College of Arts and Science
This course is designed to help student understand the dynamics of Korean politics by critically examining major political issues in Korean political history since 1945. Korea is well known country as a rare example that has achieved rapid economic development as well as democratization in a short period of time in the world. However, Korea has experienced severe political struggles in the process of its political development. I assume Korea has survived three stages of political struggles, that is, the struggle for state-building, the struggle for the economic development, and the struggle for democratization which is in progress. For critical understanding of the Korean politics I will deal with the important issues in each stage of political struggles. I am also planning to deal with somewhat external issues that might have affected the Korean political process, that is. North Korean nuclear challenge and unification questions, and Sino-US rivalry in the East Asia. Prerequisites: sophomore standing.