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 at 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!
Period: Module 3: October 25 – December 23 (9 weeks; tentatively once per month video meeting, TBA)
Facilitators: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. and Anna Tzavona, M.A.
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.
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 live and recorded video meetings with facilitators (tentatively 6PM Thurs PST US, TBA). 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.
Participants are encouraged to post questions and inquiries, as well as comments, which will serve as guides for further discussion at the video meetings.
The course allows self-paced environment, as long as the viewing of at least the two required drama titles is completed by the end of every module. The participating group can agree on a viewing schedule.
To be part of this course you will need access to the Internet and support Web Browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari). You can report any problems to the Virtual Office.