koreaThe Korea Studies Group brings the study of South Korea, North Korea, and the Korean diaspora together, investigating the formation of the national division and shifting boundaries of the nation. Drawing scholars together from different disciplines, it seeks to develop a comparative perspective that places Korean affairs in dialogue with historical, global and theoretical changes.

The faculty and students explore such themes as modernity, history, visual art, post/colonialism, gender studies, urban politics, labour studies, and global capitalism. The Korean Studies Group welcomes the participation of researchers interested in the study of Korea.

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Alex Ritson completed the 2015 South Korea summer study abroad course. This undergraduate course, offered by the Department of Political Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, allowed students to spend a month in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The course was directed by Thomas Klassen (Political Science). As part of the assignments for the course, students wrote reflective essays on their experience in Asia. Ms. Ritson’s essay, A South Korean Experience: Field Guide of an Habitual Depressoid, eloquently captures — and communicates to the reader — central elements of her journey. She took the photos that accompany her essay.