of anthropology and history to examine broad themes including media framing; colonialism and post-colonialism in Northeast Asia; charismatic leadership; ethnic nationalism and identity; political violence; and migration and memory. The course covers the historic trajectory of twentieth century Northeast Asia, from the early 1900s to the present. Students will develop core skills in critically analysing media reports, `reading' propaganda, and researching and presenting ideas in written and oral form. This module will be delivered through weekly lectures, seminars and independent study. 

Staff Contact: Markus Bell
Teaching Methods: The module will be delivered through 12 x 1 hour lectures which will outline key themes and debates in the study of the anthropology and history of contemporary North Korea and East Asia (LO1; LO2; LO4). Lectures will be structured chronologically, but each week will also address a different theme or debate and explain why this theme/debate is still pertinent in the present day. In other weeks, there will be film screenings and guest lectures. Film screenings are designed to offer an additional means of connecting the students to lecture topics. They will be followed by discussion of the major themes arising in the film (LO2; LO4). Guest lectures will be arranged to offer students the chance to hear from speakers outside academia who understand the topics first hand, for example: North Korean defectors speaking on life in North Korea. Lectures will be accompanied by 12 x 1 hour seminars, which will provide opportunities to read and discuss secondary scholarship and develop practical skills in source analysis through group research, discussion, and presentation (LO2; LO3; LO4). Seminars are primarily a discussion space, during which students will engage with key questions arising from the lectures and discuss among themselves. This format is designed to encourage peer-to-peer learning for students (LO2; LO4).
Assessment: Course work

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