Contemporary Korean Society

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Korean Society

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Asian Studies, Social Policy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Objective:

    The objective of this course is to introduce you to, and help you to understand and analyse, key issues in contemporary Korean society.

    By the end of this course you will have developed:

    1. An understanding of the key social issues facing contemporary South Korea.
    2. An ability to critically compare the significance of, and response to, these issues in South Korea and your own society. 
    3. An appreciation of the wide range of resources that can be used to illustrate and analyse contemporary social issues.
    4. An ability to formulate and discuss your ideas and opinions in a group setting.

    Course Schedule (Provisional):


    Contemporary Korean Society

    Jun 27


    Jun 28

    Lecture: Historical and Political Context

    Jun 29

    Lecture: Historical and Political Context

    Jun 30

    Lecture: The Origins and Legacy of Confucianism



    Jul 03

    Lecture: The Division of the Korean Peninsula

    Jul 04

    Videos and Discussion: Separated Families

    Jul 05

    Film Screening: ‘A State of Mind’

    Jul 06

    Lecture: Anti-Americanism and Anti-Foreignism



    Jul 10

    Videos and Discussion: Attitudes Towards Foreigners in South Korea

    Jul 11

    Lecture: South Korea as a Multi-Cultural Society

    Jul 12

    Videos and Discussion: Kosians and Blasians

    Jul 13

    Lecture: Education in South Korea



    Jul 17

    Videos and Discussion: The High Cost of Education in South Korea

    Jul 18

    Lecture: Cosmetic Surgery

    Jul 19

    Videos and Discussion: South Korea as a Centre for Medical Tourism

    Jul 20

    [Blog Due]

    Lecture: The Family and Marriage in South Korea



    Jul 24

    Lecture: Hell Choson

    Jul 25

    Videos and Discussion: Hell Choson

    Jul 26

    Lecture and Discussion: Gender in South Korea

    Jul 27

    Blogs: Discussion



    Jul 31

    Blogs: Discussion

    Movie: ‘If You Were Me’

    Aug 01

    Course Review

    Aug 02

    Final Examination

    Aug 03

    Student Conferences


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.