This course introduces the divided histories of North and South Korea and their contemporary legacies in regional and global contexts. The course will be organized around select topics and guest lectures. Some topics explored include colonization, modernization, division, war, migration, gender and sexuality, human rights, popular and political cultures, and globalization in comparative perspectives. This course will have additional readings, meeting times, and a substantially longer research paper requirement for graduate-level credit. The course will teach graduate students the foundational methods of conducting original research and writing a research paper by the end of the semester.