Course syllabus

Updated 20190319

Korean 241/341


Modern Korea: Civilisation, Wars, Nation, and Reconciliation


2019 Semester 1



Lectures:        Mondays 1pm – 3pm (OGGB Building #260, Room 325)


Tutorials:       Korean 241 Monday, 3pm – 4pm (HSB 201N, Room 208)

                        Korean 341 Monday, 4pm – 5pm (HSB 201N, Room 208)



Course Coordinator:  Dr. Changzoo Song

Office: Room 426, Arts 2 Building

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3pm; Thursday 2-3pm


Phone: Ext. 84604


Tutor: Mr. Nicholas Jones

Office: Arts 2 Building, Room 313C (Level 3, 18 Symonds St.)

Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm fortnightly from Week 2, or by appointment




  1. Course Description and Goals




This course focuses on four large themes in Korean history: (1) the development of nationalism and nation-building; (2) the Korean national identity in the context of international relations; (3) the national division and its consequences including the Korean War; and (4) the challenges and possibility of reconciliation between the two Korean states and peoples as well as Koreans and its neighbours.


By the end of the semester, we expect students to understand the following well: how Korea has been developing into modern nation-state in comparison with other countries such as China, Japan and Germany; how Korea and Korean people have been connected to its neighbours of China, Mongolia, Japan, and Russia; how Korea’s division into North and South has been maintained and what kinds of actions and forces have been working to change the situation.     


Since this course is offered as a ‘concurrent’ course for both Stage 2 (Korean 241) and Stage 3 (Korean 341), there are different levels of expectation for respective cohorts of students. While the basic contents of course work will be the same for both groups, there are some differences in the amount of readings, coursework and assessments.   


Our texts include printed texts – journal articles, book chapters, media reports – and audiovisual materials. Printed texts should be available from the University Library database or in other electronic sources such as Talis. Students are encouraged to search the University library website, journal database, and other online sources for further readings and other materials of their own research interests.


Course activities include lectures, class discussions, watching documentaries, tutorials, and presentations. Students should do the assigned readings* before they come to lectures and tutorials. It is highly recommended that students should keep up with the most recent news on international migration issues and Asian diasporic matters in international and local media throughout the semester. 


[*Korean 241 students are required to read at least the FIRST item in the Reading list in the weekly course schedule. Korean 341 students are required to read at least the first TWO and more items from the Reading or Further Reading lists.]  





  1. Texts and Resources



There is no particular textbook for this class and we will use various journal articles, book chapters and primary sources. There is good book for modern Korean (including North Korean) history by Charles K. Armstrong’s The Korea. New York & London: Routledge (2nd edition 2014). In addition, we will use documentaries and feature films (as listed in the course schedule). Both stage 2 and 3 students should read the Essential Readings marked in the Course Schedule before they come to each class. Stage 3 students should read one of the further reading (especially the one listed at the top of each week’s Further Reading List. 


Students are also encouraged to follow current events of Korea by reading major newspapers including the Korea Herald and the Korea Times


Helpful sites for information on Korea: Interactive Semantic Art Exhibition of the National Museum of Korea Gateway to Korea with news and helpful resources in English Hoffman’s Korean Studies site) (The National Library of Korea)

The National Library of Korea runs the “Korean Wisdom” where  interesting resources on carton, textbooks, and other popular cultural materials are stored. See (University of Hawaii Korean Studies Center) (Academy of Korean Studies) (Encyclopedia of Korean Culture) (Library of Congress) (Indiana University Korea

Facts) (The Bank of Korea site) (information on Korean literature) Asia Foundation Report: “NZ Business Opportunities in South Korea” 2009)

The Gateway to Premodern Korean Studies, designed with a fresh new look, updated with the latest Korean History Glossary. The website is dedicated to gathering useful resources for researching and teaching Premodern Korean studies.


The Korean Film Archive has a very good collection of Korean films with subtitles and they updateit monthly. See
Pictori Australian National University’s Korean Studies offers thousands of pictures on Korea of the twentieth century Korea in pictures

For Korean data base (academic papers published in Korea):


The University of Auckland subscribes Korea’s RISS (Research Information Search

Service) database which contains millions of texts and bibliographic records in

Korean. Visit Library Homepage and look for

RISS International in Database.


Other helpful resources are available from the organizations listed below (Korea Education and Research Information Service)  (Korean Studies Data Base)  (Electronic Education Research Information Service) (Korean data base) and operated by the National Institute of Korean History


Academic journals on Korea:


Acta Koreana University)

Asian Journal of Women's Studies (Ewha Women’s University)

Asian Ethnicity

Asian Perspective (The Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University)

Asian Survey (University of California)

Critical Asian Studies (Routledge)

Economic Bulletin (Korea Development Institute)

International Journal of Korean History (Korea University)

International Review of Korean Studies (University of New South Wales)

Journal of Korean Studies (University of Washington)

Digital copies are available through Project Muse through our university library:


Korean Histories (Centre for Korean Studies, Leiden University)

Korea Journal (UNESCO)

Korea Policy Review (Harvard University)

Korean Studies (University of Hawaii)

Modern Asian Studies (University of Cambridge)

North Korean Review(The Institute for North Korean Studies and McFarland)

Pacific Affairs (University of British Columbia)

Positions (Duke University)

Review of Korean Studies (Academy of Korean Studies) – available on web:

The Journal of Asian Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

Seoul Journal of Korean Studies (Seoul National University)

Sungkyun Journal of East Korean Studies (Sungkyunkwan University)

Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch



On North Korea or North Korean sites: News on North Korea. Publication) North Korean publications University on Korea) Central News Agency) North Korean

government-owned news agency

guide to North Korea written by foreigners)

My Experience at PUST(North Korea)평양과기대에서의 체험(영어)A New Zealander (Helen Kibby from Taranaki) taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) as a volunteer.


Other useful sites: newspaper by South Koreans in Beijing)’s Korean film page – useful information on

Korean film) (various information on Korean Chinese in Korea and China)


Korean Films at the Audio-Visual Library of the University:





III. Course Requirements


We expect students to invest an average of ten hours per week for this course (which is the norm for other courses as well). Students must attend the lectures and tutorials, read (and watch) assigned materials, and actively participate in class discussions, presentations and group projects (if there are any).


This course is composed of course work, which includes a combination of essays, and presentations.  This class has no final examination. Both stage 2 and 3 students will be assessed by course work listed below.  



Stage II (5,000 words)

Stage III (6,000 words)


Review Essay (1,500 words excluding footnotes and references)

Review Essay (1,500 words excluding footnotes and references)


Presentation (5-minutes; PowerPoint slides. Minimum 8, maximum 15 slides)                           

Presentation (5-minutes; PowerPoint document. Minimum 8, maximum 15 slides)                                                                      



Research Essay (3,000 words excluding footnotes and references)

Research Essay (4,000 words excluding footnotes and references)


Active participation, participation in Lectures, discussions during Tutorials, consultation sessions during Office Hours

Active participation, participation in Lectures, discussions during Tutorials, consultation sessions during Office Hours




1.      Review Essay: Korean 241 & Korean 341  


The review essay will involve answering questions on a designated reading material. For topics and other details of the essays, refer to the 2019 Guidelines for Korean 241/341 Essays on CANVAS.


All assignments should be submitted to the Arts Assignment Centre (Level 4 of the Social Sciences Building, 10 Symonds St (201E-413) in hard copy using Canvas-generated Coversheet. An electronic version also should be submitted through Turnitin (see below for this semester’s Turnitin Class ID & Password.     



2.      Presentation: Korean 241 & 341 (5-minutes) 


Both Korean 241 and 341 require students to give a presentation during Lectures and Tutorials. The presentation should be on the same topic as the Research Essay project of each student. For Research Essay topic (which is same for presentation) students must consult the Course Coordinator or Tutor during their Office hours or right after Lectures/Tutorials.     


Every student should sign-up before Week 3 with the Tutor. Presenters should prepare a PowerPoint document (8 slides minimum and 15 slides maximum excluding bibliography) for their presentation, which should be submitted to the Lecturer and Tutor by e-mail at least 24 hours before their presentation. Assessment of the presentation will be based on the presentation as well as the submitted PowerPoint document.         

3.      Research Essay: Both for Korean 241 & 341  


Students can work on any topic of their interest, but it must be approved by the Lecturer or Tutor during the Consultation in Office Hours. The research essay should contain a proper title, subtitles, name of author, foot notes, citations, and references. For more details regarding the research paper, please refer to the 2019 Guidelines for Korean 241/341 Essays & Rubric.   


Both Review Essay and Research Essay should be submitted through Turnitin  as well as in hard copies to the Arts Student Assignment Centre. For the Turnitin Class IDs and Enrolment Passwords of the 2019 Korean 241 and 341, please refer to the table below.



Courses (2019)

Korean 241

Korean 341

Turnitin Class ID



Enrolment Key





4.      Active Participation 


Students are required to attend each lecture and tutorial through the semester and actively participate in all class activities including tutorials. Each student should see the Lecturer during his Office Hours at least twice during the semester. Students are also expected to have read the required texts before they come to the class. Marks will be awarded proportionately according to the above criteria.




  1. Grading and Assessment



Final Grade Component & Schedule



Date Due


Review Essay (both for 241 and 341 students)


Week 5 (April 5th 4pm)



Weeks 5-12   (those who choose Weeks 5 and 6 will be given mark incentives up to 10%)


Active Participation




Research Essay (3,000 words for Korean 241 and 4,000 words for Korean 341 students


Week 12 June 4th Tuesday 4pm






Grading and Mark Schedule for Essays



A: Excellent (80–100)

Work based on wide reading (properly acknowledged through footnotes and bibliography, if required for the task) that shows excellent knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Work offers a well-constructed argument and clear grasp of the major issues. It observes the conventions of prose style appropriate to the writing of academic history. Outstanding pieces of work also exhibit independent and creative thinking and individual flair in expressing complex ideas.


B: Good/Competent (65–79)

Work which is clearly structured and where the well-supported argument leads to a logical conclusion. The work is based on adequate reading (properly acknowledged through footnotes and bibliography, if required for the task) and a good to strong grasp of the major issues raised in the readings. Its meaning is generally expressed through clear prose.


C: Satisfactory (50–64)

Work which shows a reasonable knowledge of the subject matter and attempts to answer the question but displays one or more of the following faults: inadequate reading, misunderstanding of the sources, confused argument and/or structure, weakness of expression, inadequate attention to footnotes and bibliography (if required for the task).


D: Fail (0–49)

Work displays serious failings in one or more of the following: inadequate reading, misunderstanding of the sources, confused argument and/or structure, weakness of expression, inadequate attention to footnotes and bibliography (if required for the task).







Final Mark Schedule for Korean 241/341






High first



Clear first



Bare first



High second



Clear second



Bare second



Sound pass






Marginal pass



Marginal fail



Clear fail



Poor fail






  1. Bolts and Nuts



1.     Assignment Cover Sheet & Submission Process



Canvas-generated electronic covers should be used for all essays. Hard-copies of assignments should be submitted to the Arts Assignment Centre and electronic copies should be submitted to Turnitin before midnight on the due date.


To submit your essay through Turnitin, please directly go to or access it from the If you are not familiar with Turnitin, please watch instructional videos on the University website, which explain the basic processes for using Turnitin. The videos are located at: University home » Teaching and learning » Academic honesty and plagiarism » Turnitin for students



2.     Expected Outcomes of the Course



Upon the completion of the course, students should understand important issues related to the development of modern Korean society, political economy, culture and history in the regional and global context. In particular, students should be familiar with: (1) the development of nationalism and nation-building; (2) the Korean national identity in the context of international relations; (3) the national division and its consequences including the Korean War; and (4) the challenges and possibility of reconciliation between the two Korean states and peoples as well as Koreans and its neighbours. Through the course activities students should improve their research skills including planning, data collection, and writing. It is also expected that they would become familiar with the use of digital technology to the study of history. They should have developed good presentation skills as well.  




3.     Extensions, Deadlines & Penalties





Time management is essential to academic success, and it is the responsibility of students to manage their time so all assignments can be submitted on or before the due dates.




In serious circumstances* beyond the student’s control (see below), she/he may request an extension from the course convenor.

The request should…

  • be made by email at least 2-3 days BEFORE the due date for the assignment
  • provide an explanation of the circumstances
  • be supported by a satisfactory medical certificate or other documentation


If an extension is granted, you will be given a new due date. Only ONE extension can be granted to a student per assignment.

Only in extreme circumstances will late requests for extensions be considered.


* Serious circumstances mean sudden illness (in the case of in-class tests etc.) or long-term illness (for essays etc. done over a week or more).  It does NOT mean time management difficulties, wanting to go on holiday, relatives visiting from overseas, computer breakdowns, etc.




All essays should be submitted to the Arts Assignment Centre. Make sure that your essays have been also submitted to Turnitin.




Any work submitted after the due date and without an extension form or permission in writing from the Course Convenor will be treated as overdue and penalties will apply (see below). 


The mark given to an overdue assignment will be reduced by up to 10 per cent (at the discretion of the Course Convenor) of the total possible marks for that assignment for each day that it is late up to 5 days (e.g. for an assignment marked out of 20, deduct up to 2 marks per day up to a total of 10 marks). Assignments which are due on Friday, or the day before a university holiday, but are not received until the next working day will be counted as TWO days late.


Overdue assignments that are submitted more than five days late will not be marked; nor will assignments be marked if submitted after the assignment has been marked and returned.  Unmarked assignments will be held by the marker until the end of the semester, and in cases where the final grade for the student is borderline (D+), the marker may choose to award a minimal completion mark.  For this reason, it is better to hand in an assignment late than not at all.


OUT-OF-CLASS ASSESSMENT (i.e. take-home essays/projects/assignments etc.)


When a staff member grants an extension, they will set a new due date.  The completed assignment must be submitted on or before the new due date together with the medical certificate and other documentation.  If an assignment is submitted after the new due date, penalties for lateness apply as above.




When serious circumstances (e.g. sudden serious illness or a car accident) cause a student to miss an in-class test/assessed presentations or electronic test it is expected that the student will notify the course convenor at the earliest possible opportunity. In the case of presentation, if the student does not appear on the designated day for their presentation and does not contact the lecturer or tutor the same day with a satisfactory reason, the mark will drop by 3 grades for the whole of that particular assessment. For example, a particular assessment which is originally graded B+ would receive a final grade of C+.   




4.     Plagiarism & Use of ICT Technology



Students need to be aware of University regulations with regard to plagiarism and the use of information, communication technology.


The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence.  The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Upon reasonable request, students may be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review.


Students may not translate work from another source without proper acknowledgment and referencing. The use of translation machines to translate and copy texts into the target language of an assignment constitutes academic dishonesty.


The penalties for plagiarism are severe and can range from gaining no marks for the assignment to disciplinary action under the terms of the Examination Regulations. 


For further information and advice on University regulations and how to reference appropriately, see:


This webpage provides links and information about various aspects of academic integrity: sources of information and advice (e.g. Referen©ite) as well as University regulations (the Student Academic Conduct Statute), and Turnitin.


All students entering the University are required to complete the Academic Integrity Module.


Use of Information and Communication Technology (e.g. Class Facebook pages)


If students in any course wish to set up a Facebook page for the course or to use any other form of ICT, they need to be aware that the  University of Auckland Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Statute sets out rules governing use of any ICT hardware or software at or for University activities. It forbids using ICT “to store, display or communicate… files containing any text, image that is deceptive or misleading, is abusive or defamatory, contravenes anyone’s privacy… or that reproduces all or part of any work in breach of the Copyright Act 1994”.  The Statute refers students to the relevant University Disciplinary Statute and the penalties that may apply.  It can be found at:




Korean 241/341 Korean History Schedule


First Semester 2019



Week 1: Introduction


Week 1

Course Introduction: Purpose & Goals of the Course


March 4


1pm – 3pm




·         Introducing the Team

·         About this Course

·         Course Requirements

·         Grading and Marks

·         Expected Results

·         Presentation Schedule and sign-up

·         Class Representative for the Course

·         Presentation Sign-up







No readings for this week


Further Reading


No readings for this week



No tutorial in Week 1














Week 2: Nation-Building (1)


Week 2

Nation, Nationalism in Modern History


March 11


1pm – 3pm




How modern nation-states were born?

Theories on nation, nationalism, and nation-building

Classical cases: UK, Germany, Italy and Japan

Nation, Nationalism in Modern History nationalism, and nation-building

Proto-nationalism in Korea 





Lee, Kwang-rin (1986) ‘The rise of nationalism in Korea’, in Korean Studies 10/1: pp.1-12.

March 1st Declaration


Further Readings


Ernest Renan

Ernst Gellner

Benedict Anderson

Anthony Smith


Schmid, Andre (2002). Korea between empires, 1895-1919. New York: Columbia University Press.

Beal, Tim (2005) ‘The Roots of Modern Korea: From Tangun to Liberation’, in North Korea : The Struggle Against American Power, Pluto Press, pp.21-45. ProQuest Ebook Central,



March 11


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 1


Tutorial 1


Tutorial Worksheet

Presentation Sign-up












Week 3: Nation-Building (2)


Week 3

Joseon Korea and Nation-building


March 18


1pm – 3pm





Joseon Korea and China: Sadae

Joseon Korea in the 19th century

Western expansion to East Asia

Japan’s modern nation and impacts on Korea

Joseon elites and people on modernisation and nation

Colonial rule of Japan and Korean nation





Chan, Robert Kong (2018). “Background, Rationale, and Practice of Sadae” Chapter 2 of Korea-China Relations in History and Contemporary Implications. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 21-42.DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-62265-1_2


Duncan, John. 1998. “Proto-nationalism in Pre-modern Korea” in Sang-Oak Lee &Duk-soo Park (eds.) Perspectives on Korea. Sydney: Wild Peony: 198-221.



Further Readings


Ge, Zhaoguang (2018). “Peripheries: How China, Korea, and Japan Have

Understood One Another since the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries” in

Zhaoguang Ge What Is China?: Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History.

Harvard University Press.


Han, Kyung-Koo. 2007. “The Archaeology of the Ethnically Homogeneous Nation-State

and Multiculturalism in Korea” Korea Journal 47/4:8-31.


Shin, Gi-Wook (2006). “Origins and Development” in Ethnic Nationalism in Korea. Stanford: Stanford University Press, pp. 21-57. ISBN 080475408.


Kim, Kyongju. 2006. “National identity, nationalism and nation building in Korea” in Kyongju Kim The development of Modern South Korea: State formation,

capitalist development and national identity. New York: Routledge: 146-163.  


Palais, James B. 1998. “Nationalism: Good or Bad?” Hyung Il Pai& Timothy R. Tangherlini (eds.) Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1998): 214-28. ISBN 1557290628.


Hwang, Kyung Moon (2015). ‘State Making under Imperialism: Fragmentation and Consolidation in the Central State’, in Rationalizing Korea: The Rise of the Modern State. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp.25-51.

Carter Eckert. Offspring of Empire: The Koch'ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, 1876-1945. Seattle & London: University of Washington Press.  

First two chapters.


Paullin, Charles Oscar (1910). ‘The Opening of Korea by Commodore Shufeldt’, in Political Science Quarterly 25/3: 470-499.

Deuchler, Martina .1992. The Confucian transformation of Korea: a study of society and

ideology. Cambridge, Mass.: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University.


Hyewon, C. H. A. ‘Was Joseon a model or an exception? Reconsidering the tributary relations during Ming China’, in Korea Journal 51, no. 4 (2011): pp.33-58.

Koh, Young-jin. 2003. ‘Neo-Confucianism as the dominant ideology in Joseon’ Korea

Journal 43/4: pp.59-86.



March 18


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 2


Tutorial 2


Tutorial Worksheet

Presentation Sign-up



































Week 4: Nation-Building (3)


Week 4

Post-War Korea


March 25


1pm – 3pm



Colonial modernity

Resistance and resilience

Standard language

Militarisation & gymnastics

The Korean War

National Division, Establishments of the two Koreas

Park Chung-Hee’s nation-building

Heroes and Monuments





McCune, George M. (1947). “Post-war government and politics of Korea” The Journal of Politics 9/4: pp.605-623.


Park, Saeyoung (2010). “National Heroes and Monuments in South Korea: Patriotism, Modernization and Park Chung Hee's Remaking of Yi Sunsin's Shrine” Asia-Pacific Journal 24/3: pp.1-27.

Hilpert, Hanns Günther (2010). “A comparison of German and Korean division: Analogies and differences” International Journal of Korean Unification Studies 19/1: pp.126-156.



Further Readings


Shin, Seungyop (2018). “Resembling the Opponent: Nationalist and Colonialist Historiographies in Modern Korea” Acta Koreana 21/2: 525-552. DOI: 10.18399/acta.2018.21.2.008


Asakura, Toshio (2016). “Cultural heritage in Korea – from a Japanese perspective” in Akira Matsuda & Luisa Elena Mengoni (eds.) Reconsidering Cultural Heritage in East Asia. Ubiquity Press.


Kwon, Sooncheol (2016) "A CRITICAL EVALUATION ON THE CULTURAL NATIONALISM OF THE TWO KOREAS." The Journal of East Asian Affairs 30/2: 133-61.


Shin, Gi-Wook Michael Robinson (Eds.) Colonial Modernity in Korea. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2001.


Yi, Jeong-Duk (2003). “What Is Korean Culture Anyway?: A Critical Review” Korea Journal 43/1: pp.58-82.

Kim, Hyung-A. Korea's Development under Park Chung Hee : Rapid Industrialization, 1961-79. London: Routledge, 2003. ProQuest Ebook Central.

Yim, Haksoon. ‘Cultural identity and cultural policy in South Korea’, in International journal of cultural policy 8, no. 1 (2002): pp.37-48.

Shin, Gi-Wook (2006). Ethnic Nationalism in Korea: Genealogy, Politics, and Legacy. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University Press.


Michio, Nakajima (2010). "Shinto Deities that Crossed the Sea: Japan's ‘Overseas Shrines,’ 1868 to 1945." in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, pp.21-46.

Rhee, Young Hoon (2014). “Economic Stagnation and Crisis in Korea during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries” in Australian Economic History Review 54/1: pp.1-13.

Levi, Nicolas (2013) “The Impact of Confucianism in South Korea and Japan” Acta Asiatica Varsoviensia 26 (ISSN 08606102).



March 25


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 3





Tutorial Worksheet

Presentation Sign-up (Last chance)

Presentation begins this week


March 28 Thursday Korean Film & Pizza Night (6pm Arts 1 3015) – everyone from this class is welcome



























Week 5:  Korea in International Community (1)


Week 5




April 1


1pm – 3pm



April 1


1pm – 3pm





Ancient Koreans and Their Neighbors

Confucian International Order

Korean Perspectives toward Japan and other “Barbarian” peoples

Nomadic Peoples of the North

Manchus and Qing Dynasty

Pro-Ming and Anti-Qing Movement





Ge, Zhaoguang (2018). “Peripheries: How China, Korea, and Japan Have

Understood One Another since the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries” in

Zhaoguang Ge What Is China?: Territory, Ethnicity, Culture, and History.

Harvard University Press.


Chinoh, C. H. U. ‘Korean Perceptions of Japan during the Great Han Empire and the Japanese Annexation of Korea’, in Korea Journal 51, no. 4 (2011): pp.89-109.


Further Readings


Kang, David C. (2013). “International Relations Theory and East Asian History: An Overview” Journal of East Asian Studies 13/2: 181-205.


Peter Hays. ‘The Koguryo controversy, national identity, and Sino-Korean relations today’, in East Asia 22, no. 4 (2005): pp.3-17.

Ick, Lew Young. ‘A Historical Overview of Korean Perceptions of the United States: Five Major Stereotypes’, in Korea Journal 44, no. 1 (2004): pp.109-151.

Kim, Seonmin. "Ginseng and Border Trespassing Between Qing China and Chosǒn Korea." Late Imperial China 28, no. 1 (2007): 33-61.

Lewis, James B. ‘Beyond Sakoku: The Korean Envoy to Edo and the 1719 Diary of Shin Yu-han.’, in Korea Journal 25, no. 11 (1985): pp.22-41.

Miller, Roy Andrew. ‘A Korean Poet in Eighth-Century Japan’, in Korea Journal 25, no. 11 (1985): pp.4-21.

Robinson, Kenneth R. ‘Organizing Japanese and Jurchens in Tribute Systems in Early Chosòn Korea’, in Journal of East Asian Studies 13, no. 2 (2013): pp.337-360.

Toby, Ronald P. ‘Carnival of the Aliens. Korean Embassies in Edo-Period Art and Popular Culture’, in Monumenta Nipponica(1986): pp.415-456.

China VS Japanese Samurai 1592: Chinese Intervention in the Japanese Invasion of Korea China VS Japanese Samurai 1592: Chinese Intervention in the Japanese Invasion of Korea




April 1


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 4


April 1


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 5


1st SSCC: Tues 2/April (week 5) at 10-11am in 207-314 (CLL meeting room)

2nd SSCC: Tues 21/May (week 10) at 10-11am in 207-314





















Week 6: Korea in International Community (2)

Week 6



April 8th


1pm – 3pm







The late 19th and early 20th century international environment

European views of Japan and Asian Countries: Hygiene and Civilisation

Japanese View of Koreans during the colonial period

Foreigners’ Visits of Joseon Korea





Koh, Grace. ‘British Perceptions of Joseon Korea as Reflected in Travel Literature of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Century’, in The Review of Korean Studies 9, no. 4 (2006): pp.103-133.

Hanhee, Hahm. ‘Korean culture seen through Westerners’ eyes’, in Korea journal 43, no. 1 (2003): pp.106-128.



Further Readings


Choi, Hyaeweol. ‘The visual embodiment of women in the Korea mission field’, in Korean Studies (2010): pp.90-126.

Johnson, Andrew S. ‘Early American perceptions of Korea and Washington’s Korea policy, 1882-1905’, in Korea Journal 51, no. 4 (2011): pp.110-131.

Kang, Sungwoo. ‘Embracing Hygienic Modernity in Late Nineteenth-century Korea: A View from the Periphery’, in Asian Studies Review 41, no. 2 (2017): pp.227-243.

Kwon, Hong Soon. ‘Formation of the Modern City of Busan: Focusing on the Space and Culture of the Japanese Settlement in Busan before 1910’, in Korea Journal, 48, no. 3 (2008): pp.41-76.

Lee, Jong Chan & Chang Duk Kee. ‘The rise of western medicine and the decline of traditional medicine in Korea, 1876-1910’, in Korean Journal of Medical History 5, no. 1 (1996): pp.1-10.

Rausch, Franklin. ‘The Bishop's Dilemma: Gustave Mutel and the Catholic Church in Korea, 1890—1910’, in Journal of Korean Religions (2013): pp.43-69.

Son, Annette HK. ‘Modernization of medical care in Korea (1876–1990)’, in Social Science & Medicine 49, no. 4 (1999): pp.543-550.

Kang, Sungwoo. ‘The Commodification of Water and Power Relations between Japanese Settlers and Koreans in Late Nineteenth-Century Pusan’, in Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies 16, no. 1 (2016). pp.25-51

Hahm, Hanhee (2005). “Rice and Koreans: Three identities and meanings” Korea Journal 45/2: 89-106.


Kim, Soon-Young & Jung E. Ha-Brookshire (2016). “How Did Industrial Products Change a Society? Historical Evidence of Imported Cotton Cloth in Korea, 1882–1910” Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 34/2: pp.109-126.


April 8th


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 6


Tutorial Sheet











2019 Semester 1

Mid-semester / Easter Break

April 15 – April 27






























Week 7: Special Session on the innovative Ways of Studying Korean History


Week 7

Special Session on the Innovative Ways of Studying Korean History


April 29th


1pm – 3pm


Lecture by Guest Lecturer


(Prof. Kim Hyeon – Korean Digital History Expert)




Digital Humanities

Digital History

Applying Digital Technology to Korean History Research

Benefits of Digitalisation of Historical materials





100 Korea


Berry, David M. (2012). “Introduction: Understanding the digital humanities” In Understanding digital humanities (pp. 1-20). Palgrave Macmillan, London. 


Further Readings


Berry, David M. (2011). “The computational turn: Thinking about the digital humanities” Culture Machine 12.


Hayles, Katherine (2012) “How to think: Transforming Power and Digital Technologies” in David Berry. Understanding digital humanities (pp. 42-65). Palgrave Macmillan, London. 


Berry, David M. (2012). “Digital methods: Five Challenges” In Understanding digital humanities (pp. 67-84). Palgrave Macmillan, London. 




Digital Humanities for Educational Purpose

Digital Humanities for Educational Purpose





April 29th


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 6


Tutorial Sheet

Week 8: Korea in International Community (3)


Week 8

Korea in the Post-1980s


May 6


1pm – 3pm






National Pride Soared in the 1980s

The 1988 Summer Olympic Games

South Korean view of North Korea: Continuity & Changes

South Korea as a Middle Power in the post-1990s

Hallyu and Korean Popular Cultural Boom

Youth nationalism





Gilbert Rozman (2007) “South Korea and Sino-Japanese rivalry: a middle power's options within the East Asian core triangle” The Pacific Review, 20:2, 197-220, DOI: 10.1080/09512740701306840


Lee, Sook-Jong (2006) “The Assertive Nationalism of South Korean Youth: Cultural Dynamism and Political Activism” SAIS Review of International Affairs, Volume 26, Number 2, Summer-Fall 2006, pp. 123-132



Further Readings


Watson, I. and Jeong, H. ‘Culture and Democratic Identity in South Korea: Contemporary Trends’, in Pacific Focus, 25 (2010): pp.376-395. doi:10.1111/j.1976-5118.2010.01050.x

Chen, Lu (2017). ‘The emergence of the anti-Hallyu movement in China’, in Media, Culture & Society 39/3: pp.374-390.

Snyder, Scott (2016). “Korean choices” in Great Decisions, Foreign Policy Association; pp. 51-62. URL:

Kim, Eun Mee, and Jiwon Ryoo (2007). ‘South Korean culture goes global: K-Pop and the Korean wave’, in Korean social science journal 34, no. 1 (2007): pp.117-152.


[Thae Yong-ho Special] Ep.7 - Korean Wave, Hallyu Shakes North Korea _ Full Episode [Thae Yong-ho Special] Ep.7 - Korean Wave, Hallyu Shakes North Korea _ Full Episode


Arirang Prime _ Korean Company Hallyu in Philippines Arirang Prime _ Korean Company Hallyu in Philippines


Discovering Hallyu in Britain Discovering Hallyu in Britain

Gil-Sung, Park. ‘Manufacturing Creativity: Production, Performance’, in Korea Journal 53, no. 4 (2013): pp.14-33.


Huang, Shuling (2009). ‘Nation-branding and transnational consumption: Japan-mania and the Korean wave in Taiwan’, in Media, Culture & Society 33, no. 1 (2011): pp.3-18.


Kim, Samuel Seongseop, Jerome Agrusa, Heesung Lee, and Kaye Chon (2007). ‘Effects of Korean television dramas on the flow of Japanese tourists’, in Tourism Management 28, no. 5 (2007): pp.1340-1353.


Eun, Seok-Chan. ‘Brilliant Hallyu and plastic surgery’, in Journal of Korean medical science 28, no. 11 (2013): pp.1561-1562.

Kwon, Seung-Ho, and Joseph Kim (2014). “The cultural industry policies of the Korean government and the Korean Wave” in International journal of cultural policy 20/4: pp.422-439.


Armstrong, Charles K. 2014. Chapter 1 “Korea in the World” in The Koreas (2nd edition). London & New York: Routledge.pp.1-13.



May 6


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 7






































Week 9: Wars, Memories & Reconciliation (1)  


Week 9

The North in Korean History


May 13


1pm – 3pm






Regionalism tradition in Korea

The birth of North Korea

Ideological chasms in modern Asia and Korea

Understanding North Korea’s anti-Americanism and Anti-Japanism





Kim, Sun Joo (2010) “Introduction: Thinking Through Region” in Sun Joo Kim

ed. The Northern Region of Korea: History, Identity, and Culture. Seattle: Center

for Korea Studies, University of Washington, pp. 3-17.


Armstrong, Charles K. (2014) “North Korea: The Logic and Limits of ‘Self-Reliance’ in

Charles Armstrong The Two Koreas. London: Routledge, pp.40-61.    


Further Readings




May 13


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 8



Tutorial Worksheet












Week 10: Wars, Memories & Reconciliation (2) 


Week 10



May 20


1pm – 3pm




Guest Speaker: Mr. Stent Dylan


The Korean War: Causes and Consequences

Unification efforts

South and North Cooperation

North Korean nuclear programme

Among ethnic Koreans of China, Russia, and two Koreas

Two Nationalisms in South Korea

Plans for the DMZ





Cha, Victor D. (1997). "KOREAN UNIFICATION: THE ZERO-SUM PAST AND THE PRECARIOUS FUTURE." Asian Perspective 21, no. 3 (1997): 63-92.


Chung, Jin Min & John D. Nagle (1992). "Generational dynamics and the politics of German and Korean unification." Western Political Quarterly 45, no. 4 (1992): 851-867.


On two nationalisms in South Korea



Further Readings


Park, Hyun-Gwi (2018) “Betrayed by Trust: Inter-Korean Relations across Northeast Asian Borders” in Caroline Humphrey (ed.) Trust and Mistrust in the Economies of the China-Russia Borderlands. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018

doi: 10.5117/9789089649829/park


Son, Key-young. South Korean engagement policies and North Korea: identities, norms and the sunshine policy. Routledge, 2006.


Paik, Haksoon. "Assessment of the Sunshine Policy: A Korean Perspective." Asian Perspective (2002): 13-35.


Noland, M., Robinson, S., & Liu, L. (1998). “The Costs and Benefits of Korean Unification: Alternate Scenarios” Asian Survey,38(8), 801-814. doi:10.2307/2645584










May 20


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 9


Tutorial 8

Tutorial Sheet
































Week 11: Wars, Memories & Reconciliation (3) 


Week 11

Last Day of the Semester


May 27


1pm – 3pm







Anti-Japanism in Asia 

Reconciliation in Northeast Asia

Toward a Peaceful and Harmonious Future




Li, Rex. "Identity Tensions and China-Japan-Korea Relations: Can Peace be Maintained in North East Asia?." In Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia, pp. 47-73. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018.

Shibata, Ria (2018). "Apology and Forgiveness in East Asia." In Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia, pp. 271-297. Palgrave Macmillan.

Further Readings


Clements, Kevin P. "Trust, Identity and Conflict in Northeast Asia–Barriers to Positive Relationships." In Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia, pp. 1-27. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018.

Lee, Geun. "Identity, Threat Perception, and Trust-Building in Northeast Asia." In Identity, Trust, and Reconciliation in East Asia, pp. 29-46. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018.



May 27


3pm – 4pm

4pm – 5pm


Tutorial 10


Tutorial 10


Tutorial Workshee


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