Summer 2021 - GA 202 D100

Studies in Asian Cultures (3)

Cultural Life & Social Customs in Cont. Korea

Class Number: 4115

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Instructor:

    Tae Yeon Eom
  • Instructor:

    Tae Yeon Eom
  • Prerequisites:

    15 units.



An introduction to the culture of one or more Asian regions. The emphasis will be on the cultural importance of the themes covered and on their relationship to contemporary societies. This course may be repeated for credit only when a different topic is taught. Students with credit for ASC 202 may not take this course for further credit.


Cultural Life and Social Customs in Contemporary Korea

This is an introductory and interdisciplinary survey course designed for undergraduate students who are not familiar with contemporary Korean culture and society. The general presumption is that most students want to have an opportunity to explore contemporary Korean culture in more depth. For the first half of the semester, the class will focus on providing some fundamental knowledge about Korean culture and history. Later classes will be more specifically issue- or case-based. The course covers a wide range of topics such as traditional Korean philosophies of family and gender, fashion identity, food/drinking, shopping/saving, youth/fandom, military, work-life balance, apartment, multiculturalism, and inter-Korean relations. Through various visual analysis practices, ultimately, this course aims to explore contemporary Korean culture from a critical social and political perspective and locate it within or outside the continuously shifting Asian culture around the world.


  • Attendance (Lecture 5% + Tutorial 5%) 10%
  • Participation (Lecture 5% + Tutorial 5% + Canvas Discussions 5%) 15%
  • Two Music Video Analyses (2 x 5%) 10%
  • Two Drama Scene Analyses (2 x 5%) 10%
  • Three Webtoon Analyses 93 x 5%) 15%
  • Discussion Leader (3 x 5%) 10%
  • Final Essay 30%



No Textbooks. All course materials will be available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).