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Korean Art and Society (NOT OFFERED IN 2009-2010)
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 10 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
This course examines the formation and development of Modern Korean society and visual culture as they have undergone a rapid transformation since the end of the 19th century. Located between old and new empires in China and Japan, and later succumbing to a US-led hegemonic order in East Asia, Korea’s modern history and art are heavily indebted to the experience of Japanese colonialism, decolonization, the Korean War, territorial division, military authoritarianism, rapid industrialization, the anti-authoritarian '80's minjung (grassroots) dissident movement, and the formation of a dynamic post-minjung civil society. The discussion includes the analysis of important emergent artists, groups and movements as well as significant issues such as the ‘Military Comfort Women’ taken by the Japanese army during the Second World War, the Kwangju uprising, Korea’s international relationships, democratization, emigration, and the success of the Korean film and cultural industry that has swept through Asia and beyond since 1997 known as the Korean Wave. The course will draw on diverse materials such as art works, film, history text, reports in order to show the interactions between politics, culture, arts and ideas during this historical transformation.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken VISC 4B96: Special Topic in Visual Culture: Formation and Locations of Modern Korean Society and Culture may not take this course for further credit.
Course was last updated May 28, 2010 - 12:20 PM