Hey, K-Pop fan! Are you going to be in Korea this summer? Then go ahead and put KU ISC courses on your must-do list!
Korea University International Summer Campus (KU ISC) offers a rich set of courses that help you discover Korea. All courses are delivered in English except Korean Language courses.
1. Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea
Thinking about taking your love for K-Pop even further and into your career? This course is the perfect way for you to start.
Mass Media and Popular Culture in Korea addresses a number of critical issues in Korean contemporary culture. The main topic will be the role of media in Korean popular culture. It includes topics such as gender, race, sexuality, multiculturalism, K-Pop, Korean Wave, broadcasting, etc. Students will learn how to "read" Korean popular culture from an academic perspective. Guest speakers working in the field will also provide insight for students.
Professor: Jihoon Park/ School of Media & Communication, Korea University
2. Korean Cinema and Visual Culture
Learn about the history of Korean film! This course will provide a broad background to contemporary Korean cinema from a variety of perspectives. Topics will include how the major political and social changes that have taken place in Korea in recent decades have been reflected in local films, major internationally-renowned directors, and their individual styles, etc. After this course, you can proudly flaunt your deep knowledge in Korean cinema when enjoying a K-movie with your friends. (wink)
Professor: Darcy Paquet/ Film Critic, Busan Asian Film School
3. South/North Korea Relations in Historical Context
Now on a more serious note, you know you can't leave out the North when talking about Korea. This course examines the difficult issue of the division of Korea into two hostile ideologically polarized states. It explores how this division came about and how relations between South Korea and North Korea have evolved over time. At the present time, we are facing a big change in South/North Korea relations. This course will give you the insight to understand this complicated situation within an international context.
Professor: Kathryn Weathersby/ School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
4. Introduction to Korean Art History
This course is perfect for your artsy souls. What is Korean art and Korean cultural heritage? This is what will be explored in this course which surveys Korean cultural traditions from pre-modern times to the rise of the modern era. It offers insights into the many different types of Korean art, from ceramic vessels to sculptures, paintings, and textiles.
Professor: Charlotte Horlyck/ SOAS, University of London
5. Korean Language courses from beginning level to advanced level
And of course, the Korean language course. Let's learn the language and get to the level where you can enjoy the variety shows and dramas without the subtitles! Sounds too good to be true? Well, the impossible can become possible with the help of the KU ISC.
There are more courses available during this summer, you can check them out here:
KU ISC's official Website or through their social media accounts.
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This article is sponsored by Korea University.