During the program, you will take one course for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.
Course: Global Studies 143Q
Title: Contentious History and Memory: "Comfort Women" Issues in Japan and Korea
Dates: May 28 – July 5, 2017
Instructor: Tetsushi Ogata, Ph.D.
Units: 6 units
In this new study abroad course in Peace and Conflict Studies, students will travel to both Tokyo and Seoul in Summer 2017 and meet with relevant lawmakers, diplomats, scholars, lawyers, journalists, civil society representatives, and – in the case of Korea – survivors, who reflect a wide spectrum of opinions and views on the "comfort women issues." To move away from a simplified and dichotomous "perpetrator-victim" perspective, students will approach this topic in the context of wartime sexual and gender-based violence at a time when an imperial order was the norm. Students will also probe shifting narratives of wartime responsibilities in the post-war Japanese and Korean societies. In so doing, students will be invited to reflect upon "multiple perpetrators" and "multiple victims" across Japan and Korea, not only during the war, but also in the post-war era. Students will engage in issues of reparations, legal accountability, historical memories, truth and justice, apology and forgiveness, and reconciliation both at the personal and structural levels, by directly interacting with the conflict parties who represent such diverse positions. The course aims to provide students with the challenges and opportunities to explore viable options for the future of peaceful Japan-Korea relations.
|This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.|