Course Details

Title Gender and Korean Society
Field of Study Social science
Professor David Andrew Tizzard (superfuntimehappysnack@gmail.com)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Real-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Afternoon
Course code ISS1080
Course number 18021

South Korea has seen a great many changes over the past few decades. While a lot of research and attention has been placed on the country’s economic development, the role of gender has become increasingly important in the 21st Century. How Korean society deals with external influences as well as its own values concerning the identity of individuals will be pivotal to the nation’s future.


The course will examine the Korean attitudes towards gender and their relation to modern society in terms of feminism, the gender divide, birthrate and marriages, LGBT attitudes, and political legacies.

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the country’s historical attitudes towards gender and then move the conversation and analysis forward into how modern South Korean society is approaching the important questions and issues of the 21st Century. In studying how gender and society interact with each other, students will better understand not only the country from a broad perspective, but also how culture and politics can affect the lives of the individuals that inhabit South Korea.

Students are not required to have a great deal of knowledge before starting the class. Providing they have an open-mind and a desire to learn, they will be ready to begin. Of course, an interest in culture and sociology will be of some benefit.


Materials: All materials will be supplied by the professor. They will be a combination of academic articles, newspaper articles, documentaries, and YouTube videos.

Lesson Plan
Class 1: Traditional Family Roles and Culture: Confucianism, Shamanism, and Buddhism
Class 2: Imperialism and Missionaries: Women’s Education and Newspapers
Class 3: The Birth of the Minjung: Political Consciousness
Class 4: Human Rights and Gender in Post-Colonial Korea
Class 5: Marxist Analyses of Gender Development in South Korea
Class 6: Liberal Society and the Individual
Class 7: Student Presentations
Class 8: The Rise of Feminism: MeToo and Beyond
Class 9: Social Media and Gender Conflict
Class 10: Abortion and Fertility Issues in South Korea
Class 11: Male Conscription and Military Culture
Class 12: Sex and the Hyperreality of K-Pop
Class 13: Political Feminism and the Rise of Female Voices
Class 14: The Future of Gender and Korean Society
Class 15: Final Exam
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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