International Politics in the Korean Peninsula – Part 2 - Seoul National University



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Explore the genesis, expansion, projection and challenges of the Chinese World Order in China and East Asia. With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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International Politics
East Asia

Course programme

This course is divided into three parts. First, you’ll learn how the Chinese World Order emerged in the ancient world, focusing on the concept of the "heavenly mandate" (天命) as the ultimate source of political power (1 module). You’ll also learn how the Chinese World Order expanded into the relationship between China and surrounding political entities (1 module) and several challenges when the Qing (淸) Empire replaced the Ming (明) Empire. Second, this course will review how China tried to project its world order into the relationship with Korea and Korea came to be integrated into the Chinese World Order from the 14th century to the 18th century (4 modules). More specifically, it will show how China intervened in the interstate trade and Korean music.  Finally, it will compare the two trajectories of political thoughts between Korea and Japan since 17th century. Korea fantasized itself as the genuine heir and center of the Chinese World Order, closing its door to foreigners. Meanwhile, Japan overcame the Chinese World Order and eventually converted itself as a modern state (1 module). The working language is Korean with English subtitles.

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Dong-Joon Jo Dong-Joon Jo is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 at the Department of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University.