Lesson 1: Cultural Values of the Choson Dynasty

In this lesson, read Korea's most famous love story, the tale of Ch'unhyang. Analyze the story and its accompanying piece on cultural values of the early Choson Dynasty (1392-1910) to discover the ideas and traditions that informed and influenced Korean society throughout the Choson period, and remain at the bedrock of contemporary Korean culture.


Lesson 2: Different Cultural Values: The 1882 US and Korea Treaty

In this lesson, study the U.S.-Korea Treaty. Take an in-depth look at the treaty and its drafts - the first by the US and then its revision by China on behalf of Korea - and learn about the political events surrounding their construction and eventual signing. This lesson clarifies how Korea's cultural assumptions about the relations between nations influenced Korea's political negotiations with the US, as well as dealing with her East Asian neighbors.


Related Website: Korea's Landscape and the P'ungsu Model

Through this website developed by Ewha University, learn about p'ungsu, the art of placing a habitat, a house, a commercial complex, a factory or multi-story office block on a site so that it is in harmony with other man-made structures, and in balance with nature.


Instrok Research Website: KOCIS Information Archive, 1st Edition

KOCIS (Korean Cultural Information System or Koh's Cultural Information System) is a dynamic information retrieval tool for teaching and research on Korea with innovative indexing, data quality control and interactive features resulting from over 40 years of development. The KOCIS Information Archive, 1st edition, enhances teaching and research related to the INSTROK lessons. It comprises selected texts and bibliographies primarily on Choson dynasty belief system, values, family, social class and women with socio-cultural perspectives rather than historical orientation. The recent web-based application of this system will be helpful to those seeking easy access to both the special characteristics of Korean culture as well as modern vehicle for comparative cultural inquiries.




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