International Studies & Programs

New Asian Area Studies Courses

Michigan State University is now offering new Asia area studies courses starting in spring 2018. Registration is now open, for all courses.


Language and Culture in Everyday Life: Korean Discourse as a Window into Culture (KOR 291), Spring 2018

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Instructor: Susan Strauss, sgs9(at)psu.edu
Tuesday and Thursday
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In this course, we will study the interrelationships
between culture,  language, and worldview-with a
specific focus on Korea and Koreans. Through research, theory, videos, printed matter, and music, we will investigate: How language shapes, creates and is created by behaviors, expectations, orientations, perceptions, and practices. No prior knowledge of Korean is required.

This course is offered as part of the Big 10 Academic Alliance and supported by the NAM Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan. It will be shared with the Ohio State University and Pensylvania State University.

For more information, please contact Professor Catherine Ryu at ryuc(at)msu.edu.


Interdisciplinary Topics in Korean Politics and Society (ASN 291), Spring 2018

Politics_Backdrop.jpgInstructor: Young-Bae Hwang, ybhwang1(at)gmail.com
Tuesdays and Thursdays
2:20 and 3:40 p.m.

The main objective of this course is to provide students with an introductory understanding of Korean politics and society. While we look at various theoretical explanations and perspectives, this course will focus on the historical, geopolitical and economic impacts on its socio-political developments. We will also examine various cultural and religious issues.

This course is offered as part of the Big 10 Academic Alliance and supported by the NAM Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan. It will be shared with the Ohio State University and the University of Michigan.

For more information, please contact Professor Catherine Ryu at ryuc(at)msu.edu.