This DeCal will focus on raising awareness about political, economic, and social aspects of North Korea among students and addressing the question: why does understanding this complex political phenomenon actually matter. The method of instruction will mainly be lectures, in-class discussions and collaborative inquiry.
Generally, throughout the course, the first three weeks of the class will be more concentrated on understanding the state North Korea is in right now, and gradually transition to focusing on the lives of the people living under the hermit regime.
Throughout the course, we will (probably...) discuss: the history of the divided Korean peninsula, North Korea’s current domestic and international political situation, wide use of state media, livelihood within the state, related human rights issues, and life before, during, and after defecting from North Korea.
Q&A [Constantly Updated]
1. Do I have to know anything about North Korea before taking the course?
No, not at all. This course is aimed at all levels of knowledge and will focus more on lives within North Korea rather than political layer.
2. Why did you guys decide to teach this decal?
Sometimes, because of all the news about Kim Jung Un’s radical decisions, continuous military provocations, nuclear and missile testings despite imposed sanctions, etc, we forget that there are actual people living and mostly suffering under the authoritative regime who simply need help and more international attention. That is why we decided to teach this course and hopefully by the end of this decal, we wish to sufficiently portray why you should care about those people’s lives.
3. Will the course be just on North Korea?
We generally want to concentrate the attention on current and past events in North Korea, but we also plan to discuss about US, South Korea and other neighbouring nations’ involvement and interest in order to facilitate well rounded class.
4. So what is the workload like for this class?
Not much, really.
The workload is going to consist of some short readings every week, and the occasional discussion on bcourses. Other than that, one group discussion and one final project.
5. How serious is this class?
Ehh? .. may be serious?
We want the class to be not just lecture/discussion style but engaging as well. Not that serious to think what am I doing here but serious enough to decently understand about North Korea in the end of course.
6. Have you guys taught this course before?
Yes. We started teaching this Decal class last spring semester under the course name of [The Story of Divided Peninsula], so this is our third semester of teaching this course.
7. Course No. scheduled as198. Does that mean it is Upper Division only?
The course is scheduled as a 198 only but both lower division and upper division students can enroll!
Anymore question? You can still ask us via email and we will get back to you within couple hours (hopefully).
|Section 1||Lee Kyung-Wu and Pranav Idnany||20||104 Barrows||[Th] 5:00PM-6:00PM||02/02/2017||