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Language & Society of the Two Koreas, Spring 2020

Course Number: ALL 3576 (UMN), KORA 398A (UMD), EALC 398 CI2 (UIUC)

Times: Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15PM (CT), 3:00-4:15PM (ET)

Instructor: Hangtae Cho,

Hosting University: University of Minnesota

Description: This course is designed to offer an introduction and contrastive analysis of the language and society of the two Koreas; the Republic of Korea (better known as South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (better known as North Korea) with a heavier emphasis on North Korea. This course will introduce the growing divide of the past 60+ years between North and South Korea in the areas of language, society and culture.  The complexity of the East Asian region is partly due to the issues involving the two Koreas; however, knowledge regarding North Korea remains very limited compared to its neighbors. Mass media portrays the controversial political and human right issues of North Korea but generally lacks in coverage of everyday life there.

Participating Universities: University of Maryland & University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

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