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Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-2.5 hours/week...

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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 2-2.5 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Korean Politics in Historical Perspective

During Week 1, leaners will have an overview of Korean Politics which includes past history, the presidents and the main historical events during the 1st to the 6th Republic, and the democratic transition in 1987. The first week will help learners develop a fundamental understanding of the historical development of Korean Politics and lead leaners to think what makes Korean Politics new and interesting. ...
5 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
1.2 Korean Politics-Past History11m
1.3 The First and Second Republic(1948-1961)14m
1.4 Military Coup, Park Chung-Hee, and the Yushine Regime14m
1.5 The 5th Republic, Chun Doo-Hwan, and Democratic Transition14m
1 reading
Reading Materials10m
1 practice exercise
Graded Quiz10m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Dynamics of Democratic Transition in South Korea: Structure, Culture, and Leadership Choice

Week 2 will first summarizes the four legacies of South Korea’s politics from 1948 to 1987 and introduce the major concepts and models of democratic transition. Second, it will give a clear and detailed explanation about South Korea’s democratic transition which includes the transition dynamics, the determinants of democratic transition and the democratic consolidation....
5 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
2.2 Understanding Democratic Transition and Consolidation13m
2.3 Authoritarian Past and Transition Dynamics15m
2.4 Determinants of Democratic Transition in South Korea12m
2.5 Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in South Korea7m
1 reading
Reading Materials10m
1 practice exercise
Graded Quiz10m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Political Institutions in South Korea

Week 3 will start with the explanation of institution including its concept, types and major issues. In the second part, the lecture will expound South Korea’s constitutional foundation and its evolution, focusing on its nine constitutional amendments. Then it will talk about the structure and features of South Korean government, also it will briefly introduce South Korea’s presidential system which will be further explained in next week....
5 videos (Total 53 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
3.2 Constitutional Foundation and Its Evolution15m
3.3 Korean Government14m
3.4 Why persistent Imperial President?8m
3.5 Conclusion: Debates on New Constitutional Amendment4m
1 reading
Reading Materials10m
1 practice exercise
Graded Quiz8m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Profiles of political leadership

Week 4 will mainly talk about the political leadership. The lecture will first give the definition, types and evaluation criteria of political leadership. Then it will evaluate President Rhee Syngman, Park Chung-hee and Kim Dae-jung by using the criteria given in the first part and lead leaners to discuss the unique pattern of South Korean leadership....
6 videos (Total 68 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
4.2 Evaluating Political Leadership7m
4.3 Assessing Rhee Syngman20m
4.4 Evaluating Park Chung-hee13m
4.5 Evaluating Kim Dae-jung10m
4.6 Conclusion: some puzzles for discussion4m
1 reading
Reading Materials10m
1 practice exercise
Graded Quiz10m
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Top Reviews

By EWNov 14th 2017

I loved it, the transcript could use a little correction on some words.\n\nTHe9nstructor;what a honor to have him!

By MPNov 27th 2016

An excellent course for anyone who wants a good overview of the Republic of Korea and it's political history.

Instructor

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Chung-in Moon

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Political Science

About Yonsei University

Yonsei University was established in 1885 and is the oldest private university in Korea. Yonsei’s main campus is situated minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul’s metropolitan downtown. Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world. Yonsei is proud of its history and reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research in Asia....

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