General Education

Path of Learning

010.003B <College English 1>
010.080 <College English 2: Writing>
010.081 <College English 2: Speaking>
010.004A <Advanced English: English Prose>
010.005A <Advanced English: Academic Writing>
010.006A <Advanced English: Current Issues>
010.007A <Advanced English: Film Arts>
010.008A <Advanced English: English through Drama>
010.009A <Advanced English: Understanding English Culture>

Core Courses

023.012 <Modern Society and Global Language>
This course fosters students’ understanding of the fast- emerging trans-national English-speaking culture by exploring such socio-linguistic themes as language and gender, language and race as well as cultural diversity. It will provide students with skills needed to make them into international citizens and leaders in today’s global society.

023.013 <Understanding Western Literature, 1500-1900>
In this course, students will study modern European literature. The readings will focus on the literary discussions and representations of the encounter between the East and the West. In addition, the historical events that ushered in the new era, shaping and developing the modern European literature, will be examined.

023.019 <Literature and Psychoanalysis>
In this course we will read selected writings of Freud and think about the basic assumptions he brought into his interpretations of human mind, society, and artistic creation, Questions will be made on what sort of “truth” psychoanalysis tries to find out, what significance it adds to our interpretation of works of art, and what possibilities and limitations it has to offer in dealing with literary works of art. Latter half of the semester will be devoted to the psychoanalytic reading of selected literary works.

023.020 <Epic Tradition in the West>
This course aims at the understanding of the epic tradition in the West through a selective reading of representative works from three periods-classical, medieval, and early modern. Students will explore not only individual works but their socio-cultural contexts and the issue of generic continuity.

023.025 <Understanding American Culture and Contemporary Society>
The main objective of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in through an in-depth exploration of American culture. Undoubtedly, the US has emerged as hegemonic power and accordingly, has been wielding an enormous influence over the world since the fall the of Soviet Union. Along with this, American popular culture has also transformed many cultures around the world. Therefore, gaining a proper understanding of the US and its culture is mandatory for SNU students training to become the leaders of 21st-century. This course will introduce students to a variety of texts across various disciplines - history, philosophy, cultural studies, literature etc. - in order to understand how American culture interacts with and shapes the world we live in. Many of the important social and cultural movements and trends since World War II, which have contributed to the reshaping of the contours of American culture - American exceptionalism, consumerism, globalization and mass culture, muticulturalism, ecoculturalism - will be examined from various perspectives, both synchronically and diachronically. We will rely on texts written in English whenever necessary and also utilize visual materials to aid and guide us.

023.027 <Literature and Philosophy in dialogue>
The main objective of this course is to examine the interrelationship between literature and philosophy. First of all, we will review the love-and-hate relationship between literature and philosophy from the ancient mythic age to the present time. And we will delve into the problem of 'perception' and 'interpretation' through selected literary and/or philosophical texts. Then, we will examine various philosophical problems raised on the side of literature. For our better understanding of the problems, we will read selected literary texts whose contents are closely related to various philosophical issues. Now, we will examine various perspectives and opinions presented by philosophers as to the idea of art and literature. To do so, we will read some philosophical texts whose arguments are closely related to various issues of art and literature. Finally, we will proceed to the in-depth study of a philosophically and literally problematic issue through a specific concept such as tragedy, existentialism, imagination, deconstruction, or romanticism. The issue dealt at this session may be changed every semester.

General education

002.005A <Reading Anglo-American Culture>
This course introduces students to Anglo-American mainstream culture by reading selected prose works of various genres--essays, short stories, biographies, historical writings, memoirs, political pamphlets, etc.--in English. Through intensive reading of texts, students are expected to improve reading skills in English. Along with this, various writing styles shaped by and resistant to the idea of culture will be noted in a way that students can gain an in-depth knowledge of Anglo-American culture.

002.006A <English and American Popular Literature>
This course provides students with moderate English proficiency an opportunity to read chiefly Anglo-American popular literature with a view to improving their reading comprehension. The course will deal with one of the three themes: (1) Children's Literature and Fantasy; (2) Crime Fiction and Mystery; (3) Utopia, Dystopia, and Science Fiction. Films covering these themes will be included in class discussions. Through this course students are expected to broaden their understanding of contemporary popular culture as well.

003.017 <Understanding English Poetry>
This course is designed for students approaching English poetry for the first time Readings begin with the Romantic period.

003.022A <World Literature in English>
This course introduces various writers from different racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds who are writing in English or whose works are translated into English. Its aim is to help students develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the world and its cultures through the medium of English as international language. Focusing on a variety of issues including (colonial/post colonial) identity, gender, race, nationality, etc. students will gain insights into other cultures, not as different national literatures but as world literatures.