Sungkyunkwan University
Introduction to Korean Philosophy and Culture
Sungkyunkwan University

Introduction to Korean Philosophy and Culture

Taught in English

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Instructor: SO JEONG PARK


(190 reviews)

Beginner level
No prior experience required
11 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Compare Korean philosophy with both Chinese philosophy as well as Western philosophy

  • Explore the field of Korean philosophy and its development through its continued innovation

  • Discuss the key ideas in Korean philosophical debates, such as the concepts of moral emotions and everyday feelings

  • Reflect the Korean philosophical traits reflected in Korean language

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There are 4 modules in this course

This week, we’re going to look at what Korean philosophy is, and what makes it different from the Western philosophy that you might be accustomed to. We’ll also be looking at Chinese philosophy in comparison to Korean philosophy, because it has had a large influence on the evolution of Korean philosophy.

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9 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

This week, we will look at how Koreans formed their own culture and ideas. What we consider to be “Korean” today is the result of their long-standing self-awareness and tenacious practice of reconstructing the cultures from outside. Among them, the Chinese culture had the deepest influence on pre-modern Korea. We will explore ways Koreans have adapted and innovated at cultural boundaries.

What's included

9 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

This week, we will cover two traits that are often used to describe Koreans: One is “Koreans are affectionate” and the other is “Koreans are argumentative.” We will focus on these two seemingly contradictory characteristics of Koreans and revisit the two famous debates in the history of Korean philosophy: the Four-Seven Debate and the Horak Debate.

What's included

8 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

Koreans have developed their way of thinking by innovating on knowledge at cultural boundaries. What they developed are reflected in contemporary Korean language. This week, we are going to talk about the core ideas of Korean philosophy that have endured up till now. We’ll see how we can think differently about the world through these ideas.

What's included

8 videos1 reading2 quizzes1 peer review1 discussion prompt


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