Week 6: OER; “Northern and Southern kingdoms”

Make sure you have completed your assignments covering week 5 by the start of Wednesday’s class!


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Remember you can post questions, queries, musings and ideas on the Pad.

Wed. Feb. 19: Open Education Resources
  1. What’s up with this “Open” stuff? We will discuss this with Tim Clarke (Digital Learning) and Tina Hertel (Trexler Library) who lead a learning community on OER (Open Education Resources). To prepare you for the visit, they have asked to read the PDF you can find on this website: https://studentpirgs.org/2018/01/25/open-101-action-plan-affordable-textbooks/
          • Read and annotate the PDF or take notes: what is surprising? do you agree with the points made? What is your experience with learning materials (including, but not limited to textbooks).
  2. Start thinking… about the final project format. It is up to you to decide what specific form our final project will take; there are many different options, and it doesn’t even have to look like a textbook. We can include annotated maps, timelines, annotated bibliographies, essays (“textbook chapters” if you like), curated lists of documentaries/videos, to name just a few options.
Fri. Feb. 21: The Northern and Southern Kingdoms: Parhae and Silla

Bring your notes from last week Friday’s (Feb. 14) session on the letters to Parhae: we will resume where we left off:

  • Slides (Gdrive link)
  • Primary source: Herbert, P. A. Under the Brilliant Emperor : Imperial Authority in Tʻang China As Seen in the Writings of Chang Chiu-Ling. Oriental Monograph Series, No. 21. Canberra: Faculty of Asian Studies in association with Australian National University Press, 1978. (PDF)
          • Thirty years after the fall of Koguryŏ, a new state arose in roughly the same area, known in Chinese as Bohai (in this older transcription Pohai), and in Korea as Parhae [Balhae]. Relations with the Tang got off to a rocky start, as you can tell from the letters written by the emperor’s chief minister to the second king of Parhae. If you read the background info carefully you may spot some “pirates” and an assassin…
          • What do you learn about the traditional relationship between Tang and its neighbors? Does Parhae follow that pattern? How does this relationship compare with the relations between Tang and Koguryŏ?
  • Primary source: small excerpt from Ch’oe Ch’iwŏn’s [Choe Chiwon] collected works (PDF)
          • “Consolidation of the State.” In Sources of Korean Tradition: Volume One: From Early Times through the Sixteenth Century, edited by Peter H. Lee and Wm. Th. de Bary, 71-73. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1997
  • Primary source: explore the Pulguksa [Bulguksa] temple site, and the attached Sŏkkuram grotto, as well as the former Silla royal palace area.
          • The websites contains photos and a few videos. Many of the sites are mentioned in the Textbook.
  • Background: Textbook (Seth) “3: Late Silla, 676 to 935”
          • Use this to understand more about the culture, society and political events of Silla and Parhae.
  • Optional extras: more literature from Silla can be found in Lee, Peter H., ed. Anthology of Korean Literature: From Early Times to the Nineteenth Century. Unesco Collection of Representative Works. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1981. (ebook Trexler library)
          • “Old Korean Hyangga” [Silla Korean language poems]