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Online Seminar - Two Koreas

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

This 6-week online course will help you better understand North Korea and South Korea as two countries with a common past, divided only since 1945, and still stuck in the Cold War many years after the fall of the Soviet bloc. 

Participants will read 50-60 pages of primary or secondary source materials each week and view the video lectures for that week. We will then have a 1-hour live Zoom video conference on Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 pm PST.  Each week, participants are to post thoughts on the readings or video lectures to the discussion forum. You are also expected to watch and review a feature film from Korea and to visit and review a website that includes content on Korea. To earn credit for the course, you also need to produce a set of curriculum lessons for use with your own students. Click here to download the flyer.

Upon completion of the requirements, participants are eligible to purchase 3 continuing education units from the USC Rossier School of Education, receive a certificate of completion, and have access to online resources and materials. This program is sponsored by the USC U.S.-China Institute and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia.

Week 1 10/15 Introduction
Week 2 10/22 1945-1994 (Kim Il Sung Era)
Week 3 10/29 1994-2011 (Kim Jong Il Era)
Week 4 11/5 2011-Present (Kim Jong Un Era)
Week 5 11/12 South Korea Today
Week 6 11/19 Depictions of North Korea



Jennifer Jung-Kim, Lecturer, International Institute and Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, UCLA
Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Korean History from UCLA. She teaches courses on Korean history in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. She also teaches Introduction to East Asia in the International and Area Studies program. She is also senior editor of the Korean Classics Library series and serves as assistant director of the Center for Buddhist Studies.


How to Apply

1. Submit your application below.
2. Ask your school principal to confirm your teaching assignment by emailing
Application deadline: Rolling acceptance until October 4, 2019. Applicants will be notified within one week once both tasks are completed.
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