P.S: Please remember that these are mostly topics I was given with sources provided. Hate the assignment not the submitter.
P.S.S: The topics are as follows: Japanese occupation of Korea, Individualism in the renaissance, Calvinism versus Catholicism views on Original sin (needless to say, I am in the Calvinist camp), and Judicial Activism (which is perhaps the most misleading, because the professor had explicit instructions. I am actually against an activist court, or at least in favor of an activist conservative court.)
Often times the idea of modernization is presented as the industrialization and centralization of a country. Whether this idea is right or wrong, this perception certainly seems correct in the case of the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910-1945. The Japanese sought to pull Korea into the modern world sphere mainly using these two methods, regardless of what the Koreans thought. This was done through the forcible application of industrial, agricultural, cultural, and social reform. Regardless of an individual’s moral interpretation on these acts, it can not be argued that this period of modernizing colonization did not have a profound effect upon Korea. What can be argued is how effective these imperialistic reforms were in creating opportunities for the Korean population. Did the action of modernizing Korea cause an opening of positions, possibilities, and power that it did in other nations which rapidly industrialized, such as Japan? Furthermore, did the reaction of rising nationalism to these reforms further create new avenues for the native population? This paper is intended answer these questions. It will show how modernization created new opportunities for the Korean people, both in itself and by the subsequent reaction towards it.
One of the most prominent cultural values in Western Civilization is the emphasis on the desires and benefit of the individual. The ideal of Individualism has had an almost inestimable influence on the development of Europe and the modern world. While this is more difficult to observe in the Ancient world, Individualism, and its subsequent results, becomes much more apparent in the early modern era of the Western world, the Renaissance in particular. The purpose of this paper is to analyze some of the evidence for the changes that the rise of Individualism caused in politics and religion.