EALC007 - EAST ASIA PAST AND PRES: Penn-in-Seoul: East Asia Past and Present

This course surveys the history of East Asia from early times to the present. We will study the establishment of various sociopolitical orders and their characteristics alongside major cultural developments. Covered topics include: state formation and dissolution; the role of ideology and how it changes; religious beliefs and values; agriculture, commerce, and industry; changing family relations; responses to imperialism; and East Asia's growing stature in the modern world as well as future prospects. Although a main focus will be on understanding how the regions we now know as China, Japan, and Korea emergd with their respective identities, the course will also give attention to various groups that are rarely noticed in the contemporary world but are nonetheless historically important, such as the Tibetans, Khitans, Jurchens, Mongols, and Manchus. For students in the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, the course fulfills the Cross-Cultural Analysis foundational requirement.
Section 950 - LEC