Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Arts and Sciences
Lecture Code ASA10001 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 朝鮮文化論
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Korean Culture
Instructor CHE JINSOKU
チェ ジンソク
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 2nd-Year,  Second Semester,  4Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (4T) Fri1-4:IAS K314
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Credits 2.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction J : Japanese
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 23 : Arts and Humanities
Course Area(Discipline) 14 : Cultural Studies
Eligible Students
Keywords - The Republic of Korea, The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Koreans in Japan
- Literature, movies
- History, politics, society
- Peace in the East
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Arts and Sciences
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge and understanding of the importance and characteristics of each discipline and basic theoretical framework.
・The knowledge and understanding  to fully recognize the mutual relations and their importance among individual academic diciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability and skills to collect and analyze necessary literature or data among various sources of information on individual academic disciplines. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
In this course, we will experience and learn more about Korean (South Korean, North Korean and zainichi Korean) culture through literature and movies.
The goals of this course are for students:
-To develop media literacy competencies (ability to evaluate and analyze information);
- To develop their ability to describe in their own words, no matter how inadequate they may seem, what literature, movies, and expressions are; and
- To develop their understanding of others and imagination skills to think about others (what and who the others are), through the encounter of Korean culture as other culture. 
Class Schedule Lesson 1: Guidance
Lesson 2: Korean Studies
Lesson 3: Korean Studies
Lesson 4: Korean Studies
Lesson 5: Korean Studies
Lesson 6: Korean Studies
Lesson 7: Korean Studies
Lesson 8: Korean Studies
Lesson 9: Korean Studies
Lesson 10: Korean Studies
Lesson 11: Korean Studies
Lesson 12: Korean Studies
Lesson 13: Korean Studies
Lesson 14: Korean Studies
Lesson 15: Discussion 
Required text and reference books will be announced in class.
The following two books will be used as references (* students should ensure that they have obtained copies of these books):
Korean History (compiled by the Japan Association for Korean History, published by SANSEIDO, Co., Ltd., 1995)
History of Koreans in Japan (compiled by the ‘History of Koreans in Japan’ Book Publication Committee, published by Akashi Shoten, 2006) 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Textbook, handouts, audio materials, and visual materials (e.g. video, computer data and other images) 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Students are required to read the above reference books and other literary works announced in class in advance of each class.
* Students are encouraged to watch a series of documentary films directed by Michael Moore, prior to class, in order to gain better understanding of American capitalism (military-industrial complex).
Bowling for Columbine (2002), Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), Sicko (2007), Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) 
Grading Method Evaluation is made on the basis of class attendance (30%), participation and involvement in class (30%) and class assignments and papers (40%). 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Message How much do you know about South Korea, North Korea or Koreans in Japan? Do you have any knowledge of them other than those obtained from mass media? Can you imagine the faces of ordinary people of neighboring South Korea or North Korea or Koreans in Japan?

Knowing others is the key to knowledge of the self. Knowing Korea (South Korea, North Korea or Koreans in Japan) is the best way to understanding Japan. If you do not know about Korea, you do not know about Japan.

Get rid of your preconceptions of Korea and meet new Korea as others. This may turn people’s interest from the U.S. to East Asia and this may lead to peace in East Asia. How about if we discuss Korea, Japan and peace in East Asia together?

I hope that you value your feelings above all in participating in this course. Focus on your own words, stories and poems. I hope that you will try to write one poem or story through this course. It does not matter whether you can write it well or not. 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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