Free online class, Korean Historical Dramas Module 2

Online Class KHD(Module 2 Registration is available now for free of charge. Please email your registration from included at the end of this page.) 

Module 2: June 30 – August 7 (6 1/2 weeks; once per month video meeting)

KMS 100 Korean Historical Dramas (Korean Magoist Studies Elective Course)

Description: This course offers a series of Korean Historical TV-dramas or Sageug (사극) and discusses the traits of female characters as well as general features of Korean history, culture, art, aesthetics, thought, customs, and people. What makes Korean drama so unique? What is the “secret recipe” that makes it so popular internationally? Why is it that, after a few episodes, one can‘t wait to see the next one or the next new drama? Those questions have made many wonder, from audiences to journalists and critics. Participants are invited to explore answers to these questions and more. Our emphasis is on woman’s place in history, as well as her role as creator, healer and leader; her strife to discover and reinvent herself, her inherent wisdom, her abilities to surrender, without giving up, and her potential to adapt, thrive, and ultimately transform the world she is in. Our selection of dramas qualifies high criteria in story content, character development, actor portrayal, multiplicity of ideas and values, and abilities to educate, while engaging and entertaining the viewer. Facilitators (Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Ms. Anna Tzanova) will provide articles and audio-video materials concerning salient themes.


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Method: This class consists of three modules (each 13 weeks or equivalent) that can be registered as a whole or a unit. Participants are invited to the online classroom and/or email conversations for discussion AND one and half hour-long once or twice per month live and recorded video meetings with facilitators (tentatively 4PM Thurs PST US). No assignment. A list of dramas and websites to be viewed with English subtitles will be provided upon registration. A bibliography of research articles and books on Korean Historical Drama will also be provided.


Facilitators: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. and Anna Tzanova, M.A. (Click names for info or see below.)


Module Schedule:

  • Module 1: February 11 – May 11 (13 weeks; once p/month video meeting)
  • Module 2: June 30 – August 7 (6 1/2 weeks; once p/month video meeting), free of charge
  • Module 3: September 8 – December 7 (13 weeks; once p/month video meeting)

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