KORE 300: Korean Culture and Society

KORE 300-K01: Korean Culture and Society
(Fall 2022)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR

Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G208

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Section Information for Fall 2022

There are many ways to understand a society and its culture, but one of the essential elements that influence society and culture is history. History offers a perspective that let us consider the broader implication of the past on the present, and it helps us gain a deeper understanding of the current society and culture. This course explores Korean culture and society by focusing on Korean history and how Korean society and culture changed over time. While going over Korean history chronologically from ancient to modern, it examines the society and culture of each period while thinking about how these past events affected our current society. We’ll discuss ongoing historical controversies, conflicts among the different and various historical interpretations, and historical representations in the popular media.

The course takes a broad and comparative perspective to look at Korean history along with the historical changes in East Asia, and by extension, the world. It compares Korean historical experiences with those of Japan and China while connecting Korean history to the larger global changes. At the same time, it focuses on the lived experience of people and how their culture changed. It blends in short novels and literature, as well as popular films based on Korean history to gain a deeper understanding of how Korean people exerted their agency while interacting with the global changes throughout history. Students will work on a project to present their investigations on popular films based on Korean history.

This course is provided as a flipped course which consists of both online and offline course materials. Students will be asked to watch the lecture videos and complete the weekly online assignments before coming to discussion sessions on Thursdays. This course is targeted at students with no background knowledge of Korean history. No prerequisite.



Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Provides a broad overview of Korean people, society, and culture, mainly focusing on basic culture codes. Starting from the ways of Korean people's interaction, the course explores distinctive features of expression such as joy, excitement, sadness, frustration, and anger. Various authentic materials and course books will offer the framework for students to understand unique Korean cultural phenomena and their sociohistorical background. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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