Online Class & Open Forum: Korean Historical Dramas

Changdeok Palace, Korea. Photo by Manfred Sommer, Flickr

Module 1: February 11 – May 11, 2017 (13 weeks; open forum 1)

Module 2: June 27 – August 28, 2017 (9 weeks; open forum 2)

Module 3: Oct 25-Dec 23, 2017 (9 Weeks, open forum 3 )

KMS 100 Korean Historical Dramas (Korean Magoist Studies Elective Course)

This class can be taken as “a cultural retreat” during which one is invited to experience and explore the gift-giving legacy of Magosim (the mytho-historical-cultural matrix of the Great Goddess) steeped in the traditional Korean Culture! Enjoy the ride and let the rest work on your behalf! Korean Historical TV dramas will take you to a magical journey of self-transcendence to the core of your own issues in life. Meet our female and male protagonists who invoke a time-proven intelligence/dream/courage in you. Experience how they strike a chord beyond borders. We will dis-cover that we are not alone in our journey of Life. We will see that our mind/heart/soul is awakened to remember, cherish and love the Life that we are given!

Description: This course offers a series of Korean Historical TV-dramas or Sageug (사극) and discusses the traits of female characters as well as general features of Korean history, culture, art, aesthetics, thought, customs, and people. What makes Korean drama so unique? What is the “secret recipe” that makes it so popular internationally? Why is it that, after a few episodes, one can‘t wait to see the next one or the next new drama? Those questions have made many wonder, from audiences to journalists and critics. Participants are invited to explore answers to these questions and more. Our emphasis is on woman’s place in history, as well as her role as creator, healer and leader; her strife to discover and reinvent herself, her inherent wisdom, her abilities to surrender, without giving up, and her potential to adapt, thrive, and ultimately transform the world she is in. Our selection of dramas qualifies high criteria in story content, character development, actor portrayal, multiplicity of ideas and values, and abilities to educate, while engaging and entertaining the viewer. Facilitators (Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Ms. Anna Tzanova) will provide articles and audio-video materials concerning salient themes.


Related essays: (Essay 1) How Did I Fell in Love with Korean Historical Dramas? by Anna Tzanova

(Essay 2 Part 1) Why Do I Love Korean Historical Dramas? by Anna Tzanova
(Essay 2 Part 2) Why Do I Love Korean Historical Dramas? by Anna Tzanova, M.A.

(Essay 2 Part 3) Why Do I Love Korean Historical Dramas? by Anna Tzanova

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Method: This class consists of three modules (each 13 weeks or equivalent) that can be registered as a whole or a unit. Participants are invited to the online classroom and/or email conversations for discussion AND one and half hour-long once or twice per month live and recorded video meetings with facilitators (tentatively 4PM Thurs PST US). No assignment. A list of dramas and websites to be viewed with English subtitles will be provided upon registration. A bibliography of research articles and books on Korean Historical Drama will also be provided.


Facilitators: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. and Anna Tzanova, M.A. (Click names for info or see below.)


Fees: Free of charge for Mago Associates (Please fill out Registration Form below and email to facilitators, $80 (Discounted from $100) per module for public.


Benefits: This course (all three units) can be taken as one of the five required Elective Courses toward Magoist Studies Certificate Program.



Helen Hwang headshot
Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D.

Anna Tzanova
Anna Tzanova, M.A.

Go to Certificate Programs in Magoist Studies.

Registration Form

(Copy and Paste in your email or in Word to be attached in your email.)

a.      Name & Module number(s) registered b.      Contact Info (email and mailing address):
c.      Affiliation or occupation: d.      Have you watched Korean Historical Dramas before? If yes, list the titles.
e.      Would you be interested in receiving Mago Academy’s Monthly Newsletter (Mago Pod)? f.       Something we need to know about you:

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