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Controversies in Contemporary Korea, Spring 2019

Course Number: Asian 376 (UM), Kora 398J (UMD), Lang 3505 (UMN)

Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-4:30pm (CT), 4-5:30pm (EST)

Instructor: Juhn Ahn,

Hosting University: University of Michigan

Description:  This course examines four contemporary controversies in Korea (South and North) in order to provide a broad understanding of the very recent history of the birthplace of the “Korean Wave” and the “Miracle of the Han River”. Through this examination this course will seek to provide a more critical understanding of the issues that drive the political economy and culture of Korea. Among other things, this course will examine the issue of comfort women, the Japanese history textbook controversy, the debate over Dokdo, collaboration during colonial rule, globalization, economic growth, and the Korean Wave (Hallyu), North Korea and the Axis of Evil, and education fever in South Korea.

Participating Universities: University of Maryland & University of Minnesota

 Academic Calendar: Unless specified by the course instructor, the course will follow the host campus’ academic calendar.