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Kpop, Politics, and Education: Multiple Approaches to Build Peace in Korean Peninsula

Location

Daegu, Seoul, Jeju Island, South Korea

Program Description

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students with any major. With intentional attention to inter- and multi-disciplinary learning, participants will explore ways to build peace in Korean peninsula through pop culture (i.e., K-pop and the Korean wave), international and domestic politics, and educational and social services.

Participants will stay in Seoul to visit US Embassy, National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, K-pop museum and/or concerts, DMZ, schools, and many other cultural and historical sites.

In Daegu, participants will collaborate with the Center for North Korean Migrants to offer a week-long English camp. This opportunity will allow participants to work with elementary and middle school students and their families with South or North Korean backgrounds. While in Daegu, Participants will also explore oriental medicine street, Seomun night market, and other cultural places and stay at Donghwasa Buddhist temple for one night.

This program is designed to enhance global citizenship and cultural competencies through a multifaceted understanding on conflicts and peace building in Korean peninsula.

Location Description

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and is considered a leading and rising global city with the headquarters of Samsung, LG, and Hyundai. Also the birthplace of K-pop, Seoul receives many international fans to concerts, TV stations, and museums. Seoul contains and is close to rich historic, cultural, and political sites such as Gyeongbokgung (King’s palace), Bukchon (traditional house village), and DMZ (demilitarized zone). Participants will have numerous excursions to National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, US Embassy Seoul, K-pop hologram and/or live concert, elementary/middle/high schools, and the sites introduced above.

Daegu is the third largest metropolitan city in South Korea having great city amenities with monorail subway system along with countryside feel from a huge lotus field. It is located in South-Eastern Korea about 50 miles from the seacoast. Participants will explore Buddhist temples, oriental medicine museum, traditional/modern markets and more. This is the place where the participants will offer a week-long English camp for the students with and without North Korean refugee backgrounds.

Director

Shin Ji Kang | kangsj@jmu.edu | Early, Elementary, & Reading Education

Accommodations

In Seoul, participants will stay in a hotel located in downtown where eating places and public transportation are conveniently accessible.
Lots of historic, cultural, and commercial sites are closely located within in a walking distance. Air conditioning, coin laundry facilities, free wifi, and English-speaking staff will be available.

In Daegu, participants will stay in a hostel located in downtown with nearby eating and shopping places and public transportation. Air conditioning, a rooftop terrace, meeting rooms, free laundry facilities, free wifi, and English-speaking staff are available. Participants will have options to enjoy authentic Korean life for a weekend homestay with local Korean families.

Western style buffet or simple breakfast (e.g., bread, jam, boiled egg, coffee, tea, and juice) will be provided daily by the lodgings in Seoul and Daegu.
Meal stipend and transportation fees will be allocated weekly to allow free exploration of food and places.

Additional Items to Consider

American citizens with updated passport can stay in Korea for 90 days without a visa (arrival day counts as day number one).

Contact your cell phone provider about international programs.

Most places (e.g., commercial and public places, hotel & hostel) have Internet access.

Participants are responsible for their own airfare between the U.S. and Korea.

All in-country lodging, transportation, activity costs are included in the program fee.

Korean or Chinese language skills will be helpful, but not required.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

No prerequisites needed

Open to all majors undergraduate and graduates

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

EDUC/ELED 490: Special Topics in Education: K-Pop, Politics, and Education: Multiple Approaches to Build Peace in Korean Peninsula (3 credits)

EDUC/ELED 510 : Special Topics in Education: K-Pop, Politics, and Education: Multiple Approaches to Build Peace in Korean Peninsula (3 credits)

EDUC/ELED 310 : Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 credits)

HUM 252: Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Global Cultures (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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