since 1965  (really?)

Breaking Down Borders: Korea

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Fall 2009
ASAMST 98/198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

Even with the rush of new information now being made available on North Korea, much about the country is still shrouded in mystery. Yet, the country remains the subject of constant speculation by the rest of the world as North Korea continues to rely on foreign handouts to feed her people while simultaneously building intercontinental ballistic missiles, and, having probably tested a couple nuclear devices. The country also stands as one of the world’s prime proliferators of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to much of the rogue world. Some also allege that the country profits from the production and sales of illicit substances and fraudulent dollar bills. The country has also admitted to kidnapping citizens from foreign soil to aid in espionage programs and has harbored Japanese terrorists as well as blown up a South Korean airliner. Why does the world continue to give aid to a regime, which by some accounts, systematically violates the rightsof her citizens like none other on the planet? And with this in mind, what warranted George W. Bush to takeNorth Korea off the list of states that sponsor terrorism and simultaneously give aid along with promises ofmore aid in the future? This is the mystery that is North Korea. The country sits on the northern half of the Korean peninsula in the heart of prosperous Northeast Asia. Its people number some twenty-three million people. With a literacy rate higher than that of much of the developed world, including the United States, the country is also home to a populace that is seemingly suffering from perpetual malnutrition and starvation. Meanwhile, the southern half of the peninsula is occupied by another, rival Korean state that is home to a thriving, young democracy and an economy that by some measures ranks among the top dozen in the world. It is a surprise then that much of the world allows North Korea to remain shrouded in obscurity, caring only to frame North Korea as some bizarre, freak state. This purpose of this class is to change this as North Korea will be carefully considered within the context of how North Korea relates to history and her neighboring states (and the United States of course). Note, the course will not go in detail about the human rights situation on the peninsula. Topics will be covered chronologically and all students will be asked to give one presentation as part of a larger group on one of these topics. Discussion will be encouraged as the main mode of absorbing information in the course. Guest lecturers and documentaries may also be shown.

How to Enroll:

This course is: ASAMST 98/198 Section 2.

Enrollment Issues:
When you add the course by adding the CCN, you must enter "2" or the variable number of units, you would like to take this course for.

There are currently enrollment issues for the 198 section, where class times do not show up properly on the telebears enrollment page. Hopefully, this should be resolved shortly. Nonetheless, you can enroll in the course for one or two units. The enrollment issues should have been fixed. Currently, it shows that the 198 section is full, but I have spoken with Mr. Fong from the Ethnic Studies Department and, well, it appears that anybody wanting to take this course should get in. It's my opinion that anybody that would like to get in should be able to get in. So, don't mind the waitlist and please do come.

Class has begun. You can still enroll in this course. For more, information, particularly about registration and enrollment, check out the course website.

You can take it for one unit, if you'd like, but this would still mean that you'd be responsible for all the material as if you were taking it for two units. In other words, you wouldn't be able to just come to the first hour and then say, "Oh. It's 7pm. Time for me to head out. I'm only taking it for a unit." This is basically for those that are concerned about a unit cap, but still need 13 units to be considered a full-time student.

Classes will meet:

Mondays from 6 pm to 8 pm in Barrows 166.

The 98 section is for those that have less than 60 units while the 198 section is for those that have 60 or more.

The first class will be on September 14th.    

Course Contact: koreandecal09 AT


Faculty Sponsor: Elaine Kim

Time & Location:

Barrows 166M 6:00 - 8:009/14started06023 (lower)
06218 (upper)

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