Seoul, South Korea
Fall 2018 Global Seminar
Seoul is a vibrant, global city located in the heart of South Korea. With its rich history and traditions intermixed with modern elements, South Korea offers a unique setting to study classic psychological theories against the backdrop of a non-Western culture.
Participants in this program will take Cross-Cultural Psychology in South Korea (PSY 3410) and learn cultural constructs, theories, and methods in cultural psychology. These learning objectives will be enhanced through exposure to everyday applications of the psychological theories. For example, we will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed by the United Nations and North Korea/China in 1953. This program will allow for a contextualization of modern day Korea (both South and North) within the history of the Korean War and how that context shapes the relationship between the South, North, the United States, and the global community. Other possible excursions planned include both traditional (e.g., visiting and participating in a traditional Korean village) and modern experiences (e.g., visiting Korean markets, K-Pop hologram theater) which will allow the students to see how different understanding of self and others applies in private and public spheres of South Korea. Finally, students will have a chance to hear from guest speakers who will discuss how psychology is researched and practiced in a non-Western context like South Korea.
Students will increase their multicultural competence through their interactions with fellow Korean and international students from all over the world, as they will be living in international student housing on the campus of a major university in Seoul, Konkuk University
Accommodations & Meals
For more information about this program, contact SPU Study Abroad