Korean Civilization

Jennifer Jung-kim

Korean Civilization

Korean department

Jennifer Jung-kim

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A History of Korea (Palgrave Essential Histories series)
Kyung Moon Hwang
ISBN: 9781137573568
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Summer 2015
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Summer 2014
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Summer 2013
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 30, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Korean 50 is NOT an easy GE. I dunno where everyone gets this idea, but I thought it was a hard class (and I'm Korean who knew a bit of history beforehand!)
I think she's been reading the comments on this site and decided to bump the difficulty. I mean, she got a new textbook this year. Of course, I'm not discouraging anyone from taking the class. It's still easier than other history classes, but please do not underestimate this class.
The best advice I can give to you is to answer the ID questions on the midterm and final super thoroughly. She expects not only who,what,when,where,and how the event happened, but also its significance as well. She gives you an abridged version of the key terms to study for the tests, so make sure you go through it and know all the terms and why it's significant to Korean history. I cannot stress that enough.
Otherwise, the class as a whole is manageable. Keep up the readings, or at least skim through them. Never skip them.
BTW, Howard Kham is the best TA ever. He's super cool in office hours also.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 2, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

I thought this class would be hard because of the all the readings, required partcipation in terms to contributing to the web site, taking roll, and talking in class, and because of the pop quizzes. But Jennifer tells us the important things, or the key terms to focus on, and drops so many hints about the pop quizzes such it's pretty easy to know when they are. She gave a take-home midterm which I thought wasn't too bad, and she seems to grade pretty leniently. She occasionally breaks the lecturing of the course by showing us pictures and videos. I haven't gone to any of her office hours, but she responds to email fairly quickly. Contributing in class isn't very hard to do, just asking for clarfication for things during class counts, I think, and you just rant about whatever on the dicussion board, Overall, a friendly professor who make its clear what we need to know, and a lenient grader. If you follow everything she tells to you to do, it shouldn't be hard to get an A in the class. She's also the only professor that I know who has asked the students to post their review of her on this website. I thought that was pretty cool, since most of other professors really don't care. Recommended this class if you have any interest at all about Korea.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 4, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Kim is very knowledgeable about the history of Korea. She encourages students' participation which allows them to learn the subject taught. At the end of the course, the knowledge one gained from her course will remain with himself/herself for long time. From my experience, professor Kim inspired me to do more than asked or needed to dig more, synthesize more, and learn more. Do yourself a favor and take this course, not for a "easy" grade but for enrichment.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 31, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Jennifer was a really cool instructor. She really cared about the topic and was quite knowledgeable in expanding on ideas if you had questions. The class covers alot of material, but if you are even the slightest bit interested in Korean culture, you'll do fine--especially if you take good notes and really read the material she assigns. I really enjoyed this class and highly recommend it.

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A History of Korea (Palgrave Essential Histories series)
Kyung Moon Hwang
ISBN: 9781137573568
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