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Postgraduate Course: Korean History, Culture, and Society (ASST11107)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course familiarises students with the history of the Korean peninsula. It introduces students to key historical issues and debates, including political systems and ideology, colonial rule, the interaction of the Korean peninsula with external powers, modernisation and industrialisation.
Course description This course provides an overview of early modern and modern Korean history, paying attention to such topics as political systems and Confucian ideology, Choson-era social and cultural developments, the introduction of new forms of agriculture and technology during the Choson dynasty, conflict with both China and Japan, nineteenth-century imperialism, capitalism, diplomacy, and Korea's colonial and post-colonial experiences. Students will read a wide range of historical accounts, including both classic texts and recent scholarship, to learn how to debate historical and political issues related to Korean history, culture, and society. In addition, students will gain experience with primary sources in English, Japanese and/or Korean, in order to conduct their own research into Korean history.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% mid-semester literature review (1000 words)
60% final essay (3000 words)
10% class participation
Feedback Feedback will be provided in two ways:

Oral feedback within weekly seminar meetings.

Written feedback on a discussion board posts and formative bibliographic exercise in preparation for the final essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand in depth the historical developments on the Korean peninsula.
  2. Critically evaluate scholarly debates within Korean history.
  3. Formulate Korean history related research questions.
  4. Draw on and apply knowledge and understanding to analyse the causes and impact of the historical issue.
  5. Collect and analyse historical data.
Reading List
Cummings, B. (2005) Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History, New York: Norton.

Lee, P. eds. (2001) Sources of Korean Tradition, Volume Two: From the Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries, New York: Columbia University Press.
Eckert, C. and Lee, K.B. (1991) Korea Old and New: A history, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Eckert, C. (1996) Offspring of Empire: The Koch'ang Kims and the Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism 1876-1945, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills *Think critically and produce Masters-level work under pressure.
*Work independently, seeking relevant advice and support when necessary.
*Understand, interpret, and use scholarly resources.
*Gain global perspectives on the subject.
*Work on digital product development with confidence.
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with UG
KeywordsThree kingdoms,Koryo,Chosun dynasty,political and economic systems,social uprisings
Course organiserDr Holly Stephens
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMr Iain Harrison
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