The goal of the Emory Summer Korean Studies Program, offered through the Department of Russian, and East Asian Languages and Cultures, is to enhance students' Korean language study and to provide opportunities for immersion into Korea's rich culture. The program is based at Yonsei University in Seoul, and students will study Korean language and choose from other courses that complement the offerings at Emory and focus on Korean culture, society, economics, politics, film and the arts. Yonsei University is one of the top 3 universities in Korea.
No previous knowledge of the Korean language is required, as beginner Korean classes are offered.
A country of striking religious diversity and ancient traditions, Korea has also become a leader in contemporary East Asian culture (Korean "Wave"), and brands such as Samsung and Hyundai have become internationally recognized.
In addition to the coursework at Yonsei, students will take one field trip course and participate on field trips led by Dr. Bumyoung Choi, REALC's Korean language instructor. These excursions will be organized around "discovery questions" associated with prominent UNESCO sites such as, Gyeongju, capital of Shilla kingdom, Haeinsa with Tripitaka, Ganghwa dolmen sites and palaces in Seoul. Students will also have special sessions with leaders of contemporary Korea, religious and business leaders, and heads of NGO's and will tour places like the Korean National Museum, the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea and Samsung Inc. Students will also experience historical and modern Korea with its diversity of Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity in quiet temples and vibrant metro cities. To find out more about study abroad experience in Korea, please watch the Korea Study Abroad video
and the Korean Studies Project video
Courses: All students take KRN 273R, the field course with Dr. Choi (2 credits), and choose one course from the Korean Language classes (3 credits) and one course from the available special topics classes (3 credits) for a total of 8 Emory credit hours. Summer program credits can be used to satisfy Korean Minor, East Asian Studies and other cross-listed major and minor requirements.
Course 1: KRN 273R Understand Korean Culture and History through Field Trip
Description: 2 credit hours (Dr. Choi)
NOTE: This course fulfills elective requirements for the Korean Minor, and East Asian Studies major.
KRN 273R aims to understand Korea's 5000 years history and its culture by studying and visiting historic sites which represent each era and are scattered all over in Korean peninsular. Students will learn about Korean history, tangible and intangible culture, and geography. The course will focus on historical and cultural aspects of Korea, and the influence of the early history of Korea on present day Korea. We will look at the people, customs, and cultural values in everyday life.
Course 2: KRN 314R: Korean Language (HAL course)
Description: 3 credit hours (Instructors at Yonsei University)
NOTE: This course can fulfill half of the Emory College Language Requirement. It also counts towards Korean minor and East Asian Studies major.
There are 6 different levels of Korean classes from absolute beginners to advanced courses. Students will be placed by the result of the placement test taken at the onset of the program.
Course 3: Special Topics Class (HSC course)
Description: 3 credit hours. Non-language Korean content classes are taught in English by faculty of Yonsei and other prestigious universities. The course list below is tentative for summer 2020; all courses are subject to cancellation.
NOTE: Emory students are not permitted to take content classes that are not on the below list of approved courses. In addition, Emory students may only select from content courses taught in the 6-Week Track.
KRN 386: Contemporary Korean Culture & The Korean Culture Wave
KRN 386: Introduction To Korean Studies
KRN 386: Korean American History
KRN 386/FILM 396: Korean Cinema
KRN 386: Korean Economy
KRN 386: Korean Development
KRN386/POLS 385: Korean Political Economy
KRN386/HIST 299 or 399: Modern Korean History (credit dependent of proof of written work submitted to the history department upon return from the Korean studies program)
KRN 386/POLS 385: North Korean Politics and Foreign Policy
KRN 386/SOC 289: Topics in Korean Culture – Globalization and Multiculturalism
ECON 397R Directed Reading in Economics: Korean Economy
ECON 112 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 101 Principles of Microeconomics
EAS 385/FILM 396: East Asian Cinema
EAS 385: Asian American Literature
EAS 385: East Asian Art History
EAS 385: East Asian Fiction
EAS 385: Modern Asia
EAS 385: Nuclear Asia
EAS 385: Security and Insecurity in Northeast Asia
Accommodations are in an international residence hall on the campus of Yonsei University. Two students will share a room in SK Global House.