Fall 2017

EALC-E115: East Asian Literatures of Love: Romancing East Asia: Literatures of Love from Early Times to the Present

Instructor: Susan Hwang

MW (11:15 AM -12:30 PM); GA 1134

What do we talk about when we talk about love? Is it self-love, self-interest, or altruistic emotion? And what’s sex got to do with love? This introductory survey course examines love in East Asian literature from earliest legends to 21st-century novels. We will explore diverse expressions of love—sexual, romantic, erotic, filial, nationalistic, etc.—in various forms of literary works and films. How was the language of love used to explore questions of gender, class, and/or national identity? Students will learn about the historical specificities as well as the culturally interconnected experiences of love in East Asia. All readings will be in English translation. No prior knowledge of East Asia is required. There are no prerequisites for this course.

*** This course fulfills IUB GenEd A&H, IUB GenEd World Culture, as well as COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry requirements. ***

EALC-E 233: Survey of Korean Civilization

Instructor: Ria Chae

MW 9:30-10:45

Is there such a thing as Korean civilization? If yes, is there a single one or multiple ones? It is for you to judge whether the title of this course is a misnomer as we trace the trajectory of cultural, political, social, and economic history of the Korean Peninsula from prehistorical to contemporary times. While discussing central themes running through the course—such as state and identity formation, links between political power and social structures, relationship between religion and lifestyle, cultural borrowing and indigenous development, wars and cooperation with neighboring countries—particular attention will be paid to conflicting interpretations of Korean history by Western, South Korean, and North Korean scholars, as well as representations of historical events in contemporary Korean popular culture, mainly movies and TV dramas. There will be many opportunities for intellectual engagement—from working with primary materials and analyzing video clips to going on a field trip and attending Korean cultural events. No prior knowledge of Korean history is necessary but bringing your curiosity and open mind is a must!

EALC-E300: Studies in East Asian Literature: Divided Loyalties, Divided Nation: Modern Korean Literature in Translation

Instructor: Susan Hwang

MW (04:00 PM – 05:15 PM); GA 0003

How do people speak of loyalty and commitment in a divided nation? In this course we will engage with major works of modern Korean fiction, asking in particular how and why literature emerged as a privileged medium of expression for cultural revolutions, social critiques, and political protests. Relevant historical context will be provided in class, with discussion focused on reading the complexities in literary works and films with respect to the following themes: tradition and modernity, assimilation and resistance, imperialism, nationalism and communism, representations of gender, war and national division, authoritarianism and democratization, and globalization. By the end of this course, students will be able to build the skills necessary for close reading and informed historical contextualization. All readings will be in English translation. No prior knowledge of Korea or Korean literature is required. There are no prerequisites for this course.

*** This course fulfills COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry as well as COLL (CASE) Culture Studies: Global Civilization and Culture requirements. ***

EALC-E 342: History of Modern Korea

Instructor: Michael Robinson

W 5:45-8:15 PM

Ever since the establishment of two Korean nation-states after the end of World War II, North Korea and South Korea have been part and parcel of key trends and phenomena in East Asia and the world.  As such, the post-1945 history of Korea has been shot through with transformations, dynamism, conflicts, triumphs, and, most of all, the unexpected.  This course explores the politics, society, and culture of the two Koreas.  Key topics include national division and the Korean War, the Cold War, memory, protest, popular culture, and globalization.


Instructor: Mark Minton 

MW 01:00P-02:15P

***Fulfills COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit.***

EALC-K101 Elementary Korean 1

Course description: K101 (Elementary Korean 1) is the first part of First Year Korean. The course provides students with basic conversational & grammatical patterns, assuming that the students have no or little previous background knowledge of Korean.

The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing at a basic level in Korean; students will learn how to express simple ideas such as attributes, identities, locations, time, daily activities, weekend plan, desires, as well as how to combine simple ideas in a various way.

Classes are divided into two parts: two hours of lectures conducted by the main instructor, and three hours of drill sections conducted by an associate instructor (AI). Lectures will include explanations of those conversational patterns in grammatical and pragmatic terms. Drill sections will provide the students with opportunities to practice in actual communicative situations with various tasks and activities. Among the three drill sessions, Monday will be designated mainly for reports on weekend, listening activities, and weekly quizzes. Besides weekly quizzes on Monday, there are occasional vocabulary and/or dictation quizzes.

K201 Second Year Korean 1

Instructor: Hyo Sang Lee

Course description: K201 is the first part of Second Year Korean. The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level in Korean, such as expanding simple ideas into imposing various kinds of the speaker's stance, e.g. judgement, inference, and evaluation or subjective assessment of the ideas entertained, and expressing more complex relations between events, such as cause, reason, purpose, condition, concession, intention, background, etc. Skills for simple narration and written report will be enhanced. Students are expected to be able to and command a lengthy narrative discourse on personal experience.

EALC-K301 Third Year Korean 1

Course description: The objective of the course is to have students learn Korean language and culture and enable them to communicate with advanced communicative skills in Korean, in speaking, reading, and writing, dealing with expressions of more subtle, and delicate ideas, e.g. distinguishing among facts, beliefs, various kinds of judgements, and more complex ideas such as conveying thoughts on propositional contents, quoting other people's saying, and challenging other people's ideas and beliefs. Besides being able to report various kinds of experience in a coherent narration, giving one's appreciation or assessment as well as facts, one should be able to engage him/herself in discussion of complicated matters, and to give feedback to or comments on what is given in various communicative settings. This course is largely content-based; students will learn about Korean language and culture in Korean, and the students will be tested on the content as well as the language skills they learned in the course. Frequent reading and writing excercises will be asked to do.

EALC-K401 Fourth Year Korean 1

Instructor: Hyo Sang Lee

Course-description: This is a content-based advanced reading course at the level of Fourth Year. We will deal with advanced reading material, mostly from authentic writings in various genres and styles, such as newspaper editorials, columns, essays, movie scenarios, and T.V. news clips, short stories, and other expository and literary writings. Through reading these material, students will learn various aspects of Korean culture and society. You will build your vocabulary and reading proficiency toward the level of the ordinary adult. The students will be tested on the content as well as the language skills they learned in the course.