ARE YOU confident
enough to say that you know much about Korean art? Picture yourself in a
situation where a foreigner asks you about it. If you find yourself stuttering
and embarrassed, why not investigate "Korean Aesthetics" class?
|▲ by Yoo
Aesthetics" (IEE3126/ three credit/ elective general education subject),
presented by a former worldwide performer Cho Won-kyung (Prof. of Div. of
International Education & Exchange), teaches diverse Korean art forms in
English at the New Millennium Hall. Not only international students but also
regular Korean students can register for this class. Grades are evaluated
through a mid-term exam (10%), final exam (10%), and three reports (10%).
The professor, dressed in his Hanbok to demonstrate Korean tradition,
teaches students seven Korean art forms. After the first six weeks of learning
180 Korean poems, students have the opportunity to watch live performances by
special guests and discuss Korean culture with them.
"When I was performing
abroad, I felt the need to know overall Korean culture to explain to curious
foreigners," says Prof. Cho, explaining how he began the class. Han Seung-jin
(Jr., Dept. of Bus. Admin.) quotes, "We tend to value foreign culture and
neglect our own. However, this class offers us a chance to learn how significant
Korean culture is."
We are often too busy pursuing "globalization" that
we forget to globalize our own culture. Through this "Korean Aesthetics" class,
however, you will be able to understand Korea's artistic beauty, so that the
next time you meet a foreigner, you will know what to say.