SOC181: Social Change in Modern Korea





This course explores the incredible transformation of Korean society in the modern period.  We begin with the demise of the Chosun Dynasty at the end of the 19th century before covering the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945), the emergence of two Korean nation-states (1945-1948), the Korean War (1950-53), and the contemporary period (1960-present).  The course is divided into two parts: In the first part of the course we discuss Korea’s political and economic transformation and in the second part, we cover social and cultural change.  Upon completion of the course, students should have a thorough grasp of the vast social changes Korea underwent in the 20th century.