Department of History
Course Descriptions

Modern History of West
Provides a general overview of the period from the 14th century to the 16th century (the Renaissance and the Reformation) and examines 17th century monarchy to the imperialism of the 1870s, with a focus on the French Revolution and the history of the 19th century.

Theory & Method in History
Seeks answer to the question of “What is history?” Deals with various theories on history, research and descriptive methods, etc.

Researches in the Historic Scenes and Remains
By researching historical sites and ruins, students will understand changes in history and human life from various perspectives. They will also view historical sites and ruins first-hand to enhance their expertise and deepen their insight into the evolution of human life and historical imagination.

Modern History of China
Building on the understanding of China’s pre-modern society in the 15th century, examines the period from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century, which saw the advent of modern society in China.

Society History of China
Students are taught to understand the social aspects of China's past, and in particular, the types of existence of family and village communities from an anthropological perspective. The characteristics of Chinese society are also explored in consideration of the types of social and legal standings.

Ancient History of Korea
Deals with problems in the research on the ancient history of Korea which have been conducted since 1945 and explains achievements in research made by North and South Koreas. In addition, examines how the ancient history of Korea contributed to the establishment and development of the ancient culture of Japan.

Readings in Korean History (1), (2)
Develops the ability to read and analyze historical materials and documents while improving an understanding of the relevant times through readings in Korean history.

History of Interchange between Korean-Chinese Culture
Deals with the formation and development of East Asian culture and how the Chinese institutions and culture were adopted by Koreans to be incorporate into Korean culture.

The History of Korean Culture
This course lectures about Korea's history and culture in English so that students can gain an objective understanding of Korean history and develop skills to explain such to foreigners.

Readings in Eastern History
Provides basic training for study and research of Eastern history. Nurtures the capability to read and understand historical materials and discourses.

History of Western Civilization
English lectures are provided on the history of Western civilization, its changes and characteristics, in order to develop student's ability to understand and explain the history of Western civilization in English and enhance their understanding of the subject.

Readings in Western History
Students read historical materials and books representative of each period in Western history.

Researches in Regional Culture
A specific region will be selected in order to review its process of historical change and cultural aspects. Furthermore, students will visit that region to observe the status of its regional culture, and find creative ways to preserve it.

Modern History of Korea
This course looks at Korea's social structure from its opening to the outside world to its liberation from imperialist Japan in 1945. It first considers how invasions by imperial powers were carried out after its opening and how the then government and social forces understood and tried to resolve the situation. Then, the colonial policy of Japan after Korea fell under its rule, response by Joseon's social groups, and the society they aspired to are examined.

Premodern History of Korea
Examines the social upheaval that was part of the establishment process of the Chosun Dynasty. Studies the establishment of political, economic, social, and cultural institutions around the 15th and 16th centuries. Analyzes the overall social changes between the 17th to the 19th century. Examines the confrontation among political elites, structural problems of society, reformist movement, and resistance movement at the grassroots level.

History of Korean Culture
English lectures are provided on the historical development, changes, and characteristics of the Korean culture, thereby improving English listening comprehension skills and students’ understanding of Korean culture.

Science & History
Deals mainly with the history of Western science. Also studies the history of Eastern and Korean science.

History of East-West Negotiations
Observes the negotiations and exchanges between East Asian civilization and Western civilization in the pre-modern era. Also studies historical developments in Middle Asia.

International Relations in East Asian History
Students will review how the international order in East Asia has progressed. In addition, they will conduct comparative analyses of foreign policies among countries in the East Asian region, centering on key foreign affairs of each period.

History of Eastern Thought
Examines the growth and development process of Chinese wisdom and intelligence, which provided the foundation for Eastern thought in relation to socio-political changes of each period in history.

Special Lecture on Eastern History 1
Deals with specific topics relevant to various periods of history, with a focus on cultural changes which took place as a result of social changes of the times.

American History & Korea
Historical reviews will be conducted on the political, economic, and cultural exchanges and the relationship between Korea and the U.S.

Greek & Medieval History of West
Deals mainly with Greek, Roman, and medieval history, with a focus on the creation and changes of ancient nationalism and medieval feudal system.

Thought History of West
Provides an overview of the history of thought in the West from the ancient times to modern society and studies important Western thoughts such as liberalism, socialism, nationalism, etc., which have exerted significant impact on Korea.

Western Art & Culture History
Art in itself is an important subject of research and is also a tool through which one can understand the creators of art. Based on this premise, the course studies the history of Western art in the broader context of Western history.

History of Archives in the West
Lectures will focus on how documents and audio-visual records in the West were preserved, presenting examples from a number of countries.

Contemporary History of West
Covers the period from the era of imperialism of the late 19th century to the end of World War II in 1945, and related contemporary issues as well.

History and Archives
This course considers the relationship between history and archives to understand the latter against a historic background and recognize the need of historical attainments to understand archives.

Introduction to Visual History
Students will learn the efficacy of visual materials in historical research, and become familiar with the composition and basic production process of visual materials.

European History & Korea
Historical reviews will be conducted on the political, economic, and cultural exchanges and relationship between Korea and European countries.

Socio-Economic History of China
Systematically examines the socio-economic development processes in each region of China and their characteristics, with a focus on agriculture, the agrarian economy, development of manual labor and commerce, fiscal economy, trade between different regions, and other socio-economic issues.

History of Art & Culture in Korea
Observes changes in the Korean people's way of living and thinking through the study of sculptures, paintings, and historic sites. In addition, studies appreciation of art works by using slides.

Sources of Korean History
Develops the ability to understand, appreciate and criticize historical materials through the study of the publication process of Korean history books and the nature and content of historical documents.

Special Lecture on Korean History (1), (2)
Consists of either lectures or seminars on specific topics which have not been dealt with in Korean history class. The course may cover either a specific topic or a comprehensive survey so that students can get a feel for the diversity of people’s lives and history.

History of Social Movements in Korea
Examines social movements in Korea since the advent of the modern era. Studies each movement’s historical significance and limits and their impact on history.

Seminar in Korean Regional History
This course examines the development process of Korean history based on regions which historically formed a definitive zone of life and culture. Of particular interest is the history and culture of Gyeonggi Province to understand the relationship between local government and local society and explore diverse ways for the development of local culture.

Contemporary History of Korea
Examines changes in Korean history since Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule in 1945. Observes the historical heritages that contemporary Korean society inherited and problems of our times which need to be redressed.

History of Overseas Koreans
Students will look at the history of movement by the Korean diaspora to specific regions during various periods, including those who left Korea for Russia, China, the U.S., Mexico, and Japan after the mid-19th century. The course will also cover Korean emigration to 160 countries across the globe after 1948.

Introduction to Archeology
Studies prehistoric human culture and art. Also provides lectures on the relationship between archeology and related fields such as history and anthropology, different concepts adopted by archeological research, and the collection, restoration, and analysis of historical materials.

History & Culture of Northeast Asia
Studies the history and culture of Northeast Asia, which includes China, Manchuria, and Korea, with a focus on relations between Manchuria and its neighboring countries. Concentrates on the connection between the history of Northeast Asia and that of Korea.

Russian History & Korea
Students will review the history of Korean- Russian relations by focusing on the periods of Korean modernism and Russian imperialism.

Cultural History & Intercultural Understanding
This course will give students a historical understanding of cultures of different regions. Through in-depth study, students will learn how different cultures can understand each other.

Special Lecture on Western History
Deals with a specific topic related to Western history. In particular, students who want to write a thesis on Western history can learn how to conduct research and how to organize a thesis.

History and Culture Contents
Cultural content is the result of humanities, engineering, design and social sciences converged. History is the accumulation of time and expression of current interests. This course considers history as content from a contemporary perspective.

History of European Integration
Students will gain an in-depth understanding of ongoing European integration by looking at its history leading up to the beginnings of integration.

Modern History of Japan
Studies the Japanese history after the Meiji Reforms with a focus on modernization. In particular, emphasizes Western influences, preservation of unique Japanese traditions, and the emergence of imperialism.

History & Tradition of Japan
Lectures will introduce Japanese history from its dawn to modern times, providing the basic knowledge required to create a social and cultural perspective of Japan.

History of Folklore in China
To develop an understanding of the Chinese tradition, deals with the customs, folklore, religion, and the lives of ordinary Chinese people, which have all gone through many changes throughout history.

Chinese History and Religions
Students will look at the status and impact of religions on the historical evolution of China. They will also conduct comparative reviews of the historical process and characteristics of key religions, such as Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity.

Medieval History of China
Provides an overview of the history of China from the 3rd century to the 14th century. In particular, focuses on relationships between China and neighboring nations in order to nurture the ability to understand East Asian history from a broader perspective.

Latin American History & Korea
This course will trace the history of Korean- Latin American relations, focusing on Koreans’ immigration to Latin America, Latin American culture, and the Korean- Latin American trade relationship.

History of Korean Science
Although modern science and technology are said to have been born in the West, Asia has its own traditions. While Korea shares many characteristics with other East Asian nations, it has a unique history of science and technology of its own. The course observes the characteristics of the Korean tradition of science and technology.

History of Archive in Korea
Since the passing of the Act on Archives by Public Institutions in 1999, Korea's archives system has rapidly changed. For such innovations in archives to progress in a correct direction, this course looks at the history of Korea’s archives and the historical background of archives from the need to consider Korea's special situation and establish a system of archives. Students also read old public documents from the late 19th century to the 1970s to understand their characteristics and develop the ability to read Chinese characters in those documents where Korean and Chinese characters are both used.

A Study of Korean History with Computer & Visual Material
Teaches how to study and research Korean history by computer and visual material and how to collect, input, summarize material. Students also learn ways to study Korean history through visual material or to utilize video materials and documentary films produced by broadcasting companies. Explains the necessity and importance of archives and records management.

Socio-Economic History of Korea
Examines the development of Korean premodern history with a focus on the land system, different types of agricultural businesses, and the structure of social classes in rural communities from a socio-economic perspective. In particular, identifies the process through which one era supplants another and the background of such processes.

History of Korean Politics & Institution
Examines the development of Korean history from the perspective of politics and institutions. Observes how the relationships among political powers were reflected in policies and national politics, and how they were institutionalized as political systems.

Medieval History of Korea
Examines how Koryo was founded and how it was replaced by the Chosun dynasty. Studies how Koryo addressed social problems and the type of reform measures that were taken in the process of the establishment of Koryo. Observes characteristics of the military regime of the mid-12th century and the Mongolian intervention of the mid-13th century.

Tendency of Contemporary Western Culture
From a historical perspective, observes the characteristics of contemporary Western culture and the driving forces behind it.

Field Trips
In order to systematically understand Korea's historical remains, field trips are organized to important historical sites after carrying out preliminary research on the historical background and other information about selected destinations.

History of South Asia
Provides an overview of the history of South Asia with a focus on India’s religious and cultural aspects. Studies the developments and changes among ethnic groups since the modern era.

History & Culture of Germany
Provides an overview of German history and culture since the 18th century with a focus on the birth and development of nationalism.

History of Eastern Science
Deals mainly with the development of science and technology in China and Japan and also touches upon India and Arabia. Confirms the fact that the Eastern world has its own tradition of science comparable to that of the West. Examines the introduction of Western science into the East during modernization.

Special Lecture on Eastern History (1), (2)
This course provides an overall understanding of special themes of diachronic nature. It deals with the themes of cultural aspects that change according to the era's changes.

Diplomatic History of the East
This course introduces changes in each Asian nation’s foreign relations, overseas negotiations, and views toward other nations, focusing on pre-modern and modern China. This course concentrates on the position of each Asian country and differences among these countries on various matters, including characteristics of tributary order, response against pressures from Western powers, and the influx of foreign civilization.

Russian Culture in Eurasia
The Eurasian continent, which represents half of the globe, has been under significant influence from Russia since the era of Imperial Russia, which further intensified since the advent of the Soviet Union. Based on this cultural background of the region, the course analyzes the significance of the Russian culture for Eurasia through the study of the lifestyle, religion, customs, and culture of Middle Asia, Mongolia, and Siberia. These areas were under significant influence of the Russian culture although they did not form a part of it.

History and Culture of America
Deals with the history and culture of America, which is the de facto leader of the Western world today and exercises enormous influence on current affairs all over the world, with a focus on the period after its War of Independence.

European History & Islam
Students will learn about the inter-relationship between Europe and Islam from the perspective of comparative history.

History of Chinese Institution
Examines the institutional aspect of Chinese history which has developed on the basis of bureaucracy and a legislative system. Also reviews the social norms, which were akin to customary laws and ceremonies, that had strong binding power.

History & Culture of Latin America
Studies the history and culture of Latin America before, during, and after colonial rule. In particular, this course emphasizes understanding the way of life of the Latin American people.

History & Culture of Central Europe
This course will review the history and culture of the Central European region as a common ground for the Christian and Islamic cultures and its importance at the forefront of international politics.

Scientific and Industrial Revolution
Reviews various theories about the scientific revolution of the 17th century and the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, which played a key role in the modernization of the West. Examines the equivalent process in the East.

History & Culture of Southern Europe
This course will address the history and culture of Italy, Spain, and Portugal, regions that are considerably different from Central and Northern Europe in terms of economy, society, and culture.

History of Southeast Asia
Examines the relations between Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Thailand. Studies their relationship with China with a focus on the political and cultural aspects.

Seminar in Eastern History
Now in the 21st century, the postwar structure is being replaced by a new world order and rapid change is occurring in every aspect. As studies on China, which plays a significant role in the current situation, are very important for Korea, learning of history should pave the way for a better future. This course studies the modern political history of China in general to enable students to understand the situation of East Asia in the future.

Practice in Eastern History
Students select an important case from the various periods of Eastern history and make a presentation and lead discussions under the professor’s guidance. To this end, literature on the selected subjects are collected and the results of previous studies examined.

History & Culture of Russia
Deals with Russian history and culture from the 9th century to the present, with a focus on important topics of each period.

History & Culture of Balkan
Studies the history and culture of the Balkans, where the Christian culture meets Islamic culture and which has always been a center of political attention of the world.

History & Culture of North Europe
Examines the history and culture of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland and compares their similarities and differences.

History & Culture of Britain
Deals with the overall history and culture of Britain with a focus on political and social issues since the Industrialization in the 19th century.

History of Chinese Historiography
Studies the development process of the study of history in China prior to the introduction of modern methodology. Provides basic knowledge about how East Asian theories regarding history developed in a systematic manner.

History of the Provincial System and Local Government
Lectures will focus on the developmental process of the local government system, which is based on local citizens, and the provincial system, which formed a basis for the premodern centralized system. Students will also research the status of local governments and attempt to define an effective direction for local government advancement.

History of Middle Asia
Studies the history of Middle Asia including Mongolia and Tibet, with a focus on cultural aspects such as language, art, and folklore, in lieu of the political aspects. Approaches Middle Asia as a single region, looking beyond diversities and uniqueness of individual nations and eras.

History of Korean Independence Movement
Examines the historical nature of the Japanese colonial rule and the development of colonial policies of Japan. Studies the development process of the independence movement by Koreans under the colonial rule and its significance.

Seminar in Korean History (1), (2)
Lectures will focus on methodologies used in the studies of history. In addition, each student will be guided in writing a thesis pertaining to Korean history.

Korean History and Eastern Asia
The course of Korean history will be observed from different perspectives within the broader perspective of regional history of East Asia. In particular, students will understand the status of Korean history in the course of East Asian history. In addition, students will define a future direction for Korea in relation to international affairs of East Asia.

History of Korean Confucianism
Develops understanding of the meaning of social upheavals through the study of the introduction of Confucianism into Korea. In particular, studies the introduction of neo-Confucianism and the ensuing changes in the social system. Focuses on the birth of anti-Sung Confucianism between the 17th and 19th century and its continuing trend today.

Historians in Korean History
Students will study the establishment and development of modern Korean history studies, and changes in the context of post-liberation contemporary history. Students will also review the societal background of modern Korean history, how intellectuals viewed history and their attempts to address social conflicts.

History of Korean Foreign Relationship
From the Korean perspective and that of Korean history, examines how Korea forged and maintained relations with neighboring countries and also reviews the foreign policies it has implemented. That is, studies from the viewpoint of Koreans and the Korean government how Korea's foreign policies and relations affected the development of Korean history.

History of Korean Folklore
Observes how the Korean people created and preserved folklore and studies the lives of ordinary Koreans from religious, societal, and cultural anthropological approaches.

History of Korean Thought
Studies the development, problems, and preservation of Korean thoughts of the Chosun Dynasty by reading historical documents.