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Though this class had its interesting moments, mostly the lectures were extremely dry and uninspiring. Once you learn you don't need to go to the lectures to get something out of the class, however, you can't stop going, as attendance is mandatory. The two papers are not too tough to write, though beware he grades the second one harder than the first. The final is ridiculous. He gives you twenty pieces of text and expects you to know where they came from and what the significance is. Seems easy enough until you get a passage that is one line that comes from a work 20 pages long. I didn't even answer enough questions right on the final to get a passing grade, as I spent the whole three hours going through the hundreds of pages of text to look for specific lines. I would avoid this class unless you have a lot of time to read and reread the texts assigned in the class.
Professor Lee is highly respected in his field, and he definitely knows a LOT about korean history and international literature. He takes on a very Korean approach to his teaching...this means he speaks, you listen and learn. His class primarily consisted of reading poetry,myths and stories. He graded based on two essays and a final. He also grades on participation and attendance. Believe me, you'll need to go to his classes to learn and do well in his class. Professor Lee is stubborn in his views and opinions...but then, he does know like everything in that field, so you can't really argue.
He's intimidating at first, but a nice guy. He grades very fairly on the papers. Don't think that just because he's old and very korean that he doesn't know english. He catches every single english grammatical mistake. His final was .. hard. You literally have to find the quotes from the hundreds of pages of stories you read throughout the quarter.
I liked his class, don't know what my grade is yet... it helps to take korean 50.
The final was extremely unfair with quotes he rarely talked about in class. You'd probably be really surprised by your final grade, just because you screwed up on the final. Try taking another Korean class if possible.