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Dr. Joel Brereton, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2008

ANS 361 • 24-The Two Koreas and the US-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31180 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GEA 114

Course Description

Drawing on history, anthropology, and political science, this seminar will focus on the relationship between North and South Korea, and between the Koreas and the United States, since 1945. This is thus also a course in thinking about, and across, borders. Can we understand North Korea? What social, cultural, and political effects does Korean division have? How have important events like the Korean War been seen by different groups? How has the Korean situation had an effect within postwar histories of the Cold War, American global power, and nuclear arms?

Grading Policy

20% analytical paper (5-6 pp) 25% critical review paper (6-8 pp) 25% policy paper (6-8 pp.) 5% on a class presentation on class readings. 15% on general class participation. 10% in-class writing assignments


Bruce Cumings, The Origins of the Korean War (vol. 1). Sergei N. Goncharov, John W. Lewis, and Xue Litai, Uncertain Partners: Stalin, Mao, and the Korean War. Jung-en Woo, Race to the Swift. Ji-Yeon Yuh, Beyond the Shadow of Camptown: Korean Military Brides in America Sonia Ryang, North Koreans in Japan


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