Thursday, January 28, 2010

[DeCal] Spring Semester 2010 - Breaking Down Borders: Korea

UC Berkeley's ASAMST 98/198 Section 9, Spring Semester 2010

Tuesdays, 6pm - 8pm
2 units pass/no pass

Breaking Down Borders: Korea will again be offered this semester. The spring semester DeCal team can be contacted here. I am creating a reader, which at this point may or may not be mandatory, for this class. This will, of course, mark the first time a concrete reader has been made available and with good cause -- having a reader will reduce the burden on students enrolled in the course and student instructors alike of having to try to locate the readings each week. The structure of the class will follow very similarly to the fall syllabus (an updated spring semester syllabus will be put up shortly) except in the way grades will be calculated. However, as a new group of student instructors take the lead and make this course their own the class could take a markedly different path. We all do share the vision of a smaller class size this semester; we opted at this point to limit the class size to 30 students so we wouldn't run into the problem of hindering discussion to the point where I felt it was unreasonable for students to remember sixty-five names or give a presentation in front of sixty pairs of eyes.

Personally, in retrospect, I wished we could have gone more into what North Korea is today at the end of last semester and how they have been acting recently and, fortunately, it seems not much has changed in North Korea since the end of the fall semester (a lot has actually been going on in North Korea in the past decade or so) and in the first class, scheduled for February 9th, I will give a short presentation on what has happened in North Korea in the past year and why we should generally care about what is going on in North Korea.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

1 comment:

  1. I cant wait, this Decal sounds perfect for what I want to learn :D