IGA-681: Thinking Out of the Black Box: Exploring New Insights into North Korea

Semester: Spring

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: John Park


Day Time Location
First Day 1/27
Meet Day M/W 11:40 AM - 1:00 PM L382


The course’s objective is to hone students’ critical thinking skills by exploring new insights into North Korea through the lens of recent interviews with defectors. It will draw students’ attention to major trends on the ground in an effort to better understand the North Korean regime’s goals, resources, and external environment. The course will focus on deepening ties between the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Communist Party of China; increasing commercialization in the elite regime circle (1%) through state trading company activities and among the masses (99%) through black markets; and how financial sanctions actually bolster North Korean procurement networks.