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Gender, Family, and Social Change in Contemporary South Korea

Yonsei University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
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  • Duration 5 weeks long

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This course examines the transformation of Korean society beginning around the turn of the 20th century to contemporary times. In particular, it explores how shifting categories of masculinity, and by contrast, femininity have impacted upon, and in turn been influenced by social, cultural, and political change. Using multiple disciplinary lenses, we will critically examine how gender intersects with political, social, and economic developments starting with the Confucianization of Korean society during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) up to the contemporary moment of globalization and neoliberal reform. The class will draw on a variety of topics such as traditional views of women, religion, race, class, education, patriarchy, sexuality, imperialism, modernity, war, globalization, the diaspora, among others. Special attention will be placed on the historical, transnational and transdisciplinary connections.

Taught by

Hyun Mee Kim and Yoo Theodore Jun

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Eleanor W
2.0 5 months ago
by Eleanor dropped this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very poorly structured from a technical standpoint. Very confusing in terms of supplementary readings and recommended external videos. I was unimpressed at how much of the women's history portion of the course was covered completely from a male perspective, by a male professor using examples of fiction by men. Although attempts were made to be critical of this view, I felt that they did not go far enough.
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Alyson C
5.0 7 months ago
by Alyson is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course. The instructors were delightful and obviously well-versed in the subjects they presented. There was a lot of room to learn and draw one's own conclusions. Fascinating subject and well put-together course.
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