HUMN 305 F031: Studies in the Humanities

This course offers the opportunity to explore specific issues and texts in the humanities. The issues and readings will vary but, students will gain a better understanding of contemporary thought and methods in philosophy, history, or literature, especially as they relate to critical issues in art and design.

Each section of this course runs with a different topic. See here.

Course content: 

Topic: Korean Art Since 1945—Modernism in the Postcolony
The course examines the major movements of Korean art throughout the second half of the 20th century. While focusing on art practices and theories from the period, the class will be introduced to the economic, socio-political, and cultural issues in and around the Korean Peninsula since the region’s liberation from the colonial rule in 1945. There emerges an overlooked chapter of modernism and its afterlife on the periphery of the international art world, where the official narratives from the centers were at once revered and appropriated.
The syllabus is organized in chronological order: the localization of oil painting up until the 1950s; the pursuit of abstraction beginning in the mid-1950s; experimental group activities in the 1960s and 1970s; the prevalence of monochrome up until the mid-1980s; the dogmatization of socialist realism in North Korea; pro-democracy cultural activism during the 1980s; multiculturalism and the postmodern turn in the 1990s; globalization and diaspora after the 1990s. Every juncture reveals how local artists and critics propelled, abused, and challenged the notion of national identity in the postcolony divided along ideological lines.
No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary. This class takes the hybrid delivery format, requiring both physical attendance and online participation. Each week’s meeting on campus will include the instructor’s opening lecture, a team presentation on reading material by students, and free debates among participants. The online activities will mainly involve digesting the readings and preparing for the team presentation. As for assessment: each student will propose, develop, and complete a research-based creative project throughout the term; the progress will be marked at different stages and the final result will be shared with the entire class at the end of the term.  


Completion of 51 credits

Course outline
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Meeting Information: 
Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
T D4360 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18