• Buddhist Studies
    • Buddhism, Hinduism and Politics

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    • Meditation and the Ego

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    • Buddhism and Buddhist Practice

      Buddhism has played a major role in the Korean thought and culture since its transmission at around the 5th century CE. In order to understand Korean Culture, it is important to understand what Buddhism may be and how it has developed from early to modern period. This lecture surveys Buddhist thought and culture from the ancient India to the modern Korea to provide the general picture of Korean Buddhism and the Buddhist culture. It also provides opportunities to visit various Korean Buddhist temples and important museums to experience Korean Buddhist culture and heritage.

  • Film and Digital Media
    • Introduction to Korean Film

      This class will introduce the creative and commercial rebirth of Korean cinema between the 1980s and the mid-2000s, by which time the most transformative changes in Korean society had already taken shape. Through screening various Korean films of this era and discussing their representations of Korean culture, students will explore the tumultuous transformations of Korean society from the Korean War and military dictatorship to rapid capitalization and democratization.

    • Comparative Studies on World Cinema

      This course is designed for the students who want to learn world cinema, analyzing film text, genre, film style and technique as expressions of distinctive cinematic worldviews and diverse national cinema. The students will engage with the analysis of film text, using the critical approaches to European, Hollywood, and Asian cinema as an introduction to comparative study of world cinema. This course provides film screenings and visiting Korean Film Archive.

    • The Short Film Production Workshop

      Studying the first period of Theory & Technique movie production. The class will practice movie production techniques and short film production by using a digital camera and equipment to help to understand all the processes of the course. And learn the movie theory and technique of Korean movies focus on textbooks and making short films.

  • East Asian and Korean Studies
    • Comparative Cultural Studies on 3 East-Asian Countries: Korea, China and Japan

      This course will offer a comparative study of East Asian culture. The students develop a better understanding of the similarities and differences in traditional and modern cultures in three East Asian cultures by comparing how literature, history, religion and visual art of Korea, China and Japan formulate their national identities. We will explore how traditional values of East Asian cultures continue, disappear, or transform in the globalized contemporary society.

    • Korean Popular Culture

      This course will focus on both the historical and cultural development of Korean films, TV dramas, popular songs, with special emphasis on the new wave in Korean popular culture. Using a variety of sources, from live entertainment to network television series, from K-pop to Korean cinema, we will study the ways in which they inform the social characterization of gender, class and nationality attributed to popular culture. Among the topics we will analyze within this context will be women’s issues, national division, democratic movements, and post-colonialism. We will also think through the consumption of popular culture as a contested site of Korean modernity, especially in relationship to the issue of globalization and world market. This course will look more deeply at the nature of Korean popular culture, its socio-political meanings and the intertextual relationship of cultural text and industries with the audience.

    • Inter-Korean Relations and Its Reunification

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  • Korean Language and Culture
    • Korean Language and Culture (Basic)

      The objective of this course is for students to build basic Korean communication skills for daily lives and understand Korean culture with its local experience. This course will help students to learn and read the basic character sets of Hangul and improve the ability to use Korean language in various situations as well. Moreover, the Korean culture programs we offer is focusing on broadening your understanding of Korea with first-hand experience.

    • Korean Language and Culture (Low Intermediate)

      The objective of this course is for students to build basic Korean communication skills for daily lives and understand Korean culture with its local experience. This course will help students to learn and read the basic character sets of Hangul and improve the ability to use Korean language in various situations as well. Moreover, the Korean culture programs we offer is focusing on broadening your understanding of Korea with first-hand experience.

  • Global Economies
    • Current Issues in Global Economies

      This course will cover important current economic issues and problems in three major East Asian countries: China, Japan and Korea. We will examine the underlying economic theories and motivators that gave impetus to those issues and problems in these countries. The primary goal of this course is for students to gain knowledge and understand the fundamental characteristics of East Asian economies, their remarkable long-term growth performance as well as challenges they have recently faced –a slower economic growth for China and Korea, and a decade of stagnation for Japan.

  • Criminal Justice
    • Comparative Criminal Justice System and Practices

      The course is designed to provide the systematic overview of comparative criminal justice systems (law, police, courts, and corrections) between the U.S.A. and S. Korea. Through a comprehensive comparison and contrast of both countries’ criminal justice systems and practices, this course enables participating students to draw both provincial and universal benefits, leading to more efficient and effective criminal justice systems and practices in each country.

  • Architecture
    • Contemporary Seoul: Design and Architecture

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