Korean Society and Culture

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Korean Society and Culture

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    South Asian Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    The goal of this course is to enhance our understanding of Korean society and culture by employing sociological perspective. Korea today consists of many elements of the past. These elements, while often less visible, still exert influence on everyday lives of Koreans. What might roughly be called 'tradition' has interacted with 'modern' forces of development in making complex 21st century Korea. In order to unravel this complexity, the lectures are organized around the question of how development has affected Korean society, culture, and people. During the first half of semester, we will examine Korean social change historically; this includes rethinking traditional culture, examining the role of Japanese colonialism, and evaluating the role of the U.S. in making Korean society. We also discuss issues of macro social changes such as development, urbanization, environmental problems. The second half of semester consists of studying specific social issues such as population, family, agriculture and food to widen our knowledge of Korean society today. By carefully investigating these issues and based on the students' researches, better understanding of Korean society can be attained.

    Required Texts

    • Kim, Kyong-dong (ed.). 2008. Social Change in Korea. Seoul: Jimoondang.
    • Additional articles will be assigned in class.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.