GSI - ASIAN 273 (Winter 2022)

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How to Apply

In addition to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1510.  In order to be considered for this position, both applications must be completed by the deadline. The departmental application includes:

  • Basic academic and professional information
  • A resume/CV
  • An unofficial transcript

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Course Description

Applicants to this posting will be considered for one 35% GSI position in ASIAN 273.

ASIAN 273: North Korea—Real and Imagined

This course is designed to explore the visual cultures of North Korea. Why do we concern ourselves with the visual aspects of North Korean Culture? While North Korea has notoriously gained a reputation as the most isolated country in the world, there are many images inundating the media and popular culture. Images are the most prominent ways through which we gain knowledge about North Korea, but they are not transparent mediums and are in need of interpretation.

Throughout the semester, we will explore various ways through which North Korea uses visual mediums to showcase its state power and ideology, write history, and represent memory to the people of North Korea and to the world. We will also examine the perspectives of the defectors as well as the Western spectators and tourists. We will examine different mediums such as art, architecture, murals, posters, stamps, illustrations, animation, photography, film, opera, mass games, museum, cemetery, and processions/parades. Students are expected to develop a critical perspective on the current affairs of North Korea and the politics of representation and to think critically and creatively about how to engage with North Korea.

Course Requirements:

Quizzes (30%) Weekly response papers (20%) Discussion questions (10%) First draft of the final paper (10%) Final Paper (20%) Participation (10%)

Responsibilities*

Key Responsibilities: Lead two weekly discussion sections; grade homework, papers, and tests; attend lecture twice a week; create and implement teaching plans in consultation with the lead instructor; attend meetings with the instructor of the course; hold a minimum of two office hours each week.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to attend the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation as an online program.

Required Qualifications*

Previous coursework in Asian studies.

Desired Qualifications*

Undergraduate degree in Asian Studies, International Studies, History, Political Science, Art History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology or Sociology.  Enrollment in a graduate program focused on Asian studies or Korean studies.  Previous experience in higher education instruction, preferably within the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures or a related discipline.

Students whose undergraduate degree is from an institution where the language of instruction is not English must have already taken or be currently enrolled in the English Language Institute’s ELI 994. The student must have a passing score of 4 on the Oral English Test (OET). 

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 273. The primary instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of ASIAN 273. The primary instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

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