Understanding Korean Culture
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Host University Units2 - 2
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits0 - 0
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0 - 0
Hours & Credits
Course Description and Objectives
The Understanding Korean Culture course is designed to enhance academic and practical knowledge about the customs, beliefs, and practices of the South Korean people from the perspective of a visitor or immigrant living there. Topics include history, folklore, art, Confucianism, family, values, films, music, business, politics, and society.
There are no prior courses required, as this class was designed to be an introduction to these concepts and practices for people with only some knowledge of Korean society. A laptop or tablet computer is highly recommended, as the reading assignments will be distributed as PDFs.
There is one 120 minute class per week covering one chapter of the text with time for questions and answers. Additionally, five evaluations (midterm exam and group video, a final exam and group video, and an individual research paper) will be used to reinforce and confirm lessons learned over the semester.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.