Gender, Family, and Social Change in Contemporary South Korea

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About this course: 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 view…

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About this course: 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.

Created by:  Yonsei University
  • Taught by:  Hyun Mee Kim, Professor

    Department of Cultural Anthropology
  • Taught by:  Yoo Theodore Jun, Professor

    College of Liberal Arts
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Yonsei University Yonsei University was established in 1885 and is the oldest private university in Korea. Yonsei’s main campus is situated minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul’s metropolitan downtown. Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world. Yonsei is proud of its history and reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research in Asia.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


The Gendering of Modernity and Military Authoritarianism
Broad overview of Korean history and literature beginning in the Joseon period with a particular focus on a series of social and cultural transformations that would have profound impact on the gender relations starting with Confucianism.


4 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: Introduction
  2. Discussion Prompt: WHO'S WHO?
  3. Reading: KOREAN WOMEN
  4. Video: 1.1 Joseon Dynasty and Confucianism
  5. Discussion Prompt: WOMEN IN CHOSON (JOSEON) KOREA
  6. Peer Review: KOREAN WOMEN UNDER CONFUCIANISM
  7. Video: 1.2 Novels in Colonial Period and the Emergence of the New Woman
  8. Discussion Prompt: POTATOES, LUCKY DAY, WINGS
  9. Video: 1.3 The Korean Civil War and Female Employment in Post War South Korea
  10. Discussion Prompt: OBALTAN (AIMLESS BULLET)

Graded: Who was Kim Sooim?
Graded: What is a "V-line?"
Graded: Who was Shin Saimdang
Graded: Over A T-Shirt??

WEEK 2


The (Un)making of the Modern Family
Introduction to the strategically gendered division of role in making modern Korean families and contemporary changes in the perception of marriage and family in Korea.


3 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: 2.1 The Advent of Manager Mothers
  2. Discussion Prompt: What is the Role of Children in Korean Families?
  3. Video: 2.2 Changed Family Structure and Singletons
  4. Discussion Prompt: Why are young Koreans especially young Korean women unwilling to marry?
  5. Video: 2.3 Globalization of Korean Family
  6. Discussion Prompt: Globalization of Korean families?
  7. Reading: The (Un)making of the Modern Family Readings

Graded: The (Un)making of the Modern Family Quiz
Graded: The (un)making of the Korean families

WEEK 3


Female Beauty / Male Beauty & Body Aesthetics
Examine a range of topics including cosmetic surgery to male circumcision and body lines to understand how female and male beauty standards and aesthetics have changed over the past two centuries.


3 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Video: 3.1 Shifting Beauty Standards and Aesthetics from Joseon to Colonial Period
  2. Reading: Chinese textbook helps boys find masculine side amid ‘gender crisis’ caused by effeminate men in Japanese, Korean culture
  3. Discussion Prompt: 101 East - Plastic Surgery: The Cost of Beauty
  4. Video: 3.2 Plastic Surgery Body Lines and Trends in Contemporary Korean Society
  5. Reading: Korea's First Plus-Size Model: Korea's Unrealistic Beauty Standard
  6. Discussion Prompt: Korea's First Plus Size Model Response
  7. Reading: From Metrosexual to Spornosexual – Two Decades of Male Deliciousness
  8. Video: 3.3 Neoliberalism and Stratified Korean Society
  9. Reading: Socioeconomic disparities intensifying: report
  10. Discussion Prompt: People & Power - South Korea: Suicide nation

Graded: How male K-Pop idols are redefining masculinity

WEEK 4


Sexuality in Korea
Discuss the issues of sexualities in contemporary Korea, ranging from the relationship between family and sexuality, commodified sexuality, to the issues of sexual minorities.


3 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: 4.1 Family and Sexuality in Korea
  2. Discussion Prompt: Is being called "sexy" a sign of women's liberation or sexual freedom?
  3. Video: 4.2 Commercialization of Sexuality
  4. Discussion Prompt: Are sex workers agents of their own rights, or are they victims of trafficking?
  5. Video: 4.3 Sexual Minorities in Korea
  6. Discussion Prompt: Sexual minorities' struggles and achievements
  7. Reading: Sexuality in Korea Readings

Graded: Sexuality in Korea Quiz
Graded: What is sexuality?

WEEK 5


Looking Ahead into the Future...
Provide an overview of current positive changes in Korea related to gender and discuss impending issues of contemporary feminist movement and comfort women before concluding the lecture series.


4 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: 5.1 Positive Changes in Korea
  2. Reading: THE GLOBAL GENDER GAP REPORT (2016)
  3. Discussion Prompt: Korea′s Policies for Gender Equality (Arirang TV)
  4. Reading: South Korea's golfing women: 'You're either a champion, or nothing'
  5. Video: 5.2 Feminism Movement in South Korea
  6. Video: 5.3 Comfort Women
  7. Video: 5.4 Conclusion
  8. Reading: Feminist Movements in Korea & Comfort Women

Graded: Bibliography
Graded: Conclusion Lectures Quiz
Graded: Feminism in the contemporary Korea

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