30 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module deals with the complex and often sensitive interactions between human rights, conflict and development on the Korean Peninsula. We examine human rights in the context of both the Peninsula┐s history and its current realities, focusing on two key areas where human rights have been a recurring point of contention: 1. In the development trajectories of the two Koreas as they rose from the rubble of the Korean War and sought to legitimise their respective governing models; 2. In the contemporary emergence of issues around gender, social inequality and human security. We will consider the social and political movements that have developed around these issues, and how the two Koreas┐ approaches have been mediated by internal and external norms, and their respective international relations. We will study key academic work and views from policy, non-governmental actors and the media that shape the debate on norms and responses to historical and contemporary challenges on the Korean Peninsula, and engage with a range of case studies through which students will be able to discern how human rights have been abused, re-claimed and even weaponised in struggles for democracy, state security, equality and international recognition. Students will deploy critical thinking and research skills through weekly digital portfolio tasks and will complete a final, Programme Level Assessment in the form of an essay.

Staff Contact: SON SARAH A
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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