Courses in Korean Studies

A EAK 101 Elementary Korean I (5)
An introduction to modern Korean, with emphasis on speaking, reading and writing. Format will include both lecture and drill sessions. Not open to students with any previous knowledge of the Korean language.

A EAK 102 Elementary Korean II (5)
Continuation of A EAK 101. Prerequisite(s): A EAK 101 or equivalent.

A EAK 170 Korea: Its Culture and Heritage (3)
Survey of the essential elements of traditional Korean civilization, early contacts with the West, and modern development. Focus on the evolution of basic Korean social, political, economic, and aesthetic ideas. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Korean is required.

A EAK 201 Intermediate Korean I (5)
Concentration on reading, writing, and speaking at the intermediate level. Emphasis on vocabulary drills, grammar exercises, and pattern practice. Students registering for this section must also register for the discussion section. Prerequisite(s): A EAK 102 or equivalent.

A EAK 202 Intermediate Korean II (5)
Continuation of A EAK 201. Enhancement of reading, writing, and speaking skills will be emphasized. Students will also master several Korean proverbs. Prerequisite(s): A EAK 201 or equivalent.

A EAK 301 Advanced Korean I (3)
Acquisition of complex structures through intensive oral/aural and reading/writing practice. Discussion, authentic written materials, videotapes and audiotapes are incorporated. Prerequisite(s): A EAK 202 or equivalent.

A EAK 302 Advanced Korean II (3)
This course is a continuation of A EAK 301. Prerequisite(s): A EAK 301 or equivalent.

A EAK 376 (=A HST 376) History of Premodern Korea (3)
This course will introduce students to premodern Korea, from earliest recorded history to the Choson dynasty (1392-1897), while also examining the roles played by China and Japan in shaping Korean history. The class will explore social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural dimensions of the premodern period. Topics will include: traditional social structures, local society and culture, religions and ideology, governing institutions, foreign relations, gender and family, encounters with Western civilization, marginalized groups, and indigenous reforms for social and economic development. No knowledge of Korean language is required.

A EAK 377 (= A HST 377) History of Modern Korea (3)
The central aim of this course is to analyze the key political, social, military, economic and cultural issues of modern Korean history. It covers the period from the late 19th century to the present. Topics examined include late-19th century imperialism, Japanese colonization (1910-1945), national division and war (1945-1953), South Korea's economic development (1960s-1970s), North Korea's militarization, democratization after 1980, and current US-Korea relations. The class uses English-language translations of all sources. No knowledge of Korean is required.

A EAK 389 Topics in Korean Literature, History, and Culture (3)
This course will focus on a selected topic or major work of traditional or modern Korean literature or history for intensive study. May be repeated for credit when content varies. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.

A EAK 422 (= R POS 422Z) North Korea History, Culture, and Politics (3)
This course is designed to provide a survey of North Korea's political history and culture from its inception to the present day. The focus is on the political, social, intellectual, and cultural trends during North Korea's rise and encounters with the modern world. Only one version may be taken for credit.

A EAK 497 Independent Study in Korean (1-6)
Projects in selected areas of Korean studies, with regular progress reports; or supervised readings of texts in Korean. May be repeated once for credit if content varies. Prerequisite(s): two 300 level Korean courses or equivalent, or permission of instructor.