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Controversies in Contemporary Korea

Course Number: Asian 376 (U-M); EAS 300

Times: Tues/Thurs 3:00 – 4:30PM (CT), 4:00 – 5:30PM (ET)

Instructor: Semi Oh

This course examines a number of key controversies in contemporary Korea (South and North). Through this examination this course will seek to provide a more critical understanding of the issues that drive the political economy and culture of Korea. Among other things, this course will examine the issue of comfort women, the Japanese history textbook controversy, the debate over Dokdo, collaboration during colonial rule, globalization, economic growth, and the Korean Wave (Hallyu), North Korea and the Axis of Evil, and education fever in South Korea.

Hosting University: University of Michigan

Participating Universities: University of Wisconsin

Academic Calendar: Unless specified by the course instructor, the course will follow the host campus’ academic calendar.