RCHUMS 273 - North Korea: Real and Imagined
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is designed to explore the visual cultures of North Korea. Why do we concern ourselves with the visual aspects of North Korean Culture? While North Korea has notoriously gained a reputation as the most isolated country in the world, there are many images inundating the media and popular culture. Images are the most prominent ways through which we gain knowledge about North Korea, but they are not transparent mediums and are in need of interpretation.

Throughout the semester, we will explore various ways through which North Korea uses visual mediums to showcase its state power and ideology, write history, and represent memory to the people of North Korea and to the world. We will also examine the perspectives of the defectors as well as the Western spectators and tourists. We will examine different mediums such as art, architecture, murals, posters, stamps, illustrations, animation, photography, film, opera, mass games, museum, cemetery, and processions/parades. Students are expected to develop a critical perspective on the current affairs of North Korea and the politics of representation, and to think critically and creatively about how to engage with North Korea.

RCHUMS 273 - North Korea: Real and Imagined
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
F 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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