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MODULE 1: Geography, History and Politics (GHP) - South Korea

Contents and topics of the course

In this course, Korea’s geographical structure is discussed with reference to resources, land terrain and usage, the regional layout, and the challenges facing South Korea during its rapid modernisation and maturity period.


This course includes knowledge of Korea’s origins, important historical turning points, the revered kingdoms, devastating wars, the split between North and South, and the rise of authoritarian and democratic regimes.


The Korean peninsula is one of a small number of regions in the world where a linguistic and ethnic group of people are divided by national borders. This creates challenges above the normal course of neighbour relations. South Korea has become an economic success in the last decades while North Korea’s economy has stagnated. Today, South Koreans enjoy a high standard of living, an efficient country, and a lively democracy with a population that demands its political leaders are doing their job and are not corrupt.


You will learn the hardships endured by the societies on their journeys under authoritarian and military governments in recent history.


What is South Korea’s position in the world today? Relations with the United States, China and Japan are discussed in this potentially volatile region of the world and you will also become acquainted with the relationship between North and South Korea.


The structure of the programme is identical to the China and Southeast Asia minors.

If you would like to experience a sample class prior to your enrolment, you can contact the lecturer concerned to arrange a visit to sit in in one of the lessons.


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