Korea-related Course Offerings for Spring 2022:

Korea Content Courses

  • EALC 183/583-401 (Korea Through Ethnography), taught by Yoonjung Kang

Over the last few decades, a substantial volume of the ethnographic studies of South Korea has produced. Providing critical insight into South Korea's quite particular and transforming history and cultures of modernization, industrialization, and globalization, these ethnographic works help us understand many of the historical, political, and economic issues that have both defined and complicated modern Korean society and nationhood. In this course, we will explore the contemporary social and cultural life in South Korea through ethnographies. Major themes include modernization, capitalism, class, gender, family, religion, globalization, and popular culture.

 

  • SOCI 249-301 (Coming of Age East Asia: Work, Love and Independence: Coming of Age in East Asia), taught by Hyunjoon Park

How do millennials in East Asia make transition to adulthood? What does it mean to become an adult in East Asia? Under the contexts of rapid educational expansion, growing economic inequality, and shifting cultural norms, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese young people are facing various challenges in coming of age. The dim outlook for landing a full-time, stable, and good job, for instance, had led many Korean millennials to 'give up' dating, marriage, and parenting, considered as major milestones of adulthood. More and more young millennials delay departure from their parental home. At the same time, East Asian millennials are highly educated, tech-savvy, and culturally diverse, distinguishing themselves from older generations. This course first offers an overall view of changing patterns and timing of transition to adulthood in East Asia (particularly compared to experiences of young adults in the United States and Europe). In the class, students will be able to identify demographic, cultural and economic factors that shape specific pathways to adulthood in East Asia. The course highlights diversity and heterogeneity in stories of coming of age among East Asian millennials from different socioeconomic, cultural, and demographic backgrounds. Diverse narratives and perceptions of adulthood in East Asia are discussed.

 

Korean Language Courses: https://ealc.sas.upenn.edu/course-list/2022A/all/all

  • KORN 002 (1st YR SPOKEN KOREAN II)
  • KORN 012 (ELEMENTARY KOREAN II)
  • KORN 112 (INTERMEDIATE KOREAN II)
  • KORN 132 (KOREAN FOR HERITGE SPEAKERS II)
  • KORN 212 (ADVANCED KOREAN II)
  • KORN 332 (CURRENT KOREAN MEDIA II)
  • KORN 381 (BUSINESS KOREAN I)
  • KORN 431 (ADVANCED READINGS MODERN KOREAN I)
  • KORN 482 (ADVANCED BUSINESS KOREAN II)