Philosophy and Culture of Traditional Korea|
Spring 2022 not offered
Today, Korean studies is a viable subject in leading American institutions, mainly due to the nation's rising to the world power in the fields of economy and pop culture. Korea is also proud of its long history of intellectual tradition, which, compared with that of China and Japan, is never far behind in depth and breadth.
This course is designed to introduce students to the rich culture and philosophy of traditional Korea. More specifically, we will touch upon various schools or branches of thought that had been prevalent from the latter half of the 14th century to the early 20th century. Among these are Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, Neo-Confucianism, Taoism, and other native schools of thought. We will explore issues surrounding social structure, social and familial ethics, gender politics, legal and penal systems, and values and attitudes of the pre-modern Korean society, which was made up of the major dynasty, Joseon (1392-1910).
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be expected to have acquired enough knowledge about and taste in traditional Korean philosophy and culture to serve as a prerequisite for the further exploration of in-depth Korean studies. Also, students will have an opportunity to compare and contrast the unique cultures of three Far Eastern countries: China, Japan, and Korea.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CGST-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Social Jus)
(subject to change) JaHyun Kim Haboush and Martina Deuchler eds. Culture and the State in Late Choson Korea (Harvard East Asian Monographs), Harvard University Asia Center.
Peter H. Lee and Theodore de Bary. Sources of Korean Tradition, VOL. 2: From the Sixteenth to The Twentieth Centuries Series: Introduction to Asian Civilizations. Columbia University Press.
Course Packet (to be announced); Occasional on-line video and PPT postings
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Regular attendance and Class presentation
A few on-line quizzes and reading responses on reading materials
One Shorter(2-3pages) mid-term paper and one final 4-5 page take-home paper
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