Postgraduate Course: Korean History, Culture, and Society (ASST11107)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||30% mid-semester literature review (1000 words)
60% final essay (3000 words)
10% class participation
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand in depth the historical developments on the Korean peninsula.
- Critically evaluate scholarly debates within Korean history.
- Formulate Korean history related research questions.
- Draw on and apply knowledge and understanding to analyse the causes and impact of the historical issue.
- Collect and analyse historical data.
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.
|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.
||Jointly taught with UG
|Keywords||Three kingdoms,Koryo,Chosun dynasty,political and economic systems,social uprisings
|Course organiser||Dr Holly Stephens
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
|Course secretary||Miss Charlotte McLean
Tel: (0131 6)50 4114