HSTAS 212 A: History of Korean Civilization

Winter 2022
MW 10:30am - 12:20pm / FSH 107
Section Type:
Joint Sections:
JSIS A 212 A
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):


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History of Korean Civilization

This course takes a broad scope look at Korean history from the earliest times to the present. We will examine major historical events and developments as well as the continuities and changes in pre-modern and modern periods. The course will focus on changes in government and societal organization; international relations; economics; religion and philosophy; literature and art; and women’s status. Finally, we will look at how historical events and persons are interpreted in select contemporary films to gain a better understanding of how these historical characters and events are commemorated and remembered in modern times.

  • In person
    • Location: FSH 107
    • Time: M, W 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
  • First week of class will be on ZOOM

Instructor: Dr. Emily Marie Anderson Hall
Email: emily4mi@uw.edu
Office: SMI 113 A
Office Hours: TBA

Required Books

  • Kyung Moon Hwang, A History of Korea: An Episodic Narrative, 2nd ed., London: Palgrave, Macmillan Education, 2017.
  • Richard E. Kim, Lost Names. 40th ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.

All other course readings will be available on Canvas.

Course Assignments and Grading

  • Class Participation 15%
  • Quizzes (in lieu of examination) 45%
  • Film Analysis and Presentation 20%
  • Final Short Essay 20%

(**These will be explained on the first day of class**)

Basic Breakdown of Course Periodization

Three Kingdoms Period (Koguryŏ/Goguryeo, Paekche/Baekje, Silla)
Koryŏ/Goryeo Dynasty
Chosŏn/Joseon Dynasty (Early, Mid, Late)
Japanese Occupation Period
Division and War
North Korea
South Korean Dictatorship and Developmental Politics
South Korean Democracy Movement
Contemporary Korea

**This course description is subject to change and updates**

Catalog Description:
From earliest times to the present. Development of Korean society and culture in terms of government organization, social and economic change, literature, and art. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 212.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Last updated:
April 17, 2024 - 9:25 pm