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Two Koreas (Tuesdays, March 7 - April 4, 2023)

This five-week intensive online course will help participants 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 years after the fall of the Soviet bloc.

(left) The Statue of Brothers at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul, South Korea; (right) South Korean Flags seen at the Korean Demilitarized Zone


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 Tuesdays 5-6pm (PST).  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. 


Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA International Institute and Department of Asian Languages & Cultures




Introduction (no assignments)


1945-1994: Kim Il Sung


1994-2011: Kim Jong Il


2011-Present: Kim Jong Un


South Korea Today


Depictions of North Korea



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