This is a Big Ten Academic Alliance Course-Share course. The instructor Prof. Hangte Cho, is at the University of Minnesota. UMD students enroll and attend the class at UMD.
This course offers an introduction and contrastive analysis of the language and society of the two Koreas; the Republic of Korea (better known as South Korea) and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (better known as North Korea) with a heavier emphasis on North Korea. This course will introduce the growing divide of the past 70 years between North andSouth Korea in the areas of language, society, and culture. Mass media portrays the controversial political and human rights issues of North Korea but generally lacks in coverage of linguistic issues and everyday life there. The course content will be based on various scholarly articles and book chapters, current web-basedresources, news reports, North Korean propaganda, and documentaries. This course has no pre-requisites and does not expect students to have abackground in political science, Korean history, or sociology, nor a background on North Korea.