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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EAST3604 Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations

20 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Prof Christopher Dent
Email: c.m.dent@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Concentrating primarily on South Korea but also considering North Korea, we will firstly consider aspects of Korean history, culture, society and politics, before considering a range of political economy studies on South and North Korea in more depth.This will enable students to:- develop an understanding of basic theories and concepts relating to Korea's economic and political development- appreciate the historic and contemporary dimensions to these twin development processes- critically analyse and inter-relate different aspects of Korea's economic and political development, for example in relation to developments statism- evaluate the connections between domestic and international factors in Korea's economic and politico-security relations.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand basic theories and concepts relating to Korea's economic and political development
- appreciate the historic and contemporary dimensions to these twin development processes
- critically analyse and inter-relate different aspects of Korea's economic and political development, for example in relation to developments statism
- evaluate the connections between domestic and international factors in Korea's economic and politico-security relations.

Syllabus

This module studies the political, economic and international dimensions of the Korean nation. It primarily concentrates on the South Korea nation-state but also on North Korea.

To set the context of study, students are first introduced to basic aspects of Korean history, culture and society. Students then examine the different political systems and paths of political development on the Korean peninsula.

This builds the foundation for a range of political economy studies on South and North Korea, including:
- economic development and the role of the developmental state: the chaebol conglomerate firms (eg, Samsung) and Korean business systems
- the 1997/98 financial crisis and post-crisis economic policy reform
- globalisation and economic nationalism.

This last theme provides the initial interface between the domestic and the international in Korea's politics and economy, thereafter followed by studies on:
- international security and inter-Korea relations
- Korea in the East Asia region
- Korea in the wider world.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for lectures: 10 hours
- Preparation for seminars: 50 hours
- Research and writing assessed essay: 60 hours
- Preparation for examination: 60 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar presentations
- Active participation in seminars
- I will also be giving feedback on the students' assessed work (see below) in Week 9 of the semester.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/04/2017

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