Spring 2016

EALC-E350/E505 Cinema and Society in South Korea 

Instructor: John Finch

Course description: This course examines the intersection of gender, class, and nation in contemporary Korean society through the lens of current Korean films.  The turbulent recent history of South Korea has produced a society that is engaged with a variety of local and global social forces in complex and contradictory ways.  The sweeping social changes in South Korean society have engaged it in a struggle to redefine and re-examine itself, and its relation to such basic ideas as gender, class, tradition and nation.  Contemporary Korean films provide an especially interesting entrée into these issues and how Koreans have been thinking about them. Students will be exposed to a variety of films (with English subtitles) that deal with various issues pertaining to gender, class, and national identity.  The readings for the course draw from the fields of anthropology, history, literature, women’s studies, and film studies.  Students will be given an opportunity to contextualize their learning through an understanding of how issues facing South Korean society relate to their own circumstances.  Each week, the class will be organized around the screening of a feature film, preceded by an introduction to locate it in its cultural context and followed by a discussion.

EALC-K102 Elementary Korean 2

Instructor: Yunseong Cheon

Course Description: K102 (Elementary Korean 2) is the second part of First Year Korean. The course provides students with further conversational & grammatical skills beyond those learned in the first semester. The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, reading, and writing with more complex structures in Korean such as various kinds of speakers stance, desire, evaluation, judgement, assessment on the propositional content conveyed, and more complex relations between two events such as cause, reason, purpose, concession, background, condition, etc. Students are expected to be able to command a lengthy narrative discourse, say, on school life, family, vacation plan, hobbies, etc.

EALC-K202 Second Year Korean 2

Instructor: Hyo Sang Lee

Course Description: K202 is the second part of Second Year Korean. The course provides students with further conversational & grammatical skills beyond those learned in the first semester. The objective of the course is to equip students with communicative skills in speaking, reading, and writing with more complex structures in Korean such as various kinds of speakers stances, evaluation, assessment, judgement and attitudes on the events encountered, and more complex relations between two events such as cause, reason, purpose, concession, intention, background, condition, etc. Students are expected to be able to command a lengthy dialogue regarding various topics such as birthday party, hair style and fashion, hobbies, traditional holidays, marriage, jobs, etc.

EALC-K302 Third Year Korean 2

Instructor: Yunseong Cheon

Course Description: This course is a continuation of Third Year Korean. The objective of the course is to have students learn Korean language and culture and enable them to communicate further with advanced communicative skills in Korean, in speaking, reading, and writing, particularly to express various stances/attitudes of the speaker toward the content and the background circumstance of communication. The students are expected to be able to express his or her thoughts dealing with abstract ideas in extended discourse. 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-K402 Fourth Year Korean 2

Instructor: Hyo Sang Lee

Course Description: This course is a continuation of Fourth Year Korean.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, however, students will also 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.

Photo: Corridor to Lotte Department Store / John Finch

Questions? Email iks@indiana.edu.