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Online Courses for Educators

USCI's online courses enable teachers to learn not just about East Asia, but about how they might bring East Asia to their own students.
August 2, 2022

Our five-week and core seminars include video lectures and readings that participating teachers review on their own schedule. They engage the materials and each other in our online discussion forum and each week, our lecturer leads a live online discussion. Teachers competing all course requirements are eligible to receive USC continuing education units or completion certificates. (LAUSD salary point credit is available for some online courses.) The courses are part of our partnership with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and are possible thanks to support from the Freeman Foundation. One-day workshops are often in-person and livestreamed programs.

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August 2-30, 2022: Understanding Korean Society through Popular Culture

Americans and people across the globe have become avid consumers of Korean popular culture. In this new complimentary online course, participating educators will learn more about the content and production of these hugely successful films, television dramas and music and will explore what they suggest about contemporary South Korean culture and society. Enrollment closed.

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August 6, 2022: The China You Should Know

This free Saturday workshop for K-12 educators looks at how China's history influences its present and at China's ties to the wider world. It is organized by the 1990 Institute and co-sponsored by USCI.

September 12 - November 28, 2022: East Asia since 1800

This core seminar offers in-depth presentations on the history and culture of East Asia since 1800 as well as aids K-12 educators incorporate these learnings into their curriculums. All instructional materials and discussions are online. Two Saturday Programs focus on Japan (9/17 and 10/15) will be both in person at USC and via Zoom. They are presented in cooperation with the Japan Society.

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