Interdisciplinary Elective Course
The key words associated with South Korean politics and society usually refer to colonialism, divided nation, compressed-rapid economic growth, democratization in terms of domestic politics, and the unique geopolitical position of the Korean Peninsula in terms of international politics. Over the five decades, the Korean peninsula has undergone profound the socio-political changes and economic development. This course is designed to introduce students to the dynamics of contemporary Korean politics and society in transformation and to provide an opportunity for students to have a better understanding of the Korean politics and society. This course examines the political development process after the foundation of the Republic of Korea till the present including the authoritarian regime, democratization, neo-liberal restructuring.