Every Thursday, the UOS gives you an opportunity that brings you closer to China. As a major lecture of the Dept. of International Relations under Professor Keum Hieyeon, `Culture and Society of China` shows what you must know about China.
"In that class, Professor Keum always introduces new sides of China. Sometimes we watch a movie, taste Chinese traditional wine, and drink various kinds of tea. I think that these small parts help us to make a whole picture of China ourselves" a student Park Jun-kyu, a sophomore of the Dept. of Business Administra-tion, said. Basically, this lecture has started to help students understand about culture and society of China in relation to Korean history, culture and geography as well as politics and economics.
Professor Keum said, "I expect, throughout this lecture, students accomplish exact understanding about China as a nation, Chinese, and the culture and compare Chinese culture with Korea`s and Japan`s being based on a similar foundation, and also the West`s. China is going to mean a big deal to us in many ways: alliance or competition, so that I hope all students begin through this lecture to know about China."
You might think that this lecture sounds very difficult. If you can, just put aside your fixed ideas for a moment. Of course, in the process of understanding, students are given some coursework requirements like team projects of specific subject and essays about society. But real understanding will come with six movies which let you know what has really happened in China, a visiting to see a museum of historic relics and so many real-life experiences of Professor Keum.
"I have a plan to make this class better than ever, next semester. Students might be able to converse with Chinese scholars, political or economical scientists from China or many other experts and have a visiting program to exchange with Chinese students for 3 or 4 days.
There is, however, another important source to improve the quality of the class: it`s without a doubt the student`s active attitude. You have to put in as much as you want to get out of this lecture." With professor Keum, there will be a little china in the UOS and the key to China is your passion.