20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Since the end of World War II, the two Koreas have undergone rapid modernisation and radical social transformations that have created a number of opportunities and challenges. Through the disciplines of anthropology, history, and political science this module examines major social, political, and cultural issues in contemporary Korea, including the unfinished Korean War, ideological violence and reunification, migration and modernity, kinship and relations to the dead, and Korea's place in the global community. Classes are in the format of a lecture, followed by a series of seminars during which students will engage with ethnographies to discuss the experiences of one of East Asia's most dynamic nations; in other weeks there will be film screenings and guest lectures.

Staff Contact: BELL MARKUS P
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study

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