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

Spring 2010

ANS 361 • The Two Koreas and the U.S.-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30975 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GAR 0.120

Course Description

Drawing on history, anthropology, and political science, this course will focus on the relationship between North and South Korea, and between the Koreas and the United States, since 1945. It aims to conceptualize the Korean War and Korean division as possessing political, social, and cultural dynamics that have had complex ramifications across space and time. This is thus also a course in thinking about, and across, borders. It finally seeks to understand the historical development of North Korea and, through doing this, aims to contextualize present political crises relating to human rights and nuclear security.

Grading Policy

A) Online response paragraphs on ERes (10%) B) 1 short (5-6) page analytical paper assigned and due on set dates early in the course on an assigned topic (20%) (first paper) C) 1 short (one paragraph) précis of your second paper, due before spring break. This is mostly designed to get you thinking about the book you will use for paper 2 early in the course (5%). D) 1 slightly-longer (6-8) page critical review paper, based upon a book you read independently, due approximately 2/3 through the course (25%) (second paper) E) 1 6-8 page policy-oriented paper, on one of a flexible menu of topics assigned during the last part of the course, due after the end of classes (25%) (third paper) F) Attendance (taken randomly - 10%) G) Participation (5% - but can make a difference)


Yuh, Ji-Yeon, Beyond the Shadow of Camptown Armstrong, Charles, The North Korean Revolution Cha, Victor and David Kang, Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies Kang Ch'ol-hwan, Aquariums of P’yongyang.


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