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POLSC322: Asia-Pacific Politics

Unit 8: Politics and Government in North and South Korea, 1953-Present   In this unit, you will examine the development of governments and political systems in North and South Korea following the ceasefire agreement in 1953.  North Korea has remained under the control of the Communist Party, led by the Kim family.  South Korea has a three-branch, presidential system of government, similar to that of the United States.

Reunification of North and South Korea into one country remains the dream of many Korean families separated by the 38th parallel.  While South Korea has become a major economic power in recent decades, North Korea stuggles due to its corrupt, omnipotent leaders, widespread famine, and disease.

Unit 8 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 10 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 8.1: 5 hours

☐    Subunit 8.2: 5 hours

Unit8 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of the North and South Korean political systems since 1945.
  • Discuss major domestic political movements in North and South Korea since 1945.
  • Identify contemporary political, foreign relations, and trade issues in North and South Korea.
  • Assess the manner in which the history and culture of North and South Korea impacts current political strategies.

8.1 Government and Politics of South Korea, 1953-Present   - Reading: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: South Korea Link: U.S. Department of State: Background Note: South Korea (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discussesthe South Korean modern political system, economy, and current issues that it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: South Korea Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: South Korea (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
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  • Reading: The Carnegie Council: Vincent Hsia’s “The Two Koreas: Despite Nukes and Succession Issues, Its Status Quo” Link: The Carnegie Council: Vincent Hsia’s “The Two Koreas: Despite Nukes and Succession Issues, Its Status Quo” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please read the article.
     
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  • Reading: PolicyArchive.Org: Bruce Klingner’s “South Korea’s Mercurial Political Landscape” Link: PolicyArchive.Org: Bruce Klingner’s “South Korea’s Mercurial Political Landscape” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page, and scroll down until you find the correct article.  Click on “View Publication” in order to open the PDF file.
     
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  • Reading: Journal of Contemporary East Asia: Lee Dong-Yoon and Lee Jaehyon’s “Democratic Consolidation beyond Political Crisis: An Experience of Korea” Link: Journal of Contemporary East Asia: Lee Dong-Yoon and Lee Jaehyon’s “Democratic Consolidation beyond Political Crisis: An Experience of Korea” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please scroll down to Vol. 7, No. 2 September 2008 and click on the appropriate link to open the PDF file.  Read the entire article by Yoon and Jaehyon.
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: Freedom Village – South Korea Link: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: Freedom Village – South Korea (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the video (16 minutes).
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: Learning Liberty – South Korea Link: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures:  Learning Liberty – South Korea (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the video (22 minutes).
     
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8.2 Government and Politics of North Korea, 1953-Present   - Reading: US Department of State: Background Note: North Korea Link: US Department of State: Background Note: North Korea (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article, which discusses North Korea’s modern political system, economy, and current issues that it faces.
 
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  • Reading: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: North Korea Link: U.S. Library of Congress: A Country Study: North Korea (HTMLor PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page.  Read chapters 3, 4, and 5 of the report.  You can access the links to the chapters from the left column of the linked webpage.
     
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  • Reading: University of Hawaii: Dr. R.J. Rummel’s “Statistics of North Korean Democide: Estimates, Calculations, and Sources” Link: University of Hawaii: Dr. R.J.  Rummel’s “Statistics of North Korean Democide: Estimates, Calculations, and Sources” (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the article.
     
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  • Reading: The Carnegie Council: Victor Cha and Joanne Myers’ “North Korea: What Next?” Link: The Carnegie Council: Victor Cha and Joanne Myers’ “North Korea: What Next?” (PDF)
     
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    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and read the transcript of this panel discussion.  You may also click on the Flash Audio and Flash Video links above to hear an audio or view a video presentation of the same event.
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: The Real Dr. Evil Link: YouTube: Journeyman Pictures: The Real Dr. Evil (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the video (11 minutes).
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: NationalGeographic: Inside Undercover in North Korea Link: YouTube: NationalGeographic: Inside Undercover in North Korea (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Please go to the linked page and view the video (46 minutes).
     
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