Lee and Kang are sharing their first Valentine's Day as a couple — another match made in professor Jae Sook Jang's love, sex and healthy relationships course, which requires students to date each other in three randomly ased pairings, over separate dating "missions. Most of her girlfriends don't want to have kids, reasoning it would be too difficult to balance family with work pressures.
The desire to create love connections between classmates is perhaps understandable in baby-bereft South Korea.
Professor Jang relishes her dual role as lecturer and matchmaker. Something did come of it.
Soaring housing prices, high tuition, a weak pensions system and high child-care costs are being blamed for why fewer people are having kids. In fact, it was part of a course at Dongguk University in Seoul.
Even if she does marry someone, friends dismiss her aspirational nuclear family as improbable. Jang said her lectures about warning- behaviours — snooping a partner's text messages, imposing curfews, dictating what someone should wear — are illuminating for many of her pupils.
In fact, Kang and Lee earned a B-plus and a C-plus, respectively. Only 60 spots open on a first-come, first-served basis.
The professor wanted to dispel the myth that students who end up dating score better grades. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.
A large component is promoting romantic relationships as worthwhile, and combating perceptions that dating is expensive or emotionally toxic. the conversation Create. If that sounds forced, so be it, said professor Jang, who devised the curriculum 10 years ago amid concerns about plummeting marriage and birth rates in South Korea.
He thought little of the fact that Po Kyung Kangalso 24, ordered another coffee to prolong their date, even though she mentioned she was late for her part-time job.
Students enter college consumed by anxieties about career prospects, Jang said, but don't often parcel out as much time anymore to date. Lee figured their random pairing and compulsory lunch date was merely another academic obligation before he s the workforce.
Jang said her professor has brightened her outlook on romantic relationships and possibly motherhood. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Matt Kwong Reporter. Comments are welcome while open.
Birth rates here have plunged, and are among the world's lowest. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. On their first mandatory dating "mission" last semester — lunch in the university cafeteria — year-old Geun il Lee missed his classmate's als. He was CBC in South Korea.
In this south korean university course, dating isn't just for fun — it's compulsory
Social Sharing. It's an independent thing. It might explain why Lee saw his promising get-together with Kang as little more than an asment.
The professor's star pupil, Jang, got an A-plus, and is single. The new economics of singledom is breeding despair among a so-called "Sampo Generation," or "triple abandonment" cohort — people in their 20s and 30s who are too worried about financial security to pursue marriage, home ownership or parenthood.
Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. But she would consider trying to have children "if the economic conditions were right.
Already have an ? A study released by the Korean Institute of Criminology found that nearly 80 per cent of the 2, South Korean male respondents were found to have exhibited physically or psychologically abusive behaviours to their dating partners.
Nearby, Lee and Kang bantered playfully about having recently celebrated their "baek-il," or day anniversary. Jang's class emphasizes healthy relationships, not necessarily family or fertility. He was too anxiety-ridden about an upcoming job interview to notice his lab partner was courting him. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.
He was nonchalant when she proposed they meet again — next time, off campus — to watch a two-and-a-half-hour historical epic about the second Manchu invasion of Korea. As such, dating is viewed as a step toward tying the knot. Good luck with that. She was interested. The professor is encouraged by her class's popularity.
Love lessons meant to educate generation that shuns marriage, home ownership, parenthood
Broadly speaking, marriage in socially conservative South Korea is a precursor to child-bearing. Jang assumes children will be on the way. More than people register every term. There are lots of people against dating and against relationships these days in Korea," Jang said. Two couples who met in her class have gone on to wed, and she officiated one ceremony.