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KORE 2034 Gender, Sexuality, and Family in KoreaMonday 9:30-11:20 am (CDP-LG09)Instructor: Dr. Dasan KIM ([email protected], [email protected]) Course DescriptionThis course examines shifting representations of gender, sexuality, and family in diverse cultural artifacts in Korea. In particular, this course discusses how Korea’s national identity has been predicated on the unstable notions of gender, sexuality, and family. Ever since the Chosŏn Dynasty adopted Confucianism as its state ideology, gender dynamics in Korea have generally been influenced by patriarchal ideals, and the expected gender roles have shaped the idea of the nation. After the liberation (1945), the split of the nation (1945), and the Korean War (1950-3), the ensuing military regimes sought to secure political legitimacy by enhancing national power (kungnyŏk). The myth of the nation as a homogenous family worked for the nation’s agenda to solidify people’s loyalty to the regime, and patriarchal discourse was conveniently translated into martial rhetoric for a strong nation. With the rapid influx of immigrants in the 2000s, the viability of homogeneous nation has come into question. Korea is now embracing multiculturalism. But whether the nation is really moving toward a multi-cultural society remains to be questionable, and the anxiety to reinforce “Korean homogeneity” still lurks. The course will take a chronological approach and examinediverse genres of cultural production, both print and non-print form. The primary texts include, but not limited to, poems, short stories, advertisements, commercials, national campaigns, and films. COUSE LEARNING OUTCOME1. Judge, appraise, and evaluate different theories, literatures, paradigms, and standpoints as pertaining to their research question(s) and topic.2. Demonstrate the ability to formulate a research hypothesis and arguments supported by evidence relating to a core problem in Korean Studies.3. Demonstrate their ability to effectively use Korean and English language sources in investigating a core problem in Korean Studies.4. Demonstrate the ability to conduct self-managed research and write a research paper relating to a core problem in Korean Studies in a formal academic manner.
Course Requirements Quiz (10%)on reading assignments or class discussion (lecture)Attendance (5%)Each unexcused absence after one will be penalized 5 points. Morethan three unexcused absences will result in failure of the course. Participation(15%)This course requires active participation within and outside class. 1.Students are expected to read assigned materials and watchfilms before coming to class. 2.Students are required to contribute to and facilitate in-classdiscussion.Mid-term paper(30%)Analyze how the ideas of gender, sexuality, and (or)family are suggested, developed and reinforced in yourchosen text. Length: around 1000 words. (approx. 4-5pages) Feb 25Final paper(40%)The final term paper is an extended version of the mid-term paper. The final paper should include a review ofliterature (secondary sources) related to the selected topicand an active analysis of a cultural text. The paper should