Summer 2019

Summer 2019 Study Abroad Program to South Korea

Two-week summer program in South Korea.

Duration: June 23, 2019July 6, 2019

Theme: “Korea in the 21st Century: Past, Present, and Future in the Age of Globalization.”


Professor Jisoo M. Kim (

Professor Insung Ko (


By visiting various sites in South Korea, we will use the border as a lens into exploring four main themes: Korean identities, culture, division, and reunification. We will treat these themes not as mutually exclusive but constitutive entities. Thus, these four themes will be reflected in readings, discussions, on-site lectures, and site-visits. In addition, the concept of the border will be the prime into the larger political, economic, social, and cultural conditions that enabled its metamorphosis. In particular, we will trace the transnational processes of modernization, imperialism, colonization, the Cold War, decolonization, and neoliberalism that have shaped and continue to shape Korean identity and culture. Our interdisciplinary inquiry draws from history, literature, anthropology, business, film, media, and performance studies.

June 23 – July 6, 2019

Visiting various sites in South Korea.

Program Schedule:

Gyeongbok Palace
Korean Demilitarized Zone
Trip to Busan
Constitutional Court of Korea
Korean National Diplomatic Academy
Hanawon (Workshop with North Korean defector students)
MBC World
and more.

*Please note that this is not a credit-bearing program.

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