I wish my summer vacation was as long as Phineas & Ferb’s.
On June 15th, my internship classes began. I’m taking exactly three classes for exactly two weeks before I fly off to Seoul. But these are preparation courses that are mandatory, not to mention fun. Below, I’ve listed the three courses and took descriptions of them straight from the syllabi:
The design of this internship program offers participants an opportunity to obtain international work experience. The internship experience incorporates the six constructs identified in the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Value Rubric developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2013): cultural self-awareness, knowledge of cultural worldview frameworks, empathy, communication, curiosity, and openness. These constructs will be reflected in the work experience and the other two courses: Korean Popular Culture and “Glocal” Society of Korea, thereby extending the classroom based concepts to the international work experience.
Course Research: During the course of this internship, all students will be participating in a research study to investigate the impact of cross-cultural interactions of your time in Seoul, South Korea, specifically looking at areas of cross-cultural awareness, cross-cultural self-awareness, and empathy. Students will complete the International Service Learning Reflection Journal as part of the course assignments.
Korean Popular Culture
This course is designed to provide introductory knowledge of contemporary Korean culture from social, historical and theoretical perspectives. Students will examine recent cultural phenomena and production in order to understand Korea as it is today. The course will include literature, music, films, dramas, art, architecture, and sports. Students will analyze articles, critical essays, short stories, movies, documentary clips, and music. This course will focus on primary engagement with these cultural forms and case studies. The students are expected to develop their critical reading and thinking abilities on Korean popular culture. Through this course, students will gain a strong understanding of contemporary Korean popular culture and its global influences. Students will acquire this knowledge through class works and cultural excursions to historical sites and landmarks in Seoul.
Global Society, Food, and Culture
This course is designed to provide introductory knowledge of traditional Korean culture from historical and theoretical perspectives. The course in intangible traditional cultural assets include brush painting, etiquette, clothing, music, food culture, the tea ceremony, and handicrafts. Students read some articles about Korean history and culture, watch movies and documentary clips. Also, this course provides various aspects of global influence to Korea. There are cultural excursions to historical site and landmark of city of Seoul in order to experience and develop cultural insights. Students are expected to understand Korean culture and the interrelationship between Korea and global society by the end of the class
So, I have to keep you up to date on what I learn in classes for my Gilman project. I’ll update about each day of class and what I did. Until then! Have a grand day!