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UCLA Political Science 169 - Modern Korean Politics

A study of modern Korean politics of North and South Korea

Through a generous grant from the Korea Research Foundation, the UCLA Center for Korean Studies is able to offer the following course:

Modern Korean Politics

(Political Science 169)

Spring Quarter, 2005 : Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00PM to 3:50PM

in Franz Hall, room 1260

Visiting Professor Dae-Sook Suh, Professor Emeritus of Political Science from the University of Hawaii, and former Director of the UH Center for Korean Studies.

The purpose of this course is to study modern Korean politics of North and South Korea. As an introduction to the course, we will study the records of the Korean independence movement, both the Nationalist and Communist movements, but not the politics of foreign encroachments and eventual downfall of the old Choson dynasty. Rather, we will concentrate more on the issues of the division, the Korean War, and divergent development of a homogeneous people.

This course will undertake the long neglected study on the political development of Socialist North Korea: leadership, ideology, and its sustaining myth that characterize the resilient system. Modern democratic political processes in South Korea offer in contrast divergent characteristics of the Korean people, making the integration and eventual unification of the two political systems difficult. We will also discuss the pivotal role the two Koreas play in the security of the East Asian region.

The course will use the following two books as the texts:

Bruce Cumings. Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1997. Available in paperback

Dae-Sook Suh. Kim Il Sung: The North Korean Leader. New York: ColumbiaUniversity Press, 1995. Available in paperback

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