The two Koreas–North and South–were born in the aftermath of World War II, when the United States and the Soviet Union arbitrarily divided the peninsula into two zones of occupation at the 38th parallel. Today, over six decades later, the split endures as what has been called “the Cold War’s last divide.” This tutorial examines the history of the two Koreas from their creation in 1945 to the present. We will explore the historical and ideological origins of the division; how tensions between North and South led to the outbreak of the Korean War; why the paths of the two Koreas have differed so markedly; how each country has been shaped by its political leaders and their ideologies; and what recent developments in North Korea, including its nuclear program, have meant for relations on the peninsula and beyond. Course material will include primary and secondary sources of various kinds, including political documents, intellectual treatises, films, and short stories.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
students will meet with the instructor in pairs for an hour each week; a student either will write and present orally a 5- to 7-page essay on the assigned readings or will be responsible for offering an oral critique of their partner's work
first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of instructor
first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
In this tutorial, students receive substantial feedback from the professor (and from their partner) both in the sessions and in written comments about all aspects of their writing--argumentation, structure, mechanics. Such feedback is offered on five papers (of 5-7 pages in length) that they write over the course of the semester; they can also elect to receive comments on their final, synthetic paper (12-15 pages in length). Significant guidance is also given on the paper-writing process.
GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia