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Basic Courses

HOK 501 History of Ancient Korea [3]
This course provides an introductory seminar on the general history mainly of the Three Kingdoms, the Balhae dynasty and the Unified Sinra dynasty.
HOK 502 History of Goryeo Period [3]
This course provides an introductory seminar on the general history of the Goryeo dynasty. (918-1392)
HOK 503 History of Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course provides an introductory seminar on the general history of the Joseon dynasty. (1392-1896)
HOK 504 History of Modern Korea since the 19th century [3]
This course provides a historiographical seminar on the general history of modern Korea since the end of 19th century.

Major Courses

<Ancient Korean History>
HOK 601 Study in the Formation of Ancient States [3]
This course studies the issues of state formation in Korean Peninsula reading various theories on the formation of ancient states.
HOK 602 Political System of Ancient Korean States [3]
This course surveys the respective political institutions of the Three Kingdoms, the Balhae dynasty and the Unified Sinra dynasty.
HOK 603 History of Ancient Foreign Relations [3]
This course investigates how the ancient Korean states formed and kept relations with other polities.
HOK 604 History of Ancient Economy [3]
This course sets main emphasis in understanding the economic systems including the systems of production, distribution and consumption of Ancient Korean States.
HOK 605 History of Ancient Korean Society [3]
This course focuses on the Korean ancient status system, especially the Golpum system of the Sinra dynasty.
HOK 606 Origins of the National Culture [3]
This course examines the origins of the Korean Culture through archeological sources and historical texts.
HOK 607 Topics in Ancient Cultural History [3]
This course inquires themes related on ancient cultural history of Korea especially with the mural paintings of the ancient tombs.
HOK 608 Topics in Ancient Intellectual History [3]
This course explores the intellectual trends of ancient Korea through the sacrificial rituals and mythologies.
HOK 609 Study on the Korean Arts History [3]
This course highlights the Korean Art from the ancient times to the modern Korean society as the consequences of the social developments and changes.
HOK 610 Korean Paleography [3]
This course reads various types of paleographical texts setting the final goal to develop deciphering skills to understand the basic primary sources of Korean history.
HOK 701 Theories and Characteristics on Ancient Korean Civilization [3]
This course surveys the origins and the formation of the ancient Korean civilization both in theoretical and empirical aspects using historical texts and scholarly works as tools.
HOK 702 Buddhist Culture of Ancient Korea [3]
This course investigates the Buddhist culture of the Three Kingdoms, the Balhae dynasty and the Unified Sinra dynasty.
HOK 703 Samgugsagi Seminar [3]
This seminar questions the narratives and organization of the Samgugsagi, the Historical record of the Three Kingdom Period.
HOK 704 Samgugyusa Seminar [3]
This seminar questions the narratives and organization of the Samgugyusa, the Memorabilia of the Three Kingdom Period.
HOK 705 Epigraphs of Ancient Korea [3]
This course focuses on epigaphs from ancient Korea, such as the Inscription for Gwanggaetodae-wang of the Goguryeo dynasty.
HOK 706 Korean Archaeology Seminar [3]
This seminar studies history of the ancient Korean society through the latest outcomes of Korean Archaeology.
HOK 707 Topics in Ancient Korean History I [3]
This course examines specific topics on ancient Korean history using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 708 Topics in Ancient Korean History II [3]
This course examines specific topics on ancient Korean history using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 709 Problems in Ancient Korean History [3]
This course explores major issues in ancient Korean history applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 710 Korean Historiography Seminar [3]
This seminar analyzes how the Korean historians developed and exercised their own view points and narratives by reading their historical writings.
HOK 801 Special Topics in Ancient Korean History I [3]
This course highlights special topics on economic and social history of ancient Korea by reading the latest research trends.
HOK 802 Special Topics in Ancient Korean History II [3]
This course highlights special topics on political and cultural history of ancient Korea by reading the latest research trends.
<Medieval Korean History>
HOK 611 Problems in History of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course explores major issues in history of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 612 Studies in the Goryeosa and Goryeosa - Jeolyo [3]
This course studies the narratives and organization of the Goryeosa, the Official history of the Goryeo dynasty, and the Goryeosa-Jeolyo, the Essentials of Goryeo history.
HOK 613 Study in Founding of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course surveys the process of the foundation of the Goryeo dynasty and related issues applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 614 Study in Foreign Relations of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course investigates foreign relations of the Goryeo dynasty with other polities, such as the Khitan Liao, the Jurchen Jin, the Mongol Yuan and the Song dynasty.
HOK 615 Study in Goryeo Political Institutions [3]
This course surveys the major political institutions of the Goryeo dynasty applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 616 Study in Goryeo Aristocratic Society [3]
This course questions the aristocratic history of the earlier period of the Goryeo dynasty applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 617 Study in Goryeo Military Period [3]
This course focuses on the characteristics of the military regime (1170-1270) of the Goryeo dynasty, its institutions, and the transition of the administrations using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 618 Study in Goryeo State Finance [3]
This course studies diverse forms of taxation, the basic constituent of financial system of the Goryeo dynasty.
HOK 621 Study in Political Institutions of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course surveys the central governmental institutions as well as the provincial institutions of the Joseon dynasty through the Joseon code of law, Gyeongguk Daejeon.
HOK 622 Study in Military Institutions of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course mainly examines the military service system, military set-ups, and defense systems of the Joseon dynasty.
HOK 623 Study in Paleography of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course reads various types of paleographical texts especially from the Joseon dynasty setting the final goal to develop deciphering skills to understand the basic primary sources of Joseon history.
HOK 624 Study in Science - Technology of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course inquires the diverse experiments and efforts of the Joseon people, which eventually led progresses in science as well as developments of technology.
HOK 625 Study in Legal History of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course explores how the Joseon people devised and utilize their code of law, and how the code of law affected practical worlds.
HOK 626 Study in Historiography of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course analyzes the characteristic narratives and viewpoints of historians from the Joseon dynasty.
HOK 627 Study in Intellectual History of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course traces the Joseon intellectuals' journey into the various thoughts, other than the Confucianism, which were introduced to the Joseon people from outside as well as inside.
HOK 628 Study in Life History of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course highlights importance of the everyday life researching the interesting phenomena of the Joseon lives.
HOK 629 Study in Cultural and Arts of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course surveys cultural ups and downs of the Joseon dynasty in order to achieve further understanding of the aesthetic value of the dynasty.
HOK 630 Topics on the Early Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course examines specific topics on the earlier period of the Joseon dynasty (15th-mid-17th century) using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 631 Study in the Yangban Society of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course investigates the distinctive class of the Joseon dynasty, Yangban, and their roles inside the society using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 711 Study in Land Systems of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course questions the unique land distribute system of the Goryeo dynasty, Jeon Si-gwa system : how it had developed, how it worked throughout the dynasty.
HOK 712 Study in Social History of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course focuses on the status system and the family organization of the Goryeo dynasty using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 713 Study in Local History of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course studies the provincial administrations and the lives in local communities of the Goryeo dynasty using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 714 Study in Political - Economical Changes of the Late Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course examines the major changes and developments in political and economic aspects of the later period of the Goryeo dynasty (13th-14th century) focusing on the emerge of Sejok (勢族), Sadaebu (士大夫), and their economic ground, Nongjang (農莊).
HOK 715 Study in Buddhist Culture of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course inquires the flourish of Buddhism of the Goryeo dynasty by understanding the rituals and the Buddhist ideas using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 716 Study in Military History of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course examines the military service system, military set-ups, and defense systems of the Goryeo dynasty.
HOK 717 Seminar in the Paleographical Studies of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course reads various types of paleographical texts especially from the Goryeo dynasty setting the final goal to develop deciphering skills to understand the basic primary sources of Goryeo history.
HOK 718 Topics in Intellectual History of the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course explores the developments and distortions of Confucius ideas as well as Buddhist ideas using related historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 721 Study in Sarim Politics of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course analyzes the Sarim group in the earlier period of the Joseon dynasty and follows their rise and fall as studying the transitions of the Joseon politics.
HOK 722 Study in Foreign Relations of the Early Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course traces the foreign relations, which caused changes in diverse aspects of the early Joseon dynasty, with the Ming dynasty, Japan, and the Jurchens.
HOK 723 Study in Socio - Economic History of the Early Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course highlights the general topics related with economic livelihood of the early Joseon dynasty including the land system, the agricultural economy, the changes in merchandise, etc.
HOK 724 Gyeongguk Daejeon Seminar [3]
This course read the Joseon code of law, Gyeongguk Daejeon, as a primary source and also researches the organization of the code of law.
HOK 725 Study in Founding of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course surveys the process of the foundation of the Joseon dynasty and related issues applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 726 Study in the Confucianism of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course investigates developments of the Joseon Confucianism with the related historical texts and scholarly works.
HOK 727 Study in the Political History of the Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course surveys the major political institutions of the Joseon dynasty applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 728 Study in the Foreign Relations of the Late Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course questions various issues in the foreign relations of the late Joseon dynasty with the Qing dynasty, Japan, and the Western States.
HOK 729 Study in the Agricultural History of the Late Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course focuses on the traits extracted from the trials and the progresses of the agricultural techniques and of the agricultural managements of the late Joseon dynasty.
HOK 730 Study in Commercial - Manufactural History in the Late Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course studies progresses of commerce and manufacture in the late Joseon dynasty in regard of domestic and foreign trades as well as of mining industry.
HOK 731 Study in Social History of the Late Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course examines general topics of social history of the late Joseon dynasty with regard to social organizations and its transitions, social campaigns and ideas.
HOK 732 Study in Silhak Thoughts [3]
This course inquires the thoughts of Silhakja (實學者) and their writings on the new trends of Confucianism.
HOK 733 Topics on the Late Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course explores features and discerning system of the late Joseon society by researching related historical texts and scholarly wokrs. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 734 Seminar in the Science - technological History [3]
This course inquires the diverse experiments and efforts of the Korean people, which eventually led progresses in science and developments of technology.
HOK 735 Korean Bibliography [3]
This course analyzes historical texts which provides fundamental basis for the academia of Korean history applying bibliographic methodologies.
HOK 803 Special Topics on the Goryeo Dynasty [3]
This course highlights special topics on general history of the Geoyeo dynasty by reading the latest research trends. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 804 Special Topics on the Early Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course highlights special topics on general history of the early Joseon dynasty by reading the latest research trends. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 805 Special Topics on the Late Joseon Dynasty [3]
This course highlights special topics on general history of the late Joseon dynasty by reading the latest research trends. Topics may vary with instructors.
<Modern Korean History>
HOK 641 Study in Nationalism and Modern Korea [3]
This course researches the nationalist movement of the Colonial period Korea and its successive movements of the Epoch of Division; i.e. the democratization movement, the reunification movement.
HOK 642 Study in Historiography of Modern Korea [3]
This seminar analyzes how the modern Korean historians developed and exercised their own view points and narratives reading their historical writings.
HOK 643 Foreign Relations of the Korea in 19th Century [3]
This course investigates foreign relations of the Joseon government with foreign states applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 644 History of Foreign Relations between Korea - Japan in Modern Period [3]
This course surveys issues from the Korea-Japanese relations in the 19th-20th century and its diversions applying historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 645 History of Nationalist Movement in the late 19th Century I [3]
This course questions general issues of the nationalist movements against foreign countries in the late 19th century using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 646 History of Nationalist Movement in the late 19th Century II [3]
This course seeks for further understanding of the nationalist movements against foreign countries in the late 19th century using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 647 Study in Japanese Colonial Policy toward Korea [3]
This course focuses on the Japanese colonial policies on Korea and how they were reconstructed along the circumstances being changed inside out.
HOK 648 Study in the Economic History of the Colonial Period [3]
This course studies developments and historical meanings of the capitalism in Korea under Japanese rules.
HOK 649 History of Nationalist Movement of the Colonial Period I [3]
This course examines major characters, parties, and ideologies of the nationalist movement developed during the colonial period of Korea.
HOK 650 History of Nationalist Movement of the Colonial Period II [3]
This course examines the nationalist movement developed outside Korea; i.e. in China, the Soviet Union, the United States of America, and Japan during the colonial period of Korea.
HOK 651 Study in Political History of Contemporary Korea [3]
This course inquires the political fluctuations of contemporary Korea; i.e. remains from the colonial period, political parties and policies of Korean government, formation of divided nation, etc.
HOK 652 Study in Economic History of Contemporary Korea [3]
This course explores major issues of economic history and the economic policies of contemporary Korea using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools.
HOK 653 History of Social Movement of Contemporary Korea [3]
This course analyzes the meaning and the significance of political and social movements. Topics might be discussed are : the feminist movement, organizations of the social movement, the Right-Left conflict.
HOK 654 Study in History of Society and Economy in the late 19th Century [3]
This course traces the inner development of capitalism and the invasion of outside capitalism, and the domestic reformative movements so to achieve further understanding of the social and economic changes in the late 19th century Korea.
HOK 656 Introduction about how to write a thesis on Korean History [3]
This course guides various methods about quotations, references, and footnotes which are necessary to write a thesis on Korean History, with the instruction in research ethics and copyright law.
HOK 741 Study in History of Literature and Arts in Modern Korea [3]
This course highlights literature and arts of the late 19th century and the early 20th century especially from historian's eye.
HOK 742 Study in Historical Materials in Modern Korea I [3]
This course focuses on the most controversial primary sources in order to understand the main issues of history of the late 19th century and the early 20th century Korea.
HOK 743 Study in the Historical Materials in Modern Korea II [3]
This course focuses on the most controversial primary sources in order to understand the main issues of history of Modern Korea.
HOK 744 Study in Political History in the late 19th Century Korea [3]
This course surveys changes in politics of the late 19th century Korea and its influences on the major political parties as well as on developments of the political thoughts.
HOK 745 Study in the Intellectual History of the late 19th Century Korea [3]
This course investigated intellectual trends of the late 19th century Korea and its influences on the intellectuals, local communities, intellectual groups.
HOK 746 Study in the Social History of Colonial Period [3]
This course questions major deformations and modifications of the Joseon society under the Japanese colonial rule in the aspects of women, ideologies, social associations, social class, social stratum, and locality.
HOK 747 Study in the Intellectual History of Colonial Period [3]
This course investigates the Korean intellectual trends of the colonial period and its influences on the intellectuals, local communities, and intellectual groups.
HOK 748 International Relations of Contemporary Korea [3]
This course studies various international relations of the contemporary Korean society : Korea-American relations, Korea-Japanese relations, Korea-the Soviet Union relations, Korea-Chinese relations, as well as South-North Korean relations.
HOK 749 Study in the Socio - Cultural History of Contemporary Korea [3]
This course examines socio-cultural changes of the contemporary Korean society and its meanings in the aspects of women, religion, ideologies, social associations, social class, social stratum, locality, and the South-North conflicts.
HOK 750 Topics on Modern Korea [3]
This course inquires specific topics on the modern Korean society in the late 19th through the early 20th century using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 751 Topics on the Colonial Period of Korea [3]
This course inquires specific topics on the Korean society under the Japanese colonial rule using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 752 Topics on Contemporary Korea [3]
This course inquires specific topics on the contemporary Korean society including democratization movement, reunification movement using historical texts and scholarly works as basic tools. Topics may vary with instructors.
HOK 753 Socio - Economic History Seminar [3]
This course explores the Socio-economic developments and deformations throughout Korean history.
HOK 754 Foreign Relations in the Korea History [3]
This course analyzes the characteristic features of the foreign relations of Korea throughout its history.
HOK 806 Special Topics in the late 19th Century Korea [3]
This course highlights special topics on general history of the late 19th century Korea by reading the latest research trends.
HOK 807 Special Topics in Colonial Korea [3]
This course highlights special topics on general history of Korea under Japanese colonial rule by reading the latest research trends.
HOK 808 Special Topics in Contemporary Korea [3]
This course highlights special topics on general history of contemporary Korea by reading the latest research trends.