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Course: ART/HIS 479: Modern Korea: The Colonial Period, the Cold War, and Beyond (3 cr)

Date: Late May – Early June

Professors: Profs. Eric Sung, Margaret Manchester, Colin Jaundrill

Price: $5,000*

Price Inclusions: Tour Guide, Transportation, Lodging, Some Meals, Airfare, Tuition, Admission Fees

*Program Cost is Subject to Change

Course Description:

This course examines modern Korean history in light of Korea’s place in global politics and culture from its Colonial Period (1905-1945) through the present day. The course combines academic study and field experience. Students will engage in intensive discussion of readings, visual and other primary source materials, and films during the on-campus portion of the class, followed by field experiences in South Korea tailored specifically to reinforce and explore more deeply course themes/materials.  Finally, students will engage in 1) photography and digital storytelling or 2) independent research projects where they will building on both their academic learning and their field experiences.




Professor Eric SungEric Sung has experience teaching studio art courses in photography as well as interdisciplinary courses with faculty from the outside of his area of expertise at Providence College.Some of the interdisciplinary courses he taught include Maymester course Flashpoints: The Cold War in Eastern Europe in 2019, and two Maymesters Courses on the US and Japan in the Modern Era.  He also co-taught a short term study abroad course on Peace and Justice and traveled to Ecuador with students twice. Professor Sung’s artwork has been celebrated in national and international venues including New York, New Jersey, Texas, China, and Korea. Most of his artworks are rooted in photographic medium but he enjoys new ways of making art by exploring different mediums such as digital interactive media, sound art, video art, public art, installation, and performance. Professor Sung is thrilled to teach this course and looking forward to traveling with students for transformative learning.


Professor Margaret Manchester

Margaret Manchester teaches American history, particularly US diplomatic and Cold War history, and she has extensive experience living and teaching abroad.  In 2009, she taught courses at the Universities of Debrecen and Miskolc, Hungary, as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow. She also directed and taught in the PC-Rome program in 2016-17.  Additionally, Prof. Manchester developed and piloted the first Maymester course, Flashpoints: The Cold War in Eastern Europe, offered in 2011 and 2019. She has also co-taught three Maymesters on the US and Japan in the Modern Era and is very excited about the many possibilities the Maymester to Korea will offer to students.

Professor Colin Jaundrill

Colin Jaundrill is a specialist in modern Japanese history. At PC, he teaches courses on Japan, on East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea), and for the DWC program. He has led four student trips to Japan, most of them with Professors Manchester and Sung. This will be his first trip to South Korea. When he’s not in the classroom, Professor Jaundrill loves to cook and spend time outdoors. He can’t wait to see what Korean culinary delights Professor Sung has lined up for the group.


Applications Due November 15, 2019