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International Politics in the Korean Peninsula

Seoul National University via edX

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This course is divided into three parts. First, you’ll learn how the Chinese World Order emerged in the ancient world, focusing on the concept of the "heavenly mandate" (天命) as the ultimate source of political power (1 module). You’ll also learn how the Chinese World Order expanded into the relationship between China and surrounding political entities (1 module) and several challenges when the Qing (淸) Empire replaced the Ming (明) Empire.

Second, this course will review how China tried to project its world order into the relationship with Korea and Korea came to be integrated into the Chinese World Order from the 14th century to the 18th century (4 modules). More specifically, it will show how China intervened in the interstate trade and Korean music.

Finally, it will compare the two trajectories of political thoughts between Korea and Japan since 17th century. Korea fantasized itself as the genuine heir and center of the Chinese World Order, closing its door to foreigners. Meanwhile, Japan overcame the Chinese World Order and eventually converted itself as a modern state (1 module).

The working language is Korean with English subtitles.

Syllabus

Week 1: Genesis of the Chinese World Order
Week 2: Expansion of the Chinese World Order into East Asia
Week 3: Projection of the Chinese World Order into Korean Music
Week 4: Projection of the Chinese World Order into Korea in 14-15th Century
Week 5: Projection of the Chinese World Order into International Trade (1)
Week 6: Projection of the Chinese World Order into International Trade (2)
Week 7: Challenges to the Chinese World Order

Taught by

Dong-Joon Jo

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Horrible. No support, people posted nonsense but still get full marks and professor doesn't tell them off.

No flexibility when people got confused by the first week date.

Course is propagandist and not very good.

Don't do any of these topics. Read a book such as "Korea's time in the Sun" by bruce Cumings
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