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Online Seminar - Two Koreas

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 2:00pm to Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 3:00pm

This three-week intensive 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. 



We are no longer accepting applications for this seminar. However, we are offering another online seminar titled Movement in East Asia. Please check back soon for more information! 


Participants will read 30-40 pages of primary or secondary source materials and view the video lectures for each session. We will then have a 1-hour live Zoom meeting on Mondays and Thursdays 2:00 -3:00 PM PDT.  For each session, 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. 

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.


Session Day Date Time Topic
  Monday July 6 2-3pm (PDT) Introduction (no assignments)
1 Thursday July 9 2-3pm (PDT) 1945-1994: Kim Il Sung
2 Monday July 13 2-3pm (PDT) 1994-2011: Kim Jong Il
3 Thursday July 16 2-3pm (PDT) 2011-Present: Kim Jong Un
4 Monday July 20 2-3pm (PDT) South Korea Today
5 Thursday July 23 2-3pm (PDT) 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.
Application deadline: Rolling acceptance until June 28, 2020