In partnership with the Harvard Summer School and the Korea Institute of Harvard University, the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Ewha Womans University has developed the Ewha-Harvard Summer School Program (EHSSP) in 2006. This is a yearly international summer program that provides both Harvard and Ewha students with an opportunity to build mutual friendships and learn about different aspects of Korean culture and history and has been part of the Ewha curriculum for almost two decades now. In order to encourage participating students to experience the beauty and wonder of Korea, the program focuses on various aspects of Korea’s culture and history, and provides rich in-class discussions along with many field trips to culturally and historically significant sites around the country.
Since its launch, the EHSSP has been offering substantive courses on the key aspects of Korean culture, focusing on one different aspect each year, while at the same time, offering a Korean language course to the invited Harvard students as well. The change in substantive courses offered each year is due to the dynamic trends and interests about Korean culture and history in the society– ranging from poetry, North-South Korea relations, archaeology, cities and culture, visual culture including cinema and film-making, societal issues, and etc.
The program is not only open to Harvard students and Ewha GSIS students, but also to other students from other universities in Korea that have credit exchange programs for summer school with Ewha Womans University, such as Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea National University of Education, Korea University, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Sogang University, Sookmyung University, Sungkyunkwan University, University of Seoul, and Yonsei University.
The course is offered as a summer course in which Ewha students can receive three credits for after the completion of the program.
HARVARD SUMMER SCHOOL SEOUL, KOREA
Exploring New Insights into North Korea
JUNE 25 - AUGUST 17, 2019
The course's objective is to hone students' critical thinking skills by exploring new insights into North Korea through the lens of recent interviews with defectors. The course will focus on deepening ties between the Workers' Party of Korea and the Communist Party of China; increasing commercialization in the elite regime circle (1%) through state trading company activities and among the masses (99%) through black markets; and how financial sanctions actually bolsterNorth Korean procurement networks. Among the framing activitieswill be a tour of the De-Militarized Zone and the Panmunjom Truce Village (TBC). The course will also include a component where students can apply critical thinking skills in assessing contemporary media coverage of North Korean defectors. In addition to the course on North Korea, students will study Korean language for credit. Multi-track instruction in Korean language reinforces language skills and enriches students' understanding of Korean culture. Students need not have prior experience with Korean language.
INFORMATION SESSION: MARCH 12 (TUE), 2019
5-6pm, Room 903, International Education Building, Ewha Womans University
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