Course Offering Spring 2017

Freshmen Course

37549 General Introduction to Korea (Prof. Kyong-Mi Kwon) T3, Th2
         1202 International Education Building (IEB)

Sophomore Course

37550 Introduction to Korean History (Prof.Michael Pettid) M5, W4
         601 IEB

This course will seek to provide students a broad understanding of Korean history over the last two millennia.  Rather than simply provide a ruling class history, this course will attempt to bring other histories to light, including those of the ruled classes, women, and other disenfranchised by the hegemonic governing structures.  By so doing, it is hoped that students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of Korean history and the various people who lived it. Given the vast amount of materials and the relative dearth of time in the course, we will focus primarily on major themes in Korean history rather than a chronological examination of historical ‘facts.’  Students should, by the close of the course, be able to identify the ‘whys’ of history and not mere dates, names, and events.  

37551 Introduction to Korean Politics (Prof.Ki-Suk Cho) T6, Th4
         602 IEB

This course introduces basics of Korean politics. The course is designed to briefly review the modern history of Korean politics and analyze the dynamics of contemporary Korean politics. It will introduce four different epistemological perspectives useful in analyzing politics and social phenomena. Epistemology is like a lens through which we view the world. The course will cover the definition of politics, the contemporary Korean politics and civil society including major political institutions (legislature, political parties, and intermediary groups such as labor union, women’s groups and religious organizations), political culture, elections, history of civil society and civic activism. Prior knowledge of the Korean politics or political theories is not required. Throughout the semester, students will read famous Korean novels to understand Korean society and politics.

37552 Reading Academic Korean I (Prof.Chi-Hye Ha) T5, Th6
         601 IEB

         Note: "Reading Academic Korean I" is only open for non-native Korean users. Also, this course is designed for those who have a Korean language skill at TOPIK level 3 or 4.
         Note: "37552 Reading Academic Korean I" cannot be a substitute for "10984 Academic Korean I" or "10985 Reading Academic Korean II".

         한국어 모국어 사용자는 "Reading Academic Korean I"을 들을 수 없습니다. 또한 유학생들 역시 TOPIK 3, 4급 정도의 수준의 한국어를 구사해야 어려움없이 수업을 들을 수 있습니다.

37554 Understanding Korean Religion (Prof.Michael Pettid) M4, Th5
         601 IEB

This course will seek to provide students a broad understanding of the various worldviews found in both premodern and modern Korea.  We will look to understand how people viewed their lives, the afterlife, the supernatural and their relations with others in their communities. As there are copious materials, we will focus on themes and this will allow a broad understanding of how people lived.
     
Junior Course

37562 Everyday Life in Modern Korea (Prof.Sang-ho Ro) M6, W5
         601 IEB

This course is a seminar course for juniors and seniors in Korean Studies and East Asian Studies major. Students will explore modern and contemporary history, society and culture of Korea through reading and visual texts. By taking inter-disciplinary methods of humanity and social studies, we will analyze the formation and crisis of South Korean everyday life. Especially, this course is intended to investigate the historical nature of middle-class and working-class people in South Korea before and after June Revolution in 1987. And, the course will end up with discussing on current changes of South Korea after its neo-liberal reformation in the latest decade. Students must participate in weekly discussions in English. Korean language proficiency is not required. 

37563 Korean Diaspora (Prof.Sharon Yoon) M2, Th3
         602 IEB

37564 Korean Film and Media Studies (Prof.Kyong-Mi Kwon) W3, F2
         601 IEB

The human civilization transitioned from oral and written to visual narratives just in the span of a little more than one hundred years. Its rapid progress and development has surpassed any other media to date, affecting the ways in which people visualize and articulate the world around them. In the case of Korea, cinema evolved with literature as many films used folktales and short stories as their original script. Especially after the Korean War that ripped the peninsula into two different nations, the so called "literature films" helped to revitalize and reestablish the stagnating South Korean film industry. Focusing on the South Korean films, this course will examine three fundamental questions in order to better understand different art forms: (1) Do film adaptations inform, extend, shape and limit the ways in which we understand written words and visual images? (2) Is our perspective of history and culture affected by film adaptations of literary works? (3) how does a different media affect and shape the narrative structure of any art work? (be it film, novel, or play?)

37566 Multiculturalism and Korean Society (Prof.Myong-Sun Song) F6, 7
         601 IEB

Over the course of the semester we will be looking at the shifting nature of Korea from danil minjok to damunhwa. What does it mean to be a “multicultural” society? Is Korea a “multicultural” one? What does it mean to be “Korean”? How are notions of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and family incorporated into the national identity of Korea? These are some of the questions that will guide our course. We will primarily be examining media texts such as television programs and films as sites that offer a window to these questions. By bridging critical engagement of academic texts with not only analyses of media texts but also reflections of our own everyday interactions and practices, we will examine the historical, sociocultural, and economic frameworks in which national identity is shaped and communicated not only within Korea but in trans/national contexts. 

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